quarta-feira, 9 de maio de 2012

Two Events at Cabinet: "Show-and-Tell," with Paul Lukas, and Talk and Book Launch / "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts," with Mark Dery

Dear friends of Cabinet,

We hope you can join us for one or both of the following events.

• Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 7:30–9 pm: "Show-and-Tell," with Paul Lukas

• Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 7–9 pm: Talk and Book Launch / I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, with Mark Dery

See below for details.


"Show-and-Tell," with Paul Lukas
Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 7:30–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us for the third installment of "Show-and-Tell," Paul Lukas's monthly open-mic night. Previously hosted by City Reliquary, "Show-and-Tell" is exactly what it sounds like: Anyone can bring an object of personal significance and talk about it for up to three minutes. There is no theme or agenda—interesting objects and the stories behind them are their own reward.

Objects that have previously been presented at "Show-and-Tell" have ranged from the eccentric (a glass eye, an electroshock machine found in an abandoned mental hospital) to the everyday (a candy bar with an odd connection to a Chinese funeral, a pair of jeans acquired via some highly unusual haggling at an Egyptian village market). But "Show-and-Tell" is less about the objects than the histories that accompany them. Look in your own pocket or home, and you will find many excellent show-and-tell candidates.

You can either (a) bring an object and be prepared to talk about it or (b) simply be part of the audience, because show-and-tell also needs people who like being shown and told.


Talk and Book Launch / I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts, with Mark Dery
Date: Wednesday, 23 May 2012, 7–9 pm
Location: Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn (map and directions here)
FREE. No RSVP necessary

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Mark Dery's book I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams (University of Minnesota Press).

In his collection exploring the nethermost regions of the self and the darkest corners of the national psyche, Mark Dery addresses a wide variety of topics, including the pornographic fantasies of Star Trek fans, Facebook as "limbo of the lost," the hidden agendas of IQ tests, Hitler's afterlife on YouTube, the sexual identity of HAL in 2001, the suicide note considered as a literary genre, the surrealist poetry of robot spam, the Church of Euthanasia, and the polymorphous perversity of Madonna's big toe.

For his talk at Cabinet, Dery will explore the far reaches of "invisible literatures," a term coined by J. G. Ballard to describe "scientific journals, technical manuals, pharmaceutical company brochures, think-tank internal documents, PR company position papers—part of that universe of published material to which most literate people have scarcely any access but which provides the most potent compost for the imagination." Drawing on several of the essays in the new collection, Dery will look at the dream life of medico-scientific modernity by considering a variety of material, including articles from the Journal of Forensic Sciences, case studies from Autoerotic Fatalities, and suicide notes.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Photo: Joanna Ebenstein, from "The Secret Museum Series"

Mark Dery is a cultural critic best known for his writings on the politics of popular culture in books such as The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink, Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century, Flame Wars, and Culture Jamming, the chapbook that launched the anti-consumerist, grassroots media-activism movement of the same name. Dery has been a professor of journalism at New York University, a Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, and a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. He is currently writing a biography of the writer, illustrator, and legendary eccentric Edward Gorey for Little, Brown.


Beer for these events has been lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.


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