Title Magazine Relaunch Party

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Since 2012, Title has been a fixture in the Philadelphia art world as an unaffiliated platform for art writing. Beginning in 2017, they are establishing a new structure in pursuit of broader, more conceptually-driven goals for content. Title Magazine’s new editorial team — Lindsay Buchman, Samantha Mitchell, Kaitlin Pomerantz, Meredith Sellers, and Bailey Sheehan — invites you to join in celebrating their relaunch at Ulises. Brunch cocktails and light snacks will be available!

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Image: Isabel Lederman

Nato Thompson: Culture As Weapon

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 4PM

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Book talk with Nato Thompson on his new book,”Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life.” Thompson is the artistic director of the nonprofit arts organization Creative Time, which commissions and supports socially engaged works of art.

“Culture as Weapon” is a spirited and insightful examination of how, over the past century, corporations, politicians, nonprofits, and activists alike have embraced the power of creativity to shape public opinion, for good and for ill. Thompson simultaneously investigates the way artists have reacted to this cultural transformation, from Andy Warhol’s prescient Pop Art to Dread Scott Tyler’s provocative installations to Suzanne Lacy’s social interventions. As he puts it, “the world has witnessed the realization of the age-old avant-garde demand that art become part of the everyday.”

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Launch Party Quarter No 2 Intimacy

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Image: Sharon Hayes, “May 1st,” 2012. 5 Letterpress prints (framed), 14.5 x 19.75 in. Edition of 5 + 2 AP

Dear Reader: Excitable Speech

Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30–8PM

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Join Ulises for a reading group discussion led by Maria Murphy on Judith Butler’s text “Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative.” This session’s reading will focus on Chapter One of “Excitable Speech” entitled, “Burning Acts, Injurious Speech,” found in the link below.

Butler, Judith. Chapter One. “Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative.” New York: Routledge, 1997. 43-69.

As part of the discussion, Murphy will perform “The Production of Voice,” a short spoken-word piece for voice and voice processor and John Cage’s “Aria” (1958), originally written for interpretation by Cathy Berberian.

“Excitable Speech” by Judith Butler is included in “Twelve Books & Seven Records: Re-voice,” a presentation of books and albums selected by curator Mark Beasley as his contribution to Ulises’s curatorial season Active Voice.

Active Voice considers the voice in relation to listening, language, and political agency through a series of programs, artworks, readings, and selected publications from contributors Mark Beasley, Hannah Black, and Steffani Jemison.

Maria Murphy is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research considers the relationship between music technologies and body politics through the work of multimedia artists Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, and Karen Finley. In her dissertation, Maria maps how these artists participated in a particular mode of aesthetic activism, which took part in biopolitical shifts concerning the circulation and industrialization of information, the production of healthy and sickly bodies, and the political fictions of gender and sexuality during a precarious time for public health and social hygiene under Ronald Reagan’s administration. Maria is also interested in developing creative spaces for hands-on research. She is the co-founder of Listening (to) Cyborgs: A Media Archaeology Workshop on Sound Technologies.

Dear Reader: A Voice and Nothing More

Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 6:30-8PM

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Join Ulises for a book discussion on Mladen Dolars’s text “A Voice and Nothing More.” This event is the first in a new reading group series from Ulises entitled “Dear Reader.” The reading for this session is the introduction to “A Voice and Nothing More” found in the link below.

“A Voice and Nothing More,” Introduction

“A Voice and Nothing More” by Mladen Dolar is one of the publications included in “Twelve Books & Seven Records: Re-voice,” a presentation of books and albums selected by curator Mark Beasley as his contribution to Ulises’s curatorial season Active Voice.

Active Voice considers the voice in relation to listening, language, and political agency through a series of programs, artworks, readings, and selected publications from contributors Mark Beasley, Hannah Black, and Steffani Jemison.

Facilitating the discussion is Hammam Aldouri. Hammam Aldouri is an independent scholar who holds a PhD in philosophy from the CRMEP, Kingston University and a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship in Critical Studies from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program. His writing has been published in Radical Philosophy, Detroit Research and Field Journal. He is currently a contributor to the Philadelphia based online art magazine the Artblog.

Screen Time with Hannah Black

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4PM

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Artist and writer Hannah Black. Black, will read via Skype from a selection of her recent writings. As a contributor to Active Voice, Hannah Black presents recent video works — including “Intensive Care/Hot New Track,” “Fall of Communism,” and “My Bodies” – that consider pop vocals as a space to explore violence, power, and pluralism, which which consider pop vocals as a space to explore violence, power, and pluralism.

Image: Hannah Black, “Fall of Communism,” 2014, video still

View the full “Fall of Communism” video

Odds & Ends Book Fair

December 9, 2016, 11:30AM–4:30PM

Ulises is heading to New Haven for the day to participate in the Odds & Ends Art Book Fair hosted by Yale University Art Gallery.

Steffani Jemison in Conversation

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6PM

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Steffani Jemison presents her 2014 two-channel sound piece, “Same Time,” a reprisal of a speech delivered in 1970 by Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton that has been reinterpreted by Brooklyn-based R&B group Sidetrack Boyz as a vocal improvisation. Her presentation will be followed by a conversation with Steffani and artist David Hartt.

Hello, Opening Party

November 12, 2016, 6–9PM

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