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What We Know About Penises

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The Public School, New York presents Between Who: Shelly Silver.

Though Silver is primarily known as an artist working with the moving image, the program’s three events will eschew the typical screening format. Instead, Silver has invited performances, talks and other contributions from artists with whom she has collaborated in the past. Each event will address concerns present in her films and highlight the social and theoretical communities of which she is a part. Filmic historiography, contemporary modes of feminist discourse, and the penis, concept and organ, will be addressed through the following formats:


December 13, 7pm: What We Know About Penises

An evening of reflection, collaboration, song, image and acting (out) inspired by the book What I Know About Penises, by Shelly Silver. The event will be a collective ode to this oft-overlooked, overworked and humble part of a body. Intrepid contributors to the evening include: Anna Craycroft, Tom Kalin, Cassandra X. Guan, Kathy High, Pam Lins, Ulrike Müller, Brian Teare, Thomas Love, Terese Svoboda, Akram Zaatari, Lior Shvill, Maureen Connor, Jessica Ann Peavy, Steve Reinke, Ronnie Bass, Ulrike Mueller, Dennis Adams, Ellen Harvey, Robert Buck, Lydia Conklin, and more.  More.

In 2009, Shelly Silver wrote an essay for an artist book called “What I know about penises.” Based on Chapter 5, “It’s Easy to Draw a Penis.”, she invited a group of artists, poets, playwrights and otherwise interested parties to contribute. The book was published by onestar press in 2012, with contributions from: Dennis Adams, Ronnie Bass, Zoe Beloff, Sanford Biggers, Andrea Blum, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Robert Buck, Lydia Conklin, Anna Craycroft, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Rochelle Feinstein, Rainer Ganahl, Grady Gebracht, Gran Fury, Cassandra X. Guan, Barbara Hammer, Ellen Harvey, Kathy High, Emily Jacir, Jon Kessler, Dirk Lebahn, Young Jean Lee, Nora Ligorano, Pam Lins, Charles Long, M+M, Maureen McLane, Eline McGeorge, John Miller, Ulrike Müller, Eugene Ostashevsky, Jessica Ann Peavy, Jenny Perlin, Steve Reinke, Aura Rosenberg, Julia Scher, Mira Schor, Lior Shvil, Amy Sillman, Gabriel Silver, Gwen Smith, Michael Smith, Haim Steinbach, River Steinbach, Steel Stillman, Elisabeth Subrin, Kunie Sugiura, Terese Svoboda, Brian Teare, Momoyo Torimitsu, Thomas Witschonke, Bruce Yonemoto, Monica Youn, Akram Zaatari, and Florian Zeyfang. Click here for more info on the book, and here to download a pdf.



Let's be clear: the concept of the Young-Girl is obviously not a gendered concept. […] Deep down inside, the Young-Girl has the personality of a tampon. 

The Man-Child breaks up with you even though the two of you are not in a relationship. [...] The Man-Child has two moods: indecision, and entitlement.

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February: The Filmballad of Mamadada

In the summer of 2012, Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan invited Shelly Silver, and 49 other filmmakers/artists/writers/interested parties to collaborate on a film of the life of the legendary feminist, dadaist, lesbian, proto-punk and provocateur Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven. Elsa’s legacy has long stood in the shadow of the male artists of the period but now in the resulting epic, The Filmballad of Mamadada she returns, thanks to the kaleidoscopic portrait made by over 50 young artists who, entirely in her spirit, have contributed a fragment to the total picture along the lines of the surrealistic 'exquisite corpse' model.

Between Who is an ongoing series organized by Nova Benway at The Public School New York, examining the relationships between artistic practices and pedagogy.


Friday, December 13, 2013 - 19:00
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