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Sunday, December 2, 2pm
Proteotypes editor Tom LaFarge will conduct an instructional Diplomacy workshop in the Proteus Gowanus War Games Room. Diplomacy is a board game set in Europe just before WW1 requiring both negotiation and strategy in order to win. This workshop is intended for those who would like to learn the basic rules of play. When you’ve learned the basics, you can play the game in our War Games Room, Saturdays and Sunday, 12-6pm. Class fee: $7
Saturday, December 1, 7pm
Perhaps nowhere is the fighting more furious and fundamental in the War of Words than on the Scrabble board or the Words with Friends app. Join David Bukszpan, author of the new book “Is That A Word? From AA to ZZZ: The Weird and Wonderful language of Scrabble,” as he explores the most useful and unusual words in the Scrabble lexicon. Bukszpan will present scores of surprising words, offer tips and tricks, and share other highlights from his book to help word warriors from all skill levels.
Friday, November 30, 7pm
As part of the War of Words exhibition, Keith Sanborn will screen, present and contextualize the Situationist film Can Dialectics Break Bricks? (1973) by René Viénet.
Viénet was part of the Situationist International and the film is a classic example of the Situationist strategy of Détournement. In this work, Viénet brilliantly appropriates a martial arts film and subverts its original meaning by dubbing in his own text dealing with class conflict and alienation.
Sanborn is a media artist, theorist, curator and translator who translated this work “in order to add to historical understanding and to release what remains of its revolutionary analysis and praxis—in short, its orgone energy.”
Sanborn will present the film and conduct a discussion and analysis following the screening.
Sunday, November 25, 12-6pm
$5 per player
As part of our yearlong theme, Battle, and in conjunction with our current exhibition, War of Words, we are pleased to launch the War Games Room, a space to play at war with your favorite friends and enemies. You can play on a handmade Risk game, designed by Ryan Jones with New York City boroughs, not nations, vying for the upper hand. Also featured will be a magnetized Diplomacy board assembled by Tom LaFarge, a beautiful hand-tooled game of Connect Four by Nick DeFriez [continue reading…]
There is still no power in our building, 543 Union Street, so we must push our projected re-opening to after Thanksgiving.
This Thursday’s Fixers Collective session will take place from 7-10pm at Tony’s Studio, 123 8th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Gowanus, Bklyn (R, F, G to 9th St station at 4th Ave)
This Saturday’s War of Words Reading is postponed. We will notify you when it is rescheduled.
The War Games Room opening is postponed until further notice.
Observatory events are also postponed until further notice.