Morbid Anatomy is thrilled to announce, in conjunction with Coney Island USA, the 2014 "Congress for Curious People"--a ten day series of lectures and performances culminating in a two day symposium, all of which explore curiosity and curiosities broadly considered. This year's Congress takes "simulation" as its theme, and will feature many of our all-time favorite international scholars, artists, performers and thinkers, including Evan Michelson, Edgar Oliver, Les the Mentalist, Shannon Taggart, Biran Catling, Anthony Matt, Zoe Beloff, John Troyer, Mat Fraser, Salvador Olguin, Amy Herzog, Jennifer Miller, Betsy Bradley, Ronni Thomas and Chris Muller.
The full schedule for the Congress for Curious Peoples follows. You can find out more about all events--and purchase tickets!--by clicking here. All events take place at Coney Island USA in Brooklyn, New York and are supported by The British Council and a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. Hope very much to see you there!
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 8:00pm
Alumni WeekendSaturday, April 26, 2014 - 1:00pm - Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 7:00pm______________________________________________
Industrial Ladies - A lecture by Evan MichelsonMonday, April 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
Desire and the Sea - A performance by Edgar OliverMonday, April 28 at 9:00pm______________________________________________
Acep Hale: Chicanery, Counting, and Cee-lo: Memory and Simulation in Service to SkulduggeryTuesday, April 29, 2014 - 7:30pm______________________________________________
A Thrilling Journey Into the Mind with Les the MentalistTuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:00pm______________________________________________
The Coney Island Beach Ball - A Vogue Competition between the House of Vogue 3D and The Coney Island DancersWednesday, April 30, 2014 - 9:00pm______________________________________________
Kirlian Devices, William Burroughs, and Radionic Photography - An Illustrated Series of Lectures by Shannon Taggart, James Riley, Doug Skinner and Anthony MattThursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:30pm______________________________________________
Mechanical Medium - A film by Zoe Beloff with live sound by Gen. Ken MontgomeryThursday, May 1, 2014 - 9:00pm______________________________________________
TravSD: From Angels to Anarchists: The Evolution of the Marx Brothers
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 7:30pm
Penny Arcade at the Penny ArcadeFriday, May 2, 2014 - 9:00pmMore here.
The Congress for Curious People Symposium on "Simulation"
Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 at 11:00 AM - 6 PMSaturday, May 3, 2014 - 11:00am11:00am: SIMULATION AND RELIGIONSarah Johnson’s lecture on Jacques Marchais and the replica of a Tibetan Monastery on Staten Island. Followed by a film clip by Sal Olguin and a panel discussion moderated by Don Jolly and featuring Sarah Johnson, and Sal Olguin.12:30pm: Lunch1:30pm: POP, THE PARANORMAL AND OTHER MYTHS WE LIVE: CONTEMPLATING THE LIMINALShannon Taggart, Acep Hale, and George Hansen who will give three short presentations on Myth and Popular Culture, Michael Jackson’s After Life, and Uri Geller at the Crossroads. Followed by a Q and A, moderated by Aaron Beebe3:30pm: THE HISTORY OF DISPLAYChris Muller’s lecture on the history of display. Followed by World’s Fair home movies and a panel discussion moderated by Joanna Ebenstein and featuring Betsy Bradley and Chris Muller.
5:00pm: Break5:30pm: Screening: “Vanished! A Video Seance” (1999, 75 minutes) by Brian Catling. Followed by a Q and A with the artist.7:00pm Dinner for Congressional Pass Holders and Participants.
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 11:00am11:00am: “PASSING”Adrienne Albright’s lecture on Medieval Cross-dressers. Followed by a performance by Tara Mateik, a simulated talk by Amy Herzog, and a panel discussion moderated by Amy Herzog and featuring Jennifer Miller, Martha Wilson, Tara Mateik, and Adrienne Albright.12:30pm: Lunch1:30pm: A VISIT TO THE SIDESHOW3:00pm: Screening of Ronni Thomas' Morbid Anatomy Presents' “PHANTASAMAGORIA”3:30pm: THE NORMAL, THE ABNORMAL, AND THE PATHOLOGICAL ON DISPLAYJohn Troyer, Joanna Ebenstein and Mat Fraser on “the Normal, the Abnormal, and the Pathological on Display” followed by a panel discussion moderated by John Troyer.