Brooklyn Public Library
and the
Cultural Services of
the French Embassy
co-present

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021
6:00 PM - 12:00 MIDNIGHT EST
PRESENTED VIRTUALLY

6:00PM

BPL Welcome
Virtual | 6:00PM to 6:05PM | 5 mins.

6:05PM

Advice to America: Keynote Conversation
Ai Weiwei
Virtual | 6:05PM to 6:20PM | 15 mins.

6:20PM

Advice to America: Monologue 1 - Solidarity
Astra Taylor
Virtual | 6:20PM to 6:30PM | 10 mins.

6:30PM

Keynote Concert
Patti Smith
Virtual | 6:30PM to 7:00PM | 30 mins.

7:00PM

Brooklyn Art Song Society Presents: Lieder of Franz Schubert
Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) is one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music. Its mission is to preserve art song’s direct expressiveness and emotional honesty for today’s audience and future generations.
Virtual | 7:00PM to 7:15PM | 15 mins.

7:15PM

This is America: Is this America? What is America? Panel
Mona Eltahawy , Hari Kunzru, Yuri Herrera
Virtual | 7:15PM to 7:55PM | 40 mins.

7:55PM

National Sawdust Presents: Emel Mathlouthi
Emel Mathlouthi
Traveling between experimental, electronic, North-African, Arabic, or cinematic music Emel Mathlouthi delivers a sound that’s as sensitive and non-conformist as herself, far from clichés and easy categories. Mathlouthi, whose protest song "Kelmti Horra" ("My Word is Free"), became an anthem for the Tunisian revolution and the Arab Spring, will give an intimate concert accompanying herself on guitar.
Virtual | 7:55PM to 8:15PM | 20 mins.

8:15PM

Advice to America: Monologue 2
Suketu Mehta
Virtual | 8:15PM to 8:20PM | 7 mins.

8:20PM

National Sawdust Presents: Ash Koosha and Yona
Ash Koosha
From the underground punk scene in a repressive Tehran to the creation of an auxiliary human named YONA, the polymath performer and self-described “software humanist” Ash Koosha lives on the front lines of the musical vanguard, both real and virtual. Created in collaboration with Isabella Winthrop using software that creates sentences, melodies, and singing, YONA produces original compositions via a complex text-to-speech process. Ash and YONA will perform “self-generated” love songs, pushing the boundaries of emotion and humanity in machine collaboration.
Virtual | 8:20PM to 8:45PM | 23 mins.

8:45PM

Advice to America: Monologue 3
Virtual | 8:45PM to 8:55PM | 8 mins.

8:55PM

Advice to America Monologue 4: "American Democracy Colorized"
Nell Painter
Virtual | 8:55PM to 9:00PM | 7 mins.

9:00PM

On Solitude
Valeria Motta
Virtual | 9:00PM to 9:20PM | 20 mins.

9:20PM

Truths to Live By: What's your personal philosophy?
Virtual | 9:20PM to 9:30PM | 10 mins.

9:30PM

Audience Talkback on Solitude
Virtual | 9:30PM to 9:40PM | 10 mins.

9:40PM

Brooklyn Art Song Society Presents: Lieder of Franz Schubert
Brooklyn Art Song Society
The Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) is one of the preeminent organizations dedicated to the vast repertoire of poetry set to music. Its mission is to preserve art song’s direct expressiveness and emotional honesty for today’s audience and future generations.
Virtual | 9:40PM to 10:00PM | 20 mins.

10:00PM

On Setbacks
Vanessa Wills
Virtual | 10:00PM to 10:20PM | 20 mins.

10:20PM

Truths to Live By: What's your personal philosophy?
Virtual | 10:20PM to 10:30PM | 10 mins.

10:30PM

Audience Talkback on Setbacks
Virtual | 10:30PM to 10:40PM | 10 mins.

10:40PM

National Sawdust Presents: Emel Mathlouthi
Ash Koosha
Traveling between experimental, electronic, North-African, Arabic, or cinematic music Emel Mathlouthi delivers a sound that’s as sensitive and non-conformist as herself, far from clichés and easy categories. Mathlouthi, whose protest song "Kelmti Horra" ("My Word is Free"), became an anthem for the Tunisian revolution and the Arab Spring, will give an intimate concert accompanying herself on guitar.
Virtual | 10:40PM to 11:00PM | 20 mins.

11:00PM

On Emergence
Cailin O’Connor
Virtual | 11:00PM to 11:20PM | 20 mins.

11:20PM

Truths to Live By: What's your personal philosophy?
Virtual | 11:20PM to 11:30PM | 10 mins.

11:30PM

Audience Talkback on Emergence
Virtual | 11:30PM to 11:40PM | 10 mins.

11:40PM

National Sawdust Presents: Ash Koosha and Yona
Ash Koosha
From the underground punk scene in a repressive Tehran to the creation of an auxiliary human named YONA, the polymath performer and self-described “software humanist” Ash Koosha lives on the front lines of the musical vanguard, both real and virtual. Created in collaboration with Isabella Winthrop using software that creates sentences, melodies, and singing, YONA produces original compositions via a complex text-to-speech process. Ash and YONA will perform “self-generated” love songs, pushing the boundaries of emotion and humanity in machine collaboration.
Virtual | 11:40PM to 12:00AM | 20 mins.

12:00AM

BPL Closes
Virtual | 12:00AM