Archive for the ‘Talks/Lectures’ Category

Experiments in Publication: Artists’ Magazines

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

I’m speaking on panel at MomA this coming Monday. It’s called Experiments in Publication: Artists’ Magazines. This panel explores how and why artists create magazines. Artists, publishers, and writers will talk about their publications and the collaborative nature of their work, promoting social and political ideas, employing creative editorial practices, appropriating materials, and building artist communities. Participants include K8 Hardy of LTTR, Flint Jamison of Veneer Magazine, Kristina Lee Podesva and Jeff Khonsary of Fillip, and Anthony Smyrski of Megawords. David Senior, Bibliographer, MoMA Library, moderates.

Monday, April 9, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Tickets here:

You can also see the website for the exhbition here:

I hope to see you there!

Great things ahead!

Friday, March 30th, 2012


The Megawords installation will be up for another 23 days at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  There are two great events left!


This coming Sunday you can find out about What Belongs in A City.  On April 13th through 15th check out the  Data Garden: Quartet installation in our space!

The What Belongs in a City? panel discussion takes place on Sunday at 2:30 in the Perelman building. Panelists include Toni Griffin, Quilian Riano, Camilo José Vergara, Dre Urhahn, Zoe Struass and Megawords. The panel is moderated by Diana Lind of Next American City.

We will address questions of how we can improve our cities and make them thriving, cultural centers in which people want to live. The discussion will center around the built environment as well as ongoing changes and possible improvements to the economy and society.




Data Garden: Quartet is the first bio-reactive and plant-controlled work of art at The PMA.

Situated in the Megawords exhibition space, participants will be encouraged to accompany four large tropical plants that are fitted with specialized electronic sensors. By converting the physiology of the specimens into data, the plants will perform quadraphonic audio compositions in real time. The very presence of museum goers will affect this performance, resulting in a unique composition from moment to moment.

It’s going to be great! See you all there!


What Belongs in a City?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Megawords is hosting What Belongs in a City?,  an exciting and provocative panel discussion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Led by Diana Lind, editor in chief of Next American City magazine, panelists will address questions of how we can improve our cities and make them thriving, cultural centers in which people want to live. The discussion will center around the built environment as well as ongoing changes and possible improvements to the economy and society.

Sunday, April 1, 2012
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Perelman Media Room (located in the Perelman building, across from main building)
FREE – Tickets required! Get them here:

Click more to read about our invited panelists!


Megawords Issue 17 Release in Tokyo

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

We’re heading to Tokyo to begin working on a project with good friends of our Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf. While we are there, we’ll be collaborating with Booklet Library to do a small release party for the current issue of Megawords at the Shibaura House.

If you are in Tokyo, please join us!

Saturday, February 25
13:00 – 17:00

Megawords at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Beginning in January 2012, Megawords will call the Philadelphia Museum of Art home for three months. As part of Zoe Strauss: Ten Years we will create a publishing studio and bookshop in the museum, program music performances, host a panel discussion about what belongs in a city, conduct workshops and classes, screen films and hold office hours in the museum. We will also publish a new issue of Megawords and an original edition of artists books.


PechaKucha(ish) Night: Duos – Our Last Official Event at the ICA

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

PechaKucha(ish) Night: Duos
Wednesday, July 20
8-11pm (doors open at 8, talks will be from 9 – 10, then reception afterwards until 11)

Absorb the work of artists from One is the loneliest number and other creative duos in a format loosely based on PechaKucha, the Japanese-originated “20 slides in 20 seconds” method of quickly sharing visual information. Participants discussing their work and process include Gary Fogelson and Phil Lubliner, Julien Bismuth and Lucas Ajemian, Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka, Anthony Smyrski and Dan Murphy, Rebekah and Sara Maysles, Big Brad and Rachel, and more. Big Brad and Rachel will provide music before and after the talks, and refreshments will be served!


Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Whenever Wednesday, May 18, 8pm

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Here is a map for directions:

Take in a screening of films by Megawords’ international network of filmmakers, featuring work from the Maysles Brothers, Adams & Itso, Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, and the Temple University Libraries, Urban Archives collection.

Wermke and Leinkauf’s short films are thought provoking documentations of their interactions with cities and architecture. Through their unusual and daring performances, they confront our preconceptions of public and private space, and how we approach the concrete and mental layout of the city each day.

In a similar subtly provocative manner, Adams and Itso’s work documents the illegal construction and habitation of a small dwelling inside the Copehagen central train station. The film is a fascinating look into the imaginative use of overlooked space within an the walls of Denmark’s busiest train station.

The Maysles brothers need no introduction, and we are happy to show a 30 minute reel of select clips from various films created by the fraternal duo including Salesman, Gimme Shelter, early footage from Russia, footage of Christo and more. A great introduction to the Maysles oeuvre for the newcomer, and a pleasant reminder of the breadth of the brothers talent for familiar fans.

We discovered “Graffiti” in the Temple University Urban Archives. The short made for TV documentary  was created in 1976 by WPVI, a local broadcasting station in Philadelphia. It documents citizens initial reactions to the explosion of graffiti in the city, and raises questions about artistic expression in public space. Learn more about the Urban Archives here:

Rebekah Maysles

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Save the Date! Rebekah Maysles is doing a noon-time lecturing at Rutgers Camden on March 30!