Franklin Furnace News & Events

Now accepting 2018-19 applications to the FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND!

Deadline: April 1, 2018

Franklin Furnace is now accepting applications from emerging artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Please read the application guidelines, and apply using our online application form. In order to access the online application form, you must first complete a brief questionnaire that will help determine your eligibility. If eligibility is confirmed, you will be provided with a link to the online application.

Photo of Tori Wrånes in YES NIX, Commission work for Performa 2013
Photo by Linus Sundahl Djerf

Tori Wrånes'
The Future is Open

January 18 & 19, 2018
Washington Square Park
Northwest Corner
New York, NY 10002

PROTOTYPE presents a new public performance by Norwegian artist and composer Tori Wrånes, starting in Washington Square Park's Northwest Corner. The best way to describe Wrånes's work may be Choreography with sound, be it solo or with multiple performers, like singers on bikes (YES NIX, Performa 13), musicians in a chairlift, or cows with 12 toned scaled bells. (TRACK of HORNS, Transart 15 in the alps of Italy).

THE FUTURE IS OPEN responds critically to the recent White House directive to the Center for Disease Control to cease using words such as transgender, vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. Featuring Wrånes solo vocalizations, a group of five performers, and a dreamlike arrangement of additional body parts and prosthetics, THE FUTURE IS OPEN proposes fluid, ever-transforming identities and a few fresh small breaths for a new year.

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PIPORNOT's Superorganism installation and performance by aricoco

January 27, 2018
La MaMa Galleria
47 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012

An interactive performance by aricoco (Ari Tabei) and Julia Benedict (writer/theater maker) with the help of public participants. Guided by instructions, the audience will be invited to navigate the installation. aricoco, disguised as an insect queen, will need help of the audience to complete her ritual of surrendering her powerless body to the habitat. Through the performance, the careful relationship between the powerless insect queen (a symbol of decentralized power) and her sterile workers (a key to the altruistic society) will be examined.

Installation work, photos, paintings and video created by aricoco are on view at La MaMA Galleria from January 12, 2018 - February 3, 2018.

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Nadja Verena Marcin's Ophelia

February 2, 2018
Fridman Gallery
287 Spring St
New York, NY 10013

OPHELIA is an architectural, interdisciplinary live performance incorporating sculpture, sound and text by Nadja Verena Marcin. The piece will draw on masterworks from art history—such as John Everett Millais’s painting of the same name, “Three Ball Total Equilibrium Tank” (Jeff Koons, 1985), and “The Werld” (Daniil Kharms, 1939) —to reveal the negative effects of human activity on the planet.

Floating in a salt-water solution in a life-size stainless steel sarcophagus, wearing a breathing mask and Ophelia’s dress, the artist Nadja Verena Marcin will quote text from Daniil Kharms’ "The Werld" about our limited human subjective perception. The image of a nineteenth-century Ophelia, supported via a breathing mask and reconfigured within a technologically constructed reality, becomes a metaphor for our current state of existence in the Anthropocene Period.

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