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Laura Bernstein:
A Pseudo-Scientific Performance

March 27th, 2019 at 7:00 PM
BRIC House Stoop
647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Free with RSVP

A Speculative Performance Presented by The Institute of Super-Species Research and Experimentation

In this performance piece, a group of distinguished pseudoscientific specialists assemble to conduct and report their research on a series of strange and miraculous beasts reminiscent of those described and illustrated within Pliny the Elder’s Natural History written 77-79AD. Drawing from the fantastical worlds of medieval bestiaries while employing the methods of 20th century behavioralists and circus performers, the group of specialists work toward imagining alternatives for surviving in a climate that no longer supports our current human physiology.

The specialists, Nikki Calonge, Simone Kearney, Hanna Novak, Emily Reilly, Emily Taibleson and Paola Di Tolla are all performers and artists in their own right with distinct and authentic practices and were commissioned by artist and director Laura Bernstein to produce content under the auspices of their assigned characters.

This program is taking place in conjunction with the BRIC Biennial: Volume III, South Brooklyn Edition, On view through April 7th, 2019. Come a little early at 6pm to see the performance The Future is Bright, by Katya Grokhovsky!

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Photo credit: Panotti Reins, Documentation from forty person film shoot at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, April 8, 2017


Now accepting applications to the FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND!

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Franklin Furnace is now accepting applications from early career 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.


Franklin Furnace Archive Announces the 2018-19 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients

Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, Franklin Furnace has annually awarded grants to early career artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works in New York.


The Ken Dewey Fund

Between 1959 and 1972 the unheralded yet pivotal New York artist Ken Dewey reimagined the function of art in society; now maybe the film about his life can do the same. All financial proceeds from the online release of the documentary film Ken Dewey – This Is A Test will be donated to create a new grant for artists. This new grant will enable an artist or scholar to work in New York City and create a piece of performance art or academic project inspired by some element of the film Ken Dewey – This Is A Test.

The film will be launched online February 14, 2018 and, much like Kickstarter campaigns, the grant will take effect only if $30,000 is raised in the first 6 months. If more funds are raised the grant will be run annually for as long as the funds regenerate. If less than $30,000 is raised, all funds will go to the mission of Franklin Furnace, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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