Franklin Furnace, in its 24th season, presents THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2000 ten presentations of live art on the Internet created during month-long residencies at Parsons School of Design. These works of art will use the Internet as a venue in which performance and discussion may take place, and through which avant-garde art is available to a world wide audience. THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2000 artists were selected by Franklin Furnace's peer panel in the Spring of 1999. Artists will work with a team of students in Parsons' M.F.A. classes . Students will become familiar with the artist's past work and ideas, and council the artist as to the various ways video and audio streaming technology, 3-D animation, "chat," CU-SeeMe and other tools may be used to embody their ideas.

  February 2000
Jack Waters (New York, NY)
  March 2000
Danny Tisdale (Los Angeles, CA)
  April 2000
Scott Durkin (Clifton, NJ)
  May 2000
Seemen (San Francisco, CA)
  June 2000
Andrea Polli (Chicago, Il)
  September 2000
Diane Ludin (Brooklyn, NY)
  October 2000
Susan Lewis (London, England)
  November 2000
Cathy Weis (New York, NY)
  December 2000
SKART (Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

The NETART INITIATIVE is committed to creating and promoting a dynamic dialogue between the academic and artistic worlds to explore this emerging new medium in artmaking today, offering students as well as the interested public an open space for discussion and collaboration, and showcasing emerging talents from both the educational and public sector, thereby establishing excellence in academic research and experimentation. Participants in the NetArt Initiative presently include; Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's digital arm, Thunder Gulch; Parsons School of Design, Digital Design Department; the School of Visual Arts; the Postmasters Gallery; and Gallery 9/Walker Art Center. The purpose of the NetArt Initiative is to create a dynamic team approach to foster the creation and documentation of art on the Internet. Collaborations among member organizations will produce programs that reinforce the goals of individual groups, while furthering the overall objectives of the NetArt Initiative.

THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2000 is made possible by the faith and foresight of Jerome Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc., the Heathcote Art Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts' Technology Initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology.

Printing for THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2000 courtesy of Philip Morris Companies Inc.