Franklin Furnace announces this year's recipients of the THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2003
Franklin Furnace provides three artists an honorarium of $5000 and a residency facilitated by Franklin Furnace, for a 2-4 month duration at Parsons School of Design and in collaboration with other online and physical venues. In the past four years, The Future of the Present artists have also presented with Eyebeam Atelier, DCTV, The Kitchen, Location One, and Hunter College. During THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2003 we hope to continue to expand the venues and technology available to our artists.
This year's THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT artists are:
Brody Condon (San
Mouchette (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga (Brooklyn, New York)
Since 1994 Brody Condon's visual arts research has focused on the effects of psychologically distressing past events and their recollection, or fabrication, in the present. Over the past three years this research has evolved through use of the technology of 3d computer games. He is currently producing a modification of a popular commercial first-person shooter game in which multiple individuals will interact simultaneously in a virtual representation of the Chung King district, a recently gentrified gallery district of Chinatown, Los Angeles.
Trauma and various types of simulation have permeated Los Angeles' Chinatown since its origin. The site of discriminatory violence in the late 1880's, the area has given way to the simulated violence in media representations like the film Chinatown. Brody's work, Trauma and Simulation in Chinatown, is scheduled to be installed at CyberLan, a new variety of arcade. These arcades are rooms full of high-powered desktop computers connected together on a fast network. Teenage Vietnamese and Chinese American males from nearby neighborhoods sit in front of the machines playing popular 3d first person shooter games such as Counter-Strike or Quake3 for a small fee per hour. The project will use multitasking technology to stream the game video as it is played to a projection at the exhibition space C-level in the Chung King area and eventually at an exhibition space in New York. This work will illustrate the importance of visual arts research into the past and present trauma of Chinatown, and the possibilities of content-based game development.
Mouchette is a very young artist (not yet 13) who created her own website in October 1996. Since then, she has taken part in art manifestations, exhibitions and events in the artworld, and created a new part of her website every time for the occasion.
Mouchette's identity will finally be revealed in this collaborative net art project, destabilizing preconceived ideas about the well-known web project. For personal reasons, the artist has decided to donate the entire site to another willing artist who will proclaim authorship and pursue the site's development. Through web-cast revelations by "the real" Mouchette, the motivations for (and repercussions of) the site's creation will at last be exposed.
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work encompasses writing, sculpture, video and audio, the Internet, and public display. The principle behind his work is communication as a creative process for dialogical exchange.
Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga will make use of unsecured wireless networks to present sculptural public net portals in various locations of Manhattan. Seemingly ordinary laundry handcarts serve as portals between our information economy and an agrarian economy, as the carts interface with a kiosk in the oldest market in Nicaragua. The handcarts are reinvented to establish a new public commons for cultural exchange. Via the carts, Nicaraguan folkloric objects are freely made available to New York City pedestrians as a symbolic act giving voice to a gift economy.
Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. This year's esteemed selection panel of artists, Natalie Bookchin, Zhang Ga, Dor Green, Tracie Morris, and Pat Oleszko, met on May 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2002. (Panelist Bios)