Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Brooklyn, NY)Pablo Helguera

Pablo Helguera (based in New York, born in Mexico City, 1971) works in the fields of performance, pedagogy, literature, music, and theater.  His projects have included performance lectures, scripted symposia, and panel discussions with or without the knowledge of the audience, as well as a variety of experimental formats of verbal presentation.  Helguera's works have been presented in many venues such as the Liverpool Biennial, Performa 05, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, ICA in Boston, MoMA, among others. His play The Juvenal Players, produced by Grand Arts in Kansas City, was presented at The Kitchen in 2010. His orchestral work Endingness was performed in 2011 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. He is the author of more than 10 books including Theatrum Anatomicum (and other performance lectures), a collection of performative works. His social practice project The School of Panamerican Unrest (2006) consisted in the creation of a nomadic schoolhouse that traveled by land throughout the Americas from Alaska to Chile, presenting collaborative performance and civic events in over 26 cities. He has been recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Grant; and in 2011 was named the first winner of the International Award for Participatory Art of the Reggione Emilia Romagna in Italy.  As educator, Helguera has worked in museums for over two decades, currently working as Director of Adult and Academic Programs at The Museum of Modern Art.  He is the Pedagogical Curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial, opening in September 2011.

The Well-Tempered Exposition: Book I

The Well-Tempered Exposition is a project consisting of 24 performance compositions that explore a full range of conceptual uses of speech and dialogue.  The project is structured around the existing forms in Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, a collection of keyboard exercises composed in all 24 major and minor keys.  Constructed as a hybrid between performances, exercises and lessons, this project is meant to undertake a comprehensive study of the dialogic forms of performance. Book I of this performance will be presented at Performa 11.