Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2012-13

(Brooklyn, NY)Marni Kotak

Raising Baby X: The First Year

Raising Baby X: The First Year is a year-long performance and culminating exhibition that re-contextualizes the act of raising a child as a work of performance art, through the lenses of both mother and child. Marni Kotak’s son, Ajax, is outfitted with a tiny surveillance camera, which captures her everyday childrearing activities, while Kotak utilizes her own camera to record his development. The video recorded from Ajax's camera, as well as other documentation taken by Kotak, will be incorporated into a series of web-based videos and a year-end exhibition which includes the child's first birthday party and depicts his development through sculpture, installation, found objects and other memorabilia. The Raising Baby X: The First Year show will take place at Microscope Gallery from October 13 through November 12, 2012, with Ajax’s first birthday party on Saturday, October 27.


Marni Kotak is a Brooklyn-based performance artist who makes multimedia works in which she presents her everyday life as art. Last October, she gave birth to her son as a live performance in her durational exhibition, The Birth of Baby X, at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Kotak's other "found performances," or works based on daily activities, experiences, or accomplishments, include staged re-enactments of her own birth, attending her grandfather’s funeral, losing her virginity in a blue Plymouth, as well as the wedding between herself and her husband. Marni Kotak received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College.