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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
January 15, 2003

1. Robert Ayers comes to Franklin Furnace by way of the British Arts and Humanities Research Board and The Nottingham Trent University.
2. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, interviewed in Umbrella and exhibited at Rider University.
3. Moritz Neumueller, FF Alumn, announces El Otro Lado del Alma, Havana Cuba.
4. Yoav Gal's, FF Alumn, world premiere of THE DWARF, January 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2003.
5. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, in SCI-FI/WESTERN, opening January 23, 2003, San Francisco.

1. Robert Ayers has begun work at Franklin Furnace funded by the (British) Arts and Humanities Research Board and The Nottingham Trent University. His research focuses on the present relationship between physical and digital performance art, and he is taking the current Future of the Present and Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art projects as case studies. However, he is also interested in contextualising these pieces in as thorough and contemporary way as possible, and he would be interested to hear from anyone who feels that they have work or information that might inform his study. He can be contacted here at robert@franklinfurnace.org.


2. Doug Beube, FF Alumn, interviewed in Umbrella and exhibited at Rider University.

Umbrella, published by Judy Hoffberg interviewed Doug for the Jan. 2003 issue.
A group exhibition entitled, Altered Books: Spine Bending Thrillers opens on Feb. 6 - March 6. 2003 with an Artist's Reception: Thursday, Feb.6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rider University Art Gallery Student Center, 2nd floor 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 Gallery hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.


3. Moritz Neumueller, FF Alumn, announces El Otro Lado del Alma, Havana Cuba.

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition


FEBRUARY 11th, 2003, at 5pm

in the

FOTOTECA DE CUBA, Calle Mercaderes #307, HAVANA, CUBA.

Moritz Neumueller
Claudia Hundius

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African Heritage and Photography in Cuba

The exhibition el otro lado del alma will bring together, for the first time, those contemporary Cuban photographers and video artists whose work reflects the Afrocuban Religions. These cults of African origin have played an important role in shaping Cuban culture and national identity.

La Fototeca de Cuba, Havana's National Museum of Photography, is proud to present over 80 works by thirteen contemporary Cuban artists. The show promises to uncover new insights into el otro lado del alma, the other side of the Cuban soul.

Moritz Neumueller, PhD.

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Participating Artists:
Pedro Abascal, Juan Carlos Alóm, Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo, Raúl Cañibano, Elio Delgado, Ricardo Elías Kattia García, Liudmila y Nelson, Humberto Mayol, Ramón Pacheco, René Peña, Marta María Pérez Bravo, Sandra Ramos.

+ EXHIBITION TITLE: El otro lado del alma. Afrocuban Religions in Contemporary Photography.
+ EXHIBITION DATES: February 11th, 2003 - March 6th, 2003
+ EXHIBITION VENUE: La Fototeca de Cuba (National Museum of Photography) Havana, Cuba
+ OPENING: Tuesday, February 11th, 2003, 5 p.m.
+ PRESS PREVIEW: Monday, February 10th, 2003, 5 p.m.
+ Moritz Neumueller, Vienna. Tel. +43 676 75 11 949, Email: mneumueller@ekno.com
+ Nelson R. de Arellano, Havana. Tel +53 7 8622530, Email: fototeca@cubarte.cult.cu
+ WEBSITE: www.afrocuban.org


4. Yoav Gal's, FF Alumn, world premiere of THE DWARF, January 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2003.

presents the world premiere of Yoav Gal's comic opera THE DWARF

Conducted by Nizan Leibovitch, directed by Judith Barnes,
choreographed by Nathaniel Lee

Charles Baad as Chantecleer
Judith Bar Ness as Lady Katherina Kaiser
Aram Tchobanian as Lingus
Juan Jose Ibarra as Mr. B
David Root as Mr T
dancer Renee Kaminsky as Salietta

The VPR Chorus: Tamara Boorstein, Steven Bergquist, Alexandra Cadena, Lian Chen, Adam Davis, Bir Ganguly,Heather Green, Laura Greeney, Robert Lewis, Sally Yarmolinsky and The Vertical Gal Chamber Players including virtuoso pianist Gila Goldstein

Four performances only:
Fridays, January 17 and January 24 at 8:00 PM,
Sundays, January 19 and January 26 at 4:00 PM

For Reservations and Information: (212) 539-2696
or email VPROpera@aol.com

Performances take place at
Vertical Player Repertory
219 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Between Warren St. & Wyckoff St.
F and G train to Bergen Street or 2,3,4,5 to Borough Hall

Suggested Admission $20

THE DWARF, an original opera with libretto and music by Yoav Gal, will receive its world premiere at Vertical Player Repertory on January 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2003, in a scoring for chamber ensemble prepared by the composer for this production.

The Dwarf tells of the mysterious Lady Katherina Kaiser, a woman whose unfashionably capacious skirt hides her faithful lover, the dwarf Lingus. Her provocative attire arouses the obsessive interest of the cocky Chanticleer who determines to uncover her secret. He follows Lady Katherina and her dwarf to Mexico, where he drives the action to its ambiguously tragic conclusion.

"Beautiful music, creative and moving performances, and above all, great ideas have become the norm at Vertical Player Repertory, the small opera company on Court Street that always has something new and different in the works." -Heights Press and Cobble Hill News.

Now in its fifth season, Vertical Player Repertory is dedicated to rarely heard works of the operatic repertory as well as song recital, chamber music and the spoken word. The intimate venue, a factory-turned-sculpture studio-turned-theatre, provides the audience with the opportunity to experience opera in exciting proximity to the performers. The high ceiling and brick walls offer superb acoustics. The unconventional space lends itself to inventive staging. Vertical Player Repertory is emerging as a sophisticated young company of uncommonly imaginative programming. A trip to this unusual opera theatre is not to be missed!

Past productions include Alcina; Cavalleria Rusticana; Orphée et Eurydice; Dido and Aeneas; La Voix Humaine; The Rape of Lucretia; Pierrot Lunaire; Rorem's Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters; Bertha; and Fables.

Coming soon: February 16 Benefit, Rossini's Semiramide, Mozart's Idomeneo, an evening of monologues by Isidore Elias.


5. Isabel Samaras, FF Alumn, in SCI-FI/WESTERN in San Francisco, opening January 23, 2003.


An art Exhibition featuring Isabel Samaras and a *heck* of a lot of top notch artists from around the country.

***Opening Thursday, January 23rd, 6-10pm***

111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

San Francisco's 111 Minna Gallery is pleased to announce the opening reception for Sci-Fi Western, a massive group exhibition of more than 100 artists featuring Robert Williams, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Gary Baseman, Isabel Samaras, Clayton Bailey, Ron English, Jeff Soto, and Eric White.

Do you remember when ancient adventurers went west to create nothing less than a New World? It started with the ludicrous idea that the world was round. Do you remember in the 60's, the dream come true of 20th century men walking on the moon? It started with science-fiction writers imagining rockets in space; dreams that lead to the shaping of the western world in which we now live. Sci-Fi Western curator Sunny Buick felt a tribute is in order for these space and western pioneers; 100 visionary artists agreed and answered to her call. Each artist was asked to provide their stylized fusion of past and future, out of history and fantasy.

The show will be open through March 29th, with a closing party on March 29th, 6-10pm.

In conjunction with the show, Last Gasp has produced a glorious, full color, super gorgeous, must-have catalog, $30 at the opening & also available to order from Last Gasp (www.lastgasp.com).



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