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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
March 27, 2003

1. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at Teddy's in Brooklyn, thru April 22nd, 2003
2. jihui - Digital Salon presents Marek Walczak Friday, March 28, 2003 7 PM
3. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, performs March 30 and April 2, and much more.
4. Rev Billy, FF Alumn, in play by Savitri Durkee, through March 30th at 56 Walker Street
5. Martha Wilson, FF director, as Barbara Bush, at Judson Church, April 3, 2003
6. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, nominated for Book of the Year Award
7. The New York Digital Salon 10th Anniversary Celebration, Apr. 22-May 25, 2003
8. Jack Waters/Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Chelsea Art Museum, March 29.
9. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, announces website.
10. Patty Chang, FF Alumn, in short film program at Ronald Feldman, March 27th,
11. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, March 28-April 19th.
12. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Riverside Church, TONITE, March 27th, 7-10 pm.

1. Vernita N'Cognita, FF Alumn, at Teddy's in Brooklyn, thru April 22nd, 2003

Vernita N'Cognita
at Teddy's Showroom
Berry & N. 8th Sts.
Williamsburgh Brooklyn NY
exhibition continues through April 22, 2003
Curated by Stuart Nicholson
A project of the RidgeStreetArtists
directions to Teddy's: by subway take "L" train to Bedford St stop in Brklyn & walk 2 blocks to N. 8th & Berry. Teddy's is on the corner.


2. jihui - Digital Salon presents Marek Walczak Friday, March 28, 2003 7 PM

jihui - Digital Salon presents Marek Walczak Friday, March 28, 2003 7 PM
@ Parsons Center for New Design
55 West 13th Street, 9th Fl.
New York, NY 10011
Live Webcast @ http://agent.netart-init.org starts 7pm EST.

Marek Walczak will talk about the relationship between architecture, social space, and interactivity -- specifically, the interactive wall for 7 World Trade Center and other urban projects. Marek Walczak and his team recently won the competition for "Dialog," an interactive table for the Walker Art Center which includes a shared, gesture-based interface for thematic explorations (and makes postcards).

Marek Walczak was trained as an architect and worked for several years for James Carpenter Design Assoc., creating large-scale public artworks before being enticed into the Web, where he worked with Martin Wattenberg on "Apartment," a project that has been shown in the US and Europe and will be part of the upcoming New York Digital Salon 10th anniversary exhibition.

jihui (the meeting point), a self-regulated digital salon, invites all interested people to send ideas for discussion/performance/etc. jihui is where your voice is heard and your vision shared. jihui is sponsored by Digital Design Department and Center for New Design @ Parsons School of Design jihui is organized by agent.netart (http://agent.netart-init.org), a joint public program by NETART INITIATIVE and INTELLIGENT AGENT


3. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, performs March 30 and April 2, and much more.

Save the dates!!
A rare appearance by "outrageous vocal explorer" Lynn Book
@ ROULETTE, 228 W. Broadway
March 30, 8:30 pm

She is joined by the inimitable composer/percussionist, Kevin Norton and director Valeria Vasilevski, altogether subverting notions of what a vocal concert can be. The three were last seen together at The Kitchen in Book's Gorgeous Fever in 1997.

Lynn "Book's voice is fantastic: pliant, smooth, dangerous - an instrument of tremendous capacity and energy. What she does is unlike anything anyone else is doing." Achy Obejas, Chicago TribuneKevin Norton's "nuanced and impressive" work, according to one reviewer is "nothing short of remarkable." www.kevinnorton.com. Valeria Vasilevski is an uncommon writer, director and well, just about everything else. Her vision for concert theater (or theatrical concerts) continues to break new ground worldwide.

Spring is Springing
The budding of desire will not grow back into the ground or retreat into the trees even in the shadow of a world in distress.Life is a force that just won't quit, it pushes through, gets rerouted, goes around, through and over, at all costs going on ahead...please join us at Voicelab to reaffirm the vitality of life
h h h h h h h h
Spring Open House
April 2nd, 7 - 8:30 pm
5C Cafe @ 5th St. and Ave. C in the East Village
with Special Performances from the Composing for Noncomposers Lab @ 7:30 pm Janet K Bloom, Sujin Lee and Mary T. Converse
refreshments, repartee and general info about Voicelab will be available
We hope you'll come, it's free and all are welcome
r.s.v.p. 2 1 2 h 5 2 9 h 8 9 9 1
Voicelab 1: the workshop
Beginning Wednesdays, April 9 - May 14
7 - 8:30 pm, Cap 21 Studios,
18 W. 18th St., Floor 6
Early Bird Special: $195 (50% dep. due by April 2)
after that $215 (50% dep. on first class)

get your chops up, get the basics down, explore uncharted territory this perennial favorite has gotten rave reviews - don't miss it! (next one not until fall 2003)

perhaps the world's first performance art chorus is moving into a new phase of production for
performance at HERE, Tuesday, May 20, 2003, 7:00 pm
Come one come all, the more the merrier, the more the more powerful
Rehearsals begin on Saturday April 12 from 5 - 7 pm
and runs 6 consecutive saturdays through May 17
Call for more info 212 - 529- 8991

and don't forget, Lynn Book performs this Sunday, March 30 at Roulette
with Kevin Norton on percussion and vibraphone, directed by Valeria Vasilevski
Call 212 - 219-8242 - reservations strongly recommended

h h h h h h h h

and in JUNE!!
Voice and Wellness
a lab for those interested in therapeutic, awareness and transformative aspects of the voiced body Listen In a new 2 part lab for artists to share voice/sound related material in various stages of development for critical and artistic feedback and GLEE CLUB !! for singers of songs, wannabes, singer/songwriters, closet singers... learning some full bodied, imaginative approaches to the act of singing

Lynn Book's Voicelab
~where voice gets reinvented~
535 E. 14th St. #4F
New York NY 10009 USA


4. Rev Billy, FF Alumn, in play by Savitri Durkee, through March 30th at 56 Walker Street

lovers and daughters
and soldiers and fathers.
a play for the furious moment.

sky no sky
a new play by savitri durkee
march 26 - 30, 8pm

dawn eshelman | kara mclane burke andréa smith | bill talen
sound & found sound: christopher nicolson & wade raley
lights: rob petres
56 Walker Street, New York City
between broadway & church
A C E N R Q W 6 to canal
reservations 212.226.5051
tickets $15
reserve tickets by email
the ground is dead the hero buries all


5. Martha Wilson, Ralph Lewis, Sabrina Jones, at Judson Church.

JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH announces the launch of start a new arts series tackling vital contemporary issues with WAR CULTURE Thursday, April 3, 2003

Judson Memorial Church kicks off stART, a new multi-disciplinary arts series addressing the difficult issues currently facing Americans, with WAR CULTURE, a one-night-only arts event on Thursday, April 3rd. Doors open at 7:00 PM, performances begin at 7:30 PM. Judson Church is located at 55 Washington Square South (at Thompson Street). In addition, the visual and installation art works from the show will remain on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 4-6, from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Both the performance and the exhibition are FREE to the general public.

Deeply frustrated by the U.S. rush to war, concerned artists from all disciplines are ready and eager to respond. WAR CULTURE is the forum to do just that, but more than traditional "protest art" about war, the works of WAR CULTURE go to the roots of the problem - roots that may be social, economic, psychological or spiritual.

WAR CULTURE will feature the diverse performance talents of choreographers Jill Sigman and Renata Celichowska, cartoonist Peter Kuper, actors Tannis Kowalchuk and Leese Walker, and comedian/performance artist Zeroboy, as well as a special greeting from the first lady of downtown performance, Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace), appearing as Barbara Bush. War-themed animation from Robert Smigel and Wachtenheim/Marianetti (SNL TV Funhouse Cartoons) will be screened and the space will come alive with the visual art of Mark Beard, George Boorujy, Rachael Cole, Nathan Fox, John Jodzio, Sabrina Jones, Holly Laws, Ben Marra, Lauren Simkin Berke, Anthony Wilson, Aaron Zimmerman and others. A live DJ will spin before and between performances, and the evening culminates in "15 Minutes of Citizenry": an offering of concrete actions by The Love Everybody Players that every audience member can do in 15 minutes

Judson Memorial Church has a long tradition of providing a supportive outlet and venue for provocative art and outreach in times of crisis. stART's core group of organizers represent a new generation of artist-activists inspired by this rich heritage. They are: Ward Sutton, syndicated political cartoonist (Schlock 'n' Roll) and animator; Karen Sherman, performance artist and Judson Church administrator; Joel Hinman, documentary writer and producer of industrial films; director and producer Ralph Lewis and producer and actress Catherine Porter, co-artistic directors of Peculiar Works Project; and Sue Unkenholz, event producer and manager of SuttonImpactStudio.

stART's goal is to present quarterly events that focus on a single issue in thoughtful, complex ways through art, dance, music, spoken word, and multi-media theater. Issues for future events include: "Breaking News" (has it broken down?), "What's Left?"(what is and what remains of liberalism) and "June Wedding" (The spiritual, sexual and political forces behind marriage) - all with a specific "15 Minutes of Citizenry".
stART ... provoking.
stART ... reacting.
stART ... inspiring.
stART ... the conversation.

contact: Karen Sherman
(212) 477-0351


6. Magie Dominic, FF Alumn, nominated for Book of the Year Award

ForeWord Magazine, which reviews books from independent presses, has nominated The Queen of Peace Room by Magie Dominic for Book of the Year in the category of Autobiography. The awards will be given out on May 30th at Book Expo America in Los Angeles.


7. The New York Digital Salon 10th Anniversary Celebration, Apr. 22-May 25, 2003

Vectors: Digital Art of Our Time Exhibition
April 22nd May 25, 2003
World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery
220 Vesey Street
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11am-6pm; Thursday 11am-8pm;
Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm; closed Monday

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, The New York Digital Salon invited a group of new media curators from around the world to create an international survey of digital art. They were asked to select benchmark works that have changed the course of new media art and music history. The results were published in a special issue of Leonardo, the Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. This exhibition contains a selection of those works, along with a timeline of the history of digital art, presented from both an artistic and technical viewpoint. The goal of this exhibition is to help define digital art's place in contemporary art history. Co-presented by the New York Digital Salon and The World Financial Center Arts & Events Program.

Digital Art and Culture Symposium
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 22 & 23, 2003
MoMA Film at The Gramercy Theatre
127 East 23 Street (at Lexington Avenue)
Free and open to the public.
Registration required: register@nydigitalsalon.org
For information/schedule of events, please visit or call 212.592.2582.

An in-depth exploration of digital art practice today. Panel discussions on media art look at the role of artists as programmers, new uses of space, theory of aesthetics, narrative and sound.

Organized by Bruce Wands, Director, and Renee Schacht, Assistant Director, New York Digital Salon; and Barbara London, Associate Curator and Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, The
Museum of Modern Art, Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the School of Visual Arts.

Tuesday April 22
10:30 Welcome by Bruce Wands, History of the NYDS
11:00 Keynote
12:00 Theory and Aesthetics of New Media
Moderator: Christiane Paul
Jon Ippolito
Alex Galloway
Lev Manovich
1:30 Lunch break
3:00 About Space: Installation, Interaction and Media
Moderator: Kathy Brew
Perry Hoberman
Bernhard Leitner
David Rokeby

Wednesday, April 23
10:00 The Artist as Programmer
Moderator: John Simon
Pamela Jennings
Maciej Wisnewski
Andy Deck

11:30 The Museum and Art Gallery in the 21st Century
Moderator: Barbara London
Benjamin Weil
Gregor Muir
Magda Sawon
1:00 Lunch break
2:30 The New Narrative
Moderator: Laurence Kardish
Grahame Weinbren
Mary Ellen Carroll

4:00 New Media Performance and Music
Moderator: Christina Yang
Atau Tanaka and Kasper Toeplitz
Pauline Oliveros
Ricardo Dominguez
Carsten Nicolai
5:30 Dinner break

8:00 An Evening with New Media Curators
Moderator: Bruce Wands
Christiane Paul
Jon Ippolito
Gregor Muir
Benjamin Weil
Joel Chadabe
Lev Manovich


8. Jack Waters/Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Chelsea Art Museum, March 29.

Saturday, March 29th, 2003 - 5:00 - 10PM DANCETUBE performs ON THE HOUR
EVERY HOUR in conjunction with Trancespace and other Live ongoings all night for the closing event of 'The Sonic Self' Audio-Visual Immersions

Chelsea Art Museum 556 W.22nd street @ West Side Hwy New York, NY 10011
http://nyartsmagazine.com/sound/sonic.htm - $5 suggested donation. Tel 212.255.0719

DANCETUBE is the "experimental end of the new Burlesque" features Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Mara Zusman, Julie Teselsky, Brian McPhee, Carlo Quispe, Andy Hamlen, Jason Fleetwood Bolt and others willing and able to join us... including you? THey have performed at Theater for the New City, Le Petit Versailles Garden and Danspace Project/Dancers Responding to AIDS.


9. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, announces website.

Rhizome old-timers will know Joseph Nechvatal, but those who don't should consider researching his work. Nechvatal was a Rhizome regional editor for many years, is based in Paris and New York, and has been making art with computers and writing about technoart since the 80s. Animations, essays,and images of paintings can be accessed on his website, and I recommend Joe Lewis' essay (reprinted from Art in America) on Nechvatal's show at Universal Concepts Unlimited for an overview of recent projects, and Carlo McCormick's review from Artforum in 1988 for a broader history. --

Joseph Nechvatal


10. Patty Chang, FF Alumn, in short film program at Ronald Feldman, March 27th.

You are invited to attend two free evening programs of short films selected by Maria-Christina Villasenor and John Hanhardt

Ameri©an Dre@m, American Idioms Screening Series
Thursday March 27th and Thursday April 3rd
7:00 to 9:00 PM
419 Broome Street (Between Crosby & Lafayette)

These programs have been organized in conjunction with Ameri©an Dre@m, an exhibition featuring the work of over eighty artists presented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery at 31 Mercer Street and 419 Broome Street, and on view through April 5th,

Screening Program One
Thursday March 27th
Ameri©an Dre@ms
(Americ@n Nightmares)

In meditative experimental works and probing short documentaries, the artists in this program reflect on a crisis of meaning, focusing directly and indirectly on American structures of power, the rhetoric of war and militarization, and constructions of nationalism.

Losing Ground by Patty Chang
73 Suspect Words by Peggy Ahwesh
Life or Liberty by Jeanne Finley
The Art of Protective Coloration by Sherry Milner/Ernest Larsen
Flag TV (Third World Newsreel)
1, by Shelly Silver
Now Let Us Praise Famous Leftists by Paul Chan
The Free Space of the Commodity by Les Leveque
Evil by Tony Cokes
The Imagined, The Longed-For, The Conquered and The Sublime by Roddy Bogawa

Screening Program Two
Thursday April 3rd
Ameri©an Dre@ms
(Americ@n Obsessions)

In this program, the great American past time of obsessive behavior is chronicled in a range of satirical short narratives and
mixed-genre experimental works.

Levels by Jon Jolles
Grandma Cooks by Christina Ibarra
Las Papas del Papa by Alex Rivera,
Loss Prevention by Jeanne Finley
Estranged by Todd Downing
The Amateurist by Miranda July
The Great Yiddish Love by Diane Nerwen
Final Exit by Joe Gibbons

Maria-Christina Villasenor is the Associate Curator of Film and Media Arts for the Guggenheim Museum in New York

John Hanhardt is the Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts for the Guggenheim Museum in New York


11. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, March 28-April 19th.

Dykenstein: Sex Horror and The Tragedy of the Straight Brain
written and directed by Susana Cook

FINALLY, a version of the Frankenstein classic everyone can enjoy. The scariest Frankenstein ever! A Frankenstein so scary, it could only be one thing - Susana Cook's masterful creation - Dykenstein! The clouds raced across the sky, the wind howled, the shutters banged -- it was a queer evening.... when Dr. Dykenstein (after years of questioning, confusion, exploration, and shameful hiding out in the laboratory) finally, triumphantly creates the perfect dyke, but tragedy strikes when her ambiguously gendered assistant goes out for an extended smoke break, the creature is left alone and something goes horribly wrong. Undone by the turn of events, Dr. Dykenstein must make decisions that could forever change the face of science and the Lesbian Nation. What's the good dyke doctor to do? (click here: http://www.susanacook.com/flyer3.htm)

Featuring: Susana Cook, Felice Shays, Mistah, Stacey Whitmire, Chalee Snorton, Melissa Shimkovitz, Lisa Gluckin, E.J.An, Fanya Cutler, Kimbley Gilchrist and Johnny Kat. Original score: Julian Mesri Cook

DYKENSTEIN will be presented at WOW Cafe March 28th through April 19th Fridays and Saturdays at 10pm
Tickets: $9 Lesbians, Trans, students: $7
WOW Cafe. 59 East 4th street (Between Bowery and Second Avenue)
Subways: F to 2nd or 6 to Astor Place phone: 212-777-4280

Reservations: 212-631-3609 www.susanacook.com

Susana Cook
Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York based performance artist who has been writing and producing original work for over 14 years. Some of her most recent shows are Hamletango, Prince of Butches, Gross National Product, Hot Tamale, Conga Guerrilla Forest, The Fraud, Butch Fashion Show in the Femme Auto Body Shop, Rats:The Fantasy of Extermination . She performed and taught workshops at The Kitchen, Dixon Place, WOW Café, Columbia University, Oberlin College, Yale University and at The Bronx Museum of The Arts.

website: http://susanacook.com email: susana.cook@mindspring.com


12. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Riverside Church, TONITE, March 27th, 7-10 pm.

Thursday, March 27, 7-10 pm
Sponsored by the Riverside Church & WBAI
Riverside Church, Nave
490 Riverside Dr. (bet. 120th/122nd St.)
Morningside Heights, NYC

Join scholars, cultural workers, activists, and concerned clergy (partial list):
Ossie Davis; Jimmy Breslin; Pete Seeger; Tom Chapin; Rev. James Forbes, Jr.; Rev. Herbert Daughtry; Cornelius Eady; Andre Gregory; Ron Daniels; Rev. Dr. James Fitzgerald, Nora York with Blaise Dupuy
More info: (212) 209-2869 or (718) 422-2753

"The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his murder, Martin Luther King delivered "Beyond Vietnam" at Riverside Church. This was his first major speech on the war and became the focus of the growing awareness of the links between militarism abroad and human rights at home. Thirty-six years later, Dr. King's words remain all too relevant as we struggle with U.S. military and economic expansionism in the world, and growing economic and political repression at home.

"In the dark times will there still be singing?
Yes there will be singing,
there will be singing about dark times."
Bertolt Brecht



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