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May 15, 2003

1. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Fund for Performance Artist, at The Kitchen, May 21, 5:50 to 5:55 PM sharp!
2. Ed Gomez, FF Member, published in NY Review of Books
3. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, premiers new play in Berlin, Germany, June, 2003
4. Dyke Action Machine, FF Alumn, offers 2004 campaign buttons
5. Devora Neumark, FF Alumn, book release party at LMCC, May 16, 7-9 pm
6. Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Theater for the New City, June 5-15
7. SKART, FF Alumn, present a lecture, July 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia
8. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, performs in LA, June 6, 7 and 8
9. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, lectures in Seoul May 26 and Beijing May 30
10. Nora York, FF Alumn, at The Cutting Room, May 21, 8:30 pm
11. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, presents CARS, and more.
12. Alice Wu, FF Alumn, in SONYA studio stroll, May 17-18, 12-6 pm
13. Many FF Alumns in Kathy High's new book, Risk/Riego, now available.
14. Garrison Botts, FF Alumn, presents Reel New York's 8th Season on Channel 13
15. General Idea, FF Alumns, Book Launch/Opening, Printed Matter, May 17 5-7 pm
16. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, solo exhibition, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, opening May 30
17. Brian Routh, FF Alumn, at Collective Unconscious, June 13-14, 7:30 pm

1. Zlatko Kopljar, FF Fund for Performance Artist, at The Kitchen,May 21, 5:50 to 5:55 PM sharp!

10th Anniversary of the New York Digital Salon
May 21 [Wed] 6pm (Doors open at 5:30pm) $8
Moderator: Bruce Wands, Director, NY Digital Salon
Panelists: Barbara Nessim, Chair, Dept. of Illustration, Parsons School of Design; Maureen Nappi, artist and curator
Video by artist Zlatko Kopljar from 5:50 to 5:55 PM

Franklin Furnace-supported artist Zlatko Kopljar's K9 is a video record of performances made at various places around New York City, with narration taken from Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalgia. The software that enhances the video moves the pixels of each frame to new locations within the same frame. Using the artist's genetic data and digital media as artistic tools, K9 exemplifies the link that digital art creates between technology and life.

Contact: Franklin Furnace or
Michael Chagnon
The Kitchenp: 212.255.5793 x25
f: 212.645.4258
e: michael@thekitchen.org


2. Ed Gomez, FF Member, published in NY Review of Books

From the New York Review of Books, just-published issue dated May 29, 2003:

Review by Sanford Schwartz of the Adolf Wölfli exhibition at American Folk Art Museum, New York, and accompanying book (exhibition catalog), containing essay by Edward M. Gomez that takes first-ever critical look at the legendary Swiss outsider artist, Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930), as a graphic designer. This historic exhibition on view through Sunday, May 18. If you're in New York, don't miss it.

About Gomez's essay, the review says:
"Marking, presumably, changed thinking on the subject [of Wölfli's art], the current exhibition has the seemingly neutral title 'The Art of Adolf Wölfli, ' and the most striking contribution to its fine catalog is no doubt Edward M. Gomez's 'Adolf Wölfli: Visionary Graphic Designer.' It centers on Wölfli' s undeniable genius for design and places him firmly as a creator of books. He is aligned with contemporary artists who 'have refined the concept of such works, creating one-of-a-kind pieces or specimens from limited editions that highlight the book as a work of art and as a cultural artifact, at once visual, sculptural and interactive.'

Gomez, of course, understands that Wölfli was schizophrenic, but he leaves us with a sense of the man's overflowing artistic potency. And certainly, the spirit that sees Wölfli and other outsiders as much as (if not more than) case histories has a powerful pull now."


3. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, premiers new play in Berlin, Germany, June, 2003

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In June, 2003, my play The Incredible Disappearing Woman will have its international premiere at the In-Transit Festival sponsored by Berlin's House of World Cultures. Last summer, an earlier version of the piece was staged in a workshop in New York. Since then, the piece has undergone substantial changes including a rewriting of the script and a completely new cast that features Ricardo Dominguez and a wheelchair-bound robot.

Below please find a description of the new production. I hope you can attend. For more information about the In-Transit Festival presentation, please go to:

Coco Fusco

The Incredible Disappearing Woman
A play by Coco Fusco
Performed by Coco Fusco and Ricardo Dominguez

The Incredible Disappearing Woman is about art, sex and death at the US- Mexico border. It is also about how and why we relate to political violence via technological mediation. To suggest ways in which we as cultural consumers evoke and respond to larger social forces, I have put radically divergent archetypes together in the confined space of a "live chat" room connected to the internet. The actual audience in the theater will watch a drama unfolds that is produced in response to instructions from four off-stage characters who appear to be transmitting them via the internet to three characters on stage.

What joins the characters in this work is their relationship with Death. On stage, Death is embodied as a woman, a modern incarnation of the venerated Mexican archetype of La Pelona (the bald one). She lies before us as a reminder of our limits, and as the other inside each one of us. As Octavio Paz wrote in The Labyrinth of Solitude, " Death is a mirror which reflects the vain gesticulations of the living…Death defines life; a death depicts life in immutable forms; we do not change except to disappear."

The interactive chat studio is presented as a virtual museum of transgressive acts for sophisticated consumers of perversion. Customers who log on choose from a list of "galleries" showcasing a variety of live performances that breach social, political and sexual taboos, and relay commands to the performers to shape the acts according to their particular tastes.
The two live characters on stage play out the fantasies of their virtual clients, and dress up and assume roles and scenes in accordance with commands. They are joined by a third character who is played by a decrepit robot who does not understand that she is not human. The scenes on stage are devoted to fantasies about necrophilia that are loosely based on the true story of an American male artist who traveled to Mexico in the 70s to rent the body of a dead women, have sex with her and document it as art. I invoke this moment in the history of performance to explore what it means to have to play dead in order to live in all its political, techno-cultural and gendered implications. As the performers go through the requested sketches, they allude to real life situations of religious and political repression - however, as low-paid service workers catering to telematic consumers of violence, they dramatize these histories as endlessly rerun games in which actors are "meat puppets."

The Incredible Disappearing Woman is my attempt to reflect on the ethical and aesthetic question of how to make the actuality of political violence intelligible in an information-saturated culture dominated by simulation. In the recent rush to celebrate the expanded communication potential afforded by new technologies, we often assume that the increased circulation of information necessarily yields enhanced possibilities of substantive intercultural interaction. It is time to ask ourselves how much we want to know about what we ask to see.

The Incredible Disappearing Woman premieres at the In-Transit Festival at Berlin's House of World Cultures in June, 2003. The play will be presented at London's Institute for Contemporary Art in July, at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in September, and the International Festival of Performance in Serbia in October, 2003.

Video design: Peter Norrman, Technical Director: Tim
Pickerill, Stage Manager: Courtney Golden, Original
Music: Trevor Mathison and Hallucinator, Robot created
by Andy Wilhelm, La Muerta sculpture created by Cesar


4. Dyke Action Machine, FF Alumn, offers 2004 campaign buttons

Hey kids!
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Help is on the way. More DAM! buttons (plus lots of other cool merchandise) can now be purchased at the Mr. Lady Records web site. Simply log onto: http://www.mrlady.com/Store/goods.htm
And, if you're unfamiliar with these must-have items.... From Buttons to Bustiers, it's time to suit up for future demos. Dyke Action Machine!'s 2004 Prez Campaign Button is primed to replace that old-time feeling of your vintage activist regalia. Don't delay! You're really going to wish you had one of these once the coming mud-slinging season starts up. Dyke Action Machine! is the New York City-based
www.dykeactionmachine.com or info@dykeactionmachine.com


5. Devora Neumark, FF Alumn, book release party at LMCC, May 16, 7-9 pm

This publication accompanies the Artists' Gestures exhibition curated by Marie Fraser and Marie-Josée Lafortune and organized by OPTICA, a contemporary art center, which was presented in Montreal from October 7th to 14th 2001 in conjunction with the "Saison du Québec à New York".

With text by Moukhtar Kocache, Director of Visual and Media Arts at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and interviews with artists in the exhibition, this catalogue furthers a reflection on the nature of gesture, interrogating its mobility, fragility, transience and motion toward the world. From the self to the other, the gesture travels between two spaces, from the private to the social.

Optica, Montréal, 2003, 88p. ill. couleur / colour
ISBN 2-922085-08-2
le 26 mars 2003, 17h-19h
March 26 2003, 5pm-7pm
Musée d'art Contemporain, 185 Ste-Catherine ouest, Montréal

le 16 mai 2003, 19h-21h
May 16th 2003, 7pm-9pm
LOWER Manhattan Cultural Council,
One Wall Street Court 2nd floor, New York

le 23 mai 2003, 19h-21h
May 23rd 2003, 7pm-9pm
LE LOBE centre de recherche, de production et diffusion en art actuel, 114 rue Bossé, Chicoutimi

prix de lancement / special launch price 15$
prix régulier / regular price 17$

un centre d'art contemporain
a centre for contemporary art

372 Ste-Catherine ouest, espace 508
Montréal (Québec) H3B 1A2
T: (514) 874-1666
F: (514) 874-1682

Pour d'autres informations, contacter OPTICA
For further information, contact OPTICA

Friday, May 16, 7-9pm
Artists' Gestures Book Launch featuring live performances and actions by Raphaëlle De Groot, Carl Bouchard & Martin Dufrasne, and Devora Neumark

Artists' Gestures
Project directors: Marie Fraser, Marie-Josée Lafortune

Participating artists: Carl Bouchard + Martin Dufrasne, Rachel Echenberg, Raphaëlle de Groot, Massimo Guerrera, Devora Neumark

The publication accompanies the Artists' Gestures exhibition curated by Marie Fraser and Marie-Josée Lafortune and organized by Optica, a contemporary art center, which was presented in Montreal from October 7th to 14th 2001 in conjunction with the Saison du Québec à New York.

With text by Moukhtar Kocache, Director of Visual and Media Arts of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and interviews with artists in the exhibition, this catalogue furthers a reflection on the nature of gesture, interrogating its mobility, fragility, transience and motion toward the world. From the self to the other, the gesture travels etween two spaces, from the private to the social.

Artists' Gestures was originally planned as a series of street actions n various locations in New York City by six Quebec artists initiated by Optica and presented in collaboration with Artists Space and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In the fall of 2001 the project had to be relocated to Montréal in a few hours notice. The publication focuses on the flexibility of the artists' processes, and critically documents their experiences of adapting their work to new conditions. LMCC is proud to host this launch event in New York featuring actions and performances by Raphaëlle De Groot, Carl Bouchard and Martin Dufrasne, and Devora Neumark as well as commentary by the curators and video footage of the Montreal performances.

Location & Directions
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
1 Wall Street Court
2nd Floor
Subway and Bus Directions:

2/3/4/5 to Wall Street
J/M/Z to Broad Street
M6 to Broadway and Wall Street

Walk eastbound on Wall Street to Pearl Street. Turn right onto Pearl
Street. The building will be directly in front of you. The entrance is
on Pearl Street in the middle of the block.


6. Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, at Theater for the New City, June 5-15

Coming in June!
A Surreality Based Musical Theater Intervention
Conceived and directed by Jack Waters
with Peter Cramer and the members of DanceTube

June 5 through 15
THURSDAY through SATURDAY at 8pm; SUNDAY at 3pm
Theater for the New City
155 1st Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)

As a young girl publicly accuses a well-known activist of kidnapping her, international trade developments due to the manipulation of dairy and beef products cause conflict on a local Italian talk show.

SPETTACOLO PROVOLONE (http://spetacolo.org) is based on the ancient Greek myth of Io, who, a mortal beloved of Zeus, was transformed by the god into a cow to conceal their liaison from Hera, Zeus¹s jealous wife. Hera sees through the ruse and requests the beautiful bovine as a gift that she tortures with a stinging gadfly, driving Io to roam the earth.


7. SKART, FF Alumn, present a lecture, July 3, Ljubljana, Slovenia

A series of lectures: Strategies of presentation 3

In its sixth year, the World of Art educational program, unique in the field of contemporary theoretical reflection and curatorial practice in Slovenia is comprised of the following: the Course for curators of contemporary art (the opening of the final exhibition prepared by the participants will be on 3rd July in the Kapelica Gallery), the Seminar for writing on contemporary art, a Series of public lectures and the Anthology.

Within the frame of this year’s theme entitled Strategies of presentation 3 we are continuing in the direction of presenting artists, theoreticians and critics, who are establishing a critical reflection and a constructive approach to work in the field of contemporary art and culture. We will invite experts (artists, theoreticians, curators and critics), who with their work set a mirror to the established art system (even though they do not denounce its existence and often also operate within its frame) and will present their projects and ways, techniques and methods of their work and place and discuss them in the context of the international cultural and art scene.

The introductory lecture of the spring part of this year’s series: Art collective Skart strategy of small steps on Wednesday, 14th May at 9 pm in Kapelica Gallery on Kersnikova 4 in Ljubljana.
Repeat lecture: Friday 16th May at 8 pm in the Nova Gorica Town Gallery.

The artistic collective Skart was established in 1990 in an abandoned graphic atelier of the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade by Dragan Protic and Djordje Balmazovic. ‘The collective in progress’based their actions of handing out cards with printed words or poems during the ‘time of silence and fear’ on the principle of self-publishing and self-distribution. In the year 2000 they spread their operation strategy onto a group consisting of between 30 and 50 people who applied for the audition for HORKESKART (hor-choir + orchestra + Skart), which transformed the classical ‘military’organisation of such groups into a self-organised collective. The members, who are meeting already for the third year, have during this period held concerts all across Serbia, as well as prepared a tour of primary schools and cooperatives in Montenegro. In 2001 they were the first organised group of people who, on their way to their one-week tour of Istria, crossed the Serbian-Croatian boarder with a group passport and in a bus with a Serbian number plate since 1991. During the last years of their work the members of this ‘perpetuum mobile’ started to compose, organise appearances, hold lectures and conduct by themselves; for instance the Skart conductor, who was before a pianist, became the youngest female conductor in the country at the age of eighteen.

The lecture will take place in Serbian language.

Entrance free of charge.

You are cordially invited.
Contact: Sasa Glavan
SCCA, Center for contemporary arts-Ljubljana
phone.: 01 431 83 85
fax: 01 430 06 29

The series of lectures are prepared in co-operation with the Kapelica Gallery and the Nova Gorica Town Gallery.

The World of Art program is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana-Department for Culture and Research and the restaurant Carli.


8. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, performs in LA, June 6, 7 and 8

Frank Moore, FF Alumn, is doing two 4-hour performances in the l.a. area as a part of the month-long performance festival, FLOPHOUSE. each piece will be complete in itself. but they will also be parts 1 & 2 of the 8-hour journey. the 8-hour piece will be THE INTIMATE PASSION. the first night will be AUDITION FOR PASSION, and the second night will be SKIN OF UNKNOWN PASSION. these very intimate adventures will be at CRAZYSPACE 1629 18th St., #2, Santa Monica, starting at 7pm both friday and saturday, june 6 & 7.

and on sunday, june 8, i along with THE CHEROTIC ALL-STAR BAND will do A
DANGEROUSLY INTIMATE JAM at LIQUID DEN, 5061 Warner Ave., huntington beach.


9. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, lectures in Seoul May 26 and Beijing May 30

Raul Zamudio, FFAlumn, will be lecturing at Ewha University Museum, Seoul on May 26, 2003. Will be joined by Laurence Rinder of the Whitney Museum, Linda Nochlin, Professor of Art History, NYU, and Thalia Vrachopouplos Assistant Professor of Art History, John Jay College. He is also scheduled to lecture at the 25,000 Cultural Center in Beijing on May 30, 2003.


10. Nora York, FF Alumn, at The Cutting Room, May 21, 8:30 pm

Nora York (voice) & Charlie Giordano (accordion)
Wednesday May 21st
8:30 PM
The Cutting Room
19 West 24th St. (btw. 6th Ave. and B'way)
NYC. 212 691 1900
Nora York & Charlie Giordano (first on the bill) Also for one low price and playing the same evening are Marni Rice with Paul Fernandez and David Plakke THE MAIN SQUEEZE ORCHESTRA-- directed by Walter Kucher
"New York's one and only 17 piece all female accordion ensemble"

"I find no peace and all my war is done,
I fear and hope, I burn and freeze like ice,
I fly above the wind, yet I cannot arise,
and naught I have and all the world I seize on:
--- Excerpt I find No Peace---
Sir Thomas Wyatt The Elder

"War, Inequality and the abuse of authority are also on Nora York's mind these days; unlike most of us, though, this daring vocalist and conceptualist is able to turn her ruminations into fascinating musical explorations. Her latest "POWER/PLAY" uses Bob Dylan's "Masters of War" as its jumping off point; York is sure to take it to parts un-dreamed of."
The New Yorker

York sure-handedly delivers her intelligent recombinant music... Like k.d. lang and Laurie Anderson... York presents a kind of postmodern cabaret. The buzz about York and her band is growing. They recast old stories in strikingly thoughtful ways and,
like love, make them new...-- (Gene Santoro) The New York Daily News --

[one of the] more original musicians on the current scene.
--(David Hajdu) New York Review of Books--


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



11. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, presents CARS, and more.

Mutant Caronavirus - Critical Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Cars, Caused By Fossil Fuel Emissions; "Weapons Of Gas Destruction" Cited.

Jay Critchley
P. O. Box 819
Provincetown, MA 02657
508 487-3684

CARS - Weapons of Gas Destruction
By Jay Critchley

Is nothing scared anymore?
As fast as I can say Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, a bio-terrorist-like mutant virus - Critical Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or CARS - is spreading worldwide, with the heaviest toll likely in the pollution-rich United States, according to a World Health Organization, and the latest media scare. Ironically, just as President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld celebrated the US "victory" over oil-rich Iraq, a new insidious threat has emerged - a mysterious CARonavirus believed to be caused by fossil-fuel powered automobiles, airplanes, SUVs, trucks, and industrialization uses. Now they are after my car. MY car! With the President's petroleum- and nuclear-heavy energy policies, and his rejection of the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, we Americans- victors of the war - are expected to bear the brunt of this latest chameleon virus, whose symptoms World Health Organization epidemiologists describe as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. Is this the latest "road map" we've been hearing about?

Now bring in the Office of Homeland Security, in cooperation with ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco, it will distribute Yellow Health-Alert cards to customers who "fill 'er up" at gas stations - a public education campaign recognizing that cars may, in fact, be "superspreaders." Superspreaders?! They can't mean my 1993 powder blue Cutlass Ciera S Oldsmobile I inherited from my mother's estate? She would have none of this.

One CDC official anonymously stated, "It's scarily reminiscent of the early days of AIDS." In fact, drug "cocktails" and other protocols are being hastily developed, with recommendations for "safer sex", I mean "safer sex breathing", I mean, "safer breathing" - there can be no abstinence from breathing. It would utilize gas masks and oxygen stations on public streets, and encourage the riding of public transportation.

As health and government officials meet to "shock and awe" this latest biological mutation called CARS, one of the United Nations weapons inspectors quipped, "Talk about weapons of mass destruction!"

Newsweek/US News & World Report: "A mutated CARonavirus, Critical Acute Respiratory Syndrome, CARS, is spread by excessive fossil fuel emissions. The media has identified this latest "superspreader" as a "weapon of GAS destruction."

Teletubby (email to follow): "Teletubby & friends need to breathe too!"

Theater in the Ground@Septic Space is pleased to announce its summer
program will once again feature Septic Opera: Heaven & Hell, with Donna
Roll and company, Friday, August 22, 8 pm, 7 Carnes Lane, Provincetown.
This is the diva's 5th annual production at Jay Critchley's backyard
wonderland. Free admission. 508 487-3684, reroot@attbi.com.


12. Alice Wu, FF Alumn, in SONYA studio stroll, May 17-18, 12-6 pm

Feral Childe is participating in the annual SONYA Studio Stroll this weekend, May 17-18 from 12-6 PM.

Over 100 artists working throughout the neighborhood east of Ft. Greene and south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard are opening their studios to the public as part of the Studio Stroll. Neighborhood galleries are also included in the Stroll.

Please come by to say hello and see where we work! You can shop, too. We're having a bake sale to raise money for our next project! [Just kidding - we really mean sample sale. Prices start at only $10!! Take a look at our wears at http://www.feralchilde.com]

Feral Childe's studio is located on the third floor of 122 Washington Ave. That's between Myrtle and Park, closer to Park. We're about 8 mins. from the Clinton/Washington stop on the G train, and about 15 mins. from DeKalb on the Q, or the E,F at Jay Street. For further details, or for better directions, please see http://sonyany.com/2003_artists.htm where you can also download a map of the neighborhood.

Alice & Moriah


13. Many FF Alumns in Kathy High's new book, Risk/Riego, now available.

Three award winning Mexican media artists, Ximena Cuevas, Ricardo Nicolayevsky and Fabiola Torres, present brand new video works.

Utilizing a harsh reworking of media images these works look at cultural icons and images positioning them in absurdist realms and point to our obsessions and distractions.

This screening is a preview of the upcoming Mexican/U.S. issue of FELIX: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication entitled RISK/RIESGO.

RISK/RIESGO includes writings and artist pages by over 60 artists and looks at ways artists push the boundaries. As examples of artists who participated in the publication (Cuevas and Nicolayevsky were Guest Editors of RISK/RIESGO) these artists' works are enticing and playful. Screening will include works such as "Mexican Film for Dumbies"/Nicolayevsky, "Movieland"/Cuevas, "Rabbit in the Woods"/FX and "Spiderman"/FX.

Cuevas, Nicolayevsky and Torres are all obsessed with the micro movements of daily life, with the border between truth and fiction, with the "impossibility" of reality. Their work relentlessly seeks out the layers of lies covering the everyday representations of reality and systematically explores the fictions of national identity, sexuality and gender and the fact that we are under the conquest of the media.

Running time 50 minutes. Curated by K. High

MEXICAN CINEMA FOR DUMMIES, by Ricardo Nicolayevsky, Video, 2001-2002, (15:20 min.)
THE BIG WHACK, by Ricardo Nicolayevsky, 16 mm. Film (found footage/own footage) /Video, 2002, (2:30 min.)
LA TOMBOLA, by Ximena Cuevas, Video, 2001 (7:00 min.)
CINEPOLIS/MOVIELAND, by Ximena Cuevas, Video, 2003 (22 min.)
RABBIT IN THE FOREST, by FX, Video, 2002 (1:30 min.)
SPIDERMAN, by FX, Video, 2002 (2 min.)
Book release -- FELIX RISK/RIESGO
We are pleased to announce the release of RISK/RIESGO - the latest issue of FELIX: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication, a publication of critical writings by media artists published by the Standby Program.

Edited by Kathy High, with guest editors Ximena Cuevas, Roberto Lopez, Ricardo Nicolayevsky and Jesse Lerner, RISK/RIESGO is an exchange between U.S. and Mexican media artists in the form of writings and graphic works.As the first bilingual (Spanish/English) issue of FELIX, RISK/RIESGO will provide a resource to both Mexican and U.S.artists for discussion of media work and working strategies.

Participating artists include:
Animal Charm-Jim Fetterley & Rich Bott, Gustavo Artigas (México), Julia Barco, Ursula Biemann, Big Noise - Jacqueline Soohen & Rick Rowley, Mariana Botey, Nao Bustamante, Miguel Calderon, Fabian Castro, Paul Chan, Chilango - David Miranda, Goethe Pontón, Daniel González, Abigail Child, Arcángel Constantini, Minerva Cuevas, Ricardo Dominguez, Ivan Edeza, Christa Erikson, Carolina Esparragoza, Simin Farkhondeh, Adrián García Gomez, Nathan Gibbs, Rita Gonzalez, Marco Granados, Silvia Gruner, Barbara Hammer, Dante Hernández, Louis Hock, Nikolai Jeffs, Adriene Jenik, Art Jones, Miranda July, Bill Kelley Jr., !Kung Lab - Pablo Boneu & Natalia Britos, Fernando Llanos, Chip Lord, Priamo Lozada, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Teresa Margolles Sierra, Carlos Martínez Suárez, Cuauhtemoc Medina, Jimena Mendoza Elizalde, Branda Miller, Liz Miller, Miguel Monroy, Richard Moszka, José Esteban Muñoz, Hector Pacheco, POCHO - Esteban Zul & Lalo Lopez, Paulina del Paso, Carl Pope, Lourdes Portillo, Claudia Prado, Vicente Razo, Alex Rivera,Alberto Roblest, ®TMark, A. Salomón, Greg Samsa, Santiago Sierra, Shelly Silver, Ho Tam, Rafael Tonatiuh, Fabiola Torres, Ruben Ortiz-Torres, Gustavo Vazquez, Andrés Villalobos, Maria-Christina Villaseñor, Matt Wolf, Lorena Wolffer.

Funding for RISK/RIESGO has generously been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture and the Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo Foundation. RISK/RIESGO DVD will also be available soon! The issue will be available May 23rd through the FELIX website at <http://www.e-felix.org/order.html>Price: $29.95 plus $4 shipping & handling charges per issue payable to:THE STANDBY PROGRAM West 26th Street, 12th
Floor, New York, NY10001 / (212) 206-7858 / http://www.standby.org--

Kathy High
Director of MFA Program
Associate Prof./Video and New Media
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
iEAR Studios/Department of Arts
Troy, NY 12180-3590 USA
Tel: (518) 276-4813
Fax: (518) 276- 4370
Cell: (917) 968-2575
email: highk@rpi.edu
web: http://www.e-felix.org


14. Garrison Botts, FF Alumn, presents Reel New York's 8th season on Channel 13.

The Eighth Season Of Reel New York, Thirteen's Annual Independent Film And Video Series, Presents An Evocative Mix Of Selections, Spotlighting Innovative New Work And Saluting Worthy Classics

True Originals Episode Kicks Off This Year's Eight-Week Showcase Of Local Independents On Friday, June 6 at 10 p.m.
From classic films by renowned artists to cutting-edge videos by newcomers, the eighth season of Thirteen's REEL NEW YORK celebrates the proud heritage and bright future of New York independent film and video. With landmark contributions from the past and fresh work by new and established artists, REEL NEW YORK brings over 30 short- and full-length works by, about and for New Yorkers Fridays at 10 p.m., from June 6 - August 1 (excluding July 4).
Since breaking ground in 1996 as New York's first independent film and video series for television, REEL NEW YORK has been a unique forum for narrative shorts, documentaries, experimental pieces, animation, and projects beyond categorization. These works by New York-based independent filmmakers reflect a refreshing array of perspectives that cross racial, religious, social, and cultural boundaries to illuminate pockets of life that many New Yorkers never see.
The series opens with True Originals (June 6), an hour of decidedly unique visions. This episode contains experimental, fantastic and atmospheric shorts, including a new contribution by video pioneer Nam June Paik and the 1964 Oscar nominated surreal film "Help! My Snowman's Burning Down." The claymation short "Clay Pride: Being Clay in America," the photo-collage animation "The Travelling Eye of the Blue Cat," the documentary about Greg Lupo called "Have You Seen This Man?," and the mixed-media "Just Another Day Without You" round out the hour.
Next up is Love In the City (June 13), a collection of films about the post-modern trials and tribulations of love in New York. From an animated Mona complaining about the unwritten rules of dating in "Mona Mon Amour" to lesbian love blooming across a smoky bar in "Bar Talk," the episode covers a variety of perspectives. The city plays a role in all the selections, with Chinatown's Confucius Square, the Houston Street haunt Meow Mix and the subway platform at 86th Street all putting in cameo appearances.
New York takes the starring role in Not for Sale (June 20), a documentary about the recent and ongoing metamorphosis of East Seventh Street on the Lower East Side. From the bulldozing of the public garden Esperanza to the completion of the luxury condos built in its place, the film chronicles the daily lives of the neighborhood's inhabitants amid gentrification.
Crossing Cultures (July 11) presents a rich mix of works that examine a wide range of cross-cultural experiences. "Reeperbahn" portrays the relationship between a Jewish-American filmmaker and her German friend. The episode's three other films focus on the lives of immigrants in New York: teens from former Soviet republics, a window washer from Guatemala and a recent arrival from China all struggle to adjust to the realities of American life while retaining their heritage.
Other themed hours include: Old Friends (June 27), which shares poignant personal stories of the city's older inhabitants; In Our Hands (July 18), commemorating the 21st anniversary of the largest peace demonstration in the city's history, during which one million people marched for the end of the nuclear arms race; Imaging New York (July 25), which brings the Helen Levitt classic "In The Street" and video artist Joan Jonas' "Brooklyn Bridge" together with 3D computer-animation and an impressionistic "video letter;" and Short Stories (August 1), a collection of narrative shorts.
Featured filmmakers introduce their works, adding a personal dimension to each presentation. Many REEL NEW YORK alumni have gone on to garner prestigious positions and awards in the film industry: Abraham Lim, whose short film Fly aired as part of the series in 1998, edited Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, while Malcolm Lee, of 1997's Morningside Prep, wrote and directed The Best Man. Other celebrated filmmakers whose projects have appeared on REEL NEW YORK over the years include D.A. Pennebaker, Morris Engel, Alfred Leslie, Nam June Paik, Nan Goldin, and Jem Cohen.

Garrison Botts is series producer for REEL NEW YORK. Kathy Brew is series/curatorial consultant.

Brooklyn Bridge (6 min.)
Still photographs, live video and superimposed drawings are fused in this visual poem dedicated to the New York City landmark. Emphasizing its strength and beauty, the artist presents the bridge as an iconic site in this meditative, cryptic study of identity and place. The transformative power of video is used to infuse the static photographs and naturalistic footage of the bridge with a mythic, animistic force.

Joan Jonas, FF Alumn, is an acclaimed multimedia performance artist and a major figure in video art. From her seminal performance-based exercises of the 1970s to her later tele-visual narratives, Jonas engages in an elusive theatrical portrayal of female identity. Employing an idiosyncratic vocabulary of ritualized gesture and symbolic objects that include masks, mirrors and costuming, she explores the self and the body through layers of meaning.
Analogue Assemblage (2 min.)
Drawing from his 1970s experiments with video synthesizers, one of video art's pioneers creates a multi-layered montage using current digital technologies. The eerie 1969 electronic score floats over ghostly image processing; the result is a paean to the way the future was. Edited by Seth Price and Stephen Vitiello for Media-City, Seoul.

Nam June Paik, FF Alumn, is a major contemporary artist and a seminal figure in video art. His video sculptures, installations, performances, and tapes encompass one of the most influential and significant bodies of work in the medium. From his Fluxus-based performances and altered television sets of the early 1960s to his ground-breaking videotapes and multimedia installations of the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Paik has made an enormous contribution to the history and development of video as an art form. Exercising radical art-making strategies with irreverent humor, he deconstructs and demystifies the language, content and technology of television. Merging global communications theories with an antic Pop sensibility, his iconoclastic works explore the juncture of art and popular culture.

REEL NEW YORK is made possible with generous grants from the Grand Marnier Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, Inc., the Elbert Lenrow Fund, Inc., and the Concordia Foundation, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Thirteen/WNET New York is one of the key program providers for public television, bringing such acclaimed series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Charlie Rose, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Wide Angle, Stage on Screen, EGG the arts show, and Cyberchase - as well as the work of Bill Moyers - to audiences nationwide. As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metro area, Thirteen reaches millions of viewers each week, airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as The Ethnic Heritage Specials, The New York Walking Tours, New York Voices, Reel New York, and its MetroArts/Thirteen cable arts programming. With educational and community outreach projects that extend the impact of its television productions, Thirteen takes television "out of the box." And as broadcast and digital media converge, Thirteen is blazing trails in the creation of Web sites, enhanced television, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, educational software, and other cutting-edge media products. More information about Thirteen can be found at: www.thirteen.org.


15. General Idea, FF Alumns, Book Launch/Opening, Printed Matter, May 17 5-7 pm

General Idea : Editions 1967 - 1995
Book Launch
General Idea Editions : A Selection

Book Launch and Opening, Saturday, May 17, 2003 - 5 to 7 PM
[Exhibition Continues through June 21, 2003]
Printed Matter, Inc.
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Printed Matter, Inc. is very pleased to announce a book launch for the newly released catalogue raisonné, General Idea: Editions 1967 - 1995 to take place at Printed Matter on Saturday, May 17, 2003, from 5 to 7 PM. AA Bronson will be present to sign copies of the book. General Idea Editions : A Selection exhibition, containing works drawn from the raisonné, will be presented at Printed Matter though June 21, 2003.

Published in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition of General Idea's editions organized and circulated by the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, General Idea Editions 1967 - 1995 contains over two hundred full-page black-and-white and color reproductions. The three-hundred-twenty page book documents the complete editions produced during the course of General Idea's historic twenty-five year collaboration: from 1967 - two years prior to the official formation of the group in 1969 - until 1994, the year in which Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal died from AIDS-related causes. The visual documentation concludes with XXX Voto (for the Spirit of Miss General Idea), published posthumously by the group's sole surviving member AA Bronson in 1995.

Researched by Fern Bayer, the catalogue raisonné includes a list of ephemera, film and video works, a biography, bibliography, and index to the editions. The introduction by exhibition curator Barbara Fischer is followed by an essay by AA Bronson, excerpts from a conversation between AA Bronson and Mike Kelley, and commentaries by a host of internationally respected artists and writers - Jean-Christophe Ammann, Lionel Bovier, Cathy Busby, Christophe Cherix, Joshua Decter, Diedrich Diederichsen, John Miller, Philip Monk, and Stephan Trescher.

The Blackwood Gallery's exhibition is the first comprehensive overview of General Idea's editions to tour internationally. Having come to international attention for their incisive interventions into the contemporary media environment, General Idea perfected the principle of inhabiting the conventions of popular and media culture and bending them to suit their own subversive purposes. The editions are the chief means by which General Idea carried out their project of injecting images, like viruses, into the cultural mainstream. They are also essential to an understanding of General Idea's ironic and critical analysis of the art business, the museum as a commercial enterprise, and the role of the audience as well as the media. The exhibition, General Idea Editions : A Selection, which will be presented at Printed Matter from May 17 though June 21, 2003, will feature over eighty works drawn from this body of work.

General Idea Editions: 1967-1995 received generous financial support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Designed by Andrew Di Rosa (Toronto), it is published in collaboration with hosting galleries and museums across Canada, including the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax), Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton), Museum London (London), Plug In ICA (Winnipeg), Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver), and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria).

General Idea Editions: 1967-1995 is a 311 page paperback, ISBN 0-7727-8206-7. General Idea Editions:1967-1995 and over
15,000 other artists' books are available from Printed Matter's website: http://www.printedmatter.org

Printed Matter, Inc. is located at 535 West 22nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues, in New York's Chelsea district. For additional information, please contact David Platzker, Executive Director, Printed Matter, Inc., at (212) 925-0325 or dplatzker@printedmatter.org

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications.

Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Arts Recovery Fund, The Altria Group, Inc., Art for Art's Sake, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Fifth Floor Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Heyday Foundation, , The New York Community Trust, The Liman Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Women's Studio Workshop, and private foundations and individuals worldwide.

Printed Matter, Inc. is not affiliated with, nor a division of, any other non-profit organization.


16. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, solo exhibition, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, opening May 30

Solo exhibition
The Colors of
140 Franklin Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY

May 30th - June 15th
opening reception for the artist, 7-9pm - May 30th
Gallery hours - Friday , Sat & Sunday 1-7pm

GV/AS is pleased to present an exhibition by the artist, Mike Asente, entitled, The Colors of, the consummation of a series of drawings and sculptures initiated by the artist approximately eight years ago. In these latest two- and three-dimensional works, Asente distills his earlier, more anatomically graphic portraits to the vestigial element of color. Continuing his use of store-bought "collage frames," exploits their multiple mat cutouts to echo the spatial absence implied in his subjects and to underscore the irony in his work.

Asente has also recently integrated embroidery into his work to, "free my hand from the weight of the history of drawing and to more strongly link my graphic work with the fabrics and textures of my three-dimensional pieces."


17. Brian Routh, FF Alumn, at Collective Unconscious, June 13-14, 7:30 pm

Psychic Attack!
Brian Routh, FF Alumn, and Aine Phillips
Collective Unconscious
7:30-9 PM
June 13-14
145 Ludlow Street



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