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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
March 1, 2005

CONTENTS:
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1. FRANKLIN FURNACE OPEN CALL TO ALL ARTISTS, deadline APRIL 1

2. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, at Playwrights Horizons, March 8-13
3. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, in Amsterdam, Turin and NYC, March-July
4. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at Makor, March 1, 7 pm
5. Vernita Ncognita, FF Alumn, interviews Irving Sandler, March 4, and more
6. Cloud Seeding Circus, FF Alumn, in new book, "Freaks and Fire"
7. Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, in collection of Jaime Davidovich videos acquired by NYU Fales library
8. Coney Island USA celebrates 25th Anniversary at the Coral Room, NY, March 8
9. Max Gimblett, FF Member, at Haines Gallery, SF, opening March 3
10. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Dread Scott, FF Alumns, at Caldwell College,NJ, til March 9
11. Andre Stitt, FF Alumn, at SCOPE Art Fair, NYC, March 12-13
12. Heidi House Arneson, FF Alumn, at Red Eye, MN, March 3-20
13. Rimma Gerlovina & Valeriy Gerlovin, FF Alumns, at Flomenhaft, NY, Mar 10-Apr 21
14. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, new online project http://arteonline.arq.br/festival/vater/
15. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, March 4-12, 8 pm
16. Jessica Hagedorn, FF Alumn, at Intersection, SF, extended thru March 13
17. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, March 10
18. Pauline Oliveros, Sapphire, FF Alumns, at Atlantic Center for the Arts
19. Epstein & Hassan, FF Alumns, at Theater for the New City, Mar. 4-April 1
20. Sarah Schulman, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at The New School / Bowery Poetry Club, March 18-19
21. RoseLee Goldberg, FF Alumn, at NYU, April 21, 6:30-8 pm
22. Critical Art Ensemble at CUNY Grad Center, March 4, 7-8:30 pm
23. David Michalek, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Musuem, March 5, 4-5 pm
24. George Ferrandi, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, in The New York Sun, and more
25. Kyong Park, FF Alumn, at Cooper Union, TONITE, 6 PM
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1. FRANKLIN FURNACE OPEN CALL TO ALL ARTISTS, deadline APRIL 1

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2005 (postmark date)

http://www.franklinfurnace.org
Visit our website for updates on these guidelines: http://www.franklinfurnace.org, then click on THE RESOURCES OF FF and then click on MONEY TO WORK.

THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND FOR PERFORMANCE ART 2006
Supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, Franklin Furnace awards grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to emerging performance artists, allowing them to produce major works in the New York. Artists from all areas of the world are invited to apply.

THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2006
Franklin Furnace awards artists an honorarium and offers its resources to facilitate the creation of "live art on the Internet," works which engage the Internet as an art medium and/or venue. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply.

See below for details on HOW TO APPLY

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. All applicants are automatically considered for both categories of awards. Every year the panel changes, as the definition of "emerging artist," the definition of "performance art" and "live art on the Internet" itself changes, so if at first you don't succeed, try again.

THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND FOR PERFORMANCE ART and THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT programs have boosted the careers of such emerging artists as Tanya Barfield, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Brody Condon, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Murray Hill, Holly Hughes, Mouchette, Pamela Sneed, Jack Waters, Cathy Weis, and Ricardo Miranda Zuniga.

This year's Fundwinners are Cave Dogs, Gary Corbin, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Ex.Pgirl, Melissa Madden Gray/Lance Horne, Alexander Komlosi, and Red Dive. THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2004 artists are Joshua Kinberg/Yuri Gitman, Jenny Polak, and Marie Sester. This year's esteemed selection panel consisted of artists Zhang Ga, Julia Heyward, Yael Kanarek, James Scruggs and Juana Valdes.

The full schedule and project descriptions are available on our website.

HOW TO APPLY
Required

a- Write a 100-word summary of your proposed work. Make your summary as clear and complete as possible. You may also send a more detailed description of your proposed work.

b - All proposals to THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND FOR PERFORMANCE ART must have a ½ inch videotape (VHS - NTSC American format), cued for two - five minutes, of your proposed work or past work. You may also include other visual support materials.
To apply to THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT series we prefer a ½ inch videotape but you may submit DVDs, slides, photos, CD-ROMS, or URL. (either MAC or PC format). If you submit a URL, it is recommended that you supply a navigation guide to all the sections of the website you would like us to visit.
If you do not specify which fund you are applying for, you will automatically be evaluated for both funds.

c- You MUST include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of materials, or indicate that you will pick up your packet at our office.

d- Contact Info: Name, Mailing Address, Phone number/Fax number, Email/WWW.

Optional

e- You may include a budget (i.e. space rental, equipment, tech personnel). If you have other funding sources for your project please indicate this in your budget.

f- You may also submit your resume, reviews of previous work, and any other support materials.

Please: label every object you submit with your name.
It is helpful to indicate if the sample work that you submit is previous work or is part of the work intended.

SEND IT TO:
2005-6 Proposals
80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506

You may also email your proposal to: dolores@franklinfurnace.org
(url proposals only, please don't send huge attachments)
Questions? Contact us: info@franklinfurnace.org http://www.franklinfurnace.org
or call us at 718.398 7255 or fax at 718.398 7256

Please forward this information to any and all interested artists. Thank you.

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2. Alvin Eng, FF Alumn, at Playwrights Horizons, March 8-13

Friends,
Happy Lunar New Year! I am proud to announce that one of my short plays, THE MOURNING AFTER, has been chosen for the "best of" retrospective:
A-Train (re)Plays
Part 2: March 8 - 13
Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater
416 W. 42nd St., between 9 & 10 Aves.

Many of you are already familiar with the A-Train Plays, an exhilarating 24-hour play festival. The playwrights each write a 10-minute play while riding the A-train from the beginning to the end of the line. The plays get performed the following night in a FULL PRODUCTION.

THE MOURNING AFTER was written on and takes place on September 11, 2003. Mimi, a widow is bringing the ashes of her deceased Japanese American husband home on the A-train to their native Far Rockaway. She has not been in the City for 15 years. She is lost and on the train car alone with Jackson, a young hip-hop kid, who fiercely guards his privacy. Both are feeling the suspicious shadows of a post-9/11 NYC, and find surprising refuge in each other. When it was first performed in September 2003, it had a powerful resonance with the audience.

Tickets are $15 and available through Ticket Central, 212.279.4200.
For more info: www.ticketcentral.com, www.theatrainplays.com

And please check out my new website, a work-in-progress, www.alvineng.com

Hope you can see this first ever retrospective of a very special series.

Take Care,
Alvin Eng, FF Alumn

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3. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, in Amsterdam, Turin and NYC, March-July

Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam Holland. "Heroines" through March 26th. (Carolee Schneemann, Ana Mendieta, FF Alumns, Valie Export).

Castello di Rivoli, Turin Italy. "Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today". April 4 - July 10. "Meat Joy" (1964) video and performance collage.

Guggenheim Museum, NYC. "(Re)presenting Performance: A Symposium". Friday,
April 8th; 4-8pm. Panel with Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, Dan Cameron, Marina Abramovic, Chrissie Iles, FF Alumn.

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4. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at Makor, March 1, 7 pm

All are invited to this event, where I'll present my work, live in person:
Tuesday, March 1, 2005, 7:00 PM at Makor-Steinhardt Center, 35 W. 67th St., NYC
Organized by critic & curator David Gibson
"REAL ART TODAY," a combination artist's salon and panel discussion exploring creativity and cultural context in the active art world, featuring Chrissy Conant, Jeff Feld, Charley Friedman, and Deborah Garwood, at The Makor-Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y, 35 West 67th Street, New York, Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m. $10. www.92ndsty.org.

DIRECTIONS
Nearest subway is 1/9 train to Lincoln Center stop at W. 66th St; walk one block north & east to Makor-Steinhardt Center.

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5. Vernita Ncognita, FF Alumn, interviews Irving Sandler, March 4, and more

March 4th, Ncognita interviewing Irving Sandler. Then getting ready for my solo show @ Gallery OneTwentyEight & next Detritus show @ Synagogue for the Arts both in April...
best
Vernita Ncognita, FF Alumn
http://www.atoa.ws/Spring05/March.htm#Mar
www.ncognita.com

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6. Cloud Seeding Circus, FF Alumn, in new book, "Freaks and Fire"

hey hey- in case you haven't heard -- dee hill's book on alternative circuses is out on soft skull press. it's called freaks and fire, and the late great cloud seeding circus, ff alumns, has a whole chapter full of stories and photos (including one with a bunch of us at coney island). it's available at most bookstores - i've seen it at barnes and noble and st. marks - and amazon has it real cheap-like. i hope all is well with you and yours.
love
george ferrandi, ff alumn

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7. Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Nam June Paik, Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, in collection of Jaime Davidovich videos acquired by NYU Fales library

NYU's Fales Collection Acquires Work Of Video Pioneer Jaime Davidovich

The Fales Collection at New York University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library has acquired the work of Argentinian-born video artist and painter, Jaime Davidovich. Davidovich is well known as one of the founding members of the pioneering New York-based Artists Television Network (ATN), a non-profit organization committed to the development of television as an artistic medium. Supported through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), ATN commissioned artists to create works for television.

In 1976 Davidovich and a group of artists and television cable companies founded Cable SoHo, which was committed to the use of early cablecast technology to broadcast contemporary arts programming to new audiences. Davidovich served as the first programming director. From 1978 -1983, Davidovich produced the weekly program SoHo Television for ATN on Cable SoHo. The programming consisted of artist-produced television that was broadcast one-hour per week on Manhattan Cable TV. Target audiences for the programs included residents of SoHo, at that time a neighborhood newly wired for cablecasting. The television programs were produced in Davidovich's SoHo loft and include interviews, performances, and improvisational works. Participating artists were, among others: John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Gregory Battcock, Nam June Paik, Marcia Tucker, and Martha Wilson. Davidovich is also known for the Dr. Videovich character he created as part of The Live! Show, a weekly variety/ talk show program he produced for Manhattan Public Access cable beginning in 1979.

The acquisition includes over 90 original edit masters of SoHo Television, The Live! Show, and video documentation of 1970 SoHo events and artist performances; Davidovich's collection of TV objects and ephemera; Fluxus editions Davidovich collected as part of his relationship with Fluxus artist George Maciunas; and a selection of print materials on the contemporary arts and the development of SoHo as an artist's community.

The videotapes reflect the early history of artist-produced television and video art. The collection traces the development of early cable television technology and its transformation in the hands of artists intent on exploiting television as an artistic medium, as well as the development of SoHo as a neighborhood and community of artists in the 1970's and 80's. The acquisition complements other Fales holdings including the Guerrilla TV Archive.

The Jaime Davidovich Collection, as it will be known, is a part of Fales's Downtown New York Collection, which comprises some 5,000 linear feet of archives and over 10,000 printed items. The collection documents the downtown New York City arts scene from 1974 to the present. It is the only collection of its kind in a research library and is heavily used by students, scholars, and others interested in the creative world of downtown New York.

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8. Coney Island USA celebrates 25th Anniversary at the Coral Room, NY, March 8

Coney Island USA is celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a giant cocktail party in Manhattan. We'll have live performances, mermaids swimming in giant tanks and fire. All the good things in life! Featuring performances by Todd Robbins, Fisherman's Xylophonic Orchestra, Dirty Martini, Chris McDaniel, Julie Atlas Muz, the World Famous Pontani Sisters, the Great Throwdini, the 2005 Coney Island Circus Sideshow and more!

Open Bar. Pizza and Hors d'oeuvres provided by Totonno's Pizza. Tickets at http://www.coneyisland.com/2005Gala or by email to aaron@coneyislandmuseum.org or by phone (710) 372 5159. If you can't join us, please consider a direct donation!
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
The Coral Room - 512 W. 29th St in Chelsea
8:00-11:00
$100 per person
Coney Island USA is the only nonprofit dedicated to the economic and cultural revitalization of Coney Island. We produce the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, a major film festival, a tattoo and motorcycle festival, and other programs.
Aaron Beebe, Curator, The Coney Island Museum, www.coneyisland.com

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9. Max Gimblett, FF Member, at Haines Gallery, SF, opening March 3

Max Gimblett, FF Member, presents "All Things Wild and Innocent" an exhibition of new paintings at Haines Gallery, 49 Geary Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, opening on March 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The exhibtion continues through April23rd, 2005. For more information please visit www.hainesgallery.com

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10. Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Dread Scott, FF Alumns, at Caldwell College, NJ, til March 9

The Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell College
Presents A Contemporary Art Exhibition
On the Artistic Use of Documents

Open Secret: A Laboratory
Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Joy Garnett, Kira Lynn Harris, and Dread Scott
Curated by: Maya Winfrey and Jessica Lin Cox

February 14 - March 9, 2005

The latest exhibition at the Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell College opening on Monday, February 14 is composed of the work of four New York based artists presenting work that interrogates the possibility, and necessity, of truth in documents by appropriating them, arranging and reorienting them, discarding and creating them in a range of media: installation art, photography, painting, and printmaking.

The work in Open Secrets has been brought together to explore various aspects of how formal representation, in both art and life, reveals, conceals, deconstructs, and constructs the authenticity of its own content. In their seminal philosophical text, A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari, wrote that, "…the perception of the secret must necessarily be secret itself: the spy, the voyeur, the blackmailer, the author of anonymous letters are no less secretive than what they are in a position to disclose, regardless of their ulterior motives. In this exhibition, subject matter, artists, and viewers are, potential secrets, prospective secret bearers, and perceivers of the possibility of secrecy. Because all artworks are simultaneously "secrete-ing" and "secret-ing" the real life situations they reference, the evocation by all of the work in this exhibition of the concepts of "performance" as something that marks itself as distinct from real life, and "documentary," as that which claims to be analogous to real life, calls for an examination of how the hailing of each of these concepts affects the ability of each work to be understood as bearing on the real life situations that they, both consciously and unconsciously, reference.

The exhibition is co-curated by Maya Winfrey, a PhD student in Performance Studies at New York University and Jessica Lin Cox, Assistant Director at Jessica Murray Projects in New York City.

Nicolás Dumit Estévez
As a performance artist who puts particular effort into documenting his work, work that is in its nature ephemeral, Estévez produces and organizes documents that are archivally descriptive of his own artistic performance, and simultaneously, documents that authenticate his performances as interventions into the real life situations that they reference. The materials presented for this exhibition are these dually conscripted documents, pertaining to an ongoing performance on the concept of the dominicano ausente, a term used to describe Dominicans living in the United States.

Joy Garnett
Garnett's paintings, each made in less than a day from news images downloaded from the Internet, both further conceal a media source which she suggests has already been disconnected from their subject and creates isolated images which viewers can respond to emotionally, perhaps as they would with the original photographic subject, revealing a content that as consumers of mass media, we rarely see. The paintings assembled for this exhibition engage contemporary conflicts in the Middle East and the circulation of news images regarding these conflicts to the rest of the world. With paint still slightly tacky, the newest work signals a shift in her Photograph series by taking a media images of a Cambodian sex worker as its subject.

Kira Lynn Harris
Harris' investigations of light and perception in her photography and installation work, inspired in part by the work of James Turrell, seek to use artistic intervention to make visible the essential in her subject, joining formal concerns of re-presentation with those of the representation of individual subjective positions such as race and gender that are identified - and misidentified - by visual signs. Presented here are photographs taken in Harlem that seek to be additive to the typically circulated images of Harlem in an attempt to disrupt stereotypes of the "real" Harlem.

Dread Scott
While Scott's Lockdown project, a documentarian work that calls the ethics of artistic intervention into question, provided curatorial inspiration for this show, here Scott presents work that relies on overt artistic intervention. Scott's screenprints combine text and images from printed newspapers, novels, and other forms of popular culture in ways that both throw the authority of the news media into question and speak to the creation of fact through the circulation of images in literature and popular culture. The prints presented here include several from Scott's Boom series, created while in residence at the Lower East Side Printshop.

On Wednesday, March 2nd the Visceglia Gallery will present an Artist's Talk at 3pm followed by a reception at 4:30pm. These events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: 9 AM - 5 PM daily
Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College
Student Center Bldg. Entrance #4
9 Ryerson Ave.
Caldwell, NJ 07006

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11. Andre Stitt, FF Alumn, at SCOPE Art Fair, NYC, March 12-13

ANDRE STITT
Performance Akshuns at SCOPE International Art Fair
Flatotal
135 W. 52nd St., between 6th & 7th Ave. New York City
On Sat. 12th & Sun. 13th March 2005 between 1.00pm - 3.00pm Andre Stitt will be walking between Scope at Flatotal, MOMA & the Armoury Show Shuttle bus engaging, extolling and communing with the public in small acts of love.
STITT is represented by Curcioprojects, New York
There is a widespread view that we live in unsettling times full of apocalyptic messages. Certainly nothing lasts forever. Whether it's a mountain, a molehill, a distant star or the chocolate bar that has been lodged in the back seat of your parent's car since 1967, all things eventually fade and are no more. As impermanent beings ourselves, we know and ungracefully accept this fact. One day, the end will come for our friends, our family, our neighbours, our tax auditors, and even for ourselves. Our bodies will cease to function. We will slip thru walls and turn to dust. Yes, even the World itself will one day stop spinning on its familiar axis and its property value on the open market will plummet. With all this uncertainty surrounding us, in the words of the artist, "the most radical and subversive thing (he) can say to you right now is; I Love You."

Concerned with ideas of empathy and compassion, Stitt's new work for SCOPE in NEW YORK celebrates and explores one of the most fundamental and complex of human emotions in relation to spirituality, desire, and the divisive forces of capitalist culture.

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12. Heidi House Arneson, FF Alumn, at Red Eye, MN, March 3-20

Heidi House, in cooperation with Red Eye, presents

BEAST OF NOTHING
Created, Directed and Performed by Heidi Arneson and Severin Oman
with Rebecca Welty and Live Music by Ron Albert

A gritty, tender anti-war play that brings the war home & gives hope for peace.
Erik is a warrier that sleeps with tigers.
Inga is a witch that can's leave her house.
Betty keeps on dancing, no matter how many bodies fall,
and they all live in your home town.

Thurs-Sun March 3-20
Thrus-Sat 8 p.m.
Sun 7 p.m.
$16 Fri-Sat, $12 Thurs & Sun
Thurs March 3& 10, pay-what-you-can

Red Eye 15 West 14th St. Mpls, MN
Tickets 612-870-0309
www.heidihouse.com

"Dear Inga, first we rode tigers.Through jungle. It was wet. There were leaches. They fell from the trees onto our cheeks... Then we rode elephants, in a strange land where the skin of the ladies is blue--blue ladies with gold braceltes, and if you throw down a penny, they dance for you...The centipedes here are six inches long, and if you talk to them, they rear up on their hind legs and smile at you, so you can count their teeth, and, um, I did a bad thing, Inga..."
"Dear Erik,how bad?"
"Dear Inga, I'd rather not think about it..."

Heidi Arneson is a theater artist renowned for her one-woman plays about American archetypes, including DEGRADE SCHOOL, PREHANSEL & POSTGRETEL and TEN BEDROOM HEART. She has performed as featured artist for Franklin Furnace and Dixon Place in New York, N.A.M.E. in Chicago, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and nearly every venue in Twin Cities, including the Walker, the Weisman, the Jungle and the Southern. She is a recipient of the Bush Artist Fellowship, the Franklin Furnace Emerging Artist Award (NYC), Core Alumna of the Playwrights' Center, and a 2005 nominee for the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts. Since 1994, Ms. Arneson has led the Heidihouse Performance Workshop, in which she teaches people to perform their own stories onstage.
Severin Oman is an actor and acting instructor. He has performed with local theatres including Red Eye and Jeune Lune, at the Avignon-Off Theatre Festival in France, and at the Schukin Theatre in Moscow, Russia. He holds an M.F.A. in acting from the Schukin Theatre Institute, a prestigious four-year acting school Moscow. Sev is artistic director of Harmony, Center for Self-Realization, an organization that he co-founded, which teaches acting skills as a means to empower Russian-speaking immigrant communities in the Twin Cities. Most recently he directed This Is My Story, a performance of original material given by "at-risk" teens at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis.
Ron Albert is an experienced theater artist and composer, with a long history of creating new work with Heidihouse, and of designing light, sets and music for numerous theaters in the Twin Cities. His work has been seen and heard around town "at all the old familiar places". After a ten-year break from playing live electric music, Ron has joined the local sweet spot pop group POPCYCLE as a multi-instrumentalist. Ron performs live and large for BEAST OF NOTHING, mixing sonic art with lighting and shadow.
Rebecca Welty is a local writer who has collaborated with Ms. Arneson on a variety of projects, including performing educational theater at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and co-writing The Pinkest Place, a collection of erotic short stories from the seasoned perspective of salty middle-aged women.

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13. Rimma Gerlovina & Valeriy Gerlovin, FF Alumns, at Flomenhaft, NY, Mar 10-Apr 21

Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, exhibition "Perhappiness" at Flomenhaft Gallery, 547 West 27 Street, New York, NY 10001, March 10 - April 21, 2005.
http://www.flomenhaftgallery.com/exhibitions/gerlovins_introduction.htm
http://www.flomenhaftgallery.com/site_image_galleries/gerlovina_gerlovin/gerlovins_perhappiness_gallery.htm

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14. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, new online project http://arteonline.arq.br/festival/vater/

Regina Vater, FF Alumn, announces a new online project at
http://arteonline.arq.br/festival/vater/

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15. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, March 4-12, 8 pm

RENO, FF Alumn, Fridays And Saturdays March 4,5, 11,12 @ 8pm at Dixon Place 258 Bowery NYC
212 219-0736
You Can Find Out What's Happening With Reno's Shows And Stuff At
http://www.citizenreno.com

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16. Jessica Hagedorn, FF Alumn, at Intersection, SF, extended thru March 13

EXTENDED FOR ONE WEEK ONLY THROUGH MARCH 13!!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY BY CALLING (415) 626-3311 or Make an online reservation at www.theintersection.org
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
by
nationally acclaimed novelist, poet, multimedia performance artist and playwright
JESSICA HAGEDORN
Directed by Nancy Benjamin
"...vivid performances, moments of genuine humor and dramatic force, and tantalizing thematic richness."
--Rob Avila, San Francisco Bay Guardian
"Stairway is, in part, a look at the unknowable in people all around us, as well as something of our shared capacity for misery and joy, good and evil."--Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle.
"In Stairway to Heaven, Hagedorn offers a batch of Tenderloin characters who, unanchored to any sort of stability, float back and forth across the line that separates reality from the strange world they live in." --J.H. Tompkins, San Francisco Magazine
Featuring:
Catherine Castellanos, Margo Hall, Tina Huang, Luis Saguar and Sean San José
With movement Direction by Erika Chong Shuch
Thursdays through Sundays, 8pm
EXTENDED Through March 13th!
Actor's Benefit performance: Monday, March 7
$9-15 (your choice) sliding scale
Thursdays & Actors Benefit are Pay What You Can Performances
Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia Street (btwn 15/16)
Mission District, San Francisco
Reservations: (415) 626-3311, www.theintersection.org
Set in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, Stairway to Heaven weaves the lives and memories of social outsiders-a homeless vet and the woman who takes him in, a strip club owner, an exotic dancer and speed freak-wrestling with their dreams and realities. Written specifically for Campo Santo + Intersection, this is Jessica Hagedorn's first play since Dogeaters, which opened to national acclaim at New York City's Public Theatre in 2001. This project also marks the return of Hagedorn to the Bay Area and to Intersection, where she created many of her earliest performances in the 1970s and 1980s.
Design & Collaborative Team: Michael G. Cano, Jim Cave, Suzanne Castillo and James Faerron with Chida Chaemchang, Shana Cooper, Sara Hernandez, Melyssa Jo Kelly, and Gustave Pastre.
CAMPO SANTO, Spanish for graveyard or sacred ground, was founded in 1996. Campo Santo creates all new work with the writers, company and the community over several years of development. They have produced more than 26 critically acclaimed premieres, 18 World Premieres, including Sacrament!, Soul of a Whore, and i feel love, and won numerous awards including two times receiving the Glickman Award for Best New Play Premiere.
INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year! Intersection is San Francisco's oldest alternative art space and provides a place where provocative ideas, diverse art forms, artists and audiences can intersect one another. At Intersection, experimentation and risk are possible, debate and critical inquiry are embraced, community is essential, resources and experience are democratized, and today's issues are thrashed about in the heat and immediacy of live art. We depend on the support of people like you. Please help ensure that Intersection is around for 40 more years and become a Member today. To become a Member, simply visit our Website and click on the Donate Now icon at www.theintersection.org.
Intersection for the Arts (mailing address)
446 Valencia Street
San Francisco, California 94103

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17. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, March 10

Friends,
A very rare gig --- with the whole band from my Tzadik CD! .... Please come!
Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects
KB: hybrid strings, vibraband
Stomu Takeishi: fretless elec.bass, sintir
Seido Salifoski: dumbek, tapan, percussion
Matt Darriau: (reeds), gaida, kaval, alto, clarinet, flutes

"hybridized world rhythms on instruments made from tools and household objects"
THURSDAY MARCH 10th (10-ish) 2 sets (no cover)
ZEBULON
258 Wythe Ave.
(Metropolitan & N.3rd) Williamsburg
http://www.zebuloncafeconcert.com/

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18. Pauline Oliveros, Sapphire, FF Alumns, at Atlantic Center for the Arts

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS
JUNE 27 - JULY 17, 2005 (Application Deadline: March 11, 2005)
ARNOLD MESCHES, visual artist
PAULINE OLIVEROS, composer
SAPPHIRE, poet
Since 1982, Atlantic Center's residency program has provided artists from all artistic disciplines with spaces to live, work, and collaborate during three-week residencies. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, the pine and palmetto wooded environment contains award-winning studios that include a resource library, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, black box theater, writer's studio, and digital computer lab. Each residency session includes three master artists of different disciplines. The master artists each personally select a group of associates - talented, emerging artists - through an application process administered by ACA. During the residency, artists participate in informal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently. Atlantic Center for the Arts provides housing (private room/bath with work desk), weekday meals (provided by ACA chef) and 24 hour access to shared studio space.
For more information on how to apply, please telephone (386) 427-6975 or (800) 393-6975 (domestic US only) or visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org or email us at program@atlanticcenterforthearts.org.
*The application deadline for the June 27 - July 17, 2005 residency session is March 11, 2005. All applications must be postmarked March 11, 2005. All international applications must arrive within one week of the application deadline date.

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19. Epstein & Hassan, FF Alumns, at Theater for the New City, Mar 4-April 1

Don't miss Epstein and Hassan in YOU TWO SHOULD HAVE YOUR OWN HBO SPECIAL. Tickets only $10 when visiting https://www.smarttix.com/affiliate.cfm?showcode=YOU2&AID=HER18&EventType=Show

or calling SmartTix at 212-868-4444

"Hot Hilarious and Outrageous"-PlayGirl Magazine
"Provocative, Frank, Funny, Even enlightening comedy" -Tom Murrin, Paper Magazine
"You two are fabulous, very funny"-Joan Rivers, WORR

Epstein and Hassan (aka the Black & the Jew) have been perfecting their hilarious insights into sex, race and relationships throughout their 18 years of marital bliss. For a very low fee of $10 (try getting a therapist to give you an hour at that rate!) they will reveal their exclusive "Black/Jew/Love" technology. This positive force for the new millennium heals relationships between men and women; men and men; and women and women. Through hysterical laughter and deep insights relationships are actually transformed.

The provocative pair's outspoken comedy is part stand-up, part sitcom, part talk show and part improvisation. "Black/Jew/Love" is all about sex and race, how it relates to the two of them and in turn, to their audience. Epstein and Hassan developed their unique comedy from the feeling that even when they were failing financially and in their individual careers, their relationship was a success! Most recently they created and were the hosts of "Shock & Awe A Go Go", a pansexual comedic (tongue in check-quite literally)neo-burlesque show which has recently closed an extraordinarily successful run at the Cutting Room. Hassan wants people to know that, "Ultimately we want to be funny, make people think and sell out the room, and Epstein says, "If the audience laughs, we have great sex that night." So, for their sake, come out and laugh.

YOU TWO SHOULD HAVE YOUR OWN HBO SPECIAL
Fridays @ 10:30 March 4,11,18,25 & April 1st
Tickets: $10
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave. (Btn 9th & 10th)
Get your tickets today at https://www.smarttix.com/affiliate.cfm?showcode=YOU2&AID=HER18&EventType=Show or by calling SmartTix at 212-868-4444

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20. Sarah Schulman, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at The New School / Bowery Poetry Club, March 18-19

Dear Friends,

March 18th and 19th will be a weekend of conversation, for your consideration.

The gallery flyer for the New Museum's "East Village USA" exhibition shows a stark painting by Lee that seems to show a young murder victim hitting the ground dead with a ruined-city ghetto backdrop. This ghastly pale sudden corpse may have died in the crack drug scourge of the 1980s. Today it is a question mark - what died for us then? Inside the flyer, the word "revolution" twinkles as if indeed it was on television in Gretchen Bender's work. What had been possible here at that time? Was this some kind of revolution laid low?

Friday, March 18th, 6:30pm- 8:30pm, New School for Social Research, Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Pickled Bohemia: "East Village USA" in Focus
"East Village USA" at the New Museum is the first historical art exhibition in the United States to consider the downtown New York cultural scene in the late-20th century. The exhibition raises questions about how that history is represented, what mattered then and what matters now. This roundtable symposium considers what it means to historicize the period, aspects of recent art, writing, and experience on the Lower East Side from the point of the view of the neighborhood as a bohemian district, and the antagonism between artists and the dominant political culture ("culture wars"). The discussion among scholars and artists looks at rebel culture in an era of gunboat diplomacy, the fervid scene in Loisaida that was pushed out to make way for a new, cosmopolitan urban class. Panelists recall activist art of this period, and recollect deeper ties in the neighborhood between labor and bohemians. Rampant mortality, the leitmotif of youth in East Village art, and the youthful lives cut short are considered. Panelists include Alan Moore, Al Orensanz, Yasmin Ramirez, Sarah Schulman, Gregory Sholette, and Jonathan Weinberg.

Saturday, March 19th, 11am-1pm, Bowery Poetry Club

East Village Artists' "Speak Out" on Our History
The New Museum's recent exhibition "East Village USA" is the first step towards a consolidation of historical understandings of the remarkably diverse and vital 1980s cultural episode which occurred on the Lower East Side. It is important that the voice of the artists, the original participants in that period, be heard now. For this reason, a formal "speak out" event is being planned as part of a two-fold consideration of the exhibition. (The second part of this is a mini-symposium and roundtable at the New School, see below.) At the "speak out" event, artists will have the opportunity to show a few images and briefly discuss their work during the period and its relation to the now-historical East Village art scene. This event will be videotaped, and public questions and comment will be encouraged. Confirmed participants: Stefan Eins, Carlo McCormick, Clayton Patterson, Jack Waters

Your participation is encouraged. There will be full media presentation resources at the BPC. Both events will be videotaped.
If you wish to present at the "Speakout" event, please let me know as soon as possible. Each presentation should be about 5 minutes in length, and can include digital images or slides.

Yours,
Alan Moore
awm13579@yahoo.com

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21. RoseLee Goldberg, FF Alumn, at NYU, April 21, 6:30-8 pm

Contemporary Artists and Curators To Discuss Use of New Media and Sound for New Directions in Performance

Not for Sale: New Media and Sound
A Panel Discussion Moderated by Art Historian and Critic RoseLee Goldberg

With panelists:
Christoph Cox, Philosopher and Critic
Ron Kuivila, Artist and Composer
Elizabeth LeCompte, Theater Director of the Wooster Group
Christian Marclay, Artist

Respondent: David Ross, President of Artist Pension Trust and independent
curator

April 21, 2005 6:30 - 8 PM. Reception to follow
Einstein Auditorium, New York University
34 Stuyvesant Street, NYC
Between 3rd and 2nd Avenue at 9th Street
Free

Not for Sale: New Media and Sound will discuss how artists today use new media and sound to inform their works. What kind of a role does integration of media and technology play in creating new forms of artistic production? How does innovation in technological tools impact the landscape of performance and visual arts history? A distinguished panel of artists, critics and curators will discuss the history of new media as it relates to research, development and presentation of visual arts performance.

As the third installment in the PERFORMA's NOT FOR SALE series, NOT FOR SALE: New Media and Sound will offer an in depth view into contemporary developments in performance. In conjunction with New York University's Department of Art and Art Professions and Humanities Council, PERFORMA presents NOT FOR SALE: New Media and Sound as a dynamic continuation of the discussion on performance and its relationship to the museum, gallery, and collector, which has begun last April with "Not for Sale: Conserving and Collecting Ephemeral Artwork in the 21st Century." Panelists Chrissie Iles, Robert Storr and Joan Jonas elaborated on the paradox of capturing radical and ephemeral ideas for historical record as well as a broader debate regarding how museums and galleries conserve this work. In November, "Not For Sale: Artists' View" featured panelist Marina Abramovic, Tania Bruguera, Klaus Ottmann, and Debra Singer, who actively discussed the changing role of the modern museum as lively cultural center shaping artists' ideas about performance.

ABOUT PERFORMA
PERFORMA is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization founded to commission and present new performance work in the visual arts. Drawing upon the rich history of performance in New York City, PERFORMA will provide a vibrant context to expand the possibilities and accessibility of live performance for artists and audiences. PERFORMA's mission is based on the conviction that live art is a vital form that reflects political, artistic, and social issues of our times. PERFORMA is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator, is an art historian, critic and curator who pioneered the study of performance art with her seminal book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present. A former curator at the Kitchen in New York, Ms. Goldberg, Associate Adjunct Professor of Contemporary Art, has taught at New York University since 1987.

Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, The Department of Art and Art Professions is committed to the construction of new knowledge through the creation of art and innovative academic research. The Department brings students, practicing artists, educators, and art professionals together in a richly interactive, multidisciplinary community that fosters imaginative art-making and intellectual exchange.

For further information, please contact info@performa-arts.org or 212.533. 5720.

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22. Critical Art Ensemble at CUNY Grad Center, March 4, 7-8:30 pm

Attacking Academic Freedom in America
A CONVERSATION WITH THE CRITICAL ART ENSEMBLE
Professor Ammiel Alcalay
talks with
Steve Kurtz and Rebecca Schneider
MARCH 4
7-8:30 pm
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center

Steve Kurtz is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo and one of the co-founders of the Critical Art Ensemble, a collective of artists dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics and critical theory. Rebecca Schneider is a professor of performance studies at Brown and is representing the CAE Defense Fund. Ammiel Alcalay is a professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern and Asian Languages at Queens College and the Graduate Center.

On May 11, 2004 Kurtz awoke to find his wife dead. After emergency workers arrived, they discovered what they considered to be suspicious items and called in the FBI. Invoking the USA Patriot Act, which grants the federal government unprecedented search and-seizure powers, federal agents detained Kurtz for 22 hours; they searched his home for two days, as well as his office at SUNY-Buffalo, where he is a faculty member. The bureau confiscated his wife's body, his house, car, equipment, computer hard drive, books, writings, correspondence, art projects and other items, even his cat.

Kurtz's hearing has been set for March 1, 2005.

He currently faces charges totaling more than 20 years in prison.

$5. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the CAE Defense Fund.

For reservations, please call 212.817.8215.

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23. David Michalek, FF Alumn, at Brooklyn Museum, March 5, 4-5 pm

You're invited to Building the Blessed City, Art and Social Change
Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, March 5, 2005 - 4 pm to 5pm
Hall of the Americas

A multimedia exploration in art and discourse by leaders from the communities of Faith, Art and Social Activism and those who have been homeless on how, through art and beauty the soul is awakened to the call for justice.

Panelists will include: The Reverend Robert Brashear, Senior Pastor, West Park Presbyterian Church; Marc Greenberg, Executive Director, Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing; David Michalek, Artist (photographer of "14 Stations"); Ana-Ofelia Rodreguez, Director of Community Development, Broadway Housing Communities; Derrick Watson, Street to Home Initiative, Common Ground; women and men who have been homeless, and others.

The event will be preceeded from 3 pm to 3:45 pm by a viewing of "14 Stations" on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, with the artist and some of the participants in the work. To view the "14 Stations" go to http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/2004/14-stations/ or http://www.davidmichalek.net/14_stations.html

The 4 pm discourse will be followed by a brief reception to meet the panelists R.S.V.P. appreciated

The Interfaith Assembly assists those who have been homeless to recover from homelessness and advocates for policies to end chronic homelessness in NYC.

For more information: contact the Interfaith Assembly
212-316-3171, Email: iahhnyc@cs.com
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC 10025

By subway, take 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum

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24. George Ferrandi, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, in The New York Sun, and more

George Ferrandi and Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, were subjects of an article in the February 28th issue of The New York Sun (full text below)

and

The March 2005 issue of Art & Antiques magazine has placed Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, on the list of "100 Top Collectors," in the "everyday ephemera" category.

The New York Sun
"Knickerbocker"
Zany Collectors Gather at Union Pool
By Gary Shapiro
February 28, 2005
http://www.nysun.com/article/9833
Pez dispensers, cans of mackerel, umbrellas, and other assorted objects were artistically displayed last week in the back room of the bar Union Pool at the corner of Union and Meeker streets in Williamsburg. Various collectors had set up displays for a Collectors' Night hosted by the City Reliquary Civic Organization, an arm of the City Reliquary Museum.

On hand were the museum's vice president of collections, Bill Scanga, and artist Dave Herman, who wore a blue sash emblazoned with the word "president." Mr. Herman founded the City Reliquary Museum, which is about five blocks from Union Pool at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer streets. The modest exhibition space consists of two barred windows at street level displaying objects representing New York history - such as the rope that held the mourning drape from City Hall's balcony in the wake of 9/11. The windows also play host to rotating groups of objects on loan from local collectors. "For the people," it says on the wall. Admission is free and access is 24 hours a day. The event at Union Pool was a window dressing come to life. It featured film screenings, presentations, and a panel discussion about collecting. A film by Greg King was screened called "Manhattan Canyon," of Manhattan's skyline. Mr. King himself was on tour with the band called the Rachels.

"The collecting energy in this room is amazing. I feel like I'm with my people, finally," said a professor from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richard Roth, who showed slides of various collections such as Claes Oldenburg's ray guns. He discussed artist Peter Greenaway's "100 Objects to Represent the World," which included a shadow, a fallen tree, the alphabet, and a pile of dust. Mr. Roth showed examples of thrift-store paintings found by artist Jim Shaw, and described the work of artist Fred Wilson who "messes with other people's collections" such as an installation created for the Maryland Historical Society, in which Mr. Wilson juxtaposed slave shackles alongside fine silver vessels. Mr. Roth said artists collect "quotidian, ordinary, and daily" objects for various reasons, including for use as source material.

Mr. Roth's own work was presented at a show at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts called "Grief: A Collection." It contained newspaper clippings of people in extreme grief. Mr. Roth said that the images could be organized by date, nationality, or even by gestures, which he said was a kind of grieving lexicon. Another exhibition of Mr. Roth's that he mentioned featured forms collected from stores, doctors offices, and other places offering a glimpse of the "postindustrial matrices that govern" contemporary life. Mr. Roth also shared examples of working artists' palettes he had collected including a Frisbee, a license plate, and a clipboard. For palettes, artists make use of "anything that doesn't walk away," he said.

After Mr. Roth's presentation, the Poo Syndicate's film "The Flea Market Project" was shown. The movie featured flea-market finds from the Ohio River Valley such as homemade banjos made of metal cans and string.

The chair of the English department at Long Island University, Leah Dilworth, moderated a panel on collecting. She is the editor of "Acts of Possession: Collecting in America" (Rutgers University Press). The panel included Edwin Gonsalez, who collects and restores bicycles, and the resident geologist of the City Reliquary Museum, Nik Sokol, who is interested in "earth processes and decay."

Ms. Dilworth asked each panelist to describe "what motivates them to collect." Radio documentarian Piya Kochhar, who works at Sound Portraits Productions, said that she collects memories.

Harley Spiller, known as "Inspector Collector," collects objects such as pencils, MetroCards, citrus fruit peeling devices, hot sauces, paperclips, and things that rhyme with his name. On display on the wall was some of Mr. Spiller's collection of fortune-teller handbills. The display was interactive: Viewers could make their own.
An audience member asked Mr. Spiller what objects he had found that sounded like his name. He said he had a stick from the sport of hurling and a type of ball called a "sliothar." He had a special kind of scissors called "handy snippers"; a special device for cooling martini glasses called a "frosty chiller"; a baseball card featuring Harry Spillman, and a reply to a letter from Phyllis Diller.

In response to Ms. Dilworth's question regarding his motivation, Mr. Spiller said, "It's fun. It's cool. It defines the term pastime. It's also an alternative to reading."
The question arose as to how many objects make a collection. One panelist recalled that a vice president of Sotheby's once said "One is enough. If you spend $44 million on a Van Gogh, you're a Van Gogh collector."

Among those in the packed audience were Rose Bochansky, whose mackerel cans were on display; George Ferrandi with his Pez collection; and Mediabistro.com's community coordinator, Greg Bloom.

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25. Kyong Park, FF Alumn, at Cooper Union, TONITE, 6 PM

Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond
A lecture by Kyong Park/iCUE
At
Cooper Union
Student Lecture Series
The Foundation Building
7 East 7th Street
3rd floor
March 3, 6pm
Under the confluence of nomadic behavior of economy, technologies and industries, the city of Detroit, segregated and isolated, constitutes one of the great monuments to urban decay, perhaps the most percipient victim of the globalization of labor and capital. Yet, this disposable city forms a powerful ground to critique the problems embedded in the hyper economy of suburban matrix, and seeds a new urban thoughts for a post-capitalist future. These are the basis for International Center for Urban Ecology [iCUE], a nomadic laboratory for future cities, which was found in 1998 by Kyong Park, producing installations, videos and urban projects on the decomposition to reconstitution of cities, that frames the theory of urban ecology. According to iCUE, cities are a moving organism, fueled and shaped by political, economic and cultural entropies, developing and innovating free from contemporary architects and urban planners. The professions are left to observe the self-organization of contemporary cities, as they physically move along the nomadicity of its immaterial substances, devouring fresh territories ahead, and leaving non-transformative physical elements, especially architecture, obsolete for the nature consume, as in the inner city of Detroit.

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