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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
September 26, 2005

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1. Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, at the Brooklyn Public Library, opening October 6, 6 pm
2. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Flux show, London, UK, opening September 29, and more.
3. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at ArtSTRAND, Provincetown, thru September 28
4. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, new book and October – November 2005 newsletter
5. Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, Le Petit Versailles schedule October 05
6. Tadej Pogacar, FF Alumn, in Tirana Biennial 3, Albania, thru November 2005
7. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, opening October 1, 7-10 pm
8. Paul Lamarre & Melissa P. Wolf, FF Alumns, in Williamsburg, opening October 1, 12-7 pm
9. Coco Fusco, Rev. Billy, FF Alumns, at St. Mark’s Church, NY, November 27, 8 pm
10. Lisa Brenneis, Nao Bustamante, Adrienne Jenik, FF Alumns, at U.C. San Diego, October 28, 8 pm
11. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at 59 Franklin Street, September 29, 8 pm
12. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, in London, October 24, ‘05-January 21, ‘06
13. Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, FF Alumns, Donnell Library show in the NY Times, TODAY!
14. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at Tilton Gallery, NY, thru October 29
15. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at The Asia Society, October 25, 6:30 pm, and on www.bozacknation.com
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1. Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, at the Brooklyn Public Library, opening October 6 , 6 pm

Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, presents
"Lost and Found in the Stacks"
Balcony Cases, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn Public Library
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-230-2100

October 4-November 27th, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 6th 6pm
Trustees Room 3rd Floor

Imagine if museums resembled libraries and the public could checkout original artifacts. This thought is the spark behind my current ongoing project “Lost and Found in the Stacks”, which I designed to help break down barriers like those between rare book rooms and the regular stacks. To achieve this, I have created a set of books that open to reveal intricate wooden architectural miniatures, each to be paired with a specific library book. For example, my pop-up book containing a miniature replicas of period rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will serve as a companion to E.L Konigsberg’s museum mystery, FROM THE MIXED –UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER.

The project is also a visual form of literary criticism that will exists in 2 stages:

a) Library patrons browsing in the stacks will serendipitously find my books or be directed to them by an electronic catalogue that, like Amazon.com, sends readers to the wide array of materials recently circulated to others with similar interests.

b) Library patrons will then have the option to take home the pair of books for a standard loan period.

I love the mental space and the unique sense of time and place contained in books; for example, the dreamlike atmosphere Lewis Carroll created in Alice In Wonderland, or when Bastian physically gets misplaced between the pages of Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. All in all, “Lost and Found in the Stacks” will make tangible the imaginary spaces created within books. I’ll never forget my first visit to the Morgan Library when I was struck with the sheer scale of public intimacy. The financier’s once-working library has become a period room. I imagine living there, walking barefoot and leafing through numerous volumes of Proust or Aesop. I love the idea that books are portals for private thought.

Micki Watanabe

September 2005

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2. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Flux show, London, UK, opening September 29, and more.

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will participate in the "Flux" show organised by Illuminate Productions, which opens on Thursday, September 29, 2005, 6: 30 - 10: 00 p.m.,in the vast tunnel at no. 7 - 9 Crucifix Lane near London Bridge in Bermondsey, London, England.

The "Flux" show, curated by Caroline Jones and Tessa MacArthur,will feature the works of 14 artists. Medalla's sculpture is one of his celebrated "Cloud Gates"(bubble-machines, the first works of auto-creative art),last shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris during the exhibition entitled "L'Informe", curated by Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois.The "Flux" show will continue until October 21, 2005. For info please log in the internet into the website: www.illuminateproductions.co.uk

Following the success of the Cosmic Wrestling Match between Australian artist Adam Nankervis (as "The Ghost of Joseph Beuys") and David Medalla (as"The Spirit of Marcel Duchamp aka RRose Selavy"), which marked the riotous-joyous finale of Medalla's recent exhibition (curated by Guy Brett) at the ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Nankervis and Medalla (co-founders of the Mondrian Club, and now "baptised" as Cosmic Wrestlers "Geist-Beuys" and "Esprit-Duchamp") have decided to continue their exciting collaborative live art work with a "Pythagoran Dialogue in Post-Einsteinian Space" which will take place in the Museum MAN section of the Berliner Kunstsalon on Saturday, October 8, 2005, at six p.m.

Two original and inter-related features of this live art event will be the creation by Adam Nankervis of art works using a shepherd's crock similar to the one Joseph Beuys used in the German artist's 'performance with a coyote' entitled 'I love America', and the "reading" of "Destinies", a participatory\ art work by David Medalla,(inspired by Marcel Duchamp's "Trois Stoppages"), which Medalla begun at "Long Shore Drift" organised by Katie Sollohub on Brighton Beach in Sussex, England, and continued at the ICA London.

Museum MAN's participation in the Berliner Kunstsalon will consist of a group show of international artists entitled "Blueprint of the Senses", curated by Adam Nankervis..

For images of Medalla's exhibition at the ICA London, please log in the internet into the website: www.londonbiennale.org

For information about "Blueprint of the Senses", please log in the internet into the website: www.museumman.org

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3. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at ArtSTRAND, Provincetown, thru September 28

FF Alumn Jay Critchley's installation, BEIGE, continues through September 28, artSTRAND, 53 Bradford St, provincetown, MA. www.artSTRAND.com

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4. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, new book and October – November 2005 newsletter

Hi Everybody!
Exciting news! I have a new book and performance coming soon! At theaters and bookstores near you! I will have a new performance called "1001 Beds" based on my brand new book of the same name that will be out in March 06 from University of Wisconsin Press. It's a kinky and funny journey thru the beds and hotels and politics of a life on the road as a traveling salesman- oops I mean a solo performance artist! I was doing the math recently and I figured that if I continue to tour as a performer for another twenty years, I will end up sleeping in at least 1000 hotel beds in my lifetime on the road. For maximum poetic oomph, let's say 1001 beds! Yikes! The book "1001 BEDS" will be out in Feb and is a collection of my essays, performances, manifestos, performance touring stories from Tokyo to Chattanooga and my journals. Will be a fun and fierce new performance based on excerpts from the book. More info to follow as we get closer to the pub date and the premiere of the new show in March.

Meanwhile, I am really looking forward to my busy autumn of performing and gallivanting all over the U.S., Canada and England. (Ah, those frequent flyer miles! Who knew Cathay Pacific flies nonstop from Vancouver to NYC!!!!)

I am  tickled that I will be ping-ponging between the US & Canada & England for many gigs. I am particularly delighted that the Canada premieres of my new performance "Us" will be taking place in Vancouver and Ontario!!!
I will perform "Us" at the The Vancouver East Cultural Centre in British Columbia.
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver, BC Oct 18-22. Tickets 604-251-1363.
http://www.vecc.bc.ca/us.htm

Also in Peterborough, Ontario Nov 11-12 presented by Public Energy at the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. (705) 745-1788 http://www.publicenergy.ca/archive_details/tim_miller/tim_miller.htm

Also I am really pleased-  even "chuffed"- to return to  Liverpool and the fabulous Unity theatre! I will be back performing my show "Us" there for the Liverpool Queer Arts Festival Homotopia Oct 31-Nov 2. Then I train across England to Hull University-Scarborough where I will be doing a residency and performing.

I will be doing many juicy University performance & teaching residencies this Fall at Southern Methodist University, Trent University, Ontario, Hull Uni-Scarborough, Illinois State, Montclair State in New Jersey, and Brandeis University. I will be in Boston for the National Communications Association Conference where I am really honored my pals & colleagues from Louisiana State and University of South Florida have put together a presentation on the  performance projects I do with students. Here's a nice essay from the Women's Playwriting Newsletter that was written by a participant about my 2004 workshop residency like this at Univ of Minnesota theater program which was a great expeience.
http://www.netspace.org/~icwp/ICWPnewsletterNov2004-Seeing.html

Here are highlights from my fall performing and residency schedule. Hope to see you on my travels!

Best, Tim Miller  
http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html

Oct 1-2 Dallas, Southern Methodist University
Oct 3-10 Illinois State University
Oct 17-22 Vancouver East Cultural Center, CANADA
Oct 23-30 Montclair State University, NJ
Nov 2 Liverpool, ENGLAND, Unity Theatre, HOMOTOPIA FEST
Nov 3-8 Hull University, Scarborough, ENGLAND
Nov 11-12 Peterborough, CANADA Market Place Theatre
Nov 10-11 Trent University, CANADA
Nov 14-20 Brandeis University, Boston
Nov. 17 National Communications Association Conference, Boston

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5. Jack Waters, Peter Cramer, FF Alumns, Le Petit Versailles schedule October 05

Le Petit Versailles Garden Season 2005
346 East Houston Street < Avenues B & C
F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on HOUSTON St. or
J / M trains to Delancey. Walk northeast to HOUSTON St.
Rain or Shine. FREE or voluntary donation. 212 529 8815
http://www.alliedproductions.org
petitversailles@earthlink.net


October 2 Sunday 5 - 11pm
Hurricane Katrina Benefit
Performances, Film, Music & PotLuck food.
$10 dollar contribution requested

OCTOBER 7 FRIDAY 9PM
FLAMING SLIPS (OF THE TONGUE):
AN EVENING OF SMOKIN' WORD PERFORMANCE. 
Featured flame-throwers include:
mr.joe (producer~performer~writer~whore: reads from THE SHIFT, soon to be published in Hot Gay Erotica 2006) Chloe Dzubilo (HIV~AIDS/Transgendered persons'  Activatrix - currently working on her bio pic starring Rosario Dawson) Dee Finley (Queer~dyke~grrl promoter~performer spikes the night with a punch) Mat (Word masseur giving a hole new meaning to "open up and say ahhhhhhhrse...") Khalid (teacher~mentor to the 718 kids - reads original work with fever of the flavor of his tingle) and a screening of INDELIBLE - a video work by Charles Lum aka Clublum.

OCTOBER 8 SATURDAY 6PM
Avant Garde(n) presents
A Tribute to Tom Chomont
hosted by Jim Hubbard & MM Serra

A key figure of the New York underground and pioneering queer experimental filmmaker, longtime AIDS survivor and wily raconteur. From 1962 through 1989, Tom Chomont made over forty films. All but two of his films are silent and all are short, ranging from less than 1 minute to 16 minutes. Perhaps the subtitle of Chomont's film Phases of the Moon best characterizes his film work: The Parapsychology of Everyday Life. His films, often portraits of friends, are a lyric evocation of the ordinary world, but at the same time they bear witness to an unabashedly spiritual and sexual parallel universe. His incomparable technique of offsetting color positive and high contrast black and white negative creates a subtly beautiful and richly evocative, otherworldly aura. Since 1990, he has worked exclusively in video. The videos are hard-edged and raw. While many center around explicit s&m imagery, they go beyond the performative aspects of sadomasochistic practice and become an entrée to a transcendent and philosophical otherworld.

Tom Chomont has been making 16mm films since the early 60s. Because the films don't fit neatly into established categories (they're not exactly "diary films," though much of the basic imagery is diaristic; they're not precisely "trance films," though trance film is obviously part of Chomont's background), and because [he] has been more fully involved in exploring himself than in advancing his career, his brief, unassuming, amazingly dense films are frequently overlooked. --Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema


Events are made possible by Allied Productions,Inc.,Gardeners & Friends of LPV,The Trust for Public Land, Citizens for NYC, GreenThumb/NYC Dept. of Parks,Materials for the Arts; NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs,NYC Dept. of Sanitation & NYC Board of Education, Manhattan Neighbourhood Network (MNN), WNYC-FM. LPV Programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency.

www.alliedproductions.org

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6. Tadej Pogacar, FF Alumn, in Tirana Biennial 3, Albania, thru November 2005

Tadej Pogacar in the Tirana Biennial 3, in Tirana

TIRANA BIENNIAL 3: SWEET TABOOS / (EPISODE 5)

September – November 2005

CODE:RED Tirana

As part of the ongoing collaborative project CODE:RED (begun in 1999/2000), which examines and researches models of the informal economy, the self-organization of marginal groups, global sex work, and human trafficking, Tadej Pogaèar is preparing a new project, CODE:RED Tirana, at the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Tirana in collaboration with the non-governmental organization AAGW.

Most of the Albanian women and girls who become victims of human trafficking are sent to Italy and Greece, though some end up in England, Germany, Belgium, and Norway. The average age of those living in the main shelter for trafficked women in Tirana is seventeen; the youngest girls are fourteen. More than 85% of the trafficked girls had previously been unemployed and were kept at home. The women and girls coming from rural areas account for a large number in comparison with those coming from urban areas. A number of the girls were actually kidnapped, while some were even sold by their own families for money. Many of the girls have nowhere else to go: due to the shame associated with prostitution, many fathers will not accept their daughters back into the family.

AAGW, a non-profit organization founded by former victims of human trafficking, seeks to provide support for trafficked girls and women. Official estimates tell of more than 6,000 Albanian girls and women who are, or have been in the past, victims of illegal trade in humans and who were forced into prostitution. AAGW supports a number of projects to aid shelter residents, including vocational training and job placement, as well as the production of artistic handicrafts and fundraising activities. In Albania, trafficking in humans was not even illegal before 2001, and to date, only a handful of traffickers have been convicted, receiving sentences of just a few months in jail.

http://www.parasite-pogacar.si

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7. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, opening October 1, 7-10 pm

Exit Biennial II: Traffic
October 1 – December 23, 2005
Opening Reception Saturday October 1, 7-10pm

(New York, NY September, 2005) Exit Art, the nonprofit cultural center whose programs explore the diversity of cultures and voices in contemporary art, is pleased to present Exit Biennial II: Traffic. Traffic is the second of five biennials planned over ten years. The 51 multidisciplinary artworks in this exhibition look at the varied ways in which contemporary culture responds to different ideas of traffic.

All of the biennials focus on issues relevant to life in the metropolis and extend Exit Art’s commitment to showcasing the work of young and emerging artists. Inspiration for Exit Art’s first biennial, Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction 2003, was borne out of our recent move from SoHo to Hell’s Kitchen and also the rebuilding of lower Manhattan after the September 11th attacks. This tremendously successful exhibition inaugurated Exit Art’s new location and helped shape the programming and mission of the new space.

In response to Webster dictionary’s five definitions for “traffic”, the artworks in this exhibition explore how traffic is defining our constantly changing world; the sprawl of urban centers, borders being redefined, global import and export of goods, people moving from one place to another, the trafficking of drugs, people and children, the flow of information over the internet etc. Everything is in flux and traffic is the system in which it all moves. As put by Papo Colo, exhibition curator and co-founder of Exit Art, “Our birth is the traffic of genes, our sexes the route. One sperm among millions is caught. And there, we are a product of trafficking with love.”

ARTISTS
jonathan allen
Justin Beal
Gail Biederman
Johannes Buss
Alfredo Conde
Matthew Cusick
Michel de Broin
Lisa DiLillo
Uri Dotan
Hasan M. Elahi
eteam
Eddie Figueroa / Rafael Rivera / Aaron Salabarrías
Chantel Foretich
Adam Frelin
Graciela Fuentes
Christoph Gielen
Eduardo Gil
Shuli Hallak
Tom Hébert
Angela Hennessy
Todd Jokl
Marie-Christine Katz
Michael Lalicki
PIPS
Matthew Lusk
Mitchell Marco
Bryan Mesenbourg
David Packer
Debra Pearlman
Plamen Petkov
Preemptive Media
Jeremy J. Quinn
Nicholas Rodrigues
Augustine Romero
Shane Ruth
Marie Sauvaitre
Romy Scheroder
Simon Schiessl/Saoirse Higgins
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
Paul Slocum
S. Spanhake
János Sugár
Stefanie Trojan
Jovan Villalba
Onge S. Warner
Seth Weiner
Letha Wilson
Bradley Wood
Mike Wsol
Linda Wysong

FUNDING
General support for Exit Art’s exhibition program provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Starry Night Fund at The Tides Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Brown Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Exit Art’s Board of Trustees and our members.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Avenue at 36th Street. Traffic will be open each Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm; Friday, 10 am – 8 pm; Saturday, noon – 8 pm Closed Sunday and Monday. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information, the public may call 212-966-7745 or visit www.exitart.org.

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8. Paul Lamarre & Melissa P. Wolf, FF Alumns, in Williamsburg, opening October 1, 12-7 pm

DECOMSUMPTION
INSITU - More production of less
October 1 - 30, 2005 Opening October 1, 12 pm - 7 pm
CONTACT for information and appointment:
Paul Lamarre
EIDIAhouse
14 Dunham Place
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718 218 6748
eidia@rcn.com

A five year work-in-progress D E C O N S U M P T I O N more production of less by the art group EIDIA, Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf, achieves its first stage of formal realization in D E C O N S U M P T I O N INSITU. The month long installation and performance involves, as EIDIA defines it R4, an art which reaffirms eco-art concerns i.e., Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew. D E C O N S U M P T I O N seeks to address the ecological impact of not only the artist's end product but the production process itself.

Through over 60 random weekend sales out of the EIDIAhouse studio since 2000, Lamarre and Wolf ask visitors to reconsider an object's value and the environmental cost of its production given that we are becoming increasingly aware of modernism's impact on the global ecology.

Lamarre and Wolf are a "transdisciplinary" artist and filmmaker team working under the name EIDIA, an acronym with many possible meanings, from Ecological Involvement Demands Immediate / Individual Action to Everything I Do Is Art. Their previous works have taken many forms including site specific installations utilizing photography, sculpture, video, and film. They have exhibited nationally and internationally and their work can be found in numerous collections. (Their previous documentary "the nea tapes" 1995-2001 www.neatapes.com about the 90s culture wars has been acquired by over 150 universities and colleges in the US and Canada.)

As they have in the past, and now for the full month of October, visitors to the EIDIAhouse studio weekend sales will be invited to purchase found objects destined for the dump which Lamarre and Wolf have reclaimed / rescued. The buyer receives a certificate of authenticity stating the purpose of the D E C O N S U M P T I O N concept. Funds from a purchase go to support EIDIAhouse a meeting place for ideas wherein art, the action of our lives, goes beyond indulgent consumerism.

DIRECTIONS: 14 Dunham Place is at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge, 1 block east of Kent between Broadway and South 6th Str., Dunham Place, is 1 block long and 1 block from the East River. By taxi: take Williamsburg Bridge right lane onto Broadway to 4 blocks west of Peter Luger restaurant. By subway: L train to Bedford (1st stop), walk south to base of Williamsburg Bridge, 2 blocks west of â?oThe Dinerâ?  restaurant, or J train to Marcy, walk down Broadway toward the river.

Please visit: www.wideopenproductions.org/eidia. For new film in production see: www.wideopenproductions.org. For Trigger Magazine interview see: http://www.triggermagazine.com/Issue5/profiles/2_wideopen.html  For EIDIA books and videos see: www.eidia.com.

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9. Coco Fusco, Rev. Billy, FF Alumns, at St. Mark’s Church, NY, November 27, 8 pm

Dear Parents of Lovely Babes and Tots,
The infamous Rev. Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping will conduct a BABIES AGAINST BIG BUSINESS mass baptism to protect our darling peewees from the baby industry at St. Marks Church in the East Village on Sunday November 27th at 8pm. You are all especially invited to attend, participate, witness and enjoy this fabulous spectacle. Please spread the word, bring more babies and enjoy the festivities.

I have designed a Babied Against Big Business t-shirt for the pint-sized performers that is available at www.cafepress.com/cocomama.

Please attend!
Power to the Peewees!
Coco
for more info, email me at tongolele999@yahoo.com

www.thing.net/~cocofusco ... Check out my t-shirt designs for babies and kids at:http://www.cafepress.com/cocomama

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10. Lisa Brenneis, Nao Bustamante, Adrienne Jenik, FF Alumns, at U.C. San Diego, October 28, 8 pm

SPECFLIC 1.0 * Speculative Distributed Cinema
Public Launch October 28th, 2005
Pre-show 8pm, main event 9pm-midnight
Calit2 Courtyard, UCSD Campus
www.specflic.net

Set in 2030, SPECFLIC's story is not just told, but experienced. Based on cutting edge science and engineering research, SPECFLIC 1.0 reflects the social costs and benefits of accelerated progress. What type of future do you envision? Come be part of the public
launch of this ongoing performative media project! Bring wireless devices (laptops & cell phones). In honor of Halloween, dress for 2030.

Emacs!

Directed by Adriene Jenik
Additional text by author Kim Stanley Robinson.
Featuring performances by Allison Janney, Ricardo Dominguez,
Richard Jenik, Lisa Brenneis and Nao Bustamante
Innovative public interaction modules by Neil McCurdy, Andrew Collins,
Robert Twomey, DoEat and Radioactive Radio.

Adriene Jenik
Associate Professor, Computer & Media Arts
Visual Arts Dept., University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0084
tel. 858 822-2059 fax 858 534-7976
http://www.adrienejenik.net
http://www.specflic.net

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11. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at 59 Franklin Street, September 29, 8 pm

PROJECT 59 is pleased to announce

the Second Screening (new collection) of the 59 Seconds International Film/Video Festival at 59 Franklin Street 2 nd Floor, Tribeca, NYC, on Thursday, September 29, 2005 8pm

featuring:

Petri Ala-Maunus (Finland), Victor Barbieri (USA), Michelle Beck (USA) & Jorge Calvo (Costa Rica), Alexandra Dementieva (Belgium), Alain K (France), Horia Cadariu (Romania), Gruppo Sinestetico (Italy),Carine Doerflinger (Germany), Raina Benoit (USA), Myriam Thyes (Germany), Yan Chung Hsien (Taiwan), Ianthe Jackson (USA), Alistair Gentry (Uk), Josephine Lipuma (USA), Dorothea Fleiss (Germany),Jeff Bauer & Melania Semerad-Radulescu (USA), Galina Myznikova & Sergey Provorov (Russia), Guo Shiau Pei (Taiwan), Myriam Thyes ( Germany), Franz Wassermann (Austria), Isidore Bethel (USA),

Screening is Free

First come first served. No reservations.
The 35 minute program will be repeated if needed to accommodate all.
A collection from the First Screening may be shown by request.
More information about this festival and an open call for the next screening at

www.irinadanilova.net/59_sec_fest

Program for September 29 th screening will be posted on web site by September 29.

59 Second Film/Video Festival made its first international presentation at VIDEOMINUTO Pop TV, Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy, September 8-10, 2005

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12. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, in London, October 24, 2005 – January 21, 2006

SUTURE ARTWORK WITHOUT ANAESTHETIC
RICHARD SQUIRES . PHILLIP WARNELL
THE OLD OPERATING THEATRE, MUSEUM & HERB GARRET
9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
24 OCTOBER 2005 - 21 JANUARY 2006
PART ONE PRIVATE VIEW - SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER, 2 - 5 PM
SUTURE is a two-part exhibition, realised to coincide with the temporary move of The Old Operating Theatre Museum into the crypt at St Marks. An intervention of moving image work, SUTURE places video monitors amongst the amputation saws, trepanning tools, pill-making machines and instruments for the surgical removal of human gall bladder stones and diseased limbs.
More information:
Old Operating Theatre 020 7188 2679
info@richardsquires.net
info@phillipwarnell.com

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13. Nora Ligorano & Marshall Reese, FF Alumns, Donnell Library show in the NY Times, TODAY!

Congratulations to Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, FF Alumns, on their exhibiton at the Donnell Library and on the following review in today’s New York Times. Please visit www.newyorktimes.com to see the photograph that accompanied this article.

September 26, 2005

Artistic Commentary at the Library on the Zeal to Ban Books By JOHN STRAUSBAUGH

Anyone visiting the Donnell Library Center on West 53rd Street in Manhattan this month is entering a "Free Speech Zone." It says so in big red letters right over the door.

The zone is an art installation, timed to coincide with the 24th-annual Banned Books Week, was created by the Brooklyn-based team of Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, who have made art on political and social themes for 20 years. On either side of the Donnell's front doors they placed grim photographic portraits of library patrons blindfolded.

One L.E.D. display scrolls short passages from books banned over the years. Another lists their titles: "The Great Gatsby," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Moby-Dick" and "Twelfth Night," for example.

"Censorship comes in a lot of ways and from all directions," said Marie Nesthus, chief librarian of the Donnell Media Center, which is part of the New York Public Library system.

The urge to censor is as old as recorded civilization, but it took modern democracy to make censorship a participatory sport, in which any individual could try to control what everyone else was allowed to see.

Public schools and libraries are particularly vulnerable. For instance, a mother in Arkansas who did not want her children reading Harry Potter books because they "promote witchcraft" succeeded in restricting access to them for all children in her local libraries. A small but vocal group in Bushwick, Brooklyn, mistaking "Nappy Hair," by the black author Carolivia Herron, for a racist text, drove a white teacher out of her school for reading it to the class. Since 1991, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom has compiled an annual list of books that librarians, teachers or others report have been challenged; there were 547 challenges in 2004, up 25 percent from 2003.

Beverley Becker, associate director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, said most challenges come from parents upset about "materials that are either aimed at or available to youth." Robert Cormier's young-adult novel about school life, "The Chocolate War," leads the association's list of the most frequently challenged books in 2004, despite having been published more than 30 years ago. It was cited for such things as sexual content, offensive language and violence.

"Those who would challenge or ban a book have to find out about it first," Judy Blume, a National Book Award winner last year, said, "and often they find out about it because kids like it." She has made the list of the most-challenged authors year after year, put there by parents unhappy with her novels' frank discussions about sexual topics.

"This wave started with the religious right around 1980," she said. "And it's contagious. It has spread, so that anybody, including the liberal left, can say, 'I don't want my kid to read that book, therefore I don't want that book around for any kid to read.' "

On Thursday night at 6 in the Donnell's auditorium, Ms. Blume, Peter Sis and other prominent authors for children and young adults are scheduled to read passages from their books that have been removed from libraries or otherwise restricted.

"Nobody has to read anything in a library," Ms. Becker said. "There's something for everybody not to like in the library, and the librarian isn't doing her job unless there's something to offend people."

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14. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at Tilton Gallery, NY, thru October 29

Carrie Mae Weems, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, Jenny Perlin, at Tilton Gallery, Eight East 76 th Street., NY, 212-737-2221, thru October 29, 2005.

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15. Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, at The Asia Society, October 25, 6:30 pm, and on www.bozacknation.com

Dim Sum and Then Some, a panel at the Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue (at 70 th Street), New York City

Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 6:30-8:30pm

Panelists:

Jean-Georges Vongerichten , Owner, 66, Jean-Georges and Spice Market
Phil Suarez, Owner, Suarez Restaurant Group LLC
Patricia Yeo, Owner, Sapa Restaurant
Handel Lee, Owner, Three-on-the-Bund ( Shanghai)
Michael Tong, Owner, Shun Lee
Harley Spiller, FF Alumn, Collector of Chinese menus
Moderator: Mimi Sheraton, Food Writer

Program Synopsis:

Chinese food was the first Asian cuisine to become well known to mainstream America, first along the coasts and then in the heartland. Join culinary experts for a discussion of “Why Chinese Food?” moderated by renowned food writer Mimi Sheraton. Panelists will discuss the evolution of Chinese cuisine from Chop Suey joints to high-end cuisine, the shift to pan-Asian themes and other influences in Chinese cuisine and how current western interpretations of Chinese food are impacting contemporary cuisine in China. Mr. Spiller’s historical collection of Chinese menus will be displayed to underscore the dramatic changes that have occurred over time in Chinese cuisine, and the evening will be punctuated by a Dim Sum reception.

Please visit the website devoted to this event at www.AsiaFood.org/dimsum and The webzine Bozack Nation has dropped its third issue, with a feature on Harley Spiller, FF Alumn. Please visit http://www.bozacknation.com/magazines/003/index.html and left click on the right panel to page 44. Thank you.

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