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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
June 26, 2006

CONTENTS:
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1. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, announces 2008 candidacy for President of the U.S.A.
2. Peter Frank, FF Alumn, at LACE, Los Angeles, thru August 20, 2006
3. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, new online conversation
4. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, launches new website, www.jackiapple.com
5. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, in “Fate,” and in Central Park, NY, July 2006
6. Crash, Daze, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, at The Brooklyn Museum, June 30-September 3
7. Joshua Kinberg, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, in The New York Times June 25, 2006
8. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, at Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, June 30, 7 pm
9. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, in Metro, TODAY
10. DJ Spooky, FF Visionary, at Southpaw, Brooklyn, June 30
11. Marty Greenbaum, FF Alumn, at Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, thru July 22
12. Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, selected for Envision 2006 residency
13. Peter Grzybowski, FF Alumn, in Krakow, June 29, 9 pm
14. Nicky Paraiso, FF Alumn, in Amherst, MA, July 16, and more
15. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn, at Portikus, Frankfurt, opening June 30, 8 pm
16. French Book Art at the New York Public Library, thru August 19
17. Nicole Blackman, FF Alumn, in Fierce Festival, England
18. David Dunlap, Michael Smith, FF Alumns, at White Columns, thru July 29
19. Essex Hemphill, Pamela Sneed, FF Alumns, tribute at LIU, June 30, 8 pm
20. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, July 13, 5-8 pm
21. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at The Stone, Manhattan, July 5, 8 & 10 pm
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1. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, announces 2008 candidacy for President of the U.S.A.

Frank Moore has announced he is running for President of the U.S.A. in 08!

check out http://www.frankmooreforpresident08.com/ he is calling for his fellow artists to do pieces of any kind to support his candidacy! yep, there will be an artist in the white house!

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2. Peter Frank, FF Alumn, at LACE, Los Angeles, thru August 20, 2006

LACE (LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS)
6522 Hollywood Boulevard LA CA 90028
http://www.welcometolace.org

Join us to celebrate the start of summer with two new exhibitions at LACE

When Hangover Becomes Form featuring the first-time collaboration between Rachel Harrison and Scott Lyall, curated by Dan Adler, and Draw a line and follow it, a group show featuring artists who participated in an improvisational process based on the Fluxus practices of the 60s and 70s.
through 20 August, 2006

Fluxwear Event to be performed by the LA Art Girls throughout the evening
Summer Series begins:
Artist Talk with Dan Adler, Rachel Harrison and Scott Lyall
Thursday, 22 June @ 7:30pm

Ben Patterson performs
Tuesday, 27 June @ 7:30pm

WHEN HANGOVER BECOMES FORM is a collaborative installation project featuring Toronto-based artist Scott Lyall and New York-based Rachel Harrison, curated by art critic and scholar Dan Adler. This project marks the first time either artist has ever collaborated and is the first time Harrison's work will be shown in Los Angeles. "When Hangover Becomes Form is a misbehaving mix of thematic, historical, and visual references--to monochrome painting, to conceptual procedures of the 1960s, to the Pop preoccupation with celebrity, to the minimalist plinth, to scatter art practices of the 1970s, among others--that avoids registers as a coherent stylistic statement." writes Adler.

Artist Talk with Dan Adler, Rachel Harrison and Scott Lyall
Thursday, 22 June @ 7:30pm

Project support for When Hangover Becomes Form comes from the American Center Foundation, Canadian Consulate General, Los Angeles, Canadian Consulate General, Ontario, and Pasadena Art Alliance.

DRAW A LINE AND FOLLOW IT. Titled after LaMonte Young's "Composition 1960 No. 10," a performance score consisting of the instruction 'Draw a straight line and follow it.' this exhibition traces connections from George Brecht, Jackson Mac low, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi, Robert Watts and others to a contemporary generation of artists that share an interest in the Fluxus practices of the 1960's and 70's. LACE asked an initial group of four artists not only to make a new piece for the exhibition, but also to each invite another artist to participate. Each new artist was then invited to add another artist until a total of 16 were chosen. Three bonus participants, Peter Frank, Ben Patterson and the LA Art Girls, have also joined the project.

ARTISTS IN THREAD ORDER
Alexandra Grant -- Steve Roden -- Jacob Melchi -- Ethan Ayer
Darin Klein -- Enrique Castrejon -- Ming-Yuen S. Ma -- Rheim Alkadhi
Mercedes Teixido -- Tran T. Kim-Trang -- Carole Kim -- Angie Bray
Martin Venezky -- Gail Swanlund -- John Sueda -- Brian Roettinger -- Steven Feuer
Peter Frank + LA Art Girls + Ben Patterson

These LA-based artists were invited to explore Fluxus objects in the Jean Brown Collection at the Getty Research Institute. Each picked a score to instigate a new work - producing drawings, installations and performances (planned and spontaneous) throughout the summer at LACE.

Ben Patterson performs Tuesday 27 June @ 7:30pm
 
Special Thanks to the staff in Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute.
Dressforms generously provided by Woodbury University's Fashion Design Department.

ABOUT LACE
Located in the heart of Hollywood, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) contributes to the long-term enrichment of Los Angeles' urban landscape and champions art's ability to engage with the timely issues that shape local and global life. LACE events--exhibitions, performances, screenings, dialogs and other public forums--strive to inspire the public imagination and to expand interactions between art and audience.

Support for LACE and its programs comes from: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Getty Foundation, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, Jockey Hollow Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Morris Family Foundation, and the members of LACE.

Exhibition Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 12 - 6pm, Friday 12 - 9pm
For directions go to http://www.welcometolace.org
For further information:
Carol Stakenas, Executive Director
T. 323-957-1777
info@welcometolace.org

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3. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, new online conversation

Hope that you are having a fine summer so far. I just uploaded this to my site: Catherine Perret in conversation with Joseph Nechvatal
http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/2new/Perret-Nechvatal%20talk.htm

Telepresently Yours,
Joseph Nechvatal
http://www.nechvatal.net

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4. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, launches new website, www.jackiapple.com

FF Alum Jacki Apple's new website is now up and running. The first 22 pages are open with more to be added every two weeks. Over the next two years the site will include 37 years of work in photography, installation, performance, radio/sound works, public art, film & video, artists books, project proposals, scripts and scores, exhibitions, writings, teaching, professional activities, and personal biography. Eventually works will be reconstructed in virtual space. The design and execution is a creative collaboration between Jacki Apple and Lucy H.G. If you have visual documentation of any works please contact us. Come visit regularly. www.jackiapple.com www.jackiapple.net

Portions of the site are available for purchase and funding. Sponsors sought. For information and rewards contact jaworks@sprintmail.com If you would like to know about Lucy H.G visit her website at www.workofbox.com

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5. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, in “Fate,” and in Central Park, NY, July 2006

The July issue of "Fate" contains my article "The Blood Still Boils," on thesupposed blood relic miracles of Naples, particularly the regular liquefaction of a brown paste celebrated for centuries as the blood of San Gennaro. "Fate: True reports of the Strange and Unknown" is a colorful digest that has been printing weird things since 1948; I'm delighted to be back in its pages. www.fatemag.com

Soprano Alison Davy has organized a fine group of singers, the Central Park Choraliers, which will be performing several shows in New York’s Central Park this summer (Saturdays July 8, 15 and 22). The repertory includes a few Skinner numbers. I'm told they may unleash my rousing round "Government Without Religion is like a Lunatic Without a Knife,” drop by and find out! www.alisondavy.com/cpc.htm

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6. Crash, Daze, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, at The Brooklyn Museum, June 30-September 3

The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern parkway, presents “Graffiti,” an exhibition on view from June 30 th thru September 3 rd, 2006. Crash FF Alumn, is the subject of a review in the June 25 th New York Times (reprinted below), and Daze and Lady Pink, FF Alumns, are quoted in the June 24 th issue of Go Brooklyn newspaper.

The New York Times, June 25, 2006, Close Reading:
'Graffiti' by John Matos at the Brooklyn Museum, By Ted Loos

JOHN MATOS had a picaresque art education: he learned to paint on the subways.

Mr. Matos, now 44, started his graffiti career traveling the trains on school nights when he was 13, lugging a bag filled with Krylon spray paint in four different colors.
But he rarely "tagged," as the process of painting an embellished signature is called. Mr. Matos — who went by the name Crash then and still frequently does — preferred to paint full pictures. As he got older, he moved from New York subway cars to canvases.

He had a full-fledged art career by the early 1980's, complete with gallery representation, though he stuck with spray paint as his medium instead of tubes of oil.

But as Mr. Matos's two-panel painting "A-U-T-O-matic" (1985) reveals, the transition to the art world was not always easy. The spray-painted and silk-screened canvas, measuring 3 feet by 8 feet, will be shown in the exhibition "Graffiti," opening Friday at the Brooklyn Museum.

As Mr. Matos worked long hours to complete 25 large paintings for a show at Sidney Janis Gallery, something snapped. "It was a comment someone made to me: 'Because you're spray painting, you can have something done in an hour,' " Mr. Matos recalled.

That insult to his work and his artistic background spurred Mr. Matos to create "A-U-T-O-matic," a work featuring the cogs of an art-making machine he knew he wasn't, as well as the Superman he could never be.

"This work is a way of saying, 'It's not automatic, it's a real process,' " Mr. Matos said. "I look at the piece now, and I'm like, 'Wow, I was really angry.' "

Most of the works in "Graffiti" are from the estate of Sidney Janis, an early adopter of the idea of graffiti as art who died in 1989. He signed Mr. Matos in 1983, when such a move was still radical. Mr. Matos worked hard to repay that trust. "If you give me the opportunity to do something, I'm going to go all out," he said.

That meant producing a lot of art, perhaps more than the average nongraffiti artist. "Other people had to do 15 paintings for a show," Mr. Matos said. "I had to do 25, just to prove myself."

The show was a success, and the vogue for graffiti art helped him secure exhibitions in Europe as well.

But when Mr. Matos's parents came to the Janis exhibition to see "A-U-T-O-matic" and other works, they couldn't quite shake the image of their 13-year-old son vandalizing the subway.

Mr. Matos recalled their reaction: "They were like, 'People are buying this?' "

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7. Joshua Kinberg, Lady Pink, FF Alumns, in The New York Times June 25, 2006

The NewYork Times, June 25, 2006, Art
High-Tech Graffiti: Spray Paint Is So 20th Century, by Geeta Dayal

NEW YORK CITY may have given birth to modern-day graffiti art, but how is it keeping up with the times?

Graffiti in its traditional form — involving aerosol cans of spray paint and an inviting flat surface — still dominates on the streets. But online things are evolving quickly.

Techniques are debated in forums, and photos of tags, or signatures, are constantly uploaded and swapped on popular photo-sharing Web sites like like flickr.com. Sites like Wooster Collective (woostercollective.com) function as digital galleries and as clearinghouses for street art on an international level.

Now New York has its own center for the study of graffiti technology. The nascent Graffiti Research Lab is masterminded by two tech-minded artists, Evan Roth and James Powderly, and run from the Eyebeam gallery in Chelsea, a nonprofit arts and technology center where both men are fellows.

The purpose of the project is to rethink how people make and look at graffiti and street art, not by making the stuff but by developing tools that graffiti writers could potentially use. "I'm not a graffiti writer," Mr. Powderly, 29, said. "I like to say I'm a graffiti engineer."

Using their odd combination of training — Mr. Powderly's background is in aerospace robotics and NASA-financed Mars missions; Mr. Roth's is in coding, architecture and Web design — they develop new methods of self-expression. These include, so far, a panoply of digital projection techniques, L.E.D.-driven light art and specially written computer programs.

"As more and more people learn to program at a younger age, and computers get cheaper, graffiti is eventually going to have these technological elements as a part of it," Mr. Roth said.

Mr. Roth, 28, is a wunderkind in his tiny but thriving world. A valedictorian of the Parsons School of Design's graduate program in design and technology, he developed a thesis project called Graffiti Analysis, which used sophisti- cated motion-tracking techniques and custom-written code to analyze and record a graffiti writer's hand movement over time. Working with several graffiti writers, Mr. Roth created a series of striking digital projections of graffiti being "written" at night on various New York buildings. No physical mark is left on the building by this ghostly process, but it looks shockingly real while it's happening.

In a related project, Graffiti Taxonomy, Mr. Roth photographed hundreds of graffiti tags on the Lower East Side, and created detailed typographic charts of various letters of the alphabet based on the visual data he collected.

A flurry of New York-based graduate thesis projects in recent years have explored new forms of technology-oriented graffiti, including John Geraci's Grafedia, a method of creating hyperlinked graffiti on city streets, and Joshua Kinberg's Bikes Against Bush, which uses text messaging and a custom-built dot-matrix printer connected to a bicycle to print giant chalk letters on the sidewalk.

So far the Graffiti Research Lab's activities include the Electro-Graf, a simple method of using magnetic and conductive paint to embed L.E.D. electronics inside a graffiti piece, surrounding the graffiti with a halo of brilliant light; L.E.D. "throwies," tiny and colorful battery-powered lights attached to magnets, designed to be thrown onto urban surfaces; the Night Writer, an inexpensive device of the kind MacGyver might have used that posts foot-tall messages in glowing L.E.D. lights on metallic surfaces in a single fluid motion; and Jesus 2.0, a recent light sculpture collaboration with the street artist Mark Jenkins of Washington. The lab is also working to refine various digital projection ideas that Mr. Roth explored in his Graffiti Analysis project.

The Graffiti Research Lab's values follow the idea-sharing philosophy of the open source movement: Mr. Roth and Mr. Powderly provide free and detailed online documentation on their Web site (graffitiresearchlab.com) so that anyone can follow — and replicate — their work. Mr. Roth also teaches a popular class at Parsons entitled "Geek Graffiti."

Mr. Roth realizes that eager companies may co-opt the lab's work, although he is strongly anticommercial. "Marketing people went crazy over the project," he said of Graffiti Analysis, "because it's cool and it's big and it's projected in public. They look at Graffiti Analysis and see their company's image inserted in there."

The projects are intentionally designed to be cheap, user-friendly and not illegal. "The kind of stuff I've been doing is intentionally geared to a wider audience," Mr. Roth said. "One of the goals with the Graffiti Research Lab is to try to remove some of the negative connotations that graffiti has. It's an easier pitch to sell to Mom and Dad than getting arrested every night."

A former collaborator on Graffiti Analysis, the graffiti writer Avone, was recently arrested while tagging in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. "These people are taking a lot more risks than we are," Mr. Roth said.

Mr. Roth's interest in studying graffiti and street art blossomed after he moved to New York from Los Angeles. A turning point, he said, was seeing the classic documentary "Style Wars," which immortalized the 1980's face-off between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and graffiti writers. "They were hacking the subway to transport these huge art pieces from borough to borough," Mr. Roth said of the artists. "That movie makes graffiti feel like such a movement."

Studying New York's graffiti soon became his preoccupation. "I did get totally obsessed with it," he said, "to the point where I couldn't walk down the street and have conversations with people without having my gaze sidetracked by a tag. I wouldn't leave the house without a camera."

Graffiti and other forms of street art are gaining recognition in major New York museums. The Museum of Modern Art recently acquired three oversize woodcuts and linoleum cuts by the current street art sensation Swoon; the pieces are being shown as part of the exhibition "Since 2000: Printmaking Now," now on view. On Friday the Brooklyn Museum is to open "Graffiti," a major exhibition of large-scale graffiti paintings that includes works by 80's trailblazers like Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara) and NOC 167 (Melvin Samuels Jr.).

The M.T.A. recently proposed a $25 million plan to combat acid-based window etchings, also called scratchiti, on subway cars. The agency is also considering the use of surveillance cameras to track down graffiti writers.

"There's a strong crackdown, and gentrification changes the streets," said Marc Schiller, the founder of Wooster Collective. "But it's a great time to be creative in general. Creativity is so accessible now. On the street and off, on the Web, the barriers to being creative have never been lower."

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8. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, at Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn, June 30, 7 pm

Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, will perform at the inaugural exhibition of Brooklyn’s new Soapbox Gallery, 636 Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, Prospect Heights. For more information please visit soapboxgallery.org or call 718-875-3326

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9. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, in Metro, TODAY

R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, is credited in “Cartoon School Confidential” by Daniel Holloway on page 17 of today’s Metro newspaper.

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10. DJ Spooky, FF Visionary, at Southpaw, Brooklyn, June 30

DJ Spooky, FF Visionary, will perform live on June 30 th in Park Slope, Brooklyn at Southpaw, 125 Fifth Avenue, as part of the 2 nd Annual Afro Punk Festival, www.afropunk.com A review of his work is on page 14 of the June 26 th issue of 24/7, a Brooklyn newspaper.

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11. Marty Greenbaum, FF Alumn, at Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, thru July 22

Marty Greenbaum, FF Alumn, presents “Recent Work: Layers of Time” at Safe-T-Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 214, Dumbo, Brooklyn, 11201 www.safetgallery.com
718-782-5920

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12. Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, selected for Envision 2006 residency

Congratulations to Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, one of eight artists selected out of 100
applicants for The Ninth Annual Envision Retreat July 16 - 30th produced by Voice & Vision Theatre. The eight Envision 2006 artist residents will develop new theatre works with their creative teams at Bard College and will be provided rehearsal space, technical and dramaturgical support as well as meals and lodging.

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13. Peter Grzybowski, FF Alumn, in Krakow, June 29, 9 pm

Peter Grzybowski
”Collective Responsibility”
Premiere of new performance in Krakow
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 9 PM
Piękny Pies Club
ul. Jana 18, Krakow, Poland
(48 12) 421 45 52

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14. Nicky Paraiso, FF Alumn, in Amherst, MA, July 16, and more

I have just performed, or will be performing my solo performance, "House/Boy," or excerpts thereof, at:
a) Minneapolis, MINN: Pillsbury House Theater, Late Nite Series, November 12, 2005
b) Mexico City: 4th International Festival of Cabaret, June 3, 2006
c) LA, CA: Next Big Bang: An Explosion of Asian-American Theater, June 20, 2006
d) Amherst, MASS: The KO Festival of Performance, July 16, 2006

The solo performance "House/Boy," written and performed by Nicky Paraiso, was originally presented by La MaMa ETC in association with Ma-Yi Theatre Company, and directed by Ralph Pena, with choreography by Chris Yon, during May 2004, and again, in November 2004.

Currently, I have co-curated a downtown dance festival at La MaMa ETC with Mia Yoo, entitled "La MaMa Moves!" "La MaMa Moves!" is presented by La MaMa ETC at all three La MaMa performance spaces--The Club, The First Floor Theatre, and the Annex Theatre--from June 16 - July 9, 2006. For further information on "La MaMa Moves!" please visit the La MaMa website at www.lamama.org

This is my fifth season as Performance Curator of the cabaret space at La MaMa ETC called The Club at La MaMa.
Nicky Paraiso
Performance Curator, The Club at LaMama
74A East 4th Street
New York, NY  10003
212-254-6468
emails: theclub@lamama.org
clublamama@yahoo.com

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15. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn, at Portikus, Frankfurt, opening June 30, 8 pm

ON THE OTHER HAND
Dan Perjovschi
Opening: June 30, 2006, 8 pm
Exhibition: July 1 – August 20, 2006
Press Talk: June 30, 2006, 11 am
Lecture: June 23rd, 2006, 7 pm

PORTIKUS
Alte Brücke 2 Maininsel
60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Telephone +49 69 962 44 54-0
Facsimile +49 69 962 44 54-24

http://www.portikus.de/
For his exhibition in the Portikus, Dan Perjovschi (born 1961 Sibiu, Romania) uses numerous forms of presentation –wall drawings in the inside and outside space, workshops and a lecture. Influences from the media, headlines, gossip and literature are woven together into the sparse, characteristic line drawings that are comments on political events, social conflict and power struggles as well as on the art world and the mechanisms of mass media control. His works follow the subversive language of caricature and graffiti and reflect conflicts and the clash of heterogeneous political contexts that briefly interact before they drift apart or dissolve completely. His drawings are quick, skeptical commentaries. They always reflect a deeply personal approach.

The title On the other hand hints at possibilities that differ from the stereotypes of diplomacy and official political agendas. It underlines the complexities and the instability of social and political life after the Cold War. Dan Perjovschi’s work as an artist is closely linked to his commitment to a group of Romanian Intellectuals that in the 1980s founded the “Group of Social Dialogue” as well as to the oppositional newspaper “22” (published in Bucharest since 1990) where the artist still works as political illustrator and columnist.

In Perjovschi’s case drawing functions as a performative medium. He is interested in the vision of the world of young artists living and working in Frankfurt, and will involve the students of the Städelschule in a collective process. The problems and issues that they bring with them to the workshop will form the main themes of the wall drawings. The exhibition space will serve as a meeting point designed for the exchange of ideas with photographs and notebooks as key discussion tools.

Dan Perjovschi will create a large-format drawing directly on the façade. Exposed to the wind and the rain it will slowly dissolve.

The new site specific installation by Olafur Eliasson, Light Lab, Test 2 is also on view from across the river.

funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation:

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16. French Book Art at the New York Public Library, thru August 19

An exhibition, French Book Art: Artists and Poets in Dialogue, is at the New York Public Library through August 19th. They're not open Sundays and Mondays but are open Tues/Wed 11-7:30 and Thurs -Sat 10-6. For more information please visit
http://www.nypl.org/research/calendar/exhib/hssl/hsslexhibdesc.cfm?id=411

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17. Nicole Blackman, FF Alumn, in Fierce Festival, England

Hi all,
As most of you know, I've been under the gun for the last month working on my first big commissioned project, and it's finally done! The British Arts Council commissioned me to do an audio walk for the Fierce Festival's contribution the "Art & Architecture" festival (happening all over England this week). You can download it at the link below.

As the website says:
” There are two kinds of history of the city – the dusty facts we learn from school, books and official guides, and the secret stories we tell each other in the dark. Stories about the places we grew up, fell in love, got in trouble, learned the truth, lost our way, and sometimes found ourselves. Fierce!, of course, has always been more interested in the latter. These are the places that left a mark on us, the pubs where we took a chance, the taxis where we confessed something, the dirty street corners where we were dumped, and the strange neighbourhood alleys where we met ourselves for the first time.

Like the lifelines on your hand, city maps can chart your life in unexpected ways. How well do you really know your neighbourhood? What secrets does your city hold about you? Are you in anyone else’s stories? And when it comes to history, whom do you believe? Memories are notoriously unreliable – are you sure you know the truth?”

It's an audio walk around a heavily industrial neighborhood in Birmingham, England, the Deritend areas, nicknamed "The Dirty End," designed to be heard as you walk around it's sometimes desolate, sometimes revived, sometimes abandoned streets. It takes about 45 minutes and it available as a free audio download/podcast. The BBC has already covered it, so I hope people try it out and enjoy it. So if you'd like to hear it, or read more about it, please cut and paste this URL:
http://fiercetv.co.uk/index.php?controller=event&mm_action=view&id=78

The most surprising thing about doing the walk is discovering the very strange connection my family has to Birmingham, but you'll have to listen to the recording to find out... It was actually quite startling.

On a cable modem it takes about 8 minutes, dial up and other internet access systems will take longer. If you can't download it, let me know and I can always burn you a cd and pop it in the mail! It's a collaboration with the lovely folks at B'ham's Women & Theater group, and an incredible amount of work with my saintly studio engineer Phil Prevete at Tabby Sound NYC.

I'm off to England tonight to do the live performances "Where Have You Been" on Sat and Sunday, back Tuesday night. Already commissioned to do another audio work next year in the spooky canal tunnels throughout Birmingham...shades of Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean water ride!

xo Nicole

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18. David Dunlap, Michael Smith, FF Alumns, at White Columns, thru July 29

LOBBY Aleksandra Mir 'Living & Loving No.3: The Biography of Mitchell Wright'; THE BULLETIN BOARD Mitchell Wright; GALLERY Luke Fowler 'Pilgrimage From Scattered Points'; WHITE ROOM Paul Butler; WHITE ROOM Mitzi Pederson; PROJECT Michael Smith presents... David Dunlap; BEING THERE - I LIKE TO WATCH TV an ongoing project by Lutz Bacher

June 23 - July 29, 2006

White Columns
320 West 13th Street
(entrance on Horatio St. between Eighth Avenue and Hudson Street)
New York, NY 10014 tel 212.924.4212 fax 212.645-4764

http://www.whitecolumns.org/
info@whitecolumns.org
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, noon to 6:00 p.m.

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19. Essex Hemphill, Pamela Sneed, FF Alumns, tribute at LIU, June 30, 8 pm

TONGUES UNCHAINED
Tribute in word, image and motion to the 20-year legacy of Other Countries: Black Gay writing
FRIDAY JUNE 30, 2006
8:00 pm
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Long Island University
Flatbush & DeKalb Avenues, Brooklyn
Tickets: $12 (available online: www.kumbletheater.org )
Box office: 718-488-1624

Including work by Dave Frechette, Daniel Garrett, Roy Gonsalves,Craig G. Harris, Essex Hemphill, Gale Jackson*, Brad Johnson, Audre Lorde, Anton Nimblett*, Richard Bruce Nugent, Khary Polk*, Colin Robinson*, Assotto Saint, Pamela Sneed*, Donald Woods and others

*Featured performers
Directed by Valerie Winborne
Subway: 2/3/4/5 to Nevins St. B/M/Q/R to DeKalb Ave.
After-party: 10:00 pm on
"Grand 275" -275 Grand Avenue, btw. Lafayette Ave. & Clifton Pl.
(20 blocks east of the theater)
718-398-4402

The summer of 1986 was a critical juncture in the development, celebrated in Marlon Riggs’s landmark film Tongues Untied, of New York City’s Black Gay community. Some of the nation’s oldest organizations, focused on social support and services, personal development and healing, and cultural expression formed within weeks of each other that summer, and survive to this day. Long Island University's Ft. Greene neighborhood would play a role in that movement similar to Harlem in the Harlem Renaissance.

Convened as a writing workshop in June 1986, Other Countries inspired and enabled Riggs’s film, and was the center of an explosion of literary and creative expression that has now become the focus of academic cultural studies inquiry. The group published groundbreaking publications that won national awards and performed its work in local bars and community spaces, as well as such venues as Hallwalls Gallery, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Harvard, Rutgers, Syracuse and Yale universities. The significance of its cultural contributions is captured in the reflection by founder Daniel Garrett in In The Life on “the largeness of the work before us, the fact that we are are not only creating essays or poems or stories, but the fact that we are creating culture.We are expressing ourselves as a people, and shaping the consciousness of ourselves as a people. We are creating ourselves.”

On Other Countries’s twentieth anniversary, writers and performers living in Ft. Greene and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods, who were central to, collaborators with and inheritors of its legacy, work together to share unpublished or little-heard work that captures the powerful cultural moment that Other Countries and its writers, many of them now dead, created.

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20. Jess Dobkin, FF Alumn, at Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, July 13, 5-8 pm

Come quench your curiosity...
The Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar
a performance art work by Jess Dobkin
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Performance from 5-8pm (drop-in).
Followed by artist talk/discussion at 8pm.

At the Ontario College of Art & Design Professional Gallery.
100 McCaul Street, Main Entrance, Second Floor, Toronto.

Presented as part of Fado's 'Five Holes: matters of taste.'
Co-presented by the Ontario College of Art & Design.
Curated by Paul Couillard.

This event is free and open to the public.
Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
http://www.jessdobkin.com

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21. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at The Stone, Manhattan, July 5, 8 & 10 pm

Terry Dame's Electric Junkyard Gamelan performs at The Stone in Manhattan, July 5th at 8 &10pm. Electric Junkyard Gamelan is original groove driven music played on invented instruments and household objects. The group performs on Dame's innovative instruments such as the Rubarp and Big Barp (electric rubber band harps), the Sitello (an electric cello/sitar combo), the Terraphone (copper pipe horn), the Clayrimba (a three octave tuned clay pot "marimba") and an arsenal of percussion instruments fashioned from old farm equipment, turntable platters, saw blades, and truck springs. The result is a super original sound with haunting melodies, funky bass lines and layers of danceable interlocking rhythms that ride over thrilling clashes of metal on metal and colorful harmonic washes. Audiences are transfixed by the beauty of the unusual collection of instruments on stage and the amazing array of carefully placed sounds they produce.
www.terrydame.com
www.thestonenyc.com

The Stone is located at the corner of 2nd Street & Ave C, NYC

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