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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
July 6, 2006

1. Simon Cutts, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Erica Van Horn, FF Alumns, in France, thru September 16
2. Denise Green, FF Alumn, at Barnes & Noble, Astor Place, July 14, 7 pm
3. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, in Gay City News
4. Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, FF Alumns, launch new website, www.gerlovin.com
5. Melissa Madden Gray, FF Alumn, at Sydney Opera House, thru July 8
6. Mel Watkin, FF Alumn, at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, opening July 30
7. Andrea Cote, FF Alumn, at scopeHamptons, July 14-16
8. Jim Johnson, FF Member, at Studio 258, Denver, opening July 7, 6-9 pm
9. Anton van Dalen, FF Alumn, in AMNY, TODAY, and online
10. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, in St. Petersburg, FL
11. Wooloo Productions, FF Alumns, launch new website and exhibition space in Berlin
12. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, in Munich, Germany, opening July 7, 8-11 pm
13. ABC No Rio buys its building!
14. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at PS 1, Long Island City, July 9, 3 pm
15. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, July 8, 12 and 19
16. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in London, England, July 8, 7 pm, and more
17. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, announces candidacy for President of the U.S.A.
18. Vivian Babuts, FF Alumn, at Armory Northwest, Pasadena, opening July 8, 6-9 pm
19. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, received 2006 Jerome Foundation fellowship, and more
20. Jon Keith Brunelle, FF Alumn, at Collective Unconscious, July 7, 10 pm
21. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at Oscar Wilde House, Berkeley, July 11
22. Yury Gitman, FF Alumn, announces new blog
23. Stanya Kahn, FF Alumn, at Paula Cooper Galler, July 11, 7 pm
24. Perry Bard, FF Alumn, at Lincoln Center, July 28-29
25. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, presents workshops/shows in NY, July 25-30
26. Marty Heitner, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at 29 th NY Asian American International Film Festival, July 13-August 6
27. Clarinda MacLow, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Queens Botanical Garden, July ‘06

1. Simon Cutts, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Erica Van Horn, FF Alumns, in France, thru September 16

CERTAIN TREES: the constructed book, poem and object
1964-2006, curated by Simon Cutts
Centre des livres D'Artistes/ Pays-paysage
1, Place Attane
87500  Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, France
(about 40 km south of Limoges)
until 16 September 2006
Works by David Bellingham, John Bevis, Thomas A. Clark, Laurie Clark, Les Coleman, Simon Cutts, Stephen Duncalf, Martin Fidler, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Brian Lane, Robert Lax, Stuart Mills, Matin Rogers, Colin Sackett, Erica Van Horn, and Steve Wheatley.
www.cdla.info (catalogue available: info@cdla.info)


2. Denise Green, FF Alumn, at Barnes & Noble, Astor Place, July 14, 7 pm

Author and artist Denise Green will read excerpts from her book Metonymy in Contemporary Art: A New Paradigm.  Mainly known as a painter, Green explores the linguistic concept of metonymy through Indian aesthetics and how it sheds light on contemporary art, focusing on work by artists such as Barry Le Va and Joseph Beuys. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Friday, July 14 at 7:00 PM, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 4 Astor Place (Between Broadway and Lafayette), New York City.

For more information, please visit http://www.denisegreen.net


3. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, in Gay City News

Please follow the link below to read my review of the Eva Hesse exhibitions:
Volume 5, Number 26 | June 29 - July 5, 2006
Insistent Absurdity: 
Reassembling the legacy of Eva Hesse
All my best,


4. Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, FF Alumns, launch new website, www.gerlovin.com

Please feel free to visit Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin, FF Alumns, at their new website, www.gerlovin.com Thank you.


5. Melissa Madden Gray, FF Alumn, at Sydney Opera House, thru July 8

Melissa Madden Gray, aka Meow Meow, at the Studio, Sydney Opera House,
Australia, June 30- July 8

"Meow Meow in Beyond Glamour: The Absinthe Tour" International Singing Sensation and exotic performance artist, the 'annihilatory' Meow Meow, descends on The Sydney Opera House with her 'voix inhumaine' in a spiralling journey of obsessional love songs, minor multimedia, tired old tricks and gorgeous suicide ditties.

Stranded somewhere between the middle ages, 1930s Shanghai show tunes, 60s French pop and post-punk thrash, Meow Meow surrenders to the business we call 'show' with dexterity and desperation that is beyond pure glamour.

".an extraordinary voice that sounds as though Diamanda Galas drowned in cherry liqueur. Proving that femininity is a performance, that Brecht need not be tedious and that lingerie can be improved with the elaborate use of tassels, Meow was a shrieking triumph." The Age www.sydneyoperahouse.com www.meowmeowrevolution.com


6. Mel Watkin, FF Alumn, at Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, opening July 30

Mel Watkin: Reclamation, opens July 30 th from 3-5 pm and continues through August 27th at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Avenue Chicago IL 60615. For more information please visit: www.hydeparkart.org


7. Andrea Cote, FF Alumn, at scopeHamptons, July 14-16

Andrea Cote, FF Alumn, in Performance at scopeHamptons Art Fair
July 14, 15 & 16
East Hampton Studios, 5 Industrial Road, Wainscott, NY
BodySite (III) A mobile installation and performance.
Performances at 2 and 4 pm July 15 & 16, VIP Party July 14

Situated at the juncture between performance, sculpture, and installation, BodySite investigates the skin as a membrane between body and environment. BodySite takes the form of a of skin-like garment extending into the environment that the artist can unravel and install on-site in a multitude of places. Painted white and printed with hair patterns, Cote moves inside a three-dimensional drawing, offering a space of quiet contemplation for viewers amid the bustle of the fair. Collapsing the spaces of studio, gallery, artwork, and the artist’s bodymind, BodySite reflects the need to adapt and transport one’s vision, to locate an authentic identity in a constantly shifting, mobilized world.


8. Jim Johnson, FF Member, at Studio 258, Denver, opening July 7, 6-9 pm

Jim Johnson presents “A Thousand Words” at Studio 258, 258 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, Colorado, opening July 7 from 6-9 pm and continuing thru July 28, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12-5 pm and by appointment. For more information please visit www.discopie.com


9. Anton van Dalen, FF Alumn, in AMNY, TODAY, and online

Congrats to Anton van Dalen, FF Alumn, on the color photo and accompanying story in today’s AMNY newspaper. Here’s a link to the story plus a videotape, slide show and a list of famous pigeon fanciers



10. Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, in St. Petersburg, FL

Babs Reingold, FF Alumn, has two solo shows currently on view in St. Petersburg, Florida. "Fallout: Beauty Lost and Found" at the Arts Center of St. Petersburg, June 9 – July 8. "Labyrinth: Current Millennium" at the Studio at 620 June 16 – July 15th.
Links to review and venues:



11. Wooloo Productions, FF Alumns, launch new website and exhibition space in Berlin

Wooloo is New  

Wooloo version 3.0 is now available with both online and offline opportunities for artists. After more than a year in the making, the new website introduces refined features such as catalogues for organizing images, work specific discussion forums and extensive search mechanisms for all mediums. www.wooloo.org  

Physical Exhibitions
To further advance the exposure of our users, Wooloo is also opening the exhibition space wooloo.berlin in Germany. Centrally located in Berlin's art district, the space will function as the main physical venue for the Wooloo community. Via dynamic content displays and curated exhibitions, wooloo.berlin will form a vital platform for community projects and individual artists.  

Community Project: AsylumNYC
Wooloo community projects always invite participation from our users. AsylumNYC, our most recent project, took place at White Box in New York last month. Wooloo invited artists to apply for "creative asylum" and out of the hundreds of applicants, ten were finally selected to live and exhibit at White Box for the last week of April. The exhibition was both heavily visited and widely reviewed, and by the conclusion of the week, Wooloo could award free legal immigration services to artists Dusanka Komnecic and Antonio O'Connell. If successful, both artists will receive a 3-year work visa to the U.S.
Premier Presentation
In addition to our many exhibition opportunities - and thanks to the support of our partners! - Wooloo version 3.0 now features dynamic flash by Byss.pl and Partlyhuman Design, as well as a powerful Media Rich image server. Developed by Equilibrium, the state-of-the-art Media Rich technology (used by both the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art) will ensure the best possible presentation of your artworks at all times.  

Get Started Now
All of the images that you uploaded to your old Wooloo account prior to June 1, 2006, have been transferred to your new account. Your username and password are the same as before. If you don't remember your account login information, you can retrieve it via e-mail by filling out the following form: http://www.wooloo.org/new/s3/s3ForgotPassword.php  

To begin using Wooloo version 3.0,
please go to: http://www.wooloo.org
You must have Flash 8 or higher.
go here to download Flash 8 for free: http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash  

Go here for a Quick Guide to get you started:

Comments? Criticism?  

We are very interested in learning about your experiences with Wooloo version 3.0. Only through your input can we ensure that Wooloo remains the premier online showcase for contemporary art.  

If you have any comments about your experience, please email: contact@wooloo.org For all technical support, please email: support@wooloo.org


12. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, in Munich, Germany, opening July 7, 8-11 pm

Stefanie Trojan
Opening Friday 7/07/2006, 8pm - 11pm
Finissage with artist talk,friday,08/04/2006.

hours: Wednesday and thursday 5pm-8pm
friday 5pm-10pm Chilling Royal,
or by appointement
Performance during the hours!
warm regards,
the Royals of the Galerie Royal.
Galerie Royal
Luisenstr. 66
D-80798 München


13. ABC No Rio buys its building!

The New York Times, July 4, 2006
For $1, a Collective Mixing Art and Radical Politics Turns Itself Into Its Own Landlord
By Colin Moynihan

For decades the stretch of Rivington Street running east from Essex Street was a largely forgotten and gritty pocket of the Lower East Side, home to bodegas, nail salons and blue-collar residents. Over the last 10 years, though, the area has evolved into one of Manhattan's trendy neighborhoods, with new restaurants, bars and boutiques. Roaming heroin dealers have given way to throngs of young, noisy visitors.

Standing on the north side of Rivington, between Suffolk and Clinton Streets, is one of the few buildings that have barely changed in two decades: a crumbling, four-story structure that at one time was inhabited by squatters and now houses ABC No Rio, a community and cultural center that seeks to explore the interaction of art and radical politics. The building has a prominent place in the lore of the Lower East Side, and at times has had a rocky relationship with City Hall.

Some of the artists who helped found the group first came together with the unsanctioned takeover of an abandoned building on Delancey Street. A little later, when members of the group moved a block north to a vacant building on Rivington Street, they battled attempts by the city to evict them.

Those days of disagreement have finally come to an end.

Last week, the city sold the building, 156 Rivington Street, to ABC No Rio for $1, said Neill Coleman, a spokesman for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The transaction came after years of negotiations, and one of the conditions was that the nonprofit collective that runs the building had to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to begin renovations. Mr. Coleman said the city sometimes sells buildings for a dollar to community or cultural organizations because such groups provide a benefit to the public.

"ABC No Rio exists as a resource for people with a diverse set of politics and a very broad sense of what is art," Eric Goldhagen, a collective member, said. "They can exchange ideas in a nondogmatic atmosphere out of which dynamic and interesting projects tend to grow."

The group raised its money primarily in small donations, some from local backers and some from artists and musicians in other cities and countries who had never visited the center but admired its history of surviving amid political and economic struggles; many of them faced similar difficulties in running performance spaces in expensive urban areas.

Susan Howard, a board member, said the collective was planning several phases of construction work over four years. The building's foundation will be reinforced, she said, and joists, staircases and the roof will be replaced. She said that the work would begin early next year and that the group would continue raising money to pay for it.

A sign near the front door of the pale brick building bears the motto "Culture of opposition since 1980." Collective members said the building was meant to be a place for people to share ideas about how to create their own models of community while rejecting what they consider the commercial aspects of mainstream society. The group's Web site says its constituency includes "nomads, squatters, fringe dwellers, and those among society's disenfranchised who find at ABC No Rio a place to be heard and valued."

Upstairs, the rooms include a computer center, a photography darkroom, a screen printing room and a " 'zine library" holding comic books and self-produced periodicals. All the center's operations are run by volunteers and can be used at little or no charge. There is also a kitchen used by a group called Food Not Bombs, that distributes free vegetarian dishes in Tompkins Square Park.

The center has been the site of improvised jazz performances and ear-shattering punk rock shows. Musicians like Beck and Michelle Shocked have played there. A ground-floor gallery has shown work by artists, both celebrated and obscure. A benefit last year included work donated by Yoko Ono, Claes Oldenburg and Hans Haacke.

As landlords have raised rents on Rivington Street and as new businesses and tenants have moved in, the rickety edifice that houses ABC No Rio, replete with murals, graffiti and a handmade metal entryway constructed out of old rebar and gear wheels, has stood out physically as well as culturally.

Even the name of the center is drawn from a part of the neighborhood that is gone. When collective members first moved in, letters on a Spanish sign across the street for a lawyer and notary public had disintegrated until it spelled the name adopted by the group.

While newcomers may think the building looks odd, older residents view it as a reminder of days when living below Houston Street required more savvy than savings.

"It was our original intention to be open and integrated into the community," said Alan Moore, an art historian who was one of the founders of the collective. "That has been a continuous thread."

Mr. Moore and his colleagues began with a form of expression that commented on local changes. On Dec. 31, 1979, artists took over a vacant city-owned building on Delancey Street and organized an exhibition about gentrification called the Real Estate Show. The next day, collective members said, the city shut down the show and threw the artists out of the building.

Soon afterward, the city invited the group into 156 Rivington Street, where the group formed a collective, started a cultural center and adopted its name. Some members began living there. In 1994 the city stopped accepting rent checks, and soon filed eviction papers and prepared to sell the building to a developer.

The occupants held demonstrations on the Lower East Side and a sit-in at the Housing, Preservation and Development office on Gold Street. In 1997 the agency stopped the eviction proceedings and announced that if the group raised $100,000 for repairs, it could have the building for a dollar. Those squatting in the building agreed to move out, though many of them, including the current director, Steven Englander, who moved into another squatter building on Avenue C, continued to work there.

Over the years the city increased the amount of money it wanted ABC No Rio to raise, saying that construction costs had risen. Once the collective had saved close to $300,000 by October 2004, the long transfer process began.

Although there is plenty of difficult construction work to be done, Mr. Englander said he was thrilled that the longtime goal of buying the building had been realized.

"It's a pretty powerful feeling of ebullience," he said. "We're going to start planning the future in a new facility."

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company


14. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at PS 1, Long Island City, July 9, 3 pm

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
3:00 pm, Sunday, July 9

In conjunction with the exhibition Into Me/Out of Me, renowned artist Carolee Schneemann will present a slide/video lecture on her recent work. Discussion with the audience will focus on themes of the exhibit-- body, sexuality, technologies and suppression. The exhibition is on view throughout the first floor of P.S.1, from June 25 through September 25, 2006. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101


15. RENO, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, July 8, 12 and 19

Just before the deluge, you might want some realistic optimism from Reno.

Sat.July 8 at 8pm
[w/Scotty the Blue Bunny, Mike Albo, Taylor Mac]

Wed July 12 8pm
Wed July 19 10pm
[these 2 are just Reno]

reserve: 212 219-0736


16. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in London, England, July 8, 7 pm, and more

A performance by David Medalla, FF Alumn, a participatory work, is entitled "The Spirit of Lygia Clark Shouts: 'Bravo, Rivelino! ". Medalla will perform this work on July 8, 2006, at 7 p.m., during the "draw_drawing_2" exhibition curated by Giacomo Picca at The Foundry Gallery, 86 Great Eastern street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JL, England. Lygia Clark is the legendary Brazilian artist who formed a close friendship with David Medalla in Paris in the mid-60s. Rivelino is the legendary football player of Brazil who founded a school for street kids in Sao Paulo. Medalla plans to donate the drawing he will create during his performance to the Rivelino school in Brazil in memory of Lygia Clark. Earlier this year, David Medalla initiated a performance with Adam Nankervis, Salih Kayra, Fritz Stolberg, Luciano Oltramari, Jams Reyes and Roger Cortina, in memory of Lygia Clark and her fellow Brazilian artists Helio Oiticica, Sergio de Camargo and Mira Schendel, at the Barbican Art Gallery in London during the "Tropicalia" exhibition.

Another participatory performance by David Medalla will be presented on August 19, 2006, at 3 p.m., in the Royal Academy Art School Gallery in Hornsey (curator: Michael Petry of the Museum of Contemporary Art of London) during the series of Tea Parties which Canadian artist Bryan Mulvihill (aka Trolley World Tea Master) will conduct there. Medalla's performance is entitled "Do You Look Like Rupert Brooke? Do You Wannabe Rupert Brooke, English Georgian Poet?" This witty and ironic work will involve a competition to find a Rupert Brooke look-a-like. Bryan Mulvihill organised a memorable World Tea Party at the Horniman Museum in London in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Queen of England and as part of LONDON BIENNALE 2002. The question of Identity is at the heart of this work by David Medalla. It is related to another work, a proxy performance entitled "The Ghost of Don Quixote Is Tilting At Neon Windmills in Las Vegas", performed in the Nevada city by Adam Nankervis with the collaoboration of Andrew Reyner on USA's Independence Day.

On the closing day of the "Arcadia" exhibition in the Stables Gallery of Orleans House at Twickenham, London, (curator : Jill Rock), on the 3rd of September 2006, at 5 p.m., David Medalla will present his "Danse Macabre - Style Chinoiserie", during which he will utilise the three cans of fly-killer sprays of an art work Medalla has created in answer to the triptych of dead flies by English artist Damien Hirst. Medalla's superb art work is related thematically to the poetic subject of Poussin's two painting masterpieces entitled "Et in Arcadia Ego". The finale of the " Arcadia" exhibition will feature a picnic on the grounds of the elegant Orleans House beside the river Thames. It will be a wonderful end to LONDON BIENNALE 2006. For more information please log in the internet into the website: http://www.londonbiennale.org


17. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, announces 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!

In freedom,
Frank Moore


18. Vivian Babuts, FF Alumn, at Armory Northwest, Pasadena, opening July 8, 6-9 pm

Hey All,
My opening is this saturday - hope you can come! it's gonna be a great party!
Collisions & Pileups:
CalArts 2006 MFA Graduate Exhibition
Opening reception, Saturday, July 8, 6-9 p.m.
July 9 - July 30, Fridays & Saturdays Noon - 7PM,
Sundays Noon - 5PM
Armory Northwest/965
965 Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA
626-792-5101 x122
Directions: From the 210 Fwy in Pasadena, exit Fair
Oaks, go north. Free parking.
More info:

The CalArts 2006 MFAs and the Armory Center for the Arts present Collisions and Pileups: CalArts 2006 MFA Graduate Exhibition at Armory Northwest/965. The exhibition celebrates this year's graduate students in the Program in Art, the Program in Photography & Media, and the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). The opening will take place at Armory Northwest/965 located at 965 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, on Saturday, July 8, 6 - 9 p.m. The exhibition is on view through July 30th.

Collisions and Pileups features recent work by 27 CalArts graduate students offering a look into the artistic concerns and methodologies of these emerging artists. The exhibition's title evokes the dynamic and interdisciplinary approaches of the institution at which these artists have developed their artistic practices. The artistic quality, innovation and critical reflection is what ultimately links the work in the exhibition. The MFA class of 2006 has created a show that reflects their diversity, and the lasting impressions of their encounters. These independent-minded, highly motivated graduates represent the next wave of artists, pushing into new territories in a multitude of artistic mediums-painting and drawing, installation, video, photography, sculpture, performance, sound and multimedia.

Graduates featured in the exhibition are: Cathy Akers, Vivian Babuts, Cindy Santos Bravo, Julia Brown, Enrique Castrejon, Ilknur Demirkoparan, Bradney Evans, Diego J. Garza, Hilary Graves, Alyssa Gorelick, Trulee Grace Hall, D. Jean Hester, John P. Hogan, Max Maslansky, Wendy Mason, Juanita Meneses, TV Moore, Carter Mull, Nikhil Murthy, Claudia Parducci, Eron Rauch, Robert Russell, Dani Shane, Jan Smail, Yanai Toister, Luke Turner, Louisa Van Leer.

For more information please go to

The exhibition is open to the public Friday and Saturday, Noon - 7 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Admission is free.


19. Dread Scott, FF Alumn, received 2006 Jerome Foundation fellowship, and more

Dear friends,

I have been awarded a 2006 Franconia Sculpture Park/Jerome Fellowship Artists and I have been asked to create/make a new artwork at Franconia Sculpture Park (FSP) in Minnesota this summer. More info on the park is available at http://www.franconia.org/about.html. The work will be completed July 12 and will be on view for about a year.

I will be in the twin cities area at FSP making “Literal Biblical Horror” a new work which is a phantasm of what would happen if the bible were taken literally. While at FSP, I will give a talk about this and other work on July 8, details below. If you are in the area, I hope you can come to the talk or see the work when it is installed.

Finally, I have just published a new print: “Imagine a World Without America” It’s 25” x 25”screen print of the work that I contributed to the Peace Tower at the Whitney Biennial this year. I hope you enjoy it.


SHAFER, MINNESOTA (near Taylors Falls outside of Minneapolis)
Franconia Sculpture Park
Saturday July 8
6pm sharp
Lecture & Discussion
3 Dimensional Saturday Nights will take place at the cavernous John Hock observatory situated only a half a mile from FSP. There will be slideshows, stimulating freewheeling discussion, and good things to eat and drink Please arrive at FSP at 6:00pm sharp. We will then proceed to the Hock Observatory.
Following the Symposium we will have a BBQ around 8:00pm(ish).
$8 donation for BBQ and beverages appreciated.
The talk is given with The Visual Artist Critics Union of Minnesota (V.A.C.U.M.) critics:
V.A.C.U.M. critics this month will be Cecilia Aldarondo, Chris Atkins and Glenn Gordon. And because everyone is a critic, come and add your 2 cents.
More info on attached PDF.

Franconia Sculpture Park
29815 Unity Avenue
Shafer, MN 55074
Phone/Fax: 651.465.3701

MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Disporan Arts)
The Pulse of New Brooklyn: A Review of Works of Art by Contemporary Black Artists
thru August 19, 2006

Artists: Derrick Adams, Aisha Bell, Francis Francois Deceus, Chester Higgins Jr., Wangechi Matu, Otto Neals, Donovan Nelson, Lorenzo Pace, SOL’SAX, Dread Scott, Danny Simmons, Javaka Steptoe, Mickalene Thomas, Wille Torbert, Kehinde Wiley.

Prints from “Boom” and a print that was included in the Peace Tower at the Whitney will be on view.

80 Hanson Place (in Ft. Greene)
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Tel: 718.230.0492


20. Jon Keith Brunelle, FF Alumn, at Collective Unconscious, July 7, 10 pm

This Friday:
The Psychasthenia Society
at Collective: Unconscious
with electronic cellist Jun Jensen
Collective: Unconscious
279 Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan
(between White and Franklin; A, C, E, J, M, Z, N, Q, R, W, Z, or 6 
trains to Canal Street)
Friday, July 7, 10 pm
Tickets at door: $5
Information: 212.254.5277

The Psychasthenia Society is back at Collective: Unconscious on Friday, July 7, for the second of our three first-Friday summer shows. We'll deliver another round of new stories, more video and music from core Psychasthenia members Daniel Vatsky and Mad EP, and feature sets by special guest Jun Jensen, the remarkable electronic cellist. Your beer and wine needs will be cheerfully serviced throughout the evening at The Tank's cash bar.
Details at psychasthenia.com. See you at the show.
Jon Keith Brunelle, FF Alumn


21. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at Oscar Wilde House, Berkeley, July 11

Visiting Artist Lecture by Tobaron Waxman, July 11th 8pm

Oscar Wilde House presents an artist talk and video presentation by Tobaron Waxman. Waxman will show some of his pieces and talk about his practice, his work, and its themes.

Waxman is a performance artist, specializing in digital media and voice. His work contextualizes gender, embodiment, and the physical experience of time as systems of inscription. His work includes elements of traditional Jewish texts and philosophy, as well as politics and desire. He uses technologies of photography and video, choreography, liturgy, Internet and performance to interrogate concepts of 'Gender', 'Conflict', 'Consent', 'Other', and ' Israel'.

When: Tuesday, July 11th, at 8 pm
Where: Oscar Wilde House 2410 Warring St. Berkeley CA 94704
How much: $5-10 donation is requested; no one turned away for lack of funds
Refreshments will be provided.


22. Yury Gitman, FF Alumn, announces new blog

Turbulence Commission: "My Beating Blog" by Yury Gitman
with technical assistance from Benjamin Bacon

"My Beating Blog" is an attempt to take the journaling aspect of blogging into a surrealistic future in which the author literally and metaphorically bares his heart. For three weeks, a series of posts contextualizing heart-rate visualizations, GPS-maps, and personal journal entries will give online users a rare entrance into personal medical-grade statistics, stalker-level location tracking, and the private thoughts of the blogger. Inevitably, issues regarding privacy, exhibitionism, and voyeurism playfully emerge as the blogosphere is infused with biofeedback and location technology. Rather than play into a dystopian or Orwellian future, blogs and biofeedback are given poetic license, reframing our awareness of our own and each others' beating hearts.

"My Beating Blog" is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site. It is supported by the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.

Yury Gitman is a designer, inventor, and award-winning artist. He has exhibited at the Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth, Australia; Isle de France, Paris; Ars Electronics, Austria; and Eyebeam, among others, New York City. Gitman was one of the first people to use the Internet from inside the New York subway. He did this by employing a network of his "Magicbikes" ("wireless bicycle hotspots"). He was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Net Vision in 2003. In 2005 he opened Banana Design Lab, a product design company focusing on lifestyle designs to entertain the soul.

Gitman has worked with non-profits such as NYCWireless, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Downtown Alliance to promote open Internet policy and New Media Art practice in New York. He teaches an Electronic Toy Design class in the Design Technology MFA program at the Parsons School of Design. He received a Masters degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Gitman's work has featured in local, national, and international media including BBC, The New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, New York 1 TV, Tech TV, CNET, ID Magazine, Readymade, Village Voice, Adbusters, and Utne Reader.

For more information about Turbulence, please visit http://turbulence.org


23. Stanya Kahn, FF Alumn, at Paula Cooper Galler, July 11, 7 pm

Friends, Allies, Enemies, High Society, Body Politic, Rich Immigrants, Squatters, + Soft Targets:

Please be on ready alert for the launch of SOFT TARGETS, a new handheld journal of poetry, artwork, criticism, short fiction, found images, sound, and other ephemera.

Tuesday, July 11th, NYC
Paula Cooper Gallery
521 W. 21 St., second floor
7pm, no cost

Come for readings by Wayne Koestenbaum, Damon Krukowski, and Rachel Kushner; a performance by electronic musician teleseen with live video mixing from C. Bravo; cold beer, and copies of the journal.

SOFT TARGETS v.1.1 features color and B&W artwork from inside and outside the galleries, including pieces by Walid Raad, John Tremblay, Whitney Bedford, Jason Fox, Harun Farocki, and musician/artists D.C. Berman and Mick Barr. Interspersed with these artists and others are critical pieces by Jason Smith, Joan Retallack, and Wayne Koestenbaum; short fiction from Benjamin Weissman, Rachel Kushner, and multidisciplinary artists Stanya Kahn and Harriet "Harry" Dodge; and poetry from Dennis Cooper, Linh Dinh, Catherine Wagner, Carla Harryman, Matthew Rohrer, Martha Ronk, Daniil Kharms, and Ben Lerner, among others. Also included are several new translations, found images, work from the Office of Force Transformation, the Apocalypse de Saint-Sever, a License to Live mail-in insert, Treaty with France, and a mini-CD by NY musician teleseen affixed to the inside back cover.

We hope to see you soon,
the Front Office

p.s. A west coast launch will take place in L.A. at the Cherry & Martin Gallery on July 22nd with a performance by Stanya Kahn and readings by Benjamin Weissman and Rachel Kushner.

p.p.s. Please fill out and return your License to Live forms (included in ST v.1.1, or available for download via www.softtargetsjournal.com) to the Office of Censorial Plans ASAP. Postage required.

Front Office
Daniel Feinberg
Dan Hoy

Office of Concrete + Plastic Studies
Anthony Allen

Office of Assembly
Jane Lewis

Office of Special Plans
Rachel Kushner
Jason Smith

5.75 x 7.25
288 pp.
50+ contributors
w/color artwork & mini-CD
hand-numbered License to Live insert

Now available at bookstores
in N.Y.C., Chicago, D.C., L.A., + S.F.
+ www.softtargetsjournal.com


24. Perry Bard, FF Alumn, at Lincoln Center, July 28-29

Logic will be screened July 28 at 2:00 and on July 29 at 4:00

on the program
At Play in the Fields…which includes: Yellow Cab (M.L. Schmidt), Square Millimeter of Opportunity: Houses/Cars (Luke Lamborn), FUH2 (Diane Nerwen), Curtain Call (Type A), Thread (Daniel Burkhardt), Cloning Factory 2 (Aline & Jeff Bliumis), Lo-Fi Green Sigh (Kristin Lucas), Logic (Perry Bard), Blow Up (Lisa Vinebaum), Rubber Band Ball (Ellen Lake), Friday December 2nd 2005 (Sara Gates), Olympics (Shannon Plumb), Show Your Tongue (Seoungho Cho), Sorry (Gail Vachon).

Scanners: 2006 New York Video Festival; Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, on the plaza level at Lincoln Center. Admission: $10, $7 students, $6 Film Society/AIVF members. Box Office tel: 212/875-5601; website www.filmlinc.com.

LOGIC. 2006. 2’29 Philosopher Nick Pappas expounds on Aristotle’s definition of a syllogism using the Department of Homeland Security’s alert codes as inspiration. Footage of Homeland Security at work in NY subway systems and airports mix with pure color while the syllogism dissolves into babble.


25. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, presents workshops/shows in NY, July 25-30


"SAY THE WORD” comes to New York’s Players Club with Un-Cabaret’s eclectic mix of great comedy writers reading their own true stories: Alan Zweibel (“Saturday Night Live”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”), John Riggi (“30 Rock”, “The Comeback” “The Larry Sanders Show”), Ben Karlin (Exec. Producer of “The Daily Show”), Todd Hanson (Head Writer of “The Onion”) and Un-Cab creator & author Beth Lapides. The theme of this show is “The New Me”. The event is co-hosted by the New York’s premiere storytelling venue The Moth (moth.org). 

Since 1993, Un-Cabaret has been one of the leading forces in the modern storytelling movement that also includes The Moth and “This American Life”, and now dozens of spoken word shows in NY, LA and online. “Personal testimony is especially important in the post-9/11 world where no one completely believes in the media,” says Lapides. “And when a brilliant comedy writer tells a seriously funny story about themselves to a live audience, it isn’t just credible, it can be transcendent.”

"Say the Word" is on Tues. July 25, 8pm at The Players' Club, 16 Grammercy Park South Tickets $20 at the door or $15 advance: http://www.uncabaret.com/ny.html

“THE OTHER NETWORK” Greatest Hits from Un-Cabaret’s collection of the best un-aired TV pilots ever made introduced by their creators. Watch these fresh, original TV shows the way God intended: in a dark bar nursing a stiff drink!

-The legendary “Lookwell” by Conan O’Brien & Robert Smigel, starring the sublime Adam West as a has-been TV crime-fighter.
-“North Hollywood” by Judd Apatow, a brilliant autobiographical comedy about young Hollywood hopefuls starring Amy Poehler, with a stunning performance by Judge Reinhold playing himself.
-The mind-altering action-comedy “Heat-vision & Jack”, by Dan Harmon & Rob Schrab, directed by Ben Stiller, stars Jack Black as a super-intelligent astronaut on the run with his talking motorcycle (Owen Wilson).

"The Other Network" screens on Saturday, July 29 (10pm) at Mo Pitkin’s, 34 Ave. A - Tickets $20 at the door, $15 advance at http://www.mopitkins.com 212-777-5660.

“THE UN-CAB LAB” offers a special 2-day super-session of Un-Cabaret's highly-acclaimed comedy workshop for writers, comedians, actors, and anyone interested in their own creative process to generate new material, develop standup acts, monologs, essays and one-person shows. 

This 2-day intensive is led by Un-Cab creator Beth Lapides and Producer Greg Miller, founders of the alternative comedy movement who helped shape the work of Julia Sweeney, Magaret Cho, David Cross, and many more. When Andrea Martin (of “SCTV”) wanted to get beyond ‘characters’ to be herself onstage, she came to the Un-Cab Lab, a home for experiments in personal narrative by graduates of The Groundlings, Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade and other sketch schools, writers from “King of the Hill”, “Mad-TV” and other shows, plus standup comedians, lawyers, teachers, librarians and others who have never even been on stage before.

The Lab is a safe place to take risks and this weekend intensive is geared towards the kind of focused work that leads to real breakthroughs in writing and performing. Plus there will be cookies!

Let Beth & Greg help you mine veins of gold in your material to reveal your most authentic, funniest self. You bring in 3 or 4 pieces or ideas. You get onstage to tell a story or riff on an idea. Then they give you detailed in-depth feedback about your material and performance technique, plus personalized assignments to help you go deeper.

At the end of the weekend, they'll send you back out into the world with renewed confidence in your work, an agenda for keeping your material focused, a clear sense of your own POV, and principals you can apply as you move forward with your writing, performing, pitching, auditioning, and life in general.

As soon as your registration is received, you will get a letter offering suggestions, jumping-off points and assignments to help you gather, generate and focus material so you can get the most out of the Lab. Beth answers frequently-asked questions about the workshop at http://www.uncabaret.com/Lab.html or e-mail uncabaret@earthlink.net.

Sat. & Sun. - July 29 & 30 - 12-5pm - $300


26. Marty Heitner, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at 29 th NY Asian American International Film Festival, July 13 - August 6

Read about the film rescue mission of Marty Heitner and Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at


and see complete information on the festival, below:


Asian CineVision (ACV), a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Asian and Asian American media expressions, today announced the 29th Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF), running July 13-21 and August 3-6, 2006. This year's festival will take place at the Asia Society ( 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, www.asiasociety.org) and the Quad Cinema ( 34 W. 13th St.). Select films will also be shown at Stony Brook University's Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook, Long Island.

The AAIFF - the nation's longest-running festival devoted to works by filmmakers of Asian descent - is an annual global showcase of feature narratives, documentaries, short films, and special programs. The 2006 festival marks both a glimpse into the future of Asian American filmmaking, highlighting the works of a new generation of emerging talents, and a look back at the historic place of Asian cinema in New York City. Included among the 19 features and 74 shorts at this year's festival are challenging films by a number of first- or second-time filmmakers who have pushed Asian American filmmaking to a new place by engaging with its past. The East Coast premiere of Ham Tran's impressive feature film debut JOURNEY FROM THE FALL opens the festival on July 13. Dedicated to the millions of Vietnamese boat people and survivors of the communist reeducation camps, it is the first American film to depict the Vietnam War from a Vietnamese perspective.

The festival has selected from this new generation of Asian American filmmakers works that are both aesthetically innovative and politically charged. Richard Wong's debut feature COLMA: THE MUSICAL marks the first Asian American musical made since 1961's Flower Drum Song. A number of films tackle the controversial issues of racism, immigration, and globalization, including Sandhya Suri's I FOR INDIA (a 2006 Sundance Film Festival selection); RIGODON, a tale of three Filipino immigrants living in a post-9/11 New York City; director Robert Winn's GRASSROOTS RISING, a documentary on the Asian Pacific Island working class in contemporary Los Angeles; and NALINI BY DAY, NANCY BY NIGHT, a remarkable documentary about the outsourcing of American jobs to India.

This year's festival will present 11 world premieres, 7 U.S. premieres, 10 East Coast premieres, and 34 New York premieres, from countries such as Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and the United States. Its selections run the gamut of genres, from family dramas to comedies to romance, including Frank Lin's AMERICAN FUSION, a romantic comedy that garnered the Hawaii International Film Festival's Audience Award, and the beautifully intimate BEAUTY REMAINS, directed by Ann Hu.

AAIFF will also offer a rare special presentation of six films from the old Sun Sing Theatre in New York's Chinatown. In the summer of 1995, just before the permanent closing of the Sun Sing, three intrepid film lovers, Marty Heitner, Harley Spiller and Alan Wade, rescued more than 40 films and movie paraphernalia. With Chinese theaters having become a dying institution, these half-dozen "unearthed" films are being brought before an audience for a very rare screening.

"This year AAIFF is not only presenting the latest achievements in Asian and Asian American filmmaking and acting, it is celebrating the glory of the late 20th-century classic Hong Kong cinema. AAIFF is a vital exhibition platform of diverse talent and expression in the world of cinema," says Festival Director Diana Lee. "We are very proud to have the opportunity to feature some of the latest and most innovative films, along with the privilege to share six rare films from the Sun Sing Theatre."

AAIFF is also pleased to announce new additions to its roster of festival awards. The festival will present its first annual "For Youth by Youth" One to Watch Award, an audience award given to the best youth film from the "For Youth By Youth" program. It will also present its first annual ACV/Verizon V-Clip Competition, a juried award given to the best submitted V-Clip, with a second and third runner-up recognized as well. The competition encourages filmmakers to submit 15-second video clips that highlight the Asian American film experience while creatively incorporating the Verizon logo. AAIFF will continue to present its Emerging Director Award, the Excellence in Short Filmmaking Award, Best Music Video, and the Second Annual Michelob Light Music Video Competition, where ACV commissions five filmmakers to produce music videos highlighting the spirit of the AAIFF with creative bottle placement of the new Michelob Light.

Continuing its mission to provide filmmakers with opportunities to connect with the larger independent film community and learn more about their craft, the AAIFF has set up a number of panel presentations with industry professionals including "The Distribution Matrix," "The Funding Mix," "Meet the Funder," with Robert Byrd, senior program officer at the Jerome Foundation, and "Screenplay Reading," a staged reading by the Pan Asian Repertory of the winning screenplay HOMELAND from the annual screenplay competition.

Launched in 1978, the AAIFF was created with a mission to provide a formal annual showcase for filmmakers of Asian descent. The AAIFF is one of the first festivals in North America to introduce the public to such internationally acclaimed directors as Oscar winner Ang Lee as well as Oscar nominees Zhang Yimou, Mira Nair, and Ismail Merchant. Since its inception, the AAIFF has also helped initiate the establishment of other Asian film festivals in major cities - including Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Tickets for the 29th AAIFF will be available for purchase online beginning Monday, June 26, 2006 at www.asiancinevision.org and at the Asia Society box office or by calling 212.327.9385. For complete program information, please visit www.asiancinevision.org or call the festival hotline at 212.989.1422.

ACV is a nonprofit national media arts organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video arts. Since 1978, ACV has annually presented the Asian American International Film Festival, the first and longest-running festival devoted to Asian/Asian American cinema in the United States. In addition to the festival, ACV's programs and services include film exhibitions, mentoring and educational outreach, training workshops, publications, and a media archive.

For more information about the 29th AAIFF or to set up an interview with the festival staff or presented filmmakers, please contact Wellington Love/15minutes at 212.366.4992 or wellingtonlove@15minutespr.com.


27. Clarinda MacLow, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Queens Botanical Garden, July ‘06

Salvage/Salvation returns to the Queens Botanical Garden!
The Queens Botanical Garden and Culture Push (aka cml performance) present:
Salvage/Salvation Part IV: HIVE
A Performance Installation at the Queens Botanical Garden See photos of HIVE in progress by Nick Biondo: http://nickphoto123.smugmug.com/gallery/1535124/1

Directed and Organized by Clarinda Mac Low
Principal Artistic Collaborator: Alessandra Nichols
Featuring sculpture and performance environments by:
Akiko Nishijima with Ellen Grossman, Abigail Levine, Alessandra Nichols, Janusz Jaworski, and Clarinda Mac Low

Sundays July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2006
1:30-3:30 PM: Bret Mantyk as the Human Lamp Post, Official Tour Guide, and Caught In A Web of His Own Making Clarinda Mac Low

Sundays July 9, 23, 30, 2006
3 PM: Akiko Nishijima, Jun Kumazawa, Ellen Grossman, Aki Sasamoto and others!

Saturday, July 22: Abigail Levine and many friends

Panels with the artists and experts in several disciplines, times TBA

Workshops open to the public:
Taught by Alessandra Nichols Sundays in July, 12-4 PM
Taught by Harley Spiller aka Inspector Collector, Tuesdays July 11 and 18, 12:30-2 PM

For more information, details on performance times, and weekly updates on special events log on to: http://www.culturepush.org or call 718-303-9580.

For directions and more information about the Queens Botanical
Garden, go to http://www2.queensbotanical.org:81/general/geninfo.html or call

Salvage/Salvation is generously supported by the New York City Department of Sanitation and the Independence Community Foundation.

Clarinda Mac Low
Salvage/Salvation & CULTURE PUSH (cml performance)
241 e. 7th St. 3C NY NY 10009


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