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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
August 15, 2006

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1. Alexander Viscio, FF Fund for Performance Art recipient 2002-03, at LUME, Helsinki, Aug. 24, 2006
2. John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, FF Alumns, at ICA, London, England, thru Sept. 10
3. Mary Beth Edelson, FF Member, in Sweden, through Aug. 2006
4. Patty Chang, Mary Beth Edelson, Yoko Ono, Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumns, in Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 25 thru Oct. 22
5. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, new project online, www.elisekermani.com/jocasta.html
6. Ichi Ikeda, FF Alumn, at Fowler Museum, UCLA, thru Sept. 6, and online
7. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, 6 th Annual Big E Festival 2005 DVDs now available
8. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Aug. 16-26, 8 pm
9. G.H. Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, at DIGIT festival, Narrowsburg NY, Aug. 19-26, and more
10. Louise Bourgeois, Nicole Eisenman, Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adrian Piper, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, FF Alumns, at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, opening Aug. 18
11. Diane Ludin, FF Alumn, new project blog now online at http://www.pitmm.net
12. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at New Conservatory Theatre Center, SF, Aug. 17-26
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1. Alexander Viscio, FF Fund for Performance Art recipient 2002-03, at LUME, Helsinki, Aug. 24, 2006

Alexander Viscio of New York City, a 2002-03 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient, is presenting “SO” at LUME, Helsinki, Finland, August 24, 2006, with his partner Bettina Schulke of Vienna, Austria. “SO” is a large-scale “Live-Site” installation that includes 6 dome tents, 75 bales of straw, 450 light bulbs, DVDs, a compass, a sequined body suit, migrating ravens, fellatio, a chicken, nosy neighbors, a rope, a book, beer, “Satellites, Outposts, and a Ridiculous Leap of Faith!” Alexander Viscio, August 9, 2006

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2. John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman, FF Alumns, at ICA, London, England, thru Sept. 10

SURPRISE, SURPRISE
through 10 September 2006

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall
London SW1
Phone: +44 20 7930 3647

http://www.ica.org.uk

Participating Artists: Doug Aitken, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Christian Boltanski, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Larry Clark, Martin Creed, John Currin, Thomas Demand, Peter Doig, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Carsten Höller, Jenny Holzer, Anish Kapoor, Martin Kippenberger, Barbara Kruger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul McCarthy, Mariko Mori, Juan Muñoz, Takashi Murakami, Ernesto Neto, Albert Oehlen, Chris Ofili, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Neo Rauch, Ed Ruscha, Tino Sehgal, Cindy Sherman, Santiago Sierra, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker (with Klaus Bürgel), Christopher Williams

Curated by: Jens Hoffmann and Rob Bowman

Surprise, Surprise is an exhibition that appears at first glance to be a typical summer ‘blockbuster’ set to bring crowds flocking in with its promise of ‘wow’ factor and instant accessibility through a stellar cast of high-profile artists. But, the forty or so acclaimed artists taking part will actually be displaying pieces that are atypical, unrepresentative or even, in some cases, antithetical to the work for which they are best known. By reversing expectations through this presentation of the unexpected, the unfamiliar, the unknown and the one-off, this exhibition is both a revelation and a challenge to the preconceptions we readily impose on exhibitions of contemporary artists’ work, often before we have actually seen them. Essentially, the aim of Surprise, Surprise is to focus on art’s fundamental ability to point out what we do not know, as well as allowing us to recognize what we do.

Contemporary art is certainly not unique in fuelling and trading on expectation through the advance promotion of well-known names. Large-scale group exhibitions – and typically the tourist driven ‘epic’ summer shows – tend to play most aggressively to this kind of recognition factor, stimulating interest in the show through the promise that the more established (or ‘celebrity’) artists’ names present. For any exhibition, the circulation of a list of participating artists has a particular function as a way to engage a potential audience even before the works go on display. As a strategy, this highlights the increasing importance attached to an artist as a personality, rather than focusing on their practice or the qualities of their individual pieces of work. Further, if what is exhibited fits expectation, it may only support a somewhat one-dimensional representation of the artist’s output and conversely reduce interest in further exploration of any alternative style or medium . Compounding this, individual works are often co-opted into thematic exhibitions precisely on the basis that they are both ‘typical’ of the artist and at the same time validate the exhibition’s thesis or idea. It is perhaps then inevitable that these tactics – which drive a popular discourse around contemporary art – simply reinforce preconceptions rather than open up a wider field of discussion or viewpoint.

Surprise, Surprise is a playful but provocative exhibition, which aims to expose the mechanisms of expectation and reception whilst suggesting ways in which the apparently familiar could confront us with something less expected.

A publication, including a guide to the works on display and further texts by the curators on the participating artists will accompany this exhibition and be available from the ICA.

Surprise, Surprise is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of Exhibitions, and Rob Bowman, Curator of Exhibitions, ICA.

Institute of Contemporary Arts
Open daily 12 - 7.30pm
The Mall
London SW1
Phone: +44 20 7930 3647
Fax: +44 20 7306 0122
Email: info@ica.org.uk
http://www.ica.org.uk

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3. Mary Beth Edelson, FF Member, in Sweden, through August, 2006

Mary Beth Edelson, FF Member, is having a retrospective at Malmo Konstmuseum in Sweden titled “A Well Lived Life”, on view May through August, 2006

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4. Patty Chang, Mary Beth Edelson, Yoko Ono, Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumns, in Zurich, Switzerland, Aug. 25 thru Oct. 22

Migros Museum in Zurich, August 25 –October 22, 2006, presents “It’s Time for Action” artists with work in the exhibition are Patty Chang, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Mary Beth Edelson, Mathilde ter Heijne, Manon , Yoko Ono, Pipilotti Rist , Katharina Seiverding, Annie Sprinkle.

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5. Elise Kermani, FF Alumn, new project online, www.elisekermani.com/jocasta.html

Dear Friends-
I thought I would let you know about a film project that i've been working on for the last few months. I just updated the web site with stills from the video:

www.elisekermani.com/jocasta.html

We are now in the editing stage, and we will have a screening some time early next year.
Hope all of you are well and enjoying the summer!

Elise Kermani

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6. Ichi Ikeda, FF Alumn, at Fowler Museum, UCLA, thru September 6, and online

Now I am involved in 'The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama' exhibition. Now this exhibition in Los Angeles: June 11 - September 6, 2006―Fowler Museum of Cultural History at the University of California Los Angeles. In order to make posters for educational program, the committee of The Missing Peace project selected four artists among 88 artists participating in the exhibition. And luckily I was in four selected artists. My artwork 'The Future in Your Hands' is online at The Missing Peace project. http://www.dalailamafoundation.org/members/en/tmpp.jsp. Please visit to see the Missing Peace Curriculum.

Thank you,
Ichi Ikeda
2006.8.11

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7. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, 6 th Annual Big E Festival 2005 DVDs now available

Joni Mabe announces The 6th Annual Big E Festival 2005 DVDs are available. ETAs featured are:

Demi Downing
Charlie Cole IV
Alex Swindle - Youth Division Champion
Trevin Loggins
Damon Hendrix - Big E Champion
Arik Christopher - Big E Champion
Dana Daniels
Garyelvis Britt
Walter E. Busby
Rick Wade
Harold Shultz
Ronnie Norton
Nigel Sherrod
Johnny Elvis
Matthew Spaulding
Charlie Cole III
Owen Roberts

$15.00 plus $3.00 shipping = $18.00
make check or money order payable to Joni Mabe and mail to:

Loudermilk Boarding House Museum
Joni Mabe
271 Foreacre St.
Cornelia, GA 30531-3659
706-778-2001

Credit card orders can be taken over the phone. Leave message if you call during non-business hours and I will return your call.

The 7th Annual Big E Festival 2006 DVD is being edited now and should be available before Christmas....place your orders  now.
Get em while they're hot.
Thankya. Thankyaverymuch

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8. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Aug. 16-26, 8 pm

The Idiot King
An Absurd Parody of Our Bloody Times

Written and directed by Susana Cook

”Susana Cook is among the best artists working in America, doing cultural work that will transform the way we see things" - Martha Wilson, Franklin Furnace

Everything you always wanted to know about the sanctity of marriage and how it leads up to war! The Idiot King will take you inside the monarch's palace to witness God's visits and debates on government policies that are defining the future of the world. Real facts are mixed up with wild exaggerations, making it difficult to tell them apart.

The Idiot King combines video, sound design, and movement with official and religious discourses to create a political satire about the tragedy of slaughter in the name of God.

The Idiot King. You can be with him, against him, or laughing at him.

August 16-18-19-23-24-25-26
8pm at Dixon Place
258 Bowery (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212-219-0736
www.dixonplace.org
Presented as part of the HOT! Festival, a celebration of queer culture

Original score: Julian Mesri
Video: Lucy Mackinnon and Soraya Odishoo
Stage manager:  Marisa Suarez Orozco
Featuring:   Erin Markey, Tracy Hazas, Anni Amberg, Soraya Odishoo, Karen Jaime, Julian Mesri, Marisa Suarez Orozco, Jennifer Fomore, Jose Garcia Armenter, and Susana Cook

About the Artist
Born in Argentina, Susana Cook is a New York-based political theatre worker who has been writing and producing original work for over 20 years. She graduated from the National School of Drama in Buenos Aires and also trained in theater in Paris, before moving to the United States in 1991.

Susana directs all her shows and performs in them with her company. Her current work focuses on parallels between the dictatorship in Argentina and the present U.S. administration. Concerned with issues such as racism, classism, nationalism, and homophobia, Susana creates powerful political satires that use humor as a tool for exposing the rationales used to justify oppressions against minorities.

Susana has staged her plays in numerous venues in New York City, including Dixon Place, PS. 122, W.O.W Cafe Theater, Ubu Rep, Theater for the New City, The Puffin Room, and The Kitchen. Her shows have also been featured internationally in Spain, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. She has been invited for speaking engagements, workshops, and performances at Yale University, Barnard, Columbia University, Oberlin, Hampshire College, Williams College, NYU's Hemispheric Institute, and the University of Michigan.

For her theatrical innovation and excellence, Susana has received awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Astraea Foundation, Arts International, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. She was commissioned by Dixon Place to produce the plays 100 Years of Attitude in 2004 and The Values Horror Show in 2005. 

Info: www.susanacook.com

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9. G.H. Hovagimyan, FF Alumn, at DIGIT festival, Narrowsburg NY, Aug 19-26, and more

I am pleased to announce that I will be premiering a new series of High Definition videos called HD_RANTS at the DIGIT festival in Narrowsburg, NY and Calicoon, New York.  The HD_RANTS were produced in collaboration with Brian Caiazza. They will be shown at the DVAA http://artsalliancesite.org Aug.19th - 26th in an installation format. The HD_RANTS will also be shown on the big screen at the Calicoon Cinema on August 27th at 2pm as part of the Best of DIGIT screening. for driving directions and tickets call: 1-845-252-7576

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10. Louise Bourgeois, Nicole Eisenman, Feliz Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adrian Piper, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, FF Alumns, at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, opening Aug. 18

Museum Ludwig, Cologne The Eighth Square
Gender, Life and Desire in Art Since 1960

August 19 – November 12, 2006
Opening: August 18, 2006

Museum Ludwig
Bischofsgartenstr. 1
50667 Köln
Tel:+49-221-221-26165
Fax:+49-221-221-24114
info@museum-ludwig.de

http://www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/
With works by:
David Altmejd, Kenneth Anger, Diane Arbus, David Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Stephen Barker, Matthew Barney, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Marc Brandenburg, Brassaï, Kaucyila Brooke, Tom Burr, Claude Cahun, Daniela Comani, Lucky DeBellevue, Kerstin Drechsel, Cheryl Dunye, Thomas Eggerer, Nicole Eisenman, Steven Evans, VALIE EXPORT, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jochen Flinzer, Annette Frick, General Idea, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sunil Gupta, David Hockney, Jonathan Horowitz, Peter Hujar, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Deborah Kass, Jürgen Klauke, Peter Knoch, Ferdinand Kriwet, Ins A Kromminga, Inez van Lamsweerde, Zoe Leonard, John Lindell, Lovett/Codagnone, Attila Richard Lukacs, Winja Lutz und Toni Schmale, Robert Mapplethorpe, Marlene McCarty, Bjørn Melhus, Michaela Melián, Annette Messager, Tracey Moffatt, Donald Moffett, Pierre Molinier, Yasumasa Morimura, Piotr Nathan, Bruce Nauman, Marcel Odenbach, Henrik Olesen, Catherine Opie , Jack Pierson, Adrian Piper, SUSI POP, Robert Rauschenberg, Aurora Reinhard, Salomé, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, Katharina Sieverding, Dayanita Singh, Markus Sixay, Jack Smith, Ingo Taubhorn, Paul Thek, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cy Twombly, Gitte Villesen, Del LaGrace Volcano, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz

With its exhibition “The Eighth Square”, Museum Ludwig will be the first major art institution in Germany that has ventured to present a survey of the artist’s approach to marginalized sexuality. With over 250 works by more than 80 artists, the exhibition presents an overview of how art has examined almost every form of sexual desire outside of the heterosexual mainstream: transexuality, homosexuality and intersexuality, transgender, drag and cross dressing. The exhibition extends over several levels of the museum, and is aimed at combining great documentary value with erotic allure and artistic quality.

The title “The Eighth Square” refers to a rule in chess: if a pawn crosses the board and reaches the eighth square on the far side, it may transform into a queen. And this change in gender bestows it with more freedom to move, more influence, and more power. The normal situation is turned on its head, the weak become the strong, the losers become the winners. The exhibition champions this fundamental change, which overrides the prevailing heterosexual gender roles. It will show works that question the customary grammar of desire and demonstrate possibilities for a deregulated sexuality.

The exhibition is divided into nine sections. The first is concerned with signs – symbols and pictograms – that reflect the dissolution of the sexual order. The other sections on the ground floor are concerned with “Sexy Machismo”, “Transsexuality and Intersexuality”, with “accursed Worlds”, “Masquerade” and “Friendships”. The sections on the stairway deal with “Outsiders, Discrimination and AIDS”, “Portrait and Identity”, and “Places of Desire”.

A main aim of the exhibition is to trace out the desire to change into another sex, to don a mask and play a game with gender attributions. This game takes a serious turn when - at the latest - discrimination and ostracism or the political struggles for sexual liberation come to the fore.

This is the first time that the stairs and the Museum’s other thoroughfares have been drawn into an exhibition project. By extending the traditional showplace, it is possible to reflect on the tensions between public and private, periphery and centre, exhibitionism and voyeurism, which have prompted these artistic inquiries into sexuality. The sophisticated design for the exhibition, devised by artist Eran Schaerf, has done full justice to this idea: some works radiate great self-assurance and convey themselves to a large audience, while others encourage somewhat furtive, unobserved encounters.

Author Thomas Meinecke has written a collection of stories for the exhibited entitled “Feldforschung” [Field Research]. The book will be published in September by Edition Suhrkamp, but will already be available for free in August at the Museum on the purchase of a ticket. The book enters into the historical events and artworks that proved to be of such importance during the research for the exhibition, and in understanding a culture that is sexually aware and fond of experimentation. Central to all of the pieces is the way they pick up on a story from the subculture that has fed on gossip and scandal, rumours, articles in papers and magazines and what others say, and in this way contradicts the official version.

Music has always played a decisive role in the development of this subculture. It has suspended the boundaries in a heady way and helped loosen the tight corset of gender ascriptions. In order to give an idea of the power music has to break the moulds, 50 titles ranging from seventies disco to music of today can be listened to by means of an audio guide.

A strong programme accompanies the exhibition. Currently Klaus Theweleit, Douglas Crimp, Katharina Sieverding, Thomas Meinecke and David Moufang, among others, are expected to give lectures and participate in discussion panels. Apart from the “Filmbar” on the Museum roof, which throughout August will show films connected with the “Eighth Square”, ten film evenings each followed by a discussion have also been planned.

A richly illustrated catalogue will be published for the exhibition by Hatje Cantz, and includes articles by Judith Butler, Douglas Crimp, Diedrich Diederichsen, Harald Fricke, Julia Friedrich, Hanne Loreck, Thomas Meinecke, Eva Meyer, Cristina Nord and Frank Wagner.

The exhibition has received the gracious support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Kunststiftung NRW, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung.

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11. Diane Ludin, FF Alumn, new project blog now online at http://www.pitmm.net

Hello: Here is the blog for the new project:
http://www.pitmm.net Thank you. Diane Ludin

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12. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, at New Conservatory Theatre Center, SF, Aug 17-26

The New Conservatory Theatre Center in Association with Love Art Laboratory presents Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens in love, sex, death and art A NEW PERFORMANCE ART PIECE Directed by NEON WEISS Media Design & Soundscape by SHEILA MALONE  Featuring Guest Artist TINA TAKEMOTO   AUGUST 17- 26, 2006 Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm What happens when ex-porn star, sexologist and performance artist Annie Sprinkle falls madly in love with experimental artist, professor and sexy dyke playboy Elizabeth Stephens?  They create a Love Art Laboratory, and you are invited to come experiment with them.  Mixing elements of pleasure, pain, passion, and juice, these ‘love artists’ will stimulate the senses and crack hearts open.  Take an adventure into the exotic and unknown. This multi-media performance art theater event explores courtship, artificial insemination, breast cancer, queer weddings,and more.  Enjoy a bevy of lab technicians, a buff F2M, chances to be human guinea pigs and mind expanding visions.   Drink some "love elixir" and we guarantee great results with no unpleasant side effects.   But you must be over 18, because this show is also about breasts. Love, Sex, Death and Art is a unique love story in the grand tradition of artist couples such as John and Yoko, Gertrude and Alice, Sony and Cher, Siegfried and Roy.  It also offers an artistic response to the violence of war, and the anti-gay marriage movement.  PLUS! T ina Takemoto's guest appearance as Bjork-Geisha promises to include fan dancing, lip synching, and chopstick hara kiri. The New Conservatory Theatre Center 25 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco , CA  94102 BOX OFFICE:  (415) 861 - 8972 http://www.nctcsf.org

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