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Goings On: posted week of August 29, 2006

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1. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, new work on Fluxus, now online
2. Arturo Lindsay, FF Alumn, at Colgate Univ., Hamilton, NY, Oct. 20-21
3. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, new book, publication date Nov. 11, 2006
4. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Burnt Ramen, Richmond, CA, Aug. 31
5. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at www.nytheatre.com
6. Jacki Ochs, FF Alumn, at Museum of the City of NY, Sept. 11, 1 pm
7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, end of Summer news and Fall highlights
8. Eddy Falconer, FF Alumn, at El Rio, San Francisco, Sept. 1, 8 pm
9. Maureen Connor, Laura Parnes, Barbara Pollack, Michael Smith, William Wegman, FF Alumns, at EFA Gallery, NY, Sept. 8, 6-8 pm
10. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at Pioneer Theater, NY, Sept. 5, 7 pm
11. William Scarbrough, FF Alumn, at Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 5-29
12. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, Smithsonian oral history, now online
13. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Pace University, Oct. 4, 11 am
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1. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, new work on Fluxus, now online

Fluxus historian Owen Smith and Fluxus artist Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, have developed a special double issue of the journal Visible Language on Fluxus, issues 39.3 and 40.1. The publishers of Visible Language have made a sampler from issue 40.1 available as a PDF file to Franklin Furnace readers. To get your copy of the sampler, please follow this link

http://www.franklinfurnace.org/scholarly/Friedman_Visible_Language_Fluxus_Preview%20.pdf

(If you want to open through the link via Franklin Furnace's site please go to:
http://www.franklinfurnace.org/scholarly/scholarly.html and then click
RELATED TEXTS and then click VISIBLE LANGUAGE FLUXUS PREVIEW and then you get the introduction to the articles and a link that opens the PDF file.)

Thank you.

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2. Arturo Lindsay, FF Alumn, at Colgate Univ., Hamilton, NY, Oct. 20-21

ART AND CULTURE OF THE YORUBA DIASPORA
Symposium examining African cultural expressions in the Americas
October 20-21, 2006
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
The Yoruba people of Nigeria are the most numerous cultural group on the African continent.  One in four Africans is a Yoruba, and it is believed that one in five people of African heritage is descended from Yoruba ancestors. This symposium examines the impact of Yoruba art and culture in the Americas.  The keynote speaker, Robert Farris Thompson of Yale University, will address transatlantic art of Eshu, the Yoruba trickster divinity, on Friday, October 20th at 8:00 pm in 209 Lathrop Hall.  Talks will continue from 9:30-5:00 on Saturday, October 21st, in Golden Auditorium in Little Hall. Participants include Sheila Walker (Spelman College), Babatunde Lawal (Virginia Commonwealth University), Moyo Okediji (University of Colorado), Chief Jimoh Buraimoh (artist, Nigeria and Atlanta), Marta Moreno Vega (Franklin H. Williams Caribbean Cultural Center/African Diaspora Institute; Baruch College, CUNY), Marilyn Houlberg (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and Arturo Lindsay of Spelman College (Distinguished Batza Family Chair, Colgate University, Fall 2006).

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3. Beth Lapides, FF Alumn, new book, publication date Nov. 11, 2006

Did I Wake You?
Haikus for Modern Living
by Beth Lapides
1-933368-49-7, Publication Date: November 11, 2006 by Soft Skull Press
Humor/Poetry/Self-Help 5 x 6∏ 112 pp. 17 B&W illustrations $12.95

" Did I Wake You?" is a plugged-in, turned-on, funny enlightened guide to waking up 17 syllables at a time from alternative comedian Beth Lapides. A haiku collection, a humor book, a self-help and anti-self-help book all rolled into one, " Did I Wake You?" is easy reading for difficult people. Read it at your desk, in your bed, on the john or the Stairmaster - or anytime you need a lift.

Beth calls her haikus 'nano-literature', and her crystalline writing tells tiny stories that wake us up to the beauty, joy, wonder and quantum absurdity of life in the post-9/11 world. Beth's insights into spirituality and sex, sleeping and consciousness, Google and yoga fill chapters like "Dirty Optimism", "My Firewall Needs Work", and "Hollywood Math". (sample haikus below)

About the author:
Beth Lapides is a writer, performance artist and comic revolutionary who founded the legendary alternative comedy show Un-Cabaret. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Utne Reader, The Realist, LA Weekly, Premiere and FreshYarn.com and is now available in digital dowloads from Audible.com. She has been a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered and ABC Radio’s Satellite Sisters and The Huffington Post. She has also been featured on many other TV and radio programs including the TodayShow, Politically Incorrect, NBC뭩 Dateline, E! True Hollywood Story, & Morning Edition.

Beth is the creator of the ground-breaking Un-Cabaret, a live LA-based comedy show which has also been produced by Comedy Central, Sirius Satellite Radio, HBO뭩 Comedy Arts Festival and Comedy World Radio (where Beth also hosted her own daily talk show). Her one-person shows have been presented by the ICA London, ICA Boston, The Kitchen, PS122, Highways, and many other venues. Her book and visual art has been seen at the Metropolitan Museum and in Spiderman 3, among other venues. Beth has received several performance and art grants from the NEA. Her career came full-circle when she played a performance artist on the HBO hit Sex and the City. ?br>
Her company, Un-Cabaret Multi-Media, has produced five critically-acclaimed comedy CD's, an award-winning website (uncabaret.com), comedy festivals, live events and ongoing shows including Say The Word ?a reading series, and The Other Network뾞 runaway hit screening series of the best un-aired TV pilots ever made. Beth also trains writers, performers and others at The Un-Cab Lab standup workshop.

Beth is outspoken and politically active, including producing and performing in a TV project for the ACLU and benefit CD with the Drug Policy Alliance. During the 1992 Presidential election, she ran a guerrilla campaign to make First Lady an elected position and was featured everywhere from CNN to Interview and People magazine. She got as many electoral votes as Ross Perot and spent millions less.

Ever conscious of the multi-dimensional nature of reality, Beth is launching "Did I Wake You?" across multiple media platforms. Her new one-person show about eviction, love, exile in the desert, and psychic healing will start workshop versions in the Fall. Also coming soon are ringtones, digital downloads, and a "Did I Wake You?" blog, featuring short prose pieces written by Beth and invited guests about wake-up calls they've experienced in their own life.

For more info, hi-res photos and audio (perfect for morning radio!) contact:

Greg Miller/Un-Cabaret greg@uncabaret.com 760-327-4656
Kristin Pulkkinen/Soft Skull Kristin@softskull.com 718-643-1599

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4. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Burnt Ramen, Richmond, CA, Aug. 31

Going Deep To The Core At Ramen with Frank Moore
shoot for Cable TV Show
August 31, 2006
Burnt Ramen, Richmond, CA

Guest Booker Lob of Instagon

featuring
The Winston Giles Orchestra (from Australia)
Delayed Sleep
Instagon
Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band

for Directions to Burnt Ramen
http://www.burntramen.com/directions.htm
or here's another map to Burnt Ramen:
http://www.eroplay.com/maptoramen.html


for more information
fmoore@eroplay.com
www.eroplay.com/events.html

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5. Susana Cook, FF Alumn, at www.nytheatre.com

The Idiot King
reviewed by Larry Kunofsky

The King sees dead people. Walking in a royal procession, the King is horrified by images of bloody, lifeless bodies strewn along his path. No one among his royal entourage can see what he sees, though; the horror is all his.

While it may sound on the surface like something out of The Sixth Sense, the opening scene of The Idiot King takes on a meaning similar to the parable of "The Emperor's New Clothes"—reality appears stark naked before someone surrounded by denial. What may sound utterly horrifying on the surface becomes outrageous and hilarious in Susana Cook's The Idiot King, a profoundly funny play about the unspeakably awful things that our leaders too often pretend not to see.

We're in the royal palace. The King is pampered by his nurse, who loves his every bodily function, and placated by yes-men who cautiously try to teach the King arithmetic without sounding like communists. (The King doesn't trust arithmetic because of subtraction; why would anyone allow anything to be taken away from them in a good system like capitalism?) The King is a despot. He has people murdered at his whim and embraces religion as a tool to keep the weak in line. His Queen tows the party line. She tries to be even-handed and fair, but blood is on her hands, just as it is on her royal husband's. The King and Queen have a cabinet meeting where they host their beloved Pope, and the problems of the kingdom are discussed (the dangerous belief of evolution, the terror of a woman in control of her own body, etc.). I'm not sure that I could find this kingdom on a map, but all of this does sound eerily familiar to me.

This is the first play by Susana Cook that I've seen, or even heard of before, but she's a playwright, actor and director from Buenos Aires whose work is often presented at Dixon Place. Now that I've seen this play, I will make sure to check out her work from now on. Her writing is sharp, accessible, and righteously unfair and unbalanced against the ruling class. As a director, she keeps everything onstage in perfect disorder. She is an amazing actor who plays the King with both menace and magnetism; she reminds me a little of Rock Goddess Patti Smith, which means that Susana Cook is kind of a superstar—you can't really take your eyes off her while she's on stage.

The best element to The Idiot King, though, is the ensemble. Anni Amberg, Jennifer Fomore, Jose Maria Garcia Armenter, Tracy Hazas, Karen Jaime, Saroya Odishoo, and Marsa Suarez-Orozco all seem completely out of their minds, but their chaotic characterizations are presented with great comic skill. I was often unsure if their hilarious asides were scripted or if they were ad-libbed, which added to the irrepressible fun of the evening.

The standout performance, though, is by Erin Markey, who, as the Queen, affects a voice uncannily like Miss Piggy's, if Miss Piggy were a selfish, egotistical shrew (actually, Miss Piggy is very much like that, now that I think of it, but this is a very non-Henson-like affair.) Every single one of the Queen's lines received a huge laugh from the audience on the night I saw this play. Silly voices are a dime a dozen, but this was a real performance worthy of the warm response.

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6. Jacki Ochs, FF Alumn, at Museum of the City of NY, Sept. 11, 1 pm

Dear Friends -- We hope you will be able to attend one of the following screenings. Please forward this e-mail to anyone who might be interested.

"9/12: FROM CHAOS TO COMMUNITY" directed by Susanna Styron; produced by Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron; co-producer Stephanie Zessos; Editor Laure Sullivan; Director of Photography Wolfgang Held; music composed by Wendy Blackstone

WASHINGTON , D.C.: SEPTEMBER 10, AVALON THEATRE, 7:30 p.m. (visit www.theavalon.org for more details)

NEW YORK CITY: SEPTEMBER 11, MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 1:00 p.m. (visit www.mcny.org for more details)

WESTCHESTER COUNTY: SEPTEMBER 12, JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER, 7:30 p.m. (visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org for more details)

"9/12: From Chaos to Community", a 56-minute documentary film, combines vibrant cinema-verite footage, emotional in-depth interviews, still photographs and archival footage to tell the untold story of Ground Zero. Focusing on a group of New York City volunteers, the relationships they formed among themselves and with the rescue and recovery workers they cared for, the film creates an exuberant, vivid and moving portrait of the Ground Zero community -- as it was during the recovery effort at the World Trade Center site, and as it continues today in the life-changing relationships formed there.

PRAISE for "9/12":
... a poem to a group of everyday New Yorkers who discover in themselves a quiet greatness born from the darkness of 9/11. -- Davis Guggenheim, Director, "An Inconvenient Truth"

... I am especially grateful to the filmmakers for capturing so poignantly and accurately the shared feelings of awe, camaraderie, loss, and love that brought everyday people together in our city's greatest time of need. -- Steve Buscemi, Actor; Former New York City firefighter

... a loving, honest story about generous, matter-of-fact New Yorkers who rolled up their sleeves and helped heal the city -- totally outside the limelight. They didn't do it for glory, they did it for us. It's a very moving tribute. -- Tom Healy, President, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

... I have not been more surprised and provoked into reflection by any other 9/11 homage. -- Randall D. Marshall MD, Director of Trauma Studies and Resilience, New York State Psychiatric Institute

9/12: From Chaos to Community, An Eleventh Hour Films Production
Sponsored by the Human Arts Association, 591 Broadway, New York, NY 10012

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7. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, end of Summer news and Fall highlights

Hi All,

I hope everyone has been having a great summer which still has lots of mileage/beach/BBQ's  in it! I am looking forward to hitting the road right after Labor Day with my annual performance workshop residency in Dallas at SMU's theatre program.

This Fall I will be running around  with my new show 1001 BEDS as well as my performances US and GLORY BOX in the touring repertory. (I do all three full-evening pieces in a two week span in three different cities! That will be a good brain cell check!) 

In addition to SMU (Sept 15-17), I will be doing four other intensive University Residencies this Fall at Kutztown University Sept (18-24) in PA, at University of Iowa, (Oct 27-29) University of Minnesota (Nov 2-4) and at UNC Chapel Hill (Oct 8-15)!

Also performances & residencies coming up this year at Cincinnati Playhouse, CSPS in Cedar Rapids, the TRANS Festival at Univ of Wisconsin, Duke University, Hamilton College, Vortex Theatre in Austin, Rude Guerrilla Theater in CA and many more. The vibe has been very good on 1001 BEDS my new performance and book! I was very busy this Spring with runs LA, SF , Chicago, Winston-Salem,  San Diego and just now in New Jersey. Here's some juicy review qoutes on the show from the daily papers. Have a great summer and beginning of Fall season and I hope to see you in 06-07!

cheers, Tim Miller
http://hometown.aol.com/millertale/timmiller.html
http://timmillerperfomer.blogspot.com/

1001 BEDS PRESS QOUTES

Miller's technique — a frisky, half-lidded fidget on high alert to audience energies — gives way to flashes of poetic stillness that demonstrate how gracefully Miller has matured without losing either his inquisitive ardor or wicked humor.An almost shamanic spirit emerges when least expected, with striking immediacy.Think casual seduction concealing urgent consciousness-raiser, and you have the measure of "1001 Beds" and the nonpareil explorer of self and spirit who recounts them with such potent assurance.

David Nichols, LOS ANGELES TIMES

Miller's performance style in 1001 BEDS, which manages to synthesize incantatory segments with looser sections that feel almost improvisational, lends itself well to tracing the ups and downs of someone whose life and loves have often been shoved into the margins of society -- and have also provided the key to his art.
His travels for justice, art and personal revelation have led Miller into a lot of strange beds, but like most of us, what he wants most is one safe haven to share with one other simpatico soul.

Kerry Reid, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Miller's wily wordplay uses the metaphor of the bed as the stage for the beginning and end of life, and the site of the most important human experience in between -- love. Miller brought to even his angriest screeds that benign, self-mocking humor that has helped him survive across three contentious decades with his social activism intact. The writing itself is thoroughly engaging; this Whittier-born artist, and his vision of a more humbly democratic and gay-friendly U.S., remains as compelling as ever.

Anne Marie Welsh, SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20060603-9999-1c03miller.html

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8. Eddy Falconer, FF Alumn, at El Rio, San Francisco, Sept. 1, 8 pm

Eddy Falconer and Machiko will be co-emceeing a benefit for the San Francisco branch of The Icarus Project on Sept. 1, 2006, at El Rio. Also featured are Charlie Anders, Michelle Tea, Brooklynne Michelle, Bonfire Madigan, plus many other readers, drag and burlesque artists, and bands. DJ Jette. Doors open at 8 pm,
show starts at 9:30. Sliding scale admission. Mad
pride! El Rio is located at 3158 Mission St (@ Cesar Chavez), San Francisco, CA 94110. (415) 282-3325.

The Icarus Project serves the community of bipolar artists and activists on-line at theicarusproject.net and off-line at many locations nationwide where members have gotten together for support networks, activism around mental health issues, and cultural events. The national office is at Fountain House in midtown New York. We are a radical mental healthproject that believes bipolar disorder is as much a gift as it is a curse and which is interested in tracking the connections between madness and brilliance. We have publications available on-line at the official website, collectively produced, and have gotten together to exhibit our artworks in at least two major shows, at abcnorio in NYC's Lower East Side and currently at Fountain House on W. 47th. We have several thousand on-line members trying to navigate outside the psychiatric and other mainstreams and are
growing ever more strong offline, as well. Please join us for the SF Icarus Benefit on Sept. 1st, and visit our website, www.theicarusproject.net

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9. Maureen Connor, Laura Parnes, Barbara Pollack, Michael Smith, William Wegman, FF Alumns, at EFA Gallery, NY, Sept. 8, 6-8 pm

EFA Gallery

Everybody Dance Now
Curated by Kathleen Goncharov
September 8 – October 22, 2006

Opening, Sept. 8, 6 – 8 PM
Dance Party, Sept. 30, 8 PM – midnight

EFA Gallery / EFA Studio Center
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Wed. through Sat., 12-6 PM

For further information:
Elaine Tin Nyo, Director
T. 212-563-5855 x203,
F. 212-563-1875
elaine@efa1.org
http://efa1.org

EFA Gallery opens its fall season with a first video only exhibition curated by Kathleen Goncharov.

Artists: Jake Borndal, Sanford Biggers, caraballo-farman, Maureen Connor, Ben Coonley, Daily Dancer, Kan Xua, Kaoru Katayama, Mike Kelley, Rodney McMillian,Trine Lise Nedreaas, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Laura Parnes, Barbara Pollack, Ron Rocheleau’s ConcreteTV, Valeska Soares, Michael Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, William Wegman, Wild Record Collection, and Michael Zansky

Everybody Dance Now takes its title from the opening line of the 1990 C&C Music Factory song. This exhibition, curated by Kathleen Goncharov, showcases work by an international cast of contemporary artists as well as excerpts from popular culture venues such as public access television, You Tube, and Google Video. The show celebrates the universal human urge to move to the beat (although dogs, frogs, bears, ponies, ghosts, and alligators sometimes act as surrogates for people). The title of the exhibition is literal…everyone dances when all these characters move to the groove and show off their collective talent (or lack there of).

Although many of the works in the exhibition are amusing, they often have a dark humor and address such serious issues as gender and racial stereotypes, war, violence, media manipulation, globalization, and cultural conflict. Other videos deal with more personal matters that concern us all, such as aging, mortality, the dilemmas of adolescence, and the sexual insecurities that follow us through life.

Dog Duet, by video pioneer William Wegman, features the artist’s famous weimaraners who perform in perfect synch. Trine Lise Nedreaas’ poetic work is a life size projection that depicts an 87 year-old man dancing the tango with an invisible partner in an abandoned ballroom. Valeska Soares’ subject is similar but her dancers perform with imaginary partners on a mirrored floor in a Brazilian nightclub designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Performance artist Michael Smith’s character “Mike” is a parody of the “everyman” who craves social acceptance but like most of us ultimately ends up a loser. Smith contributes excerpts of his dancing alter ego from videos he’s made over the past twenty-five years. Another everyman, an unabashed nerd, the Daily Dancer, who posts on the Internet, trips over his vacuum cleaner while dancing to Aretha Franklin’s Respect. TV personality Stephen Colbert dances to the hymn King of Glory in an Internet clip and another found video teaches black people how to “dance like a white guy.”

Mike Kelley’s contributes two short videos from his Day is Done project in which adults reenact the “extracurricular” activities depicted in photographs from old high school yearbooks. Laura Parnes and Jennifer Sullivan also look at adolescents, in particular participants in amateur talent shows. Rodney McMillian dances to a Prince song in a disturbing blue mask and Sanford Biggers makes the connection between Hip Hop and Kung Fu. Maureen Connor’s video installation recalls 1950s insecurities and gender stereotypes in a children’s dance class. Barbara Pollack collaborates with her 18 year old son on a two-channel video where he and his friends dance in a simulated mosh pit and perform a tableaux of an infamous photograph from Abu Ghraib. Michael Zansky also deals with failed US policies and asks whether we are dancing our way back into the primordial slime led by Godzilla, who bears a striking resemblance to Rona ld Reagan.

Kaoru Katayama, a Japanese artist living in Spain explores cultural confusion in a video of traditional dancers from Salamanca who try to use their native steps while dancing to techno music. Christodoulos Panayiotou’s video is documentation of Slow Dance Marathon, a performance in which total strangers slow dance over a twenty-four hour period to sentimental pop love songs. Kan Xua has a hilarious and surprising take on Chinese revolutionary opera and caraballo-farman’s floor projection is a ballet of vibrators. Ben Coonley’s mechanical ponies talk and do The Pony to a Chubby Checker song as well as teach themselves the Texas two-step.

Continuing with the animal theme, the collaborators responsible for Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Wild Record Collection feature their toy polar bear Snuffles and his stuffed animal friends who dance to cuts from their collection of thousands of LPs. Another MNN favorite, Ron Rocheleau’s Concrete TV, features brilliantly edited clips of strip club dancers, car crashes and brief scenes from popular movies. Jake Borndal creates a special TV and Internet lounge for viewing these programs and found footage.

Everybody Dance Now presents work that ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime; some are profound and others are downright silly, but they all reflect the human condition through the urge to dance.

Artists in the exhibition include Jake Borndal, Sanford Biggers, caraballo-farman, Maureen Connor, Ben Coonley, Daily Dancer, Kan Xua, Kaoru Katayama, Mike Kelley, Rodney McMillian, Trine Lise Nedreaas, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Nam June Paik, Laura Parnes, Barbara Pollack, Ron Rocheleau’s Concrete TV, Valeska Soares, Michael Smith, Jennifer Sullivan, William Wegman, The Wild Record Collection, and Michael Zansky.

Kathleen Goncharov is an independent curator and critic. She has served as Adjunct Curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, US Commissioner to the 50th Venice Biennale, Public Art Curator at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Curator of the Collection at The New School. She lives and works in New York City.

This exhibition is presented by The EFA Gallery, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. With additional support from The Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, The Helen Keeler Burke Charitable Foundation, Peter C. Gould, Materials for the Arts, and Carnegie Corporation Inc.

The EFA Gallery is a curatorial project space. Through the gallery, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts supports the creative work of independent curators. Curators build the framework in which we understand artists and the art they make. At their best, they redefine how we look at culture. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts believes in the essential importance of art in a civil society. The value of the artist's creative spirit is not limited by age, race, nationality or acceptance by others.

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10. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at Pioneer Theater, NY, Sept. 5, 7 pm

We are pleased to announce that Project 59 will present the NYC premier of

Highlights
from the
59 Seconds Video Festival at
Two Boots Pioneer Theater
on Tuesday, Sep. 5, 7:00 PM

59 videos, 59 seconds each, introduce 59 international artists and a wide range of video works including a unique collection of videos that integrate number 59. A video storm of techniques, ideas and visions that sample an emerging contemporary international video art scene.

Organized by Irina Danilova and Hiram Levy. http://www.project59.org/59seconds/

The Program will be posted next week in the Future Screenings Section.

Featuring many NYC area artists as well as a wide range of international artists.
Two Boots Pioneer Theater http://www.twoboots.com/pioneer/
155 East 3rd Street (between Avenues A & B)
NY NY 10009 [212 591 0434]

Tickets: $ 9.00 [$6.50 members] with free Beer and Pizza after the screening.

Purchase online at: http://pioneertheater.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=61685
or call (800) 595-4849 (service charges apply)
F or V train to Lower East Side / Second Avenue - exit toward 1st Avenue.
9 or 21 bus to Houston Street and Avenue A.

Please welcome and tell friends and colleagues.

We hope to see you there.

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11. William Scarbrough, FF Alumn, at Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, Sept. 5-29

Reclamation
William Scarbrough
Michaelis Gallery, 31 Orange Street. Cape Town, South Africa
Michaels School of Fine Art
University of Cape Town
Tuesday, September 5 – September 29, 2006
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, Saturday, 10am – 1pm

Reclamation

From 1979 to 1981 a series of mysterious murders in Atlanta, Georgia gripped the world while appearing each night on the evening news. During this time, a killer, or group of killers, brutally murdered sixty-three African American children and young adults as the media relentlessly covered the story. Twenty-five years later, it is widely accepted that Wayne Bertram Williams is The Atlanta Child Murderer.

Reclamation is the latest work by William Scarbrough in which he uses The Atlanta Child Murders to explore two of the most elusive environments known to man, the media and the memory. He has spent the past five years in an effort to reclaim what to him was a media event, witnessed on television as a twelve-year-old boy in the early 1980’s. Through this exhibition, Scarbrough illuminates one of the difficult issues of The Information Age - the power of the media to control our perceptions in establishing a cultural truth.

He has directly challenged “The Truth” of these murders by going back to interview all the people involved; the police, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Georgia State Bureau of Investigations, the prosecution and defense teams in the Wayne Williams trial, local authorities and politicians, reporters, authors, supreme court justices, eyewitnesses, mothers of the victims, the Williams family, and even Wayne Williams - the man convicted of the murders, juxtaposing his discoveries against the media presentation of these tragic events.

Through his process of reclaiming The Atlanta Child Murders as his own, Scarbrough has collected his interviews on digital video while gathering documents, images, television news footage, radio broadcasts, police files, court decisions and pulp articles.

From this enormous database, Scarbrough has created Reclamation, a multimedia installation utilizing modern technology to navigate a media frenzy that consumed and regurgitated this story during an age of technological infancy.

What Scarbrough brings to us is his journey through masses of information, confusion, sensationalization, and bewilderment - a journey that leaves him lost within the murky remnants of a conspiracy.

For more information please contact William Scarbrough.

William@williamscarbrough.com
082.093.5869

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12. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, Smithsonian oral history, now online

Here's the link to Regina Vater’s online oral history interview via the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution:

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/vater04.htm

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13. Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, at Pace University, Oct. 4, 11 am

Robin Tewes, FF Alumn, Fall Faculty Art Talks 2006 - Open to the Public October 4, 2006, 11AM Pace University 41 Park Row, Room 1204 - Refreshments Served!

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