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Goings On: posted week of July 30 , 2007

CONTENTS:
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1. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online @ http://www.youtube.com/pamspeaks
2. Micki Spiller, FF Alumn, at Center for Book Arts, NY, Aug 7, 6:30 pm
3. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, @ art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Aug 3-26
4. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Loudermilk Museum, Cornelia GA, Aug 3-4
5. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Participant, NY, thru Aug 19
6. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at Univ. of San Francisco, Aug 5-9
7. Marilyn R. Rosenberg, FF Alumn, at Chappaqua Library Gallery, reception Sept 9
8. Stephanie Brody Lederman, FF Alumn, in NY Arts Magazine, Sept-Oct issue
9. Gary Corbin, FF Alumn, at Greater Newark Black Disabled Arts Festival, Aug 11
10. Daze, Lady Pink, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Powerhouse, Brooklyn, Aug 1
11. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at Trash Bar, Brooklyn, Aug 1
12. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, @ Galeria Candido Portinari, Rio de Janeiro, Aug 8-Oct 5
13. Bob Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at The Public Theater, NY, Aug 5
14. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, @ The Bootleg Theater, LA, Aug 18, 8 pm
15. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, awarded honorary Doctorate, Loughborough Univ., UK
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1. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online @ http://www.youtube.com/pamspeaks

Hi everyone!
Hope all is well. New pamspeaks! Check it out.
http://www.youtube.com/pamspeaks
Pamela Sneed

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2. Micki Spiller, FF Alumn, @ Center for Book Arts, NY, Aug 7, 6:30 pm

Please join us on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm
for a roundtable discussion in conjunction with the exhibition:
(un)Contained Vessels

Artists Josh Harris, Tara O'Brien, Amee J. Pollack, Miriam Schaer, and Micki Watanabe-Spiller will talk about their work in relationship to the exhibition which addresses the concept of the container as a vehicle for experimentation in areas of design and function. The work in the exhibition draws connections between book arts and the artistic practices of installation, sculpture, and/or conceptual art. The title of the exhibition refers to the notion that the container (box) is more than a mere holder of the item it houses; it becomes an active element in which it itself is a key component of the piece. Without its involvement the object would be unsuccessful as a whole.
Moderated by Alexander Campos, Executive Director

Reception to follow.

The Center's exhibitions and related programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Exhibition on view until September 15, 2007.

The Center for Book Arts
28 W. 27th St. 3rd fl.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 481-0295
www.centerforbookarts.org

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3. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, @ art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Aug 3-26

Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, announces the Special Members and Interns Show of art6 Gallery, the non-profit gallery of which she is one of six co-founders. She will be among thirty artists, photographers, and writers who will present their work August 3-26, 2007 at art6, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Opening with a First Friday reception, live saxophone by Jimmy Warner, live musical improvisational theatre by Comedy Sportz, and silent auction, all on August 3 6-10 pm. Events are free and open to the public. Art6 generally attracts 2000-3000 visitors on an opening night.

Other August scheduled events are: August 4, 7 pm--The Downtown Players, Quartet and Cello Ensemble, Classical Music Series, free admission; and August 19, 3pm--Bend an Ear, Poetry Reading. art6 poets & writers, also Open Mic--"Third Sundays Series," Admission free. For further information: 804. 343. or www.art6.org.

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4. Joni Mabe, FF Alumn, at Loudermilk Museum, Cornelia GA, Aug 3-4

The 8th Annual Big E Festival, celebrating the life of Elvis Presley on the 30th anniversary of his death, promises to be a fantastic event. The Loudermilk Boarding House Museum in Cornelia will be the spot for this two day affair - August 3 and 4. This year's winner will be prequalified for Images of the King Contest - World Championship - in Memphis, TN during Elvis Week 2007.

Friday night Championship Concert features last year's winner Matthew Spalding and Youth Division winner Demi Downing with command performances from 2005 Big E Champs Arik Christopher and Alex Swindle. Early Elvis is the theme of the show, so dust off your poodle skirt and plan to rock n' roll to the tunes of Shake, Rattle and Roll, That's Alright Mama, and Don't Be Cruel. Show starts at 7:00pm with admission $10.

Burger Shak will be serving Elvis cheeseburgers and hotdogs. Emma's Bistro from Kennesaw will offer fish and shrimp, Bar-B-Q ribs and sandwiches, sausage, smoothies, funnel cakes, and ice tea. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Moon Pies, Elvis Reese's Cups, Circus Peanuts, popcorn and cold drinks will also be available to satisfy your hunger.

Limited edition Big E collector t-shirts and program books will be for sale as well as other Elvis merchandise. There will be a raffle drawing for Barbara Mewborn's print, "Do You Gaze at your Doorsteps and Picture Me There?".

Kids will enjoy the bouncing camo army tank, not the real one Elvis drove in the army, but a close replica.

Saturday's Elvis Tribute Artists Competition begins at 10:00am with Charlie Cole IV and the Gaddis Sisters performing in the Youth Division. The adults taking the stage are: Dana Daniels, Johnny Elvis, Owen Roberts, Mark Gagnon, Charlie Cole III, Joe Mikle, Todd Martin, Ronnie Norton, Robbie Dean Scott (Mr. Polk Salad Annie), Jamie Roberts, Walter E. Busby, and Rick Wade. Past Big E Champs will be on hand for autographs and special appearances. Admission is $10.

Fans can vote for their favorite Elvis Tribute Artists in the Hound Dog People's Choice Award Contest. All proceeds benefit the John B. Gesbocker Animal Shelter in Habersham County.

Bring a lawn chair and come on down to the Loudermilk Boarding House Museum, where Elvis never leaves the building. elvisqueen@windstream.net, 706-778-2001 There will be a Whole lot of shakin goin' on at 271 Foreacre St., Cornelia, GA. Thank you, thankyouverymuch.

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5. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Participant, NY, thru Aug 19

PARTICIPANT Office Party at RENTAL
July 29 - August 19, 2007
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 29, 7-9pm

From July 29 - August 19, 2007, PARTICIPANT INC takes up temporary headquarters at RENTAL with the exhibition Office Party, including works by Eric Heist, Lovett/Codagnone, Diana Puntar, and Børre Sæthre. Also on view in the Back Room portion of the exhibition will be works addressing work, workplace, and works available by Stephen Andrews, Matthew Antezzo, Michel Auder, Lutz Bacher, Robert Boyd, Kathe Burkhart, Robin Graubard, Michael Lazarus, Virgil Marti, Laura Parnes, Luther Price, Adam Putnam, and Shellburne Thurber.

Especially for Office Party, Diana Puntar fabricates necessary furniture (desk and mini-bar) in a stylized stone wall pattern of ubiquitous materials. Puntar's sculptures, made from supplies common to American homes, dramatize our culture's eager acceptance of synthetic, disposable imitations of the real-in terms of nature, wealth, and the new. Natural forms, rendered in layers of plywood with surfaces such as aluminum mirror, laminates, lucite, sit like tree branches, rocks, and logs, and insinuate a peculiar, faux three-dimensionality. Her simulated "outside" alludes to the fear that there is no longer an exteriority to pursue in American culture-we are trapped inside, and whether it's an office cube or the back yard, “good fences make good neighbors.”

Also made for the occasion of Office Party, Lovett/Codagnone combine vinyl text and black painting on mirror to starkly confront the viewer with an unwholesome byproduct of failed aesthetic compulsion. They reference the iconic cautionary text from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, a fragment of Jack's anticipated masterpiece of several hundred pages: “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.” Part of a new body of work, their mirror pieces expand upon the collaborative team's interest in the political ramifications of conflating public and private-but depart from self-reflexive strategies to issues of collective identity. In addition to mirrors, works in the series deploy items such as the American flag and police barricades, rendered uncharacteristically black, to imply a fetishization of power in relation to a collective that must be controlled or, in this case, put in front of a mirror.

Eric Heist's works from his 2005 project Travel Agents (Desk and Posters, Africa) simulate furniture and props based on a ubiquitous travel agency. Pinned to a bulletin board, posters of exotic locales are inscribed with names of US military operations associated with them; and going behind the corporate desk reveals a diorama of a shrouded figure couching in an ashen landscape. Heist's agency seeks to make apparent the direct relation between the hidden consequences of Western military and economic power and the leisure industries they uphold.

Børre Sæthre's Untitled Super 8 stills #1-4 (between scenes/porn sets, Eastern Europe, 1997-99) present a photographic tableaux extracted from predominant action, shot during breaks in a porn shoot. The framework of design methodology that informs his immersive installations is here zoomed-in upon through a photographic depiction of a stylish interior (complete with Eero Aarnio's 1968 Pastille chair and languid males) lacking in exploit-to posit that voyeuristic longings may linger within seemingly impermeable interiors. A realization that even plastic environments can absorb emotionality, everyday trauma or excitement, serves as motivation to subsequently heighten this fact in works that rupture pristine surfaces-revealing their failure to conceal the abject, the depressive, the libidinal.

PARTICIPANT INC is in the process of relocating. www.participantinc.org

RENTAL is located at 120 East Broadway at Allen, 6th floor, NY, NY 10002
www.rental-gallery.com
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, noon - 7pm

PARTICIPANT INC's exhibitions are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

PARTICIPANT INC receives generous support from the Harriett Ames Charitable Trust, Bloomberg, The MAT Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and numerous individuals.
Contact: Joel Mesler, 212 608 6002; Lia Gangitano, liagang@aol.com

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6. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at Univ. of San Francisco, Aug 5-9

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry Conference, University of San Francisco August 5-9, 2007

The International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry Conference. Summer Symposium will be hosted by Chemistry Prof Tami Spector at The University of San Francisco from August 5-9, 2007.

The ISPC Summer Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference held every August as part of the International Society for the Philosophy of Chemistry's (http://ispc.sas.upenn.edu/) mission to promote the "international exchange of ideas concerning the philosophical foundations of the chemical sciences and related areas."

On August 8 Meredith Tromble of the San Francisco Art Institute, Contemporary Practice Program will give a talk in the Session: Art and Science. Her lecture is entitled "Chemical Symbolism in the Art of Sonya Rapoport."

http://www.usfca.edu/artsci/ug/chemistry/ispc

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7. Marilyn R. Rosenberg, FF Alumn, at Chappaqua Library Gallery, reception Sept 9

MARILYN R. ROSENBERG
Visual Poetry/Artists’
Books

September 8 – October 27, 2007 Reception: Sunday, Sept 9, 2 – 4 pm

Chappaqua Library Gallery, 195 South Greeley Ave. Chappaqua, NY 10514
Gallery hours: M-Th 9am-8pm, F 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
For further information call 914.238.4779 www.chappaqualibrary.org

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8. Stephanie Brody Lederman, FF Alumn, in NY Arts Magazine, Sept-Oct issue

Here is a link to a preview or an interview with me that will appear in the Sept-Oct issue of NY Arts Magazine:

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7599&Itemid=614

Thank you,
Stephanie Brody-Lederman

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9. Gary Corbin, FF Alumn, at Greater Newark Black Disabled Arts Festival, Aug 11

The Arts Den New York is proud to present the award-winning, critically acclaimed FOUR ONE-LEGGED MEN at The Greater Newark Black Disabled Arts Festival. Written and performed by Gary Corbin, this powerful theatrical event caused a sensation at the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival. It also inspired New York Theatre Wire to rave, “Only a master storyteller can keep an audience focused on the subject and object of the oration. It’s rare, when it happens to you, you remember, Gary Corbin’s stellar one-man performance is that kind of performance. Don’t miss it!” and Backstage to say, “In a bravura performance, Corbin plays a delusional Vietnam veteran. His final dance on one leg must be seen to be believed.”

FOUR ONE-LEGGED MEN tells the stories of four right-leg male amputees from different backgrounds, seasons, and eras. The play consists of four vignettes that feature four very different characters who society labels disabled, but are multi-dimensional individuals dealing with universal situations as well. Actor and playwright Gary Corbin has received major funding for this project including: The Gregory Millard Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Franklin Furnace Foundation's Performance Art Fund, administered by Jerome Foundation, and a Theater Commission from The New York State Council on the Arts. Consequently, Corbin was able to independently produce this play’s successful premiere in the heart of Manhattan's Theater District. More success and extremely enthusiastic audiences followed in Buffalo, New York, and Montreal, Canada. In Montreal, Corbin received lots of press including interviews on radio programs heard by millions worldwide. The play also became a sensation at the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, produced by The Present Company. Plans are underway to move FOUR ONE-LEGGED MEN to an Off-Broadway venue and international tour. But first, Corbin will bring his remarkable talents to The Greater Newark Black Disabled Arts Festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 11, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Paul Robeson Center, Rutgers – Newark Campus, 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102. The festival will include a wide variety of activities, including many visual and performing artists. Fortunately, a festival highlight is when Gary Corbin takes the stage at 11:30 a.m. All festival events are free and open to the public so that people from all walks of life will be able to participate.

If you have additional questions regarding Gary Corbin's performance of Four One-Legged Men, contact Cleo Brown at (212) 675-8238 or artsdenwelcomesu@yahoo.com. For more information regarding the festival, including other performing/visual artists and activities, do not hesitate to call us at 973-763-6308 or e-mail: ArtsFest2007@NMDC.us.

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10. Daze, Lady Pink, Harley Spiller, FF Alumns, at Powerhouse, Brooklyn, Aug 1

THE WALLS BELONG TO US, an art benefit for Alan Ket’s legal defense August 1, 2007; 6 – 9 PM Music by DJ Soul

Exhibition Preview starts July 25th, at:
POWERHOUSE ARENA in DUMBO
37 Main Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201-1021

On August 1st, 2007, The Hip-Hop Theater Festival will host a silent art auction and benefit for Alan Ket’s legal defense entitled, THE WALLS BELONG TO US; at the POWERHOUSE ARENA. THE WALLS BELONG TO US will feature the largest line up of global graffiti, urban art, and photography ever assembled in one space, with over 120 pieces and 105 artists involved.

Canvases, sculptures, prints and silk screens from world-renowned artists including, Martha Cooper, FUTURA 2000, Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Jamel Shabazz, GHOST, Grotesk, DELTA, Guy Gonzales, IZ THE WIZ, Jose Parla, Henry Chalfant, ZEPHYR, Shepard Fairey, EWOK 5MH, Joe Conzo, DAZE and Brett Cook Dizney.

The open-invitation fundraiser will feature an open bar with beer and cocktails, music, a silent auction, and art raffles of books supplied by From Here To Fame. Alan Ket’s friends and supporters are donating works exclusively for this auction event to support his legal defense and to show solidarity to a fellow artist.

A preview of the exhibition will commence on July 25th and run through until the actual auction close date, August 5th, 2006. In addition, art patrons can visit: www.thewallsbelongtous.com to view and/or bid on pieces featured in the auction starting on July 25th as well. The auction will be held online.

Admission is $30 (minimum donation). Capacity for this event is limited and pre-registration online via credit card is strongly encouraged to guarantee admittance. Admission at the door is cash only and will be on a space-available basis. Pre-register via www.supportket.org.

The line up includes: FUTURA 2000, Lee Quiñones, MICO, COCO 144, Jose Parla, Lady Pink, SMITH, Joey Krebs, Steve Marcus, Jamel Shabazz, GHOST, Joe Conzo, STAK, ESPO, Barry McGee, Grotesk, MICKEY/TFP, COPE2, Erni Panicolli, T-Kid 170, SONIC, Machine, MILK, SENT0, Henry Chalfant, VEN, WOLF, TEAM, VEEFER, Chris DAZE Ellis, CRASH, ZEPHYR, DONDI, Martha Cooper, MIN ONE, CORNBREAD, FREEDOM, TOOFLY, PURE, NOAH, WANE, DOC, WENT, SABE, CAVE, FRAME, Jani Tolin, EWOK 5MH, MARE 139, KEL 139, ATOME, BLUSTER, CERN, CES, MED, DELTA, CYCLE, EZO, FREEDOM, FUZZ, GANO, WEN, Eric HAZE, Guy Gonzales, IZ THE WIZ, HENCE, HEWS, JA, JON 156, NYC LASE, KAVES, Joshua Griffler, MAC Crew, Mai Lucas, MERES, Ruedi One, REVS, PART, QUIK, Ricardo Cortes, Shepard Fairey, SKUF, WEST, DUEL, OVIE, CEKIS, KOE Rodriguez, Jim Prigoff, Harley Spiller aka INSPECTOR COLLECTOR, PEAK, DIVA, SPACE YMI, JAES, NOXER, Brett Cook Dizney, DALEK, SMASH 137, LUNAR, SP ONE, MUCK, SEK 3, INK 76, BLADE, ZIMAD, CLARK FLY ID, EROTICA 67, Craig Costello, SNEKE and a few additional surprises.

for more info: www.Supportket.org and www.thewallsbelongtous.com
From Here to Fame, 560 w. 218th st. Suite 2E, NY, NY 10034

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11. Joshua Fried, FF Alumn, at Trash Bar, Brooklyn, Aug 1

Another performance

Yes, with steering wheel, shoes, boombox, the works. Next week, Radio Wonderland joins an eclectic Hip Hop-focused night in Williamsburg. This is a new combination: I haven't worked with rappers since the '80s--and everything was different then.

And I expect the Hip Hop crowd to get pretty turned on by my current version of "sampling" (I like to call it live processing even though I DO save little bits of radio throughout the show. But enough about me).

I also expect the Radio Wonderland audience (like, do I dare type it, possibly YOU?) to get into the MCs, DJs and bands that evening. The organizer is rapper and producer P. Casso.

RADIO WONDERLAND
9pm (subject to change), Wednesday, 1 August 2007
The Trash Bar 256 Grand St. between Driggs and Roebling
Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
11211

open bar from 8 to 9 -- with $6 admission

tentative line-up:HOST: Sketch the Cataclysm

8pm P.Casso -- rapper, producer
9pm RADIO WONDERLAND -- cyber-stoked radio groove machinist (i.e., ME) 10pm DJ Ease -- hip hop, soul, turntablism
11pm Sankofa -- 5 piece rock band (told ya eclectic)
?pm Fresh Daily -- emcee, graphic designer, book illustrator
?pm Silent Night -- emcee

Thanks for reading.
Joshua Fried
Want to know more?
See http://radiowonderland.org

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12. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, @ Galeria Candido Portinari, Rio de Janeiro, Aug 8-Oct 5

Drawings for Installations by Regina Vater and Bill Lundberg
GALERIA CÂNDIDO PORTINARI¬ – UERJ (State University of Rio de Janeiro
Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Exhibition – August 8 to October 5, 2007- 10 am to 8 pm Monday thru Friday

Regina Vater and Bill Lundberg, pioneers in installation and film installation will be showing for the first time the most comprehensive collection of their drawings for these media. In this show the public has the opportunity to enjoy a vast number of sketches, notations that reveal the stream of creativity and thought of that these two distinct artists have been producing since the beginning of the 1970’s. Regina is one of the pioneers of installation art in Brazil. Her works, focused on metaphysics and ecology, have been shown internationally since her participation in the Paris Biennial in 1967. Bill Lundberg is known as one of the most important pioneers in film and video installation. Like Regina, he has a long and extensive career of international shows and he is the founder of Transmedia Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Besides the drawings both artists are also showing individual installations that reveal with invention their concerns about the human condition. Bill’s video sculpture is titled “Anna Freud” and Regina’s installation is titled “For a Time of War.”

Presentation by Guy Brett

This exhibition concerns two artists, one Brazilian, the other American, who have been life-companions for many years. Their work is distinct, but when, as here, they exhibit together, subtle connections, or complementarities, emerge from clear differences. This is a very concentrated and compressed exhibition which alludes through drawings, notes and photographs to works which use materials, space and light with a copious inventiveness.

Augusto de Campos has written “Regina is always, laudably, ‘out of place’”. Living and working in the US since 1980, but distant from the American art world, her huge body of work – varied, precarious, of unceasing responsiveness – still waits to be widely known. Her exhibition and publication of 1978, Veart, remains a high point of a distinctly carioca conceptualism. In Veart, via photography, the word ‘ART’ is taken out of museums and galleries and thrown back into the material and sensual world: eaten, melted, seeded, washed away in the sand, peered through, embroidered in white on a white flag evoking Oxalá, the Afro-Brazilian god of creativity. Veart also announced the importance of words to Regina Vater’s visual language, her closeness to the Brazilian concrete poets, outstanding representatives of an international movement, whose work she has done much to propagate in the United States.

Since then she has evolved a form of installation work of great delicacy, combining incongruous materials to form sculptural allegories, haiku-like in their brevity, resonant symbolically and metaphorically. They may be aerial, earth-bound, or link the two realities. Their form echoes the syncretism she admires so much in Native American and Afro-Brazilian cultures.

Often, different works energise one another by their proximity, as in her solo show at Art Pace in San Antonio Texas in 1999. One encountered The Un-nameable (1999), consisting (from the floor up) of a folded sheet of thin bronze, a mirrored geometric base, and a tall glass container almost filled with honey in which a machete is standing, its blade submerged; and, a few feet beyond, Art e Mis a Nous (1999), a piece occupying a dark alcove. Here a small pool of water nestling in a rough slab of stone catches the reflection of the moon picked up from a video monitor in the ceiling. There is no formalism in these combinations, rather an alchemy worked according to poetic and critical necessities.

Like Regina Vater, Bill Lundberg’s achievements are not as widely celebrated as they should be. He was developing a form of ‘film-sculpture’ in the 1970s before such work had been conveniently named and placed. He took the spectral quality of projection out of the darkened cinema to the ‘hard places’ of the substantial world, playing on a fascinating contradiction between the real and the illusory which brings a new experience of the notion of ‘presence’. A recent work, filmed fittingly in Rio de Janeiro, makes one of the most effective allusions to the human multitude within an art space that I know of (Passage, 2004). It does so with a fragment. Projection produces a short flight of steps out of a simple sloping screen. People filmed from above pass up and down the steps, some slow and burdened, other weaving rapidly, with no beginning or end. All we hear is the sound of their footsteps.

Bill Lundberg has used his technical experiments to explore subtle psychological possibilities, treating themes of isolation, vulnerability, relations with the other, putative collectivities. Movement often plays poignantly against the static. In Failure (1977), the ‘screens’ are a crowd of head-and-shoulders cut-outs set in the floor of the exhibition space, on which are projected individual New Yorkers speaking about something that reputedly obsesses them: the meaning of ‘success’. Rendered in flickering super-8 film, their mouths move but their bodies are held still by the rigid cut-outs, producing a disquieting effect. The drawing for Mutual Projection (1976), in which “two figures, a man and a woman, project each other” suggests a intriguing parallel, transposed to another medium, of Lygia Clark’s interactive touch-dialogues, The I and the You.

Projected onto the floor in the vicinity of wall-hung paintings in a museum, Swimmer (1975) creates, with great wit and economy of means, a confrontation between two spaces, art gallery and swimming pool; two media, water and film; and two orientations, the vertical (the viewer) and the horizontal (the swimmer). So elemental are these confrontations that one cannot easily decide if the swimmer in his rectangle of water is a metaphor or freedom or entrapment.

Intriguingly, Regina Vater used images of swimming in a recent photographic work of hers, Body Water, shot in Brazil and Texas. In many ways, Regina’s inspiration in the cosmologies of Afro-Brazil, whose symbolism conveys to her “a finesse of spiritual connections between the human being and the cosmos”, a holistic and harmonious consciousness, can be contrasted with Bill’s preoccupation with the psychological and social fragilities of peoples’ lives. But metaphors like that of water, and the magic that both artists discover in their materials and media, makes their outlooks intertwined rather than opposed.

Guy Brett
May 2007

Guy Brett is a writer and curator whose book, Brasil Experimental: arte/vida proposições e paradoxos was published recently by Contra Capa in Rio de Janeiro. His other works include Kinetic Art (1968), Through Our Own Eyes: Popular Art and Modern History 1986), Exploding Galaxies: The Art of David Medalla (1995) and Carnival of Perception (2004) He has contributed extensively for the art press and has organised a number of international exhibitions. He lives in London.

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13. Bob Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at The Public Theater, NY, Aug 5

I’ll be re-presenting a new cartoon slide show, written by Suzan-Lori Parks, as part of this free event at the Public Theater.

365 DAYS/ 365 PLAYS
August 5, 2PM & 7PM (2 shows)

365 Days/365 Plays started in November 2002 when Suzan-Lori Parks committed to writing a play a day for the next 365 days.

From Nov 13, 2006– Nov 12, 2007 the 365 Days/365 Plays National Festival will present the work simultaneously across the country, creating the largest collaboration in the history of American theater.

The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street
NY, NY 10003

TICKETS FOR 365NYC ARE FREE!

Two Easy Ways to Reserve Your Tickets:

a) Call 212-967-7555 from 10AM - 9PM, Mon-Sun
b) Visit The Public Theater Box Office
at 425 Lafayette Street

Box Office: Sunday and Monday: 1:00 - 6:00PM Tuesday through Saturday: 1:00 - 7:30PM

Limit 2 reservations per person per event. Reservations honored until
15 minutes prior to reading. Please note seating is general admission.

More info:
http://www.publictheater.org/365/

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14. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, @ The Bootleg Theater, LA, Aug 18, 8 pm

Black and White Show is a group of edgy, some out there, some just plain psychotic artists who have joined together to entertain, titillate, tear your introspective psyche out with original live/static art and film. The artists are veterans having performed around the United States at venues such as The Walker Art Center, MOCA and The Red Cat Theater (Oh! Yes Paris and Brussels). This troupe is comprised of Linda Carmella Sibio, Blake Brousseau, Nathalie Broizat, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario and Angela Trent. Their mission is on behalf of the non-profit Bezerk Productions. Bezerk gave birth to “The Cracked Eggs” an ensemble of mentally disabled adults and children and is trying to raise money for their new piece “The Prophecy of I.” A “funraiser” to kick you back out of your normal self into another realm of “creativity and madness.”

Dates: Saturday, August 18th at 8PM
Where: The Bootleg Theater located at 220 Beverly Boulevard (near Alvarado on the south side of the Street). The Bootleg is an off-the-beaten track theater that is hip and underground. They offer up artists that cannot be seen anywhere else because no one will take the chance. The Bootleg is a risk-taking venue who wants to meet “The Cracked Eggs” ensemble with designs of doing future work with them.

Admission: $10-$15 sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This is a fundraiser so we hope you’ll donate what you can afford.

More About The Art And The Artists:

Sibio’s piece is entitled “White Lillie’s, Black Mud” and explores the abstract relationship of black and white to the social/political themes of our times which bring these images to mind. She will also offer up a series of drawings on dreams, nightmares, hallucinations and visions. Her visual work was last seen at Track 16 gallery along with a solo performance. Her work has been shown at Andrew Edlin Gallery (NYC), United Nations, Scope, Kennedy Center, and The Walker Art Center.

Brousseau is an emerging filmmaker whose work has been shown at Telemagica in Jacumba, Hi-Desert Playhouse, Yerba Buena, and Jump Start. He has collaborated with Ms. Sibio, Elia Arce, and Sky Saxon. He hosts “Open Film Night” at The Beatnik in Joshua Tree, CA. Of his film St. Pity he states, “To examine the nature of sanity is to question the basis of reality.”

Broizat is originally from Paris now based in Los Angeles. Her work offers an ironic and sensitive view of everyday life using found objects as costumes and props. She promises to surprise us with an audience participation piece. Her work has been shown at MOCA and The Redcat Theater. A former Fulbright grantee, she’s been inspired by artist Rachel Rosenthal.

Kuiland-Nazario is going to be our outrageous, extremely visual, highly provocative M.C. You’ve probably seen him before as host of MAXI performance lab at the Electric Lodge. He’s one of the founding artists of the 18th St. Arts Center and Highways Performance Space. He’s an L.A. fixture you don’t want to miss!

Trent is a five-year member of “The Cracked Eggs” ensemble. She played the frantic housewife and the Voodoo Priestess in “The Prophet of Doom in the Banana Republic.” She’ll be receiving an award from Bezerk Productions, which is a surprise! Her piece is entitled “Envogue” which is about being black in America. Of her work she states, “I am the passionate opinion of the life I have lived and the life I am living.”

For further information contact: Linda Carmella Sibio 760-362-5071 or Kirk Wilson/Bootleg Theater 213-389-8856

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15. Ken Friedman, FF Alumn, awarded honorary Doctorate, Loughborough Univ., UK

This week, I went to the UK where Loughborough University awarded me an honorary D.Sc. -- doctor of science -- degree for outstanding contributions to design research. The ceremony was splendid -- the other honorary graduate is Lord Jones of Birmingham, minister of state for trade and industry in the new government of the UK. I felt quite grand marching in the procession ... Lord Jones and I entered behind a special marshal who showed us where to go and when to go there. On the way in, I looked up to see the processional on the giant screen. There we were, smack in the middle of the procession with an honorific space before us, then our marshal, then us -- Lord Jones in his red University College London gown, me in my borrowed red and blue Loughborough doctoral gown and hood -- followed by another space. The procession included the Lord Mayor, Lord High Sheriff, the Lord Lieutenant -- wearing breeches, stockings, and a sword -- and a marvelous array of dignitaries.

Best yet, they dedicated a building to Sebastian Coe on the same day, before the lunch for honorary doctors. We were invited to attend the naming ceremony and meet Lord Coe. My father was happy to hear about my honorary doctorate. Then he heard about lunch with Lord Coe. Now THAT was really something.

The Vice Chancellor hosted a dinner for me that night. For those who do not know the British system, the VC is the British equivalent of a university president or rector. The Chancellor is the head of the university in the same sense that the Queen heads the nation, while the VC is like a prime minister and runs things. I had so much good food in Loughborough that my wife Ditte noticed my revised waistline when I got home. I've been making salad and pasta to get trim enough for the weekend when Ditte's mother and sister come to visit -- Ditte expects me to maintain my reputation as a chef for the occasion, so it's back to salmon with cream sauce, roasted chickens, fresh soups, tomato and mozzarella salads.

The one close call of my adventure came on my return to Norway. The university gave me a lovely lead crystal bowl engraved with the university seal. It now sits in the kitchen window filled with ripening tomatoes. Almost didn't get it through airport security, though. The lead defeats X-rays, just like in Superman comics. The vigilant security guards made me unpack it and wanted to know what it was and why I was toting it around. Then they wanted to know just why the chancellor of Loughborough University gave me a large glass bowl with the power to defeat X-rays. When I told them, of course, they congratulated me with genuine British courtesy and told me that I would be welcome to return any time.

The splendor of the day and the quality of the cuisine is a fond memory. I am still feeling quite cheerful. Nevertheless, Ditte tells me that I may NOT wear my Loughborough tie to bed.

Well, that's the story of my adventure. I got a copy of the new Harry Potter book in the airport bookstore on the first day it was out. I almost didn't, though. When I went into the bookshop there was a new stack of books just being piled up on the stand. When I came out twenty minutes later, all the copies were gone, and they said this had been their last book until the next shipment in a day or two. Fortunately, I was able to buy one of the last two copies at the bookstore on the next pier.

What with the ceremonies and all the people at Loughborough wearing robes and gowns and interesting hats, I almost felt like I was at Hogwarts. A transcript of the presentation follows below.

Ken

Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Lord Mayor, honoured guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, and Graduands.

Professor Ken Friedman graduated from the San Francisco State University in 1971, with a MA in Interdisciplinary studies in education, psychology and social science. He gained his doctorate from the United States International University (now the Alliant International University) in 1976.

He is currently Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design in the Department of Communication, Culture and Language at the Norwegian School of Management, in Oslo and at the Design Research Centre at Denmark’s Design School in Copenhagen.

Between 1976 and 2003, when he began work in his current posts, Ken has developed a prestigious portfolio of design and design-related activity. These include being the Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art, San Diego in the late 70s and President of the Art Economist Corporation, New York, in the mid 80s.

As a practising artist and designer, Ken has been active in the international laboratory of experimental artists, architects, composers and designers known as Fluxus. Fluxus may be described as a global community of artists in the widest sense, who pursue their own artistic goals rather than a conventional market-driven view of what art should be. It embodies a strong feeling ‘do it yourself’ art and design, and is sometimes explained by a ‘music’ or ‘musicality’ metaphor – meaning that anyone can create work of any kind from a score, acknowledging the composer as the originator of the work whilst working with it in different ways than the original composer might have. More recently, Fluxus has embraced the internet and cyberspace. This opened up a community of vibrant artists who see their work as experimental, multimedia, simple short or brief, and above all – fun! It is best described as an attitude rather than a style or movement.

From a research perspective, 'design' is a comparatively new academic discipline and Ken has been one of the key players in its foundation - using his polymathic knowledge of other disciplines like Science and Engineering, Business and Economic theory, and the Social Sciences.

The first time I met Ken was at a design conference held in the Dept of Design and Technology here at Loughborough. This highlighted his research activity aimed very much at the foundations of design, attempting to develop a philosophy and theory to anchor robust practice in the field. At that time he spoke about the creation of design knowledge and the move from research into practice. I remember discussions about Philippe Starcke’s artefacts – dare I call them products – and the positive nature of their dysfunction.

To describe the breadth of Ken’s research in this field is not possible in the short time we have today, but suffice it say that it spans design theory, the philosophical and scientific foundations of design research, curriculum development (particularly in relation to problem-solving), management, leadership, the knowledge economy and the information society. All these areas are particularly relevant to the role of design and designers today, as professional designers increasingly work in multidisciplinary teams and grapple with rapid changes brought on by, for example, increasing globalisation.

To gain a feel for the breadth, depth and quality of Ken’s research activity you only need to visit the PhD-Design list which operates as a design research forum on the internet. As a member of the forum myself, I am bombarded by scores of email messages each day, picking up on threads of discussion or activity in design. To be honest, I only engage with those nuggets of discussion that particularly interest me, but Ken’s interaction with the forum is prolific. He is able to reply to a relatively short question or comment, on so many of the topics, with a few sides (I mean screens) of pertinent and incisive comment that reflects his great depth of knowledge, understanding and experience of design research. What is more, he does this so quickly and regularly that I wonder he finds time to cover all his other research activity. It is clearly an excellent means of disseminating and sharing his work with other research practitioners, and I doubt there is hardly a PhD student of design that has not benefited from his comments.

There is no doubt that Professor Ken Friedman has made a most significant contribution to design and design research, and that he will continue to do so for many more years to come.

Therefore, Chancellor, I have the honour to present to you, and the whole University, Professor Ken Friedman, for the degree of Doctor of Science, honoros causa.

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