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Goings On: posted week of August 24, 2007

1. Hannah Wilke, Donald Goddard, FF Fund for Performance Art recipients 2006, @ Ronald Feldman Gallery, opening Sept 8
2. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, in Garrison, NY, opening Sept. 1, and more
3. Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Larry Miller, FF Alumns, @ Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, opening Sept 26
4. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sunday, Aug 12
5. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, in Tubingen, Germany, opening Sept 8
6. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, @ Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, Sept 11, 6:30 pm
7. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, @ Caren Golden Fine Art, NY, opening Sept 6
8. Leon Golomb, FF Member, launches new website, www.leongolomb.com
9. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, @ Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, Sept 8, 1 pm
10. Jim Costanzo, Bradley Eros, Barbara Hammer, Martha Rosler, FF Alumns, @ Le Petit Versailles, Manhattan, Sept 9
11. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, August news
12. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online in Documenta Project, Kassel, Germany
13. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, now on Artnet.com
14. Patty Chang, Hans Haacke, David Hammons, Tehching Hsieh, Kim Jones, Ana Mendieta, William Pope.L, Carolee Schneemann, Fred Wilson, FF Alumns, in Berlin, Germany, through Nov 4
15. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, now online at indyweek.com
16. Steven Kurtz/Lynn Hershman Leeson, international film screenings
17. Linda Carmella Sibio, FF Alumn, now online at youtube/cinetrope
18. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, in London, England, Sept 19-22

1. Hannah Wilke, Donald Goddard, FF Fund for Performance Art recipients 2006, @ Ronald Feldman Gallery, opening Sept 8

Hannah Wilke
Intra-Venus Tapes, 1990-1993
September 8 - October 13
Opening reception: September 8, 6-8 pm

The Ronald Feldman Gallery will exhibit Hannah Wilke’s Intra-Venus Tapes, a two-hour video installation on sixteen monitors, shot and planned during the last two and a half years of her life and completed since her death from lymphoma in 1993.

Producer and participant: Donald Goddard
Technical producer and sound editor: John Carlson
Technical Advisor: Thomas J. Veltre

IntraVenus Tapes,1990 – 1993
September 8 – October 13

Tape 14, Reel 1, starting at 03:47:25: Fall 1992
“So we have everybody coming up…saying hello…relatives, children, friends. It’s really nice. Then all of a sudden you get the disaster in the hospital, then you get a friend, then you get another disaster of me nude in the bathtub, me 180 pounds or something, and losing away to nothing…I must have 30 hours – so you can look at anything you want…Pick out good sound.”
Hannah Wilke from the IntraVenus Tapes

The Feldman Gallery will premier the IntraVenus Tapes, a video installation of sixteen monitors revealing the last two-and-a-half years of Hannah Wilke’s life, along with monotypes, watercolors, and photographs from 1987 to 1993. Wilke, who died in 1993 of lymphoma, recorded all aspects of her life in the presence of her illness, compiling more than 30 hours of tape. Almost from the beginning, she thought of these tapes, shot by herself, her husband Donald Goddard, and others, as a video installation, and she developed specific ideas about how it should be realized. Completed in 2007, fourteen years after her death at 52, this is Hannah Wilke’s last, and most personal work, at a time when her influence as a pioneering Conceptualist and early feminist continues to grow.

Inventing a “female iconography” based on organic, vaginal shapes in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, Wilke became involved with video performance, body art, photography, and film, frequently focusing on her body in a series of works dating from the 1970s. This video installation is related to IntraVenus, a series of photographs, exhibited posthumously at the Feldman Gallery in 1994, in which Wilke continued to use her body, now ravaged by illness, as a central image, providing a new context for her life’s work.

Powerful and sad, the videos are interlaced with Hannah’s humor and politicized intelligence, providing insight into the force of her personality, as we hear her voice and see through her eyes. The tapes begin in Easthampton, Long Island and end in Houston, her illness becoming more and more evident, including her times with friends, her show in Boston, the ocean, birds, trips to relatives, her bone-marrow transplant, her wedding, and final days.

Based on discussions with the artist and her sketch indicating a grid format with roving sounds, the installation uses all 30 hours of tape, almost two hours on each monitor, so that chronologically the first two hours are in the upper left-hand corner of the monitor grid and the last two hours in the lower right-hand corner. Following her instructions, the simultaneous showing of all sixteen tapes, unedited except to eliminate blank spots, creates a compression and an overlapping of time and space; the sound tracks from all sixteen tapes are not heard at the same time but are structured in a comprehensible and evocative way.

From September 5 to October 6th, the Alison Jacques Gallery in London will have a Hannah Wilke exhibition of selected works from 1966 to 1980.

In 1994 and 1996, Hannah Wilke exhibitions at the Feldman Gallery, which has represented her since 1972, were awarded First Place for Best Show in an Art Gallery by the International Association of Art Critics (United States Section). Major one-person exhibitions have recently been mounted by the Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center in Denmark; the Umea Kunstmuseum in Sweden; the Helsinki City Art Museum in Finland; the Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst and Haus am Kleispark in Berlin, Germany; and the Atrium-Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo in Vitoria, Spain.
There will be a reception, September 8 from 6 – 8. Gallery hours are 10 – 6, Tuesday through Saturday. Monday by appointment. For more information contact Sarah Paulson at (212)226-3232 or sarah@feldmangallery.com.

This project was made possible in part by Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and Jerome Foundation.


2. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, in Garrison, NY, opening Sept 1, and more

I'm in an exhibition in Garrison NY which opens on 9/1. Information follows below:


For its second season, Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm invited local, national, and international artists to place sculptures throughout 100 acres of an historic farm in Garrison, NY. Located across the Hudson River from West Point, the rolling hills and wooded glens of Saunders Farm culminate in panoramic views of the Hudson Highlands. Black Angus cattle can be seen grazing peacefully in stone-walled pastures. More than 50 site-specific artworks were chosen to complement the farm's spectacular vistas. All the sculpture installations are temporary, and many works are for sale. The exhibition is free and can be viewed from 10 am to dusk, Sept. 1 until Oct. 31. Visitors should dress appropriately for a walk in the country.
Art Exhibit Opening
Saturday, September 1, 2-6pm
(Rain Date September 2, 2-6pm)

Mid Run Art Reception
Saturday, October 6, 2-6pm
(Rain Date: October 7, 2-6pm)

Close of Exhibition
Wednesday, October 31
with a seasonally appropriate closing.

I have a work in a show at Islip Art Museum called Free Play, up
until September 9.

Ruth Hardinger


3. Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Larry Miller, FF Alumns, @ Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, opening Sept 26

September 27 to November 4, 2007,
Wed - Sun 2-7 pm
Opening: September 26, 7 pm

Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
D-10997 Berlin

Gábor Altorjay, Eric Andersen, Tamás St. Auby, Azorro, Robert Filliou, György Galántai, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Tadeusz Kantor, Milan Knízák, Alison Knowles, Július Koller, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Vytautas Landsbergis, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Larry Miller, Ben Patterson, Mieko Shiomi, Slave Pianos, Endre Tót, Gábor Tóth, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Jirí Valoch, Ben Vautier, Branko Vucicevic, Emmett Williams

curator: Petra Stegmann, exhibition architecture: Andrea Pichl

Fluxus is well-known as an (anti-)artistic, international network with centres in the USA, Western Europe and Japan. But what about this "intermedia" art -- art encompassing music, actions, poetry, objects and events -- beyond the "Iron Curtain"? What echo did Fluxus find in the states of the former Eastern Bloc, and what parallel developments existed there?

As a "programme of action", Fluxus -- according to its self-styled "chairman", the exiled Lithuanian George Maciunas in a letter supposedly to Nikita Chruscev -- was predestined to bring about unity between the "concretist" artists of the world and the "concretist" society of the USSR. Maciunas planned Fluxus as a collective based on the model of the Russian LEF (Leftist Arts Front). But these plans -- e. g. for a performance tour by the artists on the Trans-Siberian Railway --, developed with polished communist rhetoric in manifestos and letters, were to remain no more than a utopia.

After 1962, a different FLUXUS EAST developed through creative exchange between Fluxus artists and artists/musicians of the former Eastern Bloc, leading to events including Fluxus festivals in Vilnius (1966), Prague (1966), Budapest (1969), and Poznan (1977).

FLUXUS EAST represents a first stocktaking of the diverse Fluxus activities in the former Eastern Bloc; the exhibition shows parallel developments and artistic practices inspired by Fluxus, which are still adopted by some young artists today. Besides the "classic" Fluxus objects, the display will include photographs, films, correspondence, secret police files, interviews and recordings of music that document the presence of Fluxus in the former Eastern Bloc. As an interactive exhibition, FLUXUS EAST aims to facilitate a profound encounter with ideas, works and texts -- some presented as facsimiles to permit intense study. It is possible to play at FLUX PING PONG, and visitors are also invited to explore the POIPOIDROME by Robert Filliou.

Performances by Eric Andersen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Milan Knízák, Alison Knowles, Larry Miller, Ben Patterson, Tamás St. Auby, Ben Vautier and others will take place at the
opening on September, 26th.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue (German/English, ca 250 pages, ca 200
images, hardcover).

The exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien and the catalogue are funded by the
German Federal Cultural Foundation.

From September 27-29, 2007 the conference FLUXUS. NETWORKS BETWEEN WEST AND EAST -- a joint event of Künstlerhaus Bethanien and House of World Cultures -- will take place at House of World Cultures and Art Forum Berlin. http://www.hkw.de/de/programm2007/new_york/veranstaltungen_14292/fluxus_14921/AlleVeranstaltungen.php

Further exhibition venues: Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (November 30, 2007 - January 13, 2008), Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków (February 7 - March 30, 2008), Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest
(April 17 - June 1, 2008).

Network programme in Berlin:

Tschechisches Zentrum Czechpoint
Czech Action Art of the 1960s to the 1990s
Exhibition, September 14 - November 2, 2007

Collegium Hungaricum Berlin Portable Intelligence Increase Museum. Pop Art, Conceptual Art, and Actionism in Hungary during the 60s - 1956-1976 / The Near-East-European Criss-Cross (1956-1989)
Exhibition, September 26 - November 4, 2007

Polnisches Institut Berlin Galeria Akumulatory 2
Exhibition, September 28 - November 8, 2007

Art Forum Berlin Slave Pianos: Dissident Consonances
(The Flux-Labyrinth & the Iron Curtain at the Art Forum Berlin)
Concert, September 28, 2007

For more information about FLUXUS EAST contact: fluxus@bethanien.de or presse@bethanien.de


4. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sunday, Aug 12

FRANC PALAIA, FF Alumn, reviewed in the Aug. 12, Sunday NY Times, Westchester section by Benjamin Genocchio. The review was of the Kingston Sculpture Biennial and a color photo of Franc's Solar Photo Car was included.


5. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, in Tubingen, Germany, opening Sept 8

Below please find the invitation (in German) to my exhibition of artist books at the Galerie Buch & Druck in Tübingen, opening September 8, 2007.

Robbin Ami Silverberg
Dobbin Mill / Dobbin Books

Galerie DRUCK & BUCH
Bachgasse 15 D - 72070 Tübingen
Tel 07071 / 21135
DO + FR 11 - 19 Uhr
SA 11 - 16 Uhr und nach Vereinbarung

Zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung von
Robbin Ami Silverberg (New York)
am Samstag, 8. September 2007
um 15 Uhr laden wir Sie und Ihre
Freunde herzlich ein. Erste Blicke
und Gespräche ab 12 Uhr,
Robbin ist anwesend.

ROBBIN AMI SILVERBERG (New York) machte in den frühen 80er Jahren während Ihrer Buchbinderausbildung in Wien erste Künstlerbücher. Inzwischen sind die Papiermühle Dobbin Mills und die Edition Dobbin Books in Brooklyn unter ihrer Leitung. 5-10 kleinauflagige Künstlerbücher entstehen jährlich, sowohl Einzelarbeiten von Silverberg wie Gemeinschaftsprojekte mit internationalen Künstlern und Schriftstellern. Die Themenvielfalt ist groß, die Bücher sind absolut konsequent im Ausdruck ihrer Ideen, das für die Bücher gefertigte Papier ist nicht nur Informationsträger sondern selbst Ausdruck.
- Susanne Padberg
Die Ausstellung wird unterstützt durch den Faculty
Development Fund des Pratt Instituts, NYC.


6. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, @ Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, Sept 11, 6:30 pm

911 Emergency Call for Peace

Join Mama Donna Henes. We will create an altar of remembrance and walk along the salty path of our tears. We will send our blessings of peace and healing to all of the souls who died on 9/11 as well as to all those who have died and are still, to this day dying, as a result (or shall I say knee-jerk violent eye-for-an-eye reaction) to the tragic events on that fateful day. Let us dedicate ourselves to living in peace from this day forth. Please bring kids, drums, candles, flowers, and boxes of salt. Free to all.

SEPTEMBER 11, Tuesday
Grand Army Plaza at the Fountain
2/3 or B,Q to Grand Army Plaza
Info: 718-857-1343


7. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, @ Caren Golden Fine Art, NY, opening Sept 6

OPENING Thursday, September 6th

Paul Henry Ramirez
On view from September 6th through October 20, 2007
Reception: Thursday, Sept. 6, 6 - 8 PM

Caren Golden Fine Art
539 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011


8. Leon Golomb, FF Member, launches new website, www.leongolomb.com

Leon Golomb, FF Member, has launched a new website at www.leongolomb.com

Thank you.


9. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, @ Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, Sept 8, 1 pm

FF alum Tom Trusky's slide/lecture presentation, "James Castle: His Life & Art" will be given at the Greg Kucera Gallery on Saturday, September 8th at 1pm as part of an exhibition of Castle's works at the downtown Seattle gallery. Trusky will sign copies of his definitive biography of the self-taught Idaho artist/bookmaker James Castle (1899-1977).

Tom Trusky, Director
Hemingway Western Studies Center and
Professor of English
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
(208) 426-1999 tel
(208) 426-4373 fax


10. Jim Costanzo, Bradley Eros, Barbara Hammer, Martha Rosler, FF Alumns, @ Le Petit Versailles, Manhattan, Sept 9

Le Petit Versailles & HOWL! 2007 & M.M. Serra present
The 4th Annual Avant Garde(N) program
Sunday, September 9th - At Dusk~ (8pm)
Le Petit Versailles -346 East Houston St at Avenue C
Subways: F/V >> Second Avenue - J/M >> Delancey Street
FREE VOluntary Contribution


“Vers Reves: Am-er-ique”
Celeste Hastings
Soundscape/Costume/Butoh Dance

Transfiguration of Sisyphus’s bondage - social, personal & transpersonal power over life and death. Dream, madness, assisted suicide, freedom? Expanding on the ideas of a full-length piece presented in Normandy & Paris in May/June 2007.

Celeste Hastings is a NYC based performer/choreographer/costume, soundscape, set and video designer interested in mixing mediums. Her work, both solo and group fuses dance, theater, butoh and visual art. She is director /choreographer of the satirical group The Butoh Rockettes. She was a lead dancer for 12 years with postmodern butoh company Poppo and Gogo Boys, and has enjoyed collaborating with many artists & companies over the years. She was selected to join Akira Kasai’s Butoh America work at Japan Society this Oct. ’07. Presented solos this year at Foundation Boris-Vian in Paris, in Normandy, Dixon Place, Studio 111 and Dumbo Dance Festival.

For more info see:
http://home.earthlink.net/~celestehastings/ and http://home.earthlink.net/~butohrockettes/
See The Butoh Rockettes Dec. 21 ’07 at St. Marks Church Food for Thought series.

For Life Against the War Again! DVD - TRT: 88 minutes

For Life updates a concept first enacted in 1967, at the height of the previous debacle. Then, an event called The Week of Angry Art asked 60 filmmakers to make 16mm works of three minutes or less in response to the war in Vietnam; participants included a collection of now-canonical figures such as Jonas Mekas, Robert Breer, and Shirley Clarke, as well as less well-remembered names. Last year, avant-garde film distributor The Film-Maker's Co-op issued a similar open call for new works about today's war, resulting in a program of 25 video shorts; both the 1967 and 2007 editions screen at Anthology this week.
“Pro-Life Artists return to the Vietnam protest model with For Life Against the War . . . Again”
by Ed Halter Village Voice, May 8th, 2007

List of Films in Order:
a. The Scream: 21st Century Edition Jim Costanzo
As in the Edvard Munch painting, the artist expresses anger and frustration at America’s illegal war and the attack on our civil liberties. (3 min.)

b. PSA # 11 Fallout Cynthia Madansky
This public service announcement is part of a series of 15 short films that speak out against the American occupation of Iraq and the act of war. (3 min.)

c. LOST Jeanne C. Finley & John Muse
Audio diaries of Chaplin Major Eric Olson combine with a single landscape shot. The implications of an Iraqi's death reveal the complications and tragedy of war.
(3:48 min.)

d. Graven Images Sherry Millner & Ernie Larsen
The artists’ ongoing "Sight Gag" series views patriotism (particularly post-9/11) as a form of hysterical blindness. (4:31 min.)
e. Words on PEACEpiece Lili White
Only by dealing with one’s “shadow” can one arrive at peace; a flower chain made by children during “Culture Day” — in Slovenian, a national holiday. (1.33 min.)

f. Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War Barbara Hammer
October 11, 2001, Times Square. An ad hoc artist group, puts on a silent demonstration for peace in a time of national war hysteria. Lecturer Louise Richardson, Harvard University. (3:45 min.)

g. Unfurling Martha Gorzycki
Images from visual culture scroll in a mesmerizing rhythm synonymous with the hypnotic effect of endless consumption, inviting viewers to question their own relationship to consumerism. (3 min.)

h. Night Vision Alfred Guzzetti
Iraq: an apocalyptic landscape. (2:32 min.)

i. I Shot a Spider Elle Burchill
Caught in action, a late-night contemplation. (2:40 min.)

j. Star Spangled to Death Ken Jacobs
Excerpt from 440 minutes shot from 1956 to 2004. (2 min.)

k. For Life / Against War Mark Street
Sometimes only flowers will do — pressed against 35mm film emulsion and exposed to the light — to give an unexpected respite from world horrors. (2:37 min.)

l. Prototype: God Bless America! Martha Rosler
A fragment of simulated glee produced by a bouncy robot with prosthetic legs, a movie-villain helmet, a brass trumpet -- all with “made-in-China” plastic features. (1:09 min.)

m. Description of a Struggle Bosko Blagojevic
Remembering the 90s, distracted; a single articulation, a way in. (2:55 min.)

n. The Small Ones Lynne Sachs
A portrait of Sachs’ cousin, Sandor Lenard, a doctor who reconstructed the bones of dead American soldiers during World War II. Composed of abstracted war imagery and children at a birthday party. (3 min.)

o. Untitled Kevin Barry
Poem on culture clash in Iraq, inherent racism and our own indifference as we use the resources gathered during the conflict. (1:33 min.)

p. STOP THE WAR Les LeVeque (3 min.)

q. PEACE in order to achieve PEACE M M Serra
My reflections on the regime of George W. Bush. (3 min.)

r. Mutable Fire! Bradley Eros and Erotic Psyche
Totems of destruction & desire, torn between the ecstasy that propels and the horrors that paralyze, we reveal erotic love to be a resistance to tyranny. (4 min.)

s. The Weather is Clearing Up! Jeffrey Skoller
In the midst of war, Ho Chi Minh has a vision of happiness -- 180 seconds shot in
Hanoi 62 years later contain the image of its actualization. (3:42 min.)

t. PEACE IS... Rohesia Hamilton Metcalfe
Texts returned by a 9/20/06 Google search for the text "peace is" as a meditation on the consciousness of the crowd at this moment in time. (3:03 min.)

u. Sacco and Vanzetti Douglas Katelus
Summer in NYC. One just might stumble across a bit of anarchy at Union Square: "know that I love you...know that I love you." (3 min.)

v. War Montage Cara Weiner
Altered images of Iraq and war in general merge to create a visual experience. (3 min.)

w. Ashes, Ashes... Jeff Silva
Using personal and archival footage to ruminate on the subject of war, the residue of past violence permeates into the present. (5 min.)

x. Peace and Pleasure Artemis Willis and David Leitner
Performance artist Larry Litt leads "A Peace and Pleasure Talisman Charging Ritual" with Santeria drummers and a Voudun priestess to confuse and repel evil "Fox-y" media demons. (4 min.)

y. Requiescat Lynn Marie Kirby
1000 Xs scratched on film become prayers for persons killed in Iraq. Punching the machine during video transfer makes a glitch -- marking each death anew. (4 min.)

Film-Makers’ Coop Executive Director: MM Serra
DVD Curator: Lynne Sachs
DVD Project Manager: Lili White
DVD Tech Programmer: Bosko Blagojevic
Poster & Cover Design: Ben Oldenburg


11. Billy X. Curmano, FF Alumn, August news

In case you’ve had difficulty getting messages through, here’s a note from Billy X. and the Minnesota Outback, Minimum Maintenance Road - just another Disaster Area

I'm OK. Too much water/too much rain. The rains started Saturday August 18th canceling our performance for the Mississippi River Revival annual river clean up. The band and river clean-up were re- scheduled for September 8.

Waters rose setting records and flash floods. My electricity and all communications went out Saturday evening at my Art Works USA, Rushford address. Electricity returned - off and on - but without the phone or internet. I took in more water than usual in the mud basement and my Minimum Maintenance Road was wiped out completely east of the house. Lots of sheep were gathered and carried off with the waters. I suppose the vultures and other sanitation workers were pleased. The towns of Rushford, Houston and Stockton were evacuated and other towns had partial evacuations. My neighborhood was declared a disaster area.

The old building I am trying to move into, the Witoka Contemporary or Art Works USA II on County Road 17, was at the epicenter. Witoka set a record for the region with 17 inches of rain in just a few hours. Waters flowed through the basement and the roof gave way to a new flow of water creating much more work and expense. "My" County Road
17 collapsed and two friends, Victor and Joyce Gensmer, became fatalities of the storm when their car went with it. The road from the Contemporary to Winona had to be closed along with many others. Communications returned the evening of August 22nd. All in all, I faired better than some.

Remember, there is no absolutely safe place. Weather changes are real and there will probably be mass migrations as the world around us changes. When times get tough it won't be where you are, but who you are with. Be kind to each other.

Lots of love,

Billy X.

Art Works USA
28401 Hartwood Drive
Rushford, MN 55971

For articles and a short video clip, Search Billy Curmano at:
Electronic downloads at:


12. Pamela Sneed, FF Alumn, now online in Documenta Project, Kassel, Germany

Hi everyone!
I am happy to say, I have joined the Documenta Project in Kassel Germany with an online video interview,

Here is the shortcut:


Documenta is one of the world‘s most important exhibitions of modern and contemporary art which now takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany. ..

Thank you.


13. Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, now on Artnet.com

The solo exhibition of the work of Joe Lewis, FF Alumn, at Kathleen Cullen Fine Art has been reviewed online at:


Thank you.


14. Patty Chang, Hans Haacke, David Hammons, Tehching Hsieh, Kim Jones, Ana Mendieta, William Pope.L, Carolee Schneemann, Fred Wilson, FF Alumns, in Berlin, Germany, through November 4

Exhibition, Film Programme and publication
curated by Shaheen Merali
August 24 to November 4, 2007
Tue - Sun 12 - 8 pm

House of World Cultures
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
D-10557 Berlin


The House of World Cultures in Berlin reopens after a year's absence, in which it has upgraded its exhibition spaces to museum standard, with an interdisciplinary programme dedicated to the city of New York.

The overall programme features a number of prominent artists whose work has influenced American art as a whole, as well as having been highly influential within the global context.

The programme includes works by 30 artists and two artist collectives in five categories and a further 63 films by 56 directors, concentrating on different themes and realms of vision. The range of artists represented within the exhibition include historically important figures from the iconic, Marcel Duchamp, Mary Ellen Mark and David Hammons, to a younger emerging group of artists which includes Tavares Strachan, Iona Rozeal Brown and Laura Carton. The film programme traces the growth and the inter-relationship between the city as a subject and the city as a space for mediating difference. Both the extensive film programme and the exhibition programme are supported by a related publication, New York States of Mind, Art in the City, including interviews with the artists, essays and an extended section devoted to the film programme.

Embedded within NEW YORK STATES OF MIND is a series of performances, installations / screenings entitled Shangri-La, with a new performance commissioned for this occasion by Patty Chang and Terence Koh. Michael Joo is represented by a recantation of three video works framed within a new installation and Nikki S. Lee is presenting her recent film work a.k.a. nikki s. lee.

The artists from the Shangri-La category, together with Berlin based artists, will discuss their personal views in the first of the two panel discussions during the conference, Art and Economy. The second panel, entitled The Metanarratives will bring together five key individual voices from the curatorial, academic and collector's viewpoint.

A further satellite project, located in the heart of Berlin-Mitte, is In Neuem Kontext, which emerges out of the negotiated reconfigurations by young Asian artists who live in Berlin. For two weeks the six artists, Helen Cho, Hanayo, Yoon Lee, Yudi Noor, Yuka Oyama and Yukihiro Taguchi will transform the St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche’s neo-Romanesque church architecture into installations accompanied by performances and workshops. This project has been co-curated by Tereza de Arruda, Carson Chan and Shaheen Merali assisted by Paige Johnstone.

New York States of Mind, Art in the City, Saqi Books 2007
Edited by Shaheen Merali
ISBN: 0863566073
ISBN13: 9780863566073
360 Pages

Iona Rozeal Brown, Ian Burns, Laura Carton, Carolina Caycedo, CUP, Marcel Duchamp, Rainer Ganahl, Hans Haacke, David Hammons, Jonathan Horowitz, Tehching Hsieh, Kim Jones, Jon Kessler, Mark Lombardi, Mary Ellen Mark, Sarah Morris, Gordon Matta-Clark, Josephine Meckseper, Ana Mendieta, William Pope.L, Printed Matter, Inc., Elaine Reichek, Carolee Schneemann, Ward Shelley, Tavares Strachan, Kehinde Wiley, Fred Wilson, Jordan Wolfson.

The exhibition tours to Queens Museum of Art, New York (16/12/2007 - 23/3/ 2008)

Patty Chang, Terence Koh, Michael Joo, Nikki S.Lee
All talks moderated by Shaheen Merali

Wed, 12 Sept - Sun, 16 Sept, Installation
Opening Wed, 12 Sept, 7:30 pm
Michael Joo: White Suite (Horizonless)

Thu, 13 Sept, 7 pm, Talk with the artist

Sun, 16 Sept, 6:30 pm, Performance
Terence Koh: The Sun
7:30 pm, Film
Nikki S. Lee: a.k.a. nikki s. lee, 2006, OV
9 pm, Talk with the artists

Sun, 23 Sept, 6 pm, Performance
Patty Chang: Touch Would
Followed by Talk with the artists

Sun, 16. Sept
12 am - 3 pm
The Narrative and The Metanarratives panels

co-curated by Tereza de Arruda, Carson Chan and Shaheen Merali

Location : St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, Auguststrasse 90, Berlin-Mitte
Admission: free

11 - 23 Sept
Tues - Fri, 12 am - 7 pm; Sat, 12 am - 10 pm; Sun, 12 am - 6 pm
Opening: Sun, 9 Sept, 4 pm

Sat, 15 Sept, 8 pm Hanayo
Sat, 22 Sept, 8 pm Yudi Noor
Followed by: Talk with the artists and curators

Berlin Flowers by Yuka Oyama
Wed, 11 - Fri, 14 Sept, 11 am - 5 pm, Admission: free
Sat, 15 Sep + Sun, 16 Sep, 2 - 5 pm, in co-operation with NEXT
Location: House of World Cultures

Exhibition "New York States of Mind" and catalogue funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds. The "New York" festival is funded by the State Minister at the Federal Chancellery for Culture and Media, the Federal Foreign Office, DaimlerChrysler AG and Bayer AG.


15. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, now online at indyweek.com

hi friends

so far this is my favourite book review, enjoy!


peace, elin

elin o'Hara slavick


16. Steven Kurtz/Lynn Hershman Leeson, international film screenings

Don't miss these upcoming screenings of Lynn Hershman Leeson's critically-acclaimed Strange Culture http://strangeculture.net, which chronicles the ongoing story of artist Steven Kurtz and scientist Robert Ferrell, accused by the US government in 2004 of "bioterrorism" and now awaiting trial:

Aug 17-23
Buenos Aires
2nd Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

August 21-23
Albuquerque NM
The Guild Cinema

Aug 24-30
Chicago IL
Facets Cinema

Aug 29-30
Northampton MA
Maine Street Media Festival

Sept 8
St. Louis MI
Global Fusion Conference
Q&A with Lucia Sommer

Sept 8
Buffalo NY
Hallwalls & Market Arcade Benefit Screening
Market Arcade Film & Arts Center
Discussion with Steve Kurtz

Sept 7-13
Buffalo NY
Market Arcade

Sept 16-20
Pittsburgh PA
Regent Square Cinema

Sept 14-19
Seattle WA
NW Film Forum

Sept 21-27
San Raphael CA
California Film Institute

Sept 21-27
San Francisco CA
The Roxie Theatre

Sept - TBA
Waterville ME
Railroad Square Cinema

Sept / Oct - TBA
Oklahoma City
Museum of Art

Oct 1
New York NY
Q&A with Lynn Hershman Leeson & Steve Kurtz

Oct 5-18
New York NY
Cinema Village
Q&A with Lynn Hershman Leeson & Steve Kurtz

Oct 10-14
Woodstock NY
Woodstock Film Festival

Nov 8
Philadelphia PA
First Person Arts
Q&A with Lucia Sommer

Nov 8
Location TBA
First Person Festival of Memoir & Documentary Art

Nov 22
A Space Gallery
Reception with Steve Kurtz

Los Angeles CA
Laemmle Theatres

The Film
Strange Culture (2007, 75min) chronicles the surreal nightmare of Steven Kurtz, an art professor at SUNY Buffalo and a founding member, with his late wife, Hope, of the internationally exhibited art and theater collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). In May 2004 the Kurtzes were preparing to present Free Range Grain, a project examining GM agriculture, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), when Hope Kurtz died of heart failure. Police who responded to Steve Kurtz’s 911 call deemed the couple’s art suspicious, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was illegally detained as a suspected "bioterrorist" as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife’s body. Today Kurtz and long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Ferrell, Professor of Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, face trumped-up charges of “mail fraud” and “wire fraud,” punishable, thanks to the PATRIOT Act, by up to 20 years in prison.

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17. Linda Carmella Sibio, FF Alumn, now online at youtube/cinetrope

Please view our new you tube site and forward the link to your friends.
http://www.youtube/cinetrope We are trying to find a distributor to distribute our work so the more hits we get from you tube the better for us. We will be putting new stuff up regularly.
Thanks a million,
Linda Carmella Sibio


18. Annie Sprinkle, FF Alumn, in London, England, Sept 19-22

Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens, are coming to London!

The International Workshop Festival and the Chelsea Theatre present Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens in

The story of two artists in love, created in response to the violence of war and the anti-gay rights movement in the USA. Examines artificial insemination, breast cancer, queer relationships, sex, and more.

Wednesday, September 19 through Saturday September 22nd, 2007.

Also, Annie and Elizabeth will facilitate a one of a kind workshop EXTREME KISSINGTHE PLEASURES, POLITICS AND ART OF THE KISS.

Public group two hour kiss intervention.

Saturday, Sept. 22. 12:00-12:30.
Kings Road, London SW10
Tickets are 15 pounds. Box office: 020 7091 9667

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