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Contents for February 09, 2009

1. Alicia Grullón, FF Fund recipient 2007-08, at Raritan Valley Community
College, Long Branch, NJ, Feb. 13-Mar.13
2. Rob Andrews, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, Feb. 20
3. Sapphire, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Feb. 5
4. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Berlin, thru March 15
5. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, Feb. 19
6. Mendi Obadike, FF Alumn, releases American Speech Music, Bridge Records
7. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, new web publication, and more
8. Benjamin Carson, FF Member, at SUNY Stony Brook, March 5
9. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, Winter-Spring 2009 tour schedule
10. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, March 8
11. Devora Neumark, FF Alumn, at Concordia Univ., Montreal, Feb. 15-17
12. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Millennium Film Workshop,
Manhattan, Mar. 14
13. Peggy Shaw, Lucy Sexton, FF Alumns, at LaMaMa, Manhattan, Feb. 15
14. Mona Hatoum, FF Alumn, in Beijing, China, thru April 5
15. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, Feb. 12
16. Ron Littke, FF Alumn, podcast now online at wjffradio.org
17. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, creates memorial for Triangle fire victims
18. Alan Sondheim, FF Alumn, at http://www.beam-me.net   Feb. 11
19. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, at Light Industry, Brooklyn, March 3
20. Dara Birnbaum, neuroTransmitter, Nam June Paik, FF Alumns, at Pratt
Manhattan Gallery. Opening Feb. 19


1. Alicia Grullón, FF Fund recipient 2007-08, at Raritan Valley Community
College, Long Branch, NJ, Feb. 13-Mar.13

Franklin Furnace Funded Project "An Autoethnographic Study: The Bronx", 2008
by Alicia Grullón, FF Alumn, in upcoming video exhibition at:

Raritan Valley Community College's (RVCC) Visual and Performing Arts
EXHIBITION, a show of contemporary video art and video installations,
February 13 - March 13, in the Art Gallery at the College's North Branch

The 24 artists selected for the exhibition include Jozef Amado (UK/Turkey),
Anthony Angelicola (Philadelphia, PA), Jen-Kuang Chang (Lincoln, NE), Claire
Condon (Kansas City, MO), A. Jacob Galle (Bowdoinham, ME), Michelle G. Given
(Bloomington, IN), JC Gray (Northampton, MA), Alicia Grullón (Bronx, NY),
Ozgur Gungor (Highland Park, NJ), Sachiko Hayashi (Sweden/Japan), Michelle
Herman (Washington, DC), Jim Jeffers (Lowell, MA), Tony & Christine Kennette
(Hillsborough, NJ), Antonio Martinez (Carbondale, IL), Sebastian Neubauer
(Germany), Yoko Nogami (St. Petersburg, FL), Maggie Nowinski (Easthampton,
MA), Joseph Ostraff (Provo, UT), Dot Paolo (Flemington, NJ), Paul Riker
(Philadelphia, PA), Alison C. Safford (Jamaica Plains, MA), Celine Tomas
(France), Atilla Urban (Sweden/Hungary).

This exhibition presents a wide range of contemporary video work, including
narrative, poetic, abstract, and experimental pieces. There will be a
continuous loop screening of the videos during open gallery hours. Video
installations will be presented by Michelle Herman, Yoko Nogami, Maggie
Nowinski, Joseph Ostraff, and Alison C. Safford.

The show was juried by Lydia Grey (Somerville, NJ), a video/performance
artist and adjunct instructor at RVCC; Kelly Oliver (Raritan, NJ), an
adjunct instructor and multimedia specialist at RVCC; and Ann Tsubota
(Pittstown, NJ), the RVCC Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair and
full time Professor of Art.  A screening of all pieces will take place
Friday, February 13, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. followed by an Artists' Talk from
6:00-7:00 p.m. A reception will follow from 7:00-8:00 p.m. All are free of
charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.  Gallery hours
for the exhibition are Monday, 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, noon-3:00 p.m.;
Wednesday, 3:00-8:00 p.m.; Thursday, 2:00-6:00 p.m.; and Friday, noon-3:00
p.m. The gallery will not be open on Friday, February 13, until the
screening at 4:30 p.m. For further information, call the Visual and
Performing Arts Department, 908-218-8876.   RVCC, located on Route 28 and
Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon
County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate
degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and
non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education
through effective teaching, liaisons with the community's businesses and
state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit


2. Rob Andrews, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, Feb. 20

7:00 - 11:00 PM (free)

Were silence working.
We speak, listen.
We spoke and listened.

840 BROADWAY, 2nd Floor - Brooklyn
(646) 578-3402

Performance starts at 8:00 pm
Food by Big Dicks Hot Dogs/Technical Direction by Room 404 Media/
After-Performance music by Asakomusic

I met a minotaur ten years ago.

My sister taught me that you can make your body a hole, and remarkably,
repair it again.

My dad lives in the desert inventing imaginary non-profits in his underwear,
yelling at my mom for giving him less spaghetti sauce than he deserves.

Americaate my dad and my sister. Or they ate it and shit it out. Or it shit
them out. That's why I make art. To eat it. Let it eat me. Shit myself out.
To make the minotaur's art. Let it shit me out.

I reduce our mythology-in the hope of emancipating it.

ROB ANDREWS is an artist and a teacher. He recently participated in the
40*PHI Live Art in the Parks series and has worked extensively at Exit Art,
in New York.


3. Sapphire, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Feb. 5

The New York Times, February 5, 2009
Wrenching Film Poses Marketing Challenge
LOS ANGELES - Dark and depressing rarely does very well at the box office,
and with life outside the multiplex so rough these days, people seem to be
gravitating toward fluffy fare more than ever.
So when Lionsgate on Monday spent about $5.5 million for the highly regarded
award-winning film "Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire," eyebrows arched
all over Hollywood. "Push," directed by Lee Daniels ("Monster's Ball") from
Sapphire's novel, takes grim to a level that many film executives say they
have rarely seen on screen. The story centers on an illiterate and obese
African-American teenager in 1980s Harlem who is pregnant with her father's
child - for the second time - and is also abused by her mother.
Lionsgate's recent success lies almost entirely in the horror genre,
particularly the torture porn franchise "Saw," although it has had some luck
in a corner of movies condescendingly referred to by the industry as
"urban." The studio, for instance, distributes Tyler Perry's comedies, which
have sold about $248 million in tickets over the past four years.
The studio prides itself on taking on marketing challenges, but "Push,"
which won three top awards last month at the Sundance Film Festival - the
Audience Award, the Grand Jury Prize and a Special Jury Prize for Acting -
is one of the biggest to come along in some time, marketing experts say.
African-American audiences of all demographics could wince at the film's
negative imagery. As films like "The Great Debaters" and "Miracle at St.
Anna" have shown, a release labeled a black film by the marketplace - and
"Push" already has been - can be an incredibly tough sell to mainstream
white audiences.
Lionsgate already seems a little befuddled. On Monday the company initially
agreed to discuss the inherent marketing challenges. A few hours later it
backtracked, rejecting any marketing talk but saying executives would be
happy to speak broadly about their delight in nabbing the movie. Before long
that offer was also rescinded.
Ultimately the studio's co-presidents for theatrical marketing, Sarah
Greenberg and Tim Palen, e-mailed a statement. "There is simply a gold mine
of opportunity here," the message read in part. "As marketers, our focus is
on creating a campaign that honors its strength, guts and beauty." Lionsgate
has not announced a release date for the film, no relation to the "Push"
being released on Friday.
The film was a critical hit at the festival, and that roughly $5.5 million
is the largest amount paid to date for any Sundance film this year. While
$5.5 million might not sound like much for a movie, the average marketing
cost for this type of film is $25 million, according to the Motion Picture
Association of America.
Outside marketing experts, though, had varying perspectives on the
challenges in selling the film, which was adapted for the screen by Damien
Paul and stars Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton and Mo'Nique. One veteran
studio marketer, who would speak only anonymously because he has ties to
Lionsgate, said he saw almost no hope in selling it to a broad audience.
Others were more positive, comparing it to "The Color Purple" and noting
that the lead character does find redemption, reaching deep inside to pull
herself out of a terrible situation. Another hook available to Lionsgate: a
passionate following of the book, which was published in 1996. Oprah Winfrey
and Mr. Perry have already agreed to help promote the release.
"Having Oprah and Tyler Perry out there pushing for this movie is a very big
deal," said Geoffrey Ammer, a theatrical marketing consultant who has worked
at Sony Pictures, Walt Disney and Marvel. "The question becomes is there
enough entertainment there to hook a broad audience," he added. "Does it
pull your heartstrings? Does it make you cry? Does it make you laugh? Their
campaign will need to address that immediately."
Geoffrey Gilmore, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said in an
interview that "Push" might hit a cultural chord because of all of the
discussion about race prompted by the election of President Obama. He said
the Sundance audience gave it three standing ovations.
"There are a lot of films that get a tumultuous reception inside a festival
and then get a very different response outside in the real world," Mr.
Gilmore said. "I don't think this will be one of those films."
A deal did not emerge for "Push" until about a week after the festival
ended, with potential distributors balking over the price insisted upon by
Cinetic Media, a New York marketing and sales company for independent film,
according to two people with knowledge of how the deal came together but who
were not authorized to speak publicly.
A spokeswoman for Cinetic declined to comment, but bidders said Ms. Winfrey
and Mr. Perry had been crucial to the deal's coming together. The sales
company went to Sundance armed with data from a test screening at the Magic
Johnson multiplex in Harlem showing that 80 percent of those who had seen
the movie would give it a "definite recommend" rating. (Normal is about 50
But concerns persisted about marketing. Mr. Daniels, the director, who
shares an agent at William Morris with Mr. Perry, had sent a copy of the
movie to Mr. Perry in Atlanta, where he lives and works. The well-connected
Mr. Daniels also sent a copy to Oprah.
As the clocked ticked, Cinetic and William Morris got Mr. Perry, already
enthusiastic about the film, to call Ms. Winfrey, who had not yet watched
it. At Mr. Perry's urging, she did and immediately agreed to lend her
"I wanted to do whatever I could to encourage other people to see this
movie," Ms. Winfrey said in the news release that Lionsgate issued on Monday
to announce its purchase. "The film is so raw and powerful - it split me


4. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, in Berlin, thru March 15

"Still Life: Israel Eats Itself"

Tobaron WAXMAN, direction
Adam PALOZZA, performer
Leif HARMSEN, camera
Yoni NIV, Elad SHNIDERMAN, composers

The performers body is contextualized in a surround-sound installation
consisting of field recordings of a conversation with an elderly, PSTD
afflicted veteran of 5 wars. This tableau vivant uses the body as an
analogue to landscape, land occupation, and 'Holy Land', to interrogate
Jewish concepts of 'purity', nation state, and Middle East border conflict.
The image references Georges Bataille, as well as Levinas on eros and
justice in Talmud Sanhedrin, the Black Paintings of Goya, and various verses
from Nevi'im (Book of Prophets). The state creates a gender and then
cannibalizes it.
"Still Life: Israel Eats Itself" was created with support from Buddies in
Bad Times Theatre, Toronto Arts Council, and Harvestworks NYC.

"Still Life: Israel Eats Itself" during the "Art of Emergency" exhibition

opening Thursday, February 5th 2009 at 7pm in Artneuland, Schumannstr. 18,
in 10117 Berlin.

"Art of Emergency"

Artneuland is a home for Trialogues of image, word, and people, an artistic
platform for the three monotheistic cultures. In the frame of our cultural,
social, and political engagement Artneuland initiated a call for artists who
care about the mutual tragedy of people in the Middle East.
The exhibition exposes a collection of views from various artists who
recognize that art is nurtured by the social and the political, and this is
the opportunity to give something back to the society.

Following the call for artists to contribute to the discourse, Artneuland
presents the comments, hopes, and realities of many artists with different
cultural backgrounds through video, photography, installation.

We would like to invite you to the Opening of "Art of Emergency" on
Thursday, February 5th 2009 at 7pm in Artneuland, Schumannstr. 18, in 10117

The exhibition will be opened until March 15th 2009.

Opening Hours of the Gallery:

Tuesday - Friday 11 h -19 h | Saturday 11 h -18 h | Sunday on deman



5. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, Feb. 19

Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, premieres 2 new films at MOMA, Feb. 19.

A Horse Is Not A Metaphor, 2008 and Diving Women of Jeju-do, 2007
Thursday, Feb. 19, 8pm, Titus 1
Director will be present


6. Mendi Obadike, FF Alumn, releases American Speech Music, Bridge Records

Mendi+Keith release Crosstalk: American Speech Music on Bridge Records
Crosstalk is a compilation of American speech music featuring fantastic work
from Vijay Iyer/ Mike Ladd, DJ Spooky (feat. Ursula Rucker), George Lewis,
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Pamela Z,  Paul Lansky, Shelley Hirsch, John Link,
Tracie Morris, Guillermo E. Brown, and Peter Gordon/Lawrence Weiner. You can
find it at Bridge and Amazon. Best, M + K

"This wild compilation of hip-hop influenced "speech" pieces shows the
blurring lines of serious and popular art. Curated by Mendi + Keith Obadike,
one of 'Crosstalk's goals was to consider how our ways of listening to
American speech music across genres has changed since hip-hop brought speech
music into the mainstream. This collection presents an eclectic and exciting
sampling of speech-music, cutting across genres and generations."



Mendi Obadike reads at Microconference on African Literature, Pittsburgh
Feb. 6:
Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series 2008-09 season, the University of
Pittsburgh will cohost the Microconference on African American Literature.
2PM Panel Discussion: Tradition and the New, 2 p.m., 501 Cathedral of
Learning  Arnold Rampersad; Mendi Obadike; G.E. Patterson; and Carl
Phillips. 7 PM -- Poetry Readings, 7 p.m., Giant Eagle Auditorium, Carnegie
Mellon University's Baker Hall, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Obadike,
Patterson, Phillips, and Rampersad. All events in the Writers Series are
free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeff Oaks at
oaks@pitt.edu, or visit



7. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, new web publication

viral venus vibratOr has been web published here at Soanyway:


 Diapason presents:
viral symphOny
in 4 movements
with pOstmOrtem
by Joseph Nechvatal
w/ Matthew Underwood
Friday February 13th
882 Third Avenue, between 32nd and 33rd Streets
BROOKLYN (Sunset Park)
10th floor
info: 718-499-5070
N, D or R to 36th Street
Bus: 35, 37, 63, 70

viral symphOny
movement 1 :  the enthrOning
movement 2 :  murmuring tOngue Of Ovid
movement 3 :  pastOral pleasures
movement 4 :  viractual terminate
Since 1986 Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual
information, computers and computer-robotics. His computer-robotic assisted
paintings and computer animations are shown regularly in galleries and
museums throughout the world. From 1991-1993 he worked as artist-in-resident
at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's
computer lab in Arbois, France on The Computer Virus Project: an experiment
with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. In 2002 he extended that
artistic research into the field of viral artificial life through his
collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora.
Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology
at The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA)
University of Wales College, Newport, UK. He presently teaches at the School
of Visual Arts in New York City (SVA) and at Stevens Institute of Technology
and writes periodically on art and new technology. His book of essays
Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of
Computer Technology and Virtual Reality (1993-2006) will be released by
Edgewise Press in early 2009.

Matthew Underwood received his BFA in electronic arts from the School of Art
and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
His work has been screened at ZKM and the European Media Art Festival and
has made multimedia work at the Institute for Electronic Arts and the
Experimental Television Center. Some of his work can be seen at:


8. Benjamin Carson, FF Member, at SUNY Stony Brook, March 5

SUNY Stony Brook presents doctoral candidate

Ian Antonio, percussionist
March 5, 2009
8:00 pm

Staller Center for the Arts, Recital Hall

with Russell Greenberg, percussion
playing a world premier of Benjamin Carson's
"Mediations, Tenors"
for vibraphone with wooden miscellany, and marimba with metal miscellany

and other works for percussion



9. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, Winter-Spring 2009 tour schedule

Hi All!
I will be performing and teaching all over the country in the next months.
Winter will bring me to Princeton University, Univ of Michigan, Michigan
State Univ, Albion College,  Grand Valley State Univ and Univ of Wisconsin.
How I love the midwest! My midwest farmer grandparents would be proud! One
set are from Michigan!
May is the premiere of my new show In L.A. at Highways. Then on to
residencies in Tallahassee at the amazing Mickee Faust Club and Cleveland
Ingenuity Festival! I head off tomorrow to Philadelphia Institute of
Conetmporary Art to do a panel with Andres Serrano and Karen Finley.
Feb 12-13         Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art
March 23-24    Princeton University
March 25         University of Michigan
March 26          Albion College, Michigan
March 27-28    Ann Arbor, MI, Aut Bar
March 29-31    Michigan State Univ, East Lansing, MI
April 1              Grand Valley State Univ, Grand Rapids, MI
April 2              Univ of Wisconsin, Madison WI
May                 University of California, Santa Barbara
May 15-23      Los Angeles, CA Highways Performance Space
June   5-12      Tallahassee, FL  Mickee Faust Club
July 10-12      Cleveland, OH   Ingenuity Festival
I am respecially excited about my new performance I am working on called
"Lay of the Land". It's my saucy and sharp-knifed look at the State of the
Onion (I mean Union!)...my jury duty anxiety...my adventures performing in
45 States...and cheap meat choking queer 10 year old boy's throats in
America's kitchens! The piece friskily gets at the feeling of gay folks
being perpetually on trial, on the ballot, on the menu....that invades this
queer life. See what having a narrow majority of your state invalidate
18,000 gay families' marriages will do! The piece is a "lay" in all kinds of
ways: an assignation, a topography, and of course a narrative ballad with a
recurrent refrain! (my favorite way down the list definition for "lay"!)
The whole show will premiere  May 15-23 at Highways Performance Space in Los
Angeles. I just performed  the first chunk of this piece  in Chicago in Nov
at LINKS HALL as part of my ongoing National Performance Network project
there.   I had an amazing four month performer mentoring project in Chicago
that was so exciting. Check out this big piece in Time Out.
best, Tim


10. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Joe's Pub, March 8

Nora York
returns to Joe's Pub
To sing

Sunday MARCH 8th 7pm.
Joe Pub (at the Public Theater)

For this March concert I have decided to return to "the standard"...
A place I have not visited for years....
(I wonder what that will sound like? )
You can contribute - Please return this email with an idea for a standard
you would like to hear Nora York ( me) sing... 

 If I think I can do it justice - I will sing it...

Sunday MARCH 8th 7pm.
Joe Pub (at the Public Theater)
425 Lafayette Street
NYNY 10012
For tickets:

The Amazing Band : 
Peter Grant: drums
Dave Hofstra: bass,
Jamie Lawrence piano
Steve Tarshis: guitar

Special guest star:
Kevin Burdette (bass baritone extraordinaire)

11. Devora Neumark, FF Alumn, at Concordia Univ., Montreal, Feb. 15-17

WHERE: MATRALAB, Concordia University: 1515 Ste Catherine West, 4th floor EV
WHEN: February 15, 16, and 17, 2009 17h30 - 19h30
WHAT: You are invited to participate in home/Body, a performance/research
project whose purpose is to explore (through dance and storytelling) the
possibilities for feeling at home in a world where so many people are
displaced in collaboration with artists Reena Almoneda Chang, Meena
Murugesan, Emilie Monnet, and Devora Neumark. We are especially interested
in the role that beauty can play in the process of feeling at home in the
All events are free and open to the public. Because of the limited number of
participants we can have in each session due to the relatively small size of
the room, we ask that you R.S.V.P. before February 13, 2009 and let us know
which session(s) you would like to attend  (fireside@progression.net). The
first twelve people who confirm their presence will be admitted. Please
advise us of any last minute cancellations so that we can accommodate others
in your place should you not be able to attend.
You and every other individual present will be invited to move and/or share
your stories related to the theme of the performance/research to the extent
that you feel comfortable. At the end of the dance performance and story
circle sharing, you and the other participants will be encouraged to
contribute to a research talkback session, self-evaluating your experience.
As the issue of home can cause people to feel strong emotions, should anyone
need emotional support during the performance/research, a resource person
will be available in a separate room for individualized and confidential
support. A list of community support centers will also be available for
individuals who want follow-up emotional support.
home/Body will be videotaped.
NOTE: Prior to entering the MATRALAB space, before the start of the
home/Body events, you be asked to sign a written Consent to Participate form
(related to the videotaping and your voluntary participation).

There will also be an open seminar related to the home/Body events hosted by

the Topological Media Lab on Tuesday February 17, 2009 from
Concordia University: 1515 Ste Catherine West, 7th floor EV 7.725

Reena Almoneda Chang is a movement artist and educator who draws from her
performance and community work on the transformation of grief due to forced
displacement through dance and the creation of contemporary ritual.
Meena Murugesan is an Indo-contemporary dancer, documentary filmmaker and
community arts educator committed to working towards personal and social
Emilie Monnet is a performance artist and community activist of Anishnaabe
First Nation and French descent. Having lived in different parts of the
world, she now is settling her home in the traditional lands of Mohawk
people (Montreal).
Devora Neumark has been a practicing interdisciplinary artist, educator, and
community activist for more than twenty-five years. home/Body is part of her
latest body of work, Radical Beauty for Troubled Times.


12. Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at Millennium Film Workshop,
Manhattan, Mar. 14

"Up The Empire: Variations on an Italian Theme"
a program of works by
Peter Cramer and Jack Waters
with Marc Arthur

Millennium Film Workshop
Saturday March 14th, 2009
8:00 PM
Admission $8.00


The World Premiere of
"Giornalisti En Maschera"

Info on artists and program: 212-529-8815         Theater Info: (212)

The Program:
Giornalisti En Maschera
Featuring Mary McFadden and Emily Harvey
DV 2009 30 Minutes

Did painting die, or meiotically produce video art?
Has nationalism outlived its cultural relevance?

These and other questions are posed by Jack Waters and Peter Cramer at the
press previews of the  2001 Venice Biennial as they investigate the
relations of art, business, and politics in the guise of objective
journalists three months preceding September 11th.

They probe the attending press and artists at a moment on the verge of a
paradigm shift in global politics. The background is the opening exhibition
of Emily Harvey's Venice gallery, a show that, outside of the official
embrace of the biennial, reunited an international  group of Fluxus artists.

The theme of the biennial was "The Plateau Of Humankind". It featured
'Authentic/Ex-centric' - The biennial's first representation from Africa in
many years;
Robert Gober's meticulously crafted detritus for the U.S. pavilion, and the
perceptually illusionary cinema theater by Janet Cardiff and George Bures
for Canada contribute to the undertone of a long debate on process versus

Waters' and Cramer's approach complements Venice's rich and colorful history
as a crossroads for trade, and an enigmatic territory of secrecy and tourism
through the ages.

Also on the Program:

L' Homo Venezia  Arthur/Cramer DV  2006 total running time: @ 9 min
Four inspirational vignettes made by Peter Cramer and Marc Arthur at the
Emily Harvey Foundation Residency on the 2006 return to Venice for the
development of "Pestilence", the inter media opus in progress.
"As we are guests of the Emily Harvey Foundation, here are some thoughts on
how fluxus works in our project. in " Theater of Mixed Means " Richard
Kostelanetz discerns four different genres that have evolved out of a fluxus
tradition: pure happening, staged happening, staged performance and kinetic

Unlike renaissance theater these modes explore beyond the phenomenal, always
with the possibility of individual ecstasy. yet, when we see bodies reacting
to each other, we put them on a stage. our opus is a renunciation of a
singular performative genre; we enlist all of the modes listed above."
-Marc Arthur

           .        L 'homovenezia#12:39
           .        Dontchamissme
           .        L'Acquavenezia 2:06
           .        Serenissima 1:41

Elements from "Spettacolo Provolone: A Surreality Based Theatrical
Jack Waters  and Peter Cramer with DanceTube
DV 2004 total running time  ¬¬16:46
Performed by Mara Zussman as the Bovine Goddess - Leonardo Smith as the
Minotaur- Peter Cramer and Brian McPhee as the  Twins
Preview: http://www.opusfutura.blogspot.com/
Spettacolo Provolone was performed at Theater For The New City in NYC in
2005 before touring southern Spain. The excerpts evoke unconscious
reckonings of Roman genesis.

I. Moon , Cave and Twin Birth Curtain @ 3 min 
Setting the scene for the following vignettes
(continues next page)
(continued from previous page)

II. Three Tableaux Vivants 13:46 
The vignettes manifest as dreamlike departures from Spettacolo's television
talk show format. In lieu of a commercial break  or a "station
identification", the viewer is transported to a primal sphere recalling the
origins of civilization as conceived by western myth.
A. "The Twin Birth" 4:43
B. "The Bovine Goddess: Her Bull and the Twins" 5:59
C. "Slaughter Of The Minotaur" 3:07
Two Gentleman of Lucca  (Signore Due di Lucca)
Peter Cramer & Jack Waters 2008.
US Premiere
DVD, color, sound, 04:19
Juxtaposing videophone clips of two young Italians singing the italian
national anthem with  Questo Mar Rosso, the opening duet from La Boheme by
Puccini as sung at La Scala in 1938.
A portrait of modern day Rodolfo & Marcello wandering the streets of New
York City in 2008.


13. Peggy Shaw, Lucy Sexton, FF Alumns, at LaMaMa, Manhattan, Feb. 15

Feb 15, at 5:30
I will be at The Club at LaMaMa
as part of the series

"Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be"

The afternoon will include pieces from Lucy Sexton, Novice Theory, Rachel
and a live teaser from season 2 of The Dyke Division's Room For Cream

I will be performing excerpts from MUST, the inside story.
"A journey through the shadows of a city, a Pound of Flesh, a Book of Love."
MUST is a collaboration with London's Clod Ensemble.
Written by Peggy Shaw and Suzy Willson.
Commissioned for Clod Ensemble's Performing Medicine Project,
MUST is an exploration of the inside of Peggys aging queer body. (In case
you didn't notice)

The Club at LaMaMa
74a Eat 4th street
212 475 7710


14. Mona Hatoum, FF Alumn, in Beijing, China, thru April 5

Mona Hatoum: Measures of Entanglement
February 7 - April 5, 2009

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Lu
Chaoyang District, Beijing P.R.China, 100015


Acting as a platform of dialogue between China contemporary creativity and
the world, UCCA inaugurates its spring season with three landmark shows: Qiu
Zhijie: Breaking through the ice, Mona Hatoum: Measures of Entanglement and
He An: What makes me understand what I know.

Following a series of exhibitions exploring the origins of Chinese
contemporary art, UCCA presents Qui Zhijie: Breaking through the ice as an
ambitious new project, being the artist's first major solo exhibition and
featuring totally new works commissioned especially for this exhibition.

Breaking through the ice reveals mankind's desire of building gigantic
structures and their related systems, especially within Chinese industrial
history. Conceived as a huge sinking ship that is engaging the audience
throughout the industrial transformations of China, this highly experimental
show displays a wide variety of works ranging from sculpture and
installation to ink paintings and pictures. Viewed together these works
explore the ill-fated implications of massive industrial state enterprises,
such as the iconic Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, for the individual mind,
private life, history, philosophy and surrounding nature.

"Qiu Zhijie is recognized as one of the leading figures of China's new
generation of artists. His artistic orientation, theory and curating have
time and again been the driving force of several Chinese art movements,
setting the standard for younger and more established artists alike", said
Guo Xiaoyan, co-curator of the exhibition and UCCA chief curator.

Along side, Qiu Zhijie: Breaking through the ice, UCCA is presenting Mona
Hatoum: Measures of Entanglement. ''As the first choice in a new series of
creative endeavors with today's most prominent international contemporary
artists, this show initiates a very powerful dialogue with Chinese
audiences, creating debate around the notions of transient culture and
otherness that also lie at the core of Chinese contemporary art today'' said
Jerome Sans, UCCA's Director.

In Mona Hatoum's universe, familiar objects shift in scale and mutate until
they take on a complex psychological charge that makes them appear both
alluring and dangerous. A constellation of crystal spheres is arranged to
form Web (2006), a net-like structure suspended from above in UCCA's nave
that attracts the eye but mimics the shape of a spider's trap. Paravent and
Dormiente (both 2008) are enlarged kitchen graters whose enormity transforms
them into a room partition and a bed, respectively, but their sharp edges
threaten to harm those who would dare to touch them.

The exhibition also features video works from earlier in the artist's
career, including the deeply moving Measures of Distance (1988), which
lyrically addresses Hatoum and her mother's separation after civil war
erupted in Beirut in 1975; video documentation of the public performance
Roadworks (1985); and a series of unique works on paper.

"Mona Hatoum's extraordinary ability to illuminate the uncanny dimension of
our everyday lives cuts across cultural divides" says UCCA Curator David
Spalding. "The simplicity of materials and the grace with which they are
combined, coupled with the sometimes ominous associations they conjure,
creates an ambivalence that activates the imagination''.

This spring, UCCA also launches a special project to support the next
generation of Chinese artists. For its first issue in 2009, UCCA presents He
An: What makes me understand what I know, an exhibition of emerging artist
He An, curated by leading artist Wang Jianwei and presenting neon light
installations and pictures. What makes me understand what I know is He An's
first solo show in an art institution.

Following his father's death, He An made the decision to search all over his
home town of Wuhan for neon lights that feature the same characters as his
dad's name, "He Taoyuan", as well as one of his favorite Japanese movie
stars. "Words that light on and off feature in the main part of What makes
me understand What I know. The second part of the show presents a series of
laser printed posters on the wall, introducing my father and the Japanese
actress as a documenting background for the installation", said He An.


15. Judith Sloan, FF Alumn, at NYU, Manhattan, Feb. 12

Thursday, February 12, 6-8 p.m.
Franklin Furnace Alum Judith Sloan

Opening Performance by Judith Sloan, actress, radio producer, writer, and
Adjunct Professor, the Gallatin School, performing an original piece:
Grandchildren From Opposite Sides

"Brick by Brick: Rebuilding Black-Jewish Alliances": A discussion

New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host
"Rebuilding Broken Alliances, Forging Friendships"-a series of Black History
Month events-February 3-17, at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the
Performing Arts, 715 Broadway, Main Floor (Enter at 1 Washington Place).
Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to
studentaffairs.gallatin@nyu.edu or call 212.998.7375. Subway lines: R, W
(8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)

Alliances between Blacks and Jews have played major roles in shaping
American politics and culture. Radical social movements from labor to civil
rights were built on Black-Jewish coalitions, influencing civil rights
legislation and many other social justice initiatives. Tensions over
housing, community control of schools and other issues eroded Black-Jewish
relations, but did not completely destroy grass-roots interactions. This
discussion examines the history of Black-Jewish solidarity and its downturn,
and how understanding the causes of conflicts between these groups may lead
to solutions to and development of a model to resolve conflicts among other
racial and cultural groups.
Moderators:       Michael Dinwiddie, Associate Professor, the Gallatin
School, NYU
                        George Shulman, Professor, the Gallatin School, NYU
Participants:      Eric Adams, Senator, New York State
                        Hasia Diner, Professor, Hebrew and Judaic Studies,
                        R. L'Heureux, Assistant Professor, the City College
of New York
                        Dov Hikind, Assemblyman, Brooklyn, New York


16. Ron Littke, FF Alumn, podcast now online at wjffradio.org

Ron Littke on WJFF radio
FF Alum Ron Littke's radio-noir radio play "No U Turn" is now available to
download as a podcast.  "No U Turn" uses the sounds of old time radio to
tell the story of fate, Hollywood, and murder in this B-radio movie.  To
listen, go to wjffradio.org and click "audio archive" in the status line,
and scroll down to December 21 to download  part 1, and December 28 for part
2.  "No U Turn" was made possible by a generous  Sullivan County Arts and
Heritage grant. "No U Turn" was made possible by a generous  Sullivan County
Arts and Heritage grant.


17. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, creates memorial for Triangle fire victims

FF ALUMN ANNIE LANZILLOTTO and the Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition

Get involved in this living history project. 
join the Facebook group:  Remember The Triangle Fire
sign your organization on as a participating group
attend the brainstorm launch this March at The Judson Church
To donate food, drink, cash or skills for the event,  Contact:

We are organizing a launch for the creation of a fitting memorial for the
March 25, 2011 centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victims.
We aim to get 146 organizations involved, one for each of the folks who
perished.  The Triangle Fire is very relevant today in terms of labor
safety; it's history is Jewish and Italian immigrant women who sewed in the
sweatshop and got locked in fire.   Immediately we seek organizations to
sign onto the project for our launch at The Judson Church, NYC this March.
(date and time TBA)  This will be a gathering of the minds, where New
Yorkers and organizations come together creatively to plan for the future.
Participating organizations already include: CityLore, Gotham Center, MALIA
Collective of Italian American Women, Calandra Institute for Italian
American Studies (CUNY), The Reliquary Museum, Street Cry Productions...

Here's who we are:

The Triangle Fire Remembrance Coalition

Facebook Group:  Remember The Triangle Fire

We are actors, agitators, artists, educators, descendants of the victims,
writers, filmmakers, historians, organizers, and photographers joined
together to honor the memory of the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist
Factory Fire of 1911 and to keep the spirit of their sacrifice alive. Of the
146 deaths, three sets of sisters died in the fire: Bettina and Frances
Miale, Lucia and Rosaria Maltese, and Sara and Tessie Saracino. Their deaths
ignited the labor movement and fire safety laws. The disastrous factory fire
led to some of the first city, state, and federal laws dealing with workers
safety and the growth of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. The
"Factory Investigating Commission" was formed pushing through sweeping labor
and safety laws that would transform the workplace. The new laws focused on
protecting human beings over buildings. We are working toward the Centenary
Memorial event March 2011.


18. Alan Sondheim, FF Alumn, at http://www.beam-me.net   Feb. 11

Performance at Beam Me Up, Wednesday, February 11    (fwd)

PROJECT LAUNCH / a work in progress 2009/10

b e a m - m e - up ONLINE ART MAGAZIN
with art, field studies and essays about space.


We invite you to THE NOWHERE DANCE

A performance at Alan Sondheim's Second Life exhibition "The Accidental

Alan Sondheim: "We'll teleport people into an installation which has been
constructed over a period of eight months. It represents nothing of
architecture, fantasy, or surrealism; it's a space unlike anything in the
real world. It's difficult to move through, a field of alien processes which
has a  life of its own. Sandy Baldwin and I will dance through and around it
- on the  ground, in the air, and on the ocean floor. Part of the dance will
be based on learning to move around; part will be based on adding to the

To access the performance site read more on:

Date of the performance: Wednesday, Feb 11
USA West Coast Time: 8 AM / US East Coast Time: 11 AM
Europe MEZ/CET: 5 PM / GB: 4 PM
Asia: Mumbai, Bangalore: 9.30 PM / Shanghai, Beijing: 12 PM / Tokio: 1 AM

on the project b e a m - m e - up:

Our understanding of space is changing for generations. In the digital age
use terms like Cyberspace, Globalization and World Wide Web, even though we
have hardly understood the old electro-spaces like power supply systems,
telephone and broadcasting. By means of audio-visual transportation we
conquer new spaces, which present themselves as both picture space and space
of action,  place of signs and of real presences.

With the online project beam me up we invite artists and authors from
different  countries to concern themselves with space concepts in the form
of art contributions and essays.

Artists (realised and promised contributions)

Angela Bulloch, London / Abhishek Hazra, Bangalore / Samuel Herzog, Zürich /
Hu Jie Ming, Shanghai / Esther Hunziker, Basel / jodi.org, Dordrecht /
Knowbotic Research, Zürich / Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Köln / Alan Sondheim, New
York /
Monica Studer & Christoph van den Berg, Basel / Carlo Zanni, Milano / Li
Zhen Hua,
Beijing / More artist's contributions will be uploaded during the coming

Curators / Authors

Sarah Cook, Newcastle / Estee Oarsed, Bangalore / Stefan Riekeles, Les
Jardins des Pilotes, Berlin / Annette Schindler, Basel / Zhang Lansheng,
Shanghai / NN. USA / Reinhard Storz, xcult.org (project director) / The
guest curators are designated to each invite two to three artists and

Other scientific authors: Martin Brauen, NY / Christina Vagt, Berlin


19. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Alumn, at Light Industry, Brooklyn, March 3

Light Industry

Theater of Code
Curated by Christiane Paul

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 7:30pm
220 36th Street, 5th Floor
Brooklyn, New York

Theater of Code will present three performance/interventions that
explore how computer code, scripting language, and software
applications relate to the movement of bodies and the staging and
choreography of our lives.

Adrianne Wortzel's A Re-enactment of The Battle of the Pyramids is a
performance installation of reconfigured robotic toys performing
military maneuvers in rigid choreographed formations. Clusters of these
toys snap to synchronization in response to a call to arms, their
movements emulating the rigid and postured fighting strategies of
Napoleonic warfare. These strategies, employed in Napoleon's Egyptian
campaign, were particularly idiosyncratic in Egypt where they were
persistently performed without consideration of either the desert
environment or the fighting strategies of the enemy. The work is
intended as a testimony to the tragic consequences of imperialism and
the dangers, follies and sadness of a rationale for blind obedience that
makes victims out of warriors.

Ursula Endlicher's Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited is a
ten-part live performance series, which utilizes Web code as choreography.
In the performance of facebook on March 3, 2009, at Light Industry,
three dancers, the audience, and the artist will shape the course of
the performance. The source of the website-its HTML tags-is interpreted
live on stage into new dance movements, which are immediately
translated into text-based descriptions and then stored online in the
This information is reused on stage as new instruction material. As the
data performance progresses, more html-movements are developed, stored
and altered by the participants. The user (=the audience) takes an
active role in the performance of facebook.com.

MTAA returns to Light Industry with two new performances of code-based art.
In the first work-titled $"##'-MTAA re-stages John Cage's 4'33" within
a framework of a new media lecture. The second project is a
demonstration of Autotrace, a software-generated appropriation and
shape creation system. As part of the Autotrace performance, MTAA will
use one of the newly generated "Autotraced shapes" to create a
ridiculously large, two-dimensional, site-specific work right in front of
the audience's eyes.

Together, the three projects comment on the various levels in which our
movements-from military maneuvers to social interaction and the
presentation of a lecture-are encoded by technologies.

A Re-enactment of The Battle of the Pyramids by Adrianne Wortzel
Initiated at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in an Artist's Residency
July-December 2009.
In continuing development at StudioBlue, New York City College of
Technical Director: Mike Gazes
Team: Nick Wong, Jaymes Dec, Soyoung Park, Saki Sato, Young Jin Chung.

Website Impersonations: The Ten Most Visited #8 - www.facebook.com by
Ursula Endlicher Concept / Stage layout / Video projection / Sound:
Ursula Endlicher Web Programming: Ursula Endlicher, David Farine
Choreography: html-movement-library / live HTML code
Performers: Irem Calikusu + dancers (tba) html-movement-library live
feed: Ursula Endlicher - and the audience!

$"##', a re-staging of John Cage's 4'33"

Ursula Endlicher's work resides on the intersection of Internet,
performance and multi-media installation. Since the mid-90s the
Internet has had an impact on her practice, which bridges the Web and
physical reality. She uses the Web's 'hidden' language-its HTML code-to
choreograph performances, visualizes HTML in installations, and
translates it into sound. Her work was recently shown at Theater am
Neumarkt in Zürich, Switzerland; at Quartier21/Museumsquartier, Vienna,
Austria; at BM-Suma Contemporary Art Center in Istanbul, Turkey; at
Woodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA; at Artists Space, New York, and at the
LMCC Swing Space@Seaport in New York.
She received commissions from Turbulence.org/New Radio and Performing
Arts, Inc., and from the Whitney Museum for its artport website. Her
work is included in Rhizome's Art Base, and in the ursula blicke
videoarchiv at Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. Endlicher has lectured about
her work internationally and has contributed to several publications
about net art, performance and interactivity; she discusses these
topics on her blog, Curating Netart, which she runs together with Ela
Kagel. She was born in Vienna, Austria and lives in New York since
1993. Endlicher's work can be seen at http://www.ursenal.net.

Michael Sarff and Tim Whidden formed the artist collaboration MTAA
(M.River & T.Whid Art Associates) in1996. In New York City, MTAA has
presented artworks and performances at The New Museum of Contemporary
Art; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; The Whitney Museum of American Art;
Postmasters Gallery and Artists Space. Their work has also been shown
at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; The Beall Center for Art and
Technology in Irvine, CA; The Getty Center in Los Angeles and SFMOMA in San
Francisco, CA.
International exhibitions include the Seoul Net & Film Festival in
Korea, and Videozone2 - The 2nd International Video Art Biennial in
Israel. MTAA has received grants and awards from the Creative Capital
Foundation, Rhizome.org, Eyebeam and New Radio & Performing Arts, Inc.
Both members of MTAA live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Christiane Paul is the Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney
Museum of American Art and the director of Intelligent Agent, a service
organization dedicated to digital art. She has written extensively on
new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. An
expanded new edition of her book Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, UK,
2003) was published in spring 2008 and her edited anthology New Media
in the White Cube and Beyond - Curatorial Models for Digital Art (UC
Press) in December 2008. Upcoming and recent curatorial work includes
"Scalable Relations"
(Beall Center for Art + Technology, Irvine, CA, and other venues); "SOS 4.8"
(Murcia, Spain, 2008); "Feedback" (Laboral Center for Art and
Industrial Creation, Gijon, Asturias, Spain, 2007); and "Profiling"
(Whitney Museum of American Art, 2007). Christiane Paul teaches in the
MFA computer arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York
and the Digital+Media Department of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Adrianne Wortzel creates interactive web works, robotic and telerobotic
installations and performance productions, which explore historical and
cultural perspectives by coupling fact and fiction via use of new
technologies in both physical and virtual networked environments. They
reflect her immersion in the sciences, sometimes with direct collaboration.
The National Science Foundation; Swiss Artists-in-Labs Program;
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory-University of Zurich; Franklin
Furnace Fund for Performance Art; PSC-CUNY Research Foundation and
Greenwall Foundation have supported recent projects. Recent works
include: archipleago.ch, a video in progress depicting a "galapagos"
where indigenous creatures are the robots created by researchers at the
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory; Eliza Redux, an interactive
collaborative work (elizaredux.org) where a physical robot offers
virtual psychoanalytic sessions emulating Joseph Weizenbaum's ELIZA;
The Veils of Transference, a video depicting a psychoanalytic session
between a human and a robot where their roles become dynamically
interchanged. Wortzel's telerobotic installation Camouflage Town was
exhibited in Data Dynamics at the Whitney Museum of American Art
(2001). Her play Sayonara Diorama, which she wrote and produced,
featured human and robotic actors recounting a fictive second Voyage of
the Beagle. Adrianne Wortzel is a Professor of Entertainment Technology
at New York City College of Technology-CUNY, a member of the doctoral
faculty of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program
at the CUNY Graduate Center, and an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical
Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Tickets - $7, available at door.

About Light Industry

Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn,
New York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the
project has begun as a series of events at Industry City in Sunset
Park, each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator.
Conceptually, Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long
history of alternative art spaces in New York as well its storied
tradition of cinematheques and other intrepid film exhibitors. Through
a regular program of screenings, performances, and lectures, its goal
is to explore new models for the presentation of time-based media and
foster an ongoing dialogue amongst a wide range of artists and audiences
within the city.

About Industry City

Industry City, an industrial complex in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is home
to a cross-section of manufacturing, warehousing and light industry. As
part of a regeneration program intended to diversify the use of its 6
million square feet of space to better reflect 21st century production,
Industry City now includes workspace for artists. In addition to
offering studios at competitive rates, Industry City also provides a
limited number of low-cost studios for artists in financial need. This
program was conceived in response to the lack of affordable workspace
for artists in New York City and aims to establish a new paradigm for
industrial redevelopment--one that does not displace artists, workers,
local residents or industry but instead builds a sustainable community
in a context that integrates cultural and industrial production.

For more information, please visit


20. Dara Birnbaum, neuroTransmitter, Nam June Paik, FF Alumns, at Pratt
Manhattan Gallery. Opening Feb. 19

Opening Feb. 19
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
New York, New York
February 19 - May 2, 2009

Guest curator
Irene Hofmann
Co-organized with
Contemporary Museum, Baltimore

Artists in the exhibition
Dara Birnbaum
Chris Burden
Gregory Green
Doug Hall, Chip Lord, and Jody Procter
Christian Jankowski
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Antoni Muntadas
Nam June Paik
TVTV/Top Value Television
Siebren Versteeg


Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller

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Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Harley Spiller, Administrator
Angel Nevarez, Program Coordinator
Susie Tofte, Project Cataloguer
Judith L. Woodward, Financial Manager