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Contents for March 16, 2009

1. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Hope Martin Studio, Manhattan, April 18-19
2. Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, in Montreal, Canada, Mar. 21-27
3. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Mar. 20
4. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, in Beirut, Lebanon, April 1-10, and more
5. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at Carolina Nitsch, Manhattan, thru Mar. 28
6. Mira Schor, FF Member, at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, opening Mar. 20

7. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA, Mar. 21
8. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at St. Mary of the Snows Church, Saugerties, NY, April 5, and more
9. Bernard Tschumi, FF Alumn, in Athens, Greece, opening June 20
10. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, at KGB Bar, Manhattan, Mar. 26
11. Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, FF Alumns, in London, UK, Mar. 21-23
12. Marie Christine Katz, FF Member, now online at http://www.itch.co.za/?article=149
13. Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Rose Live Music, Brooklyn, Mar. 20-22, and more
14. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Trash Bar, Brooklyn, Mar. 18
15. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, Mar. 19
16. Graciela Cassel, FF Alumn, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, opening Mar. 26
17. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, Mar. 28
18. Jill Medvedow, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Mar. 12
19. Peter Dobill, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn Mar. 20
20. Michel Auder, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Mar. 18


1. Diane Torr, FF Alumn, at Hope Martin Studio, Manhattan, April 18-19

Diane Torr, FF Alumn, will present her weekend workshop, MAN FOR A DAY,

for people of all genders on April 18/19 at Hope Martin Studio, West 14th Street.

This is a once-in-a-year opportunity, so if you, or anyone you know, would like to do an intensive in "Performing Masculinity", please contact

Diane at diane.torr@googlemail.com


2. Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, in Montreal, Canada, Mar. 21-27

Julie Tolentino, FF Alumn, in Montreal, Canada, Performance Mar. 21, Leading Workshop Mar 23-27 

Julie will be presenting a short solo CRY OF LOVE excerpt at Edgy Festival, on March 21st and will be leading a workshop at Studio 303 in Montreal:

EDGY Workshop - Brave Reckless Resonance in Solo-Making

March 23 - 27 (5 days) • Mon-Fri, 10am to 1pm

Daily class exploits Tolentino's rigorous yoga-influenced warm-ups, aquatic-Eastern-based bodywork, disjointed reading and writing, and her extensive experience in durational performance. Composition exercises propose considerations of physical and imagined pleasure, use autobiographical jumping-off points, and explore emotional distancing and juicy repetition. Workshop includes one-on-one mentoring. Please come with a solo project in mind. There will be homework! Tolentino is a retired dancer and Watsu practitioner currently creating time-based installation work in the Mohave Desert.

Edgy Festival:  http://www.studio303.ca/events_edgywomenfest_e.html

Workshop:  http://www.studio303.ca/classes_pro_e.html


3. Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, at art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Mar. 20

Mitzi Humphrey, FF Alumn, Richmond, Virginia.

Mitzi Humphrey, a founder of art6 Gallery and originator of the series Pinkney Near Memorial Lectures in Art History, will present Belle Pendleton as the series' 8th lecturer on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 8:00 PM at the gallery, 6 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia. 

Dr. Belle Pendleton, the guest speaker, is Associate Professor of Art History at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.  Her lecture, entitled "The Shipyard Paintings of Thomas C. Skinner: Promoting Prosperity during the Great Depression," will focus on the murals produced by Skinner in the 1920's and 1930's.  Skinner served as Staff Artist to the Mariners'  Museum and the Newport News Shipyard and Dry Dock Company, a company that continued to thrive throughout the Depression, despite the grim national economy.  Trained by New York "Ashcan School" artists, Robert Henri and George "Lusty" Luks, Skinner produced gritty, action-oriented paintings recording laborers engaged in the harsh realities of ship building.

Skinner's 6' x 10' paintings are currently on display at the Mariners'

Museum in Newport News.


4. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, in Beirut, Lebanon, April 1-10, and more

Following 2008 screenings at FID Marseille International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam International Documentary Festival (IDAF), Jihlava Short Film Festival (Czech Republic), Bilbao Short Film Festival, Flanders Film Festival (Almost Cinema), DocBsAs Documentary Festival (Buenos Aires) and curated screenings at BFI, London (The Happy Hand), UCLA (Los Angeles) & Warwick Arts Centre, UK and installations at 300m3 gallery, Gothenburg & Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum,

The Girl with X-ray Eyes

can next be seen in Beirut, Belgrade and Gorizia...

The Reel Screen Festival in Beirut, Lebanon, April 1-10, 2009

Reel Screen Festival (5th edition)

Cinéma Métropolis-Empire Sofil

Beirut, Lebanon


Belgrade Documentary & Short Film Festival

Mar 30 - 3 Apr, 2009 (56th edition)


Gorizia International Film Studies School, Italy

March 27 - Apr 2, 2009. http://udineconference.uniud.it/Screenings.html

Project publication is available on Unbound:



5. Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumn, at Carolina Nitsch, Manhattan, thru Mar. 28


Performance Photographs from the 1970's

February 14 - March 28, 2009 

534 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011

Tel.: +1 212 6452030

Fax: +1 212 4630614



Tues-Sat 11 am - 6 pm

Carolina Nitsch is pleased to present performance photographs from the 1970's by Carolee Schneemann at Carolina Nitsch Project Room in Chelsea, New York. This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Elisabeth Ross Wingate on the occasion of several jointly published editions with the artist.

A pioneer of performance art, Schneemann's multidisciplinary work also includes assemblage, photography, film, video, and installation, while consistently referring to painting. Schneemann was one of the first artists to use her body to animate the relationship between the lived experience and the imagination. "Prior to Schneemann, the female body in art was mute and functioned almost exclusively as a mirror of masculine desire." (1)

Schneemann's work has had a huge influence on multiple generations of younger artists. "Cindy Sherman, Janine Antoni, Marina Abramovic, Ana Mendieta, Sean Landers and Matthew Barney ... have all worked in a direct historical dialogue (acknowledged or not) with her art" (2). Her leap to the forefront of cultural awareness took place with the seminal performance work MEAT JOY (1964).

The exhibition includes photographs, photo-collages, artist books and various remnants from her performances. Schneemann had foreshadowed feminist concerns already in her 1963 performance EYE BODY, where serpents crawled over her nude body in an evocation of a female goddess and the artist's own painting constructions served as the tableau's setting.

Her INTERIOR SCROLL performance from 1975, documented in this show with the complete sequence of 13 photographs has become iconic to the history of performance art: Schneemann entered the performance space wrapped in a white sheet and carrying a bucket of mud. After undressing, she ritualistically painted her body and read from her book "Cezanne, She Was a Great Painter". Schneemann then slowly extracted a scroll from her vagina and read a text that was a response to criticism from a male artist accusing her of making messy, female work.

"I thought of the vagina in many ways - physically, conceptually: as a sculptural form, an architectural referent, the source of sacred knowledge, ecstasy, birth passage, transformation. I saw the vagina as a translucent chamber of which the serpent was an outward model: enlivened by its passage from the visible to the invisible, a spiraled coil ringed with the shape of desire and generative mysteries, attributes of both female and male sexual powers. This source of 'interior knowledge' would be symbolized as the primary index unifying spirit and flesh in Goddess worship." -CS

Other works on display include PARALELL AXIS, a central work from Schneemann's series of solo actions in landscape, which she described as a physical seeing from within the body (1973); PORTRAIT PARTIALS, an intimate grid of close-up photos of body parts (1970), BLOOD WORK DIARY (1972), menstrual blottings on tissue, and more. 

Carolee Schneemann received a B.A. from Bard College and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. She holds Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and the Maine College of Art. 

Her work has been exhibited worldwide, at institutions including: the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Film Theatre, London. In 1997, a retrospective of her work entitled Carolee Schneemann - Up To And Including Her Limits was held at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

Awards received include: Art Pace International Artist Residency; two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants; Guggenheim Fellowship; Gottlieb Foundation Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association.

Her published books include: Cezanne, She Was A Great Painter (1976); More Than Meat Joy: Complete Performance Works and Selected Writings (1979), Early and Recent Work (1983); and Imaging Her Erotics - Essays, Interviews, Projects (2002). She has a forthcoming book through Duke University Press, edited by Kristine Stiles.

She has taught at many institutions, including: New York University; California Institute of the Arts; Bard College; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Carolee Schneemann - Performance Photographs from the 1970's, coincides with the first extensive survey of the artist's paintings: "Carolee Schneemann - Painting, what it became" at PPOW Gallery, also in Chelsea (2/21 - 3/28).

The exhibition at Carolina Nitsch Project Room is on view through March 28.

(1) Jan Avgikos, Artforum, March, 1997

(2) Dan Cameron, Carolee Schneemann - Up To And Including Her Limits, 1997.


6. Mira Schor, FF Member, at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, opening Mar. 20

Mira Schor

March 20 through April 20, 2009

Reception: Friday, March 20, 7-9 pm

Gallery hours: Thursday through Monday, 12-6

What would the self-portrait of a thought look like?

Momenta Art is pleased to announce “Suddenly,” New Paintings by Mira Schor, Schor’s first one-person show in New York in over a decade. These works mark a departure in Schor’s work, from the depiction of language as image to the suggestion of its lack in a space where we expect to see it. “Suddenly,” marks the moment when personal loss or political babble creates a loss for words. Schor has turned to the most basic form that came to mind: the empty thought balloon, where language was or will or should be.

Richly surfaced, bold, witty, notational, provisional, the paintings in this show were made in quick gestures, taking five minutes to an afternoon. They function unpredictably, as existential encounters that emerge from political absurdities or epochal tragedies – experienced in the everyday.

A conceptual artist who is a painter’s painter, a feminist who is an odd inheritor of the approaches to painting of the New York School, a noted writer on both feminism and painting, Mira Schor has long worked at the razor’s edge between visual and verbal languages. Her paintings have been foregrounded by these various disciplines: by painting, with shows such as Slow Art: Painting in New York Now, at P.S.1; by feminism, with shows such as Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" in Feminist Art History, at the Armand Hammer Museum; and by language, with shows such as Poetry Plastique, at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York. Schor is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and co-editor with Susan Bee of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism (both from Duke University Press) and of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online at http://writing.upenn.edu/pepc/meaning/ Schor has two new books coming out in 2009, The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov, which she has edited, from Yale University Press, and a new collection of her own writings on art and culture, A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life, to be published by Duke University Press.

Momenta Art is supported by the Harriet Ames Charitable Trust, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, The Greenwall Foundation, Greenwich Collection, Ltd., The Jerome Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individual contributors.


7. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA, Mar. 21

The Underground Hit!

REALITY PLAYINGS: experiments in experience/participation performance

Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and your senses of adventure and humor. Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations will be accepted.)

Saturday, March 21, 2009



511 48th Street

Oakland, CA 94609-2058

For more information

Call: 510-526-7858

email: fmoore@eroplay.com



"...He's wonderful and hilarious and knows exactly what it's all about and has earned my undying respect. What he's doing is impossible, and he knows it. That's good art...." L.A. Weekly

Resisting "the easy and superficial descriptions..., Moore's work challenges the consensus view more strongly in ways less acceptable than...angry tirades and bitter attacks on consumer culture." Chicago New City 

"If performance art has a radical edge, it has to be Frank Moore." Cleveland Edition 

"Transformative..." Moore "is thwarting nature in an astonishing manner, and is fusing art, ritual and religion in ways the Eurocentric world has only dim memories of. Espousing a kind of paganism without bite and aggression, Frank Moore is indeed worth watching." High Performance Magazine

"Surely wonderful and mind-goosing experience." L.A. Reader





8. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at St. Mary of the Snows Church, Saugerties, NY, April 5, and more







for the last year, Montano has been performing as  MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA, most  recently at  her  Church's Women's Rosary Society, March 2009.


9. Bernard Tschumi, FF Alumn, in Athens, Greece, opening June 20

Dear friends,

We are pleased to announce that the Greek Minister of Culture has set a date for the opening of the New Acropolis Museum.  The official ceremony is planned for June 20th, 2009.   

Please save the date, and I look forward to seeing you in Athens.  Further information will be available closer to the day.

Best regards, 



10. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, at KGB Bar, Manhattan, Mar. 26

Roberta Allen reads at KGB Bar Thurs. March 26th

Roberta Allen reads fiction with Jennifer Belle, Mary Caponagro, and Carol Novak


Thursday March 26th, 7-9


85 East 4th St.

New York, NY

More about Roberta at www.robertaallen.com


Next Writing Workshop Starts June




11. Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, FF Alumns, in London, UK, Mar. 21-23

‘Last night, I dreamt I was Miss America . .. . and I was very, very happy.’

- Peggy Shaw

‘. . . and sometimes I do . .. . miss America.’

- Lois Weaver

The Drama Department at Queen Mary,

University of London









SAT 21st March at 7.30pm

Sun 22nd March at 5.30pm

Mon 23rd March at 7.30pm

The Great Hall of the People’s Palace

Mile End Road, London. E1 4NS

The Drama Department at Queen Mary is pleased to present the groundbreaking theatre group Split Britches in the UK premiere of MISS AMERICA, written and performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver.& nbsp;

Tickets for MISS AMERICA are £10 (£6 concessions) Free to Staff and Students of Queen Mary, University of London.

Please reserve tickets by calling 020 7882 5196 and leaving your details or email R.Sharp@qmul.ac.uk

Please reserve tickets and pay on arrival for the performance


Marie Christine Katz, FF Member, now online at http://www.itch.co.za/?article=149

Hello Everyone

An element of one of my ongoing project is feature in the online magazine Itch

As part of this month collection of articles, written words and art works related to $$$  

Please check it out...


Wishing you all the best


Marie Christine Katz


Terry Dame, FF Alumn, at Rose Live Music, Brooklyn, Mar. 20-22, and more

Hello lovers of Spring and good music,

Spring is almost here and Electric Junkyard Gamelan is loading up Fred Beans and hitting the road for another 3 day mini tour.  We will be playing in the Catskills at Catskill Arts Society in Livingston Manor, NY, Time & Space Limited in Hudson, NY and Rose Live Music in Brooklyn next weekend March 20-22.  Come check us out if this is your territory or tell your friends, its a great way to usher out the lion and bring in the lamb.  Details for all shows are below. The show on Sunday in Brooklyn is another double bill with the amazing Ken Butler, instrument inventor, musician, artist extrodiaire. You've never seen a tennis racket played quite like this I promise.

Other big and exciting news is that we are putting the finishing touches on our new record "Life on Mars" which shoud be done in May so stay tuned for release party dates coming your way.  Please go check us out on line, become out Myspace friend, spread the word and thanks for supporting live music.

Peace, Love and Boing Pots

Terry & EJG



Friday,March 20th, 8pm

Catskill Arts Center

48 Main Street

Livingston Manor, NY


Saturday, March 21th, 8pm

Time & Space Limited

434 Columbia Street

Hudson, NY



Sunday, March 22th, 8:30pm

Brooklyn Free Music Experiments

Rose Live Music

w/Ken Butler @ 10pm

345 Grand St.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn



14. Halona Hilbertz, FF Alumn, at Trash Bar, Brooklyn, Mar. 18 


Full Tank is playing this Wednesday at 10pm at Trash. Come over, this may be your only chance to see me onstage with a big belly, singing & balancing the bass on my knee, so it doesn't face the floor...you know how low I wear that big ol' bass! And, we are playing our new songs "Boy in Every Town" and "Forces" for the first time.



Trash Bar

256 Grand Street

betw Driggs & Roebling


Open Bar 8-9 with $6 admission

Wed March 18:

12pm Ross Byron

11pm Money Paper Hearts

10pm Full Tank

9pm Intervention Net

8pm Disc Lipstick


Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, at Ceres Gallery, Manhattan, Mar. 19

Agnes Denes giving a talk at Ceres Gallery this Thursday, March 19th, at 6 o’clock, 527 West 27th St. Free.

Thank you,



Graciela Cassel, FF Alumn, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, opening Mar. 26 

Graciela Cassel- Journeys and poetic objects

Galeria Thames

Thursday March 26 at 7:30 PM until April 21 2009.

Thames 1776

Palermo, Buenos Aires.


tel 4832-1968


Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, Mar. 28

Dear Friends, 

I plan to participate in the Artist in Action event at the Grounds for Sculpture, March 28, 2009. My studio is #4 at the Motor Exhibit Building. I think you'd enjoy meeting the artists, viewing the three galleries, cafe and the outdoor sculptures too. I hope you can make it.

Very best,


Artists In Action:

Paul Henry Ramirez -Studio 4

Margareta Warlick

Gyuri Hollosy

Autin Wright

Catherine Perry

Fred Morante

Larry Steele

Clifford Ward

Mike Gyampo

Daniel Goode

Robert Cooke

A Grounds For Sculpture Signature Event

Hamilton, NJ–Grounds For Sculpture would like to invite you to our annual event,Artists in Action.  This is the kick-off to our Spring season!  The Motor Exhibits Building – normally closed to the public – opens its doors to allow you to speak with accomplished artists, in their own studio as they demonstrate their expertise in a variety of media.  Come and view their latest works, have your questions answered, and listen to music performed by local musician, David Trotta. 

Place: Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Date: March 28, 2009

Time: 11:30am-4:30pm+

Info: www.groundsforsculpture.org

Phone: (609) 586-0616


Jill Medvedow, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Mar. 12

The New York Times

March 12, 2009

Boston Vandalism Charges Stir Debate on Art’s Place


BOSTON — This may be the only place in America where Shepard Fairey, the street artist whose omnipresent portrait of Barack Obama has become a touchstone, is not fully feeling the love.

Mr. Fairey appeared in two municipal courts here this week to fight a cascade of vandalism charges accusing him of pasting his work on public and private property from the Back Bay to Roxbury. While this is not his first encounter with the police — Mr. Fairey has been arrested more than a dozen times for posting his art on whatever surface catches his eye — it appears to be his biggest legal tangle to date.

By Wednesday, Mr. Fairey, who lives in Los Angeles, had pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor and 13 felony charges; his lawyer said the police were pursuing 19 more counts.

In a statement Tuesday, Mr. Fairey accused the police of “gratuitous piling on” and suggested he was being punished for advocating that public space “should be filled with more than just commercial advertising.” On the advice of his lawyer, Jeffrey Wiesner, he declined an interview request.

Mr. Fairey’s court appearances came a month after he was arrested on Feb. 6 as he arrived at the opening-night party for his retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art. His cab was approaching the museum when the police stopped it, handcuffed him and took him to jail overnight.

At the time, the police had two warrants on graffiti charges filed against Mr. Fairey, accusing him of posting an image on a railroad trestle in 2000 and hanging posters on property owned by the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority in January. He was released after pleading not guilty, moving on to speak at the New York Public Library and to create a mural in Hollywood for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Only this week, when Mr. Fairey returned here for pretrial conferences, did he learn that the police wanted to charge him in more than two dozen other graffiti offenses, Mr. Wiesner said.

The case has prompted debate here about what separates street art from graffiti. Some residents have condemned Mr. Fairey, 39, as a rampaging punk; others say the case is proof that the city is stodgy and uptight. Greg Selkoe, whose company, Karmaloop, sells T-shirts stamped with Fairey images, lamented Boston’s “puritanical anti-art zealousness” in a letter to The Boston Globe and predicted that the arrest would keep creative types away.

On the other side are people like Anne Swanson, who heads a committee of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay devoted to spotting and removing graffiti from some of the city’s most affluent blocks. Mr. Fairey’s images appeared all over the Back Bay as his museum show approached, Ms. Swanson said, and her group alerted the police.

“This is clearly just chronic vandalism,” she said. “I voted for Obama, too, but I still don’t want to have to remove his face from 30 traffic signs.”

Ms. Swanson said the postings were of several Fairey designs and ranged from stickers to billboard-sized pieces.

In his statement, Mr. Fairey denied responsibility and suggested that others could have downloaded his images.

Mr. Wiesner said the police appeared to have no witnesses or evidence. The chief investigator, Detective William Kelley, was not available on Wednesday, a spokeswoman said.

Mr. Fairey is also battling The Associated Press, which he sued after the organization said it owned the image Mr. Fairey used for his Obama poster. The A.P. countersued Wednesday, saying Mr. Fairey had copied the image and was profiting from it.

The court fights are probably helping attendance at the Fairey exhibit here. Jill Medvedow, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, said more than 37,000 people visited from Jan. 1 through Monday, up from 13,000 in the same period last year. As part of the museum show, more than two dozen works were posted, with permission, on outdoor property around the city.

“He’s raising important issues about consent and who decides what we see in public spaces,” Ms. Medvedow said. “It gives Boston an opportunity not just to engage but to help lead that debate.”


Peter Dobill, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn Mar. 20

Grace Exhibition Space is proud to present Sans Tête, a new action-installation by Peter Dobill this Friday, March 20, 2009 -  7-10pm.

Sans Tête

Featuring the Tête Astrale Guitarkestra - (Sir Ryan Dobran + Sir Amery Kessler)

Action - Installation

Friday, March 20, 2009 - 7-10pm

Sans Tête is the latest action-installation by Brooklyn, NY based actionist Peter Dobill. Incorporating endurance action with a live sound accompanyment directed by the artist within an installation, Sans Tête is a new exploration within Dobill's body of work, that will offer a special exchange for audience members in attendance.

Dobill's work focuses on the body in actions. In these actions, mental and physical planes of existence are created, establishing autonomy in endurance, physical movement, and structure. "With my body, I alter and construct my vessel of experience, intrinsically connecting and emptying myself to a singular moment and time. Within these moments, I can then seek to communicate, focusing on energy exchanged between the audience and myself."

Born in New Zealand, Dobill is a Brooklyn, NY based actionist who has performed across the country.

Grace Exhibition Space
840 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206


DIRECTIONS: Flushing Avenue Stop on J-Z Trains - Walk 3 blocks east on Broadway, btwn. Ellery St. & Park Ave.
840 Broadway - 2nd Floor, door to left of liquor store - ring top buzzer

Artist Info:



Michel Auder, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Mar. 18

The New York Times

March 18, 2009


A Life Videotaping Life Has Become a Movie


Michel Auder has been making videos longer than almost anyone, and that alone makes the work of this underappreciated artist and filmmaker worth attending to. Largely shown in galleries, his immense oeuvre — memoirs, travelogues, portraits, ingenious television montages — hasn’t been easy to see. But a new feature, cheekily called “The Feature,” opens his world to a new audience, his aesthetic to a more conventional form and his achievement to the wider recognition it deserves. It’s a beautiful, beguiling movie.

Emerging from the Parisian bohemia of the 1960s, Mr. Auder fell into the Warhol scene and fell in love with one of its superstars, the ethereal, acid-tongued Viva. They married and had a child without relinquishing their bond to bohemia: a room in the Chelsea Hotel, jaunts to Paris and Morocco, sex, drugs and bonhomie with members of the avant-garde, the jet set and the demimonde.

Mr. Auder, now 65, kept his camera running throughout, as he would for much of the following 40 years, amassing a vast archive of his life and times: 5,000 hours’ worth, by his own estimate. “The Feature” plunges into this memory bank, chasing down fleeting emotions, privileged moments, traces of faded experience. Supplementary footage directed by Andrew Neel, shot on crisp high-definition video, frames this aching autobiography with a fictionalized portrait of Mr. Auder’s present-day existence.

“This narrative is not a true account,” heralds the opening title card, acknowledging both the manufacture of Mr. Auder’s contemporary persona as well as the inescapable subjectivity of his documentary narrative. Though it touches on all aspects of his personal and professional life, “The Feature” is primarily the story of Mr. Auder’s marriages, first to the irrepressible Viva, later to the introverted Cindy Sherman, whose reluctance to be a subject of his omnivorous, gregarious work opens up a rift in their relationship. Or that’s how Mr. Auder, who narrates in his seductive, half-mumbled French accent, remembers things.

While indebted, like all his videos, to Warhol’s let-the-camera-roll aesthetic, “The Feature” is closer in tone to the limpid diary films of Jonas Mekas and the plangent memoir-poems of the filmmaker Philippe Garrel, both of whom Mr. Auder counts among his many friends. His voice, however, is eminently his own: charismatic yet self-effacing, tenderhearted but compelled by uncontrollable appetites (for sex, heroin and subjects for the camera).

Mr. Auder’s obsessive videomaking prefigures the relentless narcissism of our current self-publishing mania, but there’s artfulness to his seemingly unmediated recording. He’s a subtle and canny editor (abetted here by Luke Meyer), with a keen sense of rhythm and duration. The nearly three-hour running time of “The Feature” feels exactly right, as does the unforced, organic development of his themes — fatherhood, relationships, the egoism and freedom of a bohemian life.

Ubiquitous as video has become, we still don’t have a well-developed sense of (or perhaps consensus on) what constitutes beauty in the medium. Mr. Auder’s videos belong to any discussion of these evolving criteria. Now that high definition is de rigueur, there’s great pleasure to be had in contemplating his early, bleary, low-resolution black-and-white images, which now look less like disposable doodling than choice examples of video primitivism. They are as elusive and tantalizing as the photo-based paintings of Gerhard Richter or the recent low-fi video experiments of David Lynch.


Opens on Wednesday in Manhattan.

Directed by Michel Auder and Andrew Neel; written by Mr. Auder, Mr. Neel and Luke Meyer; directors of photography, Mr. Auder and Mr. Neel; edited by Mr. Meyer; produced by Ethan Palmer. At the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, at Second Street, East Village. Running time: 2 hours 57 minutes. This film is not rated.


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