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Contents for May 18, 2009

1. Patty Chang, FF Alumn, at Mary Boone Gallery, Manhattan , opening May 21
2. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at Grotto of Lourdes, Saugerties , NY , ongoing
3. Dan Perjovschi, Tadej Pogacar, FF Alumns, at Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, Croatia, May 20, and more
4. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, at Jivamukti Yoga School , Manhattan , May 22
5. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at The Grand Chelsea , Manhattan , May 20
6. Dan Kwong, FF Alumn, at Torrance Cultural Arts Center , CA , May 27
7. The Dark Bob, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com
8. Disband, FF Alumns, at Korean Consulate General, Manhattan , May 21
9. Clemente Padin, FF Alumn, at 2nd. Thessaloniki Biennale , Greece , May 30
10. Artstor turns 5, Manhattan , June 10
11. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, in Paris , France , opening June 6
12. LuLu LoLo, Jay Critchley, FF Alumns, in Berlin , Germany , May 21

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1. Patty Chang, FF Alumn, at Mary Boone Gallery, Manhattan , opening May 21

The Product Love
Patty Chang

Mary Boone Gallery
745 Fifth Ave
New York NY

Opening Thursday May 21 5pm to 7pm

Shot in Hangzhou , Los Angeles , and Berlin , The Product Love-Die Ware Liebe (2009) is a 42-minute, two-channel video installation which gravitates around the meeting between Walter Benjamin and the Chinese-American film actress Anna May Wong, and more specifically, around the text Benjamin wrote about meeting Wong for the German literary magazine Die Literarische Welt in 1928.

The first video alternates between three people each individually translating Benjamin’s German text into English. This illuminates the ease with which mistranslation occurs in Benjamin’s “reading” of Wong. The performance of translation gives distance to Benjamin’s text and allows the viewer space to reconsider Benjamin’s contextualization of Wong. On the other screen, two Chinese actors portray Benjamin and Wong’s meeting as an imaginary, intimate encounter. The installation restages and recontextualizes this meeting as a porno in China with Chinese television actors-a reversal of sorts, turning a Chinoiserie into a Western.

Laotze Missing (2009) is a 3-minute film loop and photographic installation. The film is a transfer from video documentation shot in a film archive of Song aka Show Life (1928) starring Anna May Wong. In the film, Wong portrays a homeless street urchin who becomes the assistant in a knife-throwing act. The knife-thrower draws a chalk outline around her body and pushes her out of the way before throwing knives along the outline. The sense of absence is heightened by being rewound in slow motion and played repeatedly. The photograph is a close up detail from one of Walter Benjamin’s manuscripts on Bertolt Brecht where he has notated in his own hand the phrase “Laotse fehlt”, or Laotze missing, which has subsequently been crossed out by a layout artist.

Patty Chang (born 1972, San Leandro ) is well-known for her earlier performative works which deal with themes of gender, sexuality, language and empathy. Her video installation Shangri-La (2005), which was shot in Shangri-La , China , investigates how cultural knowledge becomes produced, adapted and reappropriated for consumption.

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2. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at Grotto of Lourdes, Saugerties , NY , ongoing

SEND YOUR PRAYER REQUESTS: AN INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE

I will read your PRAYER request at the grotto of Lourdes located in Saugerties New York . It is an outside shrine with stautes of the BLESSED MOTHER MARY and BERNADETTE OF LOURDES who received apparitions of Mary.
My mother used to restore these statues and often used her own make-up.

Send your prayer request to:
lindamontano@hotmail.com

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3. Dan Perjovschi, Tadej Pogacar, FF Alumns, at Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, Croatia, May 20, and more

Curatoress:
SUZANA MILEVSKA

In collaboration with:
Ivana Bago & Antonia Majaca

Participants:
Ivana Bago/Antonia Majaca, Magnus Bärtås | Zdenko Buzek | Liljana Gjuzelova | Igor Grubi? | Dejan Habicht/Tanja Lazeti? | Kalle Hamm | Albert Heta | Sasha Huber | IRWIN | Hristina Ivanoska | Sanja Ivekovi? | Suzana Milevska | MONUMENT Group | Oliver Musovi? | Tanja Ostoji?/David Rych | Dan Perjovschi | Lia Perjovschi | Tadej Poga?ar | Georg Schöllhammer | Dejan Spasovi? | Sašo Stanojkovi? | Mladen Stilinovi?, Alexander Vaindorf, Zaneta Vangeli

Conference & exhibition opening:
20.05. 2009
4.00-7.30 pm / 8.00 pm
@
g-mk | galerija miroslav kraljevic
Subiceva 29, 10000 Zagreb , Croatia

Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic is proud to present The Renaming Machine - the ongoing, two-year project by cutaroress Suzana Milevska, whose Zagreb edition is curated in collaboration with Ivana Bago and Antonia Maja?a. The Renaming Machine looks at the complex entanglements involved in the political and cultural processes of renaming. Its main concept reflects the crucial need to question the way these processes have influenced the construction and destabilization of the memory of national, cultural and personal identities in the former Yugoslavia and South-Eastern Europe over the past two decades. The project examines various artistic and cultural phenomena and strategies associated with the notion of “renaming” in order to determine the extent to which renaming affects visual culture and shapes the cultural identities and cultural politics in the region and elsewhere.

The Renaming Machine underscores the arbitrary and contingent nature of names. Alongside the philosophical and theoretical implications of the “mystic writing pad” of historic renaming, the project examines clandestine ideological patterns of the “desiring renaming machine” at work behind the dominant and visible social machines. As a region overburdened with changes in its state borders, the Balkans, for example, possess a history that abounds with the politics of renaming. With the break-up of Yugoslavia , the renaming “apparatus” erased and overwrote most traces from the Tito era, including the Yugoslav leader’s own name, which had been attached to many places in the former country. The region itself has been called by different names: the Balkans, the Western Balkans, SouthEastern Europe , etc., depending on the geopolitical interests and attitudes regarding its integrity or dismemberment. The “renaming machine& rdquo; has also important implications for gender politics in the way the patriarchal marriage contract has traditionally dictated that a woman assumes her husband’s family name, thus overwriting her premarital identity.

Changes in the names of institutions, people, ethnicities, languages, toponyms and even states are usually viewed as the first step in the process of appropriation, or erasure, of national, cultural, and personal identities, as well as a way to protect long-term political interests and ensure the domination over a territory. For example, the on-going conceptual “war of names” between Greece and Macedonia (that in 1993 was forced by UNO to start using the description “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”) resulted in an international outwitting game that is the best example of ideology of renaming: how the endlessly postponed event of renaming can enable a “state of exception” whereby the power of the “renaming machine” is either underappreciated or overrated.

The Renaming Machine is imagined as a two-year umbrella project comprising a series of events: conferences, exhibitions, debates, video programmes, bloggers’ posts, etc. that take place in Ljubljana , Skopje , Prishtina, Zagreb and Vienna . A comprehensive publication edited by the Skopje-based curator and theorist Prof. Dr. Suzana Milevska and published by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute is planned as the culminating segment of the project to be launched in autumn 2009.

The Zagreb exhibition includes new commissions by: Albert Heta, Sanja Ivekovi?, Tanja Ostoji?/David Rych, Tadej Poga?ar, Dejan Spasovi? and Alexander Vaindorf

PROGRAM, MAY 20, 2009
4.00 - 7.30 pm
Conference / Panel discussions with:
Ivana Bago/Antonia Majaca, Magnus Bärtås, Igor Grubi?, Dejan Habicht/Tanja Lazeti?, Albert Heta, Sasha Huber, Suzana Milevska, Georg Schöllhammer, Alexander Vaindorf

8.00 pm
Performance:
Dejan Spasovi?, Renaming Paradox, storytelling performance

VIDEO ARCHIVE / 3 SHIFTS:
20.05.- 03.06.2009
Video archive: Rewriting History
Dan Perjovschi, Dejan Habicht/Tanja Lazeti?, Sasha Huber, Lia Perjovschi, Kalle Hamm

03.-16.06.2009
Video Archive: Renaming Troubles: Gender/Kinship/Culture: Liljana Gjuzelova, Hristina Ivanoska, Tadej Poga?ar, Oliver Musovi?

17.06.- 03.07. 2009
Video Archive: Renaming the Self: Pseudonyms/ Appropriations/Misnomers
Magnus Bärtås, Igor Grubi?, Albert Heta, Sašo Stanojkovi?,

The main organiser of the project:
P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute, Ljubljana , Slovenia, www.zavod-parasite.si

Partners:
g-mk | galerija miroslav kraljevi?, Zagreb, Croatia, www.g-mk.hr
Peace Institute, Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia, www.mirovni-institut.si
Press to exit project space, Skopje, Macedonia, www.presstoexit.org.mk
Cultural Centre “To?ka”/Kontrapunkt, Skopje, Macedonia, www.kontrapunkt-mk.mk
Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Prishtina, Kosovo, www.stacion.org

The project is supported by:
Erste Foundation
European Cultural Foundation-ECF
Swiss Cultural Programme Macedonia
Ministry of Culture of Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
Municipality of Ljubljana
FRAME - Finnish Fund for Art Exchange
Majaoja Säätiö (Majaoja Foundation)
IASPIS - International Artists Studio Program in Sweden
City of Zagreb - City Office for education, culture and sport

www.renamingmachine.blogspot.com
GALLERY HOURS:
Tue-Fri: 12.00 - 7.00 PM
Sat: 11.00 – 1.00 PM
g-mk | galerija miroslav kraljevic
subiceva 29 | 10 000 Zagreb
t. +385 1 45 92 696
e. info@g-mk.hr
url. www.g-mk.hr

and

COMMA
A dynamic new series of monthly commissions

Dan Perjovschi and Jadranka Kosorcic
7 - 23 May 2009
Bloomberg SPACE
50 Finsbury Square ,
London EC2A 1HD

http://www.bloombergspace.com

COMMA focuses entirely on the commissioning of new work providing exceptional opportunities for artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to the particular nature of Bloomberg SPACE.

Twenty of today's most outstanding established and emerging international artists have been invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions created in response to and seen for the first time at Bloomberg SPACE.

The new programme continues Bloomberg SPACE's reputation of presenting the unknown alongside the very well known drawing on a group of artists from across the globe. The programme spans a wide range of media – during the year painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, performance and film are all featured.

COMMA 05 Dan Perjovschi
For COMMA Dan Perjovschi has turned the front gallery at Bloomberg SPACE into a giant sketchbook, immersing viewers in a sea of information. Atypically Perjovschi has chosen to work only on the huge glass frontage of the gallery leaving the rest of the gallery as a blank page. The London headquarters of Bloomberg LP is distinctive both for its gallery's towering glass frontage and for Bloomberg's 24/7 news which is generated from within. Perjovschi has focused on both of these unique characteristics scaling up his portfolio of drawings that comment on current political, social and cultural issues and applying them on to both sides of the glass. The result is a direct interface between gallery and street that draws together viewers from both arenas.

COMMA 06 Jadranka Kosorcic
Jadranka Kosorcic has been resident within Bloomberg Headquarters for a month drawing members of staff. The resulting selection of strong, expressionist portraits creates a glimpse into the internal world of the building and those that animate it. The project is an extension of Kosorcic's 'Blind Date' in which she advertises or selects sitters with whom she anticipates she can develop some sort of mental and physical connection. The results are stunning yet executed through the simplest of means – her fine, hard, singular line portraits effortlessly capture that particular something about each subject.

About Bloomberg SPACE
Bloomberg SPACE is a gallery based at Bloomberg's European headquarters in London and is dedicated to commissioning and exhibiting contemporary art. It welcomes visitors six days a week and admission is free.

COMMA continues with commissions including:
11 June - 18 July 2009
COMMA 07 Peter Liversidge
COMMA 08 DJ Simpson

Bloomberg SPACE, 50 Finsbury Square , London EC2A 1HD

Open: Monday to Saturday 11am – 6pm

Admission Free

Nearest stations: Moorgate & Liverpool Street

W http://www.bloombergspace.com
E gallery@bloomberg.net
T + 44 20 7330 7959

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4. Paul McMahon, FF Alumn, at Jivamukti Yoga School , Manhattan , May 22

THE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE OF PAUL MCMAHON
Friday May 22 at 8:30: JIVAMUKTI YOGA SCHOOL
841 Broadway NYC (212)353-0214 (800)-295-6814

"Without Paul McMahon's songs in my life the world would really be a dark and difficult place." -Sharon Gannon

Paul McMahon’s music has been his closest friend, a symbiotic catalyst in psychological and spiritual exploration. The insights revealed in this process have transformative potential. There are songs which will take you down the rabbithole through Wonderland backwards and upside down, but they bring you home before curfew.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1o4iejG2DI

"Haunted by clarity...his voice carries the seed sound."-Joseph 'Beautiful Painted Arrow' Rael

"...entertainment for the post-historical era, his lyrics are so good they occasionally obscure the fact that he's a hell of a good crooner." - WOODSTOCK TIMES

This will be McMahon’s first New York appearance in a couple of years, other than a recent performance of songs at the Metropolitan Museum . This was an historical presentation of works from the 70s and 80s in conjunction with THE PICTURES GENERATION 1974-1984. McMahon has about 30 pieces in the show, which is open until August 2.

www.paulmcmahon.tv

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5. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at The Grand Chelsea , Manhattan , May 20

THE HOLE
A Private Party Show
The Grand Chelsea
270 West 17th Street (corner 8 Avenue), Apt 20c
New York , NY 10011
Wednesday, May 20, 8 pm - 12 am
Performance by Karen Geyer: 9:30 pm

The Hole is the second in a series of annual site-specific shows organized by the international curator Andrea Domesle at the Grand Chelsea, NYC. The series continues to explore the multifaceted concept of “opening” in an aesthetic, pragmatic, metaphoric, psychological, socio-political and almost spiritual manner.

For a sculptor, a hole would be plotted by conditions that comprise a three dimensional art work. Since Lucio Fontana’s gaps in the canvas, the space concept of two dimensional art works extended to a different
understanding: holes were no longer a destruction of the painting or a mistake of material or a painted trompe-l’oeil – they became an integral part of the artistic composition and a key component of the philosophy of deconstruction.

In the aspect of our daily life, holes are almost understood as something lost and missing. We could fall into cavities or break our leg when we take a step into this fissure of space. Holes are recognized as the result of a gesture or force – someone or something initiated the hole. But primarily, a negative interpretation accompanies the term as it is in the case of a Ground Zero, a surface devastation resulting from an explosion, perhaps nuclear, or an earthquake or even an epidemic.

The Hole layers artists’ works which reflect upon this term together with the analogous nature of the site-specific presentation itself. Like “the hole, one is held up in,” this show takes as its starting point the specific values of the so-called Austrian Apartment (owned by the government of the State of Austria and given as a grant to visiting artists – Apartment 20 C of The Grand Chelsea, 270 West 17th Street). And situating the presentation of artworks, exploring “the hole” within the framework of a party, expands the elusiveness of the private site, of its temporary occupants and their extended international art network. In this way, The Hole is a veritable hall of mirrors. Within the contemporary gallery district, overlooking a panorama of New York skyscrapers, The Hole is after all an “opening” whereupon one may fall in or perhaps instead simply peer into the other side.

A prominent group of international artists comprise its interlocutors:

Eric Anglès (NY), Maria Bussmann (A/NY), Ulrich Dertschei (A/NY), Karen Geyer (CH, DK/NY), Arfus Greenwood (NY), Michael Höpfner (A/NY), Juan Manuel Echavarria (Columbia/NY), Pawel Ferus (CH/NY), Karin Hueber (CH/GER), Anna Konik (PL/GER), Scott Kiernan (NY), Anna Ostoya (PL/NY), Michael Strasser (A), Maciej Toporowicz (NY/PL), Sabine Groß
(GER)

Curator: Andrea Domesle (A/CH/GER)
Subway: A, C, E, L Train to 14 St. /8 Av. (uptown exit). Walk one block north to 17th St. , turn right, first building is 270 West.

Supported by iaab / Christoph Merian Stiftung (CH), Bundeskanzleramt Kunst (A), the neighbourhood and other sponsors.

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6. Dan Kwong, FF Alumn, at Torrance Cultural Arts Center , CA , May 27

Dan performs "IT’S GREAT 2B AMERICAN" on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 PM in the Nakano Theatre, Torrance Cultural Arts Center , CA . Q & A will follow performance.

Inspired by Kwong’s discoveries while traveling in Asia , IT’S GREAT 2B AMERICAN is a funny, fierce, highly-political piece. Equal parts documentary travelogue, satirical dance review, irreverent history lesson and personal storytelling, IG2BA follows Kwong's search for an American identity beyond arrogance, denial or guilt.

Packed with dynamic physicality, some eye-popping video, whacked-out props & costumes, and ironic tales of patriotism run amok, IG2BA is Kwong's first full-length solo show in nine years -- a timely and unflinching statement that boldly (and humorously) speaks to America’s place in the world: its checkered past, troubled present and, as the country comes under new leadership, its hopeful future.

Tickets: $25 Adults / $23 Senior & Students / $20 Subscribers @ (310) 781-7171

Nakano Theatre
Torrance Cultural Arts Center (TCAC)
3330 Civic Center Drive
Torrance 90503

For information, call (310) 618-6342 or visit www.TorranceLive.us

< font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">THIS PERFORMANCE IS PART OF THE FILM / THEATRE SERIES “WHOSE STORY NOW?”,
EXPLORING THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE THROUGH EVOLVING JAPANESE AMERICAN STORIES.

www.dankwong.com

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7. The Dark Bob, FF Alumn, now on youtube.com

Hi Friends

This is a 6 minute piece I did for the HIDDEN LOVE MEDICAL FUND to benefit rocker PETER CASE. The weekend concerts at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica included T-Bone Burnett, Jacob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Dave Alvin, Syd Straw, Stan Ridgeway and many others who came out for Peter to raise money to pay for his recent heart surgery. My piece was perhaps the WEIRDEST of all...!!! But I hope you get some laughs...

"JESUS CHRIST, PETER CASE"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCTMGJ4ZtSw&feature=channel_page

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8. Disband, FF Alumns, at Korean Consulate General, Manhattan , May 21

Disband, FF Alumns Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, Diane Torr, Martha Wilson, will be participating in the 2009 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale in Korea . There will be a press conference in Manhattan to announce details of the Biennale. Info below:

Press Conference in NYC
2009 International Incheon Women Artists' Biennale
Thursday, May 21st 2009 4 pm
Korean Cultural Service NY
at Korean Consulate General in New York
460 Park Avenue, 6th Fl. (between 57th and 58th street)
New York NY 10022
212-759-9550

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9. Clemente Padin, FF Alumn, at 2nd. Thessaloniki Biennale , Greece , May 30

Clemente Padín ( Uruguay ), at 2nd.Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Performance Festival,30 May, 2009 – 12 hs.
AIR - Urban Intervention cum Performance, Aristotelous Square , Thessaloniki , Greece

AIR : Instalation cum performance

Objective: Conceptual game: representation/ action and conceptual self-related intervention - performance in the streets and/or squares of the city: there where lack the object "air" is its linguistic representation, the word "AIR" substituting the real element.

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10. Artstor turns 5, Manhattan , June 10

Please join us.
ARTstor is turning 5!

This summer ARTstor, a partner organization utilizing Franklin Furnace’s images, will celebrate its 5th birthday and the launch of our one millionth image. Please join us in celebrating a promising beginning and in reflecting upon what we are doing together to serve the educational and scholarly community.

Thank you for making all this possible!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009; 5:00-7:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. remarks by Don Randel, David Rosand, and Mariët Westermann.
Reception to follow.

ARTstor
151 East 61st Street
New York , NY 10065

RSVP: missy.brown@artstor.org or 212-500-2412.

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11. Paul Henry Ramirez, FF Alumn, in Paris , France , opening June 6

Paul Henry Ramirez invites you to his third solo exhibition at Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Pairs-France. Opening June 6–July 26, 2009.

Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard
3, impasse Saint-Claude / 74, rue de Turenne
75003 Paris – France
e-mail: info@galerierichard.com
tel: 33 (0)1 43 25 27 22
fax: 33 (0)1 43 25 27 23
www.paulhenryramirez.com

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12. LuLu LoLo, Jay Critchley, FF Alumns, in Berlin , Germany , May 21

LuLu LoLo’s video of her performance as Dust Collecting Specialist in Campagna, Italy will be screened at Reliquaries of Empires Dust, Bereznitsky Gallery, Heidestrasse 73, Berlin, Germany Arrested Attention Night of Video May 21, 2009, 7pm Anthony Gross - 1000 Years (Empire) Tai Shani - The Kitty Genovese Lello Lopez - Reliquaries Herve Constant - Run LuLu LoLo – Dust Collector Saso Stanojkovik - Justice Joanna Hoffmann - Secrete Life Jay Critchley - Global Yawning Antonello Matarazzo – Lunar Zero Birgit Deubner - A Tale

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