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Contents for May 25, 2009

1. Dustin Grella, Russet Lederman, FF Alumns, at School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, opening May 26
2. Michelle Handelman, FF Member, at Participant, Manhattan, May 24
3. Stephanie Brody Lederman, FF Alumn, at Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, opening June 6
4. Galinsky, FF Alumn, at 92Y Tribeca, Manhattan, May 27
5. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at ISCP, Brooklyn, May 29-June 28
6. Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Cinema Village, June 5
7. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Manhattan, opening June 4
8. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, May  30 and 31
9. Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, opening June 4
10. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, live online, May 30
11. Todd Alcott, Sabrina Jones, R. Sikoryak, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, May 28
12. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, at Beijing 798 Biennial, Aug. 15-Sept. 26
13. Keith Varardi, FF Intern Alumn, now online at www.keithjvarardi.com
14. Tom Murrin, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, May 29
15. Colin Sanderson, FF Intern Alumn, in Brooklyn, May 29
16. Cecilia Vicuna, FF Alumn, in Valparaiso, Chile, May 29-June 30

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1. Dustin Grella, FF Intern, at School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, opening May 26

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents Mediated Realities, an exhibition of selected thesis projects by 2009 graduates of the MFA Computer Art Department. Curated by faculty member Russet Lederman, FF Alumn, the exhibition will be on view from May 26 through June 6 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

This exhibition presents over 40 projects, including experimental linear video; networked media; video and audio installation; non-narrative and narrative 3D animation; and interactive installation and performance. Using current technologies to explore the inner self and the outer world, the artists also examine how their relationship to one another and their environment is mediated through technology. Often combining media and technologies, these artists employ a range of materials and programming languages to question social interactions in a media-saturated environment.

The exhibition displays the work of Roxanna Allen, Kwahena Appiah, Eric Berthoud, Claudia Cardoso-Fleck, Thanawadee Chagasik, Chan-Chia Chang, Eun Ha Choi, Jose Ramon Vincente Del Prado, Jaime Ekkens, Edward Farro, Nathan Freise, Asa Gauen, Jelani Gould-Bailey, Christopher Greener, Dustin Grella, Su Kyung Heo, Shiou-Wen Hong, Christopher Hsu, Chih-Wei Hsu, Adel Kerpely, Taek Sang Kim, Sung Kyu Koo, Jae Min Lee, Maurice Lee, Darren Lee, Chaoying Lin, Rita Sa Mendes, Luis Navarro, Amjad Olabi, Miguel Rodrigues, Blake Sample, Anthony Schubert, Graham Smith, Kuo-Pei Sun, Christine Tadler, Aliki Vasileia Tsigkri, Tai Li Wu, Wan-Chun Wu, Jimmy Yeo and Xun Zhu.

The Visual Arts Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information call 212.592.2145.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

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2. Michelle Handelman, FF Member, at Participant, Manhattan, May 24

Michelle Handelman

DORIAN

Please join us Sunday, May 24, 7-9pm

for live performances by

Stefan Tcherepnin, synth

Nadia Sirota, viola

Flawless Sabrina, drag

On view through May 31, DORIAN is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray: “It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.” Presented as a non-linear narrative on four screens,

Handelman’s DORIAN employs the queer undertones of the original novel as a starting point for a feminist reworking of the tale through a new queer identity. Told by means of fragmented dialogue and music, each character utilizes their own instrument: Theremin, synthesizer, viola, voice.

Starring Wren Kistler aka Sequinette (Dorian), Armen Ra (Lord H), Quin Charity (Basil), K8 Hardy (Sybl Vain) and Jack Doroshow a.k.a. Flawless Sabrina (Dead Dorian). Music by Armen Ra, Stefan Tcherepnin, Vincent Baker, Lustmord, and Nadia Sirota. Cinematography by Ed David.

Made with support from: Experimental Television Center’s Finishing Funds Program supported by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council of the Arts.

Special thanks: Don Carroll at Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn; Garo Sparo; Nathalie Angles at Location One, NYC; Drazen Pantic at Open-player.com; Quentin Chiapetta at Media Noise, Brooklyn; Stefan Stoyanov at Luxe Gallery, NYC; Suzanne Fiol and Zach Layton at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn; Erik Foss at Lit Lounge, NYC; Oliver Pihlar at Happy Ending Lounge, NYC; Bloomingdale’s, NYC; scientific electric, Los Angeles. 

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

This program is supported, in part, by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

PARTICIPANT INC receives generous support from the Harriett Ames Charitable Trust, Bloomberg, The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, Foundation 20 21, Peter Norton Family Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and numerous individuals.

PARTICIPANT INC is located at 253 East Houston Street, between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets on the Lower East Side. Subway: F/V to Second Avenue, Allen Street exit. 

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7pm. participantinc.org

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3. Stephanie Brody Lederman, FF Alumn, at Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, opening June 6 

Degrees of Density:

Selections from The Kentler Flatfiles

Kentler Gallery, 353 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 CURATOR'S TALK: Saturday, June 6, 4pm

RECEPTION: June 6, 5 - 7pm

GUEST CURATOR : Marilyn Symmes, Director and Curator of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

ARTISTS: David Ambrose • Ernst Benkert • Hovey Brock • Stephanie Brody-Lederman • Karni Dorell • Elizabeth Duffy • Julie Gross • Molly Heron • John Himmelfarb • Gloria Holcuprda-Williams • Richard Howe • Mary Judge • Ellen Kahn • Elise Kaufman • Nishijima Kazuhiro • Michael Kukla • Nancy Manter • Morgan O'Hara • Janell O'Rourke • Debra Pearlmen • Gelah Penn • Viviane Rombaldi Seppey • Claudia Sbrissa • Susan Schwalb • Robert Schwinger • Joel Sokolov • Emily Stern • Gosia Wlodarczak • Martin Zet

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4. Galinsky, FF Alumn, at 92Y Tribeca, Manhattan, May 27

FF Alumn Galinsky at 92Y Tribeca

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5. Maciej Toporowicz, FF Alumn, at ISCP, Brooklyn, May 29-June 28

ON THE TECTONICS OF HISTORY
May 29 - June 28, 2009
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
Curators: Andrea Domesle and Martin Krenn Exhibition Design: TOLEDOiDERTSCHEI
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 28, 2009, 6 - 9pm Opening Hours: Saturday - Sunday, 2 - 6pm Talk with the Curators + Video presentation by Maciej Toporowicz:
Saturday, May 30, 2009, 4pm

A wall installation with reprints of art works from: David Adam, Pat Binder, Klaus vom Bruch, Lutz Dammbeck, Jochen Gerz, Hans Haacke, Rafal Jakubowicz, Klub Zwei, Grzegorz Klaman, Zdena Kolečková, Anna Konik, Anna Kowalska, Martin Krenn, Monument für die Niederlage, Susanne Kriemann, Robert Kuśmirowski, Pia Lanzinger, Boris Lurie, Gustav Metzger, Lisl Ponger, Rafani, Anja Salomonowitz, Naomi Tereza Salmon, Joachim Seinfeld, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Tim Sharp, Michaela Thelenová, Maciej Toporowicz, Arye Wachsmuth, Peter Weibel, Artur Żmijewski.

How and where can the influence of history be made tangible? Which intentions or political aims underlie the images that establish our interpretation of the past?
On the Tectonics of History exposes the historical traces of the Nazi era in the 1930s and 1940s. The show investigates the way in which imagery continues to shape our understanding of this regime, and subsequently reflects on how present day society deals with this time-period.
On the Tectonics of History presents contemporary works of art in the fields of photography, film and video. Often oscillating between conceptual and factual representation, the works enable us to produce meaning and, in turn, to formulate images of history that are not yet consistent within our society. According to Aleida and Jan Assmann, Professors of Archeology, documentary photography and film act as an image storage-bank for our collective memory. Since the 1930s, technological achievements have permitted a much broader use of these two media while allowing a steady increase of distribution.

History is represented and understood through images that can suggest illusory authenticity. Pictures of historical places, people and events have been reproduced scrutinized in schoolbooks, television documentaries, historical museums and magazines. Not infrequently, propaganda and perpetrator photos of the Nazis have been referenced as "image evidence" without ever questioning their history of origin.

Contrary to this, most of the exhibited artists aim to understand the original documents as tools enabling us to construct history. In doing so, their work is grounded in historical fact on one hand, and on the other hand, concerned with revising the images of history communicated by photography, video and film.

On the Tectonics of History is a travelling exhibition that makes its last stop at ISCP. The exhibition gathers a selection from the four touring stations of the show selected by the curatorial team Domesle/Krenn. Following ISCP's format - a residency program for artists and curators - the final presentation at ISCP Gallery reflects the curatorial concept of On the Tectonics of History and should be considered a conclusion and reflection of the touring experience.

Reproductions of artworks shown during the exhibition's tour are juxtaposed with printed works by Boris Lurie, one of the founders of the NO!art movement during the 1960s in New York. Additionally, the exhibition presents an archive featuring the entire collection of video works included in all phases of the exhibition.

On the Tectonics of History previous stations:

November 24, 2005 - January 15, 2006: Forum Stadtpark Graz, Austria; November 1, 2006 - December 15, 2006: Faculty of Art and Design of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University and Emil Filla Gallery in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic; Mars 17, 2007 - April 29, 2007: WYSPA Institute of Art/WYSPA Progress Foundation, Gdansk, Poland; September 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008: Motorenhalle - Projektzentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden, Germany

A newly released exhibition catalogue, edited by Andrea Domesle and Martin Krenn and published by the Faculty of Art and Design of Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (CZ), will be available at ISCP.

During the tour the selection of works and artistic positions changed continually according to the location and site-specific matters. For each venue Andrea Domesle (GER) and Martin Krenn (A) collaborated with curators, Michal Koleček (CZ), Aneta Szylak (PL) and Frank Eckhardt (GER), directors of the previous venues.

Art critic and curator Matthias Reichelt (GER) selected the works of Boris Lurie for the ISCP station.
The ISCP station is supported by Consulate General of the Republic of Germany, NYC and Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) 1040 Metropolitan Avenue | Brooklyn, NY 11211
T: (718) 387 2900 | F: (718) 387 2966

info@iscp-nyc.org | www.iscp-nyc.org
Direction: Grand St stop on the L train.

For more information please contact:
Andrea Domesle | a_domesle@aon.at
Martin Krenn | mail@martinkrenn.net
Sandrine Canac | scanac@iscp-nyc.org
On the Tectonics of History
www.martinkrenn.net/tectonic

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6. Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Cinema Village, June 5

HERB AND DOROTHY

Release Date: Opens June 5 2009 in NYC at Cinema Village and July 10 at Landmark Nuart in LA. Director and Producer: Megumi Sasaki Featuring: Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel Run Time: 87 minutes Rating: Unrated

HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb's salary to purchase art they liked, and living on Dorothy's paycheck alone, they continued collecting artworks guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists including Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

After thirty years of meticulous collecting and buying, the Vogels managed to accumulate over 2,000 pieces, filling every corner of their tiny one bedroom apartment. "Not even a toothpick could be squeezed into the apartment," recalls Dorothy. In 1992, the Vogels decided to move their entire collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The vast majority of their collection was given as a gift to the institution. Many of the works they acquired appreciated so significantly over the years that their collection today is worth millions of dollars. Still, the Vogels never sold a single piece. Today, Herb and Dorothy still live in the same apartment in New York with 19 turtles, lots of fish, and one cat. They've refilled it with piles of new art they've acquired.

HERB & DOROTHY is directed by first time filmmaker Megumi Sasaki. The film received the Golden Starfish Award for the Best Documentary Film and Audience Award from the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. It has also received Audience Awards from the 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival and the 2009 Philadelphia Cinefest. Palm Springs International Film Festival named HERB & DOROTHY one of their “Best of Fest” films in 2009.

PLAYDATES
NEW YORK CITY - Cinema Village - 5-Jun   
Cincinnati Art Museum 6-Jun   
Taubman Museum 12-Jun   
PHILADELPHIA Landmark Ritz Bourse 19-Jun   
SAN FRANCISCO Landmark SF Lumiere 19-Jun   
BERKELEY Landmark Shattuck 19-Jun   
LONG ISLAND Cinema Arts Center 25-Jun   
ALBUQUERQUE Guild Cinema 27-Jun   
WASHINGTON DC Landmark E-Street 3-Jul    BOSTON Landmark Kendall Square 10-Jul   
LOS ANGELES Landmark Nuart 10-Jul   
DENVER Starz Film Center  17-Jul   
MIAMI Miami Art Museum 19-Jul   
SALT LAKE CITY Salt Lake City - Tower 24-Jul     
SEATTLE Northwest Film Forum 31-Jul 
ST. LOUIS Webster Sept 4    
MINNEAPOLIS Walker Art Center 16-Sep   
COLUMBUS OH Wexner Center 30-Sep   
HOUSTON MFA Houston Sept 26  
John McFadden
Arthouse Films
80 Greene St., c/o Hastens
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966 - 1760
intern@arthousefilmsonline.com

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7. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, Manhattan, opening June 4

Mike Asente 
Elisa D'arrigo
Mary Carlson
Lesley Dill
Elana Herzog
Holly Miller
Edward Shalala
Ann Shostrom
By a thread        
4 June – 24 July, 2009         

reception: 4 june, 6-8pm
Elizabeth Harris Gallery         
529 w20 street ny ny 10011           
212. 463.9666             
www.elizabethharrisgallery.com

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8. Bob Goldberg, FF Alumn, in Brooklyn, May  30 and 31

ladies, gents, and others

the famous accordion orchestra's spring gardens tour continues this coming sunday (may 31) at the local produce festival - gardens of union - union street between 4th and 5th avenues - 12:00 noon. it's free, and it sounds right purdy. and it's made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). see also: www.spokethehub.org for other local produce events.

also - saturday (may 30) some of us will be playing at the full moon walking tour of green-wood cemetery (with noted cemetery historian jeff richman) - 25th street and 5th avenue - starting around 9:00 pm. it's not free, but it's fun. (www.green-wood.com)

see you then!

bob

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9. Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, in Venice, Italy, opening June 4
Krzysztof Wodiczko. Guests
53rd International Art
Exhibition in Venice

Opening reception:
June 4th, 2009, at 5 pm,
Giardini di Castello
exhibition open until
November 22nd, 2009
http://www.labiennale.art.pl
Polish Pavilion
Pavilion Commissioner Agnieszka Morawińska
Curator of the Exhibition Bożena Czubak
Assistant Commisioner Małgorzata Osińska
Organisation of the exhibition
Zacheta National Gallery of Art
Pl. Małachowskiego 3
00-916 Warsaw, Poland
tel. (+48 22) 556 96 00
press@zacheta.art.pl

The protagonists of Krzysztof Wodiczko's projection in the Polish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Art Biennial are immigrants, people who, not being 'at home', remain 'eternal guests'. 'Strangers', 'others' are key notions in Wodiczko's artistic practice, be it in the projections, the Vehicles, or the technologically advanced Instruments that enable those who, deprived of rights, remain mute, invisible and nameless to communicate, gain a voice, make a presence in public space.

The projection, created specially for the Biennial, transforms the space of the Polish Pavilion into a place where the viewers watch scenes taking place seemingly outside, behind an illusion of windows, their projection on the pavilion's windowless walls. The individual projections, the images of windows projected onto the pavilion's architecture, open its interior to virtual, but at the same time real, scenes showing immigrants washing windows, taking a rest, talking, waiting for work, exchanging remarks about their tough existential situation, unemployment, problems getting their stay legalised. The slight blurriness of the images reduces the legibility of the scenes taking place behind milky glass. Wodiczko plays with the visibility of immigrants, people who are 'within arm's reach' and, at the same time, 'on the other side', referring us to their ambivalent status, their social invisibility. Both sides experience an inability to overcome the gap separating them. The Biennial visitors are 'guests' here too, of which they are reminded by the images of immigrants trying, from time to time, to peek inside.

The project, dealing with the multicultural problematique of alterity, concerns one of the most burning issues of the contemporary world, globally as well as in the EU, where a discourse of acceptance and legalisation is accompanied by often restrictive immigration policies. The author worked with immigrants based in Poland and Italy, but coming from different countries of the world such as Chechnya, Ukraine, Vietnam, Romania, Sri Lanka, Libya, Bangladesh, Pakistan or Morocco.

In his Venice project, Wodiczko combines the unique experience of his earlier indoor projections, staged in galleries or museums, which opened the otherwise isolated art world to the outside world, with a performative nature of his outdoor projections which allowed participants to animate public buildings with images of their faces or hands and the sounds of their voices.

For further information please contact: Olga Gawerska (press officer) press@zacheta.art.pl

Polish participation in the 53rd International Art Exhibition in Venice is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Co-operating Institutions: Adam Mickiewicz Institute; Polish Institute in Rome; Profile Foundation; Atlas Sztuki; Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris; Lelong Gallery, New York; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Media Patronage of Zachęta: Gazeta Wyborcza, Polityka, TOK FM, The Warsaw Voice, Art&Business, Artinfo.pl, Onet.pl, empik

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10. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, live online, May 30

On LUVER.COM Saturday May 30th at eight P.M. Pacific time, FRANK MOORE'S CHEROTIC ALL-STAR BAND will perform GLOBAL EROTIC WARMING, an hour long jam...  Psychedelic intimate journey into a shamanistic dreamscape.  it is a part of a 24 hour online global Marathon.   It will be fun!  And if everything works, we'll be on a big screen in Paris live!... 

"All your performances will be casted in a public venue on 3 screens,  mixed by several directors at Point Ephemere in Paris- on the web: http://www.pointephemere.org/  - where a sound system also a final output will be displayed and available on the web (it can be used as a source for anyone who wants) every hour there are people streaming from another time zone."

but here we shall just be playing together! 

In Freedom,

Frank Moore

http://www.eroplay.com

http://www.luver.com

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11. Todd Alcott, Sabrina Jones, R. Sikoryak, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, May 28

Dixon Place presents...

CAROUSEL

Cartoon slide shows & other projected pictures presented by a glittering array of artists, performers, graphic novelists, & other characters.

Hosted by R. Sikoryak.

Featuring:

Todd Alcott
Megan Montague Cash
Danny Hellman
Sabrina Jones
Michael Kupperman
Neil Numberman
R.S.
and more!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

8:00 PM
(door opens at 7:30 pm)
at the NEW
Dixon Place

161 Chrystie Street

New York, NY 10002 
(Between Rivington and Delancey Sts.)

Tickets:
$15 (general)
$12 (students/seniors w/ valid id) or TDF
2 tickets for $25 with postcard (see attached jpeg)
Advance tickets & more info:

www.dixonplace.org
(212) 219-0736

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12. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, at Beijing 798 Biennial, Aug. 15-Sept. 26

Constellations: Beijing 798 Biennial

August 15-September 26, 2009                            

Introduction

Constellations will inaugurate the Beijing 798 Biennial, and will bring together over 80 Chinese and international artists for exhibitions in the 798 art complex in Beijing. Artworks to be exhibited include painting, sculpture, works-on-paper, photography, video, installation, performance, sound works, media art, and site-specific public art. Constellations will be exhibited in 706 exhibition space as well as other venues located in proximity.

Theme

Constellations uses as foil the notion that stars in a constellation are often vastly distant from each other, but they appear close to each other from the perspective of Earth. Nearness and farness, inside and outside, global and local are some of the tropes that Constellations uses as touchstone but situates them as relative to each other or in states of parallax. In other words, shifting demographics engendered by migration and the circulation of information foment heterogeneous, cross-cultural polyphonic articulations that make binary rubrics, such as those previously mentioned, limited. Beijing is ideal for this unique biennial in that it is a megalopolis located between the future and the past in a confluence of the pre-modern, modern and postmodern which, in turn, reconfigures globalization as more complicated and multidimensional than how it manifests in other areas of the world. Some of the exhibiting foreign artists, for example, live in Beijing and the artworks made there absorb their locality yet are concomitantly refracted through peripatetic biographies thus creating a more fluid exchange between artistic practices within and outside of Beijing. Apart from non-Chinese artists who work and live in Beijing, other invited foreign artists will be involved in site-specific projects or will present works made outside of China yet modified via their interfacing with wholly different contexts. On the other hand, many of the native Beijing artists that will exhibit have not only traveled extensively outside of China for exhibitions or residencies, but the work selected or made specifically for Constellations will also foreground the global nature of their work all the while maintaining the specificity of their geo-cultural location. Ultimately, Constellations raises more questions than it proposes to answer, particularly in a city where cultural tectonics on an international scale perpetually shift and reshape the local social landscape in altogether unimaginable ways.              

Structure

The artistic director and the five curators will select artists to include in both the main venue and auxiliary exhibition spaces. The curators will individually approach their selections as both independent projects that are linked to the biennial thus creating a coherent and unified thematic exhibition. For example, one curator will present a project consisting of visual and sound artists entitled The Man Who Fell to Earth. While this presentation can be appreciated autonomously from the biennial, it weaves itself into Constellations via its thematic as well as its structural nature in which artworks will be simultaneously exhibited in both 706 and other venues. In one sense, the biennial’s exhibition design and structure is meshed with its thematic concept, and reflects well the notion of a constellation; that is, where artworks, individual exhibitions and their attendant curatorial frameworks are vastly different from each other yet innately dialogical though appearing clustered depending on perspective from within Beijing and without.

Publication         

The publication that will accompany Constellations will deviate from the standard format of exhibition catalog. Instead, the biennial publication will appear as a special issue of the Beijing magazine titled Art Map, and will be bilingual in Mandarin and English.  The catalog will include curators’ essays, artist pages and bios and other textual and pictorial inserts as well as a DVD with inteviews and excerpted works. In using this mode of information dissemination, Constellations seeks to extend itself beyond standard distribution systems of libraries and bookstores. In formatting the catalog as a magazine, the biennial publication has broader accessibility by ostensibly infiltrating commercial venues including newsstands located in train stations, bus depots, airports, as well as hotel lobbies, restaurants, tourist kiosks, and so forth.       

Venues:

Main exhibition space:

706

Auxiliary spaces:

Asia Art Contemporary

Iberia Art Center, Beijing

Michael Schulz Gallery, Beijing

Platform China

SZ Art Space

T-Space Gallery

Curatorial Team

ArtisticDirector:

Zhu Qi, China

Curators:

Marc Hungerbuhler, U.S./China/Switzerland

Director, The Artist Network, Beijing/New York

www.theartistnetwork.org  

Alexandra Lowenstein, U.S./Germany

Independent Curator

Nicoykatiushka, Chile

Independent curators and artists

Martin Wehmer, Germany

Independent curator and artist

Raúl Zamudio, U.S./Mexico

New York-based independent curator, contributing editor, Art Nexus, U.S. correspondent, Flash Art

www.raulzamudio.blogspot.com

Curatorial Project:

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Curator:

Raul Zamudio

Curatorial Statement:

Prosthetics, facelifts, sex changes, skin lighteners, tanning booths; these are just some of the myriad corporeal reconfigurations via technology at the disposal of humans today. As such, these ontological modifications of the body only make age-old questions of the self that much more obsolete or, on the other hand, more complicated? The Man Who Fell to Earth is an exhibition that explores the mutating corporeal self and the fluidity of subjectivity in a futuristic present where life is accelerated via technology subsequently creating social alienation. The exhibition tropes Walter Tevis’ similarly titled novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” Tevis’ science fiction tale concerns an interplanetary visitor who comes to earth looking for H2O for his water-depleted planet. In order to deflect attention from his extraterrestrial nature, the intergalactic being disguises himself as a human generically named Thomas Jerome Newton; and this reciprocal morphing between homo sapiens and space alien is metaphorically articulated in the exhibition in numerous ways not limited to canine/anthropomorphic graphing, butterfly/pudenda interfacing, and transgender/racial shape-shifting. The Man Who Fell to Earth explores the metamorphosis of race, gender, flora and fauna within the backdrop of the science fiction genre in diverse media including painting, photography, sculpture, works-on-paper, video, performance, installation, and sound works.

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13. Keith Varardi, FF Intern Alumn, now online at www.keithjvarardi.com

Hi all,

I updated my website with new paintings I have made since January.

Please take a look if you get a chance and feel free to give some feedback if you'd like. Either way, I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend and a very relaxing summer. Take care and keep in touch!!

--

Keith J. Varadi

www.keithjvaradi.com

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14. Tom Murrin, FF Alumn, at Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan, May 29

Tom invited you to "The Talking Show" on Friday, May 29 at 5:30pm.

Event: The Talking Show "last show of the run"

What: Performance

Host: Bowery Poetry Club

Start Time: Friday, May 29 at 5:30pm

End Time: Friday, May 29 at 7:00pm

Where: Bowery Poetry Club

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=81395523603&mid=8534d9G22fbcc85G249fc80G7

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15. Colin Sanderson, FF Intern Alumn, in Brooklyn, May 29

THIS IS IT, MY FELLOW FREEKS, FOLLOWERS, AND FLOWER-POT FRIENDS.

MANBURGER SURGICAL IS ABOUT TO UNLEASH THE MOST AMAZING SPECTACLE KNOWN TO MAN, WOMAN, & BEAST.

THEIR MAGNUM OPUS.

THEIR GESAMTKUNSTWERK.

A gesamtkunstwerk, often translated as universal artwork, synthesis of the arts, comprehensive artwork, all-embracing art form, total work of art, or total artwork, is a work of art that makes use of all or many art forms or strives to do so.

On May 29th, Manburger Surgical will "come home" to the McKibbin Street lofts to put on their definitive performance of their tenure on the planet Earth. This performance/party will be a glorious tripped out celebration and encapsulation of The OTHER-- that is, the murky depths and fringes of human and in-human society. "Too pretentious an undertaking!" you cry. Bah! Seek and ye shall Colin and Paul as they trace the "other" through the ages, from the ancient shaman magick rites of the lost Manburger tribe of Woozleonia, lurid displays of Victorian seances and Swedenborgian hocus-pocus, uncanny feats of ventriloquial dexterity not attempted since the time of vaudeville, an artless homage to 1960s gore maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis, to a virgin sacrifice to MORRIS, Manburger Surgical's resident Molochian Hell's Mouth. A veritable anthropological smorgasborg! Come one, come all, witness Manburger Surgical in their most intense and SINsationalist performance of all time-- Their=2 0A0radical revision of their yet-to-be-critically-acclaimed performance "The OTHER parts 4 & 9."

This is going to be as much of a party as a performance, and we plan for it to be a blast and a half. Some things to expect:

--A spectacular walk-in installation!

--Video screenings by the very cool SHANE LESSA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifh0CTOoHX8

--Guest celloist CHRIS CZUBAY's premier of a new composition performed

by COLIN & PAUL & Friends!

--A guest performance by SEAN FORLENZA and his group EIDETIC SEEING!:

http://www.myspace.com/eideticseeing

--The debut appearance of MNBGR's official animatronic mascot BARBARA

the Sorceress!

--The debut appearance of MORRIS, a real-live Molochian Hell's Mouth!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moloch

--And of course the main event-- A complete performance of "The OTHER

parts 4 & 9", including the infamous yet-to-be-attempted virgin

sacrifice of CZUBAY THE LAMB!

And much much more!

The concert will be free, although donations will be accepted to cover

production costs! However there are three requirements:

1) YOU MUST BRING SOME SORT OF FACE COVERING-- this can be a mask, a

pair of pantyhose, make-up or whatever.

2) YOU MUST BRING A PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT-- even if that means a beer

bottle and a stick!

3) BYO-whatever event, but we will be selling PBR's or whatnot for a

buck.

Now the nitty gritty:

Start Time: Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8:00pm

End Time: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at When

ever and Forever

Location: 255 McKibbin Street, 5th floor (L Train to Morgan)

City/Town: Bushwick, Brooklyn, Neu Jork Cit-ay

This is going to be amazing. Hope everyone can make it.

Yours Most Graciously,

Those Barons of Buffoonary,

Those Kingz of the Kozmos,

THE BROTHERS MANBURGER, INC.

(aka pAUL fEITZINGER unt cOLIN sANDERSON)

http://www.myspace.com/manburgersurgical

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16. Cecilia Vicuna, FF Alumn, in Valparaiso, Chile, May 29-June 30

Cecilia Vicuña

La noche de las especies/ La mar herida nos mira

The night of the species/ The wounded sea looks at us

at EL GRAN VIDRIO pensamiento ocular/The Great Glass/Visual Thinking

a space devoted to Visual Poetry 

Plaza Sotomayor 233, Valparaiso, Chile

May 29-June 30 2009

http://www.elgranvidrio.blogspot.com

This new work by Cecilia Vicuna is a large poem/drawing, 16 yards long by 2 yards tall, displayed behind glass at the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (The National Council for Culture & Art) in Valparaiso, Chile.  Dedicated to the marine species going extinct on the coast of Chile, as a result of trawler fishing and other causes.

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