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Contents for November 4, 2009
1. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at CopenhagenInternational Documentary Film Festival, Denmark, Nov. 11-14
2. Marie Sester, FF Alumn, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Nov. 6-15
3. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at Siggraph Asia 09, Yokohama, Japan, Dec. 16-19
4. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, in The Idaho Librarian, now online
5. Erica Van Horn, FF Alumn, at Small Publishers Fair, London,UK, Nov. 13-14
6. Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, FF Alumns, at Theater Offensive, Boston, MA, Nov. 12-14
7. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, new performance now online
8. Robin Tewes, Jane Dickson, FF Alumns, at Affirmation Arts, Manhattan, Nov. 12
9. Stuart Sherman, FF Alumn, at Participant, Inc., Manhattan, opening Nov. 8
10. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, new project now online
11. Erika Yeomans, FF Alumn, in Cologne, Germany, and online

1. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Denmark, Nov. 11-14

Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies
A short film by Phillip Warnell (with the participation of philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy) 20mins. 35mm.

Outlandish can be seen in competition - New Visions section - at CPH-Dox, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival on the 11th and 14th of
November. See: http://www.cphdox.dk

This film work is driven by a collaborative engagement with author and philosopher Jean-luc Nancy, through his writings and on-screen presence; particularly known for his development of deconstruction with Jacques Derrida, and for his lesser known, remarkable philosophical text on his own experience of transplantation, The Intruder. Recipient of a heart transplant, Nancy shares the film's timeframe with a co-protagonist in the form of an Octopus, that resides in an aquarium built on the deck of a modified boat. In eight short sequences Outlandish reveals an episodic structure, filmed in Strasbourg and aboard a seemingly crewless fishing vessel, journeying between islands on the Mediterranean sea.

Shot on 35mm film in December 2008 and accompanied by a specially commissioned text, Strange Foreign Bodies, the film's two protagonists form an intertwining odyssey on bodily migration.

E: info@phillipwarnell.com
Web: www.phillipwarnell.com



2. Marie Sester, FF Alumn, in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Nov. 6-15

ACCESS by Marie Sester, will be featured in GLOW, Eindhoven, Netherlands - November 6-15, 2009.
ACCESS will be located in Eindhoven's Central Station, a bustling public train station.

You can interact live with the project by visiting the website :

ACCESS is a public art installation that applies web and surveillance technologies, allowing web users to track individuals in public spaces with a unique robotic spotlight and acoustic beam system, without people wearing any gear, exploring the ambiguities among surveillance, control, visibility and celebrity.

For more information, visit:

Thank you for the announcement.
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3. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at Siggraph Asia 09, Yokohama, Japan, Dec.

Tobaron Waxman at Siggraph Asia 09
Yokohama, Japan. December 16 - 19, 2009

Amidah (2003)
Javascript animation, vocal performance, photo.

"Beneath the clothes, perhaps the prayer-body is more audible. The vocal accompaniment employs Jewish metatext and a "Queering" of sung text. The audio is a recording of me singing the shecheckyanu prayer backwards. Shechekyanu is a prayer recited at the recovery of an illness, the conclusion of a fast, or the end of a voyage. The inversion is performed as a new supratext.

I was taught that the movements and structure of the Amidah are meant as a physical mnemosis to evoke Moses' ascent of Mount Sinai. Much of the underpinning of my work is informed by my multilingual experience of inhabiting two worlds at the same time: engaging a feminist, post-queer, post-Zionist politic while revering the sacred and ancestral." (TW)

Some of the most impressive breakthroughs in art and technology happen by considering the gaps and opportunities in the existing landscape - by adapting what we know to what might be. Now, as the world evolves with exponential speed, we need artists and scientists to show us the way. The Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies exhibitions at SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 share the theme of Adaptation. The Art Gallery features a diverse, international body of work, ranging from pieces driven by technology to works that critically comment on our technological society.




4. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, in The Idaho Librarian, now online

"To Burn A Book," an article by English professor Tom Trusky tracing the migration of a pioneer Idaho ranchwoman's hand-written journal to typescript to artists' book and trade edition to Boise State University first Kindle book appears in the premiere digital edition of The Idaho Librarian


Tom Trusky, Director
Hemingway Western Studies Center
and Professor of English
Boise State University



5. Erica Van Horn, FF Alumn, at Small Publishers Fair, London,UK, Nov. 13-14

Erica Van Horn and Simon Cutts will show both new and old books from Coracle at the SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of November, 11 am to 7 pm.

(Holburn tube)



6. Annie Sprinkle, Elizabeth Stephens, FF Alumns, at Theater Offensive, Boston, MA, Nov. 12-14

Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens do Boston!

US PREMIERE of Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stephens'
A New Performance Piece
Annie Sprinkle & Elizabeth Stephens are "sexecologists" exploring the places where sexology and ecology meet. They share their research on "ecosexuality" and demonstrate some of the practices. Talking erotically to plants, a 200 pound nude ballet, a heartfelt song to help stop mountain top removal mining practices, ecosexual coming out stories and more, make for an evening that satisfies the senses and is also a call to action, to love and cherish our Earth. Its green and gets real dirty.

NOVEMBER 12/13/14. Four shows only.
For tickets:

Stephens & Sprinkle will be at Mass College of Art, and share their work and
the adventures of their Love Art Laboratory (www.loveartlab.org)
General public is welcome.

NOVEMBER 15th. 2:30-4:00
A SEXECOLOGICAL WALKING TOUR led by Elizabeth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle at
Boston's Public Gardens. Everyone welcome. Tickets from the Theater



7. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, new performance now online

Dear all,

We just uploaded online an Experimental Performance "City Drawing /Interrupted Correspondence" at


Have a very happy last 59 days of 2009!




8. Robin Tewes, Jane Dickson, FF Alumns, at Affirmation Arts, Manhattan,
Nov. 12

Groundswell Art Auction featuring David Salle, Massimo Vitali, Jane Dickson, Robin Tewes, Swoon, Kevin Cooley Thursday, November 12, 2009 Affirmation Arts, LTD. 523 W 37th Street, 7-10PM. Special Preview-6-7PM




9. Stuart Sherman, FF Alumn, at Participant, Inc., Manhattan, opening Nov. 8

Stuart Sherman: Nothing Up My Sleeve
Curated by Jonathan Berger
November 8 - December 20, 2009
Opening Reception, Sunday, November 8, 7-9pm

Nancy Barton and Michael Glass with Allison Somers and Eric Van Speights; James Lee Byars; Carol Bove; Matthew Brannon; Katarina Burin; Tony Clifton; Vaginal Davis; Eileen Gray; Harry Houdini; Andy Kaufman; KIOSK/Alisa Grifo and Marco Romeny; Little Switzerland; Babette Mangolte; Pedro, Murial, and Esther; SITE Projects; SUPERSTUDIO; Stefanie Victor; Hot Keys/Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez

Performance, Monday, November 16 at Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street,
Advanced Capitalism Reunion: Reparations and Retardations. Vaginal Davis with Pedro, Murial, and Esther (P.M.E.), 1989-2009; and a rare NYC appearance by international singing sensation, Tony Clifton, and his 17-piece Katrina Kiss My Ass Orchestra, sponsored by Comic Relief

Doors at 8pm, $20, for reservations please call 212 254 4334
Nothing Up My Sleeve is based on the work of the widely unknown, remarkable artist Stuart Sherman. Sherman was an early member of both the Charles Ludlam and Richard Foreman theater companies. Over a thirty-year period, he compiled an immense body of his own work in performance, film, video, writing, sculpture, and drawing until his death in 2001. He devoted a large amount of his time to the creation of numerous small tabletop performances, which he called 'spectacles.' These performances involved the manipulation of both familiar and unfamiliar everyday objects atop one or more folding TV dinner tables. Performed by a pokerfaced Sherman, the spectacle performances sit in a uniquely awkward hybrid space that moves between references to comedy, illusion, minimalism, surrealism, melancholia, foreign language, and vaudeville. The performances are constantly shifting in appearance and impact, evoking everything from a three card monty game, to a musical number, to a magic show, to a Fluxus action.

Nothing Up My Sleeve focuses on the notion of artists creating alternate lived realities through the use of various forms of deception, which they are able to justify through the aspirations of their work. In doing so, these artists are able to revise the negative stigma attached to the act of lying, questioning the assertion that 'the truth' is fact, and instead engaging it as a subjective form. Using the many relevant concerns which permeate Sherman's work as a guide, including transubstantiation, perception, trompe l'eoil, illusion and magic, fiction, communication, and language, the exhibit explores these themes as they manifest in the work of artists of the 20th and 21st century. The artists included in the exhibition span a 150-year period, representing a diverse range of practices and relationships to art and culture.

Nothing Up My Sleeve will be accompanied by a publication, functioning as an extension of the exhibit in print format, designed by Julian Bittiner, which will include contributions of special projects from each of the participating artists. Reprinted for the publication, with new commentary, are two early critical texts about Stuart Sherman's spectacle works, by John Matturri (written in 1978), and Berenice Reynaud (published in issue eight of October art journal, 1979). The book will also include texts by Lia Gangitano, Jonathan Berger, Molly McGarry, and Mark Bradford, in addition to an interview with the members of SUPERSTUDIO by Carol Bove, and an interview with SITE Projects by KIOSK.

Nothing Up My Sleeve is curated by artist Jonathan Berger. Berger's work encompasses the fields of sculpture, drawing, architecture, installation, performance, design, philosophy, and curatorial projects. Most recently, he presented a commissioned large-scale installation for the 2008 Busan Biennial at the Busan Museum of Modern Art, South Korea. "Prologues, Epilogues, Thresholds," three new sequential solo exhibitions, was presented in October, November, and December of 2007 at the Andreas Grimm Gallery, NYC. Recent curatorial projects include "Where Art and Life Collide: Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Franko B," a series of premiere performances,

lectures, and events (presented in 2006 at Artists Space, Participant Inc., and Siberia, NYC), and the 2005 exhibit "Founders Day: Jack Smith and the Work of Reinvention," at Grimm-Rosenfeld NY, which received critical acclaim from Roberta Smith in the NY Times. Berger has been awarded multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo. Forthcoming curatorial projects include retrospective exhibitions of Andy Kaufman and Peter Schumann.


Andy Kaufman and Bob Zmuda, Uncle Andy's Funhouse
Limited edition t-shirt, reprinted from the original!

Pedro, Muriel and Esther, The White to Be Angry
CD and signed poster

Elementary Set, Houdini Inspired Bracelet

For information on editions please visit:

Also in conjunction with Nothing Up My Sleeve:

Lynne Margulies reading from Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! (A Process
Book, introduction by Lynne Margulies, foreword by Bob Zmuda), details to
follow at participantinc.org

Beginningless Thought/Endless Seeing: The Works of Stuart Sherman
Curated by John Hagan, Yolanda Hawkins, and John Matturri
October 20 - December 20, 2009, at New York University's 80WSE Gallery
80 Washington Square East, NYC

Nothing Up My Sleeve is presented as part of Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009), the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.


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

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; an anonymous donor of the Community Foundation of Abilene; numerous individuals; and Materials for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs/NYC Department of Sanitation/NYC Department of Education.

PARTICIPANT INC is located at 253 East Houston Street, between Norfolk an Suffolk Streets on the LES. Subway: F/V to Second Avenue, Allen Street exit.
JMZ to Essex/Delancey.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-7pm



10. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, new project now online

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, Brutal Kicks: The Witch Hunt for Michael Jackson launched on Internet

BRUTAL KICKS is about the effects of child abuse on the life and career of Michael Joseph Jackson. In this artwork I re-contextualize the misogynistic theme of my prior work, BRUTAL MYTHS, a web based artwork that I produced in 1996 in collaboration with Marie-José Sat. In this new version, I do not

focus on the historic hatred and abuse of women by men in global cultures. I examine instead, the very specific local instance of Michael Jackson's life to discover the how the abuse that he suffered at the hands of his father Joe affected his whole life and death. In my prior work, about women, I used the seeds of hatred (bitter herbs) to symbolize the effects of men's abuse of women. In this new work, the herbs symbolize the fears that Michael Jackson's father instilled in him through his abusive behavior.




11. Erika Yeomans, FF Alumn, in Cologne, Germany, and online

Boo! (HD, 4 minutes, 2008) launches November 13, 2009
Directed/Written Erika Yeomans
Featuring: Jenny Bass and Cosmo Pfeil
Produced Christine Giorgio
Cinematography Peter G. Howell
Edited Sandra Montiel

Boo! exhibits as part of the 5th annual Cologne OFF in Germany.

CologneOFF V - 5th Cologne Online Film Festival will start on 13 November 2009 simultaneously with MICROWAVE - New Media Arts Festival Hong Kong 13
Nov - 11 Dec 2009, and 5th FONLAD - Digital Art Festival Guarda/Portugal 14
Nov'09 - 2 Jan '10

VideoChannel and CologneOFF are official collaboration partners of MICROWAVE
FONLAD will host two CologneOFF V screening programs, one presented by CologneOFF on 24 November 2009 and the other one presented by VideoChannel on 25 November 2009



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