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Contents for January 28, 2010
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1. Reverend Billy, FF Alumn, at 92nd St. Y Tribeca, Feb. 6
2. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at St. Elizabeth College, Morristown, NJ, thru March 5
3. Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, opening January 29
4. Matt Mullican, FF ALumn, at The Drawing Room, London UK, thru March 14
5. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Silent Barn, Brooklyn, Feb. 4-21
6. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, at BAK, Utrecht, The Netherlands, thru March 28, and more
7. Guy de Cointet, FF Alumn, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield CT, opening Jan. 31
8. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at the University of the Arts, Phila., PA, thru March 15, and more
9.Dina von Zweck publishes new book
10. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Arlington Arts Center, VA, opening Jan. 29
11. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA, Jan. 30
12. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, performs on Feb. 3, 2010
13. Billy Curmano, FF Alumn, at Ed’s No Name Bar, Winona, MN, Jan. 29
14. Debra Wanner, FF Alumn, at Chen Dance Center, Manhattan, April 15-17
15. Ron Ehmke, FF Alumn, at Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, Feb. 11
16. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Sylvie’s Moon Saloon, Manhattan, Jan. 29, and more
17. Slaven Tolj, FF Alumn, at Ellen Stewart Theatre, Manhattan, Jan. 28-Feb. 7
18. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, Jan. 27
19. Guillermo Gomez-Pena, FF Alumn, at La Pocha Nostra, San Francisco, CA
20. Erica Van Horn, FF Alumn, at Yale University, New Haven, CT, thru March 27
21. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at Wayne State College, NE, thru Feb. 10
22. Martha Wilson, FF Founding Director/Alumn, in The Japan Times, now online
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1. Reverend Billy, FF Alumn, at 92nd St. Y Tribeca, Feb. 6

We're Starting... the Fear is Departing
Reverend Billy and the Life After Shopping Gospel Choir
Worship-show at 92nd St Y - Tribeca 200 Hudson Saturday Night Feb 6 8 PM
All info Revbilly.com

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2. Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, at St. Elizabeth College, Morristown, NJ, thru March 5

Franc Palaia, FF Alumn, is included in a group show, "New Classicism" at the Maloney Art Gallery, St. Elizabeth College, Morristown, NJ from Jan 21 - March 5, 2010. Artists include, Gianluca Bianchino, Gerald Lynch, Winifield McNeill, Franc Palaia, James Reid, Jesus Rivera, Jose Rodeiro, Vincent Romaniello, Jr., Edward Schmidt, Cheryl Wheat and Sue Zwick.

hours: Tues. Wed. Thursday 1 - 7pm, Fri. Sat & mon. 1 - 5pm. tel-
973-290-4314. Curator Virginia Fabbri- Butera, Ph.D., Panel
discussion: Feb. 23, 7pm. artgallery@cse.edu Thanks,

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3. Lorraine O’Grady, FF Alumn, at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, opening January 29

Looking for the Face I Had Before the World Was Made which opens January 29th.

William Stockman
Samuel Beckett
Michaël Borremans
Eric and Heather ChanSchatz
Lorraine O’Grady
A. G. Rizzoli
Join us for the opening celebration

Friday, January 29, 2010
6–8 pm Members Reception become a member
8–10 pm Public Opening learn more

5¢ for students, artists, physicians and metaphysicians. 10¢ for everyone else.
MCA DENVER
1485 Delgany Denver CO 80202
303 298 7554

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4. Matt Mullican, FF ALumn, at The Drawing Room, London UK, thru March 14

Shudder:
new commissions and exhibition

Edwina Ashton, Ann Course, Barry Doupé, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Matt Mullican, Raymond Pettibon, Naoyuki Tsuji and Markus Vater.
21 January - 14 March 2010

The Drawing Room,
Tannery Arts
Brunswick Wharf,
55 Laburnum St,
London E2 8BD
http://www.drawingroom.org.uk

Co-commissioned by Animate Projects

Private view Wednesday 20 January 18.30-20.30

Gallery open Wednesday – Sunday 12.00 – 18.00. Admission free

An exhibition of international artists exploring drawn animation in collaboration with Animate Projects.

In this international group exhibition drawing, by nature in flux and mobile, is combined with animation techniques to create disjointed, deeply affecting narratives.

"For Adorno, the shudder is a primal component of experience, emerging just as humans began to conceptualise the world and differentiate themselves from amorphous nature …At moments in our 'damaged lives' particularly moments of true aesthetic encounter, genuine experience still occurs, and when it does, it does so with a shudder…". (Esther Leslie, essay for Shudder).

The exhibition includes three new co-commissions, by London-based artists Edwina Ashton and Ann Course and Canadian artist Barry Doupé. The works will premiere online on animateprojects.org in January 2010, to coincide with the exhibition at The Drawing Room. The exhibition will also include new works by Avish Khebrehzadeh and Naoyuki Tsuji, the first London viewing of rare works by Matt Mullican and Raymond Pettibon and an outdoor screening of a dramatic animation by Markus Vater.

The animations in Shudder tap into the cartoon tradition of anthropomorphism, shocking violence and deep psychological impulses but resist its narrative impulse. The artists are interested in using animation to develop characters and to investigate personal states of mind or interpersonal relationships. The medium provides the necessary capacity for metamorphosis and startling juxtapositions.

The selected artists employ a diverse range of approach and a broad range of techniques. Their often painstakingly slow procedures dislocate perceived reality in order to reveal what lies underneath. The process of the making is laid bare, leading to the de-animation of real time and the animation of rumination. Sound is often an important component, adding a sense of foreboding or absurdity at odds with the image.

As Barry Doupé points out, "Commercial computer animation has been on an unsuccessful quest for humanistic realism, in that it often tries to reproduce the human form precisely". This exhibition exploits the capacity of drawing to bring characters to life, however basic they might be, a tradition much exploited through cartoons and caricature, and through simple animation techniques.

21 January, 19.00
Esther Leslie 'In Conversation' with Ann Course, Barry Doupé and Markus Vater at the Bridge Academy, Laburnum Street, E2 8BA

Co-commissioned by Animate Projects. Admission free, booking essential mail@drawingroom.org.uk

A brochure is produced to accompany the exhibition with an essay by Esther Leslie (Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London and author of 'Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-garde', (2002), 'Synthetic Worlds: Nature, Art and the Chemical Industry', (2005), 'Walter Benjamin' (2007).

The Drawing Room
Brunswick Wharf
55 Laburnum St
London
E2 8BD
http://www.drawingroom.org.uk
020 7729 5333
mail@drawingroom.org.uk

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5. Iris Rose, FF Alumn, at Silent Barn, Brooklyn, Feb. 4-21

Theater of the Grasshopper presents
TV SHOW

written and directed by Iris Rose
with Alison Brasky, Lily DePaula, Jake Deter, Camila Jones, Coulee
Slatnick
and a video by Joe Siena

Iris Rose’s TV SHOW is 4 short plays, 1 short video and some personal thoughts on watching television. The entire show is 90 minutes – the length of one drama and one sitcom.

"Sloth": A young woman stops going to work and devotes herself to watching television for a year. Originally performed by Iris Rose in1988 as part of Watchface’s Sin, based on the 7 Deadly Sins.

"The Dare": Four bored teens explore the back alleys of the Internet.

"Watching the Detectives": A woman tries to watch the last 9 minutes of her favorite police procedural drama but real life keeps trying to intrude.

"Love Crimes": A young couple obsessed with couple-on-the-run movies takes to the road.

"Boys TV": Two boys create their own ideal television show.
Written by Colin DePaula, age 10, and Corbett Francis, age 11, and directed
by Joe Siena (with some help from Iris Rose).

Plus Iris’ thoughts on why June Cleaver wears pearls when she vacuums, the 4 greatest moments in the history of television, and the 2 worst moments in the history of television.

At Silent Barn, 915 Wycoff Avenue, Brooklyn. Take the L train to the
Halsey Street stop. Silent Barn is one block from the train.

Thurs. thru Sun.:
Feb. 4, 5, 6, 7
Feb. 11, 12, 13, 14
Feb. 18, 19, 20, 21
All shows at 8:00 PM

Tickets are on a sliding scale: $10 to $20 To make reservations, send an
e-mail to cricket@bway.net with TV SHOW in the subject line. State your
name, the date you wish to attend, and how many tickets you need.
Reservations cannot be made less than 24 hours before a performance.
Reservations will be held until showtime.

For more info, including directions to Silent Barn, visit
http://www.theaterofthegrasshopper.org/TVShow.html

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6. Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumn, at BAK, Utrecht, The Netherlands, thru March 28, and more

Lawrence Weiner
Dicht Bij
24 January - 28 March 2010

Conversation between Lawrence
Weiner and Ann Goldstein, Director,
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam:
23 January 2010, 16.00 hrs

Opening: 23 January 2010,
18.00 - 20.00 hrs

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4, Utrecht

http://www.bak-utrecht.nl

>From 24 January to 28 March 2010 BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the solo exhibition Dicht Bij by Lawrence Weiner.

As a research exhibition within the framework of the long-term, multifaceted project Former West, Dicht Bij can be seen as a temporary becoming-visible of BAK's ongoing dialogue with Weiner about the notion of hegemony in our contemporary world. Based in Weiner's belief that art is about the "relationship of human beings to objects and objects to objects in relation to human beings," Dicht Bij presents objects that are rendered in language, which both thematize and in their modesty also perform the deconstruction, if not dismissal, of the notions of hierarchy and superiority, whether in the current global political, social, and economic circumstances, or in art and culture. Art, according to Weiner, is always "a questioning of implementation" and the reason to make art is to dislodge the prevailing consensus in society, and to offer another pattern, an alternative to the structures that define the way we live now—even if this is not necessarily asked of the artist by society, or even if what he or she has to say is uncomfortable for society to hear.

The notion of (western) hegemony is one such unspoken consensus that Weiner challenges. His proposition—"Not any longer the West, the East, the North, the South"—discards these troubled geopolitical categories as well as the continued exercise of domination to which the so-called West clings in order to preserve its illusory place at the top of the world, and encourages us to engage with our world differently. Although kept determinedly ambiguous and non-prescriptive, the artistic imaginary of Dicht Bij approximates the meaning of that which is "close by" or "near to" and as such introduces another "logic pattern," one that is based on the longing for one world.

The exhibition is curated by Maria Hlavajova.

Dicht Bij is a research exhibition organized within the long-term, multifaceted project Former West, an international research, education, publishing, and exhibition undertaking (2008–2013), which reflects upon the changes introduced to the world by the political, cultural, artistic, and economic events of 1989, and speculates about a "post-bloc" future that encourages differences yet evolves through the political imperative of equality. For more information about Former West, please visit http://www.formerwest.org.

Lawrence Weiner, a key figure of Conceptual art active since the 1960s, is best known for his text pieces and wall installations, but works across a variety of media, including drawings, books, films, videos, posters, and editions. He is one of those artists who continue to inspire and influence other artists, curators, theorists, and cultural practitioners across generations, genres, and geographic boundaries, which makes him one of the most remarkable and significant artists working today. Weiner lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.

Conversation between Lawrence Weiner and Ann Goldstein
At 16.00 hrs on 23 January 2010, a conversation between Lawrence Weiner and Ann Goldstein, director of Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, takes place at BAK. Goldstein curated (together with Donna De Salvo) a major retrospective exhibition of Weiner's work Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE, which was on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007−2008), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2008), and at K21, Duesseldorf (2008−2009). Unfortunately, the limited seats available for the conversation are fully booked. A video recording of the conversation will be available at BAK during the exhibition and online after 28 March 2010.

Edition
On the occasion of the exhibition Dicht Bij an edition is designed by Lawrence Weiner. The edition, produced in a limited number, is available at BAK during the exhibition.

BAK Opening hours:
Wednesday−Saturday 12.00−17.00 hrs
Sunday 13.00−17.00 hrs

For further information please contact:
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst
Lange Nieuwstraat 4
3512 PH Utrecht
t: +31 (0)30 2316125
f: +31 (0)30 2304866
e: info@bak-utrecht.nl

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Lawrence Weiner
Under the Sun
(Permanently)
February 5, 2010

Opening: February 5 / 11 am

Espai d’art contemporani
de Castelló
Prim s/n 12003. Spain
Telephone: + 34 964 72 35 40
Fax: + 34 964 26 07 71

http://www.eacc.es

On February 5th it will be opened in the park "El Pinar" of Grao de Castellón the project conceived by Lawrence Weiner for a public space in the city of Castellón. With the presentation of this piece, the project Under the Sun proposed for the EACC is completed.

The public work refers to questions as to what constitutes a public sculpture? Who and where is this public? Weiner reiterates these questions with this project, which is carried out in three languages: Valencian, Spanish and English.

Under the Sun functions in two discursive contexts, each one alluding to different spaces and ways of meeting or spaces of reception.
Under the Sun joins together these two levels, the one related to language as a necessary and ephemeral stopping place presentation of the public piece and the other as a permanent inscription of the public work itself. They are both different but at the same time indissociable as they share the same poetry.

Under the Sun calls clearly in mind the bullfighting but also the lightness and the elegance of a wave that takes shape in the space as its own territory.

Under the Sun is an invitation of walking, playing or just simply exercising one’s mind.

THE MARKING OF A SPACE WITHIN A PUBLIC PARK THAT IS DEPENDENT UPON MEANING NOT MEANS THE PLACING OF A CLUSTER OF STRUCTURES THAT AFFORD A PLACE DEMARKED AT THAT MOMENT BY THE RESULT OF THE FLICK OF THE WRIST A FORM THAT CAN FLY A KITE OR KILL A BULL WITH GRACE THAT SETS ASIDE A PLACE FOR THE MOMENT THAT IS YOURS BEING ONLY ONE METER HIGH THEY AFFORD NOT PROTECTION BUT A DEMARCATION OF SOVEREIGN TERRITORY WHEN OCCUPIED TWISTED & TURNED UNDER THE SUN

Lawrence Weiner

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7. Guy de Cointet, FF Alumn, at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield CT, opening Jan. 31

Paying a Visit to Mary: 2008 Hall Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition
January 31 - June 6, 2010
Opening: January 31, 2010
The Aldrich Contemporary
Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
http://www.aldrichart.org

Paying a Visit to Mary: 2008 Hall Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition at The Aldrich

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Paying a Visit to Mary, an exhibition organized by Canadian curator Maxine Kopsa, a resident of the Netherlands, who is the second recipient of the Hall Curatorial Fellowship.

Paying a Visit to Mary refers to a line from Tell Me, a 1979 play about language by French artist Guy de Cointet that questions how reality is perceived and interpreted. The exhibition will open on January 31 and remain on view through June 6, 2010.

Like the play, the exhibition explores language as it relates to personal narrative and contemporary storytelling. Constructed as a "call and response" between different voices represented by a group of carefully selected contemporary artists, Paying a Visit to Mary tells a romantic, conceptual, and highly specific story of our time and our present human condition. The exhibition is seen as a conversation amongst both the artists and the audience with whom their work engages.

Paying a Visit to Mary is comprised of approximately twenty works by both emerging and more established artists, including Marc Camille Chaimowicz (France); Guy de Cointet and Robert Wilhite (France, United States); Paul Elliman (United Kingdom); Melissa Gordon (United States); Gary Hill (United States); Experimental Jetset (Netherlands); Jonas Ohlsson (Netherlands); Willem Oorebeek (Netherlands); Dexter Sinister (United Kingdom, United States); Guido van der Werve (Netherlands) and Emily Wardill (United Kingdom).

The exhibition utilizes a broad range of media—including performance, film, painting, sculpture, and installation. Curator Maxine Kopsa explains, "As a character in a Balzac short story perfectly summed up, 'Life is simply a complication of interests and feelings'—or, a trusting and somewhat cynical network. Paying a Visit to Mary is an attempt to create a seductive setting of various persuasive 'interests,' qualifying our present human condition."

The Aldrich will celebrate the opening of Paying a Visit to Mary on Sunday, January 31, 2010, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Following the opening, patrons are invited to join the artist and curator for a live performance of the de Cointet/Wilhite play Iglu and a private reception from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Reservations are required for the performance.

FREE on-site parking is available, as is continuous round-trip transportation from the Metro North Katonah Train Station to the Museum.

The Aldrich is supported, in part, by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Paying a Visit to Mary: The 2008 Hall Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Andrew J. and Christine C. Hall Foundation and Étant donnés, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art. The official media sponsors of exhibition openings are Ridgefield Magazine and WSHU Public Radio.

The Curator: The second Hall Curatorial Fellow, Maxine Kopsa (born Toronto, 1972) is an independent Canadian curator who has been based in Amsterdam since 1993. Kopsa is co-founding director of Kunstverein, Amsterdam, an international curatorial franchise, associate editor of the contemporary art magazine Metropolis M, and a tutor at the Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem. She has contributed to publications such as Frieze, Dot Dot Dot, Framework, and Art on Paper, as well as to various catalogues. Recent exhibitions include Word Event at Kunsthalle Basel and Just in Time, at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

The Fellowship: The Hall Curatorial Fellowship, made possible by the generous support of the Andrew J. and Christine C. Hall Foundation, is a biennial program intended to bring an international perspective to The Aldrich's curatorial practice. The program continues to generate world-wide interest, gaining momentum with the success of the first exhibition, Voice & Void. The 2008 Hall Fellow was selected by an independent jury of distinguished art world professionals, including Carlos Basualdo, curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; and Sir Norman Rosenthal, former exhibitions secretary of the Royal Academy, London. The jurors selected Kopsa from a pool of applicants that included curators from Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Pakistan, Norway, Romania, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The Museum: The Aldrich is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield's historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution. Exhibitions feature work by emerging and mid-career artists, and education programs help adults and children to connect to today's world through contemporary art. The Museum is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877. All exhibitions and programs are handicapped accessible. Free on-site parking. Regular Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information call 203.438.4519.

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8. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at the University of the Arts, Phila., PA, thru March 15, and more

The University of the Arts in Philadelphia presents "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 – 1968"
January 22 - March 15, 2010
http://www.uarts.edu/pop

"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 – 1968," the first group exhibition of female Pop artists, will be presented at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia January 22 – March 15, 2010. The exhibition takes aim at more accurately reflecting the depth of women's contributions to the Pop Art movement of the 1950s and '60s. While male Pop artists Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg and Johns are widely recognized, their female contemporaries remain virtually unknown.

"Seductive Subversion" features Marisol's "John Wayne" sculpture, commissioned by Life magazine for an issue on movies; "Black Rosy," an eight-foot-tall "Nana" sculpture exploring the role of women, by French sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle; Rosalyn Drexler's oil and acrylic works "Chubby Checker," the basis of which was the poster for the movie "Twist around the Clock," and "Home Movies," which is broken in to frames from old gangster movies; the Times Square-inspired "Ampersand," a multi-layered, stylized and illuminated neon ampersand in a Plexiglas cube by Chryssa, one of the first artists to utilize neon in her work; and 17-foot-long triptych by Idelle Weber. Many of these pieces have not been shown in 40 years.

Paintings and sculptures by Pauline Boty, Vija Celmins, Dorothy Grebenak, Kay Kurt, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Lozano, Mara McAfee, Barbro Ostlihn, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Marjorie Strider, Alina Szapocznikow and May Wilson are also featured in the show. The University has secured loans of artwork from the National Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Neuberger Museum (Purchase, N.Y.) and major private collectors.

Six years in the making, "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 – 1968," was organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts. This project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. A documentary film by Glenn Holsten is being funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. Additional funding for the film is generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Quaker Chemical Foundation.

The show's main staging will be at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (333 S. Broad St., Philadelphia), with the Hamilton Hall Galleries (320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia) and Borowsky Gallery (401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia) hosting the balance of the art work. The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday noon – 5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information, call 215/717-6480.

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LECTURE PERFORMANCE
Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
Usce 10, blok 15, 11070 Novi Beograd
Phone: +381 11 3676288
Fax: +381 11 3676291
Contact: Natasa Lazic
natasa@msub.org.rs

www.msub.org.rs

Official inauguration:

Belgrade Heritage House, Knez Mihailova 46, Belgrade
January 23rd 2010 at 6.30 P.M.

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Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Pariska 14, Belgrade
January 23rd 2010 at 7.30 P.M.

LECTURE PERFORMANCE
January 23rd – February 24th/28th, 2010

Artists: Fia Backstrőm, Walter Benjamin, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Dan Graham, Andrea Fraser, Mark Leckey, Robert Morris, Pinky Show, Piratbyrån, Martha Rosler, Grupa Spomenik, TkH, V-Girls, Jeronimo Voss, Katarina Zdjelar/Jan Verwoert.

Curators: Jelena Vesic, Kathrin Jentjens, Radmila Joksimovic, Anja Nathan-Dorn.

Exhibition Venues:
Belgrade Heritage House / Knez Mihailova 46 / January 23rd (opening, 6.30 P.M.) – February 24th 2010
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Arts / Pariska 14 / January 23rd (opening, 7.30 P.M.) – February 28th 2010
Center for Cultural Decontamination / Bircaninova 21 / January 24th 2010 – evening of live performance

Is contemporary art a product of fascination with aesthetic objects or a space of knowledge production? In which way does art operate with knowledge in relation to the terrain of academy and science or to media channels of information exchange? Which aesthetic and formal means does it employ in order to establish this specific modus operandi?

These are some of the questions raised by the Lecture Performance exhibition in Belgrade, the exhibition whose allusive title entwines within itself two terms – the term of lecture and the term of performance – both with their long and changeable traditions and definitions. The Lecture Performance exhibition appeared as a result of curatorial exploration into this field, asking the question whether in the framework of rich tradition of performance and body art a specific form could be singled out – the form of lecture performance. The lack of consensus on what lecture performance actually is produced a need to explore different manifestations and methods of operating. Within this relatively young 'genre' artists operate on the boundary between lecture and performance, including elements of self-reflection, social reflection, discussion form, performance virtuosity, or different forms of action. The genesis of lecture performance can be traced all the way back to the activities of conceptual artists, although the actual term was introduced in the field of art during the nineties, through contemporary dance. Nevertheless, the goal of this exhibition is not only to offer an art historical survey or cross section of the development of this artistic 'genre', where the crucial moments of this historic development would be illustrated by a certain work of art. By choosing a specific form as the point of reference, the Lecture Performance exhibition is trying to get to grips with questions on power of artistic speech, far-reaching potential of artistic voice, as well as 'what is contemporary art teaching us?', and how we can use its specific teachings today.

In the classical art tradition, knowledge, cognition and instruction are inseparable from artistic gesture. One of the crucial aesthetic and social explanations of artistic operations in the age of enlightenment was Horace's treatise Ars poetica and the vision of the role of art as something that should 'teach and entertain' (docere et delectare), or, to be more exact, something that teaches by other means and communicates the corpus of knowledge through a filter of aesthetic experience, namely 'entertainment'. This tradition is sovereignly broken by modernism, which establishes a new paradigm, and this is to perceive art as art, that is to say a social activity that is totally autonomous and completely based on its own language – the language of art. On the other hand, the art of the sixties and the seventies that established the language of contemporaneity, i.e. what we today tend to call 'contemporary art', renews its interest for the 'outer world'. The forms of new media and performances reintroduce the figure of artist-speaker, a kind of artist-instructor that invented a new language of art for the forms of new critical 'teaching' and direct addressing to the public. Today the borders between learning, informing, aesthetic gesture, political action, amusement and entertainment are very porous – art is used as a means of informing, education and political intervention, or it becomes a part of the entertainment industry, just like business and politics themselves use performative and aesthetic forms to accomplish their goals. Exactly these turbulent and hazy fields of today's creative practices that encompass a broad field of social life represent inspiration and basic starting point for the Lecture Performance exhibition, as well as for a number of works exhibited in it.

Events:

January 24th 2010
Center for Cultural Decontamination, Bircaninova 21
Evening of Live Performances:

6 p.m.
Fia Backstrőm Herd Instinct 360°, performed by an avatar

7.30 p.m.
Katarina Zdjelar/Jan Verwoert On Past Futures…

January 30th 2010 at 6 p.m.
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Pariska 14

Grupa Spomenik – Presentation of the Matheme project and discussion with the audience

February 19th at 7 p.m.
Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Pariska 14

TkH (Walking Theory) presents:
The notion Theoretical Practice in the format Sharp Thoughts – Ana Vujanovic (TkH) + sparring partner + audience
The Hyperreal Allegory – temporary spatial installation - Bojan Djordjev, Sinisa Ilic, Marta Popivoda (TkH)

Collaborators on the exhibition: Vladimir Jeric (technical consultant), Natasa Lazic (PR), Katarina Krstic (organization).

Lecture Performance project emerged on the initiative of Koelnischer Kunstverein, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, in the framework of the European Partnerships Programme, which was initiated by the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia (Kunststiftung NRW) and the Goethe Institut Munich. Partner of the Belgrade edition of the exhibition is the Goethe Institut Belgrade.

The exhibition was also supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Belgrade and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden in Belgrade.

We thank: Belgrade Heritage House, Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade Cultural Center and WinWin Computer Shop.

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9. Dina von Zweck publishes new book

THE HISTORY OF WORDS & Other Poems
Dina von Zweck
Publisher: White Deer Books
PubDate: 9/1/2009
ISBN: 9781615849260
Binding: Paperback
Price: $15.00
Pages: 124
Order from: www.spdbooks.org

Poetry. THE HISTORY OF WORDS & Other Poems brings the Reader a physicality that is playful and powerful. Whether the subject is desire... art, and artists cavorting... secular love... urban angst... bare trees with blue lights... mathematical chaos & complexity... or a simple twist-of-fate, there is always active primal energy at work in the images and language. There is always a clash of forces... a connection... and a sudden, mercurial opening that reveals humanity with all its quirky possibilities. Absurdly tantalizing, the poems jump headlong into luck & love, and take you with them into the act of creation itself.... A wondrous and magical encounter with today's ironic alternate realities. Painful & funny.

Author Hometown: NEW YORK, NY USA

About the author: Dina von Zweck is the award-winning author of 31 books, several screenplays, and 19 stageplays. She has just completed the libretto for Infinity, a neo-opera based on the life and work of Giordano Bruno….Fludd---Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown (an artistic assessment, both digital performance and print) was written with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in mind . She has recently received a Writer's Residency for two months in Venice, Italy, 2010. Formerly Director of Publishing, CBS Inc. and listed in Who's Who in America and International Authors & Writers Who's Who, von Zweck is a member of PEN, the Dramatists Guild of America, Poets & Writers, the Actors Studio (Process Unit), and the Academy of American Poets.

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10. Phillip Warnell, FF Alumn, at Arlington Arts Center, VA, opening Jan. 29

Phillip Warnell is participating in Transhuman Conditions, Arlington Arts Center
Opening Reception: Friday, January 29, 6 – 9 pm Show Dates: January 29 – April 3, 2010

Transhuman Conditions features ten artists thinking about the future of the human body. Their work reveals both fantasies and nightmares of radical changes on the horizon for all of us—from the promise of immortality; to the ability to augment or redesign one’s own brain, limbs, or skin; to the promise of escaping one’s body altogether, becoming pure intelligence floating free in a virtual world.

Though these changes may sound like pure science fiction, to a certain extent, they’ve already happened, and are now part of our banal day to day existence. Today, amputee runners are barred from athletic competition because their prosthetic legs are declared unfair advantages, not hindrances. Websites exist that continue a person's e-mail correspondence and internet activity after death. People meet, befriend one another, and date over long distances via social networking platforms. What at one point might have seemed like fantasy is now just the business of contemporary living. The ten artists in this show take this fact as their starting point.

The show is accompanied by a catalogue, featuring essays by Joel Garreau, senior writer for the Washington Post and author of the book Radical Evolution, and the show's curator, AAC Director of Exhibitions Jeffry Cudlin.

The roster for the show is: Arakawa and Gins, CarianaCarianne, Laure Drogoul, Shane Hope, Jason Horowitz, Ivan Lozano, Shana Moulton, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Philip Warnell, and Saya Woolfalk.

www.arlingtonartscenter.org
www.phillipwarnell.com

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

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11. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, CA, Jan. 30

The Underground Hit!
CRITIC'S CHOICE: East Bay Express
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 musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.

Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations will be accepted.)

Saturday, January 30th
8pm

TEMESCAL ARTS CENTER
511 48th Street
Oakland, CA 94609-2058
For more information
Call: 510-526-7858
email: fmoore@eroplay.com
http://www.eroplay.com/events.html
http://www.temescalartscenter.org/

2010 Dates!
Saturday, February 27
Saturday, March 27
Saturday, April 24
Friday, May 21
Saturday, June 26
Saturday, July 31
Saturday, August 28
Saturday, September 25
Friday, October 22
Friday, November 19
Friday, December 17

"...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

"Merging improv, erotica, entertainment, religion and ritual, Frank Moore - self-styled shaman, world-renowned disabled performance artist, and 2008 presidential candidate ...." - East Bay Express

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

Downloadable poster here:
http://www.eroplay.com/RealityPlayingsJAN2010.jpg

http://www.eroplay.com/events.html

In Freedom,
Frank Moore
www.eroplay.com
www.luver.com

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12. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, performs on Feb. 3, 2010

Contemplative Swallowing
(performing my throat)
On February 3rd, 2010, 7 am - 7 pm, on Saint Blaise day and for the celebration of the blessing of throats during mass, I halt all food/water intake, with the exception of Holy Communion, and give up talking, but for the word Amen, as a way of devoting full attention to the specific part of my body hosting this twelve-hour experience, my throat. Moreover, I use this time in silence and fast to swallow for those experiencing any kind of throat distress: For example, I will be praying for Linda Mary Montano’s DYSTONIA in her neck.

Please send your request for prayers to: indioclaro@hotmail.com

At the end of the twelfth hour I end the vow by drinking a cool glass of water and by voicing the first word that comes to my throat.

Nicolas Dumit Estevez

St. Blaise was a physician and bishop of Sebastea, Armenia (Modern Sivas, Turkey) who was martyred and beaten by iron carding combs. Blaise is believed to help people dealing with throat illnesses or with fish bones stuck in their throats. He died in 316

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13. Billy Curmano, FF Alumn, at Ed’s No Name Bar, Winona, MN, Jan. 29

Billy Curmano's Midnight Babylon
5:00 p.m. January 29, 2010
Ed's No Name Bar
Third and Franklin downtown Winona, MN

Billy X. Curmano brings "Midnight Babylon" to Ed's Bar, Third and Franklin St., for Winona's first Fringe Festival on January 29th at 5:00 p.m. The performance is an unusual blend of media, monologs and music featuring harmonica and ocean harp. It premiered at New York City's Cat Club and has evolved over the years as a personal response to War. The solo performance is a kind of when-will-we-ever-learn nightmarish journey into one soldier's post traumatic stress. It reminds us all to take care of those that have served. War, no matter how necessary or seemingly justifiable, never ends at the battlefield. "Midnight Babylon" sets the stage as America continues to welcome home its latest generation of warriors.

Billy X. is an award winning artist and performer that has toured just about every way imaginable including 6,200 miles and 15 cities in 45 days on a Greyhound Bus. He's teased audiences from the Dalai Lama's World festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles to Austria's Vienna Secession. He's been a "Pick of the Week" for the "L.A. Weekly" and on the "City Pages" "A List". He comes by his social justice themes honestly. He's witnessed the horrors of war on two continents, the inside of a jail house looking out and the poverty that grips our world. Journalists have dubbed him, "The Court Jester of Southeastern Minnesota" and compared him to the likes of P.T. Barnum, Andy Warhol and Marcel DuChamp. More information is available through http://www.billyx.net

Each Friday, artists and arty types meet at Ed's between 5 and 7 p.m. for Informal Art Forums. A weekly artists' gathering with no one in charge. Midnight Babylon will interrupt the smart art talk at about 5:30 p.m.

The Frozen River Film Festival anchors this weekend with great independent films. The Fringe Festival was added this year. Events will be taking place throughout the city of Winona. http://www.frff.org

Be safe; stay well and live happily ever after,

Billy X. Curmano
billyx@ridge-runner.com

http://www.billyx.net

http://www.Twitter.com/BillyXC

Art Works USA
27979 County Road 17
Winona, MN 55987

Ring: 1.507.452.1598

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14. Debra Wanner, FF Alumn, at Chen Dance Center, Manhattan, April 15-17

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Chen_Dance_Center_Presents_CLOSE_20100121
Chen Dance Center Presents CLOSE

After a fulfilled career as a dancer working for over 20 years with some of the most notable choreographers of New York's downtown dance scene, Debra Wanner introduces her own choreography with her newly formed company, Debra Wanner Dance. Presenting four dance works created in collaboration with her dancers, Close will be performed Thursday through Saturday, April 15-17, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Chen Dance Center located at 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor, one block South of Canal Street. Reception follows the opening night performance. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students/artists. For tickets and information, contact 212.349.0126 or 212.349.0438. Debra Wanner Dance is co-presented by Chen Dance Center and Interaction Arts Foundation.

A multi-faceted dancer, performer and choreographer, Debra Wanner creates inquisitive dance works about evolving human experiences. "I am interested in exploring states of minds or unusual situations and the movement demands that each asks for," says the choreographer. "I am concerned with technical and fantastical movement, as well as movement that comes from our everyday lives and the objects we live with. At their best my dances invoke a universal terrain about life that an audience can feel on a gut level."

Wanner's work toys and struggles with the nature of self-image and human desire, ultimately exploring transformative experiences. Her dance combines pure movement with work that includes text, video, and improvisation. There is a structural formality to the work along with an emotional undertone that pushes against and through any constraints. In Close, Wanner explores how we share space, both inside and out, and the richness and malleability of physical and emotional environments.

Close features two premieres including Interview/Innerview, performed by Sam Ernst, Fiona Evans, Alessandra Larson and Molly Lieber, a sensual and deeply moving work that explores our attempts to get closer to each other. This emotional push-and-pull also deals with self-inspection and the wrestling between holding on and moving on. Sometimes the movement and gestures between the four dancers feel akin to an interview or interrogation, at other times a struggle between powers becomes obvious. Creating an increasingly abstract movement vocabulary, these images leave a vivid memory of four bodies in a bare space. The sound for Interview/Innerview was designed by Debra Wanner and Aural Fixation, and includes music composed by world reknown frame drummer Layne Redmond.

Bird, Stick, Lady is a new solo created by Wanner while she was in an isolated studio in the woods in Virginia. "There was a bird that kept throwing itself against the window, again and again. And though it was attacking its own refection, these repeated strikes directly influenced the territory of the dance," Wanner explains. "The dance is a bewitching ménage a trois of three colliding impressions; a bird, a stick and a lady. Performed by Wanner, the music is by The Swedish Radio Choir and also includes a short film by Wanner.

The duet, 2 Parts Whole, dramatically performed by Alessandra Larson and Molly Lieber, explores side-by-side, overlaid, and circling, the negotiation and renegotiation within a relationship. The music for the dance is composed by Galen H. Brown, and costumes are by Kate Hamilton. This work premiered in the Soaking Wet Series at the West Side Theater in New York City in 2007.

The opening piece, Place/Setting, is a revision of Wanner's 2006 solo work and is performed by Sam Ernst with live music created and performed by Bessie Award-winning composer Peter Zummo. The dance serves as an invocation that sets the stage for the evening. In her expressive movements, Ernst portrays a woman attached to two plates, who imaginatively embraces the role of a host, transcending that identity as she and Zummo welcome the audience. The costume for Place/Setting is created by Kate Hamilton. The work also includes a short film by Debra Wanner. Place/Setting was originally performed by Wanner premiering in DancemakersNYC at the Kumble Theater at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus.

Bessie-award winning lighting designer, Kathy Kaufman designs the lights for Close.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Wanner began creating works in the late 1970's working in dance, experimental theater and performance art with a number of diverse New York choreographers, artists and directors including Jerri Allyn, Bill Gordh, Joe Lowery, Rosalind Newman, Richard Schechner's Performance Group, Frank South and collaboratively with Clarice Marshall. She went on to become a founding member of Stephanie Skura and Company where she danced and toured extensively throughout the US and Europe from 1984-1990. She has since also danced with Erin Fitzgerald, Marilyn Klaus, Victoria Marks, Nina Martin, David Rousseve, Sally Silvers, Pat Catterson, Barbara Grubel, Aviva Geismar, Tina Croll, and collaborated with Amy Larimer.

Wanner's individual and collaborative projects have been presented in New York City at Movement Research, PS 122, the Franklin Furnace, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Arts at University Settlement, The 92nd St. Y, Chashama, Dance Now, 40Up, Dancemakers NYC at Kumble Theater, Green Space, Solar One and the West End Theater by David Parker and Jeff Kazin. Her work has also been presented at Portland School of Design, in Dancemakers Critical Perspective, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts, and the American College Dance Festival North Central Regional Conference, representing the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PSA. As a videographer Wanner's videos have been seen in New York at Movement Research, the Donnell Library, Global Village, Ryo Gallery, Locus Film Communications, Spontaneous Combustion as well as at Video Women in Pittsburgh, and at festivals in France, Portugal and on tour throughout the U.S as a part of Eyes Wide Open, curated by James Byrne.

She is a recipient of a young choreographers fellowship from The National Endowment of the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts in Video. She has also received an award from the New York Experimental Film and Video Festival. She is a recipient of a residency at Yellow Springs Institute and was a participant in The Fields Independent Artists Challenge Program. As a part of Interaction Arts, Wanner was a recipient of grants and awards from NEA and New York State Council on the Arts for collaborative interdisciplinary performance. Wanner is a dance professor at Queens College, a movement specialist at First Presbyterian Nursery School and a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner.

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15. Ron Ehmke, FF Alumn, at Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, Feb. 11

Ron Ehmke (re-)presents
60 STORIES, RETOLD
a revised, badly remembered remount of "60 Stories: An Evening of White Lies, Cloudy Recollections, and Idle Chatter" (1988)
presented as part of LECTURE ON THE WEATHER: JOHN CAGE IN BUFFALO
at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY
Free admission (I think)

In January 1988, I first performed an improvised autobiographical monologue called 60 Stories about the intersections of fact and fiction. The title was lifted from Donald Barthelme, and the concept of telling brief anecdotes was inspired by my love of John Cage’s zenlike epigrams in Lecture on Nothing and similar prose/performance works. My only prop was a stack of index cards, each of which bore the title of a brief Cagean tale. The stories themselves were never written down, and in the piece I announced my goal of continuing to perform the work until I had forgotten all the original stories and was forced to create new ones. I did a few additional versions of the monologue (each one quite different) for the next year or so and then moved on, but the index cards remain.

More than two decades later, I am revisiting the cards without having looked at them over the intervening years. Since the monologue
was always about the ways that we transform lived experience into stories—truth into legend—the new version offers an opportunity to demonstrate quite directly how memory, hindsight, history, and aging all play a role in this process.

The goal is not to faithfully recreate a past performance but to create a new one, as alive to the here and now as the old one was to the There and Then.

60 Stories, Retold, Remixed
Sunday, Jan. 24, 1:42 p.m.
(NOTE! This version will be interspersed with performances in the same space by Kyle Price and J. T. Rinker.)

60 Stories, Retold
Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:07 p.m.
(This should be a more coherent, uninterrupted version, if that sort of thing appeals to you.)

To download a complete list of events in LECTURE ON THE WEATHER: JOHN CAGE IN BUFFALO, see YourNewBurchfieldPenney.com.

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16. Annie Lanzillotto, FF Alumn, at Sylvie’s Moon Saloon, Manhattan, Jan. 29, and more

Hi People, Here are my next four gigs. I am all souped up, literally, after being in bed for a prolonged sinus infection, on antibiotic miracles and with Mom's unrivaled chicken soup. Come have some fun.

Love
Annie

Friday, Jan 29th
Sylvie's Moon Saloon
8PM-11PM come when you can
FREE
92YTribeca
200 Hudson street, (just below Canal)
Sylvie brings an orchestra together with a lineup of poets and vocalists. This always is the most fun night of every month. Come lend your vocal to the open mic. I do my ten minutes, come up with new vocals, and make a night of it.

Sun, Jan 31
1:30 sharp
A Reading from the anthology, "Gastropolis: Food And NYC"
Brooklyn Public Library
Grand Army Plaza
"Dweck Center"
Brooklyn, NY
Four of us authors from this dynamite book bring our chapters to life. I will read from my chapter, "Cosa Mangi Oggi"

Tuesday, Feb 2
7:00 PM sharp
$7.00
Dixon Place
161-A Christie Street
NYC
Kay Turner's WHEN GERTRUDE MET SUSAN: A Seasonal Love-In for Literary Lesbians. A staged reading of Gertrude Stein's love notes to Alice, and Susan Sontag's journal entries to her emerging lesbian self.

I am one of ten Gertrude's. I will debut my slide guitar playing, belting a song from Gertrude's love notes.

Sunday, Feb 21
3:00 p.m.
Robin’s Book Store
110A S. 13th Street,
Philadelphia, PAThe Fourth Annual John and Rose Petracca & family Award Presentation/Reading.
I will be performing my poem "Manhattan Schist," published in the journal Philadelphia Poets, which is honoring this poem with an award.

forse sogniamo quasi abbastanza....
perhaps we dream nearly enough...

www.annielanzillotto.com
www.i-italy/bloggers/icewoman

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17. Slaven Tolj, FF Alumn, at Ellen Stewart Theatre, Manhattan, Jan. 28-Feb. 7

The Garage

The Annex/ Ellen Stewart Theatre

January 28 - February 7, 2010
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

by Zagreb Youth Theatre of Croatia Performance
Directed by Ivica Buljan
Based on "The Garage" by Zdenko Mesaric

The play, directed by Ivica Buljan, is based on the popular contemporary Croatian novel of the same name by Zdenko Mesaric, which has been described as "moving, dark, cold, Sisyphean." The play will be performed in English and a boxing ring will be set up center-stage. There will be live music by Croatia's most popular hip-hop band and spectacular physical theater. There are eleven actors and six musicians.

Zagreb Youth Theatre (ZYT), one of the oldest theaters of its kind, is located at Teslina 7 in central Zagreb. "Youth" in its name is partly an odd translation from Communist times. In this context, it means "young" art forms, i.e. innovative. But there is another meaning: the ensemble has had equal success with children's plays and highly artistic performances of Croatian and world literature. It is considered the cradle of Croatian theater, since many generations of Croatian theater artists and other cultural leaders have come through its Youth Studio, which is now known as ZYT College. The ensemble's major works include adaptations of such classics of world literature as "Anna Karenina," "Medea," "The Great Gatsby" and "Gulliver's Travels," all staged by Croatian directors. In the last four years, ZYT has received 50 awards in international theater festivals in Brussels, Berlin, Freiburg, Nitra, Moscow, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Pitzen, Varna, Helsinki, Beograd, Skopje, Ljubljana and more. ZYT collaborated with the theatre of Jan Fabre in "Requiem for a Metamorphosis," which was presented at the Salzburg Festival in 2007, and "Another Sleepy Dusty Delta Day," which was the opening production of the Avignon Festival in 2008. ZYT is a participant in The Orient Express Theatre Project, which brings together theaters from Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Germany to create a traveling theater laboratory that questions identity and explores concepts of "the other" and "the different" in countries of southeastern Europe, where East meets West.

"The Garage" is a skillful concoction of genres, mixing science fiction and martial arts film with family drama and film noir. While it can stand comparison to cult movies like "Rollerball," "Fight Club" or "Amores Perros," its metaphorical subtext remains anchored in the post-communist horror of modern transition economies. The production merges outright violence with family scenes laden with biblical references and surrealist sequences exploring the volatile subject of euthanasia tourism.

In the play, a ten-year-old boy named Binat lives in a remote dystopian settlement set in a picture-postcard landscape. His father is violent; his mother gravely ill. The father initiates the boy into the world of bloody gladiator-style fighting tournaments at the Garage, a makeshift arena managed by the Bookie and his paramour, The Muscular Blonde. Binat’s career in ultimate fighting should be a way out of poverty for his small family. Meanwhile, at the settlement, the authorities are keenly promoting a pilot project of a tourist resort specializing in euthanasia tourism, where the dying, flocking from all around the world, can enjoy the benefits of state-of-the-art assisted-suicide packages.

Apart from his diabetic mother and alcoholic father, Binat’s only human contact is with The Priest. The Mother tells the boy he had once been in love with her and tried to violate her. In a fit of jealous rage, the boy’s father cut off the man’s ear, whereupon the latter took holy orders and committed his life to the Church.

At The Garage, no opponent is a match for Binat. He beats a boy his own age called The Butcher and a young girl nicknamed The Lady, as well as The Dwarf, a veteran fighter dubbed The Bible, and another called The Fat Angel. As they dream about leaving The Garage for more glamorous arenas in town, the promoters bill the boy as "Claws" on account of his strong hands. While The Father puts him through a grueling training regimen, his mother dies. In a last fight at The Garage, Binat has to face The Dog, a yet unbeaten and particularly bloodthirsty fighter. The boy is severely wounded, his legs torn to shreds, his fighting career over. The Father kidnaps him from the hospital and brings him back to the Garage in a vain attempt to persuade the Bookie and the Muscular Blonde that his son can still get back into the ring. The Priest tries to rescue Binat and take him to a Catholic boarding school, only to get himself killed in the crossfire of a dramatic gun-slinging showdown between The Father and The Bookie.

Based on what might well be the most shocking novel published in Croatia in the recent years, the play evokes themes--euthanasia tourism, gladiator fighting, family violence, child exploitation, social petrifaction and neglect--that trace a striking outline of an unnerving near future. The director, Ivica Buljan explores the spaces of violence and despair, the world of transition that has lost sense of moral and social values and has resorted to wild capital and sadistic exploitation. Stunning physical theater infuses hard-rock energy into powerfully visual, intimate and erotic scenes.

"The Garage" features live performances by The Beat Fleet, Croatia’s foremost hip-hop band. Sets have been designed by the conceptual artist Slaven Tolj. Costume designer is Ana Savi Gecan. The actors are Ksenija Marinkovic, Doris Saric Kukuljica, Nina Vioilic, Barbara Prpic, Sreten Mokrovic, Frano Maskovic, Vedran Zivolic, Gordan Bogan, Sasa Antic and Mladen Badovinac.

Director Ivica Buljan, born in 1965 in Croatia, has directed about thirty plays in Slovenia, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Russia, Montenegro, Italy, Ivory Coast and Croatia. He has had works presented in international theater festivals in France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Venezuela, Austria, Greece, Macedonia, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Great Britain, Bulgaria, France, Iran, Poland, Slovakia, Cuba and Albania. He is deeply interested in modernist dramatists and authors such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Heiner Mueller, Robert Walser, Elfriede Jelinek, Miroslav Krleža and Botho Strauss. Bernard-Marie Koltès is in the center of his authorial interest.

He was director of the Croatian National Drama Theatre in Split from 1998 to 2002 and was co-founder of the Mini Teater in Ljubljana. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of World Theatre Festival in Zagreb. He is a professor in the National Theatre schools in Saint Etienne and Rennes in France and has been a guest professor at Academie experimentalle des theatres in Paris, Brussels and Moscow. His awards include the Dubravko Djušin Award (1997), the Petar Brecic Award (1999), the Peristil Award (2001, for "Oedipus"), the Borštnik Diploma and a Special Award from the Jury (2004), Grand Prix of Tempus Art festival (2004), the Medal of the City of Havana (2005), Golden Lion for the best performances ("Hamlet" 2006, "The Princesse's Drame," 2007), the Borštnik Award for the best Slovenian performance ("Oedipus," 2007; "Macbeth," 2009) and the Sterija Award for the best performance ("Oedipus," 2008).

http://www.lamama.org

http://www.zekaem.hr/index2.php

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18. Linda Montano, FF Alumn, at AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, Jan. 27

Hello all!

Building off of the exhibition's momentum we've been offered the opportunity to host a screening event + roundtable discussion to attract even more life and awareness to the dialogue!

It's official: On Wednesday, January 27th at 6pm ARTBOOK and A.I.R. Gallery will jointly host a special film screening at X-initiative. We will be screening films by artists Thomas Allen Harris, Sarah Maple and Linda Montano, all of whom will be on hand to participate in an irreverent roundtable discussion following the screening.

I've attached a copy of the press release but if it doesn't come through the release can also be accessed directly online at: http://www.airgallery.org/images/MIWIWScreeningPR.pdf

We look forward to a lively program and I hope that those of you who are free on Wednesday evening will be able to join us! And since this all came together in such an organic, spurr-of-the-moment way there hasn't been adequate time to spread the word via the standard event listing sites, etc so it's GRASSROOTS WORD OF MOUTH TIME! Please do feel free to pass this along.

Looking forward to it!

Best, Kharis

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19. Guillermo Gomez-Pena, FF Alumn, at La Pocha Nostra, San Francisco, CA

La Nostalgia Remix
(BEST HITS AND OUTTAKES FOR AN IMAGINARY BAR)
A New Performance/Installation by
Guillermo Gómez-Peña & James Luna
with Special Photo Portfolios by RJ Muna
http://www.pochanostra.com/photoperformances/

The meta-fiction: Two X-treme performance artists (and shamans on the side) decide to become lounge entertainers and share their bizarre art form with new audiences in an attempt to jump start a new religion for cultural outsiders. Master artists Luna and Gómez-Peña will challenge and inspire their audiences with an evening that is by turns poignant, hilarious, thought provoking, and outrageous.

Since the early 90’s, Mexican performance artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Native American conceptual artist James Luna have worked on an ongoing project titled The Shame-man meets El Mexican't in which they challenge assumptions and lazy thinking about race and culture in our society with a strong dose of melancholic humor and sharp-edged conceptualism. By using performance, writing, photography, and video, the artists have remained flexible and relevant to our shifting culture.

La Nostalgia Remix, is the last project in The Shame-man…series, exploring nostalgia as style, a form of cultural resistance, and political reinvention. Remix involves a series of live performances in funeral parlors, classy bars and experimental art spaces that explore the cultural, symbolic, and iconographic dimensions of nostalgia both on the Native American "rez" and in the Chicano "barrio."

Every La Nostalgia Remix performance is site-specific and uses the artists’ repertoire of "greatest hits" in varying combinations. Utilizing the indigenous format of a long-house (with audiences facing one another), previous performances have included the artists staging their own ritual deaths inside coffins, and a poetic dialogue during which Luna cooked an Indian stew and Gomez-Pena played performance roulette. These works have been presented in California and Alaska and often involve the participation of select local artists.

Available Now for Presentation in 2010 & 2011

La Nostalgia Remix is available for presentation in a variety of venues, with additional residency activities designed for a range of presenters.

For further details and booking inquiries please contact: pocha@pochanostra.com
La Nostalgia Remix is supported by the James Irvine Foundation, the MAP Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions Initiative, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

NEW WEBSITE www.pochanostra.com
Please note La Pocha's change of address to the following:
La Pocha Nostra
657 Mission St, #200
San Francisco, CA 94105

NEW photo projects!

www.pochanostra.com/karaoke2

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20. Erica Van Horn, FF Alumn, at Yale University, New Haven, CT, thru March 27

The Book Remembers Everything: The Work of Erica Van Horn
Will be on view at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale Univeristy, 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT. A conversation with the artist will take place on Feb. 24 at 4 pm.

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21. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at Wayne State College, NE, thru Feb. 10

Claudia DeMonte: A Retrospective will be presented at the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery of Wayne State College, 1111 Main St. Wayne, NE, thru Feb. 10, 9-4:30, Mon-Friday.

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22. Martha Wilson, FF Founding Director/Alumn, in The Japan Times, now online

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fq20100122a4.html
Friday, Jan. 22, 2010

Osaka events celebrate art that lies under the covers (of books)

By ERIKO ARITA
Staff writer, The Japan times

The International Book Art Picnic will be held in Osaka until Jan. 31.

According to event organizer NPO Osaka Arts-Aporia, book art is a concept that includes books with beautiful covers and artistic installations using books. Artists and curators will also give lectures on the topic at a seminar in Bungei Hall of Nakanoshima Library on Jan. 23.

One of the speakers is Martha Wilson, director of Franklin Furnace Archives in New York, which is known for its collection of artists' books.

Another speaker is Rossella Matamoros, an artist from Costa Rica. Matamoros has created a variety of art works including objects and installations that use books. Those talks will be in English (admission is ¥500).

Part of the collection of book art from Franklin Furnace Archives will be exhibited at Calo Bookshop & Cafe until Jan. 30. The bookshop is located close to Higobashi Station (admission is free).

Another exhibition titled "Artists and Books" will be held at Bungei Hall Jan. 25-30. It will feature old Japanese books with beautiful covers and art objects made of books by Japanese artists.

For more information, visit the Web site at bookartpic.exblog.jp
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fq20100122a4.html

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