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Contents for October 12, 2010
1. Peter Baren, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, Oct. 15
2. Emily Roysdon, FF Alumn, in Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, thru January, 11, 2010, and more
3. Canyon Sam, FF Alumn, receives 2010 PEN American Center Literary Award
4. Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Espace DbD, Los Angeles, Oct. 15-17
5. Bob Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Strand Book Store, Manhattan, Oct. 14
6. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, launches new website, blog, and more
7. Dina von Zweck, FF Alumn, at Greenwich House, Oct. 29
8. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Articule, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Oct. 16
9. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at School of Visual Arts Gallery, Oct. 14
10. Katherine Behar, FF Alumn, at Hamburg Media School, Germany, October 12
11. Laurie Anderson, FF Alumn, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo, thru December 26
12. Federico Gonzalez, FF Alumn, at Pasaje, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 13
13. Annie Sprinkle, Liz Stephens, FF Alumns, at Highways, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 24
14. Marja Samsom, FF Alumn, on the Food Network, Oct. 19
15. Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, Oct. 20
16. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, in www.indyweek.com
17. Rumi Tsuda, FF Alumn, at Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano Gallery, Manhattan, Oct. 8
18. Liz Magic Laser, FF Alumn, at apexart, Manhattan, Oct. 14
19. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at ICI, Berlin,Germany, Oct. 18
20. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, open studio, Brooklyn, Oct. 16, 30, 31, Nov. 13, 14, 27, 28
21. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn, at Espai d'art contemporani de Castello, Spain, opening Oct. 15
22. China Blue, FF Alumn, in Art Papers, September/October 2010
23. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Virachoca , San Francisco, CA, October 16
24. Sarah H. Paulson, FF Alumn, at Alice Chilton Gallery, Brooklyn, Opening Oct. 8
25. John Jesurun, FF Alumn, in the fall issue of Performance Art Journal
26. Adrian Piper, William Pope.L, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, October 7
27. Reverend Billy, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 8
28. Laura Hoptman, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 8
29. Murray Hill, Julie Atlas Muz, FF Alumns, on HBO, October 10
30. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 11

1. Peter Baren, FF Alumn, at Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, Oct. 15

Peter Baren
Mongkol Plienbangchang
Erik Hokanson
Elinor Famutimi
Sebastian Hau-Walker


"An Elusive Sense of Intimacy: Performance Art that explores our connectedness"
Friday, October 15
9:00 - 11:00 pm
$5.00 suggested donation

+ Pre Performance Discussion
Thursday 8:00 pm
Book Thug Nation
100 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn

Peter Baren
Mongkol Plienbangchang
Erik Hokanson
Elinor Famutimi
Sebastian Hau-Walker
Peter Baren [The Netherlands]
Sebastian Hau-Walker [UK/NewWorld]
Elinor Famutimi [USA]
Erik Hokanson [USA]
Mongkol Plienbangchang [Thailand]
- Curated by Jill McDermid [USA]

PETER BAREN [Netherlands]

During Currency 2004, an International Festival of Contemporary Performance in New York, Peter Baren started an ongoing series of performances entitled ARK ( ), that has continued to evolve and change shape over time. Baren's practice uses the public assumptions of performance - the promise of drama, duration and theatricality - to evoke a disquieting sense of primordial mystery, public yearning, fear and cultural reformation. Blending props common to show business (fog machines, aural moodscapes and nearly nude performers) with cross-cultural signifiers (Aboriginal boomerangs, Palestinian scarves, Japanese toys), Baren's work creates a site of what photographer and art critic Kristoff Steinruck dubbed -radical mystical fundamentalism- (LIVE Biennial, Vancouver. Helen Pitt Gallery) - Lance Blomgren

It cannot and should not be that the spectators leave the location unmoved. A performance by Peter Baren is not a spectacle, but an emotional experience - Rob Perree

Peter Baren c/o Infr'action Festival http://www.infraction.info/en/infraction-010/artistes/peter-baren-pays-bas.html


Coming from Thailand, a country overwhelmed by chaos with radical demonstrations against the government happening on a regular basis, his performances deal with the political sphere of Thai politics and Global situations. His performances are intense, as he has always been involved in the Arts and in the political social movements of Thailand.

Mongkol is a painter, poet and performance artist from Thailand who has performed since 1995 and is part of the ASIATOPIA International Festival of Performance Art committee He has published 2 books of his drawings and poems Inner & Outer and The Man Number Zero. He has performed in many performance art events & festivals, in Thailand and around Asia.

Mongkol Plienbangchang: mplien.multiply.com/
ASIATOPIA: www.asiatopia.blogspot.com


The most common, stable, and reliable states of the universe are the qualities of darkness and cold. 
We live in a very unusual condition of relative warmth and light. 
 We are living here (earth) -humans, spiders, grass, fish, carrots, bacteria, mice, viruses. We are all related. We need to eat each other. It is the price of peace, beauty, security, humor, love, and hope. Our bodies, like those of all other organisms here, are communities of cells working together essentially for their own preservation. We will all become food for something someday. The sun will make our place food for itself someday. I do not know what will eat the sun. Then it will likely become cold and dark. I take comfort in this. I like natural states.

Erik Hokanson: www.hokadelic.wordpress.com

Sebastian Hau-Walker

My People have been displaced, dismembered and are disappearing. I carry their hopes their fears their trials their memories their future their past their present. We are tense. We are arriving. We have arrived. From an Old World into ANewWorld. You are My People. You want to enter into A NewWorld. You have arrived. You are arriving. You must be Examined before you can Enter. My performance; to Examine. For my performance; a riddle: Friday this weekend I will give an experience every New Yorker has had but that no New Yorker remembers. Please follow all instructions. Please form a line. A Single File.This is a NewWorld Announcement.


One can map the path of societal gazes, and we adhere to the sanctity of those gazes: be they financial, familial, career-oriented, or influenced by entertainment and other media outlets. This becomes akin to religious worship, as we live within the constructs of a force we give power. It also becomes begins to trespass upon notions of servitude, as breaking the pattern of seeking approval can be more difficult than relinquishing one's own sense of self.

ELINOR FAMUTIMI is an active installation artist, painter, and budding performance artist in New York City. A Washington, D.C. native and current resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn, she yearns to understand her society's need to be loved. She strives to create work that forces viewers to question the physical and social contours of their environment. Since her 2007 graduation from Tisch School of the Arts she has traveled internationally as a flight attendant and taught art and theater at a tri-lingual day school: Elinor looks to her shifting contexts to create the sense of "other" in her work, thereby pushing her audience to linger in the possibility of a world outside their own.


Grace Exhibtion Space opened in 2006 dedicated to the exhibiting of performance art.

We show the best performance art in the world today, from established, mid-career and emerging artists.

Grace Exhibition Space is Co-Directed by Jill McDermid and Erik Hokanson, who are active in the international scene for performance art as artists, directors and curators.

Grace Exhibition Space: www.Grace-Exhibition-Space.com



2. Emily Roysdon, FF Alumn, in Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, thru January, 11, 2010, and more

Emily Roysdon participates in Manifesta 8, Region of Murcia, Spain, curated by tranzit.org (Oct. 9, 2010- Jan 11, 2010) and has her first solo show at Konsthall C in Stockholm, Sweden (Sept. 14 - Oct. 24, 2010)

for more information:



3. Canyon Sam, FF Alumn, receives 2010 PEN American Center Literary Award

SKY TRAIN: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History by FF alum, Canyon Sam, of San Francisco, published by University of Washington Press, has won a 2010 PEN American Center Literary Award.

The PEN Center is the world's oldest literary organization dedicated to literature, human rights and freedom of expression around the world.

Ms. Canyon Sam won the Open Book Award which is given for excellence in a book published in the U.S. by an author of color. This year they chose three from over two hundred nominees in fiction, literary nonfiction, biography/memoir. The award ceremony is October 13 in New York city.

The judges wrote:
Thank you Canyon for your work, your journey, your bravery, your compassion - for walking the women of Tibet all the way home and around the globe. On a tough loving train right into our hearts.

Here's more:
"A remarkable book...revealing a beautiful, subtle culture that is as rich as it is foreign...it deserves to be read by anyone interested in the untold stories of...women." Publishers Weekly

SKY TRAIN - foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Univ of Washington Press)
"Remarkable..." Publishers Weekly, starred review



4. Rachel Rosenthal, FF Alumn, at Espace DbD, Los Angeles, Oct. 15-17

Rachel Rosenthal Company Presents:

TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theatre Ensemble
October 15-17
Espace DbD Los Angeles
Reservations necessary http://brownpapertickets.com/event/120198

"Rosenthal's Tohubohu! may be the actualization of the best of Artaud's intentions.
Surely anyone who witnesses the improvised creation of this unique ephemeral art
will indeed be connected to something deep and true within themselves"
-- Betty Brown, WHITEHOT Magazine



5. Bob Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Strand Book Store, Manhattan, Oct. 14

I'll be at the Strand Book Store this Thursday, October 14 at 7 pm,

and teaching "Anatomy for Cartoonists Workshop" with Kriota Willberg at MoCCA starting Monday, October 18.

Details below:

Slide presentation and book signing at the Strand this Thursday, October 14 at 7 pm:

Creating Comics! is an exploration of the imaginations of 47 of today's most respected comic book and graphic artists, including Michael Golden, Paul Pope, R. Sikoryak, Neil Swaab and Molly Crabapple, accompanied by excerpts and concept sketches.

R. Sikoryak, Neil Swaab and Keith Carter will discuss their contributions to this book.

We will host a Raffle for 20 R. Sikoryak designed Strand tote bags at the event!

Visit the events website for more information:

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003
(212) 473-1452
Thursday, Oct 14 7:00pm to 8:00pm



6. Toni Dove, FF Alumn, launches new website, blog, and more

Welcome to my virtual universe!

Please join me in my fall down the rabbit hole. I'm launching a new web site and blog.

The new addition to my web site universe is a site that provides info on an upcoming project: Lucid Possession. In addition, a blog will feature backstory, incidental tidbits and production highlights from cinema events. In the next few months I'll be focusing on Spectropia, a live mix performance that will be presented at the Kitchen, NYC, Dec 9,10,11, 2010.

Spectropia is a "scratchable" movie performed by VJs Dove and her co-performer and software designer R. Luke DuBois who play a movie instrument that operates like a visual theramin. Toni Dove's sci-fi hybrid features time travel, telepathy, and elements of film noir in a drama set in England 2099, and in NYC 1931 following the great crash.

Go to www.tonidove.com, you can find the new Lucid Possession site and the blog.
Or you can reach the new sites directly: www.lucidpossession.com or www.tonidove.com/blog.



7. Dina von Zweck, FF Alumn, at Greenwich House, Oct. 29


Friday October 29, 2010 at 8 pm Greenwich House
46 Barrow St. (between 7th Ave. South & Bedford St. @ Bleecker St.)
Presented by the Electronic Music Foundation (212) 206-1505
Tickets at the door $15…$10/seniors…$5/students
Program Notes:

"Tattooed Ghosts" - excerpts from FLUDD---Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown
Music: Kristin Norderval (voice, laptop, and interactive audio processing)
Video: Katherine Liberovskaya
Text: Dina von Zweck

"Tattooed Ghosts" is a multi-media work for voice, interactive audio processing and live video processing, inspired by and using excerpts from Dina von Zweck’s monumental literary work FLUDD---Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown. Von Zweck calls FLUDD a TransGenre work - factual and literary writing that has the narrative, dramatic, contemplative and lyrical elements of poetry, novels, stageplays, filmscripts and memoirs. The concept of Polar Icecap Meltdown is presented as a flood of waters that releases the Arctic’s profound secrets. The work is a collage that creates poetic metaphor out of historic diaries, letters, events, dialogue, newsclips, and includes myth, poems and song. The portions that have been excerpted for "Tattooed Ghosts" are taken from some of the poems and songs in the final three parts of FLUDD that trace the accumulation of ocean contaminants.

SYNOPSIS / Concept of complete Text
Copyright: Dina von Zweck
FLUDD---Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown is a TransGenre work---factual and literary writing that has the narrative, dramatic, contemplative and lyrical elements of poetry, novels, stageplays, filmscripts and memoirs. The concept of Polar Icecap Meltdown is presented as a flood of waters that releases the Arctic’s profound secrets...with a physicality and a willfulness that is packed with primal energy. In an almost-biblical sweep, what is washed away confronts us with our future life on this planet. And the countdown----how much time is left? The Work is a collage that creates poetic metaphor out of historic diaries, letters, events, dialogue, newsclips...and includes myth, poems and song. "We believe that people can live a life apart from real life," said Nalungiaq, a Netsilik woman. Arctic Dancer, the true Spirit of the Arctic, takes the reader on a quest to find the heat of passion in an ice-bound world. Imagination shapes the frozen land and brings desire into its vastness. The moan and wail of winter sea-ice cracking and melting into blue-back waters is real...and knowable. Our determination to shape that knowledge so that it can be understood from a fresh perspective...is uncertain. A shift is necessary. A desire to find what is authentic and valuable...and to understand what it means to be truly human. FLUDD illuminates who we are---and what we can be, as a nation. As a theatre piece, it can be a multi-media collage, a Virtual Polar Icecap Meltdown that releases the Arctic’s secrets in a quest to find the heat of passion in a threatened icebound world.

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 (1548-1600), an Italian Dominican friar who conceptualized the universe as infinite and was burned at the stake by authorities after the Inquisition found him guilty of heresy.

She was recently awarded an Emily Harvey Foundation grant for two months in Venice, Italy to write
MATTEO RICCI & THE EMPRESS OF CHINA. Based on the World Map that Ricci brought to China in 1584 and the fictional Empress (as a Fox Spirit) who takes revenge on "alien cartography" that shows China as small, and not the center of the universe.

Formerly Director of Publishing, CBS Inc., listed in Who’s Who in America and International Authors & Writers Who’s Who, Dina von Zweck is a member of PEN, the Dramatists Guild, Poets & Writers, the Actors Studio (Process Unit) and the Academy of American Poets.



8. David Khang, FF Alumn, at Articule, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Oct. 16

A Measure of War (Just watch me... and my little tank)"
by David Khang, Oct.16, 2010, Montreal QC

A pivotal moment in 20th century Anglo-Franco Canadian history is the October Crisis of 1970. The kidnappings of James Cross and Pierre Laporte by the Front de Libération du Québec were swiftly met by Pierre Trudeau’s invoking of the War Measures Act – nation wide, civil liberties were suspended while Canadian Forces patrolled the streets of Montréal. The events of 1970 helped fuel the already-swelling Quebec sovereignty movement for years to come. Forty years later, how do we look back? How do we read these events? What has changed? What has stayed the same?

A Measure of War is a site-specific public performance that is a part of David Khang’s ongoing Wrong Places Series. This new work is produced for Articule Artist-Run Centre.

Seemingly disconnected historical events and public speeches are juxtaposed and ‘remixed’ – both culturally and linguistically, triggering our collective amnesia into remembering things as they never were. How do we comprehend Trudeau’s speech on October 16, 1970, or the FLQ Manifesto, when read not in English or French – the official languages of a bilingual Canada – but in a Third language? What is our response to the dissonance produced by overlapping layers of conflicted histories, including our ambivalent history of multiculturalism?

On October 16, 2010, the public is invited to participate in this event, by riding their bicycles alongside Khang’s pedal-powered mini-tank to City Hall, making stops for photo-ops at landmarks along the way*. While wearing military fatigues, Khang will recite speeches in his mother tongue, spliced together from the notable public enunciations from forty years ago.

* Riders will meet on October 16th at Articule (262 Avenue Fairmount O.) @ 12:45pm. The tour will begin at 1pm sharp. Please contact Articule for up-to-date schedules: info@articule.org or 514-842-9686




9. Sabrina Jones, FF Alumn, at School of Visual Arts Gallery, Oct. 14

Dear friends,
Images from my "Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography" will be exhibited with a host of other fine graphic novels by alumni and faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

Please join me at the OPENING:
Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th St, 15th Floor, NYC

Note: The opening reception is FREE –
(…not to be confused with the benefit cocktail party.)

Hoping to see you there,



10. Katherine Behar, FF Alumn, at Hamburg Media School, Germany, October 12

Dear Friends,

RSI, my collaboration with Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka, is presenting on our Second Life project, Willy-Nilly, at Avatars and Humans, the ECREA preconference at the Hamburg Media School, Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research. Our paper, "Avatar Impotence: On User Will, Avatar Agency, and System Control in Second Life," discusses phase two of our research in Willy-Nilly.

While in Hamburg, we will also be visiting The Interactive Media and Virtual Environments Group at the University of Hamburg where we will be talking about our artwork.

If you find yourself in Hamburg, please stop by!

Best wishes,
Katherine Behar



11. Laurie Anderson, FF Alumn, at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo, thru December 26


I in U - Eu em Tu

at the
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil
São Paulo
October 12 to December 26, 2010

The Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce that the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (CCBB) in São Paulo will present a major retrospective of work by Laurie Anderson. This landmark exhibition, entitled I in U - Eu em Tu, is curated by Marcello Dantas and will be on view from October 12 through December 26, 2010; it will subsequently travel to the CCBB in Rio de Janeiro. Anderson's works, which poetically investigate the pluralities of language, will be installed on every floor of the CCBB building. In conjunction with the opening celebration, Anderson will re-perform Duets on Ice, a piece originally created in 1974 in which the artist, wearing skates embedded in blocks of ice, plays the violin in duet with a recording of herself playing the violin, until the ice beneath her feet melts.

This engaging exhibition is the first solo retrospective of Laurie Anderson's work in Brazil. Though she is known primarily for her multimedia performances, Anderson has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, vocalist and instrumentalist. The retrospective at the CCBB will cover the full breadth of Anderson's dynamic body of work, including installations, photographs, drawings, videos, music and documentation of performances and films. Anderson has also created new works for the exhibition, such as the multifaceted installation Delusion, which combines musical and visual elements to tell a complex story of desire, memory and identity. I in U - Eu em Tu centers around the interactive, inquisitive nature of Anderson's oeuvre, emphasizing the powerful sensory experiences that characterize her work and exploring her focus on the relationship between an individual and society.

For additional information please contact Maureen Bray at maureen@skny.com or visit



12. Federico Gonzalez, FF Alumn, at Pasaje, Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 13

Los invito el miércoles 13 a la inauguración de la muestra del taller del centro posprimario (adolecentes y jovenes en situacion de calle) adjunto imagen
Pasaje 17 Bartolome mitre al 1500 18hs un abrazo Federico Gonzalez



13. Annie Sprinkle, Liz Stephens, FF Alumns, at Highways, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 24

PRESS RELEASE, October 8, 2010
Contact: Annie Sprinkle, annie@anniesprinkle.org
Love Art Laboratory, San Francisco, Ca.


LOS ANGELES, CA.—What’s an ecosexual? Why are skinny-dipping, mysophilia and arboreal frottage so pleasurable? Where is the e-spot? Can the budding ecosexual movement help save the world? These are some of the questions that will be discussed at an Ecosex Symposium; a public forum where art meets theory meets sex education meets practice. The organizers of this first of its kind event are Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., a feminist-porn-star and artist, turned "sexecologist," and Elizabeth Stephens, a UCSC art professor and environmental activist. The two women explain, "As a strategy to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with our abused and exploited planet, we are switching the metaphor from the Earth as mother, to Earth as lover." The Symposium will be on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 24th, at the cutting-edge art hotbed, Highways Performance Space, in Santa Monica. A diverse panel of artists, academics, sex educators, and environmental activists will take turns presenting, performing, showing and telling.

Ecosex relationship coach, and author of Polyamory; The New Love without Limits, Debora Taj Anapol, Ph.D. will give an overview of what ecosex is all about-- clinically, spiritually and socio-politically. Humanities professor and author of the seminal, ecosexual text, Gaia and the New Politics of Love, Serena Anderlini, Ph.D. is flying in from Puerto Rico to present her views about "how the Earth stores and runs the energy of love." Good Vibration’s resident sexologist, Carol Queen, Ph.D., will be discussing ecorotic issues in the sex toy industry. Kamala Devi and the Tantra Theater will act out the audience’s ecosex fantasies. Dr. Robert Lawrence, Ph.D., will cover ecosex fetishes. The panels will be moderated by TV and film actor, Veronica Hart, who will also offer an animal rights perspective. Award winning porn stars Jiz Lee and April Flores, and porn director Carlos Batts will discuss green porn and present a waterfall scene from their film, Dangerous Curves. Tania Hammidi will do a dance piece about conflict, genocide and olive trees. Comedic relief will come from EcoElf. The editor of the highbrow art magazine, Ms. Use, will attend from Israel to show off her ecosex themed issue. Other artists collaborating are C. Finley, Spyce Spycey, Luna Bella, Joegh Bullock, Lady Monster, Cindy Baker, Megan Morman, HB3, Dylan Bowls, Jayme Waxman and others.

The Symposium is also a "honeymoon" for organizers, Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle. The day before the symposium, they will have an ecosexual Purple Wedding to the Moon. http://loveartlab.org/ Their aim, they say is "to inspire others to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse."

Event sponsors are Good Vibrations, the Center For Sex and Culture, Femina Potens Gallery, Luna Pads, Monterey Bay’s kinky B+B Ahintofleather.com, Bondassage.com and Aki’s Cup Cakes. The organizers are looking for a few more eco-minded sponsors. They also invite individuals to contribute as backers through the Kickstarter fundraising platform. In exchange, backers get their names in the program, moon-shaped tit prints, and Beth Stephens’ sculptures of Annie Sprinkle’s bronzed panties! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/152588950/purple-wedding-to-the-moon-and-ecosex-honeymoon-sy

Ecosex Symposium Honeymoon
October 24th.
Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th Street,
Santa Monica, Ca., 90404
Everyone over 18 is invited to attend.
Please wear purple.



14. Marja Samsom, FF Alumn, on the Food Network, Oct. 19

tuesday oct.19th @ 10pm

turn on TV food network Channel "Chopped"

watch Marja "cooking up a storm"

the dumpling diva



15. Alyson Pou, FF Alumn, at Central Booking, Brooklyn, Oct. 20

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I hope you can join me on Wednesday, October 20th at 7:30pm for "Marietta and Le Palais de l' Optique"--the third performance in my four part, sequential series that coincides with the themes of Central Booking's exhibitions on the topics of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Rare original footage of the Paris Exposition of 1900 will open the event. I am thrilled to be working again with director Jessica Bauman and performing with Frank Deal and Zachary Fine. So please come! Take an entertaining journey with us back to the turn of the last century.

Don't worry if you missed Parts I and II--the show will start with a quick synopsis!
Warmest regards, Alyson Pou



16. elin o’Hara slavick, FF Alumn, in www.indyweek.com

An interesting write up by David Fellerath in the Independent on Chomsky's lecture at my opening:




elin o'Hara slavick
Distinguished Term Professor of Art
Hanes Art Center CB# 3405
UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 27599



17. Rumi Tsuda, FF Alumn, at Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano Gallery, Manhattan, Oct. 8

Rumi Tsuda - Mayan Spirit

Paintings and Drawings
Oct. 8 - 29

Opening Reception and Performance
Friday October 8, 2010, 6 - 8pm Performance at 7:30 Open at other times by appointment

RSVP email rumi@maruda.info or 718 388-0525

Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano Gallery
619 W. 145th St. Suite 210
New York, NY 10031

Between Broadway and Riverside Drive
1 or A train to 145th St.




18. Liz Magic Laser, FF Alumn, at apexart, Manhattan, Oct. 14


thur, oct 14: 6:30-7:30 pm

apexart will be open
from 6-8 pm in conjunction
with SoHo night.

John Kelly
Liz Magic Laser
David Levine
Alix Pearlstein
Paul David Young

Alix Pearlstein, still from Talent, 2009
John Kelly, Liz Magic Laser, David Levine, and Alix Pearlstein discuss their work and its relationship to theater. As art appropriates theater, how does the aesthetics of performance evolve? Illuminating their own work and practices, the newARTtheater panelists will address virtuosity, the performance text, institutional critique, the social conditions of performance, presence, the critical reception of ARTtheater, and the politics of the body.

The discussion, moderated by Paul David Young, is organized by and will be published in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press).

YCGTFH including work by Sophie Calle, Joachim Koester, Bruce Nauman.
more info

Video call with chance to win $2,000. Until Oct 31.
more info

Playing by the Rules: Alternative Thinking/ Alternative Spaces.



19. Tobaron Waxman, FF Alumn, at ICI, Berlin,Germany, Oct. 18

Mechitza 7.1
Tobaron Waxman
with James Hurley and Jesse Zaritt

Using sound and air to develop a conceptual architecture as a post- Zionist critique, performance artist Tobaron Waxman collaborates with dancer Jesse Zaritt and composer James Hurley to present a motion activated sound installation. Mechitza 7.1 uses field recordings Waxman made in the occupied territories of Palestine, and in men’s prayer spaces from his Chassidic life in New York. In Tobaron’s unique collaborative process, a movement score and soundscape for motion playback were created simultaneously. At ICI, for this beta version/ performance, rather than a motiontracking interface, the soundscape will be played live, together with the movement. This way the concept of a separation wall / border trauma is presented as a series of sound and motion events. A mechitza is the separation architecture between women and men in a Jewish prayer space. ‘7.1’ is both a Jewish metatextual reference about nation and destiny as well as indicative of this piece being composed for surround sound with 7.1 channels. An elision is made between sacred/taboo space, and ‘ethnically cleansed’

space, using interactive audio, as a way to interrogate the notion of border. Mechitza 7.1. reflects on the segregatory architecture that controls public and private space, imposed by the state.



With the participation of Prof. Dr. Martin Supper and students from the Sound Studies Department, Berlin University of the Arts.

18 October 2010
7.30 pm

ICI Kulturlabor Berlin
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry Christinenstraße 18/19, Haus 8
D-10119 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 473 7291-10
Fax: +49 (0)30 473 7291-56


U2 Senefelder Platz



20. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, open studio, Brooklyn, Oct. 16, 30, 31, Nov. 13, 14, 27, 28

LOOK OUT !!!!!--or . LOOK IN on Ken Butler's new body of artworks created with his Pollack-Krasner grant ..... and see 3 live performances in the new exhibition area in his enlarged loft ....... limited "seating", but you have a few chances!

(been workin like mad on all this since last November ..... I am still in preparing for this and may not respond to an email right away..)

a. This coming SAT. OCT. 16th ......... OPEN STUDIO 2pm - 8pm (at 427 Manhattan Ave .... directions below)

b. SAT and SUN OCT. 30th - 31st ....... OPEN STUDIO 2pm - 6pm and PERFORMANCE on SUNDAY at 4pm sharp (about 1/2 hr.)

c. SAT and SUN NOV. 13th - 14th ....... OPEN STUDIO 2pm - 6pm and PERFORMANCE on SUNDAY at 4pm sharp (with surprise guest!)

d. SAT and SUN NOV. 27th - 28th ....... OPEN STUDIO 2pm - 6pm and PERFORMANCE on SUNDAY at 4pm sharp (with surprise guest!)

Directions to: Ken Butler's Studio/loft 427 Manhattan Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11222 (718)782-4383)

(btwn. Meeker and Bayard, 100 yards from the BQE) ... my red door is in the middle of the short block, not the white door on the corner) …. ring buzzer BUTLER ... ground floor

Subway from Manhattan: L to Brooklyn (cross-town 14th st) ..... GRAHAM (3rd stop).... CROSS Metropolitan Ave and walk down Graham (towards elevated BQE about 6 blocks) .... LEFT at Frost (before the BQE) one block to Manhattan Ave ..... RIGHT and go UNDER BQE 1/2 block ... Buzzer (BUTLER) at 427 (on left across from huge billboard)

From the Bedford L-stop..... walk to N.12th on Bedford .... right to Bayard (careful, it is Roebling on the other side of the street)..... left (follow park) on Bayard ..... a few long blocks to Manhattan Ave ..... right to 427.

Also close to G-train...Nassau stop....walk left on Manhattan past park, past school towards BQE (and billboard)....427 on right.

By car from Brooklyn: BQE (to Queens) to Metropolitan Ave Exit ....... go straight on to Meeker a few blocks..... left on Manhattan Avenue under BQE ...... on the left at 427

By car from Manhattan: Delancey St. across W-burg bridge (inside lane)...... follow onto BQE .... FIRST exit #33 McGuiness-Humboldt...... bear left..... VERY FIRST LEFT UNDERNEATH BQE ONTO MEEKER (backtrack, do NOT go through the intersection) .... go two blocks on Meeker to Manhattan......right 1/2 block...427 immediately on left.

By car from the North ….. follow BQE and bear right across Kosciusko Bridge …. Take Meeker/Morgan exit on right …… straight on Meeker 5-6 blocks …. pass McGuiness Right on Manhattan Ave.….. 427 is 100 yards on your left.



thanks, hope to see you!

Ken Butler
427 Manhattan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
WEBSITE www.mindspring.com/~kbhybrid
MYSPACE www.myspace.com/kenbutlerhybridvisions
YOUTUBE www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=83B16249693B2B32&search_query=ken
WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Butler
PHONE (718) 782-4383



21. Dan Perjovschi, FF Alumn, at Espai d'art contemporani de Castello, Spain, opening Oct. 15

EACC – Espai d'art
Contemporani de Castelló

Time Specific by Dan Perjovschi & Knowledge Museum by Lia Perjovschi
15 October – 26 December 2010

15 October, 8 pm

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

The EACC (Espai d'art Contemporani de Castelló) has invited Dan and Lia Perjovschi to create a project for the Centre and its context, which will be the first specific project ever presented by these two artists in Spain.

From the 1980s onwards, the work of Dan and Lia Perjovschi has been unique in the development of experimental art in Eastern Europe. Both artists have forged personal and challenging forms of visual expression in drawing, performance, installation and conceptual practices, as well as in the analysis and use of the mass media, particularly of television and the written press. Reaching a point of maturity under the double pressure of Socialism and Globalisation, their work can be divided into two mutually enhanced phases: firstly, prior to the Romanian Revolution, defined by a more private and intimate body of work, then followed by a more public art practice addressing universal concerns.

The Perjovschis were born in 1961 in Sibiu, a city located at the geographical centre of Romania. They met in their childhood in art schools and later became a couple in life. They both graduated in 1980 and Dan entered the Academy of Art in Iasi, in Eastern Romania. From 1980 to 1985, Lia remained in Sibiu, working in factories while sitting for the annual exams to enter the country's art academies, which she failed time and again, partly in reprisal for her anti-authoritarian attitude and partly for the cronyism prevailing in the totalitarian system. She eventually entered the Academy of Art of Bucharest in 1987.

The Romanian Revolution started on 16th December 1989 in Timisoara, West Romania. On 20th December it had already spread to other cities. On Christmas Day 1989, the dictatorship Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed by a firing squad. In 1993, Dan moved to Bucharest and in 1993 Lia graduated at the Academy. In the 1990s, the Perjovschis became increasingly prominent both at home and abroad.

Dan's reputation in Romania was first established by the political drawings and cartoons he started to create in 1991 for the magazine Revista 22, a leading publication of the Romanian resistance, founded by the Social Dialogue Group of which he was a member. Nowadays, he is known worldwide for his large-scale drawing installations, in which he used the psychology of humour to comment on the social, political and cultural conditions, from local and national topics to global ones.

Lia has been recognised as one of the leading performance artists in Romania, and is also known for her unusual objects. From the 1990s, she has been gradually focusing more on conceptual projects such as Timelines, Mind Maps, and Knowledge Museum, that follow historical and intellectual events and ideas, and on collections such as the Globe Collection, commenting on media and on consumerism.

On another note, Dan and Lia Perjovschi's practice has deep roots in performance art. This exhibition project is accompanied by a 60-min documentary video showing the performances developed by the two artists from 1987 to 2007.

Seminal pieces will be on view here, including, Lia's I Am Fighting For My Right to Be Different, a performance in which the artist interacts with a life-size doll, manipulating it to reflect her own body language in a work that is directly connected with issues recurrent in her work.

The documentation of Dan's performances is equally resonant and portend his current body of work. One of his videos show a large-scale series of charcoal drawings made on a wall, with the artist using his recurrent grid of character drawings. Members of the public take turns to erase sections of the grid, with Dan struggling to restore the "missing" figures by redrawing them.

For nearly thirty years now, Dan and Lia Perjovschi have created an art that remains true to themselves and to the history of their country. They have produced highly different pieces, and in the guise of the DanLia composite, they have thrown light, from one to the other, over their meaning. They have also represented other artists from Romanian society and have attempted to bring transparency to global issues through art.

Aesthetically and politically charged, their work helps the beholder to reflect, to feel and to smile, a crucial combination in a political and cultural situation where concerns affecting freedom and autonomy, the construction of knowledge and a need to confront the present-day experience with simplicity, are increasingly more demanding. Dan and Lia Perjovschi's practice deals with crisis, change and with the integrity that, beyond the personal, is required to involve oneself in the world and inspire spectators to live with courage.



22. China Blue, FF Alumn, in Art Papers, September/October 2010

Hey: A review of my latest show The 7th Kingdom has just been published in Art Papers: www.chinablueart.com. I hope you enjoy it.



23. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Virachoca , San Francisco, CA, October 16

Saturday October 16
Frank Moore - The Erotic Greeter

this might be my coming out... We will see!


will take place at Virachoca
998 valencia street san francisco ca

online tickets are on sale already.
we are sure to sell out, so if you have friends who want to get tickets
encourage them to buy them in advance.
the tickets are $12 in advance online and $15 at the door.
here is the link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/125903




24. Sarah H. Paulson, FF Alumn, at Alice Chilton Gallery, Brooklyn, Opening Oct. 8

Your point will change...
(recent performative drawings by Sarah H. Paulson) October 8 - November 7, 2010

Opening reception: October 8, 7-9pm (Friday)
Performance: October 15, 7-9pm (Friday)

Alice Chilton Gallery (ACG)
147 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(inside Front Room Gallery, between Metropolitan Ave. and Hope St.)

Gallery Hours: Friday- Sunday, 1pm-6pm

Alice Chilton Gallery is a new gallery specializing in Performance
Art with live performances plus performance-related materials:
catalogues, limited-edition prints, videos and artifacts.

About the exhibition:
Alice Chilton Gallery will present Sarah H. Paulson's latest body of performative drawings. The exhibition will feature Paulson's Orgasm Drawings, which document the time and quality of the artist's orgasms via delicate non-linear markings.

Also displayed will be works from the Doily Series in which found doilies are paired with Paulson's menstrual blood.
An ongoing 2-hour performance will take place at ACG Gallery on Friday, October 15, 7-9pm.

Sarah H. Paulson was born in New Orleans, LA and received a BFA from Syracuse University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice remains focused on The Performative. She creates drawings using her feet, or other body parts, and relies on environmental circumstances to dictate the duration of the act of mark-making. Such circumstances include the length of a song on the radio, the time it takes to reach orgasm, the movement of a dancing body on the television, or the length of time the artist can refrain from breathing, to name a few.

Currently, she is working on the Doily Series in which she uses her blood as an autobiographical instrument. In using found doilies, she recycles the homemade decorative fabric of what others created and later abandoned. These works are a gathering of the discarded and eliminated and an homage to single moments within a cycle.

As she archives personal experience, Paulson allows the boundaries and overlaps between past and present, sexual encounters, human interaction, violence, power, and public vs. private to surface. The works serve as documents of these private, or semi-private, performances.

Paulson also collaborates with Holly Faurot on large-scale, endurance- oriented performance artworks that exist between the realms of performance art and dance. Their work has been performed internationally in galleries/venues including NYCAMS (NY Center for Art & Media Studies), NY; English Kills Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY; NurtureArt, Brooklyn, NY; The Chocolate Factory Theater, Brooklyn, NY; P.I.T. (Projects In Transit), Brooklyn, NY; EXIT ART, NY; the Harold Clurman Center for New Works in Movement and Dance Theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY; Open Art Gallery, Beijing, China, among others.

For more information about Sarah H. Paulson's work go to www.sarahhpaulson.com.
For more information on Faurot & Paulson's collaborative work go to www.faurotpaulson.com and www.englishkillsartgallery.com.

Sarah H. Paulson



25. John Jesurun, FF Alumn, in the fall issue of Performance Art Journal

New Fall Issue of PAJ Just Published!
Contents include:
Essays and Interviews
"Thoughts on Re-Performance, Experience, and Archivism" by Robert C. Morgan; "Performance as Design: The Mediaturgy of John Jesurun’s Firefall" by Bonnie Marranca; "Liquid Walls: The Digital Art of Tamiko Thiel" by Matthew Wilson Smith; "The Mahabharata Twenty-Five Years Later" - Peter Brook in conversation with Jonathan Kalb; "Configuring Principle" by George Quasha;

"On Release and Redemption: From the House of the Dead" by Joseph Cermatori; "Moveable Aura: The Blurred Realities of Alina and Jeff Bliumis" by Jill Conner; "Other Possible Worlds Onstage: Julia Lee Barclay, Besides, You Lose Your Soul or The History of Western Civilization" by Kélina Gotman; "Live Art in the UK" by Jennie Klein; "Why Poets Theatre Now?: The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985" Thom Donovan

Cleansed by Thomas Bradshaw; Noggin Flowers by Lisa Robertson and Jacob Eichert;



26. Adrian Piper, William Pope.L, FF Alumns, in The New York Times, October 7

The New York Times, October 7, 2010
Art and News, Intersecting in the Digital Age
After steady assault from Twitter, Facebook and Blogger Nation, we have come to this: "The Last Newspaper." Or so the title of the New Museum’s big fall show seems to tell us. In reality the situation isn’t quite that dire. All of us partial to news in hard copy (not to mention those of us who have indoor pets) can relax, kind of, for the moment.

As it turns out, "The Last Newspaper" is far less about trashing the printed word than about recycling and repurposing it as, or at least in, art. What’s more, as if in a vote of confidence, the exhibition will be producing two tabloids periodically during its run, one of them a museum commission. Inaugural issues are already out.

The show is newsy in other ways too. In style and thinking it represents a harkening back by the new New Museum on the Bowery to an exhibition model created by the old New Museum in SoHo. That model was defined by topical themes, visual sparseness and a vision of the museum as social space.

The old museum’s efforts, as much about ideas in the air as about art on the way, were always chancy, sometimes a bust. As often as not, they felt diverting rather than challenging, earnest rather than trenchant, tailor-made for a preselected, preapproving audience that knew what it liked and thought, and that "got" everything pretty fast.

All of this can be said of "The Last Newspaper" too, though only up to a point.
The New Museum curators who organized it, Richard Flood and Benjamin Godsill, have been careful both to bulk up and smooth out the funky, clunky older model. The art they’ve chosen is, on the whole, polished and time- and market-vetted. And the half-dozen live, news-producing organizations they have invited to set up shop in the galleries for the next few months are well organized and well practiced as social interactors.

The idea behind the exhibition — print journalism as a visual and existential phenomenon — is timely, and specific enough to be addressed and illustrated through art. Is the phenomenon intrinsically ephemeral or monumental? Is it truth telling or illusion spinning? One asks the same questions of art.

One also asks: Who has the power to write the news, or make art, and by extension to create something called history? What are the similarities between newspapers and museums? To what degree are both responsible for providing social information as well as entertainment?

If the show does nothing else, it demonstrates how widely and variously newspapers have served as raw material for contemporary art, old and new. Two very different works from 1967 are the earliest here. And they point up the contradictions inherent in a medium that is all about "on the record" and about constant change.

An installation by the conceptual artist Luciano Fabro (1936-2007) consists of several open newspaper pages placed side by side on the gallery floor. Every day the pages are picked up, the floor is washed, and different pages, always from a day-old edition of a local paper, are laid down. This pattern is repeated daily for the duration of the show. The simple gesture was inspired by a domestic routine practiced by Italian housewives. In that gesture, as in Mr. Fabro’s art, news is incidental, disposable, gone.

By contrast, in a collage from the same year by Judith Bernstein called "Are You Running With Me Jesus?" newspaper clips are preserved as if in a reliquary, framed and sealed behind glass. The main collage components are a frayed patch of American flag and cutout news shots of urban race wars. All surfaces are covered with handwritten political comments and obscene ditties. The result is like a time-capsule version of a splenetic blog rant.

Although digital reproductions of newsprint recur in the show, more than half of the works on view incorporate the real thing. Three 1986 drawings by Adrian Piper, collectively called "Vanilla Nightmares," are done directly on pages of The New York Times carrying articles with a racial content. William Pope.L restages his "Eating The Wall Street Journal," a 2000 performance in which he slowly devoured pages from that paper. The New Museum has assigned the gustatory chores — now just the occasional nibble — to assistants wearing Barack Obama masks.

Other artists physically edit existing newsprint. For a continuing a project called "Truth Study Center," Wolfgang Tillmans cuts articles from newspapers and magazines and displays them with his own photographs to create complicated, and really moving, broad-spectrum stories about political and religious violence.

In certain cases journalistic material is removed from its original context and cut free from any easily readable meaning. For a sculptural installation on the museum’s fifth floor Thomas Hirschhorn, departing from his customary shock-and-awe mode, dresses fashion mannequins in gowns stitched together from news photographs harvested from the Internet, with each gown made from images of a single subject: stock-exchange workers, dead soldiers, rich foods, sliced-up phrases from the stew of global advertising.

With this piece we seem to have strayed far from the traditional newspaper of the show’s title, though we quickly return to it. In the same gallery as the Hirschhorn sculptures are stacks of a publication called "Old News," which is made up entirely of reprinted newspaper stories. Its founding editor, the Danish curator Jacob Fabricius, asks artists from around the world to create thematic collages from articles in their local dailies, thus turning old news into new art. When enough responses are in, an issue appears.

And on the museum’s third floor several groups of artists are engaged in news projects of one kind or another, though sometimes a connection to actual newspaper culture is hard to discern.

Maybe in "The Last Newspaper" context, StoryCorps, the Brooklyn nonprofit devoted to taping American oral histories, can be seen to fill an investigative interviewing slot. (Its immense archive is housed at the Library of Congress.)

The Center for Urban Pedagogy, also in Brooklyn, designs kits to help residents of low-income urban neighborhoods understand the Byzantine tangle of affordable housing and zoning laws. Again, there’s no clear journalistic hook, though you could plug the center’s story into a business section, a real estate section or an art section, no problem.

One vital subject of reportage, the weather, is in the hands of the show’s only digitally driven news team, Columbia University’s C-Lab, led by Jeffrey Inaba. C-Lab doesn’t do much with hard copy, but it has cooked up a snazzy three-panel display recording weather conditions, predicted and actual, in two dozen United States cities.

Members of these groups will be on the premises periodically to chat with visitors, as will various people scheduled to organize discussion groups. A blue-carpeted area on the fourth floor, installed courtesy of the Slought Foundation of Philadelphia, is meant to be the equivalent of the office water cooler, where all and sundry can meet to brainstorm or schmooze.

But the exhibition’s titular focus is the continuing life of print journalism, and that is indeed alive here. A large-format tabloid called "New City Reader," conceived for the occasion by Joseph Grima, editorial director of Domus, and Kazys Varnelis, director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia, approaches news as a species of creative nonfiction.

Its graphically remarkable first issue reimagines a news-about-news event from more than 30 years ago, when, under severe technological duress, The New York Times managed to get a paper out on the night of the 1977 citywide blackout.

"New City Reader" will have only 12 issues, though in the art world short-term publications are not a novelty. Commissioned by the performance art biennial Performa, the New York duo Dexter Sinister founded, ran and closed "The First/Last Newspaper" within a single month last fall. And at the behest of the New Museum a print-savvy group called Latitudes from Barcelona is issuing another tabloid, this one weekly and edited from the third-floor gallery, that will double as an exhibition catalog.

That publication would, of course, be the ideal place for the curators and participating artists to go on the record, at un-Twitterish length and polemical breadth, about the viability of analog journalism — and analog art — in the digital age. Such a document would help ground an exhibition that can too easily float around themes rather than land on them. And it would help confirm the commitment of a museum to being a center for hard thought as well as for entertainment.

Meanwhile the Latitudes news team — Max Andrews and Mariana Canepa Luna are the editors — has invited everybody and anybody, meaning you and me, to submit editorial suggestions and pitch stories, either in person or by e-mail (newspaper@lttds.org). In the loosey-goosey spirit of the show, their paper will change names weekly, from the "The Last Post" to "The Last Gazette" to "The Last Register," etc. But a genuinely "last newspaper" is still nowhere in sight. And you read that here.

"The Last Newspaper" continues through Jan. 9 at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, Lower East Side; (212) 219-1222, newmuseum.org.



27. Reverend Billy, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 8

The New York Times, October 8, 2010
Reverend Billy’s Revelation: A Role for Money
Two weeks ago Reverend Billy, the performance artist and activist best known as the leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, was plying his trade, public proselytizing. He and 15 members of the church’s choir traveled from New York to Washington to stage a protest as part of Appalachia Rising, a campaign to end mountaintop-removal coal mining. They gathered around a mound of symbolic dirt in the lobby of a bank that they say finances mountaintop removal, shouted "Hallelujah!" and sang folk songs. Reverend Billy was arrested for what his wife and performance partner, Savitri D, guessed was the 50th time.

Standard stuff for the Reverend and his crew of satiric rabble-rousers, who have built their lives around preaching an anti-consumerist, pro-environment gospel. What was not standard was the financial support for the project: the money came from Stardust, a Dutch theater company. Stardust is a commercial group that often stages circuses; it has little interest in politics and a lot of interest in putting on a highly profitable show. The company’s founders, also a husband-and-wife team, didn’t know what they were subsidizing — they valued the Church of Stop Shopping only as a concept.

Last year they made a deal with Bill Talen, who performs as Reverend Billy: for $25,000, they bought several of the choir’s songs, his sermons and the image of the reverend himself. They used it as the basis for a gaudy musical, "Crazy Shopping," which is playing across the Netherlands through January. Reverend Billy and his acolytes, meanwhile, used their windfall to pay for their activities against mountaintop-removal; the last $500 was spent on the bus that took the group to Washington.

Sellout? Savvy? Hard to say in this marketplace, when indie bands no longer look askance at corporate sponsorship, and underground artists hope to appear on a reality show. Certainly this unlikely union had a deep impact on Mr. Talen and his wife. In an interview at the couple’s home, on a leafy block in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn, Mr. Talen and Savitri D, who said she does not use her last name publicly to protect her daughter’s privacy, explained how they came to watch an ersatz version of their life unfold in the biggest theater in Amsterdam. (Their own next project, "Mountains and Gardens," which addresses both mountaintop removal and the plight of community gardens, will play on Sunday at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea.)

The Dutch deal began, as so many showbiz deals do, over lunch. The owners of Stardust, Henk van der Meyden and Monica Strotmann, came to a rehearsal of the Church, now known as the Church of Life After Shopping, with their teenage daughter, Elisa, during a visit to New York. They took the choir to dinner and then twice lunched with Mr. Talen and Savitri D — always picking up the check, Mr. Talen noted with awe.

At Sardi’s, Mr. van der Meyden and Ms. Strotmann offered $25,000 for the rights to five songs, some sermons and the name Reverend Billy. "We said yes to everything," Mr. Talen said. "We had about $211 left in our account at that point. We didn’t quibble." The money arrived within days; it amounted to about 10 percent of the annual budget for the church, a nonprofit group that depends on donations and grants.

The Dutch were the antithesis of the radicals that the church sometimes attracts. But they were attentive at rehearsal, had a track record in the arts and seemed sincere.
"We trusted them," Mr. Talen said. "We knew, at the very least, it would be interesting." They had bonded with the couple over the global loss of mom-and-pop shops, he said, and felt that Elisa van der Meyden shared her generation’s sense of outrage regarding mass commercialization.

Well, something might have gotten lost in translation.
"For me the show, the public, is No. 1, and I don’t think of politics," Mr. van der Meyden said in a phone interview from the Netherlands. "My daughter, she’s a great shopper," he added, "and she said, ‘Papa, why don’t you make a musical about shopping?’ "

"Desperate Housewives," Sophie Kinsella’s "Shopaholic" series and "Sex and the City" were also inspirations. "Crazy Shopping" follows four middle-aged women in various states of romantic distress as they scramble to get one limited-edition purse. (The poster, which blanketed Amsterdam when the show opened there this summer, reads: " ‘Crazy Shopping’ the Musical — Better Than Sex!") But retailing did not offer enough theatrical tension.

"For the dramatic story we had to make, it’s always important that you bring in the enemy from the outside who is against things," Mr. van der Meyden explained. An Internet search yielded the Church of Stop Shopping. "The message: ‘Stop shopping and you can do more with less and you don’t need anything,’ blah blah," he said. "So it was good." A fitting adversary had been found.

It didn’t hurt that Reverend Billy already had a sense of the exuberant; they borrowed liberally from his staging — for example, when he goes into the audience and enacts a televangelist-style "exorcism" of credit cards.

"He takes the credit cards and falls down — we use that exactly in the show," Mr. van der Meyden said. "It’s a great success because people have never seen that in Holland."

The Dutch Reverend Billy, called Domini Bob, also bears a striking resemblance to Mr. Talen, down to his white suit. Mr. Talen helped his alter ego, Tony Neef, with his ministerly cadences, and they held a "preach-off" at a press junket in Amsterdam in May.

Still, when Mr. Talen and Savitri D traveled there for the show’s opening in August, they were not prepared for the spectacle. Mr. van der Meyden, a journalist turned producer, is a well-known entertainment figure there, Mr. Talen said, and the red-carpet premiere, at the 1,750-seat Royal Theater Carré, was a major event. "We were severely underdressed," Savitri D said.

Reviews in the Dutch press were mixed, and in some ways the production disappointed its New York muses. Mr. Talen was upset that, instead of simply having a political viewpoint, Domini Bob has a backstory with a psychological twist: his father owns a supermall. And any anticonsumerist message might be drowned out when, at the end of each show, the audience is literally showered with gift bags full of pricey beauty products. They drop from the ceiling to the music of "The Phantom of the Opera."

But to their surprise, Savitri D and Mr. Talen were also taken with the theatricality of "Crazy Shopping." Seeing their work, normally performed in gyms and church basements, presented with high production values, was "thrilling," Savitri D said. "I felt the freedom of being artists, this revalidation of the creative life and its flexibility."

She added, "There’s definitely some dance moves that we’re stealing from that show."
Though he had no political goals, Mr. van der Meyden said, he too found a kinship with Reverend Billy. "I love him because he is the Robin Hood of the little shops," he declared. His shopaholic daughter, he added, now says: " ‘Papa, it is too expensive.’ She learned from the show."



28. Laura Hoptman, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 8

Inside Art, By CAROL VOGEL
Published: October 8, 2010

After four years as a senior curator at the New Museum, Laura Hoptman is returning to the Museum of Modern Art, where she was an assistant curator in the drawings department from 1995 until 2001.

This time around Ms. Hoptman will be a curator in MoMA’s department of painting and sculpture, where she will be organizing exhibitions and working on acquisitions and the display of the collection. Her main focus will be contemporary art.

Ms. Hoptman begins her new job on Nov. 1.



29. Murray Hill, Julie Atlas Muz, FF Alumns, on HBO, October 10

Congratulations to FF Alumns Murray Hill and Julie Atlas Muz for their appearance on HBO’s "Bored to Death".



30. Stephanie Brody-Lederman, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, October 11

The New York Times
Metropolitan Diary
October 11, 2010

Dear Diary:
I was attending a group-show gallery opening in Chelsea, when I noticed a small Jack Russell terrier in the middle of several people who were talking, drinks in hand.
I began to see the dog was moving about, situating himself in the middle of different groups of people. Occasionally he barked and scampered around, capturing the other gallery patrons’ attention. At some point it struck me that the dog was in the gallery by himself. I reached down and looked at the tag around its neck. On it was written, "Don’t Mess With Me, I Know My Way Home." On the other side of the tag was a Yankees logo. Later that evening, I saw the dog in another gallery, and I felt that perhaps he was going to various openings and was networking.

Stephanie Brody-Lederman



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