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Contents for October 24, 2011

1. Amapola Prada, FF Fund recipient 2010-11, at AC Institute, Manhattan, opening November 3, and more

An AC Institute Curated Exhibition
MODELO PARA ARMAR: REHEARSING THE CITY
Amapola Prada

November 3 - December 3, 2011

Opening Event: Thursday, November 3, 2011 6-8pm

'La Explosión (The Explosion)' A Performance by Amapola Prada in collaboration with the artist MPA: Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7pm

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

'Modelo para Armar' is the effect of the artist's ongoing study regarding the subjectivity and apparent tensions of collectively engaged individuals, and the expression of these tensions through 'pulsiones' or psychic impulses. This work has unfolded through the careful observation of daily life and people's places in it, and is augmented by the artist's personal sensorial experience.

The exhibition features a series of video-recorded actions realized in Lima, Peru and New York City that demonstrate notions of the city-as-hub, internal migration, and everyday aggression. The videos present archetypal and imaginary situations as subjective interpretations of the realities of city life. The subjects of these situations- including the artist herself- are latent bodies who are activated by a variety of impulses. Participants perform actions in which they confront their circumstances, exteriorizing internal emotional states. Their cumulative individual energies hint at becoming collective.

This exhibition includes the performance 'La Explosión (The Explosion)' (Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7pm), made in collaboration with the artist MPA.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund, supported by the Starry Night Fund of Tides Foundation.

Bio:
Amapola Prada is an artist from Lima, Peru, currently living in New York as a Franklin Furnace Fund recipient. Her performance works have been presented by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics; the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Mexico; and the II Bienal Internacional de Performance in Santiago de Chile, Chile. Her video work has been shown at the 10th Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, China; the 11th Festival Internacional de Video/Arte/Electrónica VAE11 in Lima, Perú; and the III Festival Internacional de Videoperformance EJECT in D.F, México. Prada received a BA in Social Psychology from Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú.

About AC Institute:
The AC Institute's mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective. Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3.

AC Institute
547 W. 27th St. #610 and the AC (Exit) Project Space
New York, NY 10001
www.artcurrents.org / info@artcurrents.org
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat: 1-6pm,Thurs: 1-8pm

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2. Norm Magnusson, FF Alumn, at Artspace, New Haven, CT, thru Dec. 31

Artspace is honored to present Norm Magnusson's "Historical Tense," an installation of five "historical markers" in the Artspace Lot. Previously displayed along country roads and in small towns, Magnusson's art invites his audience to engage intellectually with contemporary issues that often fall victim to our worst emotional instincts. Rather than presenting strident or maudlin political work, Magnusson provides food for thought, allowing each marker to tell its own story, gently assertive, firmly thought-provoking, and just a little bit subversive. The Artspace Lot provides the first urban home for Magnusson's project, opening up new possibilities for social engagement.

For more information, visit the Artspace website at: http://artspacenh.org/ or Magnusson's website at: http://www.thei75project.com/

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3. Deb Margolin, FF Alumn, at Theater 80 St. Marks, Manhattan, Nov. 13

Good Morning Anita Hill
It's Ginni Thomas I Just Wanted To Reach Across the Airwaves and the Years and Ask You To Consider Something I Would Love You To Consider an Apology Sometime and Some Full Explanation of Why You Did What You Did With My Husband So Give It Some Thought and Certainly Pray About This and Come To Understand Why You Did What You Did Okay Have a Good Day

THE WORLD PREMIERE
Sunday, November 13 at 1:00pm

Anger meets absurdity and age meets hilarity in one woman's experiential retrospective of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings. Who are we at the moment we flip someone the bird; show the middle finger to a stranger? And what is tragedy? Is it possible that one definition of tragedy involves the realization that, in order to address an oppressor, or seek redress from him successfully, we must descend to his level? Here's what happens when a middle-aged Jewish woman confronts her road rage at the 20-year-old intersection of young motherhood and the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. With a fair amount of Bristol Palin tossed in.

THE THEATRE
All For One Theater Festival
Theatre 80 St. Marks
(80 St. Marks Place - just West of First Avenue - between 7th & 9th Streets - take the N or R to 8th Street/NUY stop; #6 to Astor Place Stop; L to 1st Avenue stop).

THE LEGENDARY PLAYWRIGHT/PERFORMER
Deb Margolin is a playwright, performance artist, and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of nine full-length solo performance pieces, which she has toured throughout the United States, and is the recipient of the 1999-2000 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. Deb's work has been commissioned by The Jewish Museum of New York, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, and Middle Tennessee State University. Her multi-character play Three Seconds in the Key, commissioned by the New York Public Theater and premiered by New Georges in New York, won the 2005 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting, followed by a production at the San Francisco Playhouse. A book of Margolin's plays and performance pieces, entitled Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO, was published in 1999 by Cassell/Continuum Press. Deb Margolin lives in New Jersey, which she denies. She was honored to accept the 2008 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award.

HURRY! THIS ONE WILL SELL OUT FAST!
Tickets are only $20 and available at www.afofest.org

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4. Peter Cramer & Jack Waters, FF Alumns, at BAAD, The Bronx, Oct. 28

Peter Cramer & Jack Waters R BAAD!

Friday October 28 2011

Closing Night! Danse Macabre & MonsterMash!

BAAD! will be transported to the Great Beyond as dancers of all colors resurrectchoreographers who have crossed over with James Atkinson (Alvin Ailey), Noele Phillips (Katherine Dunham), Peter Cramer (Bob Fosse), Jessica Danser (Martha Graham) and Pedro Jiménez (Michael Jackson). Hosted by Jack Waters. The concert will be followed by a Halloween Monster Mash party with a midnight costume/monster contest.

BAAD!Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance
841 Barretto Street, Bronx, NY 10474
718-842-5223 www.BronxAcademyOfArtsAndDance.org

Admission: $15
$5 discount for patrons who come in costume.
Purchase tickets to this event - https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/204930

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5. DAZE, Arturo Lindsay, FF Alumns, receive smARTpower grant

U.S. Department of State Launches smARTpower, Will Use Visual Arts to Engage Underserved Youth Overseas and Strengthen People-to-People Diplomacy
U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Bronx Museum of the Arts launched smARTpowerSM, a new initiative that sends 15 American artists and collaborative artist teams to 15 countries worldwide to engage in people-to-people diplomacy through the visual arts.
smARTpower builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's vision of "smart power diplomacy," which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools - in this case the visual arts - to bring people together and foster greater understanding.
For up to 45 days during the next year, the following American artists will travel to all corners of the globe, where they will partner with local arts organizations to engage with underserved youth and create community-based projects. The first smARTpower artist, Kabir Carter of Brooklyn, New York, will depart October 24 for Istanbul, Turkey. Other artists will follow throughout 2012 with travel to China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela.
The artists participating in smARTpower, the countries to which they will travel, and their in-country partner arts organizations are:
Duke Riley of Brooklyn, New York - Shanghai, China
Partner Organization: Arthub Asia
Chris "Daze" Ellis of New York, New York - Quito, Ecuador
Partner Organization: Cero Inspiración
Arturo Lindsay of Atlanta, Georgia - Cairo, Egypt
Partner Organization: Medrar/Nagla Samir
Rochelle Feinstein of New York, New York - Accra, Ghana
Partner Organization: Foundation for Contemporary Art
Caroline Woolard of Brooklyn, New York - New Delhi, India
Partner Organization: KHOJ
Miguel Luciano of Brooklyn, New York - Nairobi and Dadaab Province, Kenya
Partner Organization: Kuona Trust
Samuel Gould of Minneapolis, Minnesota - Pristina, Kosovo
Partner Organization: Stacion Center for Contemporary Art
Ghana Think Tank (comprised of Christopher Robbins, John Ewing, and Maria del Carmen Montoya) of Little Neck, New York; Roxbury, Massachusetts; and Corvallis, Oregon - Beirut, Lebanon
Partner Organization: Arab Image Foundation
Pepón Osorio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Kathmandu, Nepal
Partner Organization: Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Centre
Brett Cook of Berkeley, California - Lagos, Nigeria
Partner Organization: Wy Art Foundation
Art Jones of Bronx, New York - Karachi, Pakistan
Partner Organization: Vasl
Mary Mattingly of New York, New York - Manila, Philippines
Partner Organization: Green Papaya Art Projects
Xaviera Simmons of Brooklyn, New York - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Partner Organization: Theertha International Artists Collective.
Kabir Carter of Brooklyn, New York - Istanbul, Turkey
Partner Organization: PiSt///Interdisciplinary Project Space
Seth Augustine and Rachel Shachar of Los Angeles, California - Caracas, Venezuela
Partner Organization: Centro Cultural Chacao
More than 900 individuals from nearly all 50 states and U.S. territories applied to the program. Those chosen include both emerging and established artists who work in a variety of media, from site-specific happenings to portable art installations. Selection criteria included the strength of the artists' work, and their experienced commitment to community-based art making.
smARTpower is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Click here to learn more about the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and click here to learn more about The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
For more information, contact Talley Sergent, U.S. Department of State at SergentRT@state.gov.
The grants were also discussed in a recent article in
The New York Times
October 18, 2011, 12:01 am
Brooklyn Artist Among Those Chosen for International Project
by Carol Vogel
When the Brooklyn artist Kabir Carter goes to Istanbul next week he will be the first of 15 American artists chosen by the Bronx Museum of the Arts as part of a collaboration with the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to bring art projects to 15 foreign countries.
The initiative, known as smART Power, is part a $1 million program announced last year to expand cultural diplomacy around the world. When the Bronx Museum put out an open call for proposals earlier this year it got 900 applicants, from which they chose a mix of 15 emerging and established artists. They will travel to all parts of the globe, including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela, where they will work with local arts groups and artists to develop community-based projects.
When Mr. Carter arrives in Istanbul he will lead a series of workshops with members of the local community to gather and preserve their oral histories. He will also produce sound installations and encourage people to document their daily lives.
In January a Panamanian-born artist, Arturo Lindsay, will head to Egypt, the first of two trips he plans to take there. His mission: to establish a contemporary-art workshop that will encourage installation and performance art around the theme of "bearing witness.''

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6. James Casebere, FF Alumn, at Barnes & Noble, Manhattan, Oct. 26

Celebrating the publication of
James Casebere: Works 1975-2010

James Casebere in Conversation with Hal Foster

Barnes & Noble
150 East 86th Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7-8pm

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce that to celebrate the launch of James Casebere: Works 1975-2010, James Casebere will be in conversation with renowned art scholar Hal Foster, who contributed an essay to the monograph. The event, which is organized by Barnes & Noble, New York Foundation for the Arts and Damiani Editore, will take place at the Barnes & Noble book store at 150 East 86th Street and will begin at 7pm. Casebere will also be signing copies of the publication, which will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Published by Grafiche Damiani and edited by curator and art critic Okwui Enwezor, James Casebere: Works 1975-2010 is a major mid-career survey that includes several of Casebere's lesser known early works, as well as previously unreproduced sculpture and photographs from 1975 to 2011. In addition to the essay by Hal Foster, the volume also includes an introduction by Toni Morrison and Ford Morrison as well as an in depth conversation between the artist and Enwezor. James Casebere: Works 1975-2010 is the most comprehensive monograph to date on this important American artist.

James Casebere: Works 1975-2010 is distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P.; for further information on the publication, please visit: The D.A.P. Website

For further information on the event, please visit: The Barnes & Noble Website

For press inquiries, please contact Maureen Bray at the gallery (212.239.1181) at maureen@skny.com. For all other inquiries, please contact Cécile Panzieri at the gallery (212.239.1181) or at cecile@skny.com.

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7. James Godwin, Tom Murrin, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, October 24

Hi Friends - well, it's that glorious black and orange time of the year again - and I get to do a show at Dixon Place. It's called "Trick or Treat", and it will undoubtedly contain stories of how my sister Patsy and I terrorized the neighborhood every Oct. 31, in our Los Angeles youth.

Dixon Place is at 161A Chrystie St., NYC 10002, (just north of Delancey St.). This will happen on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 PM. The price is $15, but I hear it's $5 less if you book online:
www.dixonplace.org - 212.219.0736.

A big treat for me is that I am sharing the bill with one of my good friends, and a charismatic and very funny performer, James Godwin, of Dirty Jimmy's Basement fame, as well as many other incarnations. The man is a genius, and I am going first so I can catch his act.

Hope to see you there. Happy Halloween. Tom

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8. Thana Alexa, FF Member, at The 55 Bar, Manhattan, Nov. 26, and more

Dear friends,

I am very excited to announce that I now have a MONTHLY RESIDENCY at The 55 Bar down in Greenwich Village!

My first residency performance will be his Saturday, October 22 from 6-9pm! It's going to be a great show with some different players, new music, and all 3 sets are FREE!!!

November 26 will be my next performance (also from 6-9pm) and then from December onward I will be performing the second to last THURSDAY of EVERY MONTH from 7-9pm!

Please come support this wonderful group on Saturday and enjoy a nice after-work or pre-saturday night fun drink with us!

Thana Alexa - vocals & original music
Mike Ruby - tenor sax
Nitzan Gavrieli - fender rhodes
Jorge Roeder - bass
Rosa Avila - drums

The 55 Bar is located at 55 Christopher St (near 7th Avenue South).

I hope to see you there!

All my best,
Thana Alexa
www.thanalexa.com

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9. Claudia DeMonte, FF Alumn, at Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, opening Oct. 28

"SILVER"
A 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Old Post Office 1986-1995
Clayton 1995-2005
Central West End 2005-2011

A Group Exhibition presenting selected new and vintage works by
Gallery Artists
Included will be a feature piece introducing
Claudia DeMonte

October 28-December 31, 2011

Opening-Champagne Reception Friday, October 28, 6-8 p.m.
Nostalgia Event Saturday, October 29, 1-3 p.m.

Carolyn Miles
Founder/Owner/Director
Atrium Gallery
4728 McPherson Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108
Wednesday though Saturday, 10-6
Tuesday by Appointment

www.atriumgallery.net ; atrium@earthlink.net 314.367.1076
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Committed to bringing exceptional art to the St. Louis community since 1986,
Atrium Gallery presents work by regional, national and international contemporary artists.

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10. George Peck, FF Alumn, at The Little Synagogue Gallery, Eger, Hungary, Oct. 25-Nov. 7
DREAMSTATE (2009-2011) An installation by George Peck
Part of the Common Thinking - Not Commonplace exhibition
at The Little Synagogue Gallery, Eger Hungary.
October 25th - November 7th 2011
This project was made for two installations this fall: within the group exhibition, Common Thinking - Not Commonplace, in the Little Synagogue Gallery, Eger, (24 October - 7 November 2011), and as an installation in public space at the Hungarian Preparatory Academy for Judges, Budapest (recently cancelled).
In this project, Peck partnered with the former Chief Justice of the Hungarian Supreme Court (1990-2002), the Honorable Dr. Pál Solt.
DREAMSTATE explores the events around 1989-90, when the separation of Law and Justice from the previous totalitarian government took place. This was one of the most important historical events in Hungarian history, as the newly established independent Constitution (the law) would be the cornerstone of this newly formed democracy. In this project the collaboration between a witness and an artist culminated in a visual interpretation. If we are concerned with sustainability, it is an informed public which makes a difference in a clear vision, and the choices they will make in their participation affect the future of their country. While this project refers directly to the Hungarian experience and history, it is meant to function as a universal platform for the times we are living in.

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11. Ray Johnson, FF Alumn, now online, in Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, and more

Greetings,

Ray Johnson studies are progressing apace. Below is a link to the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies Volume 2 (only available online) which is devoted to Ray Johnson and contains fascinating new material and new perspectives.

I urge you to read Michael von Uchtrup's biography on Johnson, Joanna Gosse on Johnson's philosophy and his invention of a new experience of art which circumvents the gallery distribution system, Julie Thomson who follows up on this theme with Johnson and Brecht, Kate Dempsey on Johnson and communication systems and their "Reading Ray" entries along with those of Matthews and Vanderbeek.

http://www.blackmountainstudiesjournal.org/wp/

Research continues at the Johnson Estate Archive - three Ph.D. students are now focused on different areas of Johnson's practice and we continually welcome visiting scholars. We also have a new library science Master's student. If you want to know more or get in touch with the scholars let us know.

More Johnson news this season includes the upcoming launch of our new Ray Johnson Estate website, which we are extremely excited to share with the cyber world. Please watch for it!

With best wishes,

Frances F.L. Beatty, Ph.D.
Vice President
Richard L. Feigen & Co.
34 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10065
(212) 628-0700 ph
(212) 249-4574 fax
www.rlfeigen.com
www.rayjohnsonestate.com

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12. Eleanor Antin, Dara Birnbaum, Ann Hamilton, Yoko Inoue, FF Alumns, receive Anonymous Was A Woman Grants, 2011

FJC A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds

Anonymous Was A Woman
Ten Women Artists Receive $25,000 Grants

Anonymous Was A Woman announced today the ten artists selected to receive the Foundation's sixteenth annual awards. The "no strings" grant of $25,000 enables women, over 45 years of age and at a critical juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work.

2011 Award Winners
Eleanor Antin Artist
Linda Besemer Painter
Dara Birnbaum Visual Artist
Andrea Bowers Artist
Ann Hamilton Artist / Installation
Yoko Inoue Visual Artist
Jungjin Lee Artist / Photographer
Mary Miss Artist
Sheila Pepe Artist
Judith Shea Sculptor

Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield, director of the program, explained, "Anonymous Was A Woman Awards are synonymous with important recognition in artists' personal and artistic development. The financial gift helps artists buy time, space, materials, and equipment, often at early stages of a new project, and, sometimes, recover from traumatic life events. In itself, the Award helps artists feel recognized and honored by other distinguished women who seek no credit for the role they play."

The name of the grant program, Anonymous Was A Woman, refers to a line in Virginia Wolf's A Room of One's Own. As the name implies, the nominators and those associated with the program are unnamed.
To date, 161 women have received the award. Each year, an outstanding group of distinguished women - art historians, curators, writers and previous winners - serve as nominators.

"The experience of having my painting publicly validated and recognized by my peers and the art community at large has been enormously gratifying. It's a huge boost," said one previous winner. The award helped a photographer re-connect with another art form...drawing. "I set up a studio and returned to making drawings after thirty years. It's impossible to say what impact the reintroduction of this medium will have on my photography, but it is certain that without this grant, I might never have had the opportunity to be reunited with my passion for this medium from so many years ago."
Anonymous Was A Woman, a program of FJC-A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, is administered by Philanthropy Advisors, LLC, a comprehensive consulting and management organization for private philanthropy.

For more information please visit www.anonymouswasawoman.org.

FJC A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds
Contact: Lauren Katzowitz Shenfield
Philanthropy Advisors, LLC
awaw@philanthropyadvisorsny.org
212-517-8108

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13. Roberta Allen, FF Alumn, at St. Marks Bookshop, Manhattan, Nov. 1

Roberta Allen Reading at St. Marks Bookshop:

Roberta Allen will read
from the new edition of her 2000 novel,
THE DREAMING GIRL,
with an intro by Luisa Valenzuela,
published by Ellipsis Press,
on Tues., Nov. 1, 7 PM,
St. Marks Bookshop,
31 Third Ave. betw. 8th & 9th Sts.

www.robertaallen.com

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14. Linda Mary Montano, FF Alumn, now online at http://youtu.be/NZcZWN2YFkI

Please visit

http://youtu.be/NZcZWN2YFkI

thanks,

LINDA MARY MONTANO
THE ART/LIFE INSTITUTE
9 JOHN ST
SAUGERTIES , N.Y. 12477
845-246-4482

PERFORMANCES
ART/LIFE COUNSELING
TEACHING
VIDEO
SUMMER SAINT CAMP
RESIDENCIES

www.vdb.org
WWW.LINDAMONTANO.COM
http://lindamarymontano.blogspot.com

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15. LuLu LoLo, FF Alumn, at Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY, Oct. 29

Insect Exotica LuLu LoLo Crowns Habitable Spaces Halloween Fundraiser Party
At Flux Factory
Saturday, October 29
6pm - 2am
Art Auction: 6pm-10pm
http://www.habitablespaces.org/halloween-party/

In the spirit of Habitable Spaces Insect Exotica LuLu LoLo will harvest the audience for materials to create a sculptured headpiece celebrating Habitable Spaces, assisted by the multi-talented Marissa Hiller. The sculptured headpiece will be on sale to benefit Habitable Spaces. http://www.habitablespaces.org/

So come to support Alison Ward and Shane Heinemeier's Habitable Spaces project at Flux Factory.
http://www.fluxfactory.org/events/habitable-spaces/

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16. Bogdan Perzynski, FF Member, at Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand, thru October 29, and more

Visiting artist Bogdan Perzynski to be in residence in Wellington, New Zealand, 7-15 October 2011 on the occasion of the NZ premiere screening of his full-length video work Fortune Teller (2010) at the New Zealand Film Archive on 10 October 2011, and the exhibition Bogdan Perzynski: Selected Photographic Documents and Video Works curated by Martin Patrick 13-29 October 2011 at the Engine Room, Wellington. Perzynski arrived directly from his participation in the prestigious 17th International Contemporary Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil Southern Panoramas, SESC Belenzinho, Sept 30 to Dec 11, 2011, for more information please consult: www.sescsp.org.br and www.sesctv.org.br.

Perzynski is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the question of art's interdisciplinary character including the philosophies of communicative action, social pragmatism and individual invention.

For more information, please contact Martin Patrick: M.R.Patrick@massey.ac.nz

New Zealand Premiere Screening
Fortune Teller (2010)
Full-length Video, 66 min
Monday 10 October 2011
6 pm Screening and Q & A in presence of the artist and Martin Patrick

The New Zealand Film Archive
84 Taranaki St, Wellington

Exhibition
Bogdan Perzynski: Selected Photographic Documents and Video Works
Curated by Martin Patrick

13-29 October 2011, Tuesday-Saturday 12-4 pm
Opening Wednesday 12 October 2011 5.30 pm
Artist talk Friday 14 October 2011 4.30 pm

The Engine Room
East End Block 1, Massey University
63 Wallace Street, Entrance C
Wellington, New Zealand

Bogdan Perzynski:
Selected Photographic Documents and Video Works
By Martin Patrick
Bogdan Perzynski, an artist whose own emergence paralleled the nascent postmodernism of the 1970s-80s, has consistently directed his creative process towards notions framed by language: communication and translation, borders and transformation, and the myriad social, political, and interpersonal codes that define our everyday existence. Moreover, throughout the course of his works, Perzynski has carefully used aspects of technology to forcefully evoke the demands and pressures of manifold surrounding contexts. According to the artist, "I see my work more as an organism than an object; a living system that is capable of reacting to stimulus, growth, replication and maintenance."

Initially Perzynski's artworks investigated the discourses of public space, cinema, and philosophy, culminating in a period during the late 1980s-early 1990s characterized by a number of intricate wall and large-scale installations. A significant turn since that time has been the shift in Perzynski's practice from his allusions to temporality often taking the form of mechanically and electronically driven constructions to-in their place-an ongoing series of time-based video works which incorporate a wide ranging amalgam of content, from spare, straightforward imagery, to complex, digitally produced scenarios.

The full-length video Fortune Teller, undertaken over 2004-10, is the major work of this stage of Perzynski's artistic trajectory. Fortune Teller derives its structure from the calendar year, as the artist describes:
The year 2004 was a leap year. That year I collected twelve monthly horoscopes from a Vogue magazine subscription. I was not its subscriber; in a way I inherited them. It occurred to me that these short texts had the potential to become video scripts. It is noteworthy that contrary to my long lasting interests in new physics, I did not have ongoing interests in astrology. At that time, Fortune Teller was a compassionate attempt to work with astrology and new physics. I was imagining dyadic communication, with "epistemological anarchism" in mind, to use the term of Paul Feyerabend. Uncertain about the outcome I proceeded with caution.
In Fortune Teller, compelling yet oblique, abstract and frequently montaged images attempt to build outwardly from the traces of those horoscope pages. A compilation of brief vignettes, none lasting more than five minutes each, representing Jan-Dec, according to Perzynski, Fortune Teller's component sections may be either sampled in no particular order, or viewed from start to finish. There is a lush, dreamlike atmosphere to Fortune Teller, acting in tension with its structural rigour.

Perzynski's recent video works are also significant in that they move toward a more direct collaboration and spontaneity, less evidently beholden to technological strategies. In A Family and Friends Event (2010) a trio of women sing karaoke-style to the sentimental oldie "Unchained Melody," while a number of phrases-mostly taken from the labels of packing and shipping supplies-are simultaneously presented onscreen: CLOCKS AND COUNTERS, BEING QUITE REAL, HANDLE WITH CARE, EXPOSED TO HEAT, HOURS OF IDLENESS, FREE AT ALL TIMES. Lyrics, slogans, and staging running counter to the evident fact that the singers in question are clearly enjoying themselves tremendously.

In I Will Have Gold (2011) three different women in succession face the camera (and the offscreen artist-director) while cursing. While the first two protagonists fail to muster much performative energy, the third appears to deliver the goods-gold-so to speak. The video summons such settings as the audition and the screen test (whether in Hollywood or in Warhol's factory, for instance) and the notion of staged vs. seemingly "authentic" emotions (perhaps as in some of Nauman's confrontational works) and also the difference between the trained actor and the untrained actor, which could work helpfully in either direction, as in Robert Bresson's use of amateur actors, or John Cassavetes seeking truthful emotions from highly trained actors. Perzynski highlights how vernacular language seems stiff and all too inadequate when put "front and center" in a theatricalized environment, whether in studio isolation or a karaoke stage.

Perzynski has had a longtime interest in the interdisciplinary nature of art, and has sought to incorporate creative dimensions that often remain elusive, without reaching for them with the use of new tools, hybrid forms, and an openly inquisitive, multilayered approach. One might perhaps conclude that an outcome of this methodology might involve an overestimation of technology itself as a sort of an artistic panacea, but with his contributions to expanding the frontiers of art proves manifestly to not be the case. In addition, the artist's work has shown an increasing interest in undertaking social criticism and analyzing the dystopian aspects of our "high tech" world: the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the continued use of the death penalty in 34 US states including Texas, where Perzynski currently lives and works. In his installation incorporating digital animation, The Walls (1999-2003) exhibited at Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Perzynski presented a view of a death chamber with the intention of "deconstructing our feelings of comfort or indifference about death row." The artist's Not Good for Business (2005) sampled and represented footage from the televised propaganda campaign leading up to the Iraq invasion.

Perzynski has frequently used cameras and sound equipment in tandem with sensors long before it became a mainstay of so much contemporary art practice. In the 1995 solo exhibition Beware of Blindman Pictures, the artist confined several installation works within a walled off area, thus viewers were only able to glimpse the works via the operation of two motorized surveillance cameras, and in turn, the viewers located in what the artist termed the "control room" were also being surveyed by an additional camera. The following year in Wroclaw, Poland, work entitled Transfiguration of K. featured an improvisational performance by the artist in collaboration with the classical musician Cezary Winiarski, as the movements of both participants activated sensors in the two- room installation. Perzynski has consistently shown strong interest in mirroring, doubling, splitting, via the use of partitioned settings, diptychs, dual screens. Yet this act of rupturing is often sutured together or otherwise intervened upon by an additional element, such as the spectator, another space, action, or technological element, displacing and reworking the initial schema.

As far as Perzynski's actual geographic trajectory as an artist is concerned, it has also been a complicated one, as he emigrated from his native Poland in 1983, after intensive involvement in the neo-conceptual art scene of Poznan, and its unofficial artist-run galleries. Perzynski then spent some time in Hamburg, Germany before taking up lecturing positions in Santa Barbara, California, then finally to Austin in 1987. For an artist in the US to work outside its primarily coastal metropolitan centers, such as New York and Los Angeles amounts to consigning oneself to remaining "off-the-radar" while still on the map. At least this was the general perception that circulated widely some years ago, prior to the era of ubiquitous internet connectivity and globalized exhibition circuits, in which Perzynski has recently become an active participant, with exhibitions, residencies, and screenings occurring in Brazil, China, Greece, and elsewhere.

Perzynski has also been a longtime faculty and founding member of the innovative "Transmedia" program at the University of Texas, which argued for and actively supported students pursuing approaches that often lay "beyond traditional media." Performance, video, installation, and often-uncategorizable interdisciplinary hybrids began to work their way into a curriculum that had generally emphasized narrative painting and straightforward photography. Perzynski has evocatively described his own shift from more traditional media into electronic experimentation "as if you would gain new vocal cords." This also brings to mind in an inverse fashion Matisse's famous statement that "he who wishes to become a true painter must cut out his tongue." But moreover it calls attention to Perzynski's own restless investigations of the mutable, changing nature of the artistic voice, particularly in an era where such voices are disseminated widely in almost spectral fashion, but simultaneously seem to have great difficulty being heard. The rich significance of Perzynski's body of work is that in its shifting attempts to interrogate the world, a sharp, resolute voice is ever-present.

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17. Susan Kleinberg, FF Alumn, now online at youtube.com

Hope this finds you well. We've just finished installation video from Venice.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOIwMizDbNY

My Best,

Susan

www.susankleinberg.com

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