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Contents for November 13, 2012

1. Leon Ferrari, Dolores Zorreguieta, FF Alumns, at Ivo Kamm Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, opening November 22

The show Sur opens November 22 at Ivo Kamm Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland.

Nicola Costantino, Graciela Sacco, Dolores Zorreguieta, Marina de Caro and Leon Ferrari.

"Tucumán Arde! ", "Tucumán Is Burning! " was the name of the legendary Argentinian group exhibition in Rosario and Buenos Aires in 1968. "At the time we wanted to talk politics with the help of art - but to the exclusion of art history" sums up the artist León Ferrari today, when he looks back to the events of this time in Argentina. The exhibition was more than just an art happening. It brought hunger and the national mismanagement into focus and marked the turning point in the life of numerous Argentinian artists by the withdrawal from art to a political practice. After 1968, Ferrari let his creative work rest for eight years. A few of his companions even actively joined the guerrilla, - some of them disappeared, probably were killed. Our exhibition aims to contrast León Ferrari's iconic work, which belongs to the artistic avant garde of the 1960s and 70s with the latest positions of four contemporary female artists. Especially the female point of view of Argentina's eventful history and present., the accounting of the military dictatorship in the 1970s and the consequences of the neoliberal economic policy, which until this day produces poverty in broad levels of the population.

The artistic positions range from direct socio-political criticism to poems about pain to the internalisation of protective dream worlds. While Nicola Costantino, Garciela Sacco and Marina de Caro still live and work in Argentina, Dolores Zorreguieta has departed the country and today lives in the United States. The "very long history of political art in Argentina" as Ferrari calls it, continues. With their direct and blunt ideas of the different truths of reality the artist and the four female artists allow the spectator insights into the individual and collective consequences of the political and social upheavals of their country - in place of all the countries, whose histories run a similar course.

A full-color catalogue will be published. Exhibition link: http://www.ivokamm.com/en/exhibition/dont_cry_for_me/information

Opening reception, November 22
Exhibition dates: November 23, 2012 to January 26, 2013.
Ivo Kamm Gallery
Waldmannstr. 6, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland Phone +41 44 552 06 10 Fax +41 44 552 0614 info@ivokamm.com http://www.ivokamm.com https://www.facebook.com/GalerieIvoKamm



2. Martha Burgess, FF Alumn, at Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK, thru Nov. 17

martha burgess at C4RD, London

Martha Burgess' photographic drawing series titled, "Albatross," is included in a survey into repetition and displacement titled, "Moot Series: A Working Trace," at the Centre for Recent Drawing, London, England (Opening November 7)




3. Ruth Hardinger, FF Alumn, at Sideshow, Brooklyn, thru Dec. 9

Sideshow, Culture Nature
Ruth Hardinger and Jon Bird
November 10 - December 9
319 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
Thurs thru Sunday 12-6 pm



4. Karen Shaw, FF Alumn, at Kim Foster Gallery, Manhattan opening Nov. 15

KIM FOSTER GALLERY 529 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011 / 212.229.0044 / www.kimfostergallery.com

What's My Line?
November 15 - December 22, 2012
Reception: Thursday, November 15th, 6 to 8 pm

"What's My Line?" was a game show that aired from 1950 to 1967 in which panelists attempted to determine the occupation, or in the case of a famous "mystery guest," the identity, of the contestant. Much like the game show, the artists in this exhibition use elements of mystery, disguise and deception in their depictions of the famous, the infamous, and the nameless, evoking myriad responses from the viewer.

William Brovelli and Sherry Karver assign identities to nameless people. Brovelli portrays movie "extras" culled from classic films. Star status seems to escape the extra, but then again so does obscurity. The "extra" works under the uncertainty of not being fully sure of when or if the camera will capture them. Karver uses images of crowded places, and creates fictional narratives of the in¬ner thoughts of selected subjects. Among them could be doctors, lawyers, teachers, immigrants, or thieves.

Christian Faur, Karen Shaw, Dominick Lombardi and John H Howard rely on sculptural elements to flesh out their content. Faur casts thousands of encaustic crayons to create this series of portraits based on "50s commercials." Using the pointed ends of these 'crayons' to make the features and color modulations in the faces, the portraits look from afar both abstracted and recognizable at the same time. Shaw painstakingly unravels sports clothing. A short macho t-shirt becomes a very long, delicate, gossamer ball gown. Her purpose is to subvert gender, uniforms into ball gowns, men's clothes into women's wear. Lombardi's "Urchins" are lost souls. Discarded objects and sand constitute the core of their human forms. The nature of Lombardi's creations exposes a fatal disconnect between the inner and outer urchin, one that can be found in most of us between the unfulfilled human being and the satisfied consumer filled with cheap and hopeless goods. Howard vigorously "documents the process of accelerated evolution observed in cross species reproduction on a small island infected by non-benign, quadrupedal gastropods from planetoid deposits." This story is utter fiction, a product of his active imagination.

Susan Wides, Antonio Petracca and E.E. Smith orchestrate a fabrication of reality. Wides' photographs of wax figures collapse the distinctions between factual and fictional worlds. All public figures, real or imagined, blur into a succession of idols. Wides' pho¬tographs expose not only fictional authenticity of wax figures but also, more importantly, the ways in which commercial legends become facts of history. Petracca exposes the generalizations and stereotyping that is ubiquitous in our social media. His melding of the authentic with parody comments on the reliance of the media to resort to caricature as a "stand in" for cultural identity. Smith reproduces a bridal portrait that refers to a personal history and, simultaneously, to a more collective or shared experience. The partial blurring creates an image that seems to fade as the viewer moves closer, evoking the sensation of a memory that is at once vivid, yet distant.

In celebration of the 2012 London Olympics, Shigeru Oyatani painted "Our Time in the State of Flux." He depicts a mass action held in an Olympic stadium. The image of the archer is comprised of hundreds of colored cards held by the audience. The archer represents the past and the present. He is an archetype. The release of the golden arrow symbolizes the path to a hopeful future.

Using shades of red ink on handmade paper coated with hybrid rose petals, Diane Samuels hand-transcribed The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, written in the guise of an autobiography authored by Alice B. Toklas. Interspersed in purple ink, is transcribed a counter-text-The Testimony against Gertrude Stein written by Georges Braque, Eugene Jolas, Marie Jolas, Henri Mat¬isse, André Salmon and Tristan Tzara-in which the authors object to their portrayal in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

For further information, please contact the gallery.



5. Raquel Rabinovich, FF Member, launches new website

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am pleased to inform you that I have just launched a website of my artwork:

Here you will find a good sampling of recent and earlier work, including sculpture, drawing, and painting. Also you will find two videos.

I hope you have the chance to take a look.

With best wishes,
Raquel Rabinovich



6. John Held, Jr., Vito Acconci, Carolee Schneemann, FF Alumns in San Francisco Arts Quarterly, now online

"Why Gutai," by John Held, Jr. appears in Issue 11 of San Francisco Arts Quarterly, accompanied by an annotated bibliography of fifty printed sources on the subject.
You can download the PDF file of the issue here:

The special New York issue also contains articles and interviews on Vito Acconci, Jonas Mekas, Carolee Schneemann, Nayland Blake, Tom Marioni...and more.



7. Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, in The Wall Street Journal, November 8

Emancipation from War Trauma
A New Installation in Union Square Puts a Face on Veterans' Experiences
Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal

The video of a veteran is projected onto the statue of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

Daniel Day-Lewis, who stars in the new movie "Lincoln," isn't the only person lending a contemporary voice to our 16th president. The Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, renowned for his projections on facades and monuments around the world, has created his first projection onto a statue, a 23-minute video containing edited interviews with 14 U.S. veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that animate Lincoln's mute bronze figure, bringing it movingly to life.

Presented by More Art and the Polish Cultural Institute New York, in conjunction with the Union Square Partnership, the installation, entitled, "Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection," has been timed to honor Veterans Day and is on view in Union Square Park from Thursday through Dec. 9, between 6 p.m. and 10 pm.

Of course, Lincoln has been animated before. Walt Disney DIS +0.47% created an animatronic version of the president for the 1964 World's Fair that was recently revamped and criticized for not accurately rendering the president's voice. Mr. Wodiczko has a much different goal for his work: to use the figure of the man who led our nation during one its most historic traumas-the Civil War-like a kind of ventriloquist's dummy, through which modern-day veterans can voice their experiences. The projection allows them to literally speak from a pedestal in Union Square, the site of countless past speeches and protests, from the outpouring over the Rosenbergs' execution to the recent Occupy Wall Street movement.

Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko in Union Square on Tuesday at a test for his installation, 'Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection.'

The videos of each veteran are projected onto the statue, their faces artfully replacing Lincoln's, their hands, superimposed on his frozen ones, gesturing expressively as they tell their stories. The medium is surprisingly effective, with the veterans' various personae convincingly inhabiting the statue. They range from Luis Crossman, a 63-year-old Vietnam vet who recalls cleaning up blood leaking from body bags, to Lyndsey Anderson, a member of the Iowa Army National Guard deployed in Iraq in 2003, who speaks of her defining moment "...when tensions were high, and as a last-ditch effort to again show that I was not a threat but an ally, I removed my magazine from my weapon, and this was a display of ... not just a peace offering, but that we could find means to overcome this very difficult situation..."

"Lincoln himself was traumatized by war. He was a veteran of the worst war in U.S. history," said Mr. Wodiczko. By enabling the veterans to break their typical silence, the artist hopes to help heal some of their psychic wounds. "The most important aspect of this project is the psychotherapeutic effect for people who are speaking. When they come here I hope they will see themselves speaking to the world and to the public, and what they say they will internalize and absorb back, and this will really give them more confidence, more power and also recognition of the truth of their experience."

The Abraham Lincoln projection is a continuation of Mr. Wodiczko's past work. Since the 1980s, the artist has created large-scale projections that focus on marginalized populations, from immigrants to victims of domestic violence to the homeless, including his 2008 "The Veterans Project, shown at the ICA I Boston. For "Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection," Mr. Wodiczko spent about six months talking to more than 30 vets at associations including Services for the UnderServed and Warrior Writers.

Call it a sort of talking cure. Speaking through Lincoln, Carl Cannon, an Air Force veteran who now works as a counselor for Vietnam veterans at Services for the UnderServed's Genesis II program, says, "I had a veteran that recently committed suicide because he had no one to talk to...."

Ani Buk, a psychoanalyst on the faculty of New York University's Graduate Art Therapy program, thinks it could be therapeutic for veterans to be witnessed speaking publicly about their experiences. "By projecting their images onto the statue, an immobile object that represents the locked-down feeling we have about history, the artist gives the veterans a chance to interact in the present moment and bridges that gap between the disavowed past and the way that trauma interferes with the ability to be in one's present self in a whole, healthy way," she said.

"I appreciate being part of it," Mr. Cannon said of the project by phone. "Vietnam veterans are finally getting noticed. The vet story has not been heard. Most people are not coming to see the vet part. They are only coming to see the art part. But through art they will hear the vet story, and maybe this will change and broaden minds."

A version of this article appeared November 8, 2012, on page A28 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Emancipation From War's Horrors.



8. Jan Fabre, Yoko Ono, FF Alumns, at Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy, opening Dec. 8

Hybrid Body - Poetic Body
Palazzo Bembo, Riva del Carbon, San Marco 4793, Venice (Italy)
8 - 15 December 2012

The first Venice International Performance Art Week, under the title "Hybrid Body-Poetic Body", will take place in Venice from December 8th to December 15th, 2012, showcasing works by 31 international artists. Pioneers alongside established and emerging ones will trace an itinerary of still vivid past influences and current tendencies in the field.

Consisting of a dynamic program of live performances, installations, photographic and video documentation, daily artist talks, and meetings with the participating artists, researchers and curators, the event focuses on concepts such as authenticity, interconnectivity, empathy, struggle, love, political and social habits, and how the Self relates to them.

The purpose is also educational. The first Venice International Performance Art Week is in fact conceived as a long-term project, aiming to promote series of workshops and seminars on Performance art issues along the year on international scale, in cooperation with other cultural institutions of the city, such as the Academy of Fine Arts.

Two-way communication between artists and audience is the key for this discipline, for proposing experience and investigate cutting edge ideas in different branches of the human activity.

Performance art is life itself, it doesn't represent or portray. It rather analyses how and why people and their surroundings evolve or devolve, to generate reflection. Because it is ephemeral and because the artist's own body is the primary medium, Performance art holds an unquestionable vital potential: it steps beyond conventional borders to create an immediate impact by engaging directly the viewer emotionally and intellectually. Finally, it requires both artists and audience to be responsive here and now to position oneself. Anything becomes matter of process and presence.

The selection of Live art performances responds to a precise curatorial line to avoid the risk of ending in another hypertrophied platform of global art. If the concern is also aesthetics, the objective is to analyze thoughts and ideas on space, time and existence: questions of form and substance in continuous transformation, and where however the artist's body is always the primary instance. When the artistic value matches human qualities, it is possible to scan new carriers of meanings about how to live this life with more care, and to address it for positive change by producing challenging expressions In such context; concepts such as lasting and endurance, persistency, necessity and trial, resistance and awareness are not confined anymore to the realm of abstraction, but become tangible because they experienced as real.

Artists: Yoko Ono (Japan/USA), VALIE EXPORT (Austria), Hermann Nitsch (Austria), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Ilija Šoškić (Montenegro/Italy), Boris Nieslony (Germany), Jill Orr (Australia), Lee Wen (Singapore), Gonzalo Rabanal (Chile), Helena Goldwater (UK), Snežana Golubović (Serbia/Germany), Jason Lim (Singapore), Manuel Vason (Italy/UK), Joseph Ravens (USA), Prem Sarjo (Chile), Suka Off (Poland), Nelda Ramos (Argentina), Shima (Brazil), BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany/Norway), VestAndPage (Germany/Italy), Santiago Cao (Argentina), Francesca Fini (Italy), Francesco Kiàis (Italy/Greece), Wanda Moretti | Il Posto (Italy), Gabriela Alonso (Argentina), Alvaro Pereda Roa (Chile), Andrea Morucchio (Italy), Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile), Marcus Vinicius (Brazil), Weeks & Whitford (UK), David Dalla Venezia (France/Italy), Zierle & Carter (UK).

Curator: Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage)

Co-curators: Blair Todd (The Exchange and Newlyn Art Gallery, UK) and Gabriela Alonso (Zonadeartenacciòn, Argentina).

Partners & Sponsors: Under the patronage of Regione Veneto and the City of Venice, with generous support of Consorzio ConCaVe and Archivio Bonotto, the event is organized in collaboration with Studio Contemporaneo, Venice Open Gates, and Global Art Affairs Foundation, which hosts the event in its prestigious premises at Palazzo Bembo.

Exhibition opening: Saturday, 08 December 2012, 7 pm
Exhibition hours: Sunday, 09 - Saturday, 15 December 2012, 10 am - 10 pm
Admission Free

Artists Talks & Presentations: Monday, 10 - Saturday, 15 December 2012, 11 am - 1 pm
Live Durational Performances: Sunday, 09 - Saturday, 15 December 2012, 3 pm - 7 pm
Evening Program of Live Performances: Saturday, 08 - Saturday, 15 December 2012, 7 pm - 10 pm
A comprehensive documentation of the first Venice International Performance Art Week, with a selection of theoretical texts on Performance art issues by international scholars, will be published in hard copy and digital copy after the event.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Jennifer Macmillan Johnson, (+39) 347 - 86 75 466, press@veniceperformanceart.org, www.veniceperformanceart.org



9. Alina and Jeff Bliumis, FF Alumns, at Toomer Labzda Gallery, Manhattan, thru December 16

alina and jeff bliumis:
November 4 - December 16, 2012
opening reception Sunday, November 11 : 6-8pm
Toomer Labzda gallery
100a Forsyth Street, New York, NY (between grand and broome streets)

CULTURAL TIPS takeaway is a continuation of the CULTURAL TIPS FOR NEW AMERICANS project, started in 2009 by alina and jeff bliumis. part of which took place on may 7, 2011, a few blocks from where toomer labzda is now located, during The Festival of Ideas for the New City, organized by the New Museum. in conjunction with NoLongerEmpty, alina and jeff engaged with the lower east side community and gathered one hundred and four new "cultural tips" from visitors, in exchange for their booklet, titled as the aforementioned project. during the festival alina and jeff also installed illustrated CULTURAL TIPS posters onto phone kiosks and placed stickers in various places locally as a point of reference and dialogue for visitors.

inhabiting the gallery as a procession of objects, a gift shop of sorts; each tip claims an international souvenir stripped of color and ethnic identity, such as:

"American action movies are multi-billion dollar export industry, but don't reflect real life. Americans only occasionally drive over 100 mph, shoot each other and blow things up."

"Speak loudly and chant U-S-A, U-S-A wherever feeling uber patriotic." D.H.

there will be one hundred and four objects, for one hundred and four tips, for one hundred and four dollars each - with the aim that each tip is acquired and taken from the gallery before the exhibition closes. thus bringing the project full circle and presenting the cultural tips back to the local lower east side community from which they derived.

to be a foreigner - one who is defined as "not from here" - often means unknowingly breaking rigid social and cultural rules. definitions of these social and cultural standards often say a lot about the "native" society. outlining national identities has proven to be a subject of global political interest - the French government has put up a website forum advising what it means to be French; the Russian government has recently focused on defining "Russian Identity"; and here in the United States "what it means to be an American" is loudly and frequently discussed on national television. as the proverbial "Land of Opportunity," the United States has always had a steady stream of new Americans and alina and jeff bliumis have made it part of their ongoing practice to help recent arrivals assimilate and understand their new home. the project has been made possible by the Franklin Furnace Fund, Blue Print Fellowship, NoLongerEmpty and The Festival of Ideas for the New City, organized by the New Museum



10. Ken Weaver, FF Alumn, at Schroeder, Romero and Shredder, Manhattan, opening Nov. 15

A Faustian Tale of Obsession and Intrigue, Heavy Metal Baroque, within a Technicolor Scream!

Please join us November 15th at Schroeder, Romero and Shredder 531 West 26th Street 2nd Floor for the opening of my solo painting exhibition "REQUIEM FOR THE IMMORTAL"

Based on the classic story of Faust, this pictorial opera in nine acts chronicles the artistic journey and it's insatiable desire for the creative eternal.

Opening is from 6 to 8pm, hope to see you there.

Exhibition continues until December 22nd.



11. Whitney Vangrin at 1:1 Gallery, Manhattan, opening Nov. 15

Whitney Vangrin
November 15th, 8pm
121 Essex St. 2nd Fl NY,NY 1to1ny.com

"Tears" marks the 2nd installment of the Whitney Vangrin's Blood, Sweat, and Tears Trilogy. "Tears" is a physical meditation on the rituals, reality, and most significantly materiality of crying. Her work hinges on questions of affect, material, and the female body. Through the execution of intense regimentation and self- imposed physical challenges, her performances offer a strange combination of anxiety and spirituality.

Please join us Thursday, November 15th 8pm at 1:1 Gallery located on the 2nd floor at 121 Essex St in Manhattan.

1:1 is an artist-run project, exhibition, &
events space located at 121 Essex St. at Delancey. Our primary concern is contemporary conceptual stances within a social context; an attitude of resistance that is actively pleasurable and is not reactionary. We work with film, video, drawings, painting, sculpture, and performance, in tandem with frequent events. Through our fiscal sponsor, Franklin Furnace Archives, we are a not-for-profit organization and a portion of all art sales is a tax deductible donation.



12. James Siena, FF Alumn, at Dieu Donné, Manhattan

James Siena
New Edition in Handmade Paper
Twelve Circles, Twelve Squares, 2012, pigmented linen on abaca. 13 x 10 1/2 inches, framed.
Three color variations, each in an edition of 10.
Available exclusively in a frame designed by the artist.
Contact Kathleen Flynn for pricing information

James Siena, 2012 Annual Benefit honoree and current Lab Grant Artist-in-Resident, has created a new limited edition in handmade paper in the Dieu Donné studio. In a series of three jewel-like color variations (each in an edition of ten) Siena has simplified his aesthetic by stripping away the more concentric, detailed, and linear passages of his imagery and concentrating on the circle as a form. Only one full set of three remains; individual editions in Red-Yellow and Black-White are still available.

The largest circle of Twelve Circles, Twelve Squares is drawn with pigmented cotton pulp in a proportionate relationship to the rectangular abaca base sheet. The placement of each successive circle is determined relative to the remaining space. In Siena's established mathematical approach to filling the picture plane by ever larger or smaller increments of linear design, the circle now acts as a simplified signature and marks a new direction in his work. The relationship of form to space is further accentuated with a square in a contrasting color placed within each circle, focusing the viewer's attention to these varied proportions and the tension in that contrast. The bold colors and geometric shapes in this series evoke the language of road signs and the relentless confrontation of information that they graphically impose. The physicality of the final object is enhanced in the drying process as the heavily pigmented cotton pulp reacts to the abaca base sheets.

James Siena has created several editions in handmade paper in collaboration with Artistic Director Paul Wong, and is attracted to the inherent artifacts of the papermaking process and the materiality of paper as part of the intrinsic whole of the work.

For more information contact Kathleen Flynn at 212-226-0573, ext. 202 or kflynn@dieudonne.org

Dieu Donné is on Facebook.

Dieu Donné 315 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 | www.dieudonne.org | (212) 226-0573



13. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, now online

Penny Arcade and Steve Zehentner are happy to announce a new Facebook page for our long running video project "Stemming The Tide Of Cultural Amnesia' ThE LOWER EASTSIDE BIOGRAPHY PROJECT


Since 1999, we've been creating biographies on some of downtown's most important and iconic artists and thinkers. On the page you'll find short excerpts from some of our biographies, currently Luke Carsin, Judtih Malina, Bruce Benderson, Tom O'Horgan. We will be adding more videos soon. There is also the weekly schedule for when our complete biographies cablecast in Manhattan and stream around the world.



14. Clive Phillpot, Pavel Büchler, Simon Cutts, Peter Downsbrough, Davi Det Hompson, Ray Johnson, Sol LeWitt, Adrian Piper, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Telfer Stokes, Richard Tuttle, and Lawrence Weiner, FF Alumns, at Laure Genillard, UK, extended thru December 1

Dear All

We are pleased to announce a one week extension of our current exhibition until and including Saturday 1st December.



We hope that you will have a chance to see it.
Although we are open by appointments, Eiko Soga will be present every Thursday and Friday 2 - 6pm.

From 29th November onwards, the space will be regularly open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 1 - 6pm, as well as by appointments.

Best regards





15. Helen Varley Jamieson, FF Alumn, announces 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberperformance, December 2012

hi everyone,

Get our your diaries - the schedule of performances during the 121212 UpStage Festival of Cyberformance has been announced!

This year the festival is in two parts, so there are two separate schedules:
"Walking backwards into the future", 5-11 December - a programme of 17 remounted cyberformances from the past five festivals.

Schedule and time converters: http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=4328

"Testing - 1 2, 1 2, 1 2″, 12 December - new works in UpStage and other networked platforms.

Schedule and time converters: http://upstage.org.nz/blog/?page_id=4058

Dan James (known online as Dan Untitled), who has been involved with UpStage since 2005 as a performer and curator, said that UpStage "... is a platform that enables people from all sorts of cultural backgrounds to easily interact with one another in real-time and share ideas, approaches and stories. People from all sorts of artistic backgrounds have found their way there - visual artists, theatre people, musicians, DJs, VJs and animators."
Dan described UpStage as a blank stage and said that new audience members should "expect the unexpected!"



16. Alan Sondheim, FF Alumn, at Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 17

Fire Museum Presents:

Alan Sondheim/ Chris Diasparra/ Azure Carter Trio

Bhob Rainey & Chris Forsyth

Cotton Poodle

Saturday, November 17th 8:00PM
Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA
$6-$8 sliding scale

Alan Sondheim/Chris Diasparra/Azure Carter (Brooklyn):

Starting with releases on the ESP Disk and Riverboat labels in the late
60's, multi-instrumentalist Alan Sondheim returns to Philadelphia this
time performing in a trio with Chris Diasparra (sax) & Azure Carter
(vocals). About his Fire Museum release Ski/nn, The Wire had this to say:
?He wades into each track using a strong sense of rhythm to tame and
shape his often harshly dissonant figures. Whether at a stately pace or
in rapid scrabble, the music evokes an ethnographic hybrid of countless
string instrument traditions, from koto to bluegrass, vigorously wiping
past idiomatic technique as it does so.?

Christopher Diasparra is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor.
He is an active performer, playing a range of diverse styles including
punk rock, soul, and freely improvised. In addition to performing,
Christopher works as a freelance consultant to record labels where he
has had the great fortune of working alongside his musical heroes.
Christopher Diasparra is currently recording his debut release as a
leader which will fuse his broad musical tastes.

Azure Carter is an artist/performer/vocalist living in New York City
with her husband/collaborator, Alan Sondheim. She has a bachelor's
degree in contemporary art history from UCI and a master's degree in
environmental conservation from NYU. She writes songs and texts, makes
videos and costumes, and performs live.

Bhob Rainey/Chris Forsyth (Philadelphia):

Bhob Rainey, a soprano saxophonist and composer, is best known as a
solo artist and as one half of Nmperign, with whom he plays alien
extended technique effects that are influenced by electronic music,
environmental sounds and free improvisation.

Rainey studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with free jazz
saxophonist Joe Maneri. Rainey's music during his early- to
mid-twenties was, like Maneri's, characterized by long microtonal
lines. Rainey's first CD, Ink, featuring Dan DeChellis, was released in
1997. After a controversial 1998 solo concert in Washington D. C.
attracted a considerable amount of attention to Rainey's music, he and
trumpeter Greg Kelley formed Nmperign with the goal of avoiding linear
approaches to form and melodic contour. Nmperign, including Rainey,
Kelley and Tatsuya Nakatani, recorded its first CD in 1998. Since 1998,
Rainey has recorded extensively, including a number of projects with
nmperign (minus Nakatani) and collaborations with musicians and
composers like Jason Lescalleet, Le Quan Ninh, Ralf Wehowsky, etc. He
continues to pursue a more sound-based (as opposed to note-based)
approach in his work with nmperign, whereas his solo work, while far
from traditional, often involves the use of more melodic lines. Since
2000, he has also led the bsc, a large ensemble that uses both acoustic
instruments and electronics.- bio

Chris Forsyth's resonant, incisive sound is a cosmic abstraction of
the American guitar tradition, reducing blues, rock, folk and
improvisation into their spare, hypnotic base elements. He takes that
approach to its most audacious extreme with his score for Robert
Frank's infamous Rolling Stones doc Cocksucker Blues, the first 10
minutes of which is excerpted on his latest CD, Kenzo Deluxe (Northern
Spy). As Frank's jittery camera pans across Mick, Keith and the boys,
Forsyth kaleidoscopically represents their swagger, youthful excess and
leering appropriation of the blues with echoing slapback licks that
pout and strut airily like an unmoored Jagger wandering in the
wilderness. Lately based in Philly, the ex-Peeesseye guitarist
regularly collaborates with a wide array of free-thinking
experimentalists, honing a concept that reframes the American
primitives of John Fahey's Takoma school amid the rubble of modern
rock. - Shaun Bradey/Citypaper

Cotton Poodle (Philadelphia):

For this Performance Cotton Poodle are Sam Cusumano, Eugene Lew, Sam
Belkowitz and possibly Aaron Igler via remote. Cotton Poodle perform in
ensemble an experiment in tonal dynamics and aural placement. Please
come and enjoy!



17. EIDIA House, FF Alumns, at Plato's Cave, Brooklyn, extended thru Nov. 24

Hi All,
Todd Ayoung's installation in Plato's Cave has been reinstalled as of last week after the Nor'easter & Sandy. Todd's exhibition will be extended one week to Saturday, November 24, 2012. (Open Wed-Sat 1-6pm ).

And for December and in the New Year, EIDIA House its shifting focus from the underground bunker that is Plato's Cave (in Williamsburg), seeking higher ground in Bushwick within a 48ft tractor-trailer, "The DECONSUMPTIONISTS Art As Archive" (2006-present).


Be sure to attend:
"The iZONE: Archival Interlude" which will be performed and filmed in the trailer, open participation is welcome-be a part of history.

We look forward to seeing you again.

Paul Lamarre
Melissa P. Wolf



18. Martha Rosler, FF Alumn, at MoMA, Manhattan, Nov. 17-30

Martha Rosler
Meta-Monumental Garage Sale
November 17-30, 2012

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019

T 212 708 9400


New York-based artist Martha Rosler presents her Meta-Monumental Garage Sale, a large-scale version of the classic American garage sale, at The Museum of Modern Art. Museum visitors will be able to browse and buy second-hand goods organized, displayed, and sold by the artist.

Rosler first staged this work in 1973, as the Monumental Garage Sale, in the art gallery of the University of California, San Diego. The sale was advertised to the art and university community, and to the general public in local free newspapers. Clothes, shoes, books, records, toys, costume jewelry, tools, personal letters, artworks, mementos-even soft-core pornographic magazines and empty food containers-were displayed on racks and tables for visitors to browse and buy, often after bargaining over the price.

Meta-Monumental Garage Sale transforms the Museum's Marron Atrium into an informal cash economy-a space for the exchange of goods, narratives, and ideas-as it implicates visitors in face-to-face transactions. Rosler oversees the sale daily and engages with visitors. A slide show and an audio meditation on the role of commodities in everyday life, both artifacts from the work's early performances, are included in this newest installation. Some items accumulated during previous versions of the work are also for sale or on display, as traces from the project's past locales. Photographs of visitors at earlier sales are displayed alongside photographs (taken by a professional wedding photographer) of MoMA visitors posing with their new acquisitions.

The current sale brings together a large treasure trove of material from Rosler herself, but also from friends and family, local Brooklyn art communities, and MoMA staff. The Meta-Monumental Garage Sale is open daily, November 17-30, 2012, from 12pm until the Museum closes. Public programs are scheduled for November 19 and 29 at 6pm.

Organized by Sabine Breitwieser, Chief Curator, and Ana Janevski, Associate Curator, with Jill A. Samuels, Performance Producer, Department of Media and Performance Art.

The exhibition is supported in part by The Modern Women's Fund.

Exhibition website
Martha Rosler's Garage Sale has traveled extensively. In 1999-2000 it was included at several venues of the artist's traveling retrospective: at the Institute d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne-Lyon; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; Museu d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona (MACBA); the Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam; and the New Museum, New York. Rosler also staged the work in 2002 at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; in 2004 at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin; in 2005 at the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and in 2007 at the United Nations Plaza School, Berlin. In 2010, the project became the Fair Trade Garage Sale at Basel's Museum of Cultural History as part of the Art Parcours program held during the Art Basel art fair.



19. Sarah Safford, FF Alumn, at Dramatists Guild, Manhattan, Nov. 30

Reading of The Big C, a song cycle with book and lyrics by FF alumn Sarah Safford. A group of characters suddenly facing cancer. They talk to themselves, battle their pain and try to find positive threads to hold onto. The doctors and caregivers fight along side them. With music by Jonathan Monro, Natalie Lovejoy, Rob DelGaudio, singers Sally Eidman, Cassie Slater, Lizzie Hagstedt, and others. Musical Direction by Jonathan Breit. Friday Nov 30, 7:30 at the Dramatists Guild, 1501 Broadway , Suite 701. Limited seating - arrive no more than 15 minutes early.

Sarah Safford



20. Linda Sibio, FF Alumn, now online at lindasibio.com and more

Please visit Linda Sibio's website at lindasibio.com

Linda Carmella Sibio is embarking on a new interdisciplinary work entitled "Economics of Suffering." It includes 36 epic paintings, sound, video, performance and installation, which have all been fully conceptualized. The epic paintings are on the subjects of genocide, blue-collar workers, starvation and the role of economics in these concepts. The performance juxtaposes images of the history of torture and Wall Street (complete with sound) using video as a way of exploring these subjects all done to the fascinating sounds of a boss effects unit combined with a cello. The installation aspect deals with hospitalization and the issues of the ever so hard to get "health care." This is Ms. Sibio's first major work since 2006 when she showed the "Insanity Principle" and "Puzzles of the Gods" at Track 16 gallery and the Andrew Edlin Gallery. For further info visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/economicsofsuffering



21. Cecilia Vicuña, F FAlumn, at Ugly Duckling Press, Brooklyn, Nov. 17

You are cordially invited to attend a new installment in the Cellar Series-a salon-style event at the studio of Ugly Duckling Presse-on Saturday, November 17 at 5pm.

Cecilia Vicuña and Gary Sullivan will read from their 2012 UDP books, and we will be recording for the podcast series. Gary will be reading from the first English-language collection of the well-loved Austrian poet Ernst Herbeck's work, Everyone has a Mouth, published in the United States, and Cecilia will be reading from her poetic memoir, Spit Temple, addressing her life in performance and image.

Cecilia Vicuña is a Chilean poet, artist and filmmaker. The author of twenty poetry books published in Europe, Latin America and the U.S., she performs and exhibits her work widely. A precursor of conceptual, impermanent art and the improvisatory oral performance, her work deals with the interactions between language, earth and textiles. Her most recent book is Saborami, Chain Links, 2011. Chanccani Quipu, an artist book, was recently published by Granary Books. She co-edited the Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, New York, 2009. Since 1980 she divides her time between Chile and New York.

Gary Sullivan, long-associated with the polarizing Flarf movement, which he gave name to in late 2000, is the author of several books of poetry, plays and comics, the latest of which is PPL in a Depot (Roof Books, 2008). A collection of his comics is forthcoming later this year from Make Now Press. His writing has been widely anthologized, most recently in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing and the soon-to-be released second edition of the Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry. He writes about international music, immigrant culture and vanishing New York at bodegapop.blogspot.com.

The reading will be followed by an informal conversation with the authors and the audience.

As always, there will be limited refreshments, and books will be on sale at a discount.
Feel free to bring a six-pack or a bottle of wine to add to the table.

Please come on time so we don't interrupt the recording! The recording will start at approximately 5.30 pm.

This is not a public event due to space limitations, but we encourage you to invite a friend or two.

UDP's studio is on the third floor of the Old American Can Factory, 232 Third Street, Brooklyn, the corner of Third Ave, near the Gowanus Canal (F or G train to Carroll, or the R to Union). Bike racks are available outside.

The door will be staffed until 5.30. If you arrive after the recording starts you will need to call the number on the door so someone can let you in.

UDP was fortunate to escape Hurricane Sandy without major damages. Many of our friends were not so lucky. Please know our thoughts are continuously with the many of you who were affected by this devastating storm.

If you have any questions, feel free to email linda@uglyducklingpresse.org

Whether or not you can be there for the live event, be sure to tune in and subscribe to
the podcast:

Previous readers include: Nancy Kuhl, Christian Hawkey, Chris Martin, Mary Austin Speaker, Demosthenes Agrafiotis

UDP / www.uglyducklingpresse.org

Linda Trimbath



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller