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Contents for September 24, 2013

1. Robin Deacon, FF Fund recipient 2012-13, at The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery, Manhattan, October 10-12

Robin Deacon's White Balance: A History of Video

The Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery
537 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
October 10, 11 and 12, 5:45pm to 9pm
$5 ($10 for all three nights)

White Balance: A History of Video is a new lecture based performance by artist, writer and filmmaker Robin Deacon. The title White Balance refers to the process by which a camera is adjusted to account for differences in light, changing the relative strengths of colors to reach a truer sense of what is being seen. Echoing his recent extensive research of performance and video archives of New York artists such as the late Stuart Sherman, Robin Deacon's performance uses a series of outmoded vintage video cameras to explore how our ways of seeing and ways of remembering may be informed by the medium used to capture the event - the artists document, the family gathering or the news broadcast. This work is part of a continuing series of works that create fictional narratives and explore their potential relationship with real life and autobiographical experience. Over three days, Robin Deacon will present this new work as a series of ongoing lectures (a different lecture for each evening) at the Emily Harvey Foundation Gallery in New York. From the evolution of the video camera to meditations on discarded and forgotten videotape formats, each of these lectures will encompass a differing theme and time period in a Robin Deacon's history of video.



2. Nao Bustamante, Annie Sprinkle/Elizabeth Stephens, FF Alumns, at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Sept. 25, 2013 and April 9, 2014

University Of Wisconsin - Madison
2013-2014 Visiting Artist Program

The Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce our 2013-2014 schedule of Visiting Artists. Each week during the semester, we welcome an artist(s), curator or critic to campus, where they present both a formal talk and also participate in meetings with graduate students in the form of studio visits and workshops.

This year's group, joining us from throughout the region, the national scene and international contexts, represents a wide range of perspectives and practices including traditional woodcraft, innovative curatorial approaches, cutting-edge sculptural production, politically engaged performance, collaborative operations, research-based approaches and advanced graphic strategies.

All talks are free and open to the public.

Wayne Valliere
September 11, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Kristen Morgin
September 18, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Annie Sprinkle/Beth Stephens
September 25, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Jessica Westbrook/Adam Trowbridge (Channel 2)
October 2, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Amy Franceschini (Future Farmers)
October 9, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Emily S. Arthur
October 16, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Robert Storr
October 23, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Nicholas Frank
October 30, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Beth Campbell
November 6, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Jessica Jackson Hutchins
November 13, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Dan S. Wang
November 20, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Rico Gatson
December 4, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Michael Zwack
January 29, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Industry of the Ordinary
February 5, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Jeremiah Day
February 12, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Kristopher Benedict
February 19, 4:30pm
Chazen 16

Kendall Geers
February 26, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Ryuta Nakajima
March 5, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Lisa Selby
March 12, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Chris Anteman
March 26, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Yasmil Raymond
April 2, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Nao Bustamante
April 9, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Jason De haan
April 16, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Allison Saar
April 23, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

Diane Al hadid
April 30, 4:30pm
Chazen 160

The Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is committed to teaching art in the context of a major research university and a vibrant intellectual community. Its mission is based on the premise that art is the nexus of all the humanities and that creative expression in the visual arts has provided some of the most enduring contributions to society and culture. The art department strives to provide both a fertile and challenging environment for aesthetic and critical engagement, and the technical skills necessary for the practice of art in the changing landscape of the twenty-first century. It encourages innovation and cross-disciplinary activity, and believes that students should utilize the vast academic resources of the university to inform and deepen their artistic vision.



3. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, in The New York Times, Sept. 19

The New York Times, September 19, 2013
Laura Parnes: 'County Down'

195 Chrystie Street, near Stanton Street, Lower East Side
Through Oct. 20

A few minutes into Laura Parnes's 70-minute horror movie, "County Down," I thought, "This is bad." The acting is wooden, the sets amateurish, the writing banal, the pace erratic. Moreover, Ms. Parnes used a digital program that turns photographic reality into a hallucinogenic cartoon, as Richard Linklater did in his brilliant films "Waking Life" and "A Scanner Darkly." But in Ms. Parnes's case, the trippy effect comes off as crude and garish. The whole thing looks like it was made by an enterprising but not exceptionally talented high school student. Knowing it to be actually a sophisticated spoof made no difference. I wondered how I was going to get through an hour of it. After a while, however, it began to seem interestingly bad. Then it became mysteriously fascinating. I couldn't stop watching.

The plot of what Ms. Parnes's Web site describes as a "web-based episodic digital film" is complicated. Set in a wealthy, gated community, "County Down" revolves around the invention and distribution of a psychedelic drug - delivered and consumed in nippled baby bottles - by a teenage girl named Angel. For unclear reasons, her parents and those of her friends are going insane. There are zombies, cannibalism and murder, including a matricidal decapitation. It's a blatantly ridiculous and yet weirdly compelling soap opera; "Night of the Living Dead" meets "Pretty Little Liars."

Serious-minded viewers might find in Ms. Parnes's film social commentary on addiction, consumerism, the media, adolescent angst, suburban ennui and so forth. Whatever. Mainly, it's a hoot.



4. Sherman Fleming, David Hammons, Pope.L, Lorraine O'Grady, in The New York Times, Sept. 19

The New York Times
Art Review
Riffs on Race, Role and Identity
William Pope.L's "Eating The Wall Street Journal" (2000).
Published: September 19, 2013

In "Kevin and Me," a video by the black performance artist Dave McKenzie, the camera focuses downward on the artist's legs and feet as he walks along a wood-planked pedestrian bridge. One of his legs is twisted, causing him to limp. As he advances he begins to walk more naturally until he's moving normally, at which point he stops to doff his sneakers and puts on a pair of tap shoes awaiting him at a steel joint in the walkway. He then executes a series of precise dance steps along the narrow metal band.

Movie buffs will recognize this as a clever riff on the end of "The Usual Suspects," in which Verbal Kint, played by Kevin Spacey, morphs from the loquacious simpleton he's been pretending to be into the criminal mastermind he really is. Seeing the video in "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art," an entertaining and philosophically stimulating exhibition at New York University's Grey Art Gallery, viewers may also read it as an allegory about being black in today's America. Too often our still white-dominated, mass entertainment media portrays black men as belonging to one of two groups: a large one of bums, defectives and criminals and a tiny one of magically gifted athletes, musicians and comedians, leaving a broad sector of more or less ordinary black citizens underrepresented.

A remarkable thing about the exhibition is that much of it is in a comical vein, like Mr. McKenzie's work. The show was organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston where it opened last November.

One of the earliest pieces is David Hammons's "Bliz-aard Ball Sale," documented here in a slide show. For that 1983 work, Mr. Hammons stood outdoors on a New York sidewalk selling snowballs neatly arrayed on a blanket at his feet. From more recent times, there's a series of videos by Jayson Musson, who has made a name for himself as the YouTube personality Hennessy Youngman. Wearing his own version of hip-hop style (bling with a Spider-Man cap, for example), and using street slang, he delivers hilarious, acutely informed lectures on topics like "The Female Gaze" and "Relational Aesthetics."

In 2003 Jean-Ulrick Désert enacted "Negerhosen2000/The Travel Albums," in which he traveled around Germany wearing pink lederhosen. His wanderings are documented in the exhibition through a series of souvenir photomontages featuring snapshots of him posing with people he encountered. In one he's with a group of white-haired tourists. A handwritten note recalls, "They enjoyed the lightness of 'Negerhosen/2000' and marveled at the gravity of its implications."

More than two dozen artists are represented in this show, and not all of their works take a humorous approach. For example, in "Pretending to Be Rock" (1993), Sherman Fleming stayed on hands and knees under dripping candles until he could no longer bear the wax accumulating on his naked back.

But since a strain of purposeful absurdity - as opposed to, say, didactic righteousness - can be found in almost every piece in the show, Mr. Désert's observation could apply to the exhibition as a whole. That's not just incidental. Comedy often turns on contradictions between appearance and reality. Mistaken identities abound in Shakespeare's comedies and in modern movies like "Trading Places," in which Eddie Murphy is transformed from a street-level con man into a wealthy investor whose polished demeanor fools the financial elite.

Many of the exhibition's works involve deceptive appearances. In 1973 Adrian Piper did a series of outdoor, guerrilla performances as the "Mythic Being," a menacing man with a mustache and an Afro wig. In the early '80s Lorraine O'Grady went to New York art openings as Mlle Bourgeoise Noire wearing a tiara and a floor-length gown made of stitched-together white gloves. In a soap-operatic video called "Conversations Wit De Churen II: All My Churen," Kalup Linzy appears in several guises, female as well as male, talking in various dialects. For "Eating The Wall Street Journal," William Pope.L, who bills himself as "the friendliest black artist in America," appeared as a combination madman and shaman. Wearing only a jockstrap and boots, he sat on a toilet at the top of a 10-foot-high tower and consumed The Journal in strips with the help of ketchup and milk.

Among the reasons for this penchant for role playing in black performance, you might cite W. E. B. Du Bois's notion of "double consciousness": the experience of seeing yourself "through the eyes of others" rather than as you know yourself to be. To exaggerate the disparity between outer and inner, comically or otherwise, can be a way to unsettle prejudicial ideas about identity. But there's more to it than that. Between appearance and reality imaginative fields may open for the emergence of new realities and other ways of being not only black or white but human. If the sci-fi-psychedelic, digitally animated videos by the young artist and dancer Jacolby Satterwhite (born 1986) presage the future of black performance, it's one that's pregnant with mind-stretching possibility.

For immediate purposes, there's another half of the exhibition still to come. Part II will open at the Studio Museum in Harlem on Nov. 14. Many live performances are scheduled for the run of both shows, including a series coordinated with this year's biennial performance extravaganza Performa 13, Nov. 1 to 24. Avant-garde performance by black artists has never received this much attention, so mark your calendar.

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" runs through Dec. 7 at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, Greenwich Village; (212)998-6780, nyu.edu/greyart.



5. LuLu LoLo, FF Member, at The New Orleans Marriot, LA, Oct. 3-5

LuLu LoLo New Orleans October 3-5, 2013
46th Annual Conference of the Italian American Studies Association "Italian American Politics" The New Orleans Marriot

LuLu LoLo will present: "Dear Marc: Letters from the People to Congressman Vito Marcantonio: A Dramatic Reading" Vito Marcantonio represented East Harlem in the House of Representatives between 1934-36 and 1938-50. As a Congressman he always voted "his conscience" defending the rights of the people-he fought for civil rights legislation, the independence of Puerto Rico and against McCarthyism. These letters from all walks of life express the gratitude and admiration of the people he represented. http://www.italianamericanstudies.net/2013conferenceprogram

"Mother Cabrini Throwdown :A Lit Jam Where All Are Welcome To Add Their Voices" Annie Rachele Lanzillotto and Lulu Lolo as Mother Cabrini

"Mother Cabrini of the Mississippi"
LuLu LuLu will perform as "Mother Cabrini of the Mississippi" floating paper boats in the Mississippi River recreating a childhood ritual of Mother Cabrini to bring hope to the many immigrants in the world who leave (flee) one land for another and in memory of the tragic mass lynching of 11 innocent Italian men in New Orleans in 1891



6. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at Gare SNCF de La Ciotat, Marseilles, France, Sept. 27 and more

My short video "Crossroads" will be screened on September 27th in France


and my installation Golden Shower is part of the faculty show at Kingsborough Community College gallery, Brooklyn, opening: Wednesday Sept. 25, 2013 at 2pm,
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn




7. Alice Eve Cohen, FF Alumn, autumn news

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I'm thrilled to share these updates with you

My new book, THE YEAR MY MOTHER CAME BACK, will be published by Algonquin. After working on it for four years, I turned in the final draft last week. Algonquin is a great publishing house, and it's a tremendous honor to be on their list (release date TBA). Here is some advance praise:

I love, love, love this book. It's so rich, so real and so moving - an astonishingly wonderful book. I was enthralled.A brilliant writer.
Caroline Leavitt, book critic for Boston Globe, and NY Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow

The Year My Mother Came Back is a riveting journey, funny, painful, absurd, and heartwarming. A beautiful book.
Julie Metz, New York Times bestselling author of Perfection.

In June, my new solo show, WHAT I THOUGHT I KNEW, adapted from my memoir, had a three-week run at the wonderful Kitchen Theatre Company, in Ithaca, NY. The Kitchen has presented several of my shows over the years, and it was a joy to collaborate with my inspiring colleagues and perform in their gorgeous new space. The production enjoyed full houses and critical acclaim:

An unforgettable solo piece fascinating, layered and disturbing-There's real danger and grief-yet dark humor spurts up like little geysers of absurdity-Astonishing.
Ithaca Journal

So vivid, so immediate, so complex, so full of compassion, so brutally honest-This is what theater can be. All in one bodyspeaking, moving, falling still and an audience, echoing each change.
Tompkins Weekly, Ithaca, NY

What I Thought I Knew' leaves us breathless-Taking effective swipes at the American healthcare system where no one apologizes, Cohen's onstage work is nearly magical.
Syracuse Post Standard

Cohen's genius is to tell the story in a way that makes it stick with you. And it is in reflection, after she has taken her last bow and left the stage, that you discover the pain beneath the humor.
Ithaca Times

A sold-out hit at the All for One Theatre Festival-Cohen's performance is a constant, joyous amazement.
Michael Wolk, Executive Director, All For One Theatre Festival

What I Thought I Knew is available for touring to theatres and colleges. If you or someone you know might be interested in booking the show, please be in touch.

Visit www.AliceEveCohen.com for more info and reviews, and feel free to forward this email to friends.

Wishing you all a very happy fall!




8. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, publishes new book

The fourth and final volume of "Captain Cap" is now available from Black Scat Books. In these sixteen stories, Alphonse Allais's hard-drinking polymath proposes crocodile bridges, volatile ink, the kangacycle, smell-buoys, and much more. "Captain Cap," first published in 1902, and continually popular in France, has previously been translated into Czech, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, but never before into English. Now, with this final volume, every last drop is available to anglophones.

This edition is translated, illustrated, introduced and annotated by Doug Skinner. It has been published by Black Scat (blackscatbooks dot com) in an edition of 125 copies. Set sail with the Captain!



9. Ann Messner, FF Alumn, at UMASS, Amherst, Sept. 28, and more

Du Bois In Our Time
September 10 - December 8, 2013
UMASS Amherst Museum of Art, Amherst, MA
Public Reception with Artists and Scholars
UMCA, UMass Amherst, 5 - 7:30 PM
Symposium: Saturday, September 28, Student Union Ballroom 9am-5pm:


The Creative Time Summit 2013:
Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st-Century City
Friday, October 25-26
NYU Skirball Center
full schedule available here:
Saturday October 26
4:15 PM
Resisting the tide of urban development can at times feel like a Herculean task.
Nevertheless, by looking at effective local strategies for resistance can be
applied to the transformation of metropolitan areas on a global scale.
Jimmy McMillan
Ann Messner
Chen Shaoxiong
Levan Asabashvili, Urban Reactor



10. Bryan Zanisnik, FF Alumn, at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 28


I'll be presenting a new site-specific installation and performance at Smack Mellon, opening this Saturday. I hope you can join me at the opening.

All the Best,
Bryan Zanisnik

Bryan Zanisnik
Meadowlands Picaresque
September 28 - November 3, 2013
Opening Reception and Performance: Saturday, September 28, 6-8pm
Additional Performances: October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, from 4-5pm

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Smack Mellon is pleased to present Shana Moulton's video installation Morphing Essence Syndrome and Bryan Zanisnik's site-specific installation Meadowlands Picaresque. The two Brooklyn-based artists explore natural landscapes and their relationships to consumer goods to create immersive psychological spaces that meld fiction with autobiography. Morphing Essence Syndrome continues Moulton's development of her alter ego Cynthia in her video and performance series Whispering Pines. In this latest installment, Cynthia tackles Restless Leg Syndrome and experiences Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response through the use of Swisspers. Transforming the back gallery into an entropic space, Zanisnik's large-scale installation Meadowlands Picaresque incorporates thousands of photos and discarded objects from the 32-square mile swamp in Northern New Jersey along with memorabilia from the artist's studio and childhood home. Every week the artist and his parents will activate the sprawling installation in tableau vivant style, blurring the line between still image and performance.

Meadowlands Picaresque (2013) is a site-specific installation that incorporates materials from my childhood home, a polluted swamp in northern New Jersey and suburban junk shops. These objects appear en masse alongside street detritus, cardboard, dirt and objects fabricated in the studio. While the installation references a domestic interior, the plethora of childhood artifacts and props used in my previous performances creates a psychological space that functions as a constantly updating memory-archive. The work is periodically activated by a weekly performance by my parents, Bob and Carol Zanisnik and myself. The performance is essentially still, referencing both the history of the tableau vivant and the blurred boundaries between still images and live events. Just as the performance and installation exists as a live image drawn from personal archives, the documentation of Meadowlands Picaresque will ultimately generate new images for future archives.

Opposite the site-specific installation is a large-scale photograph titled Life on Mars (2013). The photograph is of a set constructed in my studio that recontextualizes many of the objects found in the installation. Styrofoam balls, shelves of white tchotchkes and x-rays of my broken hand commingle with mirrors, wallpapers and black lace. The photograph and its shrine-like arrangement of objects suggests a medieval reliquary while also functioning as a window unto the site-specific work.



11. Hector Canonge, FF Alumn, autumn events

Performance Art, Installations, and Public Interventions
September 16 - October 25, 2013
EUROPE -Various countries

Continuing my work outside of the United States, Hector Canonge will be in Europe to initiate and present my project TROTAMUNDOS (Globe Trotter) at various galleries, cultural centers and alternative spaces until the end of October 2013. TROTAMUNDOS works as an umbrella for a number of individual works in Live Action Art, Social Practice and Public Interventions to be presented through art programs and residencies in major European cities: Marseille and Paris in France; Barcelona, Madrid and Zaragoza in Spain; Brussels, Belgium; Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and Oslo, Norway.

TROTAMUNDOS is also an experiment in collaboration and open source methodology to be able to strengthen Canonge's relations with other artists from various countries who come from different or similar artistic backgrounds. If you know people or have friends in the arts in any of the mentioned countries, do please forward their contact information. As a way to prepare for an upcoming program in the United States and Latin America, TROTAMUNDOS is an important phase in the creation of alternative formats for art creation, production and its corresponding presentation. A catalog of the project will be created and published in 2014 under the sponsorship of Goethe Zentrum Latin America.

Email: hector@hectorcanonge.net
Info: www.hectorcanonge.net



12. David Medalla, Willoughby Sharp, FF Alumns, at Raven Row, London, UK, September 26-December 15

Reflections from Damaged Life
An exhibition on psychedelia
26 September-15 December 2013

Raven Row
56 Artillery Lane
E1 7LS
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6pm

T +44 (0) 20 7377 4300


To many artists in the sixties who referred to the counterculture, or who used hallucinogenic drugs as an artistic tool, the term 'psychedelic' was seen as compromised and the idea of a 'psychedelic art' resisted. It is for this reason that 'psychedelic art' cannot be easily categorised as a genre; neither can it be understood as an entirely overlooked art form.

This exhibition sets out to question what 'psychedelic art' might be, and reassess the artistic problems it poses. Rather than through the framework of counterculture and the hippie scene, it focuses on how specific artistic practices inflected the drug culture and its concepts of transformation and non-human perception. It seeks to redefine the psychedelic in terms of an art that deals with events and effects: events in social space as well as in the nervous system, and effects that spread as a kind of unconditional exchange between free subjects in a new sensorial community. The exhibition explores the experimental spirit, conceptual fluidity and formal obscenity of the psychedelic, and aims to expose the viewer to the experience of 'otherness' through artworks that deal with the non-sentimental sensitivity of the hallucinogenic drug experience.

Since the very idea of a 'psychedelic art' is tenuous, the exhibition does not propose a canonical presentation, but attempts to establish a series of artist experiments that relate to the many 'plateaux' of the psychedelic, and its multiple histories as they unfolded in particular cultural contexts in Europe, Scandinavia, Latin America and Japan. Although the focus will be upon historical projects from the sixties and seventies, the exhibition will include work from the fifties until the present day.

Artists in the exhibition: Jordan Belson, Jes Brinch, The Cockettes, Dexter Sinister, Öyvind Fahlström, Henriette Heise, Robert Horvitz, Pierre Huyghe, Sture Johannesson, Learning Site, Magma, David Medalla and The Exploding Galaxy, Marta Minujín, The Otolith Group, Pramod Pati, Sigmar Polke, Willoughby Sharp and Tadanori Yokoo.

The exhibition is curated by Lars Bang Larsen.



13. Andy Warhol, FF Alumn, at Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Basel, Switzerland, September 28, 2013-February 9, 2014

every time you think of me, I die, a little
The memento mori in the work of Andy Warhol and Douglas Gordon
September 28, 2013-February 9, 2014

Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel
mit Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung
St. Alban-Rheinweg 60
CH-4010 Basel


The exhibition draws upon the museum's own collection to address the memento mori, a symbol of vanitas, in the work of Andy Warhol and Douglas Gordon. When considered in art-historical retrospective, it appears most frequently as a still-life motif representing the transience of symbolic objects such as rotting fruit or skulls. Gordon's video installations 24 Hour Psycho Back and Forth and To and Fro and Looking down with his black, black, 'ee, both 2008, provide a conceptual starting point for this thematic approach to the exhibition. In the latter, tripartite work, ravens are hopping around on the steps of a Gothic church, or looking down from the roof. Here Gordon is alluding to the medieval notion of the raven as a harbinger of bad luck, symbolising evil or the messenger of death.

Familiar criteria of good and evil or events based on elements of memory are recurrent themes in Gordon's work. His first and probably most famous video installation, 24 Hours Psycho, 1993, is modelled on an icon of cinematic history-Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). He addressed this film again in 2008, and created the installation featured here. The same film is shown twice on two screens positioned next to each other, and the cinema film, which originally lasted 110 minutes, is extended to 24 hours here. The film is projected forwards on one screen and backwards on the other, so new pictorial combinations constantly emerge. The films coincide, at the mid-point in terms of time, with the tragic murder scene, and the visual doubling this produces lends an extremely monumental quality; the extreme deceleration of events and the lack of an acoustic give the individual image a directness that has a dramatic effect on our perceptions. "Because the images follow one another at such a slow rate, you cannot possibly remember them. The past continues, and the future never happens, so everything remains in the present" (D. Gordon).

These works are confronted with Andy Warhol's paintings Optical Car Crash (1962) and Black and White Disaster #4 (1963), in which he addresses the themes of death and disaster on the basis of existing model images disseminated by the mass media. Repeated repetition of the motif transforms it into an element that nullifies the terror. In Warhol's film Kiss (1963/1964), various couples are shown kissing for three minutes in each case, and projected in slow motion, which makes the apparently stiff pose look like a parody of the typical Hollywood film kiss.

The exhibition is complemented by other works from the Basel Public Art Collection, the Emanuel Hoffmann-Foundation and some additional loans. These include Bruce Nauman, Carol Rama and Ricco Wassmer, and also Paul Chan and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others.



14. Nicolas Dumit Estevez, FF Alumn, at James Memorial Chapel, Manhattan, Oct. 8

Latin@s and Queer Theory
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
James Memorial Chapel
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
3041 Broadway at 121st Street
New York, NY 10027 Tel: (212) 662-7100
RSVP: https://www.utsnyc.edu/latinos-and-queer-theory-rsvp



15. Romy Achituv, FF Alumn, at ZERO1 Garage, San Jose, CA, opening Sept. 28

Patent Pending
September 28-December 20, 2013

Opening: September 28

ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

ZERO1 continues its year-round programming at the ZERO1 Garage with Patent Pending, a group exhibition that explores the role of patents in the arts community. Featuring eight artworks, each accompanied by a corresponding patent application that has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by the artist/inventor, the exhibition establishes associations between artworks and patents that serve as a foundation for a broader investigation into the complicated relationship between artists, ownership, and invention.

Featured artists: Maggie Orth, Catherine Richards, Phil Ross, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv

As patent disputes continue to make headlines, issues related to patents, ownership, and intellectual property will remain contentious across the art, science, and technology fields. Within this context, it's often missed that like the entrepreneurs and inventors who have defined Silicon Valley, many artists have applied for patents with broad uses beyond their artistic practice. Patent Pending continues ZERO1's exploration of the relationship between artists and invention and goes behind the artist's experiences navigating the patent system to reveal the complexities of owning and sharing ideas in contemporary times.

Patent Pending was inspired, in part, by changes in U.S. patent law that went into effect on March 16, 2013 and repositioned the United States patent filing system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, as well as in response to plans to open a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley. Throughout the exhibition, ZERO1 will bring together the arts, entrepreneur, and legal communities in dialogue around what the changes to the U.S. Patent System mean for inventions and inventors in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Exhibition talk series:
Keynote address by media artist and researcher Michael Naimark
Followed by an opening reception
September 28, 5-9pm

"Post-Natural Properties: The Art of Patented Life Forms"
Discussion led by artists Phil Ross and Rich Pell related to genomics, genetics and other areas of the life sciences.
October 17, 6:30-8:30pm

"Does the U.S. Patent System stifle innovation?"
An Oxford-style debate presented in collaboration with Connected Patents
November 5, 6:30-8:30pm

"State of the Art: 'Art and the STATE'"
Panel led by Catherine Richards and Martin Snelgrove on art, law, deep state and deception.
November 21, 6:30-8:30pm

Visit www.zero1.org/events for more information.

The exhibition is curated by Jaime Austin, Curator and Director of Programs, ZERO1.

Exhibition Design and Fabrication by Difference & Repetition.

This exhibition is presented with the support of the Applied Materials Foundation with additional support from DLA Piper.

About ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network
ZERO1 is where art meets technology to shape the future. As a 21st-century arts nonprofit, ZERO1 works with some of the world's most fertile and creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology. ZERO1 presents a year-round program of exhibitions, talks, and events at the ZERO1 Garage, their arts space in downtown San Jose's downtown cultural district, and produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. ZERO1 is also the force behind the ZERO1 Fellowship program, where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real-world innovation challenges.

Visit www.zero1.org / Facebook

Press contact:
Wendy Norris, Norris Communications
T +1 415 307 3853 / wendy@norriscommunications.biz



16. Eidia House, FF Alumns, at Plato's Cave, Brooklyn, opening Sept. 28

Platos's Cave at EIDIA House
14 Dunham Place
Brooklyn, NY 11249
1/2 block East of Kent Ave between Broadway & South 6th Street
646 945 3830 eidiahouse@earthlink.net eidia.com

EIDIA House presents

John Conomos "DADA BUSTER"
Opening reception Saturday September 28, 5-7pm, September 28 - October 19, 2013 Hours 1-6pm, Wednesday - Saturday (or by appointment) EIDIA House announces its continuing exhibition initiative, PLATO'S CAVE, with the 17th artist in the series, John Conomos "DADA BUSTER" installation:

"Dada buster" is a mixed media installation depicting the influence that Buster Keaton's cinema has had on John Conomos, artist and writer, since the 1960s.

Keaton's iconic deadpan face has had a lasting impact on the evolution of the American comedy genre and on contemporary art, literature, philosophy and the theatre of the absurd.

John Conomos's oeuvre since the 1980s has been shaped by the historical and the philosophical avant-gardes, cinema in all of its manifold expressions since the silent era, contemporary critical theory and related camera-based art forms.

Keaton as perceived by surrealism has been a particular focus for Conomos and in more recent times by Samuel Beckett notably in "Film" (1964). Keaton's enigmatic and silent presence has had such a tremendous hold on our cultural imaginary since the 1920s.

As the Italian novelist and playwright Natalia Ginzburg aptly once stated: "his gaunt, parched face with its sealed lips, unfit for smiling, its rigid and tense jaws, was the very mask of silence. He was a great actor, a great comic actor. The comedy came from his deft movements, his silence, and his fixedness." (May 1970)

John Conomos is an Associate Professor at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. He is an artist, critic and writer and his books include "Mutant Media" (Artspace/Power Publications, 2008) and two co-edited anthologies ( with Professor Brad Buckley) "Republics of Ideas" ( Pluto Press, Sydney, 2001) and "Rethinking the Contemporary Art School : the PhD, the Academy and the Artist" (NASCAD University Press, 2010). He is currently working on a new collection of essays called "The Cinema Century" and with Professors Andy Dong and Brad Buckley "Ecologies of Innovation" (University Of Sydney Press, 2013). Most recently in 2011 Conomos exhibited a mixed-media installation called "Shipwreck" at the Queensland University Art Museum (August/Septembe/October). In July and August 2012 Conomos also exhibited "Lake George (After Mark Rothko)" at the Dubbo Regional Media Museum and Gallery where he also spoke on his art practice. This video was screened at the Lake MacQuarie Regional Art Gallery the previous year in October. (This video is now part of a travelling video exhibition called "Striking Contrasts" curated by Geoff Weary in association with DLuxMedia Arts (Sydney) that will be shown in Shanghai, China, 2014 and around seven interstate galleries and museums as well ) in Australia. And Conomos also had a major exhibition,"The Spiral of Time" at the Australian Centre for Photography for 2013 (March/April/May) with a new monograph publication ( "Buckley/Conomos" 2013 ). The exhibition (with Brad Buckley) also had a forum "Double Take" on his work as well, "Insomnia", his most recent exhibition, at Sydney's I.C.A.N Gallery, July- August.

http://www.johnconomos.com/ http://sydney.edu.au/sca/profiles/John_Conomos.shtml

For PLATO'S CAVE, EIDIA House founders Paul Lamarre and Melissa P. Wolf (aka EIDIA) curate invited fellow artists who create installations along with accompanying editions for the underground space; PLATO'S CAVE. EIDIA House Studio boldly states that it does not function as an art gallery, but collaborates with the artist to create provocation in art forms, keeping within an ongoing discipline of aesthetic research.

Directions: EIDIA House Plato's Cave 14 Dunham Place, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11249
14 Dunham Place-one block long-is located at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge, 1/2 block off Kent Ave between Broadway and South 6th Street. (4 blocks west from Peter Luger restaurant on Broadway.) Trains: the L train, first stop from Manhattan in Brooklyn at Bedford stop, walk (about 15 minutes) toward Williamsburg Bridge. The J & M trains: first stop from Manhattan over Williamsburg Bridge, Marcy stop, walk west down Broadway toward the East River.
by bus see: www.mta.info/nyct/maps/busbkln.pdf

Plato's Cave Wednesday - Saturday 1-6pm or by appointment.
Contact Paul Lamarre or Melissa Wolf, 646 945 3830, email to eidiahouse@earthlink.net



17. Kal Spelletich, FF Alumn, at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA, opening Sept. 28

Helloo All,

I am in a group show in Los Angeles titled "Artifacts of A Life Lived By the Living" ( To Live ), It opens on Saturday September 28, 2013 from 7-9PM at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

5814 Wilshire Boulevard (at Curson)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 937-4230

Admission is $12.00 for the opening, there will be some food and drink and a DJ aaaand me BB-Q'ing with one of my walking BB-Q's.

The title of my piece is "With Your Head In The Clouds"
It is about the tyranny of busy and in search of a daydream nation.
I will show a video installation of some 50 people daydreaming projected on the ceiling with 5 projectors. As well as a live camera anyone can stand in front of and be projected up with the other dreamers. I will have one of my walking BB-Q's and will be cooking food on for you all at the opening.

Turns out daydreaming is good for you.

Featured artists: Alex Cohen, Alicia McCarthy, Carmen Papalia, John Ratliff (Swan), Justin "Kutmah" McNulty, Kal Spelletich, Kim MacConnel, Liz Harris, Michael Bernard Loggins, Sue Tompkins

Curated by Chris Johanson, this group exhibition focuses on established and emerging artists who have had to adjust their artmaking practice due to changes in their life condition, such as chronic illness, pollution, detainment, or other experiences that have altered their perceptive and creative abilities.


Artifacts of A Life Lived By the Living ( To Live )
September 28, 2013 - January 5, 2014.


On Monday Sep 23 2013 - 7:30pm
I will be in the house at The Castro Theater in San Francisco, with my Electroshock Whiskey Pouring Machine.

We are having a book release event for a book I am in and helped contribute to.


Meanwhile one of my best buddies also has a show in LA, it is spectacular, AND it is free to see it:






18. Terry Dame, Ken Butler, FF Alumns, at The Branded Saloon, Brooklyn, Sept. 25

Dear Friends,

The September edition of Weird Wednesday coming up this week. It's WEIRD DUET month and will feature duets by a host of creators including Ed Potokar, Ken Butler, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Lee Free, Kelly Horrigan and yours truly in a virtual merry-go-round of weird duets on invented instruments and objects. From bike wheels to sewing machines, hockey sticks, rubber bands, air pumps and beyond, you will not want to miss this. Check out the links to these amazing artist's websites and just imagine the possibilities. I do hope to see you there, it promises to be an evening of entertainment worthy of a Blue Ribbon.
Peace, love and weirdos,

Terry Dame's Weird Wednesday Episode 8 - Weird Duets
September 25th 8pm
The Branded Saloon
603 Vanderbilt Ave
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Guest Artists
Ed Potokar: http://potophonics.com/
Ranjit Bhatnagar: http://moonmilk.com/
Ken Butler: http://www.mindspring.com/~kbhybrid/
Lee Free: http://www.leefreemusic.com/diy-bike-midi-controller
Kelly Horrigan: http://seenandherd.wordpress.com/




19. Lillian Ball, Rev. Billy, FF Alumns, at the Bronx River, NY, Oct. 5

ATERWASH(r) welcomes Reverend Billy and Earthalujah Choir to Bronx River Saturday, October 5th at 1pm. Gate at Bruckner Blvd Bridge near Bronx River Avenue. Hunts Point # 6 subway.

Organization Bio:
WATERWASH ABC is one of several permanent public wetland parks by Lillian Ball, and is a concept that can be adapted to coastal situations worldwide. The Bronx River project construction was completed in 2011 by a cooperative team of engineers, scientists, and excavators with Ball as visual and managerial coordinator. Job skills trainees from Rocking the Boat, a local nonprofit that teaches kids to build wooden boats and do environmental work on the river, planted over 10,000 indigenous plants to transform the landfill site. As the native plantings mature, WATERWASH offers extensive educational outreach opportunities to demonstrate the ways this wetland acts as natural buffer for sea level rise, while improving water quality, and creating wildlife habitat. WATERWASH ABC filters commercial parking lot stormwater runoff before it enters the river, opens private property to pubic use, and was funded by the NY State Attorney General's Office with fines collected from polluters to the river.

Project Description:
Ecological artist Lillian Ball is collaborating with performance artists Reverend Billy and the Earthalujah Choir, to produce a musical event at the WATERWASH ABC wetland/grassland park on the Bronx River at 1pm on October 5th, 2013. Osomocene Productions ( Inés Garcia, director and Seth Baum, scientist) will lead a procession at 12:30 from the Hunts Point #6 Subway to the park. The multicultural choir will sing original songs about climate change and public space to diverse audience members located on shore and in the river (on boats rowed by Rocking the Boats Program Assistants). Their creative action strategies illustrate the impacts of over-consumption on the earth in a joyous atmosphere that converts the everyday person into a believer inspired towards change. The WATERWASH wetland is a perfect place to sing the extinct Golden Toads back to life, reversing one aspect of many climate issues that Reverend Billy and the choir speak to.
Special thanks to ABC Carpet, Bronx River Alliance, and Rocking the Boat.




20. EcoArtTech, jc lenochan, LuLu LoLo, in 9th Annual Art in Odd Places festival, Manhattan, October 11-20

9th Annual Art in Odd Places
Number: A festival exploring the odd, ordinary, and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.

October 11-20, 2013
14th Street from Avenue C to the Hudson River

Opening Reception: Friday, October 11, 6-8pm at Pedro Albizu Campos Plaza, 14th Street between Avenues B & C

Art in Odd Places 2013:NUMBER

AiOP 2013 Curator: Radhika Subramaniam
AiOP Founder and Director: Ed Woodham
Curatorial Assistant: Claire Demere
Festival Producer: Sarah Brozna


Susan Begy & Sasha Sumner | Concerned New Yorkers | EcoArtTech (Leila Nadir & Cary Peppermint) | Merav Ezer | Samwell Freeman & Julia Vallera | Adam Frelin | Go! Push Pops | Rory Golden | Pedro Gómez-Egaña | Faith Holland | Samantha Holmes | Paula Hunter | Institute of Sociometry (Peter Bergman, Heather Link, & Jim Hanson) | Ariela Kader | Jeff Kasper & Sophie Cooke | JC Lenochan | LuLu LoLo | Colin MacFadyen | Jerry McGuire | Shannon Novak | SeeMeTellMe | Jody Servon | A.E. Souzis | Karen Elaine Spencer | Ani Taj | Tatlo | Toisha Tucker | Vicky Virgin | Gretchen Vitamvas | Tracee Worley



21. Claire Fergusson, FFAlumn, on Hudson Street, Manhattan, Oct. 17

Dear friends and colleagues,

I'd like to extend an invitation to join me on *Thursday, October 17th 2013 from *6pm-9pm* for a Fall Fundraiser/Silent Auction for *The Claire and Jan Binney Lang Art Foundation.

*Artist Mary Christianson has generously donated 3 absolutely incredible original works that we are currently putting up for purchase before the auction. They are priced at $7,500 each - only a fraction of their worth.

If you are interested in purchasing any one of these paintings at this price please email your contact information to :
and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

The paintings that do not sell by October 15th will be available at the silent auction on October 17th at Claire's loft in TriBeCa.

I look forward to seeing you on October 17th at our event!


Thank you!

Claire Fergusson



22. Jacob Burckhardt, Kazuko Miyamoto, FF Alumns, at Gallery 128, Manhattan, opening Sept. 27

Gallery Onetwentyeight
128 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002
212-674-0244 www.galleryonetwentyeight.org

Not Straight ~ Not So Straight

"Tell all the Truth but tell it slant---"
-Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

It is a myth that there are straight things in the universe. Straight is an illusion; consider Davinci's disappearing line. Our planets are curved, not flat. The universe is not a straight line. And even though we like to think of time as linear, how can it be? You are in one moment, but have de ja vu about another, or you relate this moment to a different one, and, if in this moment time disappears entirely until you emerge from the other side, how is that straight? We certainly get sharp edges in moments and the illusion of straight, but it is still just illusion.

Not Straight~ Not So Straight...


Featuring the works of: Bill Butterworth, Jacob Burckhardt, Hugh Burckhardt, David Fenn, Tommy Flynn, Kaitlin Martin, Paul Gutekanst,
Natalie Katic, Judy Linn, Nancy Linn, Geoff Matters, Nami Mo, Ptah Miller, Toyo, Ryo Watanabe, Christian Siekmeier, Angela Valeria,
Jack Sal, Yuko K., Sissa Marquardt, Markus Schmolz, Kazuko Uchida, Kazuko Miyamoto and the Rivington School.

Fri, September 27- Sun, October 20, 2013

OPENING: Fri, September 27th 6pm to 8pm

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gallery 128~
128 Rivington, NYC

The Lower East Side's Longest Continuing Gallery.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller