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Contents for November 03, 2014

1. Erica Van Horn, FF Alumn, at Clonmel Library, Tipperary, Ireland, Nov. 6

Erica Van Horn reads from LIVING LOCALLY---extracts from a Journal
2007-2011 at the Clonmel Library, Emmet Street, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland on Thursday 6 November 2014 at 7.30 www.colinsackett.co.uk/livinglocally

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2. Monstah Black, FF Alumn, at Jack, Brooklyn, Nov. 6-8

JACK presents:
Monstah Black:
COTTON
Thu-Sat, Nov 6-8 at 8 pm and Sun, Nov 9 at 3 pm
Tickets: $10, available at www.jackny.org

Choreographer, musician and club hero Monstah Black brings to JACK the first installment of his dance film Cotton, featuring original songs and choreography, and filmed over nine months in various locations between NYC and Virginia. The 45-minute-long presentation features Black performing the soundtrack live (which the artist describes as "a meeting of Erykah Badu and Bjork with Prince and Grace Jones, in the living room of Parliament Funkadelic"). In the film, Black employs images from slavery and the plantation as a point of departure, modifying the images into positive iconography meant to inspire, empower and rejuvenate those that have suffered its ugly legacy.

The feeling that people of color have around cotton will always rear its ugly head - says Black. In a way the film I made about cotton may be considered a philosophical cousin of Kara Walker's recent project dealing with sugar. In Cotton, I take something that was originally cultivated by slaves and turn it into a conversation piece that can be seen as an eye candy, but hard to swallow. Also, during the making of the film I have had moments of realization how difficult it is to work with, how potentially dangerous - how the shells around the cotton are thorny and how they must have left the cuticles of the cotton pickers bloody. That in turn brings the awareness that in other time and place, I could have been a slave picking cotton.

The gender complexity, which was an important theme in Monstah's work to date, still has a role in the new work; in Cotton, it coexists with meditations on race, color, and history, expressed not only by performance, but especially in the costume design. Besides Black - who conceived the project, designed the costumes, directed/choreographed and performed in the piece - the creative team behind Cotton includes Monstah's longtime collaborators Manchild Black (musical consultant), Zilvinas Jonusas (media installation/alternative lighting) and Ashley Brockington (theatrical direction consultant), among others. Award-winning poet and spoken word artist Christa Bell was a content consultant on the project.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation; the Lambent Foundation, The SHS Foundation, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and a BRIC Media Arts Artist Fellowship.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Virginia native Reginald Ellis Crump, aka Monstah Black, has been creating and presenting work in New York from since 1999 as a performance artist, dancer, choreographer, musician and composer. Known for his cultural grab-bag approach, he enjoys mixing influences and allusions from many sources and traditions. In choreography, he infuses modern dance with shades of disco and funk and the comic, hyper-performative and sometimes confrontational style of address of burlesque, adding a dash of various martial arts and the expressive slowmotion acrobatics of Japanese Butoh.

He has choreographed for nightclubs, art galleries, black box theaters, and warehouses throughout Washington D.C., New York City, and Europe. His work has been seen and heard at The National Theater, New York Live Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Movement Research, and many other venues. Monstah is also the front man for his band The Sonic Leroy as well as vocalist for the electro pop duo The Blakz. He performs frequently as a guest vocalist for the electro dance band Girls Like Bass.

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3. Ginny Lloyd, Linda Mary Montano, FF Alumns, at San Francisco Art Institute, CA, opening Nov. 4

"The Site A Live", will be at the Diego Rivera Gallery on the San Francisco Art Institute campus, featuring the works of six artists in the exhibition: Terry Fox, Jim Pomeroy, James Lee Byars, Darryl Sapien, and FF Alumns Linda Mary Montano and Ginny Lloyd. There are two or three performances or artworks in focus per artist. The pieces/events chosen for from Ginny's work are objects from Inter DADA 84, Valentine's H'art Attack from the Storefront project, and Art in Space Launch. Opening reception is November 4th. Be sure to attend if you are in the San Francisco area.

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4. Tadej Pogačar, FF Alumn, at Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, opening Nov. 4

Tadej Pogačar & the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art
Hills and Valleys and Mineral Resources
4 November 2014-18 January 2015

Opening: 4 November, 8pm

Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art Cankarjeva 15
SI- 1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

www.mg-lj.si
Curator: Igor Španjol

The exhibition presents a comprehensive survey of Tadej Pogačar's creative output over the past few decades and his P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, with special emphasis on selected projects that have left a lasting mark on contemporary art production in Slovenia. Devising fictitious systems and establishing fictitious institutions, Pogačar explores and spotlights hidden, obscured or ignored social phenomena, groups, practices, and relations. Part of his artistic practice involves invading real institutions and working within them; to this end he established a special institution in 1993, the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art, to serve as the framework for his activities. The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum inhabits the bodies of other museums and art institutions, organizing the materials found there so as to highlight certain essential though often overlooked principles that guide the way art institutions work in constructing our knowledge of both past traditions and the present.

Examining indeterminacy and transformation within social systems in his art, Pogačar engages in interventionist logic, institutional critique, and critical research on social and political issues as well as participatory and collaborative projects. The "parasitism" of his work is a subtle deconstruction of the horizon of the everyday, and of the ruthless challenges to the systems that are used to establish and maintain the center, domination, and power.

Over the years, the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art has assumed numerous roles and forms, from organizing activist events and street actions, forming collaborative platforms, initiating interventions in urban structures and museum collections to creating archives of parallel economic models and constructing undesigned architecture. Among the art institutions in which the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum has intervened in the past two decades are the National Museum of Contemporary History, Ljubljana; the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana; the Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the Natuurmuseum, Rotterdam; the Műcsarnok, Budapest; (the collection of) Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin; the Limerick City Gallery, Limerick; and the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

Pogačar's most notable projects in the streets are Kings of the Street (1994-95) in Ljubljana and CODE:RED (1999/2000-) in Venice. Kings of the Street was a pioneering collaborative project with a social minority group, the homeless of Ljubljana; CODE:RED was the first public episode of a long-term collaborative and participative project exploring the models of self-organization of marginalized urban minorities and parallel models of economy.

Tadej Pogačar (born in 1960 in Ljubljana) is an artist, curator, and the artistic director of the P74 Center and Gallery. He studied ethnology and art history at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana; before completing his studies he also enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (1983). As a student he made short films and played in the band Srp. He is the founder and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (1990), since 1993 operating under the name the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art.

Pogačar is the founding and managing director of the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute (established in 1998), a non-profit cultural institution that operates the P74 Centre and Gallery and the KAPSULA bookshop/project space in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Pogačar has exhibited widely, most recently at the Espaivisor-Visor Gallery in Valencia (2013), the PM Gallery in Zagreb (2013), the Gallery for Contemporary Art in Leipzig (2012), the ZKM - Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe (2011-12), the Vojvodina Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad (2011), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana (2011), as well as at biennials in São Paulo, Venice, Istanbul, Prague, and Tirana, and at Manifesta 1 in Rotterdam. He has also had exhibitions at the MUMOK in Vienna (2009), the San Francisco Art Institute (2007), the NGBK in Berlin (2007), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2004), the Central House of Artists in Moscow, and the Museo de Arte Carillo Gil in Mexico City.

He has published several artist books: CODE:RED (Onestar Press, Paris, 2004), Twenty Palm Trees of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (2009), Twenty-Eight Cakes (2009), P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Public Sculpture (2010), Various (Small) Pieces of Trash (2010), and Tito times Thirty (naked) (2010).

The retrospective exhibition has been co-produced by the Moderna galerija and the P74 Gallery in Ljubljana. It has been supported by ERSTE Foundation. In late 2015 it is scheduled to travel to the Muzej suvremene umjetnosti / Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

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5. Jander Fonseca Kerkhoff, FF Member, at Mein Haus am See, Berlin, Germany, opening Nov. 5

Vernissage/Opening November 5, 2014 at 20:00 Hr.
Closes December 8, 2014
Mein Haus am See in Berlin
Address: Torstraße 125, 10119 Berlin, Germany

Jander Fonseca Kerkhoff displays works made in and inspired by Berlin.
The artist grew up in Brazil, spent many years living in San Francisco (CA) and then chose Berlin for
the next stage of his life in 2013. This exhibit, the artist's first in Berlin, comprises of large and smaller works. The large pieces were created using street posters the artist collected while roaming and discovering the city. They are paint-anti-painting, they are collages, and they are expressions of the artists imagination playing freely with colors, textures, boundaries, histories, abundance and nothingness. "When I first started seeing these beautiful and expressive posters plastered everywhere in Berlin, my heart literally jumped! I'd never seen such beautiful chaos before, and I fell in love with Berlin, and with making art here." The smaller pieces were made in San Francisco, just before the artist moved to Berlin. They reinvent and reshape beauty from the pages of high fashion magazines, among other sources. Given the strong influence of his 5 sisters and mother (and his countless female goddesses friends), the artist is instinctively attracted to the image of the woman and "sacrificing" it for art.

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6. Claire Jeanine Satin, FF ALumn, at Palazzo Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Florence, Italy, thru Nov. 2014

CLAIRE JEANINE SATIN is exhibiting at the PALAZZO PALAGIO DI PARTE GUELFA in Florence Italy. It is a palazzo built in 1400's which was designed with the assistance of Brunelleschi. October - November 2014. Included are bookworks, WATER OF VENICE and a selection of her ART TO WEAR jewelry.

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7. Dread Scott, Coco Fusco, FF Alumns, at BRIC, Brooklyn, Nov. 4

Dread Scott Performance/Dialogue with Coco Fusco & Hank Willis Thomas
Brooklyn, New York
BRIC, 647 Fulton Street
Desert Island MP3s
November 4, 2014, 7pm

As part of the BRIC Biennial, I'm having a conversation with with Coco Fusco and Hank Willis Thomas, two of my favorite artists. This evening is inspired by the BBC Desert Island Discs series. Each of the two artists will imagine themselves as castaways on a deserted island and they get to take their favorite music and art with them. We'll play their playlists and have a conversation about their life and ideas.

Best

Dread

dread@dreadscott.net
http://dreadscott.net

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8. Nancy Burson, FF Member, at New York Festival of Light, Brooklyn, Nov. 6-8

Nancy Burson
at
NYFOL
www.nyfol.org
November 6th-8th | 7-11PM | DUMBO

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9. Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, FF Alumns, at Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Manhattan, Nov. 5-8

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble

The Art of Luv (Part 1)

November 5-8 at 7:30pm
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street)
New York, NY 10007
$15-$20 (tickets here)

Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble (ROKE), the creative partnership between Tei Blow and Sean McElroy, is a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire, and courtship in the age of the Internet.

In The Art of Luv (Part 1), ROKE presents Royal Aphrodite Karaoke Ensemble (RAKE) in a group meditation on masculinity, insecurity, and longing. It attempts to heal the wound caused by the May 2014 killing spree of Elliot Rodger, performing humanity's common search for love as we misunderstand it.

A shared evening with Audrey Hailes, curated by Annie-B Parson.

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10. John Kelly, Jennifer Monson, FF Alumns, at Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY, Nov. 20-23

John Kelly Performance at Bard Live Arts Nov. 20-23

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that I have two projects that will be happening at the Fisher Center at Bard Live Arts November 20-23: f our performances of Escape Artist Redux, as well as a new 4-channel video installation version of the work that will be running in between the performances.

It's on a program called
The House is Open, with Ralph Lemon, Jack Ferver, Jennifer Monson, Tad Beck, and Nature Theater of Oklahoma and promises to be an amazing weekend.

Here is the link for information, performance times, and tickets:
http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126880

The House Is Open
A pop-up exhibition of installation and performance November 20-23 Fisher Center at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Tickets are $30 and include admission to all exhibitions and performances in the series (reservations are required for specific performance times). A Saturday round-trip coach package from Manhattan is available for an additional $20.

The show is selling out quickly, as these performances do not happen in the theaters, but in assorted rooms and rehearsal spaces, so the seating is limited.

Hoping to see you there,

John

Purchase Tickets (http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=126880)
John Kelly is an award winning performance and visual artist. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Bard College.

Escape Artist Redux was developed in residence at Live Arts Bard, the commissioning and residency program of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Additional development support was provided by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program with ongoing support from the Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship; Music-Theatre Group; Dixon Place HOT! Festival; 2wice Arts Foundation; Civitella Ranieri Center; Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome; Park Avenue Armory's Artist in Residence program; and a commission from the 2010 Ethyl Eichelberger Award created by PS122 and made possible with generous support from the Gesso Foundation.

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Copyright (c) 2014 John Kelly Performance, All rights reserved.
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Our mailing address is:
400 west 43rd Street
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New York, NY 10036

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11. Cathy Weis, FF Alumn, at Weis Acres, Manhattan, Nov. 9

Nov. 9: Cathy Weis performs with collaborator Jon Kinzel at WeisAcres (537 Broadway, #3) at 8pm

Each artist will present a work in development, followed by a structured improvisation for both artists.

Cathy Weis will show I Live in The Meanest Coop in New York City and other work in development. Performed by Weis and Jeremy Pheiffer, I Live in The Meanest Coop in New York City combines movement, speaking, and video imagery, tracing for the audience an oral history of Weis' building. Weis maps the artifacts and architecture of the space, from the chimneys in the wall to musical instruments made from plumbing pipes. She recounts the sewing needles found in the floors, left over from the building's textile factory days, and the creativity and turbulence of forty years of downtown artists living and working together in the building.

Jon Kinzel will present new solo material driven by his desire to traverse through space and shift off center in a mode that reflects a play between athleticism, performance, and a particular disposition. It will include passages of choreography developed in residency at NYLA (2013-2014), including sound made in collaboration with Jim Dawson.

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12. Rashaad Newsome, FF Alumn, now online at blouinartinfo.com

Please visit this link for an interview with Rashaad Newsome, FF Alumn

http://blouinartinfo.com/news/story/1060171/qa-with-artist-rashaad-newsome?utm_source=BLOUIN+ARTINFO+Newsletters&utm_campaign=c273cefbc4-Daily+Digest+NOV.3.2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df23dbd3c6-c273cefbc4-83481761

Thank you.

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13. Doug Skinner, FF Alumn, publishes new book

My book HOROSCRAPES is now out from Black Scat Books, at blackscatbooks(dot)com. Here's the publisher's blurb:

Part Oulipian exercise, these meticulous scrapings reveal the future in all its sublime absurdity. The author approached the horoscope in his morning newspaper as if it were a puzzle, like the crossword or sudoku. By scraping out the middle part, and joining the beginning and end, he received a hidden message.

Reading outside the lines here one discovers an alternative fate more interesting than the fluff dispensed by run-of-the-mill soothsayers.
Indeed, these predictions are pithy, profound, and astonishingly accurate.

In HOROSCRAPES, Doug Skinner offers up 366 clever twists of fate-something for every sign-guaranteed to alter forever how we view the universe.

Who knows what the future holds?

Doug Skinner knows.

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Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller