Franklin Furnace News & Events
F*ck My Life
Sunday, July 14th
195 E. 3rd Street,
New York, NY
In an era rife with rampant Mexiphobia, a foul-mouthed cockroach maps the journey of a queer burlesque performer named La Chica Boom. After 10 years of performing Spic-tacles on and off stage, La Chica Boom is forced to interrogate her method for insurrection. Inspired by the original Mexican spitfire Lupe Velez who purportedly died with her head in the toilet, Chica spends night after night pacing her bathroom floor and staring into the porcelain bowl.
This performance will be presented as part of Wild Project's Fresh Fruit Festival.
Various locations in the South Bronx, NY
PISO proyecto is a platform for movement and social practices that engage with and question displacement through the body. PISO (in English: floor) is a series of wood platforms that contain the practice of improvisation in public spaces and other. The viewers and ecologies we move in and out of are part of the experience and their presence influences our decisions and the trajectory of the project.
We are in the South Bronx next week June 10 - 15 to engage in public space interventions and sharing of past documentation as we approach two years of research and practice. We will have acces to the projection room at BCA´s Longwood Arts Gallery @ Hostos Community College to share past and present documentation of San Mateo Community in Santurce, Puerto Rico -site which PISO has taken its practice and research since end of January 2013. Most of all, we desire to engage in conversation with those who come into contact with us to make sure there is experiencing, thinking and sensing from all involved. We also want to receive factual input which might help push our practice into new areas of research, doing and engagement.
For more information about these events, including times and locations, please visit the Facebook event page.
G Douglas Barrett's
Saturday, May 25th
Incubator Arts Project
131 East 10th Street,
New York, NY
A record launch event featuring performances and panel discussion around G Douglas Barrett’s TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG. Two Transcriptions celebrates the release of G Douglas Barrett's vinyl record project TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG, a historical revision of Arnold Schoenberg's 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon performed by artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theo Baer. Featuring a roundtable discussion including activist Che Gossett and musicologist Benjamin Piekut, Two Transcriptions is curated by Justin Luke (Audio Visual Arts gallery) and held at the Incubator Arts Project on May 25, 2013. Doors open at 8pm; the event is free.
TWO TRANSCRIPTIONS/ODE TO SCHOENBERG is a vinyl record based on Schoenberg’s 1942 composition Ode to Napoleon for string quartet, piano, and voice. Schoenberg’s piece has an interesting history: the composer arguably over-asserted his authority in writing a letter protesting a recording of the work (originally scored for a male reciter) performed with a female voice. Challenging Schoenberg’s position with respect to musical authorship while considering identities beyond the gender binary central to the dispute, a pair of “transcriptions” of Ode to Napoleon feature the voices of performance artist Zackary Drucker and musician Theodore Baer, two transgender artists. Scheduled for release May 25; pre-order a copy today.