Performance Art exploded as an artform during the last quarter century, and it changed art discourse in the process. THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is Franklin Furnace's Newyocentric selection of performance art events which give a sense of the look and feel of the developing neighborhoods of Soho and TriBeCa in the 70s, the "culture wars" of the late 80s and early 90s, and the concerns of artists at the turn of the millennium. From "The Age of Avant-Garde Innocence" to "Feminism," to "Race" and "Global Art," we survey the broad terrain of performance art practice.

THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is Franklin Furnace's 23rd Season and its 3rd netcast season, 20 shows which present views of an artworld issue or concern. Following each show there will be a 30-minute live chat with the artists participating either in the studio or from their home cities around the world.

Franklin Furnace is a 23-year-old artists' organization devoted to temporal art forms (such as artists' books, installation and performance art) which became identified with artists' fight for freedom of expression during the "culture wars" of the late 80s and early 90s. Franklin Furnace's decision to close its TriBeCa exhibition space and transform into a "virtual institution" brings the forms in which we have unique expertise to "downtown" audiences spread across the world.

THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE is the third season of Franklin Furnace's collaboration with The Performance Channel ( on the Pseudo Online Network. Pseudo is the world's largest producer of Internet television, broadcasting over thirty weekly shows featuring interactive entertainment, information and news. The Performance Channel presents innovative performing arts using streaming media over the Internet. Performances on are netcast live from Pseudo's studios, and may also be viewed archivally at any time. Consult Franklin Furnace's website, for complete program descriptions and updates, or email us at

Franklin Furnace wishes to thank the supporters of its virtual programs for their faith and foresight: Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc., The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., the Heathcote Art Foundation, Inc., Pseudo Programs, Inc. and the friends and Members of Franklin Furnace.

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