Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2013-14

(Durham, North Carolina)Michael Iauch

Cover Songs

Using lyrics from rock songs drawn onto blankets as signs, Cover Songs is a performance project in which Iauch attempts to embody a song by hitching rides toward the physical and emotional spaces these lyrics imagine, such as “the land of truth” - lyric from Neil Young’s “Thrashers” (1979). He talks to those who pick him up about music, feeling trapped, and the day-to-day activities that ground romantic desire.

Iauch will hitchhike across America using the broad idealism of song lyrics as a framework to question and shape the tone of what happens.


Michael Iauch (b. 1983 Daytona Beach, FL) is a video and performance artist based in North Carolina. His projects use public intervention, documentary, and storytelling to weave diaristic narratives into the ageing tropes of Americana such as the road, the cowboy, and the spiritual return to nature. He received his BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville in 2009, and his MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2013. In October, he will participate in the High Desert Test Sites event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.