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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
April 28, 2004

1. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Fundwinner 2004, at Parsons Design Lab, May 5, 7-9 pm
2. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, announces new publication, and book signing at Printed Matter, May 6, 5-7 pm
3. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Makor, April 29, 8 pm, and live on WNYC radio, May 2
4. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, New Strawberry Moon event, May 19, 7:30 pm
5. Susan Hiller, FF Alumn, at Baltic, Gateshead, UK, opening April 30
6. Nurit Newman, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, opening May 1, 7-10 pm
7. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Flicks Theater, Boise, April 29, 10 am
8. Vivian Babuts, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, April 30 and May 1, 8 pm
9. Mendi Obadike, Cary Peppermint, FF Alumns, at Pace Digital Gallery, opening May 6
10. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Wild Cat Studio, Berkeley, May 1, 8 pm
11. Echoes of Art: Emulation as Preservation Strategy, symposium at the Guggenheim, NYC, May 8
12. William Pope.L, Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumns, in new book, The Interventionists
13. Todd Alcott, R. Sikoryak, Doug Skinner, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place @ The Marquis, May 5

1. Adrianne Wortzel, FF Fundwinner 2004, at Parsons Design Lab, May 5, 7-9 pm

jihui - Digital Salon presents Chico MacMurtrie & Adrianne Wortzel
Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 7 - 9 PM
Parsons Design Lab
55 West 13th Street, 9th Fl.
New York, NY 10011

Adrianne Wortzel, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art recipient 2003-2004 will show and tell StudioBlue, the telerobotic theater she developed and directs at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, as well as her current work-in-progress there: Eliza Redux, a theatrical scenario in the form of psychoanalytic sessions. The sessions unfold via real-time streaming of a physical robot equipped with an interactive conversational computer program in the tradition of Eliza. Patients visiting the web site will control the robot's motion, and video camera pan, tilt, and zoom in real time. Transcripts of sessions will be archived for future examination. Ms. Wortzel will be joined by James Cruickshanks, a graduate student at Cooper Union whose thesis project was the development of GRASP, a performance control software. Graduate students in Professor Zhang Ga's Collaboration Studio class at Parsons created the web interface for this project.

Adrianne Wortzel's work explores historical and cultural perspectives through new technologies. She creates fictive webworks, and interactive robotic and telerobotic theatrical scenarios in both physical and virtual networked environments. Works include Eliza Redux, a robot offering interactive online psychoanalytic sessions; Camouflage Town, a telerobotic installation exhibited in Data Dynamics at The Whitney Museum of American Art (Spring 2001); Sayonara Diorama (1998), intermingling human and robotic
actors who tell the tale of a fictive second Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin thirty years after the first; The Ship's Detective, in Cooper Union's Technoseduction exhibition (1997); The Hidden Archivists at the Anchorage at Creative Time's Art in the Anchorage (1997); NoMad is An Island at Ars Electronica97 (Linz, Austria); and Tableaux Vivant Dan Une Monde Parfait in Areale 99 (Baitz, Germany). Her work is documented at http://artnetweb.com/wortzel.
As a recipient of the Artists-in-Labs-Award, she will be an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Zurich Artificial Intelligence Lab from July through December 2004. Wortzel is a Professor of Communication Design at New York City College of Technology, CUNY; an instructor in the Instructional Technology Certificate Program of the CUNY Graduate Center; and an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art where she is also the Director of StudioBlue, an arena for telerobotic performance productions.

and sharing the bill with Ms. Wortzel is:

"Robot Works" by Chico MacMurtrie, Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW; http://www.amorphicrobotworks.org), will present work from his recent retrospective exhibition of over 100 machines, recently shown at this year's European Cultural Capital exhibition in Lille, France. This exhibition included the large-scale Robotic Landscape, Cave of the Subconscious, Too Big Dog Monkey, Floaters, and Skeletal Reflections. MacMurtrie and ARW have toured around the world realizing this society of machines in various performance and installation formats., MacMurtrie will discuss the evolution of his work, recent projects, and the use of vision technology to create ongoing interactive performance in an installation setting.

Chico MacMurtrie was born in New Mexico in 1961, and currently resides in New York. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.F.A. in New Forms and Concepts from the University of California at Los Angeles. He has been awarded four grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for Interdisciplinary Artists (individual grants in 1988, 1990 and 1991; a collaborative grant in 1993 for the premiere of Trigram: A Robotic Opera , which was staged at Theatre Artaud in San Francisco). Trigram was a feature story on The Next Step program on the Discovery Channel. He was a Performing Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco in 1989, and in 1990 received the San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. In 1991, MacMurtrie completed a month long tour of Europe, funded by an Arts International grant. During that time he traveled and performed in Czechoslovakia and presented an award winning performance at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, which appeared on television in Munich, Berlin, and Dortmund, Germany. The tour ended with performances in Amsterdam and an interactive installation at the Kijkhuis, in Den Haag, Holland. A retrospective exhibition of over 100 machines was shown at the
2004 European Cultural Capital exhibition in Lille, France.

jihui (the meeting point), a self-regulated digital salon, invites all interested people to send ideas for discussion/performance/etc. jihui is where your voice is heard and your vision shared. jihui is made possible through the generous support from the Digital Design Department and Parsons Design Lab of the Parsons School of Design and from the Rockefeller Foundation A joint public program by NETART INITIATIVE and INTELLIGENT AGENT


2. Agnes Denes, FF Alumn, announces new publication, and book signing at Printed Matter, May 6, 5-7 pm

Agnes Denes
Poetry Walk : Reflections ­ Pools of Thought
Book Signing at Printed Matter, Inc.
Thursday, May 6, 2004, 5 ­ 7 PM

Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to announce a book signing to celebrate the publication of Agnes Denes' Poetry Walk : Reflections ­ Pools of Thought. The signing will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2004 from 5 ­ 7 PM at Printed Matter, 535 West 22nd St. between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Agnes Denes is an artist and scholar of international renown. One of the originators of Conceptual Art, Denes has investigated the physical and social sciences, philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, psychology, poetry, and music and transformed her explorations into unique works of visual art. Denes was one of the first artists to be involved with the relationship between science and art and was also a pioneer of Ecological Art. One of her best-known works is Wheatfield‹A Confrontation, a two-acre wheat field she planted and harvested in downtown Manhattan in 1982 to address questions of human values and misplaced priorities. Denes has also created mathematical forests in Europe and Australia. She has shown her work in over 350 exhibitions, written four books and holds a doctorate in fine art.

Poetry Walk : Reflections ­ Pools of Thought documents a site-specific project completed by Denes at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and now in the permanent collection of the University¹s Art Museum. Twenty granite stones, shaped to resemble those excavated from ancient sites, were carved with poetry and other writings by contemporary and historical artists, writers, and philosophers from around the world. Approximately four feet by five feet each, the stones were embedded in a stretch of lawn near the University's Rotunda. The writings, selected by Denes with the help of students from a range of departments in the University, reflect her concern with bringing the past to bear on the present. "Human values expressed with a passion create a lasting impact‹they enlighten, motivate and inspire young minds," she has said. "By uniting different times and disciplines separated by specialization, a powerful new overview appears."

Long interested in art that affirms a commitment to the future well being of ecological, social and cultural life on the planet, Denes included her own 1970 manifesto in Poetry Walk ­ as relevant to her practice today as it was when she first articulated it. Poetry Walk : Reflections ­ Pools of Thought presents full page color photographs of every stone in the project along with transcriptions of their texts, a foreword by Museum Director Jill Hartz, an artist¹s statement and an artist's biography.

Poetry Walk : Reflections ­ Pools of Thought, is published by the University of Virginia Art Museum Press, Charlottesville, and is priced at $19.95 A special edition, signed by the artist is available for $50. Poetry Walk : Reflections ­ Pools of Thought and 15,000 additional titles are available from Printed Matter¹s website, www.printedmatter.org.

For additional information please contact David Platzker at (212) 925-0325 or dplatzker@printedmatter.org

Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists' books and other artists' publications. Printed Matter has received support, in part, through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Arts Recovery Fund, The Altria Group, Inc., Art for Art's Sake, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Fifth Floor Foundation, Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, The New York Community Trust, LEF Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Women¹s Studio Workshop, and private foundations and individuals worldwide. Printed Matter, Inc. is not affiliated with, nor a division of, any other non-profit organization.

"Human values expressed with a passion create a lasting impact; they enlighten, motivate and inspire young minds." -Agnes Denes


3. Nora York, FF Alumn, at Makor, April 29, 8 pm, and live on WNYC radio, May 2

Nora York sings NORA YORK
THURSDAY APRIL 29th ( last appreance until July)
Showtime 8pm
35 W 67th Street
New York, NY
Joining Nora will be
Steve Tarshis guitar
Maryann McSweeny bass
Jamie Lawrence Piano
Allison Miller drums
Claire Daly baritone Sax
Sherryl Marshall voice

Nora York sings NORA YORK. "Singer Nora York's affecting originals are what truly expose the quirky genius of this extravagant talent."(The New Yorker Magazine ) Nora will present most her recent song cycle -- WHAT I WANT:Songs of Ceaseless Yearning and Never Ending Want ... Inspired by traditional American music WHAT I WANT is her boldest entry into the pop music idiom - This concert is her preparation for the studio recording in May for a her Fall release --

"Nora York's been writing and performing some marvelously evocative tone-poems of late...pushing the jazz/cabaret/pop envelope in directions it needs to be pushed. This high concept singer keeps getting better all the time." ( Village Voice pick ) --

Listen for Nora as featured guest on the National Public Radio PROGRAM
THE INFINITE MIND singing WHAT I WANT and talking on the subject of "desire"
live on the radio Sunday -- MAY 2nd WNYC in the Greater New York Area. 820am
LAUNCHING WPS1 art radio!!! www.ps1.org
NORA YORK and her internet RADIO SHOW - LOVE CRAZY -


4. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, New Strawberry Moon event, May 19, 7:30 pm

New Strawberry Moon Drumming Circle
Savoring the sweet fruits of our labor. Feeding ourselves and one another.
Advance reservations required.
May 19, Wednesday
Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(718) 857-2247


5. Susan Hiller, FF Alumn, at Baltic, Gateshead, UK, opening April 30

BALTIC The Centre for Contemporary Art
Susan Hiller, Witness, 2000. Photography by P Taghizadeh. Artangel.
Selected Works 1969 - 2004
BALTIC presents a major exhibition by artist
Susan Hiller.
1 May - 18 July 2004
Preview 30 April 19.00-21.00
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road, Gateshead UK
For further information please contact
programme@balticmill.com or visit

BALTIC presents a major exhibition by artist Susan Hiller. Constituting the most wide-ranging survey of Hiller's work in a career which spans over 30 years, the exhibition combines many of her most prominent installations alongside a major new BALTIC commission, Clinic.

Presented for the first time in BALTIC's Level 4 art space, Clinic is an audio installation which takes as its subject matter the personal accounts of individuals who believe they have had a Near Death Experience. Hiller's interest does not lie in advocating or disputing the anecdotal or scientific evidence for or against the reality of these experiences, but in regarding them as social facts.

Clinic incorporates a remarkable archive of vivid stories from many individuals across a wide range of cultural backgrounds, which might be metaphors, misperceptions, myths, delusions or the truth. This solo show also includes a number of the artist's major works, from the colour projection Magic Lantern, 1987, through to more recent installations which investigate paranormal phenomena - Wild Talents, 1997 and Witness, 2000.
Recall: Selected Works 1969-2004 is guest curated by James Lingwood.

The exhibition is accompanied by a major new publication, co-produced by Museu Serralves, Porto and Kunsthalle Basel and edited by James Lingwood. Exhibitions of Susan Hiller's work will be shown in these venues from November 2004 - January 2005 and February - April 2005 respectively.
Gallery opening hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Thurs 10:00 - 22:00, Sun 10:00-17:00
Free Admission


6. Nurit Newman, FF Alumn, at Exit Art, opening May 1, 7-10 pm

My video "consumed" will be shown from May 1-July 31 2004 at Exit Art as part of the Terrorvision exhibition. The opening is on Saturday, may 1 from 7-10pm at Exit Art 475 Tenth Ave (corner 36th street) 212-966-7745.
Hope you can make it.
Nurit Newman


7. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Flicks Theater, Boise, April 29

Autistic, Outsider Artist Presentation:
"Provenance in the Wild West: James Castle & the Icehouse Books," a slide/lecture presentation about Idaho artist/bookmaker James Castle (1899-1977), is the final presentation of the Renaissance Institute's 2004 Lecture Series. Series presentor is Professor Tom Trusky. Thursday, April 29th, The Flicks Theater, 646 Fulton Street, Boise, ID, 10 am -noon.


8. Vivian Babuts, FF Alumn, at WOW Café, April 30 and May 1, 8 pm

Vivian Babuts will be performing a new solo work, alongside other performers and filmmakers in Felice Shays' Carnal Carnival: A Queer Cabaret.
April 30 & May 1, 2004
ASL interpreted: Friday April 30 8 pm

The Carnal Carnival: A Queer Cabaret
Featuring Felice Shays A Queer, gender-euphoric frenzy of Performance and Film: brainy, bawdy performers and films reveling in Sex as Play & Sex as Work. Featuring nationally and locally acclaimed performers and filmmakers at their most intense, perilous and beautiful. Polysyllabic, visual, sad, demanding, delirious. Not your average queer, smart, femme, butch, andro, trans, other, (e) all of the above, sex show. Performers & Filmmakers April 30&May1:
Marga Gomez (may 1st), Red Hots Burlesque, Jess Dobkin, Grover, Vivian Babuts, Deeluxe, Kate Huh, Samara Halperin, Dana Moser, Peter Pizzi, Jess Dugan...
Set Design: Hilary Lorenz
At WOW Café Theater ~ 59 East 4th street ~ Between Bowery and Second Avenue
Subway: F to 2nd or 6 to Astor Place or N/R to 8th St. ~
Wheelchair accessible, but not bathroom.
Phone: 212.777.4280 ~
Websites: www.submitparty.com www.wowcafe.org
Tickets: $10


9. Mendi Obadike, Cary Peppermint, FF Alumns, at Pace Digital Gallery, opening May 6

for immediate release
EBAY - Buy or Sell or Buy
an online exhibition, reception, and artists' talks
curated by Jillian Mcdonald
info: digitalgallery@pace.edu

a project of Pace Digital Gallery, NYC
May 6 - Sept 6, 2004 online
Opening Reception and artists' talks: Thursday May 6th, 6:45pm
1 Pace Plaza, Multipurpose Room on Level B, entrance on Spruce St. near Gold St.
map available on website

Straddling the genres of performance art, web design, net art, photography, and conceptual art, the 10 artists and artist-teams in this exhibition infiltrate the virtual space of ebay, the online auction house, as a conceptual vehicle. These artists are not simply selling their artwork or their belongings online, but rather are investigating ideas of consumer culture, the market, ephemerality, exchange, intangibility, and things that cannot ostensibly be for sale. An exhibition catalogue will be available.

Artists: Nicolás Dumit Estévez o The eteam o John Freyer o Pete Ippel o Keith and Mendi Obadike o Cary Peppermint and Christine Nadir o Paul Ramirez Jonas and Cabinet Magazine o Eryk Salvaggio o K.D. Thornton o Carlo Zanni


10. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at Wild Cat Studio, Berkeley, May 1, 8 pm

Rubbing Deep Intimate Skin Of Tribal Love
an inter-active performance/ritual/music jam by the controversial performance artist Frank Moore & friends...creating a playful space within which things will be combined and tried just to see what happens ...pushing beyond the normal frames!

Saturday, May 1, 2004 8pm-11pm sliding scale: $5-50

Wild Cat Studio
2525 - 8th Street (at Dwight Way) Studio #15 Berkeley


11. Echoes of Art: Emulation as Preservation Strategy, symposium at the Guggenheim, NYC, May 8

Echoes of Art: Emulation as Preservation Strategy
Saturday May 8
9:45 am - 4 pm
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifith Avenue at 89th Street

This symposium, offered in conjunction with the exhibition Seeing Double on view through May 16, examines the promise that emulation holds for re-creating endangered media art. Artists, conservators and media specialists debate the value and role of emulation and technological nostalgia in contemporary art, gaming, and preservation. Participants include Cory Arcangel, Mary Flanagan, jodi, John F. Simon Jr. and Grahame Weinbren.

Admission free
More information at www.variablemedia.net/e/seeingdouble

Seeing Double is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in partnership with the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology.

This exhibition is generously supported by the Daniel Langlois Foundation. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.


12. William Pope.L, Krzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumns, in new book, The Interventionists

The Interventionists
Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life
Nato Thompson and Gregory Sholette (Eds.)
Cloth / September 2004
Art that is exciting, politically provocative, unexpected, inspiring, and fun, by artists including William Pope.L, Krzysztof Wodiczko, the Biotic Baking Brigade, and others.
Price $25.00

For more information, contact gsholette@artic.edu


13. Todd Alcott, R. Sikoryak, Doug Skinner, FF Alumns, at Dixon Place @ The Marquis, May 5

Dixon Place presents...
Cartoon slide shows and other projected pictures, hosted by R. Sikoryak featuring:
plus a new segment called "Land Slide!" with…
Dixon Place at The Marquee: 356 Bowery (Great Jones & E. 4th St.) NYC
Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 pm
$15 at door or TDF; $12 advance online; $10 students/seniors.
Reservations: 212-219-0736 x106, www.theatermania.com

This event is part of the Dixon Place Veteran's Series. All proceeds (including bar income!) benefit DP's new home, so come thirsty!



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