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June 2, 2004


2. Carol Jacobsen, FF Alumn, at Denise Bibro Fine Art, opening June 10, and more
3. Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumn, at Van Brunt Gallery, NY, thru June 26.
4. Judy Malloy, FF Alumn, annouces http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/gunterandgwen/
5. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, at REDCAT, Los Anegeles, June 19-20, 8:30 pm
6. Vito Acconci, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, FF Alumns, at the Kitchen, June 2004
7. Scott Davis at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, opening June 5, 4-6 pm
8. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, in Seoul, Korea Artists Book Fair, June 4-9
9. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Boise State, through June 20, 2004
10. Ruth Hardinger, David Medalla, C. Michael Norton, FF Alumns, at Lab Gallery, NY June 6-12.
11. Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, FF Visionary, at Lincoln Center, July 2, 23, 24
12. Adam Putnam at Passerby, NY, June 8, 8 pm


Today on the Whitney's net art portal site we launched Swipe stickers (http://artport.whitney.org/). Please visit, participate and distribute.
Cheers, Brooke Singer, Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte, Franklin Furnace Future of the Present 2004 recipients.


2. Carol Jacobsen, FF Alumn, at Denise Bibro Fine Art, opening June 10, and more

Denise Bibro Fine Art is pleased to present "Participatory Photography", two photography exhibitions, opening June 10; accompanied by a panel discussion on June 17.
Opening Reception, and Photography Benefit Auction: Thursday, June 10, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion with exhibiting photographers, Thursday June 17, 7-9pm: Paula Allen, social documentary photographer; Richard Hughes, activist for Saigon Street Children; Carol Jacobsen, artist and Coordinator of the Clemency Project for women in prison; John Lombardo, founder of ArtWorks for Youth; Ambreen Qureshi, Managing Editor of PixelPress; U Roberto Romano, Director of "Stolen Childhoods" a documentary on global child labor, narrated by Meryl Streep. The panel discussion will be followed by a screening of "Stolen Childhoods".

Denise Bibro Fine Art
529 W. 20
4th floor
NYC NY 10011
212 647 7030


3. Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumn, at Van Brunt Gallery, NY, thru June 26

Trouble in Paradise, a group exhibition guest curated by Amy Lipton will present works by artists with a focus on issues of loss in relationship to the natural world w/: Brian Alfred, Brandon Ballengee, Edward Burtynsky, David Chow, Dan Ford, Adam Fuss, Joy Garnett, Fariba Hajamadi, Julie Heffernan, Steve Mumford, Alison Moritsugu, Kirsten Mosher, Alexis Rockman and Chrysanne Stathacos and others.

At The Van Brunt Gallery
819 Washington Street,
thru June 26 2004

In the past three years of the Bush administration we have witnessed a broad scale effort to unravel decades of hard won environmental legislation and protections. We are witnessing an assault against our environment and a battle against the policies that have been put in place over the past four decades. In their attempt to roll back these regulations, our current administration reveal their state of denial concerning global warming, extinction of species, health issues relating to pollution and lack of clean water and air. These losses are mounting and will continue to take a terrible toll into the unforeseeable future. Aside from the tragic loss of humanity in a time of war, wars also take their toll on the environment, releasing a host of toxic chemistry with conventional and nuclear weapons and their production, mobilization and proliferation. This thinly disguised war over terrorism in Iraq can also be looked at for what it really is about, the desire for control, including that over natural resources and commodities, namely fossil fuels. Trouble in Paradise takes a look at the implications of loss in our present social context using a variety of artworks and sensibilities. The artworks depict the contrast of the splendor and beauty that are diminishing in our natural world with the grim reality of what has been lost. The attempt of this exhibition is not to spark a nostalgic sense of longing for what is irretrievable, but to incite recognition of what is mostly unimaginable and the action that can accompany this recognition. Its aim is to bring awareness to the viewer of the need for protection, preservation and the preciousness of what remains.


4. Judy Malloy, FF Alumn, annouces http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/gunterandgwen/

Judy Malloy, FF Alumn, presents STREAMING MEDIA TRAIL

In their intertwining of words, inexplicable travel, instability, place,
and idea, L0ve0ne -- http://www.eastgate.com/malloy/ -- and The Roar of Destiny -- http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/roarofdestiny/control.html -- charted the beginning of Gunter and Gwen's tenuous relationship.

This new story -- Streaming Media Trail --http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/gunterandgwen/ -- begins in a cabin in the mountains of Northern California. A copy of Heinrich Mann's autobiography that Gunter is unpacking falls open, and he finds a faded mimeographed copy of one of his Grandmother's poems. Gunter's grandparents were exiled from Germany in 1933 when the Nazis gained power. The Poem -- "Wir Konnen Nicht Hier Bleiben" (We Cannot Stay Here) was written after his Grandmother's first meeting with his Grandfather, a journalist who was no longer allowed to write for the German newspapers. It was May, 1933, just after the Nazi-instigated book burning in Berlin.

The narrator, Gwen, is a hyperpoet. Because she is a writer, who seeks to convey experience rather than what she herself is like, her own personality is submerged in the narrative. With a diffuse clarity of vision, she relates the events of her life both past and present; in a more reporterly fashion she documents conversations and key events. From the uneasy mix -- of her poetic memories and her more prosaic observations of people and conversations -- difficult truths emerge. The reader, like Gwen, seeks disclosure in the gaps between memory and reliable information.

In the story, Gunter and Gwen confront an unravelling of the way they had pictured their lives. For some readers, the details of their lives will be achingly familiar and/or their story may bring new revelations that are difficult to deal with. For instance, the story asks: Is there a covert neo-eugenics program to control whom people choose as their spouses and to document the results without the knowledge of the people involved?

In Gwen's words
"...it was as if I had known all along what was really happening or as if I should have known all along what was happening. Sometimes there are things that you know intuitively but you have not overtly processed."

Extrapolating from the clear documentation of the invasive surveillance of the German exile community in Southern California, the hypernarrative Streaming Media Trail asks: How have such abusive uses of intelligence impacted this country's creative community?

Contingently, Streaming Media Trail uses fictional juxtapositions to initiate metaphoric examinations of the climate that intelligence agency abuses have created for artists in this country. For instance, in Archie's performance in Canto 7, Janis Joplin's lyrics follow text from Senate hearings examining Central Intelligence Agency testing of LSD on civilians without their knowledge. This does not necessarily imply that the two things are directly related -- either in terms of the lyrics themselves or in terms of Janis Joplin's death -- but it does point to a reckless fostering of hard drug use by a United States intelligence agency. And it brings up questions of how this might have impacted the growth of new and original musical expression and the lives of some of the foremost musicians in this country.

Streaming Media Trail (c2004 Judy Malloy) can be
read at http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/gunterandgwen/

The Notes for this work --
http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/gunterandgwen/notesgg.html --
document government and industry abuses of private citizens.

The interface is Narrabase IV, which I developed for Dorothy Abrona McCrae. The lexias can be read in the order in which they were written by clicking on the blue bar below the text,or on the top phrase on the right-hand side. Or the lexias can be read in an order of the reader's choosing by clicking on any phrase on the right-hand side.
Judy Malloy
Ask for Sanctuary -- http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/sanctuary/beginhope.html


5. Jacki Apple, FF Alumn, at REDCAT, Los Anegeles, June 19-20, 8:30 pm

JACKI APPLE presents EARJAM IV with co-producer Julie Adler:
an all-star two night new music festival featuring 18 Los Angeles based solo artists and groups.
Saturday June 19, Sunday June 20, 2004 8:30 PM
REDCAT Roy & Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater in downtown LA…the musical fringe is alive and well in Los Angeles.......a more than peaceful coexistence of diverse, sympathetic, music makers.....and therein lies its charm......" (Josef Woodard, LA TIMES)

".....if things keep going like this, the two-day, several hour a night blowout will become L.A.'s primo annual new-local music fest."
(Peter Frank, LA Weekly New Music Pick of the Week)

These are just two of the enthusiastic responses from audiences, musicians, and critics alike to earjam , the annual Los Angeles new music event launched in May 2000 at Side Street LIVE in downtown LA that brought together a cross-section of L.A. musicmakers and triggered a flowering of new venues and performances in the LA music scene.

In it¹s fourth season earjam, comes to REDCAT with three nights of earbending aural innovation from a diverse array of L.A.¹s sonic artists, musicmakers, and composers. Each evening features two sets and two improvised jams full of surprises. This year will be jumping and jamming with eclectic aural resonances from a new roster of exciting composers and performers, joined by some of L.A.s seminal innovators. A once a year chance to sample the outstanding sounds of the Los Angeles creative music community, earjam IV is produced by sound, performance and visual artist Jacki Apple and singer/composer/ artist Julie Adler. For more earjam info, go to http://www.earjam.org

Sat June 19
Becky Allen
Natural Music (JT Coker & Ed Nunnery)
James Carney
Steuart Liebig/ Lane Ends, Merge Left
Jacqueline Humbert and David Rosenboom
Ensemble of 31 Birds (Kraig Grady & Erin Barnes)
Joseph Hammer
The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra featuring Vinny Golia

Sun June 20
Eric Sbar/ Brass Ensemble,
Don Preston's Akashic Ensemble
Missincinatti (Jessica Catron and Jeremy Drake)
Brad Dutz Quintet
Weba Garretson
Alicia Mangan & Lisle Ellis
Karen Elaine Bakunin
Art Jarvinen
Andrew Durkin/The Industrial Jazz

Tickets: 213-237-2800 / www.redcatweb.org
$24, $18 (Cal Arts Faculty, Staff, Alumni, ACF members), $12 students,
$40 for two nights.
For more information contact: Tamar Fortgang 661.253.7724


6. Vito Acconci, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, FF Alumns, at the Kitchen, June 2004

As part of The Kitchen's Sidney Kahn Summer Institute
June 9 (Wed): CHRISTO and JEANNE-CLAUDE, FF Alumns
June 16 (Wed): Performances in Public Space: Four Distinct Aesthetics and Strategies
June 22 (Tue): VITO ACCONCI, FF Alumn
WHERE: THE KITCHEN, 512 West 19th Street, NYC
(Between 10th & 11th Avenues)
TIME: All talks are at 7pm
PRICE: $12 each/$25 for all three
As part of the annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute (June 7-25), The Kitchen presents three public talks in which artists at the forefront of site-specific installation and performance speak about their work.

On June 9 (Wednesday), Christo and Jeanne-Claude, internationally known for their large-scale works of art, will discuss the details of their works-in-progress: The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City, and Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado. For The Gates, (slated to be completed in Central Park in February, 2005), 7500 free hanging saffron colored fabric panels, suspended from the horizontal top part of 7500 gates, will follow the edges of the walkways and will run perpendicular to the selected 23 miles of footpaths in the park. For Over the River, fabric panels suspended clear of and high above the water level of the Arkansas River in Colorado will follow the configuration and width of its changing course.

On June 16 (Wednesday), Elise Bernhardt, Executive Director of The Kitchen, invites four artists whose site-specific performances have had a profound impact on their surrounding communities to show filmed excerpts of their work and discuss their creative process. The panel, which is entitled Performances in Public Space: Four Distinct Aesthetics and Strategies, includes Martha Bowers, whose community-based projects in Red Hook have aided in the urban renewal of that neighborhood; Stephan Koplowitz, whose large scale works with dancers have transformed the windows of Grand Central Terminal and the grand steps of New York buildings; Tamar Rogoff, whose Ivye Project involved a village in Belarus that was forever changed by the Holocaust; and Mary Ellen Strom, whose collaborative projects have included video projections on everything from grain silos to the mountains of Montana.

On June 22 (Tuesday), acclaimed multimedia artist Vito Acconci will address his move from performance to installation to architecture in a talk entitled Performing Architecture. After working with performance art and video in the late 60's and early 70's, Acconci crossed over into architecture and landscape design, and in 1988 started the Acconci Studio, an architecture and design office. The Acconci Studio has recently completed an artificial island in Graz, an adjustable gallery in New York, and a clothing store in Tokyo, and is currently working on a skateboard park in San Juan and a spiraling-ramped house in Calamata.


7. Scott Davis at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, opening June 5, 4-6 pm

Scott Davis
Biennial Juried Exhibition
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
162 Russell Ave.
Rockport, Maine
June 5-July 11, 2004
Reception: Saturday, June 5, 4-6pm


8. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, in Seoul, Korea Artists Book Fair, June 4-9

"First Seoul International Artist Book Fair", June 4 - 9, 2004.

The 1st Seoul International Book Arts Fair at COEX Pacific Hall, Seoul, Korea. 20 Korean and 25 International participants will be exhibiting their artist books over a five day period, along with workshops and seminars about artist books. Silverberg was among the international book artists invited to participate. Unable to attend, she has sent to Seoul a selection of her artist books published at her studio, Dobbin Books, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. A catalogue has been published to commemorate the event.


9. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Boise State, through June 20, 2004


An unusual exhibit combining a book, letters, photos, postcards and other memorabilia with the written and spoken word will be displayed in the Boise State University Visual Arts Center Gallery 2 (Hemingway Center) June 1-20. Sponsored by the Idaho Center for the Book, the exhibit, titled "* (dad) *" is free. The gallery is open from 10 a.m-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturday-and noon-5 p.m. on Father's Day (June 20).

The exhibit was organized by Dwayne Blackaller, a May 2004 Boise State English graduate who grew up knowing his biological father, David Marcum, only as the man in California who would send him cards, audio tapes and letters. Although he knew that Marcum was his biological father, Blackaller felt a close affinity to his adoptive dad and didn't pursue anything beyond a long-distance friendship.

In 1988, when Blackaller was 12, Marcum died of AIDS. A few years later Blackaller received a package from San Francisco - a battered, light blue box filled with a hodgepodge of his father's possessions. A diary. Letters written to and received from his mother when she and Marcum were in high school. A map of the stars showing one Marcum had named for his son. Bits and pieces of a life Blackaller wasn't yet ready to examine. "I already had a dad," Blackaller explained. So the box went away. Except for an occasional glance at it during a move or other activity, it stayed out of sight until last year, when Blackaller, who with his wife is expecting his first child in June, was finally ready to meet the father he never really knew.

Blackaller struggled to find the words explaining the motivation behind the project. "After I got the box * It's peculiar how genetics play into who you are. Both of us have the same painting by Maxfield Parrish. And it's things like, he's a graphic designer and the rest of my family is not particularly artistic." This was of particular interest to Blackaller, who is a well-known actor in area theatres, including Boise Contemporary Theatre and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. "He was also a writer like me," Blackaller continued. "He had the same sort of cerebral but emotional voice."

A particularly poignant piece of the exhibit is an audio tape where Marcum described for his son some cliff dwellings in Arizona, telling him he hoped that one day he would be able to see them for himself. As a boy, Blackaller routinely recorded over his father's tapes; this time he recorded the "Ghostbusters" soundtrack, but a short piece of Marcum's original greeting remains at the end.

Visitors to the exhibit will be able to hear the tape as it reaches the end of Side 1. Marcum's last words to his son are, "I'll see you on the other side. 'Bye."

The exhibit combines an audio commentary on tape with exhibits of the objects in the box, an essay written by Blackaller about the box's contents and facts about his father's life. Also available at the exhibit is "Especially for Dads," information from the Mother Goose Programs to introduce fathers with young children to literacy, language and learning through great children's literature. An exhibition catalogue with a tie-dyed cover and a binding scented with patchouli oil is available from the Boise State Bookstore for $5 plus shipping and handling.

Tom Trusky
Idaho Center for the Book
208 426-1999

Media Contact
Kathleen Craven
News Services
208 426-3275

This news release is available online at http://news.boisestate.edu


10. Ruth Hardinger, David Medalla, C. Michael Norton, FF Alumns, at Lab Gallery, NY June 6-12

PRECIPITATIONS, london biennale new york pollinations
06.06.04 - 06.12.04
david medalla, adam nankervis, james moores, maurcio dias, walter riedweg, ruth hardinger, c. michael norton, ryan lemke.
501 lex/47
the lab gallery
the roger smith hotel ny
gallery hours: thurs-sat 12-8
or by appointment tel: 212-339-2092.


11. Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, FF Visionary, at Lincoln Center, July 2, 23, 24

Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, FF Visionary, presents DJ Spooky's Rebirth of a Nation, Friday July 23 and Saturday July 24, 8:30 PM at Alice Tully Hall. Also, Transmetropolitan, on Wednesday July 21, 8 pm, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.


12. Adam Putnam at Passerby, NY, June 8, 8 pm

Adam Putnam
436 W. 15th St. (Chelsea)
between Ninth and Tenth Aves
Tuesday June 8th, 8pm



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