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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
January 12, 2005


1. Sarah East Johnson, FF Alumn, acrobatics classes beginning this week
2. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in NYC at Fez, Jan. 7-29, and at Sydney Opera House, Australia, Feb 26 - Mar 4
3. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, book release party at Bluestockings, NY, Jan 18, and more
4. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan 14
5. Barbara Pollack, FF Alumn, in panel at 92nd St. Y, NY, Jan 24, 8:15 pm
6. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, Winter 2005 schedule, beginning Jan 14, 7 pm
7. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Boise State University, Idaho, opening April 29
8. Mineo Aayamaguchi, FF Alumn, in Tokyo, Japan, thru Jan 22
9. AA Bronson, Christy Gast, FF Alumns, at Artists Space, opening Jan 18, 6-8 pm
10. Stanya Kahn, FF Alumn, announces January 2005 events
11. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, announces changes to GATZ presentations
12. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at One Taste Center, SF, Jan 14
13. Vito Acconci, Patty Chang, FF Alumns, at James Cohan Gallery, NY, thru Jan 22
14. Stefan Eins, John Fekner, Joseph Nechvatal, Kiki Smith, Anton Van Dalen, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, opening January 20 thru April 29
15. Susan Hiller, FF Alumn, at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, opens Jan 29

1. Sarah East Johnson, FF Alumn, acrobatics classes beginning this week

Happy New Year All.
Just a reminder that Lava's acrobatics classes are starting this week. You can go to our website for a schedule: http://www.lavalove.org

Sarah East Johnson
Artistic Director, LAVA
524 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217


2. Penny Arcade, FF Alumn, in NYC at Fez, Jan 7-29, and at Sydney Opera House, Australia, Feb. 26-Mar. 4

Penny Arcade's Rebellion Cabaret with singer/songwriter, composer Chris Rael, is bound for a week of performances at Sydney, Australia's famed Opera House Feb 26th thru March 4th. In preparation for these shows join Penny and Chris at FEZ under Time Cafe 380 Lafayette St @ Great Jones St Friday Jan 7th 8pm $20 as they choose which elements will make it into the final cut of the show.

January 7 - 29, Fridays at 8:00pm with an added show Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8:00pm.
Tickets are $20. For tickets call 212-533-2680 or visit TicketWeb.com.

Fez is located inside Time Cafe at 380 Lafayette Street at Great Jones (accessible from the B, D, F, & Q at Broadway/Lafayette, the N/R at 8th St., or the #6 at Astor Place).

Friday Jan 7th 8pm $20 as they choose which elements will make it into the final cut of the show.

Penny Arcade is an incredibly astute, take-no-prisoners feminist stand up comic... jagged, unexpected and mesmerizing!" -- Village Voice

"A Penny Arcade show is strangely wonderful: as pure and satisfying an example of organic theater as you'll find. Part love-in, part happening, part ritual, it alters the mind." -- New York Post

"combines the anarchy of Lenny Bruce with the pathos of Judy Garland" -- The List, UK

PENNY ARCADE, the legendary creator of the long-running Off-Broadway hit BITCH!DYKE!FAGHAG!WHORE!, teams up with singer/songwriter CHRIS RAEL to present REBELLION CABARET at Fez beginning January 7th. Workshopped over the past two years at Ars Nova and The Gershwin Hotel, this limited engagement will lead up to the World Premiere of the piece at The Sydney Opera House in Australia in February.

REBELLION CABARET is an all-new "rant-n-roll" evening of insightful and hysterically funny monologues by Penny Arcade underscored and interspersed with Chris Rael's sophisticated, topical lyrics, memorable arrangements and soaring vocals. REBELLION CABARET tears away the veil from the commodification of rebellion, sexual politics, Paris Hilton, bourgeois bohemia, The Vagina Monologues, America's new patriotism and the Gospel According to Dubya.

Performance artist PENNY ARCADE (born Susana Ventura) has been creating her own unique theatrical presentations since 1985. Her works have been produced internationally in cities including Vienna, Melbourne, Calgary, Vancouver, London, Munich, Dublin, Zurich, and Edinburgh and nationally in cities including Boston, Miami, Tampa and LA. Penny Arcade debuted at age 17 with The Playhouse of the Ridiculous, the seminal glitter rock queer theater of the 1960's. She was a teenage superstar featured in the Warhol/Morrissey film Women in Revolt. She has collaborated with numerous artists in a variety of disciplines, including Jack Smith, Jackie Curtis, Charles Ludlam, John Vacarro and Quentin Crisp.

CHRIS RAEL is the sitar mastermind behind the Indo-Pop band Church of Betty, widely considered the most skillful blender of Indian and western rock music. According to the Village Voice, "Chris Rael has consistently blended rock and Indian music better than anyone else, ever" while Magnet Magazine calls him "a purveyor of urban psychedelia, with a voice sweeter than Prince." For the show, Rael will play sitar, electric guitar and Portuguese guitar.

REBELLION CABARET runs January 7 - 29, Fridays at 8:00pm with an added show Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20. Fez is located inside Time Cafe at 380 Lafayette Street at Great Jones (accessible from the B, D, F, & Q at Broadway/Lafayette, the N/R at 8th St., or the #6 at Astor Place). For tickets call 212-533-2680 or visit TicketWeb.com.
The Details
January 7 - 29, Fridays at 8:00pm with an added show Saturday, Jan. 29 at 8:00pm.
Tickets are $20. For tickets call 212-533-2680 or visit TicketWeb.com.

Fez is located inside Time Cafe at 380 Lafayette Street at Great Jones (accessible from the B, D, F, & Q at Broadway/Lafayette, the N/R at 8th St., or the #6 at Astor Place).


3. Donna Henes, FF Alumn, book release party at Bluestockings, NY, Jan 18, and more

The Queen cordially requests your presence
at the launch for Her new book
The Queen of My Self
By Donna Henes
Tuesday, January 18, 2005 7-9PM
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street, Manhattan
(Between Stanton & Rivington)

Join Mama Donna for a reading and book signing event wherein The Queen will dispense Her regal blessings and share special tokens of mature female sovereignty.

Royal Tea and cookies will be served.

"Finally, an archetype of midlife power and maturity that I can relate to -- The Queen. Thank you Donna for providing this much-needed missing piece of women's wisdom."
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

Donna Henes, Urban Shaman, is a contemporary ceremonialist specializing in multi-cultural ritual celebration of the cycles of the seasons and the seasons of our lives.

She is the author of The Queen of My Self, The Moon Watcher's Companion, Celestially Auspicious Occasions, and Dressing Our Wounds In Warm Clothes, as well as the CD, Reverence To Her: Mythology, The Matriarchy & Me. She is also the editor and publisher of the highly acclaimed quarterly journal, Always In Season: Living In Sync with the Cycles,

In 1982, she composed the first (and to this date, the only) satellite peace message in space: "chants for peace * chance for peace." Mama Donna, as she is affectionately known, has offered lectures, workshops, circles, and celebrations worldwide for 30 years. She is the director of Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, a ceremonial center, ritual consultancy and spirit shop in Exotic Brooklyn, New York.

For further information, a list of services and publications, a calendar of upcoming events and a complimentary issue of Always in Season: Living in Sync with the Cycles. contact: MAMA DONNA'S TEA GARDEN AND HEALING HAVEN
PO Box 380403
Exotic Brooklyn, NY 11238-0403
Phone: 718-857-1343 NOTE NEW NUMBER
Email: CityShaman@aol.com


Let us celebrate the tiny spark of light in the dark and hope in our heart.
Please wear black and bring a candle. Advance reservation required $20.
February 2, Wednesday 7:30PM. Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven, Park Slope,
Brooklyn (718) 857-1343.


A fun-filled, child-friendly ritual to mark the halfway point of winter. Share the spirit and the true meaning of winter cross quarter day with your children. $20 for one parent w/child. $5. Each additional child. Saturday, February 5th 10-11:30am. Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718) 857-1343.

We have a unique selection of ceremonial tools and supplies. Charms, talismans, amulets, ritual tools, rare botanicals, books, CD's, and Mama Donna's Own Blend of Blessing Oils. February 12, Saturday from12-6pm. Mama Donna's Tea Garden & Healing Haven, Park Slope, Brooklyn, For directions, contact (718) 857-1343.

A fire and Ice ceremony to refuel the flame in our hearts. Advance reservations required. $20. Wednesday, February 23, at 7:30PM. Mama Donna's Tea Garden and Healing Haven, Park Slope, Brooklyn Contact: Mama Donna's (718) 857-1343


4. David Medalla, FF Alumn, in Frankfurt, Germany, Jan. 14

David Medalla, FF Alumn, has been invited by German art historian Daniel Biirnbaum to give a talk at the Stadeschule in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, on January 14, 2005. Medalla will preface his talk with the showing of "Odaya", a film by Fritz Stolberg of a performance by David Medalla in 2001, inside the underground shell-encrusted grotto in Margate on the Kent coast of southern England. Medalla will follow his talk with the showing of a video by Arvinder Bawa of the finale of London Biennale 2004 at Crystal Palace, London, and a film by Divid Medalla, entitled "Homage to Arthur Rimbaud", made during "Les Rencontres" in Dover last November 2004. Medalla's beautiful film is a White Window Production in collaboration with L'Ecole de la Rue of the Maison de la Jeune Culture of Dunquerque, France, and the Creative Foundation of Folkestone, England. From Frankfurt, David Medalla will proceed to the Schloss Balmoral at Bad Ems, where he will participate in an artistic salon to be conducted by Daniele Perriere on February 16, 2005. From the Schloss Balmoral, David Medalla will continue his German peregrinations to Berlin where he will be a guest of Adam Nankervis, Mona Wehr and Prinz Moritzio, at Museum MAN Berlin. While in the German capital, David Medalla has also been invited by Frederick Meschede to the inauguration of the new DAAD Gallery in Berlin. David Medalla was a DAAD artist. Throughout February and March 2005, an exhibition of David Medalla's art can be seen in the WC Gallery directed by Stephen Perkins at 908 Talbot Avenue, De Pere, Wisconsin, WI (by appointment only: Tel. 920 - 337 2976. E mail: perkinss@uwgb.edu


5. Barbara Pollack, FF Alumn, in panel at 92nd St. Y, NY, Jan. 24, 8:15 pm

The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and The 92nd Street Y
Present "Next Wave: Alternative Spaces in New York"

A new breed of exhibition spaces has sprung up in recent years, challenging the conventional gallery system and reconceptualizing our notions of "alternative" space. Find out where our panelists think the future of these spaces is heading.

Shelly Bancroft, founder of Triple Candie in Harlem; Mary Ceruti, of the SculptureCenter in Long Island City; Lia Gangitano, founder of Participant Inc. on the Lower East Side; and Joy Glidden, founding director, d.u.m.b.o. arts center in Brooklyn, will join in a panel discussion on the Next Wave of Alternative Spaces in New York. Panel moderated by Barbara Pollack, contributing editor to ARTNews.

at the 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York City
Monday, January 24, 2005
8:15 PM

$25/$15 College Art Association member or teacher with ID.
To purchase tickets, call the 92nd Street Y at 212/415-5500 or order on-line at www.92y.org.


6. Lynn Book, FF Alumn, Winter 2005 schedule, beginning Jan. 14, 7 pm

Voicelab Winter Calendar
2 Tone Peace - a ritual action
friday, january 14th, 7 pm
take the time to stop whatever you are doing and sound two long tones for peace in the world. one tone for yourself and the second tone for a person or people elsewhere in the world who could benefit from your sound attention. feel free to repeat and sustain as long as you'd like, allowing your 2 tones to communicate... whether you imagine victims of the south asian disaster, a person in need in iraq or darfur, let your voice carry your intention and create a bridge to peace. anyone in new york city at this time can join me for a simple communal sharing of "2 Tone Peace" on east 14th street - arrive at 6:30 sharp! (RSVP, full address below).

Voices Aloud - beginnings and experiments
January 19 - February 23
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 pm
early bird: $185 (deposit by Jan. 14th), after that: $210
This lab is open to people with all levels of experience and familiarity with their voices and will include whole-body basics and new models for improvising our way into the future. It will provide a fresh approach to opening the voice freely and with vitality...

Writing through the Voice
February 10 & 17
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8 pm
early bird: $65 (deposit by Feb. 7th), after that: $80
After the success of this lab in the fall, we'll continue to cultivate an open exchange between language and the feeling sound of your voiced body with new techniques and approaches. all writers, language wielders and vocalists who are looking for their tongue are welcome.

CALL for more info or to register: 212-529-8991

Coaching Special
it's STILL just too good to pass up...
6 private sessions (50 minutes) at $325 for first time participants
tailor made sessions that focus on a specific issue or project

535 E. 14th St. #4F
Between Ave A and B
Buzzer #137

Lynn Book is a concerned citizen, an interdisciplinary performance and vocal artist/composer whose original performance theatre works and vocal concerts have been presented in New York at The Kitchen, Bowery Poetry Club and Roulette, and other venues in the US, as well as in Europe. Recipient of NEA, Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, NYFA sponsorships and a Franklin Furnace Award, Lynn also innovates through her teaching at Sarah Lawrence College and the Kitchen Summer Institute.

Lynn Book / Voicelab
~where voice gets reinvented~
535 E. 14th St. #4F
New York NY 10009
~where voice gets reinvented~


7. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, at Boise State University, Idaho, opening April 29

Curated by Tom Trusky
29 April - 1 June 2005
Student Union Gallery
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho

Reception 5:30-7pm April 29th

The Idaho Center for the Book traveling exhibition provides a unique and inspiring panorama of books and drawings by autistic, self-taught Idaho artist/bookmaker James Castle (1899-1977). Previously exhibited in New York City, Chicago, Canada, and England, the ICB show, in addition to rare, early Castle works recovered in an Idaho icehouse, now features additional art works and recently discovered Early Attic visual narratives by Castle, "translated" for the first time.

For more information contact:
Catherine Allen
(208) 426-1223


8. Mineo Aayamaguchi, FF Alumn, in Tokyo, Japan, thru Jan. 22

Picture & Computer Images
January 10 - 22, 2005, 12.00 a.m. To 7.00pm., Closed on Sunday
Musée F + Galerie Omotesando
Arch Atrium B-02/03, 4-17-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-001 Japan
Tel/Fax: 03-5775-2469

I draw one blue line after another until the picture has become full of blue lines. I then draw red lines until it seems that the blue lines are going to be rendered invisible. I then finish off with green lines. Blue lines and red lines can be seen in various places between the green lines. Computer images change into different images when I click with a mouse on a line.

When I was a child, I used to amuse myself by dreaming up various stories as I gazed on the lines formed by cracks in the wall. The lines looked different from one day to the next together with changes in the viewer¹s own spirit, consciousness and feelings. The very same line would take on a different meaning, or another line would appear and amplify the images. Images expand and contract within colour. Images become restricted or expand to infinity through the effects of colour. Colourlines is an attempt to show how chance and necessity sway ambivalently at the point of contact between the unconscious and the conscious worlds.



9. AA Bronson, Christy Gast, FF Alumns, at Artists Space, opening Jan. 18, 6-8 pm

AA Bronson, Christy Gast's work in an upcoming exhibitions at Artists Space
January 18, 2005-February 26, 2005
Opening Reception: January 18, 2005, 6 to 8 pm
Main Space: Log Cabin

Artists include Monica Abend, Andy Alexander, Cass Bird, Nayland Blake, Gregg Bordowitz, AA Bronson, Dave Burns, Jimmie Durham, Ken Gonzales-Day, Glen Fogel, Christy Gast, K8 Hardy, Jonathan Horowitz, Matt Keegan, Benjamin Kress, Terrence Koh, Glenn Ligon, Matt Lipps, Lovett/Codagnone, Monica Majoli, Wardell Milan, Slava Mogutin, Jenny Perlin, Paul Pfeiffer, Dean Sameshima, Matt Saunders, Julia Scher, Allison Smith, Marc Swanson, Scott Treleaven, Mark Verabioff, Kelley Walker, and Fritz Welch.

Curated by Jeffrey Uslip as part of the Emerging Curators Series.

Log Cabin features diverse artistic strategies that examine the impact of neo-conservatism on queer representations in America. Through explorations of alienation and social ghettoization, to neo-conservative tendencies within the queer community, Log Cabin stimulates dialogue about the shift in queer vernaculars provoked by the current political climate.


10. Stanya Kahn, FF Alumn, announces January 2005 events

happy winter
here are some january events for us:

Stanya Kahn FF Alumn shows videos made in collaboration with Harry Dodge,
January screenings:
"Winner" screens January 13th 2005 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, with Ed Ruscha films on Ed Ruscha Film Night, part of the Ed Ruscha drawing exhibition. 6:30 pm at MOCA on Grand St.
"Let the Good Times Roll" screens at the Sundance Film Festival:
Wed. Jan 26 9:00 pm Broadway Theater Salt Lake
Thur. Jan 27 8:30 pm Library Theater Park City
Fri. Jan 28 8:30 am Prospector Theater Park City
Fri. Jan 28 9:00 pm Broadway Theater Salt Lake
Sat. Jan 29 2:30 pm Prospector Theater Park City
-"Let the Good Times Roll" screens at the Getty Center in Los Angeles in group show. Check Getty Website for more info.


11. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, announces changes to GATZ presentations

Dear Friends,
You know how last week I invited you to GATZ, the ERS show that I'm in? Well, because of a last minute copyright snafu, we have had to officially cancel the public performances of the show. BUT I am now re-inviting you to an OPEN REHEARSAL of the work, which will be shown for friends and colleagues only (you must make an appointment to come, using the URL below, which has all the details).

These rehearsals will take place on a surprisingly similar schedule as the performances would have. So, although I know this could cause some confusion, I really hope you can
make the show; I think it's a beautiful experience.

Here's the official story from ERS:

After lengthy negotiations, the Fitzgerald estate has denied us permission to read The Great Gatsby in a public performance.

So unfortunately we've had to cancel our public performances of Gatz this month.

However, we do hope to mount the show publicly in the future, and we will continue to rehearse during January, running the show in sequence, and we'd like to invite you, our friends, to these private showings.

The schedule for them is available here:

To make an appointment, send an email to Ariana (rehearsals@elevator.org).

Please come down to the Performing Garage and take a look at what we've been
up to.

John Collins


12. Frank Moore, FF Alumn, at One Taste Center, SF, Jan. 14

DEEP CORE INTIMACY: exploring the unlimited possibilities…a series of 3-hour inter-active performance-rituals into tribal realities created by Frank Moore.
Bring a pillow or a blanket.

January 14, 2005
One Taste Center
1074 FOLSOM ST. at 7th Street
Sliding scale $5-$50
Come early and visit THE FEEL GOOD CAFÉ
For info
Call: 510-526-7858
Email: fmoore@eroplay.com
For directions:
for downloadable poster:

"His stamina is unrelenting, and the music goes on and on. I am repelled but stuck: I can't turn away." San Francisco Weekly, 2001

"Best of the Bay Area!" S.F Bay Guardian

"....San Francisco's legendary Frank Moore...(is among)...the best and most influential artists in the discipline." L.A. Weekly 2003

"One of the few people practicing performance art that counts." Karen Finley, performance artist

"Frank Moore is one of my performance teachers." Annie Sprinkle, performance artist

"...one of the U.S.'s most controversial performance artists,...." P-Form Magazine

"...He's wonderful and hilarious and knows exactly what it's all about and has earned my undying respect. What he's doing is impossible, and he knows it. That's good art...." L.A. Weekly


13. Vito Acconci, Patty Chang, FF Alumns, at James Cohan Gallery, NY, thru Jan 22

Realm of the Senses, an exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, 533 W. 26th Street between 10th and 11th avenues in Manhattan, 212-714-9500), features the work of Patty Chang and Vito Acconci, FF Alumns.


14. Stefan Eins, John Fekner, Joseph Nechvatal, Kiki Smith, Anton Van Dalen, FF Alumns, at Hal Bromm Gallery, opening January 20 thru April 29

"VINTAGE EAST VILLAGE" group exhibition curated by Rick Prol to open 20 January, continuing through April 29, 2005, with private viewing Thursday, January 20th, 6:30 - 9:00. Hal Bromm Gallery/Tribeca will present "Vintage East Village", a group exhibition curated by Rick Prol featuring vintage 1980's works by more than fifty trend-setting artists who helped shape the legendary East Village art movement. The exhibition will open January 20, 2005 and continue through April 29, 2005. A private viewing will be held Thursday, January 20, from 6:30 - 9:00. "Vintage East Village", featuring vintage works by over fifty artists, highlights the spirit and energy that put the East Village on the "Art History map". Artists include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mike Bidlo, Ashley Bickerton, Keiko Bonk, T. Brazelton, Andrew Castrucci, Tseng Kwong Chi, Craig Coleman, Rich Colicchio, Arch Connelly, Ronnie Cutrone, Peggy Cyphers, Jimmy DeSana, Sean Early, Stefan Eins, Brigitte Engler, John Fekner, Luis Frangella, Bobby G, Judy Glantzman, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Stephan Hale, Peter Halley, Richard Hambleton, Joel Handorff, Keith Haring, Peter Hujar, Dragan Ilic, Keily Jenkins, Kim Keever, Mark Kostabi, Stephen Lack, Greer Lankton, Allan McCollum, McDermott/McGough, Nicholas Mouffarrege, Joseph Nechvatal, Kiell Erik Killi Olsen, Rick Prol, Jim Radakovich, Louis Renzoni, Eric Rhein, Walter Robinson, James Romberger, Hope Sandrow, Karen Scarpulla, Kenny Scharf, Peter Schuyff, Russell Sharon, Kiki Smith, Huck Snyder, Philip Taaffe, Lori Taschler, Marguerite Van Cook, Anton Van Dalen, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong and Rhonda Zwillinger.

Hal Bromm was an early champion of many significant artists who helped create the raucous, culturally-charged East Village scene. Instrumental in bringing attention to their work, Bromm's gallery was one of the first to show David Wojnarowicz, Luis Frangella, John Fekner, Rick Prol, Mark Kostabi and many others. Keith Haring's first one-person exhibition in New York was at Hal Bromm in 1981.

In 1984, Hal Bromm Gallery provided early exposure to the growing East Village movement by organizing "Climbing", a major group exhibition with works by 25 artists. "Climbing" presented fresh, exciting and innovative new art by many rising stars, including Kiki Smith, David Wojnarowicz, Luis Frangella, Judy Glantzman, Walter Robinson, Mike Bidlo, and Martin Wong. In an introduction to the exhibition, Carlo McCormick wrote that "Climbing" was "a search for the most promising of the lot…looking at a few trees in the forest". In 2005, Vintage East Village provides a new view of that forest, 20 years later.
Hal Bromm Gallery
90 West Broadway at Chambers Street
Tribeca / New York 10007
Ph 212 732 6196 Fax 212 406 1675


15. Susan Hiller, FF Alumn, at Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, opens Jan. 29

Susan Hiller is one of the most intriguing and influential artists working in Europe today. Her daring and thought-provoking work is informed by conceptual practice. Although the artist employs procedures of systematization such as cataloging and indexing, and uses seemingly neutral formats such as 'collection' or 'record', her work often involves highly idiosyncratic accounts of unusual personae and deals with uncanny phenomena.

We at the Kunsthalle Basel are very happy to host the first major institutional exhibition of Susan Hiller in continental Europe. The show itself has been curated by James Lingwood and was first presented last year in a different form at the BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England.

By no means a retrospective, the show is a representative and coherent selection from Susan Hiller's oeuvre of the last thirty years and includes two major sound installations. In the Oberlichtsaal we present Witness, 2000, a multilingual collection of stories told by anonymous individuals who went through 'close encounters' and other visionary experiences. In these stories, the truth of eyewitness accounts merges with subjective expressions of belief and with collective narrative structures of the unconscious, the stories remain more or less the same across different cultures and are passed down throughout generations. In the last room of the ground floor we show Clinic, 2004, a work that explores the contents of one specific type of human perception that puts the scientistic construction of knowledge in question - the near-death experience. The third installation in Basel is PSI Girls, 1999, a monumental five-channel video piece in which the excerpts from different Hollywood movies show girls with supernatural abilities. The work attests to the powerful appeal of the unconscious within the production of the most cliched of images.

The show includes the often quoted piece Dedicated to the Unknown Artists, 1972-1976, a collection of postcards with views of rough sea. While formally in keeping with conceptual art's notorious procedures of researching, classifying and indexing, the work draws on vernacular imagery and unravels an ambiguous, romantic content. In similar mode, Inside a Cave Home, 1983, has images of the sea hand-painted on large reproductions of a postcard showing the banal setting of a living room in the Australian outback.

It is also very exciting for the Kunsthalle Basel to be able to show for the first time three series of photographs from The J-Street Project, 2003-2005, a new cycle conceived during the artist's DAAD residency in Berlin. This authoritative work represents a photographic investigation of specific places in Germany - streets in big cities as well as forgotten country roads - that have the word 'Jude' (Jew) in their names. As is the case with many works by Susan Hiller, these linked series, called "Brandenburg Suite", "Snow Scenes" and "Country Roads" form part of a more extensive on-going project that will culminate in a video installation on which the artist is working at present.

The exhibition is a collaborative project of BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Museu de Arte Contempornea de Serralves, Porto and Kunsthalle Basel.
A German translation of the English catalogue will be published for the exhibition.

For further information please visit our website: http://www.kunsthallebasel.ch

Steinenberg 7, CH-4051 Basel Switzerland
Tel +41 61 206 99 00 / Fax +41 61 206 99 19
e-mail: info@kunsthallebasel.ch
Opening hours:
Tue/Wed/Fri 11am-6pm / Thu 11am-8.30pm / Sat/Sun 11am-5pm



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