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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
March 25, 2005


1. Yury Gitman, Joshua Kinberg Jeff McMahon, Toni Sant and Martha Wilson, FF Alumns, at Performance Studies International Conference, Brown University, March 31-April 3
2. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, received 2005 Creative Capital grant
3. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at Municipal Gallery, Cham, Germany, thru April 24
4. Marina Abramovic (re)performs works by Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, FF Alumns, at the Guggenheim Museum, NY, April 8, 9
5. Kathy Brew, Julia Heyward, FF Alumns, at NY Inst. Of Technology, thru April 4
6. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at the School of Visual Arts, NY, Mar 28, 6-8 pm
7. David Medalla, FF Alumn, recent news from Germany and elsewhere
8. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at the Reina Sofia, Madrid, starting March 31
9. Nora York, FF Alumn, Spring events 2005
10. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Offbeat Gallery, Minneapolis, thru April 9
11. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Arizona State Univ., Tempe, April 14-23
12. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, upcoming events, starting TONITE
13. Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, at the Joyce, Soho, April 8-10
14. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, at the Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY, March 31-April 2
15. American Museum of Natural History - Art/Science Collision, March 31, 7 pm


1. Yury Gitman, Joshua Kinberg Jeff McMahon, Toni Sant Martha Wilson FF Alumns, at Performance Studies International Conference, Brown University, March 31-April 3

a) Franklin Furnace: Still Creating Discomfort, panel discussion at Performance Studies International Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 31

Panel/Roundtable: Franklin Furnace: Still Creating Discomfort
Chair: Toni Sant, University of Hull - Scarborough Campus, UK
Martha Wilson, Founding Director, Franklin Furnace, NY
Joshua Kinberg, Artist in Residence, Franklin Furnace, NY
Yury Gitman, Artist in Residence, Franklin Furnace, NY

Since 1976, New York's Franklin Furnace has been on a mission to make the world safe for the avant-garde. In the process, the predominant medium has shifted from paper to the human body to the Internet. The panelists will discuss this frequently uncomfortable history with the founding director and provide a demonstration of Magicbike, a mobile WiFi hotspot invented by the artists present, that provides free internet wherever it travels.

Performance Studies International conference, Thursday March 31st, 10:40 am - 12:30 pm at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island


b) Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, will be presenting HONORABLE DISCHARGE, a solo he wrote and directed featuring Lance Gharavi, at the Performance Studies International Conference, Brown University March 30-April 3. Performance scheduled for Friday, April 1 at 4:30pm. www.brown.edu/psi


2. Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, received 2005 Creative Capital grant

Peggy Diggs, FF Alumn, has received a 2005 Creative Capital grant. Her project is called TIME OUT, and involves working with prisoners to produce designs for tight living spaces, some of which will be made by artisans outside prison and patented by the prisoner for future manufacture.

She will work with a group of male maximum security prisoners at Graterford Prison, outside Philadelphia who will brainstorm and work towards industrial designs that solve a living space problem they experience in the prison. Of the designs submitted, X number will be chosen to be fabricated by artisans or craftspeople outside the prison. They may be designed for prison living specifically, but may also have outside relevance to refugee camp life (see The Observer, 2.22.04, about the Pentagon Report on Global Warming), temporary shelters, or small apartments. These objects would be exhibited, patents drawn up, and publicity of the designs could feature in major design publications, such as Metropolis, I.D., or Dwell. This theoretically could provide X number of prisoners with patents for their designs, enabling them to return to the public arena with a skill and a product to help with making a living. If they are serving for life, the proceeds would go to their families.


3. Stefanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at Municipal Gallery, Cham, Germany, thru April 24

Martina Salzberger: BY ONESELF (ALLEIN SCHON)

Thru April 24, 2005

muncipal galery at the Cordonhaus Cham

Propsteistraße 46
93413 Cham

hours: wednesday-sunday 2pm-5pm,thursday 2pm-7pm


4. Marina Abramovic (re)performs works by Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman, FF Alumns, at the Guggenheim Museum, NY, April 8, 9

This two-day symposium is a prelude to the performance and exhibition project Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces, scheduled for fall 2005, in which the artist (re)performs and reinterprets seminal works from the 1970s by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Valie Export, Bruce Nauman, Gina Pane, and herself.

(Re)presenting Performance
FRI APR 8, 4-8 PM and SAT APR 9, 10 AM-6 PM
A series of panels comprised of art historians, artists, choreographers, filmmakers, and curators investigates the various histories of performance, the plausibility of its repetition, and the urgency of its preservation. Performance artists active during the 1970s are interviewed individually about these issues, and younger artists discuss the impact of their legacy.

For more information, call the Box Office at (212) 423-3587.
Information at: http://www.guggenheim.org/education/tours_lectures.shtml


5. Kathy Brew, Julia Heyward, FF Alumns, at NY Inst. Of Technology, thru April 4

New York Institute of Technology
16 West 61st Street, 9th Floor
New York, New York

March 15 - April 4, 2005

The DigiGirls: Andrea Ackerman, Lillian Ball, Perry Bard, Kathy Brew, Lisa Crafts, Nancy Dwyer, Victoria Faust, Kathleen Graves, Jerelyn Hanrahan, Claudia Hart, Julia Heyward and Joan Logue

Presenting an exhibition of selected Digigirls digital prints at the New York Institute of Technology Gallery.

Formed in 2003, the DigiGirls are an organization of professional women artists working on a variety of digital platforms: from 3D animation to cinematic objects and interactive installations. Consciously deploying visual languages that embrace aspects of beauty and the psycho-social dynamics of advanced technology, DigiGirls articulate a feminist position within a digital domain typically dominated by men and expressing a related hardware esthetic.


6. Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, at the School of Visual Arts, NY, Mar 28, 6-8 pm

Nina Sobell, FF Alumn, will be speaking at the School of Visual Arts, New York, on March 28th from 6-8 pm


7. David Medalla, FF Alumn, recent news from Germany and elsewhere

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will show a beautiful ensemble of bubble-machines called "Cloud Canyons" in the "Uber Schonheit / About Beauty" exhibition (upon the invitation of Shaheen Merali) at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin which opened on March 18, 2005. Medalla's bubble-machines were first created in 1963 in London. They were the first works of auto-creative art. In the USA, Medalla's bubble-machines were initially exhibited in the early sixties, together with Andy Warhol's floating "Silver Pillows" and other examples of air art by various artists in the "Air Art" exhibition curated by Willoughby Sharp at the Art Museum of the University of California in Berkeley in the early 60s. A pair of tall bubble-machines were prominent features in the "People's Participation Pavillion" which John Dugger and David Medalla constructed in the garden of the Fredericianum in Kassel, Germany, during the 5th DOCUMENTA exhibition in 1972 curated by Harald Szeeman. A monumental bubble-machine was exhibited in "L'Informe", curated by Rosalind Krauss and Yve-Alain Bois, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Marcel Duchamp created a multiple work of art entitled "Medallic Sculpture" which was inspired by Medalla's bubble machines. The German-Mexican artist Mathias Goeritz, pioneer of minimal art, dedicated a set of his sculptures to Medalla when Goeritz visited Signals London in 1966.

Recently, various examples of David Medalla's bubble-machines, collectively entitled "Cloud Canyons", have been exhibited in Tokyo, during "Happiness", the inaugural exhibition of the Mori Art Museum, curated by David Elliott, and in the historical exhibition "This Was Tomorrow: Art of the 60s", curated by Chris Stephens, at Tate Britain in London. A large ensemble of "Cloud Canyons" was commissioned by Andrew Bogle for the "Chance and Change" exhibition in the City Art Gallery of New Zealand,
David Medalla presented a "Poem Painting Performance" on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at 8 p.m., at Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Zimmerstrasse 90 - 9l, hinten hof 2, Berlin Mitte (a short distance from Checkpoint Charlie). The "Poem Painting Performance" is an original form of live art which David Medalla has developed over a period of five decades, from the early dance dramas he evolved in his native Manila inspired by poetry, through performances he gave in London during the days of the "Exploding Galaxy" (the multi-media artists group Medalla founded in the 60s), plus numerous impromptus Medalla created in his wanderings in Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, to his most recent performances at the Museum Man in Liverpool directed by Adam Nankervis.

At the Hayward Gallery in London during "The Other Story" exhibition curated by Rasheed Araeen and in the "Fluxattitudes" exhibition at the New Museum in New York, David Medalla enacted his painting-in-progress events. In the Academy in Venice, at the Clocktower Gallery in Manhattan, at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, at Parque Lage and on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, in the Casa Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon, at Ex-Teresa in Mexico City, at the Kufa Gallery in London, and in the Great Hall of Cooper Union in NewYork during the "Franklin Furnace in Exile Year", David Medalla gave performances whose improvisatory aspects gradually evolved into the present impromptus. Last January 2005, David Medalla, Adam Nankervis and Mona Wehr performed an impromptu to celebrate the inauguration of the new DAAD Galerie in Berlin.

David Medalla's "Poem Painting Performance" at the Galerie Kai Hilgemann on March 19, 2005, has been inspired by an incident in the life of John Logie Baird, the inventor-pioneer of television. The evening of the performance will also mark the opening an exhibition of David Medalla's latest watercolors which were inspired by the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Konstantin Cavafy, Jaime Gil de Biedma, Hart Crane, Fernando Pessoa, Arthur Rimbaud and Federico Garcia Lorca. English art critic Guy Brett, currently visiting scholar at Harvard University, wrote the book "Exploding Galaxies" about the art of David Medalla, with a foreword by Dore Ashton and an envoi by Yve-Alain Bois, published by Kala Press London. Medalla's art continues to inspire new generations of artists world-wide. David Medalla is the founder and director of the London Biennale, and photos of some of his performances can be seen in the website http://www.londonbiennale.org


8. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, at the Reina Sofia, Madrid, and Center for Book Arts, NY

Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, will show two web works at the MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA, Madrid, in the exhibit "Violencia sin cuerpos." starting March 31.

a .BRUTAL MYTHS follows a plan inspired by the sadistic fantasies about women found in the Malleus Maleficarum (The Hammer of Witches), a manual for witch-hunting written in the XVth century. Because women were traditionally the lay healers in ancient herbal medicinal practice herbs are used as a metaphoric interface. The first half of "Brutal Myths" describes which "evil" herbs contaminate the minds of men into believing the Malleus Malificarum dictums. In the second half of the work a "blissful" herbal garden is created by planting "blessed" herbs. Interactive rituals with the herbs acted out by the viewer destroys the prejudicial myths and allays the fears of men. BRUTAL MYTHS was created with Marie Sat.Marie-Jose Sat

b. MAKE ME A MAN reflects on the stereotype of modern manhood and how it has been sustained in cultures as diverse as Western European Civilization and the New Guinea Highlands. Both acknowledge the superiority of the physiological woman, born with all the vital organs and fluids necessary for giving birth and nurturing her infant. It is men who must be molded and configured into ideal masculinity. Both cultures have similar gender dogma. Comparative examples of how the tribal and sophisticated western societies achieve their objective of "growing a man" provide the structure of the work.

Sonya Rapoport will also participate in the New York Center for Book Arts' 30th anniversary exhibition, 30 Years of Innovation, opening April 15. Her interactive book, Animated Soul: Gateway to your Ka guides readers in locating their Ka, their ancient double, by selecting tabs from sets of Egyptian icons. The process informs them of their words of power which lead to a happy hereafter. The book was adapted from Rapoport's installation of the same title.

For more information please visit www.sonyarapoport.net


9. Nora York, FF Alumn, Spring events 2005

Nora York news abounds! Nora York was awarded OUTSTANDING VOCALIST 2005
BISTRO AWARD By Backstage Magazine.

Nora York will be performing
Wall to Wall Sondheim
Symphony Space
(95th at Broadway)
Saturday March 19th
Nora York joined by Steve Tarshis and Dave Hofstra will appear at 4:30 pm - come early as the event is free and the line could be long!

Nora will appear on the Laura Flanders show. Saturday April 9th -- 9pm (we think) 1190 AM in New York - live streaming check the web! http://www.airamericaradio.com/

SATURDAY April 16th
Nora York with her amazing band
To CELEBRATE the April 5th release of her new CD WHAT I WANT
Her ArtistShare project site!
At JOES pub... performance starts at 7pm
SATURDAY April 16th
at Joe's Pub...The Public Theater.
475 Lafayette St.
Seating limited SPREAD THE WORD!!!!

Steve Tarshis, guitar -
Jamie Lawrence -- piano
Dave Hofstra , Bass --
Allison Miller -- Drums
Sherryl Marshall --voice
Claire Daly - Baritone Sax

MAY 19th & 20th

Celebrate India series
It is a work in progress with the dancer / choreographer
Rajika Puri
(The first public installment of work from the GOD project)
the love story of Radha and Krishna -- with American pop music of Marvin Gaye along with baptist hymns. Four excerpts from a work-in-progress. The piece juxtaposes the love of Krishna and Radha with Kali and otherdangerous manifestations of devi (goddess) as expressed in the epic Gita Govinda.

Longtime followers of improvising chanteuse Nora York are well aware of her penchant for sophisticated pop, even so, York's new CD, WHAT I WANT ( SayYES on ArtistShare ) might surprise devotees in the extent to which the singer follows her pop muse. Shrugging off genre boundaries, she presents a worldly, literate cycle of songs in which desire and redemption intertwine. Shorn of York's imposing stage manner, both canny originals and repurposed standards ("Stand By Your Man" "Ruby Tuesday") are called upon to stand on their own merit, and manage to do just that" --TIME OUT NEW YORK --Steve Smith -

PICK " Her stunning What I Want CD is a testament to the breadth of her talent. This town is full of talents due much wider recognition. None is more deserving than this tall and model thin singer-songwriter-truth teller. Grab this chance to drive yourself nuts trying to categorize the intrepid boite habitu?. Her new CD What I Want 's title tune is innovative and deserves airtime. Yeah, but on what format? Answer: on every format. She's sold across the board. You ain't seen nothing like what this long drink of water does with her eclectic bag of songs. If she sings an evergreen, she turns it a shade not known in nature. A must-catch!"
-- THE VILLAGE VOICE - David Finkle


10. Marcus Young, FF Alumn, at Offbeat Gallery, Minneapolis, thru April 9

Marcus Young presents his conceptual art in the form of rubber stamps in "Beyond Borders," a group show at Offbeat Gallery in Minneapolis. Poem-like text is made into stamps with revolving bands. Impractical, yet conceptually useful, these objects offer combinations of basic comments about life. The sometimes oppositional combinations exist equally in the symbolic space of the stamp. In one example, statements such as "War is moral" and "Peace is lonely" are as much a possibility as more comforting
thoughts such as "Peace is happy."



11. Jeff McMahon, FF Alumn, at Arizona State Univ., Tempe, April 14-23

JEFF MCMAHON will be presenting the final projects of his three MFA Performance students, during Arizona State University Theatre Department's New Works Festival. These performances cap a three-year course of study in a unique program which McMahon has directed for the past two years. Students were encouraged to think of performance in the broadest sense, encouraged to find theatrical form and content outside the usual parameters, and to think of themselves as performers, designers, writers, producers, teachers, and directors simultaneously. Performances include:
-Lindsey Harman's Portal of Entry, a theatrical deconstruction of the Phoenix's sex industry, told through the voices of prostituted women and their interviewer.
-John Tang's Cloud 8.99, one man's journey to find the meaning of life before his obsession takes him over the edge.
-Angela Giron's Letters from the State of Chihuahua, a field research based performance about the feminicidios (female murders) of young women in the state of Chihuahua Mexico over the past 14 years; an interpretation of machismo and its tragic consequences in borderland Mexico.

ASU's Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall on ASU's Tempe campus
7:30 p.m. - April 14, 20
9:00 p.m. - April 16
6:00 p.m. - April 23


12. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, upcoming events, starting TONITE

Two more performances in Brooklyn ..... with new collaborators
(and an exhibition just opened upstate)

Ken Butler Voices of Anxious Objects
Alisa - dance
Sam Schwartz - tuba
"hybridized world rhythms with mesmerizing interpretive danse and tuba"

Fridays: March 25th and April 8th 10pm $5

Spoken Words Cafe
226 4th Ave. Brooklyn
(Union and President)
R to Union (it's 15 ft away from the stop)
ChiefDayo (at the cafe) 718-596-3923

(and an exhibition upstate ........ if you are in the area)

Four Pianos and Some Strings: Works by Ken Butler
(over 50 hybrid instruments)
through April 23rd
Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects Trio
with Sepideh Vahidi - voice
Bill Buchen - tablas, percussion

Performance at the Dowd Theater
Saturday, April 23rd, 8pm (free)

Dowd Fine Arts Gallery
SUNY Cortland (about 4 hrs. north of NYC)
Cortland, NY
Telephone: (607) 753-4216


13. Kathy Westwater, FF Alumn, at the Joyce, Soho, April 8-10

Choreographer Kathy Westwater's first evening length work, "twisted, tack, broken," is a neo-romantic melodrama mining the dualities of cross species culture. Species endangerment, pet ownership, mythical dimorphism, fairy tales, bestiality websites, and the growing of human ears on the backs of mice mold Westwater's take on cross species culture. Three distinct scenes of the dance are delineated by sets of screens, each arranged to evoke spatial modes found in both natural and man-made environments. Caught in the whine of a commuter locomotive, the rhythm of air traffic control instructions, and the electronic screams of an unmanned space probe; digitally-warped sound samples of transit and transmission imagine a state of being that is perpetually in-between. Bodies hurl, spasm, fragment, and stumble toward cohesion, conveying both a physical and metaphysical journey of relationship and conflict. With an enigmatic, Stanley Kubrick filmic tension among characters, space, and time, Westwater distills the dynamics of fear/aggression, domination/submission, and love/hate.

Choreography by Kathy Westwater; Performance by Abby Block and Laura Manzella; Music by Peter Kirn; Set Design by Seung Jae Lee and Tim Schollaert; Set Construction by Jim Heater; Costumes by Rebecca Davis; Lights by Aaron Copp; and Dramaturgy by Clarinda Mac Low

Joyce SoHo April 8-10, 2005 at 8pm
155 Mercer Street (Houston and Prince)


$15 Admission April 9 & 10, $12 Students and Seniors
$50 April 8 Opening night benefit performance and party
Reservations (212) 334-7479

Seating is very limited

"Westwater reminds us that we are irrevocably connected, not merely
biologically but also psychologically, to that original ooze and the blunt impulses
that lay within it." Tobi Tobias, The Village Voice

Kathy Westwater creates art in the human body. Her "Dark Matter, Part 1:
Frontier & Part 2: Dynasty" premiered in the inaugural season of the Dance Theater
Workshop Doris Duke Performance Center in 2002. "Dark Matter, Part 3:
Bedrock" premiered a year later at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. As a 1998 Movement Research artist-in-residence, she created both live and virtual presentations of "The Fortune Cookie Dance." Her CD ROM "The Fortune Cookie Dance" is housed in the Franklin Furnace Archive and the Walker Arts Center Mediatheque Archive. In 2001 she received an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied with Sara Rudner, Dan Hurlin, and Dana Reitz; and where she currently teaches improvisation and composition. From 1991-1999 she performed in the multidisciplinary works of Bessie Award winning Choreographer Merián Soto and MacArthur Award winning Visual Artist Pepón Osorio with their South Bronx-based company Pepatian.


14. Rae C. Wright, FF Alumn, at the Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY, March 31-April 2

Rae C Wright performs at the KITCHEN THEATRE in Ithaca, NY. "She's Just Away!"

"Odd, funny, things happen to odd, funny, people, and Rae C Wright's journey-to-death's-door with her mum is one of those ..."

"Brilliant... hilarious... haunting" the Village Voice

"Raucously funny, devastating" Newsday

"[She] sheds light and laughter..." Paper

opens Thursday, March 31st.
three nights, March 31 - April 2

contact: http://www.kitchentheatre.org/
tickets 607-273-4497


15. American Museum of Natural History - Art/Science Collision, March 31, 7 pm

Cabinets, Curiosities, and Collections:
Revealing the Museum's Stored Treasures
Thursday, March 31
7:00 p.m.
Linder Theater, first floor @ The American Museum of Natural History

Using a vintage large-format camera, Museum artist-in-residence Justine Cooper photographed the hidden spaces and collections of every department of the Museum. This intriguing series of images, presented as a narrated slide show, captures the evolution of over a century of collecting. Curator Rob DeSalle will join Cooper to discuss the Museum's state-of-the-art frozen tissue collection and the 21st-century approach to collecting.

For artists discount, email charnov@amnh.org

Kathy Brew
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West @ 79th Street
New York, New York 10024-5192



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