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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
May 3, 2005


1. Judith Hoffberg, FF Alumn, at Rutgers, Camden, NJ, thru May 28
2. Elizabeth Zimmer at PS 122, May 12-15
3. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, curates show at Idaho Center for the Book, thru June 1
4. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Whanki Museum, Seoul, and much more
5. Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Joseph Kosuth, Warren Neidich, FF Alumns, at Neuroaesthetics Conference, UK
6. Devora Neumark, William Pope.L, FF ALumns, in Montreal, thru June 5
7. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at the New School, May 5, 6:30 pm
8. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, May 11
9. Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumn, at PS 122, opening May 7, 4 pm
10. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Le Petit Versailles, NY, May 7,8
11. Jed Speare, FF Alumn, in Poland, May 9-15
12. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, nominated for NY Drama Desk Award
13. Miriam Sharon, FF Alumn, announces new online art project
14. Sue De Beer, FF Alumn, at NYU, opening May 6
15. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, at Provisions Library, Washington DC, opens May 6
16. Stephanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at MARTa Herford, Germany, opening May 7

1. Judith Hoffberg, FF Alumn, at Rutgers, Camden, NJ, thru May 28

Women of the Book: Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes, curated by Judith A. Hoffberg, is now at Rutgers/Camden, Stedman Gallery, through 28 May. 10 - 4 p.m. Monday - Saturday with an additional 15 May opening from 12 - 4 p.m. Information 856.225.6350.

Direction from http://rcca.camden.rutgers.edu On weekends, free parking is available in Rutgers University Lot 14 on Third Street.


2. Elizabeth Zimmer at PS 122, May 12-15

this is just to say that I will be dancing (and speaking Old English, from THE DREAM OF THE ROOD) in Christopher Williams's new work, URSULA AND THE 11,000 VIRGINS, coming to P.S. 122 150 First Avenue May 12-15.(212-477-5288)--it's the second half of a "New Stuff" program. Also in the cast are Wendy Perron, Vicky Shick, Nami Yamamoto, Janet Charleston, Jennifer Lafferty, Kindra Windish, Deana Acheson, Beth Simons, Hallie Glickman-Hoch (who is 15) and Derry Swan. And special guests. Music by Peter Kirn will be performed live by two members of the Anonymous 4, and played on Viol de Gamba and Viola. Should be quite something. It would be lovely to see you there. yours,
Elizabeth Zimmer


3. Tom Trusky, FF Alumn, curates show at Idaho Center for the Book, thru June 1

The Idaho Center for the Book will bring a traveling exhibition of James Castle works to the Boise State University Student Union Gallery, beginning with a reception from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. April 29 at the gallery. The exhibition will continue until June 1 and is curated by Tom Trusky. This exhibit features rare, early Castle works discovered in a Garden Valley icehouse. The display also will include additional art works and visual narratives that were recently discovered in Caldwell, Idaho. The owners of the Early Attic, an Idaho City antiques store, bought the works for $10 at an estate auction. These visual narratives have been "translated" for the first time. The show has been previously displayed in New York City, Chicago, Canada and England.

James Castle was an autistic, self-taught artist and bookmaker. He was born in Garden Valley in 1899 and was thought to be deaf, mute, illiterate and mentally challenged. He produced thousands of drawings and illustrations during his life, using tools that he fashioned himself. He died in Boise in 1977.

Contact: Catherine Allen, Student Activities, (208) 426-1223,
Media contact: Julie Hahn, University Relations, (208) 426-5540,


4. Robbin Ami Silverberg, FF Alumn, at Whanki Museum, Seoul, and much more

I will have a large exhibition of my artist books (circa 40) at the Whanki Museum, Seoul, Korea, opening July 1 through August 29, 2005. www.whankimuseum.org
Whanki Museum
210-8, Buam-Dong, Jongno-Gu,
Seoul, South of Korea 110-817

Other shows:

Waldsee 1944 a 'postcard' exhibition on the Hungarian Shoah -- curated by Andras Borocz, Laszlo Borocz and myself-- will be traveling to the Hungarian Cultural Institute, Berlin May 18 - July 3 and then, Hebrew Union College Museum, July 14 - Aug 15, 2006

I will have a paper installation in "The Missing Link: Public Understanding in Science & Art" a group exhibition of German & American artists along with scientists at the Charité - the Museum of the History of Medicine in Berlin, June 30 - Sept 4., 2005.

I will have 3 artist books in "book", an exhibition in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, opening on May 6th and up for 10 months.

One of my artist books was accepted for the Fifth International Paper Triennial at the Musée du Pays et Vals de Charmey, Switzerland, June 12 - Sept 4, 2005.

One artist book will be in the "30th Anniversary Exhibition of the Center for Book Arts", New York City, opening April 15 to July 1, 2005.

Two Artist books will be exhibited in "Honoring the Book – Biblioteka Alexandria Re-visited" at the Borofsky Gallery in Philadelphia, May 5 - Aug. 14, 2005.

I have 3 artist books in Judith Hoffberg's "Women of the Book" at Rutgers University Gallery in Camden, NJ, March 28 - May 28, 2005.


5. Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Joseph Kosuth, Warren Neidich, FF Alumns, at Neuroaesthetics Conference, UK

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to let you all know about the Neuroaesthetics Conference
that I am helping to organize at Goldsmiths. Best Wishes, Warren


Organized by Warren Neidich, ACE-AHRB Fellow, Goldsmiths College with assistance from Charlie Gere, Institute for Cultural Research, Lancaster University.

9:30 am-7:00 pm daily

Art is increasingly bound up with knowledge production and information distribution. As of this trend, artists have begun to investigate the brain and Neuroaesthetics is a means by which they are accomplishing it. Neuroaesthetics is a dynamic process through which the questions of neuroscience are made "ready-mades". Concepts such as sensation, perception, memory and recently networks, plasticity and sampling operate within philosophical, cultural, sociological, psychological,historical and economic milieu and are concurrently inciting artistic experimentation. Neuroaesthetics describes new conditions for the production of a new population of objects, object relations and non-objects which in the end can be differentially sampled by the plastic brain providing a means by which culture may play a role in sculpting neural networks. As such the importance of art in the larger bio-political contexts should not be overlooked.Goldsmiths College and the Arts Council of England have assembled a distinguished group of artists, curators, scientists and philosophers to explore the following topics: 1. How curators explore notions of the Neuro-Sensorial-Cognitive. 2. How new optical technologies create altered subjectivity. 3. The meaning of the term "The Cultured Brain". 4. The brain as the new site of bio-political interactions. 5. How drugs and altered states of consciousness influenced Minimalism and Post-Minimalism. 6. How notions of Brain influence Architectural forms and processes. 7. Art praxis and artist Interventions in the late twentieth Century.

Plenary Speakers will include:

Paul Bach-y-Rita, M.D, Professor,University of Wisconsin, Madison;
Diedrich Diederichsen, Contributor,Texte zur Kunst;
Olafur Eliasson, Artist, Berlin;
Joseph Kosuth, Artist, New York/Rome;
Brian Massumi, Professor, University de Montréal, Montreal;
Paul Miller a.k.a. D.J. Spooky, Artist, New York City;
Marcos Novak, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara;
Barbara Maria Stafford, Professor, University of Chicago, Chicago.

Respondents include:

John Armleder, artist, Geneva;
Armen Avansien, Researcher, Freie University Berlin;
Lionel Bovier, Publisher, JRP Ringier, Zurich;
Jules Davidoff, Professor, Goldsmiths College;
Kodwo Eshun, Lecturer, Goldsmiths College London;
Daniel Glaser, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London;
Margarita Gluzberg artist, London;
John Gruzelier, Professor, School of Medicine, Imperial College London;
Deborah Hauptmann, Associate Professor,Technical University Delft, Holland;
Scott Lash, Director, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College;
Bo Lotto, Lecturer, University College London;
Johannes Menzel, Senior Publishing Editor Neuroscience,Elsevier Press;
Isabelle Moffat, Independent Critic, London;
John Onians, Director of the World Art, University of East Anglia;
Andrew Patrizio, Professor, Edinburgh College of Art Edinburgh;
Philippe Rahm, Architect, Principal Décosterd & Rahm Associates, Lauzanne;
Andreas Roepstorff, Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark;
Israel Rosenfeld, Professor, City University of New York, New York City;
Lucy Steeds, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College;
Chloe Vaitsou, Independent Curator, Low Fi Collective London;
Martina Wicklein, Research Fellow, Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London;
Charles Wolfe, Boston University and Co-editor Multitudes, Paris.

To register please contact Theresa Mikuria, conference administrator at
Information can also be found at
http://www.goldsmiths.ac.uk or www.artbrain.org
Registration fee:25 £.


6. Devora Neumark, William Pope.L, FF ALumns, in Montreal, thru June 5

5170, ch. de la Côte-Ste-Catherine, Montréal (Québec) Canada H3W 1M7
(514) 739-2301  www.saidyebronfman.org, Metro Côte-Ste-Catherine



April 28th to June 5th, 2005

The community-based exhibition project, Décarie, consists of seven artist commissions exploring themes and issues connected to the neighbourhoods around the Saidye Bronfman Centre.

Questions ? Susannah Wesley (514) 739-2301 x 339

Devora Neumark's work home is where the walls speak in familiar ways is an audio and performative intervention, inspired by conversations with the residents and staff of Feldman’s Foster Home, explores what home means amongst those of us who live in the margins of the Montreal Jewish Community.


7. Coco Fusco, FF Alumn, at the New School, May 5, 6:30 pm


A Panel and Discussion on Contemporary Art and Audience Relations, featuring

Claire Bishop
Coco Fusco
Alan Gilbert
Grant Kester
and Vera List Center Fellow Walid Raad

Thursday, May 5, 2005, 6:30 PM

The New School
Wollman Hall
66 West 12th Street , 4th floor
New York City

Admission: $8, free for students

The past decade has seen artists, critics, and scholars significantly rethink interactive relationships between artworks and audiences. One prominent version of this interactivity is known as "relational aesthetics," a theory attributed to French curator and critic Nicolas Bourriaud. The phrase has come to designate a particular connection between the form, experience, and meaning of the work of art and its intended or imagined audience. Other critics have described this type of relationship as dialogical. Understood as collaborative, reciprocating, frequently site-specific, and usually transient, relational and dialogical art practices take as their conceptual horizon the realms of exchange between artist, artwork, and audience.

This panel will address current dominant approaches to an aesthetics and politics of relation. Featuring presentations by Claire Bishop, Coco Fusco, and Grant Kester, followed by a conversation with Alan Gilbert and 2004/05 Vera List Center Fellow Walid Raad, the panel will focus on topics such as the limits and possibilities of interactive relations, and the various institutional and cultural contexts for these relations.

For ticket information and reservations, please email specialprograms@newschool.edu or call (212) 229-5353.

Established in 1992 by a grant from the late Vera List, a life trustee of New School University, The Vera List Center for Art and Politics explores the role of the arts in developing a civic culture of pluralism in the United States. In public lectures and symposia, through research activities and publications, and in programs associated with the University's art collection, a wide array of visual and performance artists, scholars, curators, and political leaders come together to investigate the intersection of art and politics.

During the year 2004-05, the Center's programming includes an interdisciplinary exploration of the theme of "homeland." For a current listing of programs, please visit www.nsu.newschool.edu/vlc.


8. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, May 11

Another gig with my band (with amazing guests!)

Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects
KB: hybrid strings, vibraband
Matt Darriau: (reeds), gaida, kaval, alto, clarinet, flutes
Stomu Takeishi: fretless elec. bass
Seido Salifoski: dumbek, tapan, percussion

Guest Persian vocalist:  Haale  www.haale.com
Guest dancer: Alisa

"hybridized world rhythms on instruments made from tools and household objects"

Wed. May 11 th (10-ish) 1 long set
ZEBULON ( no cover or minimum)
258 Wythe Ave.
(Metropolitan & N.3rd) Williamsburg, Brooklyn



9. Chrysanne Stathacos, FF Alumn, at PS 122, opening May 7, 4 pm

CHRYSANNE STATHACOS Another Chance: a temporal art installation

VENUE: PS122 Gallery at 150 First Avenue, New York, NY 10009
DATES: May 7- June 17, 2005
RECEPTION: Saturday May 7th, 4:00 PM
HOURS: Thursday - Saturday 12:00-6:00 PM
and by appointment call 212-219-1820

A conversation with the artist and curator Amy Lipton, of Ecoartspace, New York and Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, will be held on Saturday May 7, at 4:00 pm.
A closing performance by Chrysanne Stathacos will be held on Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m.

Another Chance
(aka Tower of Babel) is a temporal art installation made from roses. The installation also includes a 24-foot-long photo-montage depicting wishing rituals from around the world that reflect the ephemerality of change in nature. After plucking apart dozens of roses petal by petal, Stathacos composes room-sized circular petal mandalas which decay and shrink over time. The installation concludes with a sweeping performance whereby the artist gathers up and throws the mandala petals to the winds. Chrysanne Stathacos' installations, photographs, public artworks and performances cross cultural boundaries to connect the parallels between ritual ceremonies and contemporary installation and performance art practices.

Stathacos’ recent solo exhibitions include, another chance, Nature Morte, New Delhi, India; biCHANCE at Participant Inc., New York, and Cross Your Fingers, Project fur Kunst und Kultur, Frankfurt, Germany. Recent group exhibitions include Trouble in Paradise, Abington Art Center Philadelphia, PA; Face Value; Plastic Surgery and Transformation Art, New York Academy of Science; The Invisible Thread, The Buddhism Project, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and The Spiritual in Photography, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

For further information contact: Susan Schreiber at PS122 Gallery, 212 228-424

This exhibition has been funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Friends of PS 122 Gallery and the Puffin Foundation.


10. Barbara Hammer, FF Alumn, at Le Petit Versailles, NY, May 7,8

May 7 & 8 Saturday / Sunday is the opening weekend of our season at Le Petit Versailles.
We invite you to join us for Exquisite Corpse produced by Rachel Cornish,
Readings with Shelley Marlow & Rachel Levitsky,
In-person presentation of History Lessons with Barbara Hammer,
Screenings celebrating Global Super 8 Day - 40th anniversary of Super 8mm film and much more.
The garden will open at 6pm both days. Visit our website for more details! http://www.alliedproductions.org

Our zine PLOT is now available at Printed Matter, the world's greatest source for artists' publications. We are also pleased to announce support from The Trust for Public Land and a Citizens for NYC Wachovia Better Neighbourhood grant.

See you soon!


11. Jed Speare, FF Alumn, in Poland, May 9-15

Jed Speare, FF Alumn, is an artist participant in the international performance art festival, Interakcje 7, in Piotrkow-Trybunalski, Poland, May 9-15. For more information about this event see http://interactions.wizya.net/


12. Tim Miller, FF Alumn, nominated for NY Drama Desk Award


Hi Folks!

Hello again from London. I was woken up early over the weekend by the excited Drill Hall Theatre folks where I am performing in London cuz my show Us got nominated for NY Drama Desk Award for best solo performancefor its run at PS 122 in the Fall. This is nice news. Yippee! Me and Dame Edna and Jackie Mason and Billy Crystal. Very cheery. Nice for me and PS 122!

Having a great run with US here in London. Here's Guardian review from London run. Seeya soon

Best, Tim Miller


by Tim Miller
Drill Hall, London
Lyn Gardner
Thursday April 28, 2005
The Guardian

Forget the history books, according to American performance artist Tim Miller; what we really need if we are to understand US history is a thorough knowledge of the Broadway musical. "Who needs Marx and Engels when we have Rodgers and Hammerstein," suggests Miller, who points out that The Sound of Music offers the defeat of fascism through "festive song and dance" and that South Pacific was banned in many Southern states for its portrait of inter-racial relationships.

The playwright Tony Kushner summed up Miller well when he wrote: "Tim sings the song of the self which interrogates, with exploding and subversive joy and freedom, the constitution and the borderlines of selfhood." US is a case in point. It is a goodbye letter - angry, sorrowful, and resentful - to the country that raised Miller and now rejects him because it does not recognise same-sex marriage: Alistair's work permit has run out and he must leave America.

Miller has made an art of his life, and he continues to do so here in a show that is rough and raw, as inconsistent and uneven as life itself, and entirely without artifice. There are no fictions here; no made-up dramas of lives torn apart, because it really is happening. Don't expect Ethel Merman or firework theatrics. Miller doesn't mention La Cage Aux Folles and the defiant gay anthem, I Am What I Am. That's because US just is what it is.

Until May 8. Box office: 020-7307 5060.


13. Miriam Sharon, FF Alumn, announces new online art project

" 60 Years To End Of War" We Are Happy To Introduce To You Our Last Art Project Liberation; A Sheridan Art Project http://www.msamuseum.com/EXHIBITIONS.html - for more info. please contact Miriam Sharon on website (guestbook) - M.S. has realized more than 40 Art Projects & Eco/Com/Sys., since 1973 - outside Art Market...."


14. Sue De Beer, FF Alumn, at NYU, opening May 6

NYU brings work by 100 young artists to East Village in Storefront/Forefront, May 6-14
Storefront/Forefront will fill an unrenovated commercial storefront with works by over a hundred undergraduate and graduate students in NYU Steinhardt's Department of Art and Art Professions – from studio artists with international exhibition experience, to art educators working with incarcerated girls to express themselves through art.

The exhibition, designed by studio art faculty Carol Bove, Jesse Bransford, David Rimanelli, Keith Mayerson, Sue DeBeer, Nancy Barton, Chuck Agro, Gerry Pryor, and Mark Johnson, references the legacy and the vibrant history of the East Village art scene of the 1980's, which brought installations by a host of artists into warehouses and storefronts, becoming a worldwide symbol of art that moves beyond galleries and museums and into the streets.

WHAT: Storefront/Forefront
An exhibition featuring NYU student works in a range of media - from video, paintings, performances, sculptures, and photographs, to collaborative installations, and projects by educators and therapists - will fill thousands of square feet, fusing high art with community art, reconsidering the relationship of expression and commerce.

WHEN: MAY 6-14, 2005

Opening Celebration: Friday, May 6 from 6:00 PM  until Midnight
7-May: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
8-May: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
9-May: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
10-May: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
11-May: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
12-May: 2:00 - 6:00 PM
13-May: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
14-May: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public.
WHERE: 20 East 4th Street, and Lafayette, New York City
For more information contact Tammy Brown, NYU Steinhardt Art and Art Professions, 212.998.5799. Media should contact Jennifer Zwiebel, NYU Steinhardt Public Affairs, 212.998.6797. The Department of Art and Art Professions, in New York University’s, Steinhardt School brings together practicing artists, educators, and art professionals in a multidisciplinary community devoted to visionary practice and intellectual exchange.


15. Mike Asente, FF Alumn, at Provisions Library, Washington DC, opens May 6

Mike Asente , FF Alumn, at Provisions Library, Washington, DC, ON THE SUBJECT OF WAR, Travels from Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Opening: May 6th thru June 26th
May 7-June 26, 2005
Opening Reception May 6, 6pm

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Susan Sontag, a gifted writer and thinker. Her absence from this world will be sorely missed. In her book, “Regarding the Pain of Others” she writes eloquently of the dilemma of recording in pictures the atrocities and absurdity of war. This exhibition is a visual artist’s curation of imagery made by other artists about war.
Curator: Kathleen Gilrain, Executive Director, Smack Mellon Gallery
Featuring the work of:
Bobby Neal Adams, Mike Asente, Barnstormers, Nina Berman, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Ron Haviv, Susan Meiselas, Eve Sussman, Sarah Trigg and photographs by anonymous WWII photographers from the collection of Edward C. Graves.

Provisions Library Location:1611 Connecticut Ave, NW-Suite 200 Washington , DC 20009 202-299-0460


16. Stephanie Trojan, FF Alumn, at MARTa Herford, Germany, opening May 7

MARTa Herford:
The great Opening Weekend

Opening 7 and 8 May 2005

Herford Town Council and MKK gGmbH extend an invitation to attend the inauguration of MARTa Herford and the large exhibition “(my private) HEROES”.

"(my private) HEROES"

7 May - 14 August 2005

Artists, Heroes and Stars

The depiction of heroic individuals is one of art’s great themes. Today, yesterday’s gods are tomorrow’s media stars. This exhibition tells of heroes and the images of them in art stretching from the 19th century until the present day. In the 20th century, artists continuously rediscovered heroic modes of expression – sometimes self-mockingly, such as Martin Kippenberger and Andy Warhol, and sometimes with a tragic, existential flavour, such as Jean Fautrier, Joseph Beuys and Wols.

(my private) HEROES deliberately avoids attempting to present unambiguous definitions of the heroic. Instead, it presents a much wider approach to themes such as idol and star, perpetrator and victim, and wounds and martyrdom. Today’s heroes are not so much saints and prophets as people and artists.
The exhibition calls into question the very nature of the hero. It investigates the ways in which artists nowadays portray themselves and work.

The artist-heroes and media stars on show in this exhibition make up a subjective selection. The heroes of the 20th century are no longer just the great charismatic leaders, the movers and shakers, but also the antiheroes: (anonymous) victims and even perpetrators, often posthumously turned into heroes by their followers.

Heroes – like art itself – live from the enthusiastic admiration of their beholders. By opening up his personal chamber of curiosities, Jan Hoet will be allowing a view of his own private world of heroes.
Concept and artistic direction: Jan Hoet
Curators: Véronique Souben, Dr. Michael Kröger

7 May 2005, Program

Erick Beltrán
Art intervention in Herford

The medium chosen by mexican artist Erick Beltrán for his art intervention is the poster combined with the impact of the written word. His intervention in the urban setting is an engineered situation that needs to be seen. For his action in Ghent, he selected the word ‘doubt’.

12 noon – 5pm: Performance
Stefanie Trojan „palpabile“

In her performance “palpable”, German artist Stefanie Trojan will be questioning human habits and social behaviour patterns. Lobby MARTa Herford



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