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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
July 12, 2005


1. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at MoCCA, NY, July 18, 2005, 6:30
2. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at New Langton Arts, SF, July 19, 8 pm
3. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at EuroArt Live, London, July 16, 2pm
4. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at 59 Franklin St., NY, July 13, 8 pm
5. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, at Collapsible Hole, Brooklyn, July 23, 24, 8 pm
6. Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, at Eyebeam, July 15
7. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, interview published by the University of Montreal Press
8. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at 40 Worth, NYC, July 15
9. Penny Arcade, Jack Waters, in Outfest at Directors Guild, LA, July 14, 7 pm
10. Ron Athey, FF Alumn, at Redcat, LA, July 13-16
11. Mitzi Humphrey, Stephanie Brody Lederman, Lucy Lippard FF Alumns, at art6 Gallery, VA, thru July 31, 2005
12. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Aug. 3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


1. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at MoCCA, NY, July 18, 2005, 6:30

Here is information about an upcoming FREE event to be held at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art as part of our ongoing "MoCCA Monday" program. In each case, the gallery will remain open for up to an hour after the conclusion of the program so that visitors may view the museum's current exhibit "Will Eisner: A Retrospective (on view thru Sept. 19, 2005)

MoCCA Monday: "Masterpiece Comics" slide show lecture by R. Sikoryak

Monday, July 18 th 6:30pm start
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
This program is made possible through the support of the New York City Council for the Humanities’ “Speakers in the Humanities” program.
www.moccany.org or 212-254-3511

Cartoonist R. Sikoryak presents an entertaining slide show lecture revealing how “high art” literature collides with “low art” comic strips as cartoonists adapt (and plunder) classic novels and plays, in comics as varied as Classics Illustrated, Picture Stories from the Bible, Mad, and R. Crumb’s Kafka.

Sikoryak discusses the history of these reinterpretations, with 150 images from over eighty years of comic books and strips. They are by turns respectful, hilarious, and revelatory. This program is made possible through the support of the New York City Council for the Humanities’ “Speakers in the Humanities” program.
How to get to MoCCA:
594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince)
Suite 401 (Fourth Floor)
New York City
Tel: 212 254 3511
Fax: 212 254 3590
Take B, D, F, V or 6 to B'way-Lafayette Street
Take N, R to Prince Street
MoCCA's hours are Friday through Monday - 12pm till 5pm and by appointment at other times.


2. Nao Bustamante, FF Alumn, at New Langton Arts, SF, July 19, 8 pm

Back to Life
Let Me
Tuesday July 19, 8 pm
Tickets $8/$6 Langton members, students, seniors

JAMES BEWLEY and NAO BUSTAMANTE, longtime Bay Area performance artists, present two new works which explore the darker sides of role-playing, storytelling and dashed dreams. For "Let Me," Bustamante uses video, karaoke, costume, fairy tales and her own “evil voice” to challenge the conventions of the “hero” figure in performance. Bewley’s alter-ego Dale (formerly of the Man/Woman Show) is the protagonist of "Back to Life," a tragicomic performance incorporating songs of redemption from America’s heartland. More info:


3. David Medalla, FF Alumn, at EuroArt Live, London, July 16, 2pm

David Medalla, FF Alumn, will perform on Saturday, July 16, 2005, at 2 p.m., during the 1st EuroArt Live Festival on the stage at Unit 22F, 784/788 High Road, Tottenham, London N7 0DA, England. The 1st EuroArt Live Festival is organised by English artist Lorraine Clarke and Jamaican artist Nigel Young. The festival will feature live art events, poetry, music and dance.

David Medalla's performance is the latest in his series of impromptus and performance art works, collectively entitled "Aerial Surfing Through Labyrinths of Light". Recent works in this on-going series are the performance entitled "Jusq'au bout du monde", which  David Medalla presented at the opening of the exhibition "Les Merveilles du Monde" curated by Peter Fillingham at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dunkerque in France, and several imppromptus dedicated to the memory of Albert Einstein, including "A Game of Dice" (which David Medalla performed at Museum Man in Liverpool), "Professor Einstein  Descending the Grand Staircase at Humboldt University in Berlin" (created in collaboration with Australian artist Adam Nankervis), and "The Einstein Rap", which David Medalla performed with young break-dancers at the Einstein Turn (designed by Felix Mendelsohn) in Potsdam, Germany, in spring this year.

David Medalla's coming performance at the 1st EuroArt Live Festival was inspired by a dream which the Filipino artist had recently, about voyaging with his lovers in  galactic space and encountering the Asteroid named in honor of the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova. It is an enchanting dream, and, doubtless, David Medalla will enchant the audience at the EuroArt Live Festival,as he has done in all his beautiful performances.

For more information about the 1st EuroArt Live Festival, please log in the internet into the websites: info@euroart.co.uk and www.euroart.co.uk

For photos of some of David Medalla's performances, please log in the internet into these two websites: www.londonbiennale.org and www.museumman.org

David Medalla is the founder and director of the London Biennale, the first do-it-yourself biennial of modern international art.

A photograph of David Medalla's celebrated bubble-machines, "Cloud Canyons", the first works of auto-creative art, appears in the book "Art Since 1900" by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Benjamin Buchloh and Yve-Alain Bois, published recently by Thames & Hudson, London.


4. Irina Danilova, FF Alumn, at 59 Franklin St., NY, July 13, 8 pm

is pleased to announce the inaugural screening of the 59 Second International Film/Video Festival at 59 Franklin Street 2nd Floor, Tribeca, NYC, on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 at 8pm

Featuring: Lora Alaniz, Victor Barbieri, Sofia Bustorff, Lloyd Blander/Aaron Krach, Brida, Mauro Ceolin, Yu-Chen Chiu, Cinzia Cremona, Andrã Gonsãlves, Jennifer Beth Guerin, Are Hauffen, Dubi Kaufmann, Diana Kingsley, Radim Labuda, David Lachman, Katherine Liberovskaya, Lulu Lolo, Catherine Macgregor, John H. Malone, Antonio Della Marina, Erik Moskowitz, Jeremy Newman, Frank Oudeman, Szacsva Y Pal, Gruppo Sinestetico, Norm Scott, Michael Szpakowski, Julia Tell, Akiko & Masako Takada, Mark Ther/Andy Brody, Fereshteh Toosi, Jenny Vogel, Randall Wakerlin, Mikkel Wettre, Alessandra Zucchi, Lisa Wigren/Jacqueline Forzelius, Brooks Williams, Darya Zhuk

Screening is Free

Due to limited space, we are compiling a list and requesting a reservation at irinadanilova@earthlink.net by Monday, July 11, with RSVP in the subject line.

Another screening at 9:30 might be scheduled if necessary. List will be compiled on first come first served bases. Invitation card is attached

More information about this festival and an open call for the next screening at


Program for July 13th screening will be posted on web site by July 13th.


5. Aaron Landsman, FF Alumn, at Collapsible Hole, Brooklyn, July 23, 24, 8 pm

I am hoping you can come see a version of a new monologue I’m working on. It features a live videotaped confession by a sympathetic stalker who falls in love with a newly engaged couple at Uncle Nick’s. Hijinks ensue. Expertly spoken by David Brooks (not the NY Times columnist). The artists usually known as T. Griffin Coraline will mix sounds in the moment. -Aaron

Love Story (in-progress)
written and directed by Aaron Landsman
performed by David Brooks
original sound mixed live by Todd Griffin and Catherine McRae
Assistant Director: Laryssa Husiak
Technical Consultant: Mr. John Collins

Reservations: 718-302-5552 or aaron@thinaar.com

Saturday ‘n’ Sunday
July 23-24
8:00 PM
45 minutes
Collapsible Hole
146 Metropolitan Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York
(L train to Bedford Ave.
Out of the subway, left on Bedford
Several Blocks then Right on Metropolitan
Three blocks. On your left.)


6. Beatriz da Costa, Jamie Schulte, Brooke Singer, FF Alumns, at Eyebeam, July 15

Zapped! Workshop - July 15, 2005 - 6:30 - 9:00pm at Eyebeam, NYC
By Preemptive Media (Beatriz da Costa, Heidi Kumao, Jamie Schulte and
Brooke Singer)

You may have heard the term RFID and possibly even brought one home unknowingly. But what exactly is a Radio Frequency Identification tag? Why are Wal-Mart, the Department of Defense and the Food & Drug Administration sinking big bucks into these little chips and paving the way for mass implementation? After a brief overview of the technology and its potential impact on our lives, each participant will receive a Zapped! RFID Kit complete with a colorful workbook and materials for the hands-on portion of the workshop. Preemptive Media will guide the group through building an RFID keychain detector that plays a jingle when a reader is within range and scanning the airwaves for data. Participants can program tags that "talk back" to a RFID reader uncovered by a Zapped! keychain. www.zapped-it.net.

Registration fee is $25 general public, $20 for Eyebeam members.
Sign up: http://www.eyebeam.org/learning/workshops.php


7. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, interview published by the University of Montreal Press

A book of collected essays with DVD, ART AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES, edited by Louise Poissant and Ernestine Daubner,has just been published by the University of Montreal Press. It includes an interview by Ernestine Daubner with Sonya Rapoport, entitled From Alchemy to Bioweb: Metaphors of Transmutation and Redemption,

The book consists of articles by a number of internationally recognized artists and critics on issues raised by advances in biotechnology, and on their representations in works of art that both affirm and challenge the impact of science on human and social values.


8. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, at 40 Worth, NYC, July 15

Dear Friends, I'll be participating in an Open Studio event at 40 Worth Street this coming Friday. To everyone in New York: please come! Apologies for the short notice. If you plan to attend, please let me know SOON, as I must provide a guest list, for security reasons. Hope to see you - this residency has meant a lot to me - photo based drawings have been my main thing there. The attached image was made at the 40 Worth studio.
Cordially, Deborah

Subway: Take the 1 or 9 to Franklin St., walk 1 block south to Worth St. 40
Worth is between West Broadway and Church Streets.
OR, the 6 to Canal is convenient; walk south to Worth, and west to Church,
further west to 40 Worth.
OR, the A, E, and C lines stop at Canal; walk south on Church to Worth, then
west to 40 Worth.


9. Penny Arcade, Jack Waters, in Outfest at Directors Guild, LA, July 14, 7 pm

After 2 decades of political correctness some of the most astute and outspoken culture makers speak out from downton NY's gay fringe QUEER REALITIES AND CULTURAL AMNESIA With Robert Beers, Gary Indiana, Betty Dodson, Taylor Mead, Sarah Schulman, Jayne County, Holly Woodlawn, Penny Arcade Jack Waters and others.

Directed by Penny Arcade, Steve Zehentner, and Anna Margarita Albelo
Original music chris Rael

thursday July 14th 7pm
Directors Guild Of America
7920 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood , between Crecent Heighs and Fairfax

Parking Recommendations
beneath the complex- enter from Hayworth
St Ambrose Church $5 South east corner of Fairfax and Fountin with free shuttle bus


10. Ron Athey, FF Alumn, at Redcat, LA, July 13-16

Dearest friends, I'm writing to give you an update on the status of the performative opera The Judas Cradle, that Juliana Snapper and I have been developing for the last year. We are now working with a brilliant electronic musician and trumpet player, Amanda Piasecki, who we just returned from a strenuous 7 week tour of Ireland and UK with. I wanted to let you know about our upcoming July performances at REDCAT, we look forward to premiering this work in the U.S. As this is the first large production I've done in Los Angeles since 1994! and I'm excited OUTFEST and REDCAT are co-producing this event in order to make it happen. There's ticket information on the redcat site: http://redcatweb.net/ and more info at bottom of the press release below. July 13-16: In order to fill 4 nights, I need help promoting, please feel free to forward info on this performance to anyone who might be interested!

Finally, for the Afterparty on Opening Night, my dear comradess Vaginal Davis will be hosting with a special performance from her Vanessa Beecroft series, "V.D. is V.B.: Black and White Men & Women Together Forever," and Amanda Piasecki will present a cradle cake performance. If you are not coming to the performance that night but want to come to the party just send me an email.
Hope to see you soon, Ron

Opera Meets Performance Art in The Judas Cradle -- Four Performances Only!

Ron Athey, joined by Juliana Snapper, performs in Los Angeles for the first time in 10 years

Los Angeles -- REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, and Outfest 2005: The 23rd Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival will copresent the U.S. premiere of The Judas Cradle, a special live performance that features legendary performance artist Ron Athey and soprano/musicologist Juliana Snapper. This multimedia operatic drama uses body and voice, as well as projected image and elaborate costumes, to explore the history of torture and personal suffering. The limited engagement is July 13-16, beginning each evening at 8:30 p.m. The four performances are part of the Platinum Section of Outfest 2005, a signature showcase dedicated to films, videos, live performances and multimedia works that defy boundaries.

The Judas Cradle can only be described as a visually stunning piece of work, which moves the senses and disturbs the intellect. It invites the audience to question the very nature of the human condition, the authority that is in operation to judge and control us and how, as humans, we are so capable of subverting this.” (Giovanna Maria Casetta, Colchester Journal)

Athey performs with a barbaric torture device, also named the Judas cradle, while undergoing an operatic inquisition from Snapper. Forcing his body to transcend its confines, Athey pushes the limits of endurance through artistic expression.

“Athey’s voice spins around my taut string, greasing it up, defining its space and pulling light in,” says Snapper. “Our trilling, nuzzling, beating phonography is a struggle between one body disciplined and one body stretching to capacity.”

The multilingual libretto is built from disparate sources, including transcripts of Inquisition hearings, opera quotes, and Jean Genet’s closing statement of the witness from Prisoner of Love. Vocal techniques include high-pitched duets, Mae West-inspired Debussy and spirit-induced speaking in tongues.

Conceived and performed by Ron Athey and Juliana Snapper, with live accompaniment and sound design by Amanda Piaseki, costume design by Susan Mattheson, and video/supertitles by Cyril Kuhn. The Judas Cradlewas originally commissioned by Fierce! Festival with support from Arts Council England.

REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for innovative visual, performing and media arts, is located at the corner of W. 2nd St. and S. Hope St., inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. The Judas Cradle runs July 13-16, Thursday-Saturday, starting at 8:30 p.m. each evening. Tickets prices: $25; $22 for Outfest members. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the REDCAT box office -- located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, by calling 213.237.2800, or at www.redcat.org. They can also be purchased through the Outfest website at www.outfest.org or by calling 213.480.7065.

Outfest 2005 runs July 7-18 and features 232 films and videos from 28 countries in nine different venues over 12 days. The festival boasts 101 separate public programs -- five galas, 66 feature film programs, 17 short film programs, seven special events and six panels. Outfest 2005’s Platinum Section, sponsored by Flaunt Magazine, also includes six screening programs of avant-garde features and shorts at REDCAT including Jenni Olson’s The Joy of Life and programs curated by Jose Estaban Munoz and the LTTR Collective. For detailed screening information, visit www.outfest.org, or call 213.480.7065.

Outfest 2005 is presented by HBO and Absolut, with premiere sponsors including Adelphia, The Advocate, Director’s Guild of America (DGA), here!, Logo, Mercedes Benz and Q Television Network.

REDCAT’s 2004-05 season programming is generously supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation; American Center Foundation; The Annenberg Foundation; Anonymous; Asian Cultural Council; Bank Julius Baer; Booth Heritage Foundation; Canada Council for the Arts; Hyon Chough; CONACULTA; Cotsen Family Foundation; CNMAT; Cultural Contact, the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture; Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the French Consulates in Los Angeles and San Francisco; Jeffrey Deitch; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art; Discover Signs; Robert B. Egelston; Etant Donnes, The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange; Everloving and Feal Mor, Factory Signage & Graphics; The French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, a program of FACE; The J. Paul Getty Trust; Giant Robot; Harriett and Richard Gold; Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg; The Jim Henson Foundation; Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater; The James Irvine Foundation; The Japan Foundation; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; Korea Art Foundation of America; The Korea Times; The Korea Culture and Art Foundation; Korea Foundation; The JL Foundation; The Sharon D. Lund Foundation; Meet The Composer, Creative Connections Program; Mexico Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores; National Dance Project; National Endowment for the Arts; Pasadena Art Alliance; Wendy Keys and Donald A. Pels; Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant from The James Irvine Foundation; Lee and Lawrence J. Ramer; Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; Dorothy R. Sherwood; Shiseido Co., Ltd.; The Skirball Foundation; SRE/Consulate of Mexico; Eve Steele and Peter Gelles; Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust; Stuart Shave; 2K by Gingham; Dallas Price-Von Breda; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Yamaha Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

REDCAT’s 2004–05 Season Sponsors are KCRW, Official Public Radio Sponsor and The Standard, Official Hotel.

California Institute of the Arts, CalArts, the first U.S. higher educational institution to integrate the visual and performing arts under one roof, is recognized as the nation’s leading laboratory for the arts. Housing six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater—CalArts embraces creative cross-pollination among diverse art forms and traditions, and strongly encourages each artist to pursue his or her vision within a broad context of social and cultural understanding. Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, REDCAT, is an interdisciplinary arts center that introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the performing, visual and media arts from around the world, and gives artists and future artists in this region the production opportunities and creative support they need to achieve national and international stature.

For information about REDCAT, visit redcat.org; for information about CalArts, visit calarts.edu.


11. Mitzi Humphrey, Stephanie Brody Lederman, Lucy Lippard FF Alumns, at art6 Gallery, VA, thru July 31, 2005

Thru July 31st 2005 Curated by Mitzi Humphrey, art6 Gallery is excited to announce the Fluxus Redux exhibit for the month of July. Based on a movement that mainly developed in North America and Europe, “Fluxus” did not aim at being avant-garde in the sense of creating a new language, but rather at making a different use of established channels of art, and at the liberation of art from any specific language. “Fluxus" has functioned as a moving front of people, rather than as a group of specialists, with the aim of creating a series of chain-reactions, or magnetic waves, above and below art.

The Fluxux Redux exhibit will feature Re-Collage; an international mail art project, The Paper Shredder; a full room installation of ritual paper shredding, Fluxus Driven; a large van covered with bumper stickers that will travel in and around Richmond, and other Fluxus art from the 70's and 80's, which will be donated by Humphrey to the Rare Books Department at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Cabell Library following the July exhibit.

In support of the Fluxus Redux exhibit, art6 Gallery will be hosting a variety of lectures, music performances, and film presentations during the month of July.

Fluxus artists and collaborators: Virginia Tyack Stephanie Brody Lederman Louise Neaderland Michael Sulsona Sheryl Humphrey Andy Coppola Lucy Lippard Fluxus Driven Art*O*Mat® Edward Coppola ISCA Lynne Haas Caryl Burtner Diana Detamore Tricia Pearsall Shann Palmer shop6 Cynthia Erdahl Chuck Scalin Lew Bailes Marian Hollowell Rob Carter Debbie DaPrano Jesse Bailey Rose Mezzatesta Mim Golub Marki Brown Jimmy Warner Fermin Trompeta Todd Hale ReCollage Mail Art Mary Holland Andrew Campbell Polka Dot Arts Karen Fitzhugh Matt Lively Bridget Camden Henrietta Near Yuki Dixon Lynn Bailes TANGO John Bailey
Frances Wessells Diego Sanchez Pam Shelor Jim Panos Santa Sergio De Haven Kathleen Westkaemper Art Bailey Susan Svendsen Thomas M. Humphrey Nicole de Armendi Barbara Brown Buddy Hensley Eugene Brown Sandy Wheeler Valley Haggard Caleb Doddy Jennifer Yane Isabel Scarpino Nancy Strube Jeanne Minnix Brenda Giannini J. M. Lucas Laura Chesson The Paper Shredder Adam Courville Becca Ladmer Andrew Felty Angie Sturm Cassady Rosenblum Dana Frostick Chris Palmer Eileen Kindle Perry Busse Lisa Kellner Amanda Reed Kathleen Forman Kathy Levine Anonymous (Was a Woman) Sophia Pulkoski-Skeans Celeste Howard Ray James Gilchrist Wendy Kaplowitz


12. Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, at Anthology Film Archives, Aug. 3

A movie by Jay Critchley, FF Alumn, edited at Harvestworks in NY, will be shown as part of the NewFilmmakers Summer Series at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York (212 505-5181). Admission is $5.

Wednesday, August 3
Toilet Treatments—A 'Dank' Comedy
Written, Directed and Produced by Jay Critchley
2002/Digital/39 minutes
HBO Audience Award for Short, Provincetown International Film Festival 2002

Alice in Wonderland meets David Lynch! Psychologically-repressed, Mid-westerner Katrina’s spiritual journey takes her to a magical East Coast seaside town where she confronts her demons, her father, and her sub-conscious—literally in an abandoned, reclaimed backyard septic tank. Katrina’s (Blythe Frank) new business of installing and programming video screens in public and private bathrooms utilizes found clips from Mary Tyler Moore Aerobic Workout video to Bass Fishing in Texas. New Age cross dresser Lady McBee, played by David Hanbury, is her mentor as the entrepreneur descends into her subterranean apartment and is ultimately transformed by the world of color (she is color blind except when she watches TV!). George, her ex-high school guidance counselor and business partner is continuously heard via cellphone only from their New Jersey headquarters. Ramone, the indomitable Latin Lover Ricardo Rodriguez, Katrina's plumber and choreographer, sparks romance that vibrates from the magic of septic sex to Texas! A must pee!



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