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Franklin Furnace's Goings On
November 23, 2005

1. Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, at Art Basel, Miami, opening Dec. 1
2. Gearoid Dolan, FF Alumn, in Galway, Ireland, Nov. 25-27, and Estonia, Dec. 3
3. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, at Ambrosino Gallery, N. Miami, Nov. 29 and more.
4. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, thru Jan. 28, 2006
5. Barry Wallenstein, FF Alumn, at Cornelia St. Café, NY, Dec. 11, 6 pm
6. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, new project now online.
7. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, Nov 30, 10 pm
8. Kryzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, now at Bunkier Sztuki, Poland
9. Nora York, FF Alumn, announces new website, and at Joe’s Pub, Dec 7, 7 pm
10. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, is guest artist at website Edition Shimizo, Japan
11. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, reviews Marcia Hafif exhibition
12. American Museum of Natural History presents Alan Lightman, Nov. 22, and more.
13. Kyong Park, FF Alumn, at Framework, Berlin, November 28
14. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, opening Nov 26
15. Rev. Billy, FF Alumn, Buy Nothing Sunday, Nov. 27, St. Marks in the Bowery, 7 pm
16. Kyle deCamp, Moe Angelos, Marianne Weems, FF Alumns, at BAM Next Wave Festival, Nov. 29-Dec. 3

1. Micki Watanabe, FF Alumn, at Art Basel, Miami, opening Dec. 1

Hello all,
If you happen to find yourselves down in Miami for Art Basel,
please go check out a group show i'm in.

@ The Living Room
4000 Miami Ave.
in the Design District.

opening party Thursday Dec 1

happy thanksgiving!


2. Gearoid Dolan, FF Alumn, in Galway, Ireland, Nov. 25-27, and Estonia, Dec. 3

FF Alumn Gearoid Dolan a.k.a. screaMachine will be performing his award winning work "Separate" at the Tulca Arts Festival in Galway, Ireland, November 25th -27th. This is a 40 hour multimedia performance, featuring multiple video projections and live action. Nuns Island Studio, Galway City, Ireland. Open to the public 7pm - 10pm on the 25th and 10am - 6pm on the 26th. For further info go to:


screaMachine will also be presenting "Gotta Keep It Up!" at the Inport Video-Performance Art Festival in Tallinn, Estonia, on December 3rd.
details will be posted on Nov. 28th @ http://www.inport.tk (no site till the 28th).


3. Raul Zamudio, FF Alumn, at Ambrosino Gallery, N. Miami, Nov. 29 and more.

11/29, 6:00-9:00 pm opening: The Bermuda Triangle, curated by Raul Zamudio, Ambrosino Gallery, 769-771NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161, *Will run during Art Basel/Miami.

12/9, 6:00-8:00pm, opening: My Mother, the Nazi, curated by Raul Zamudio, The Artist Network, 424 Broadway 6th floor, 6:00-8:00pm\


4. Matthew Geller, FF Alumn, at Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, thru Jan. 28, 2006

Matthew Geller's exhibition, Again. Almost. Again. One more time., at
the Maiden Lane Exhibition Space thru January 28, 2006

Curated by Elisabeth Akkerman
Curator of The Francis J. Greenburger Collection

Maiden Lane Exhibition Space
125 Maiden Lane (between Water & Pine Streets)
New York City, NY 10038
Daily 9 AM – 6 PM
Information: Greenburgercollection@timeequities.com   T/ 212- 206.6061
or 212-785.3608

Subway: 6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 to
Fulton Street/Broadway

Tall buildings can look joyless and generic from the outside and at the same time elicit a sense of mystery and excitement about what is occurring inside. In Matthew Geller's exhibition, Almost. Again. Almost. One more time., his small-scale cement buildings engage these notions of concealment, suspense and revelation. He strips the building's exterior down to the bare essentials—walls, a roof, a door, and a window. It's in these windows that we see a magnified fragment of something that might go awry—a water leak, an oil reservoir, a nervous pigeon, a trip delayed, men and machines in the night. In addition to cement, Geller uses materials essential to any building's life: water, oil, wire, pumps, electricity and electronics—in this case tiny video screens.


5. Barry Wallenstein, FF Alumn, at Cornelia St. Café, NY, Dec. 11, 6 pm

An Evening of Poetry and Music
John Hicks (piano)
Barry Wallenstein (poetry)
Performance and CD Launch Party for PANDEMONIUM
also featuring Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) & Matthew Shipp (piano)
Sunday, December 11 th, 2005 6pm
Cornelia St. Café
29 Cornelia St .
(Between Bleecker St. & W. 4 th
just west of 6 th Ave.)
(212) 989-9319

 [$10 cover ( includes one drink)
$7 for students]


6. Regina Vater, FF Alumn, new project now online.

There is a new work by Regina Vater and Regina Célia Pinto at the Gallery Trips of the Museum of the Essential and Beyond That:

EUA 200 Km / hour

"If a traditional twentieth century model of cultural communication described movement of information in one direction from a source to a receiver, now the reception point is just a temporary station on information's path. If we compare information or media object with a train, then each receiver can be compared to a train station. Information arrives, gets remixed with other information, and then the new package travels to other destination where the process is repeated." (Lev Manovich)

All of you are invited to visit our Train Station at http://arteonline.arq.br/eua200km/ and to travel with us by train from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, a delirium of colors and images happening in high speed.

Nothing we have to teach, but we let free who wants TO SEE and TO CARRY these information for other sensitive nets and destinies.

There are 72 pictures took by Regina Vater in 1981 during a trip by train and composed by Regina Célia Pinto in 2005.

Key words: Impressions of traveling , photos, film, interactivity, animation, information.

It is necessary: screen resolution > 1024 X 768 or better, fast connection and flash player 7.0.

Regina Vater


Regina Célia Pinto

New Works:


7. Ken Butler, FF Alumn, at Zebulon, Brooklyn, Nov 30, 10 pm

Friends please come if you can!

Ken Butler's Voices of Anxious Objects
KB - hybrid Instruments
Matt Darriau - exotic reeds and winds
Matt Kilmer - percussion
--- and (possibly) a surprise fantastic Bulgarian vocalist!
Wed. Nov. 30th
no cover
no minimum
258 Wythe Ave.
(Metropolitan & N.3rd) Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Hybridized world rhythms on instruments made from tools and household objects. Musical influences include Indian Raga, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern folk and classical music, Tango, Flamenco, and Roma Gypsy music mixed with a noisy "downtown" improv aesthetic all held together by a strong dose of African-American jazz, rock, funk, and blues.

Ken Butler
427 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
PHONE / FAX (718) 782-4383


8. Kryzysztof Wodiczko, FF Alumn, now at Bunkier Sztuki, Poland

Bunkier Sztuki is the first to present films documenting all of the public video projections by Krzysztof Wodiczko.

The artist did his first projection in 1996 in Cracow. The single tower of the municipal building on the Main Square in Cracow became the screen for the projection. After that, followed projections in Boston (1998), Hiroshima (1999), Tijuana (2001) and St. Louis (2004). They touched upon the most urgent problems of the local society: domestic violence, drug addiction, disabilities, post nuclear trauma, the exploitation and discrimination of women on the Mexican border, gun violence and crime in the US.

Although the projections have some similarities; their topics, the use of video as a medium and architecture as a screen - each one is constructed differently. The interviews with the protagonists of the projections were shown in many different ways. In Cracow it was a 30-minute looped material. In Tijuana it was presented with a live commentary by the protagonists. In St. Louis it was a projection with a live commentary by the public.

The documentation of the projections is accompanied by material containing an extensive documentation of the artist’s work techniques. It consists of recordings of rehearsals with equipment used during the recording of the commentaries and those before the projections, a TV interview with the artist and interviews with curators.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in English and Polish, containing a full transcript of the projections, commentaries by the curators of the projects, critic’s articles and a long interview with the artist.


9. Nora York, FF Alumn, announces new website, and at Joe’s Pub, Dec 7, 7 pm

Hello all!
I am pleased to announce my new
WEBSITE — where all things nora york can be found.
Powered by ArtistShare — the new site is where
you can purchase my new CD WHAT I WANT—
PLUS downloads of other music --
watch video, read rants, look at archive photos and more...
As soon as I think of it — it will be — go check it out!

ALSO save the date!!!

Nora York with her amazing band
Her new CD and kick off her new project
WEDNESDAY December 7th
At JOES pub... performance starts at 7pm....
Thursday DEC. 9th
at Joe's Pub...The Public Theater.
475 Lafayette St.
doors open at 6 !  come early to buy CDs!!!!
Tickets $20

Box Office 212.539.8778
Telecharge  212.239.6200
Seating limited -- Reservations suggested!


Steve Tarshis, guitar  --
Charlie Giordano -- accordion
Dave Hofstra , Bass --
Peter Grant -- Drums
With Special (secret) Guests!

"The Avant-garde diva... Ingenious,radical, extravagant talent”  (The New Yorker) returns to Joe’s Pub with her new work in progress BELIEVE. York will be juxtaposing sacred and secular music in order to explore the shifting and spinning of the contemporary American narrative. Imagine splicing hymns and prayers together with incisive love songs and you inhabit York’s concert BELIEVE.  

Praise for York’s new CD WHAT I WANT -- “What do you get when listening to Nora York? A little Sting, a bit of Joni Mitchell and a whole lot of wonderful. [ York]creates a series of bold, brave sound sculptures. ...you know you are dealing with an intensely sharp witted fatalist who is as gifted an emotional puppeteer as she is a poet.” JazzTimes

“ America’s psycho social landscape serves as York’s subject matter... inventive and accessible... She examines the voracious desires that that fuel the American psyche. ...gripping ... stunning ... impressive... impassioned tunes.”  Jazziz


10. Sonya Rapoport, FF Alumn, is guest artist at website Edition Shimizo, Japan

Sonya Rapoport is guest artist at the Edition Shimizo website in Japan. .Among Edition Shimizo divisions PLAYGROUND is a collaborative website hosted by Fred Truck ( Des Moines, USA) and MANO Tohei ( Shimizu, Japan). The idea being that computers are often our playgrounds.

Rapoport's web art work, Kabbalah/Kabul: Sending Emanation to the Aliens, has been added to a diversified group of artists who are playing with art concepts relevant to our time and culture. Among the artist players are Fred Truck, MANO Tohei, Anna Couey, Paul Forte, Mizukami Jun and Sonya Rapoport whose Kabbalah/Kabul invites viewers to select altruisms to send to outer-space for sharing with extraterrestrials.

Please visit http://tmano.web.infoseek.co.jp/guest_artist/guestartist.html


11. Deborah Garwood, FF Alumn, reviews Marcia Hafif exhibitoin


Please follow the link below to read my review of Marcia Hafif's exhibition, "Glaze Paintings," at Baumgartner Gallery: http://www.offoffoff.com/art/2005/glazepaintings.php

If the link doesn't work, just copy and paste it into your browser.
Alternatively, go to www.offoffoff.com. It was posted today (Nov. 16, 2005) and appears on the front page.

Enjoy! Comments welcome as always. You can also post a comment about the review on this website by clicking on a bubble at the beginning of the review or a link at the end...

Best Regards,


12. American Museum of Natural History presents Alan Lightman, Nov. 22, and more.

Public Programs/Education
American Museum of Natural History
Join us for a lecture and book signing:
In Conversation with Alan Lightman
Tuesday, November 22
7:00 pm.
Kaufmann Theater, first floor
NPR's Ira Flatow joins author Alan Lightmanto discuss Lightman's new book, The Discoveries: The Great Breakthroughs in 20th-century Science, in which he reveals the stories leading up to some of science's recent great moments. Lightman makes the process of scientific discovery accessible to his readers and brings to life the men and women behind these great advances. A book signing will follow.

Special FREE ticket offer
Please RSVP by Monday, November 21st to:
212.496.4216 -or- programs@amnh.org
Identify the name of the program you want to attend!

Darwin’s Legacy
Thursday, December 1
7:00 pm
LeFrak Theater, first floor

Explore Darwin’s legacy and its continuing impact on science and society with:

*Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and History, Florida State University, author of The Evolution-Creation Struggle;
*Ronald Numbers, Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author of, The Creationists;
*Edward Larson, Talmadge Chair of Law and Russell Professor of American History, University of Georgia, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning, Summer of the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion;
*James Moore, Reader in History of Science and Technology, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, co-author (with Adrian Desmond) of the biography, Darwin.

The panel will be moderated by Robert Bazell, Chief Science Correspondent, NBC News.  

Be sure to visit the American Museum of Natural History's special exhibition, Darwin, opening November 19, 2005.

Special FREE ticket offer
Please RSVP by Friday, November 30th to:
212.496.4216 -or- programs@amnh.org

For complete Darwin programming, please visit the Museum's website www.amnh.org/programs

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street


13. Kyong Park, FF Alumn, at Framework, Berlin, November 28

Matthias Rick and Kyong Park invites you to
A reception for the publication of
Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond
Mo, 28.11, 2005 at
Spandauer Straße 2
10178 Berlin | Mitte

The Slide: a proposal for a continuous transparent tube in which you could descends through eighteen floors of an empty hi-rise building for recreational purpose.
For Hotel Neustadt in
Halle-Neustadt , Germany . 2003 [iCUE/Kyong Park]

20:00 Uhr

A Reception for “Urban Ecology: Detroit and Beyond.”
edited by Kyong Park,
designed by Matthias Rick and
published by MAP [ Hong Kong].

Contributing Writers
Azra Aksamija
Sabine Bitter
Stefano Boeri
Katherine Carl
Mel Chin
Minsuk Cho
Teddy Cruz
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius
Marina Fokidis
Wolfgang Grillitsch
Laurent Gutierrez
Jerry Herron
Jiang Jun
Elke Knöß
Peter Lang
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Philipp Oswalt
Kyong Park
Cedric Price
Valérie Portefaix
Marjetica Potrc
Lorenzo Romito
Anri Sala
Christoph Schafer
Sean Snyder
Michael Sorkin
Stephen Vogel
Helmut Webber
Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss
Eyal Weizman
Ines Weizman
Lebbeus Woods
Andrew Zago

Projects [iCUE]

Architecture of Resistance [ Detroit] 1998
Detroit : Making It Better for You [ Detroit] 2000
24260: The Fugitive House [Detroit-elsewhere] 2001-present
Words, Images and Spaces [ Detroit] 2002
The Slide [ Halle Neustadt] 2003
BAR/GDR/FRG [ Dresden] 2003
Old House/New House [ Detroit] 2004
CityMix [ Detroit, Liverpool/Manchester, Halle/Leipzig, Ivanovo] 2004

The City of Detroit constitutes one of the great monuments to urban decay, an unmistakable sacrifice to the globalization of labor and capital and the nomadic behavior of economies, technologies, and industries. Yet this city forms a powerful ground upon which to critique the problems of the hyper economy of the suburban matrix, and to sow the seeds for new urban thoughts on a post-capitalist future. These are the basis for the International Center for Urban Ecology [iCUE], a nomadic laboratory for the future cities founded in 1998 by Kyong Park. With installations, videos, and urban projects on the decomposition and reconstitution of cities, iCUE illustrates that cities are moving organisms, fueled and shaped by political, economic and cultural demands, increasingly free from the stylistic practices and ideological theories of architecture and urbanism. The fate of contemporary cities lies between the uniformity of incorporated globalization and the balkanizing capacity of self-organizations, as they become the chosen spheres for cultural, ethnic and religious conflicts.

Distributed by D.A.P. and IDEA BOOKS 2005
ISBN 96286040-4-X
Flexi-bound, 9 x 7.25 in. / 192 pgs / 500 color photos

Followed by
A Discussion: City without Production.
21:00 Uhr

Philipp Oswalt
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius
Matthias Rick
Markus Bader
Elke Knöß
Wolfgang Grillitsch
Moderated by Kyong Park

Back in Berlin, after Budapest, Novi Sad, Beograd and Ljubljana, Kastanienallee looks like a crossbreed of Melrose and West Broadway [before the coming of Chelsea], a dreamland ready to be televised. There are many New Bollywood in Berlin, certain neighborhoods in the east that are being filled by actors, not citizens, all showing and watching each others their ‘coolness’, like in the baby infested 30’s something commune of Prenzlaurberg. May be Berkeley, California was bit like this in the late 60’s, but with different fashion, although some of it is the same. And its funny to see these ‘actors-citizens’ who left their previous cities and towns because they were too different to stay there, would come to live in Berlin with the people of same age, same style, same interests. Here they are no longer different, or alternative, now homogenous through their shared life of urban entertainment. Great looks at cheap price are constantly invented in a city that was 62 billion Euros in debt less than 2 years ago, and now functions as the most successful privately pensioned early retirement spot for the off springs of post war West German economy. In this 24-7 docudrama produced by reality television, how long can a city exist without real productions? Is this the first city made of images and nothing else? Is this the future for all cities or is this just a moment before its urban celluloid would burn under aging populations, low birth rates, the number of pensioners to rise above the number workers, visionless policies of the grand coalition, the endless demolition of East Germany, including Palast Republik forecasted, 2 million square meters of office spaces empty, and either everyone is complaining, or nostalgic to the good old days of east and west. Or does the failure of the post-wall grand city development offers a possibility for Berlin to become the first non-German city, the international center for new economies, languages and cultures, supported by cheap rents and labor? Is it still where eastern and western Europes meets? Is it really what New York was like ten years ago, before it got completely gentrified into islands of over worked and over paid specialist of media and financial globalization? Is a city of future or just another place of advanced capitalism in the form of massive gentrifications? What is Berlin today?


14. Laura Parnes, FF Alumn, at Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, opening Nov 26

On Saturday the 26th of November Upstream Gallery will present a
solo-exhibition with Laura Parnes.

Laura Parnes (USA, 1968)
‘Janie 1978-1982’
Opening: Saturday 26 Nov. 17.00 – 19.30
26 November – 14 January

Upstream Gallery will show work from a series titled ‘Blood and Guts in High School’ by Laura Parnes, a series of video installations that re-imagine punk-feminist icon Kathy Acker’s book of the same title. The book was written from 1978-1982 during the rise of Reagan republicanism and the emergence of punk rock. In Parnes’ interpretation, each video-chapter presents a typical scene in the life of Janie bracketed by US news events from the time period in which the book was written. These events saturate the character's daily experience, informing her adolescent, nihilistic worldview and her desire
for rebellion. As the viewer looks back at pivotal historical events (Jonestown Massacre, Moral Majority, Three Mile Island etc.) connections are drawn in relation to our current political situation.

Upstream Gallery will be present at the NADA Art Fair Miami,
1 – 4 December 2005. During this period the gallery will be closed

Upstream Gallery
Kromme Waal 11
NL-1011 BS  Amsterdam
t. 0031-(0)20-4284284
m. 0031-(0)6-54956545
Wed-Sat 12.00-18.00


15. Rev. Billy, FF Alumn, Buy Nothing Sunday, Nov. 27, St. Marks in the Bowery, 7 pm


Sunday, November 27, 7PM
St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street, at 2nd Avenue
New York City, New York
$10 - no one turned away
Make Reservations at Revbilly.com/events

Featuring, The "Babies Against Big Business" - 7 Babies Baptized Simultaneously!

Rev Blessing: "Back away, children, back away from the product! Got a hurricane in it! Got a war in it! You buy it and oh the Devil got you…"

Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, in their farewell worship before the month-long 5,000 mile SHOPOCALYPSE TOUR. These missionaries will BUS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAVING THE SOULS OF SINNING SHOPPERS (arriving at the Pacific on Christmas Day…)

Those of you interested in joining us in our annual BUY NOTHING DAY ACTION – We will tour the Devil Corporations starting from the Plaza Hotel at 5th Avenue and 57th Street, 12 Noon on Friday November 25th. Wear your marching shoes and bring a tambourine! Email us at bnd@Revbilly.com if you would like to be on the inside of this necessary interruption of the absurd, violent economy.

Please spread the word!!!


16. Kyle deCamp, Moe Angelos, Marianne Weems, FF Alumns, at BAM Next Wve Festival, Nov. 29-Dec. 3

FF alums Kyle deCamp and Moe Angelos perform with The Builders Association/ dbox, directed by Marianne Weems, in their new piece "Super Vision". Tix are on sale now for shows at the BAM Next Wave Festival,  Harvey Theater, November 29 - December 3 at 7:30. $20, 30, 45, 55. 718-636-4100 BAM ticket services


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