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Contents for October 22, 2018

1. Chin Chih Yang, FF Alumn, Best Documentary Film, Southhampton UK Film Festival 2018.

Congratulations to Chin Chih Yang, FF Alumn, and film director Ming Chuan, whose film Chin Chih Yang: Face the Earth won the award for Best Documentary at the Southhampton Film Festival 2018.



2. Catherine Chung Hua Dong, FF Alumn, in Beijing, China, October

Just want to share my experience about what happened at The Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct 11, 2018, for people who might be curious and want to know what's going on.
I was doing my project "I Have Been There" with my photographer at The Forbidden City. Basically, it is a project that I take a picture of myself of laying on ground in front of tourist attractions, covered by a Chinese traditional silk embroidered fabric. This work doesn't have any political intention but more about culture, diaspora and belonging. It is very Chinese too, I thought it would be ok to do it in Beijing.

A secret police officer came, he said what I did was very disrespectful and the pictures I took would have potential to damage The Forbidden City's and the country's images. He also suspected there were hidden words or slogans on my dragon- phoenix pattern fabric, he carefully searched it many times and kept reporting the results to his boss through his walkie-talkie, he found nothing. And then he ordered me to delete all pictures although I explained the reasons. I had no choice but followed his order.

After he forced me to delete all pictures, a strange thing happened. He said we could get released right away if I make a statement in front of his cellphone camera by describing what just happened and then declaring that I DELETED MY PICTURES OF MY FREE WILL. I refused to do that because I was forced to delete my pictures, not of my free will. And then he gave me two options: either saying what he told me to say in front of his camera, or going to police station with him. I couldn't say what he wanted me to say, so I chose the second option.

It was a long process of interrogation and waiting. I contacted my friends through WeChat and ask for help to reach Canada embassy. Thanks my friends Stephen Volenec and Elizabeth Ross. Also thanks to the Canadian Ambassador, France Viens, who had tried to reach me through my phone and weChat, but I could get it. Later, I learned, Canada's Ambassador actually called the police station a couple of times. The Ambassador was told by police officers that they didn't know who I was and where I was, but actually I was there.

I was also asked to make a testimony, which I did, just like any kind of testimony: a police officer asked questions, I answered, he wrote down what I said, and then asked me to sign. When I was about to sign, I realized that my written testimony is different from what I said. There were some very important parts missing. In fact, they changed my statement that the reason I am at police station is because I refuse to delete my pictures, which is not true. (Late my photographer told me that they did the same thing to him too). I requested to change it back because that was not my testimony, which took a long long time. Finally, I was released after about 8 hours, my photographer was released after about 8 and one half hours.

Actually my photographer and I planned to go to Tiananmen Square first and then Forbidden City (they are very close), but when I approached the Tiananmen Square, I saw police everywhere, so I decided to go to Forbidden City to do some practices first and then do it quickly at Tiananmen Square. Forbidden City is a museum and we thought it would be ok. but unfortunately, we still got arrested. Later, my friends analyzed the situation, they said we are actually lucky that we were caught at Forbidden City rather than at Tiananmen Square. If we did at Tiananmen Square, we would probably be never able to come back.



3. Joseph Nechvatal, FF Alumn, in Arts, now online

Joseph Nechvatal's art theory / art history paper "Before and Beyond the Bachelor Machine" has been published in Arts as part of the Special Issue "The Machine as Art (in the 20th Century)" at MDPI here: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0752/7/4/67/htm



4. Julia Scher, FF Alumn, at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Germany, opening Oct. 27

Please visit this link:


Neuer Aachener Kunstverein
Passstraße 29, 52070 Aachen Germany
Tel. +49 (0) 241 503255

Thank you.



5. R. Sikoryak, FF Alumn, at Dixon Place, Manhattan, Oct. 27

Dixon Place presents:
The Halloween Show
Cartoon slide shows and picture performances
Hosted by R. Sikoryak & Neil Numberman.
Cartoon slide shows drawn and narrated by an array of comic artists, graphic novelists, voice actors, and more. A spooky edition for the season.
Natalie Andrewson
Molly Brooks
Tim Hamilton
Rebecca Mock
Dave Roman
and more!
Featuring stories, gags, live drawings, and audience participation!
Come in costume! For kids and cartoon-loving adults.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 2 pm
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. (btwn Rivington & Delancey)
Tickets: $10 kids
$15 adults in advance, $18 adults at the door
$12 students/seniors/IDNYC
Tickets & info: DixonPlace.org (212) 219-0736
About the cartoonists:
Natalie Andrewson is a comic artist, illustrator and printmaker living in Brooklyn, originally from North Carolina. She's currently working on a graphic novel adaptation of the original Nutcracker story with First Second and has worked with The New York Times, Hazlitt, BOOM Studios, KUS and Peow on other comic projects. She makes Risograph printed illustrated work at the SVA Risolab and self publishes short fantasy stories in her free time.

Molly Brooks is an illustrator and comics maker who grew up in Nashville. Her science fiction graphic novel for kids, Sanity & Tallulah, is out now from Disney-Hyperion.
Tim Hamilton lives in Brooklyn, NY and has created humorous cartoons for The New Yorker, Mad Magazine and Nickelodeon Magazine. He publishes his own-one man anthology, Rabbit Who Fights and adapted Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 into an Eisner nominated graphic novel.

Rebecca Mock is a NYC-based comic book artist and illustrator. She is the artist of the NYT best-selling Compass South, a high-seas adventure graphic novel, as well as its sequel Knife's Edge.

Dave Roman is the author/illustrator of the Astronaut Academy series and writer of the graphic novels Teen Boat! Race for Boatlantis and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories and art to Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy's Tales of Horror, and Nursery Rhyme Comics. Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, and is currently series editor for First Second's Science Comics series of nonfiction graphic novels. He lives in NYC and draws a weekly webcomic called Starbunny, Inc.

Neil Numberman is the totally tubular illustrator of such groovy graphic novels as the Joey Fly, Private Eye series, and writer of the mondo bodacious picture book Do NOT Build a Frankenstein! His most recent picture books, Flip & Fin: We Rule the School, and Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue, are, like, in stores now. He also is known for illustrating Highlight's Magazines radically awesome-licious Hidden Pictures! You should totally scope out his work over at neilnumberman.com. FAR OUT!

More info: http://carouselslideshow.com

Copyright (c) 2018 R. Sikoryak, All rights reserved.



6. Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, FF Alumn, at Penn Club of New York, Manhattan, Oct. 22, and more

Monday OCTOBER 22nd, 5:30 - 7:30pm:
"Museums Grapple with Social and Political Changes: Three Penn Alumni Experts Weigh In"
co-sponsored by ICA, the Penn Club of New York, Penn Alumni, and Arts and Culture at Penn
Penn Club of New York, 30 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Co-Panelists: Peter Reed, Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, MoMA; Arthur Cohen, CEO of LaPlaca Cohen Advertising Inc.; Moderated by Amy Sadao, Director of the ICA

Join us for a candid conversation over cocktails about how museums are dealing with the challenges posed by racial controversies, representational politics, and other topical issues.


Saturday OCTOBER 27th, 12p - 5pm:
"Project Your Future with Joyce Yu-Jean Lee" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, World Culture Festival: Our Future.
Carroll Classroom in the Uris Center for Education (81st Street entrance)
The Met, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
Bring your whole family out for my hands-on family workshop for adults and children. We will play with light and color to create an illuminated sculpture about your visions of the future to take home.


Thursday, November 8th, 11am - 12:30pm:
"Wild Wild China: Contemporary Art and Neocolonialism" paper presentation at the Global Arts and Witness in Multi-faith Contexts conference
Travis Auditorium, Fuller Theological Seminary, 180 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101
Join me for my paper presentation about neocolonialism in Chinese contemporary art and hear a response by Dr. Diane Obenchain, Director of the China Initiative and Professor of Religion



7. Charlemagne Palestine, FF Alumn, in FlashArtOnline, issue 322

CURRENT ISSUE / 322 September - October 2018
Aural Symbiosis
Musician and artist Charlemagne Palestine pays homage to Tony Conrad's memory by recounting their musical partnership - fifty years of "aural symbiosis."
More than thirty years had passed since our last experimental duet in public. Tony arrived for five days, first recuperating from his flu, and then we casually started to play together one afternoon. He had brought one of his "low-quality" amplified violins with him, and I had my Bösendorfer piano in our salon. Aude, my wife, remarks about that special moment - that in five minutes if not less, she heard a natural musical chemistry of beauty and power coming from the kitchen that greatly shocked and transported her. And yet Tony and I hadn't played together or conversed about sound or art or anything in over thirty years!


Flash Art International
Via Carlo Farini 68, 20159 Milan IT
+39 02 688 7341



8. Jaguar Mary X, Susan Rippberger, FF Alumns, at The Secret Theater, Long Island City, NY, Nov. 3
Local Project's Anti-Gala
November 3, 2018, 7PM
The Secret Theater
4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, New York, 11101 Ticket Prices ($50-$500 https://bit.ly/2OlEZle
Local Project marks its 15 years of programming and friendship by hosting its first Anti-Gala at the Secret Theater on Saturday, November 3, 2018. This is an invitation for LP's community of supporters and friends to celebrate and help raise funds. The proceeds collected from the Anti-Gala will help support Local Project continue to provide a space for local artists to exhibit their work, engage the community, and serve the Long Island City community at large. As of today, LP has hosted over 400 exhibitions featuring more than 2,000 artists from around the globe.
Since its inception in 2003, LP has been fortunate to meet and collaborate with individuals from a broad spectrum including the arts, music, and local government. The theme of the Anti-Gala this year is Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to pay homage to Sandro Darsin, one of the founding members of Local Project. Through his generosity, he gave LP its first home at 21-36 44th RD, LIC.
Along with Sandro Darsin, LP's other honorees this year are Prerana Reddy and Franklin James Fisher. Prerana Reddy worked as the Director of Public Programming at the Queens Museum and now serves as the current Director of Programs for A Blade of Grass. Franklin James Fisher is the lead singer and lyricist of Algiers. Each has helped LP in their own way, offering guidance support and collaboration throughout the years.
The Anti-Gala will be hosted by DJ and impresario Luis Rosas and will feature a creative menu catered by Michelin star Chef M Wells. The Aztec dance group Yayauhki Tezcatlipoka will perform, thanking and honoring the legacy of our ancestors through music and dance. There will also be a performance piece by artist Jaguar Mary X and later in the evening, music spun DJ Paway. Please join Local Project for this memorable evening. Tickets can be purchased on their website at localproject.org. For questions or concerns, email Carolina Peñafiel at carolina@localproject.org.
For any information please contact Carolina Peñafiel at carolina@localproject.org - 646 298 0969###



9. Billy X. Curmano, Linda Mary Montano, FF Alumns, at EFA Project Space, Manhattan, Nov. 3

Performing for the Dead is a loosely based on the 3-day live burial, Performance for the Dead, and as such - mourners and/or celebrants are especially welcomed.

AGING AS ART and Performing for the Dead

An evening with seminal and enigmatic performance artists Linda Mary Montano and Billy X Curmano.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (EFA) Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor (between 8th & 9th Ave)
New York City, NY 10018

Here's more information:


Using video and interactive performance, Linda Mary Montano and Billy X. Curmano will address their own experiences with aging and dying, culminating in participatory engagement with the audience. Montano sees her body as a canvas, a sculpture that is chiseled by time as she grows older, while Curmano has daringly orchestrated his own funeral in order to perform for the dead, as an act of self-transformation and a rite of passage. Together, these two artists will question the nature of mortality, to both confront and heal unspoken fears and terrors regarding the fear of dying and death itself.
This event will bring together two of the movers and shakers of the performance art and art in everyday life fields in the U.S. for a participatory engagement with the audience dealing with the presenters' experiences with aging and dying. Montano sees her body as a canvas, a sculpture that is chiseled by time as she grows older. Curmano has daringly orchestrated his own funeral in order to perform for the dead, and as an act of self- transformation: a rite of passage.
This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition As Far as the Heart Can See at EFA Project Space (Sept. 21-Nov 17, 2018). Additional support provided by: Reimagine: End of Life - a citywide event exploring big questions about life and death.

Be safe and well and all the very best wishes,
Billy X.



Goings On is compiled weekly by Harley Spiller