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Martha Wilson interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail

Posted on November 7, 2014

Martha Wilson, installation view, Arcadia University Art Gallery, 2012. Image courtesy of Arcadia University Art Gallery.

Artist Martha Wilson was recently interviewed in The Brooklyn Rail. In the article “First Lady of Performance Art”, Wilson talks with writer Jarrett Earnest about the current state of performance art, the role of women in society, and the future of the radical performance art organization she founded, Franklin Furnace. Speaking specifically about her series of performances of presidential first ladies, Wilson says:

“Women are second-class citizens. The First Lady is not allowed to be in charge; she is allowed to beautify the roadsides or promote libraries, but she’s not allowed to run things. My Barbara Bush talks quite a lot about how actually she was the one who wore the pants in the family, but she put other players like Dick Cheney out front. It’s a power thing—I’m interested in the social realities of power. And we are all completely tuned into the power relationships out there, even though we claim we don’t care or are unaware. One of the works in the Martha Wilson Sourcebook (ICI, 2011) is about the roles women are allowed to play: the ideal goddess role is always in the background, lurking behind housewife, secretary, professional—all the ways our roles as women are played in a social context.”

The text goes on to discuss Franklin Furnace’s new collaboration with Pratt’s School of Library and Information Science, the artist’s development of new performance works, and the grand finale of the ICI tour of Martha Wilson in New York this spring. To read the full article, please click here.


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Martha Wilson featured in The New York Times

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Karen Finley, A Woman’s Life Isn’t Worth Much, installation view at Franklin Furnace, 1990. Image courtesy of Franklin Furnace.

Martha Wilson and ICI’s upcoming multi-site exhibition in New York, Performing Franklin Furnace, were recently featured in The New York Times.

“An exhibition, “Performing Franklin Furnace,” organized by Independent Curators International, will showcase 30 historic events that took place at Franklin Furnace. It will be held at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, at 144 West 14th Street, from Feb. 20 through April 30.”

The article goes on to speak about the rich history of Franklin Furnace and announce the new collaboration between Franklin Furnace and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. To read the full article, please visit the website of The New York Timeshere.

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New Albums by With Hidden Noise artists Stephen Vitiello and Steve Roden

Posted on November 13, 2014

Album covers: Fable, Stephen Vitiello and Lawrence English and Flower & Water, Steve Roden. Image courtesy of Dragon’s Eye Recordings.

With Hidden Noise artists Stephen Vitiello and Steve Roden have both recently released new projects through Dragon’s Eye Recordings.

Vitiello’s work, titled Fable and created together with fellow artist Lawrence English, is the result of a three-year collaborative process and presents a haunting combination of field recordings and acoustic and electronic compositions. It is the artists’ second duet and, with its meditative and expertly-crafted tracks, Fable invites listeners to ponder their own interior spaces.

Flower & Water, a new project by Steve Roden, takes as its source material an early jazz recording of George Winston playing Medley: Bread Baker’s Stomp on the piano. Through physical manipulation of the original flexi-disc record, the artist has re-mixed the recording using solely analogue techniques. About the creation of the work, Roden says:

“So, rather than working within a virtual environment, I tried to keep the experiences as analog activities – with dust and hands, with scissors and scotch tape, and with the ways that sound is activated via dropping, sliding, and of course, listening. “

Learn more about both albums on the Dragon’s Eye Recordings website, here.

In addition to their independently produced projects, Stephen Vitiello and Steve Roden have also recently released an album through Room40, created in collaboration with each other. Titled The Spaces Contained in Each, the work was recorded during a joint residency on Governor’s Island and audibly documents the artists’ installation in the Cornelius Chapel. Like much of their previous work, The Spaces Contained In Each exists on the line between sculpture and sound, evoking in the listener a strongly tactile environment.

To find out more about the The Spaces Contained In Each, visit the Room40 website, here, and find a beautiful video from the album, here.

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The Politics of the Melancholic Voice Zeki Müren’s Kahir Mektubu

Posted on November 21, 2014

ICI/SAHA Research Award recipients Gürsoy Doğtaş and Alejandra Labastida co-edited and authored this publication on Zeki Müren’s arabesk music.

Read the full publication HERE.

artnet on Dimitris Daskalopoulos, recipient of ICI’s 2014 Leo Award

Posted on November 25, 2014

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Dimitris Daskalopoulos interviewed by Huffington Post

ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction in Whitewall Magazine

Anthony Haden-Guest covers ICI Benefit for NY Observer

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Anthony Haden-Guest cover’s ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction for the New York Observer. Download the full article here.