Tyranny and Culture Wars
Martha Wilson [Franklin Furnace/NYC] + SUKA OFF [Poland]
MARTHA WILSON - FOUNDING MEMBER - FRANKLIN FURNACE ARCHIVES
“Intro to the Culture Wars of the 1980s and After”
Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., on a mission to make the world safe for avant-garde art.
Franklin Furnace's mission is to present, preserve, interpret, proselytize and advocate on behalf of avant-garde art, especially forms that may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect, cultural bias, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content. Franklin Furnace is dedicated to serving artists by providing both physical and virtual venues for the presentation of time-based art, including but not limited to artists' books and periodicals, installation art, performance art, and unforeseen contemporary avant-garde artforms; and to undertake other activities related to these purposes. Franklin Furnace is committed to serving emerging artists; to assuming an aggressive pedagogical stance with regard to the value of avant-garde art to life; and to fostering artists' zeal to broadcast ideas.www.franklinfurnace.org
SUKA OFF [POLAND]
SUKA OFF is a Poland based artist collective existing since 1995.
They have been creating work across visual theatre, performance art,
club action, installation, photography, video art and music visuals.
Their work has been presented in theatres, art galleries, clubs and festivals
in most European countries, as well as in Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Japan.
They remain completely independent and not supported by any public institution due to the character and content of their work.
The members of SUKA OFF are Piotr Wegrzynski (founder, visual artist, performer) and Sylvia Lajbig (classical philologist, performer).
The recurring themes of SUKA OFF art are:
- human carnality in all its biological and physiological aspects
- the attempt to redefine the gender by blurring the individual attributes / sexual codes culturally arrogated to the male and female
- redefinition of classical myths and philosophical ideas and translating them into modern visual language
- the search of alternative and radical forms of communication based on
the connection between the living human body and electronic devices
Kaarel Kütas and Diana Danieli: Don Giovanni - The Rake will be Punished“
Kaarel Kütas and Diana Danieli: Don Giovanni - The Rake Punished
Kaarel Kütas is a performance and visual artist from Estonia. He has been studing in the Academia Non Grata and Estonian Academy of Arts (MA) and has been doing performances since 2006. His work varies from rustic agricultural mythology to social and political art, from inside personal actions to performances, where audience is actively included. He often asks other artists or just regular people to help and assist him in his performances. Kaarel Kütas has been doing collaborative works together with different artists and art groups Non Grata (EST/international), C.n.o.p.t. (EST), Arrowgroup (EST) and Giraffe with the Flaming Neck (EST). He has been exhibiting and performing in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary and Georgia.
Diana Danieli is a Brazilian classical and jazz singer, who is living and performing in New York City. Carnegie Hall solo in 2010 with the concert Route to Brazil. In 2015 she toured Europe including performance at The Muzikverein in Vienna. She has performed several opera roles throughout Brazil and the United States and Europe.
Diana Danieli and Kaarel Kütas will perform together in a performance-art-opera: Don Giovanni - The Rake Punished
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
Grace, n. - simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period - an extended period granted as a special favor
The Three Graces (Greek Mythology) - charm, grace, and beauty
Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging works by the current generation of international performance artists whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006. Grace Space received fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas in 2007.
Since opening, Grace Space has had the opportunity to present three pivotal members of the internationally famous group Black Market International: Boris Nieslony, Roi Vaara and Lee Wen; Mexican artist and curator Martin Renteria and the 3rd World Pirate Marcel Da Champ. We have hosted the local, internationally renowned artists Peter Dobill, Marni Kotak, Nugent Smith, Rafael Sanchez and Rob Andrews- as well as the internationally renowned Boston artists Mari Novotny-Jones, Jeff Huckleberry, Sandy Huckleberry, Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Scheaffer and Marilyn Arsem (Ms. Arsem was presented through esteemed curator Jonas Stampe's Live Art Festival).