07.17.2004

EXPLOSION LTTR

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EXPLOSION LTTR
PRACTICE MORE FAILURE
JULY 17- AUGUST 5, 2004
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
ART IN GENERAL
www.lttr.org
www.artingeneral.org
Come celebrate the release of LTTR Issue 3, PRACTICE MORE FAILURE!
With LTTR‚s third issue, themed „Practice More Failure,‰ editors K8 Hardy,
Emily Roysdon, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi seek to enthuse process and
practice as opposed to the masterpiece. An annual collectively made art
journal, LTTR brings together a community of queer and feminist artists,
writers, and cultural producers.
Artists featured in this issue of LTTR include: Aisha Burnes, Allison Smith,
Boris Torres, Carrie Moyer, Christy Gast, Edie Fake, Eileen Myles, Elisabeth
Subrin, Ely Shipley, Itziar Okariz, Jesal Kapadia, Judith Leeman, K8 Hardy,
Kate Schatz, Lynne Chan, Marie-Therese Escribano, Marriage, Michelle
Marchese, Suzy Liar, Tammy Rae Carland, Ulrike Mueller, and Zara Zandieh.
LTTR Issue 3 will be available at Art in General and Printed Matter July 17,
2004.
Explosion LTTR will focus on artists working together and a community
dedicated to critical feminist practice. Inhabiting Art In General‚s project
space from July 17 ˆAugust 5 with teams of artists collaborating, the
storefront is transformed into the LTTR headquarters where practice becomes
public.
Live art, performance lectures, new collaborations, and a film/video
screening will be presented in a series at Art in General, Participant Inc.
and Reena Spaulings Gallery.
EXPLOSION EVENTS
All events are free and open to the public.
JULY 17 RELEASE 7-10PM
Lesbians on Ecstasy
Libber
Virginia Puff Paint
Portrait Studio by Cass Bird
DJs Lez Celeb and the Chairman
JULY 18 FREE DANCE LESSONS
On Canal and Lafayette Streets, Afternoon
JULY 19 „ELUSIVE QUALITY‰ FILM/VIDEO SCREENING
Curated by Astria Suparak and Lauren Cornell
Participant Inc 8:30 PM
JULY 19 & 20
Xylor Jane & Matt Keegan inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new collaboration
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
JULY 21 & 22
Luis Jacob & Leidy Churchman inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
JULY 22 LIVE ART at Art in General 7-9 PM
Janet Pants
Marriage
Gregg Bordowitz
Sharon Hayes
Emily Sunblad
Megan Palaima
JULY 24 ˆ 26 REENA SPAULINGS SERIES
371 Grand between Essex and Norfolk
646-610-9036
JULY 24 Trans Legal Workshop by Bridge Joyce and Franklin Romeo
Reena Spaulings Gallery 2 PM
JULY 25 Two Performances
Tara Mateik: SBI, The Society of Biological Insurgents
JJ Chinois: Performance Artist
Reena Spaulings Gallery 8 PM
JULY 26 Elisabeth Subrin: Making “Madness” Artist Talk
Reena Spaulings Gallery 8PM
JULY 26 & 27
Jen Smith & TBA collaborator inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
JULY 28 & 29
Allison Smith & Carrie Moyer inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
JULY 29 LIVE ART at Art in General 7-9 PM
Judith Halberstam and Eileen Myles
Marie Thérèse Escribano and Ulrike Mueller
The Toxic Titties
The Blow
AUGUST 2 & 3
Courtney Dailey & Klara Liden inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
AUGUST 4 & 5
Fereshteh Toosi & Aisha Burnes inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
AUGUST 5 CLOSING/Collaborations Presentation at Art In General 7-9 PM
PLEASE SEE DETAILS BELOW OR CHECK OUR UPDATED WEBSITES
www.lttr.org
www.artingeneral.org
JULY 17 RELEASE 7-10PM
The Lesbians on Ectasy are a live dance outfit from Montreal, Quebec. They
steal liberally from the lesbian back catalogue, referencing artists like K.
D. Lang and the Indigo Girls, to create booty shaking dance hits that
maintain the politically infused edge of many early sapphic songwriters.
Libber is a new performance project by Wynne Greenwood of Tracy and the
Plastics. Libber brings percussion-based songs and video in a marching band
style to the stage.
Virginia Puff Paint (Jeremy Laing and Will Munro), porn superstar of the
glittery craft underworld, tickles multiple lacy orifices with detacheable
foam-stuffed fringed spandex cocks in a heavily embelished and much
anticipated debut release. Catch this insatiable vision of hand-stitched
poly-sexuality, dripping sequined entrails from padded stomach cavities,
begging to be plowed by a rhinestoned stiletto. Peer through the glory hole.
Cass Bird is a phototographer from LA who takes sensitive and striking
portraits of the queer community. Cass Bird will set up a functional photo
studio in the gallery to take portraits during the Release.
JULY 18 FREE DANCE LESSONS
On Canal and Lafayette Streets, Afternoon
Free Dance Lessons takes the chance and asks the world to dance. Passers-by
are invited to dance with us, take a lesson, or give one. We offer an
unexpected opportunity to break out in the course of the everyday. Our
ecstatic activity points to the street as a place of constant performance
and challenges the public to engage with us in non-commodified exchange.
Free Dance Lessons is good exercise. Free Dance Lessons is a project of Day
Milman and Paige Gratland.
JULY 19 „ELUSIVE QUALITY‰ FILM/VIDEO SCREENING
Curated by Astria Suparak and Lauren Cornell
Participant, Inc 8:30 PM
In line with the theme of LTTR’s third issue, “Practice More Failure”,
ELUSIVE QUALITY champions the realities of failure in relation to fantasies
of athletic, sexual, and political achievement and mastery. Your works
together make for a powerful aesthetic of the undone. Consciously inglorious
and imperfect, they reset the goalposts for success and then win at their
own games. Nice jobs to all! Named after the stud Elusive Quality, sire to
our unwitting national hero Smarty Jones, the program proposes: What may be
sweeter than success are the thresholds crossed while making of all sorts of
socio-personal mistakes. Includes work and premieres by Lynne Chan, Valie
Export, Mariam Ghani, Caroline Koebel, Tara Mateik, Math Bass and James
Tsiang of Marriage, Seth Price, Chadwick Rantanen, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson
and Toyshop Collective.
Images and more information at:

http://www.astriasuparak.com/elusivequality.htm

JULY 19 & 20
Xylor Jane & Matt Keegan inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new collaboration
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
XYLORJane was born on Solstice and began painting on her 10th b-day. She was
raised grew up in Orange County, CA by with born-again Christians. She XJ
works for the 60 numbers that repeat in the ones column of the Fibonacci
series.
Matt Keegan was born and raised in Long Island. After completing his BFA at
Carnegie Mellon University, he moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1998. From
1999-2000, Keegan co-founded and co-directed Bellwether Gallery in Brooklyn,
NY. During this time, Bellwether was the recipient of an Artists Space
Independent Projects Grant and was reviewed in The New York Times, Time Out
New York, as well as other arts and culture publications. He then ended his
involvement with the gallery to focus on his art-making. In the summer of
2001, he attended a summer residency at The Skowhegan School of Painting and
Sculpture.
Keegan is a recipient of the Agnes Martin Sculpture Award and a Master of
Fine Arts graduate from the Visual Arts Department. Until the 21st of May,
an exhibition entitled Art in the Office will be on view at The Global
Consulting Groups Lower Manhattan headquarters. This group show, curated by
Keegan, was a recent Critic‚s Pick on Artforum.com, and features several
graduating, and alumni of the Visual Arts division. He has also recently
co-published a magazine featuring the work of emerging artists, entitled
North Drive Press: Summer Kit, which will be available this June. Keegan‚s
own artwork will be featured this summer in a group exhibition at Team
Gallery in Chelsea.
JULY 21 & 22
Luis Jacob & Leidy Churchman inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based artist and curator. Recent exhibitions of his
work include “Towards a Theory” (Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam); “Tomorrow‚s
News” (Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki); “Better Worlds” (Agnes Etherington
Arts Centre, Kingston); “Art is Activism” (Fine Arts Building Gallery,
University of Alberta, Edmonton); “Voices in Transit” (Cape Town Central
Station, Cape Town South Africa); and “House Guests: Contemporary Art at
the Grange” (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto). He was curator-in-residence
at Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, where he curated
the exhibitions “My Rolodex: Janice Gurney, Chris Lloyd, Sandy Plotnikoff”
and “Golden Streams: Artists Collaboration and Exchange in the 1970s”. He is
also involved in the community-education collective, the Anarchist Free
University. Luis Jacob is represented by Robert Birch Gallery in Toronto.
Leidy Churchman is a young transexual, young painter, young lover. Now
living in Nightgowns Studios in chicago, involved in the adventures of art.
Hosting Pilot Chicago Conference, in October 2004.
JULY 22 LIVE ART at Art in General 7-9 PM
Janet Pants
Marriage
Gregg Bordowitz
Sharon Hayes
Emily Sunblad
Megan Palaima
Jane Paik/Janet Pants is a founding member of Leg and Pants Dance Theatre, a
modern day dance chaos troupe. She brings modern dance to the stages of rock
clubs and galleries, taking it out of traditional high culture dance venues.
Jane Paik/Janet Pants will present a solo dance performance.
Marriage, the union of James Tsang and Math Bass, sings songs, tells stories
and takes its clothes off for public. Naked for blowing things up. Marriage
is an erased line, it is not force-fed. It comes from Chicago and stays home
a lot. A sweet harsh air around it makes videos and drawings. Humor Beauty
and Sports, we like to support each other.
Marriage will stage a song-based video art performance.
Gregg Bordowitz is a writer, film and video maker. His films, including Fast
Trip Long Drop (1993), A Cloud In Trousers (1995), The Suicide (1996), and
Habit (2001) have been widely shown in festivals, museums, movie theaters
and broadcast internationally. His writings have been published in
anthologies such as AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism, Queer Looks,
Uncontrollable Bodies, Resolutions and in numerous publications and
journals. His forthcoming book — titled The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and
Other Writings 1986-2003 — will be published by MIT Press in the fall of
2004. In addition to being a member of the faculty of the Film/Video/New
Media Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is on the
faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Gregg Bordowitz will give a talk titled: The Self-Shattering Peace:
Sexuality and War. This talk will consider how sex and queer sexualities, in
particular, can provide new forms of dissent.
Sharon Hayes is engaged in an art practice that moves between multiple
mediums˜video, performance, and installation˜in an ongoing artistic
investigation into the relations of history, politics and space to the
process of individual and collective subject formation. To this aim, she
employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and
academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and
journalism. Hayes was a 1999 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She also received a
1999 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was a participant in
the Whitney Museum of American Art‚s Independent Study Program, 1999-2000
and received an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio at UCLA‚s Department
of Art in 2003.
Sharon Hayes will stage a DJ performance.
Emily Sunblad will perform as Anita Berber.
Megan Palaima is a site-based performance artist who uses public space to
interact with multiple viewers and transgress the traditional role of
spectatorship.
Megan will perform on the Walker Street outside Art in General.
JULY 24 ˆ 26 REENA SPAULINGS SERIES
371 Grand between Essex and Norfolk
646-610-9036
JULY 24 Trans Legal Workshop by Bridge Joyce and Franklin Romeo
Reena Spaulings Gallery 2PM
JULY 25 Two Performances at Reena Spaulings Gallery 8pm
Tara Mateik: SBI, The Society of Biological Insurgents
JJ Chinois: Performance Artist
Tara Mateik is a media artist and activist in New York. His videos and
collective productions have screened internationally. As Coordinator of the
video collective, Paper Tiger Television, Tara collaboratively advocated
dozens of alternative media production and distribution initiatives. Tara
has contributed to the publications Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and
Culture and LTTR, a new feminist art journal. Tara explores the politicized
forms of gender variance through biological intervention and direct action.
Tara Mateik is a member of The Society of Biological Insurgents (SBI,
pronounced spi), which is a cell organization that seeks to overthrow
institutions of compulsory gender. He will perform an SBI lecture at Reena
Spaulings.
JULY 26 Elisabeth Subrin: Making “Madness” Artist Talk
Reena Spaulings Gallery 8pm
Filmmaker, video artist and screenwriter Elisabeth Subrin will present
research, film clips and strategies for working on and within issues and
experiences of mental illness. An informal discussion on the
nature,experience and poetics of “madness”, both within popular culture and
media art, this presentation is based on Subrin’s decade long investigation
into cinematic representations of women’s afflictions as well as research
from her screenplay about bipolar disorder. Part study of ‘madness’, part
autobiographical account of Subrin’s own experience, part how-to lecture on
making it through.
JULY 26 & 27
Jen Smith & TBA collaborator inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
Jen Smith plays music, makes art and crafts. This little dude loves living
in a community interested in the places- physical,mental,spiritual- where
art and activism meet.
JULY 28 & 29
Allison Smith & Carrie Moyer inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
Allison Smith
I am a New York-based visual artist working primarily in sculptural
multiples and prints. A long-term investigation of historical re-enactment,
or „living history,‰ has led me to make numerous installations of prop-like
objects that reference various early American craft traditions. I am
currently organizing a large-scale battle re-enactment, or Muster, gathering
the forces of my artistic community in order to identify what we are
fighting for.
Carrie Moyer is a New York-based painter and one half of the public art
project, Dyke Action Machine! (DAM!). Her work has been widely exhibited and
reviewed in the US and Europe. Most recently she was featured in “8
Painters: New Work,” Art in America, November 2003.
JULY 29 LIVE ART at Art in General 7-9 PM
Judith Halberstam and Eileen Myles
Marie Thérèse Escribano and Ulrike Mueller
The Toxic Titties
The Blow
Judith Halberstam is Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at the
University of California at San Diego. Halberstam is the author of Female
Masculinity and The Drag King Book (with Del LaGrace Volcano) and is
currently finishing a book on transgender embodiment and starting a new
project on queer temporality and subcultural lives.
Eileen Myles has written thousands of poems since she gave her first reading
at CBGB‚s in 1974. She is currently writing a novel called The Inferno about
the hell of being a female poet. And she‚s collaborating with LA composer
Michael Webster on an opera called Hell. Her articles and reviews appear
regularly in The Nation, Book Forum, Index, Art in America, The Village
Voice, Nest and The Stranger. She is a professor of writing at UCSD and
hopes for a regime change in the US in this year.
Judith Halberstam and Eileen Myles are debuting their first performative
collaboration for the LTTR explosion.
Marie Thérèse Escribano and Ulrike Mueller are currently collaborating on
the basis of transgenerational feminism.
Marie Thérèse Escribano received her education as a classical concert and
opera singer in Madrid, Brussels, and Vienna, where she won the Belcanto
Award in 1956. After twenty years of internationally performing Avantgarde
and medieval music, in the 1970s she started her own brand of music-theatre
performances. Marie Thérèse Escribano lives and works as a performer and
voice educator in Vienna, Austria. Ulrike Müller is an artist and video
maker living and working in New York and Vienna. She graduated from the
Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, 1996 and was a participant in the Whitney
Independent Study Program in New York, 2002/2003.
Marie Thérèse Escribano and Ulrike Mueller will be performing a theatrical
sketch from the religious lesbian future.
The Toxic Titties are a force of pleasure, dissent, determination and will.
One coalition, united in purpose, disrupting and dismantling systems of
authority and control. Join us or move aside, but do not stand in our way.
Toxic Titties are Heather Cassils, Clover Leary and Julia Steinmetz plus a
team of titties that expands and contracts with each performance.
The Toxic Titties will perform Be My Patron, a drag performance, with the
idea of drag being not just about gender, but also about class and economic
status.
The Blow is Khaela Maricich‚s solo act from Olympia, Washington. She uses a
guitar and Karaoke style singing to create narratives.
The Blow will present a new narrative performance on gender stereotypes.
AUGUST 2 & 3
Courtney Dailey & Klara Liden inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
courtney dailey lives in philadelphia PA and works at Space 1026, a
collectively-run studio and gallery space. She curates, paints, prints,
draws, and helps facilitate other peoples‚ art schemes through organizing
and sharing skills. A Canadian living in the US, dailey is concerned with
ideas around communication, place, home, and desire as located in queer
bodies. As one of the founders of the projet MOBILIVRE BOOKMOBILE project,
an annual traveling exhibition of artist books, zines, and independent
publications, she continues to engage her love of collaboration and
larger-than-life projects.
Klara Liden is a Swedish artist working in the public realm. She studied
architecture at The Royal Institute of Technology. Klara uses found
materials to build subversive structures thoughout cities like Stockholm and
Berlin. She creates projects that shift experiences of public spaces.
AUGUST 4 & 5
Fereshteh Toosi & Aisha Burnes inhabit LTTR HQ and present a new
collaboration.
Art in General Project Space 12-6 PM
fereshteh toosi is an interdisciplinary artist working in Pittsburgh, PA.
She uses video, sculpture, and performance to explore cultural difference
and popular mythologies. This summer she is artist-in-residence with her
collaborator Carolyn Lambert at the Berwick Research Institute in Roxbury,
MA.
aisha k. burnes was born at home on the coast of northern california and
currently resides in long island city, new york. today her favorite color is
safety orange. she spends her spare time drinking guinness, bicycling, being
dirty larry and looking for his moustache.
AUGUST 5 CLOSING/Collaborations Presentation at Art In General 7-9 PM

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