3 my ass hurts
4 my fingers hurt
5 my heart hurts
6 my tummy hurts
7 my foot hurts
8 my cock hurts
9 no more pain
10 Triptych consists of skull, boating lake and heart house, and men with cocks.
part of II Encuentro Internacional El Arte es Acción festival, at Valle-Inclán Theatre, Madrid, Spain.
FiveMyles in Brooklyn, Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami
and labotanica in Houston Present
Curated by Jorge Rojas
Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m. (EST)
LOW LIVES is an exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted via the internet and projected in real time at three venues throughout the U.S.- FiveMyles, Brooklyn; Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami; and labotanica, Houston in partnership with Project Row Houses (5 – 8 pm in Houston).
Artists include Abby Donovan; Adam Trowbridge; Amanda Alfieri; Bishop Bishop; Carlos Rodal; Carol & Jonas Pereira-Olson; Carolina Vasquez & Bethan Marlow; Caroline Boileau; Danielle Abrams; Denise Prince; Eden Mazer & Rachel Frank; ErikAndTheAnimals; Eseohe Arhebamen / edoheart; Flounder Lee; Franko B; Fred Koenig; Genevieve Erin O'Brien; Igor Josifov; Inge Hoonte & Michelle Tupko; Javier A. Lara, Rose DiSalvo, Chris; Jeanne Jo; Joe Nanashe; Johanna Reich; Kelly Kleinschrodt; Kenya (Robinson); Mark L. Stafford; Profesor Bazuco; Robert Crosse; Rosamond S. King; Rotliebend: Johanna Bruckner & Melissa Steckbauer; Sergio Lamanna; Y. E. Torres (ms.YET) & Sandy Ewen.
FiveMyles: 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn
Diaspora Vibe Gallery: 3938 North Miami Ave, Miami
Labotanica at Project Row Houses: 2521 Holman, Houston (5 – 8 pm)
Diaspora Vibe Gallery’s Off the Wall Experimental Series funded in part by Funding Arts Network (FAN)
Contact: Jorge Rojas, Curator: email@example.com
Bob Dickinson talks to performance artists who have used their own bodies as a site for art, and in doing so challenged the limits of what it means to be human.
Including Stellarc, Orlan, Marina Abramovic, Franko B, Tehching Hsieh and the Chinese artist He Yun Chang, Bob Dickinson asks what makes them want to endure discomfort, pain and isolation. He reports on the way in which certain artists are now moving away from the limited space of their bodies, fascinated by the way technology and genetic engineering are remapping our understanding of the self.
Listen on BBC iPlayer
Visions of Excess was a non-stop, 12 hour voyage into the heart of darkness, a communion with the ragged spirit of Georges Bataille, exploring the philosophers key themes of death, eroticism and the forbidden. This dvd features documentation from Visions of Excess London. Easter Sunday, 2009. Commissioned by SPILL Festival.
Curated by Ron Athey and Lee Adams, and hosted by David Hoyle the event featured live performances, installations, film screenings and DJs. This dvd features excerpts from work by Lee Adams, Ron Athey, Franko B, Gio Black Peter, Bruce La Bruce, Christophe Chemin, Peter Christopherson, Zackary Drucker, Flawless Sabrina, Dominic Johnson, Mouse, Kira O'Reilly, L.Gabrielle Penabaz, Lazlo Pearlman, SmaxXx, Suka Off, Samantha Sweeting, Julie Tolentino and Veenus Vortex.
Lee Adams, Ron Athey and Live Art Development Agency 2010, DVD-PAL, 57 minutes.
|What's in the Archive?|
The archive covers the last 20 years of Franko’s work, and includes material in a wide variety of formats related to his performances, screenings, exhibitions, collaborations, mentoring, books and visual art.
View the list of items in the Franko B Archive (coming soon)
|There are posters and photographs of Franko and his work, and also a number of items made from the cloth Franko has bled onto during his performances, including several garments. Other artefacts include the number counter machine, the bleeding kit, two kilner jars of syringes and other objects associated with bleeding, and the fabric representing the British and American flags with blood splatters from 'They Shoot Children Don’t They' (2006) – a piece relating to the Iraq war.|
Franko will continue to add to the archive as his performance works develop in coming years. He has recently decided to discontinue bleeding in performance, and is pursuing other challenging creative strategies, including painting.
In 'Don't Leave Me This Way', his latest performance work in progress, Franko B's body is presented naked and unpainted, seated on a raised plinth or altar. The audience is allowed time to look at his body, to approach it as a sculptural form. 'Don't Leave Me This Way' will continue his practical research into the politics of performance, in new and unexpected ways.
|For access to the Franko B Archive, please contact Bex Carrington, Keeper: Live Art Archives on 0117 33 15186, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
New book by Gabriele Tinti - Legendary Hearts
published by Damiani, Bologna 2009
27th and 28th May 2009, part of Contemporanea Colline Festival.
- Robert Clark, The Guardian, Saturday 18 April 2009
VISIONS OF EXCESS was curated by Ron Athey and Lee Adams, featuring live performances from Franko B, Julie Tolentino, Bruce La Bruce, Kembra Pfahler, Suka Off, Kira O'Reilly, Dominic Johnson and Nicole Blackman plus video work by Genesis P Orridge, Peter Christopherson, SUPERM, Daniel Mckernan & Ritchie Rennt and Terence Koh
Easter Sunday 12th April 2009, 9pm - 9am
SHUNT Vaults, Joiner St. London
Presented as part of SPILL Festival of Performance