Geert Lovink on Thu, 14 Jan 1999 10:30:31 +0100 (MET)

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Syndicate: MIR IS HERE

>Date: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 12:13:38 -0800
>From: Harley Spiller <>
>Organization: Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
>MIME-Version: 1.0
>Subject: MIR IS HERE  an intergalactic and interpersonal netcast!
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    January 12, 1999
>Contact:  Martha Wilson
>               Founding Director
>               Franklin Furnace
>               45 John Street, #611
>               NY, NY 10038
>               212.766.2606
>Irina Danilova and Steven Ausbury's
>Friday, January 15th
>5 PM at
>To watch the netcast, make sure you have the RealPlayer Plug-in,
>available at  You may also join the artists and
>worldwide audiences live in ChannelP's chat room via Pseudo's CHAT TV.
>IRINA DANILOVA and STEVEN AUSBURY present "MIR is Here!" a city-wide
>performance/human installation project using Space Station MIR (and
>"outer space") as a means of investigating the delineation and
>containment of public and private space on Earth.
>"MIR is Here!" appropriates such paradigms as the "space walk," and
>"astronaut training exercises" and re-deploys them in urban situations:
>training to become the first artist astronauts to go to MIR, Danilova
>and Ausbury supplant their hi-tech gear with everyday equipment such as
>sidewalks (moving and stationary), revolving doors, escalators, and
>elevators. The artists will give a "press conference" from their
>"Space," and broadcast images of life in "MIR."
>The project also explores a cultural dialogue between Russian
>artist/cosmonaut Danilova and American artist/astronaut Ausbury. "MIR is
>Here!" is their first collaboration. Ukraine-born Ms. Danilova lived for
>years in Moscow before settling in the United States in 1992, and
>performed at the 1996 Cleveland International Performance Art Festival,
>and Chile?s Performare 1997. Steven Ausbury studied at Hampshire College
>and was a Whitney Independent Study Fellow in 1988. In addition to his
>theater and performance
>work, he has extensive experience in film and video. He has received
>multiple Art Matters Grants, and a Prix Canal Plus at the Cannes Film
>Festival in 1993 for his screenplay for the short film "The Debt."
>Franklin Furnace's 1998-99 season entitled THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT is
>the only performance art series that links Aeschylus, the Mir space
>station, celebrity fanatics, a runny nose, and a young woman who runs
>her inked tongue along a white wall.  To view these netcasts, you must
>download the RealPlayer plug-in available at
>THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT is the second season of Franklin Furnace's
>collaboration with Pseudo Online Network; Pseudo Programs, Inc. is the
>world's largest producer of Internet television, broadcasting over
> thirty weekly shows featuring emerging artists, news and entertainment.
>Performances are netcast live from Pseudo's studios, and may also be
>viewed archivally at any time from or
>For complete program schedule and updates, consult Franklin Furnace's
>website  or email us at
>Franklin Furnace wishes to thank the 1998 supporters of its programs for
>emerging artists for their faith and foresight: Jerome Foundation, The
>Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., the New York State
>Council on the Arts, the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Heathcote
>Art Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc.,
>Philip Morris Companies Inc., Pseudo Programs, Inc., the New York City
>Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program and the
>friends and Members of Franklin Furnace.
>Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
>45 John Street, #611
>New York, NY 10038-3706
>Martha Wilson, Founding Director
>Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
>Harley Spiller, Administrator
>Alice Wu, Program Coordinator

Met vriendelijke groet,
Bart Tunnissen

De Maatschappij voor Oude en Nieuwe Media // The Society for Old and New Media
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