Franklin Furnace Publications

2011 The History of the Future! A Franklin Furnace View of Performance Art

This set of five DVDs, ‘Highlights Reel,’ ‘The Culture Wars I,’ ‘The Culture Wars II,’ ‘Identity Politics,’ and ‘The Body as Art / The Body of the Net’ documents the eponymous event held at the Abrons Art Center in New York City on April 27, 2007. Four hours and fifty minutes of live performances, both contemporary and reconstructed presentations, are interspersed with historical performance footage from the past thirty years. The History of the Future! includes a booklet with essays by C. Carr and RoseLee Goldberg, is intended to serve as an academic resource of performance art events which changed cultural discourse. Issues of economics, gender, identity, politics, race and other hot button topics are seen through the work of artists the Alien Comic, Moe Angelos / Peg Healey, Ron Athey, Blue Man Group, Eric Bogosian, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Grupo 609, Murray Hill, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Holly Hughes, John Jesurun, Joshua Kinberg/Yury Gitman, the Kipper Kids, Tim Miller, Mouchette, Julie Atlas Muz, Pope.L, Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, Martha Rosler, Alba Sanchez, Sapphire, Stuart Sherman, Michael Smith, Annie Sprinkle, Jack Waters, William Wegman, Martha Wilson, Wooloo Productions, Adrianne Wortzel, X-Cheerleaders, and Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga.

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