FREE MANIFESTA NEWSLETTER 15.7.02
We're at the halfway point of a great summer – thank you to all the artists
and everyone who is making this possible. Read the midsummer report below.
CURRENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
ALL THE MOST UP TO DATE LISTINGS ON OUR EVENTS PAGE:
PARTY FLASH: A GREAT NIGHT COMING UP WEDNESDAY THE 17 OF JULY
FIRST: Check out the video work of the Romanian ROSTOPASCA GROUP (Nicolae
Comanescu, Floe Florin Tudor & Mona Vatamanu) at the Trespassing Space at
Manifesta 4's Frankensteiner Hof location (in Sachsenhausen). WEDNESDAY, 17
JULY from 18:00-19:00 (6PM - 7PM). Event is free and requires no Manifesta
Adresse / Adress: Trespassing Space,
Frankensteiner Hof, Grosse Rittergasse 103,
Phone: +49/69/60 60 88 71
SECOND: Stop by the Maincaffe and see the video projection of Paris-based,
Serbian artist IGOR ANTIC, "Intersecting Territories" & other new works.
Hang out for a while and meet some of the Free Manifesta artists who are in
town. WEDNESDAY 17 JULY*, 21H30. Maincaffe, Museumsufer, Frankfurt. * in
case of bad weather it will be postponed to Wednesday, 24 July , 21H30.
THIRD: Head on over to the KIOSK for a night with Akufen & friends. This
isn't a Free Manifesta event, but kiosk is our official favorite spot for
the late night/early morning Frankfurt hours & this should be a very good
HAPPENING NOW: Eva Strohmeier's INTERACTIVE MIND MAPPING on the billboard
space: Plakatflache Bleichstrasse 59/Eschenheimer Turm - stop by and add
your thoughts to the mind map. Also a noninteractive mind map at
Plakatflache Hauptwache/C-Ebene U1,2,3. Eva Strohmeier is a Frankfurt
native now based in California. Both mindmaps: 12 JULY THROUGH 19 JULY.
HAPPENING NOW: Domenico Oliveros' LA SETTIMANA, in which he is making a
drawing with blue and yellow chalk on the sidewalk of Republik Platz angle
with Mainzer-Landstr. (near to Hauptbahnhof Frankfurt am Main). This drawing
is the classic children play called in Italian "la settimana" (the week). A
short moment for a play, to go back to infant pleasure/ innocence. 10 JULY
THROUGH 17 JULY1
16 JULY - 21 JULY: Portuguese artist duo SCAPE will be performing DON'T LOOK
NOW, walking through various Manifesta 4 exhibition venues wearing black
T-shirts that have the words "don't look now" written on them.
17 & 18 JULY: AI KAKUTA from London will be in town giving away his FREE
FROGS at the Free Manifesta Headquarters.
21 & 22 JULY: Video from artist SIMON MORRIS and DR. HOWARD BRITTON (UK) -
DOMESTIC LECTURES ON PAUL MCCARTHY WITH COMPLIMENTARY LECTURE NOTES. In
September 2001, the artist Simon Morris and the psychoanalyst Dr. Howard
Britton decided to exchange information on their respective disciplines.
Alternating on a weekly basis, one would visit the other and deliver a
lecture on a subject from their own discipline. The lectures were filmed
with both the 'teacher' and the 'student' being recorded. The lectures took
place in their domestic spaces and were intermittently interrupted by cats,
dogs, small children, telephone calls and aeroplanes passing overhead. In
December 2001, Simon Morris gave an introductory lecture on Paul McCarthy's
work. A few days before Christmas they went to view a Paul McCarthy exhibit
at The Tate Gallery in Liverpool. In January 2002 Dr. Howard Britton gave a
lecture on the work of Jacques Lacan, using Paul McCarthy's piece, 'Bossy
Burger' to illustrate Lacan's three registers; the real, the symbolic and
the imaginary. The domestic lectures will be presented here in public for
the first time. Lecture notes that were during the recording of each lecture
will be made freely available to spectators. 21 JULY AND 22 JULY, EACH
LECTURE AT 6PM (18:00) in the Trespassing Space at Manifesta 4's
Frankensteiner Hof location (in Sachsenhausen).
Adresse / Adress: Trespassing Space,
Frankensteiner Hof, Grosse Rittergasse 103,
Phone: +49/69/60 60 88 71
25 JULY: VALENTINA LOI will be giving away 300 of her oil "Pocket Paintings"
around Frankfurt and at the Free Manifesta Headquarters.
FREE ART: Every day we get boxes of free artworks from all over – stop by
the FREE MANIFESTA HEADQUARTERS to see and choose from our ever changing
array of work from over 40 different artists.
ONLINE: Over 70 net art, mail art, phone art, and email projects are
accessible through our website, and more are being added every day. Look
for spotlights on these areas in upcoming issues of the newsletter.
HOW TO LOCATE FREE MANIFESTA
FREE MANIFESTA HEADQUARTERS: on the groundfloor of the Frankfurter
Kunstverein, located near the Schirn Kunsthalle, just off the Romerberg.
Subway U4, U5 stop: Romer. The headquarters is open 11am to 7pm daily, and
no manifesta 4 ticket is required.
MAP & DIRECTIONS: http://www.freemanifesta.org/find.html
ON THE WEB: http://www.freemanifesta.org
OVER 225 ARTISTS SERVED- 150+ PROJECTS NOW ON OUR WEBSITE, MORE COMING EVERY
CAN'T BE IN FRANKFURT?
Pictures of the headquarters are now online at:
And remember, most FREE MANIFESTA projects can be perceived and participated
in from anywhere.
WANT TO HELP?
FREE MANIFESTA is looking for a few friends to look after the headquarters
space in August. It's a great way to meet visiting artists from all over &
have some contact with the public attending Manifesta. The requirements are
not difficult and the time involved can be very flexible. Contact Sal at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in finding out more.
Also, anyone interested in hosting visiting artists or helping them realize
projects in Frankfurt, please contact email@example.com.
Help Wanted ! for a project Fragile Art
Misa Namekawa Is a New York based Japanese artist. Namekawa places
five-inch-tall plaster versions of the Statue of Liberty on the streets .
After pedestrians kick and step on them, she collect the broken pieces,
assemble them back into their original form, and photograph them. She will
make the broken statues' posters from the photographs and post them in the
streets in Frankfurt.
In the process of shooting and posting, she needs volunteers. If you are
interested in this project and have free time during the dates, please
contact to the Free Manifesta office for the details.
Scheduled shooting date: July 25-26
Scheduled posting date : July 31-August 2
Contact to : firstname.lastname@example.org
*Free Manifesta Office
c/o Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Romerberg
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIDSUMMER REPORT: 225 ARTISTS & GROUPS ARE PARTICIPATING IN FREE MANIFESTA
CONTACT: SAL RANDOLPH
Germany:0178-4633160 (through 30 July)
July 15, 2002, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. As of the close of the entry
period on June 30, 2002, 225 artists and collectives had joined Free
Manifesta, resulting in the participation of over 300 individual artists.
Free Manifesta is an open show of nonmonetary art in public spaces, and is
an official participant of Manifesta 4, the European Biennial of
Contemporary art, being held currently in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (from
24 May through 25 August, 2002).
Artists are participating in Free Manifesta from all over Eastern and
Western Europe, as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America
and Australia. In contrast with Manifesta 4, for which there was no
application process, Free Manifesta accepted any artist who chose to enter.
Organizer Sal Randolph says. "It is an experiment in creating a gift
economy, where artists produce their works independently and together create
a social network and context for perceiving the work."
By the end of August, more than 45 artists will have traveled to Frankfurt
to do projects in the spaces of the city. These include an installation in
the city library by Jennifer Pickering (Canada), psychogeographical walks
through the streets by Christina Ray (US) and Adrian Lear (Scotland), and
Nick Grindell (Germany) moving sound installations by Jermy Turner (Canada)
and Janne Vanhannen (Finland), an exhibition in the coat-check of the Musuem
of Modern Art in Frankfurt organized by Norman Beierle (Germany), Valentina
Ferrarese (Italy) and Hester Keijser (Netherlands), street postering by
Swoon (US), and video projections by Igor Antic (Serbia), Raphael Di Luzio
(US), Simon Morris & Dr. Howard Britton (UK) and Rostopasca Group (Romania).
The idea of public space has been defined very broadly in the context of
Free Manifesta to encompass not only the streets and sidewalks but also
commercial and municipal space, public airwaves, telephone and mail systems
and the internet. Over half of the Free Manifesta projects make use of
public communications media which link people together across countries and
continents, enabling artists to contribute their work from a distance.
Telephone art projects include Susan Mendes Silva's "Artphone" (Portugal)
which offered her telephone number for anyone who wished to discuss
contemporary art. Mail art projects include Luc Fieren's
"POSTFLUXPOSTBOOKLETS" (Belgium) and Terry Kitchen's (US) offer to send some
of his semen – cryogenically stored as an art project in 1968 – to any
woman who wishes to become artificially inseminated. Kathe Izzo (US) in
"True Love" offers to fall in love with you for one day, communicating by
The Free Manifesta website (http://www.freemanifesta.org) acts as a portal
for over 65 online & internet artworks, including Christophe Bruno's "The
Google Adwords Happening" (France), Rainer Ganahl's "Picture Rubble"
(Austria/US), Joy Garnett's "Smokescreen" (US), Tamara Lai and Jimpunk's
"Salvaggio Museum" (US), and Jody Zellen's "Ghost City" (US). Cristine
Wang's "Defining Lines" brings together projects from a further 35 internet
artists, including 0100101110101101.ORG who are the only artists to be
official participants in both Manifesta 4 and Free Manifesta.
The Free Manifesta headquarters, located in the exhibition spaces of
Manifesta 4 in the ground floor of the Frankfurter Kunstverein serves as an
office, information center, and a place for artists to meet and work on
projects. In addition, over 4000 individual artworks by 40 different artist
are being given away in a special free art area of the headquarters. Among
these are "930" by Mark Malmgren of South Carolina (US) who has made enough
watercolor paintings for 10 to be given away every day for the duration of
the show, "You cannot by art, art cannot be sold" an edition of 1000 plastic
shopping bags by Heribert Friedl (Austria), and "Lock on, lock out," museum
lapel pins with military targets on them by David Borowski (US), and "Normal
Zoning Tape" from the Normal Group for Architecture (US/Switzerland/Serbia)
as well as a large variety of prints, drawings, booklets, stickers, cds,
cd-roms, floppy disks and other small-scale works. The smallest artworks
submitted were from Peter Coffin of New York whose "Placebo Acid Project"
consisted of 1,271 individual hits of placebo blotter acid. Several
artists intervened in the space of the headquarters; Ellen Harvey (US) drew
a welcome mat, Kathrin Bohm (Germany/UK) tagged the office with her street
posters, Sara Reeske (US) drilled a doily pattern into the office cabinet.
Free Manifesta is the work of New York artist Sal Randolph, who purchased
her participation rights in Manifesta 4 for $15,099 on Ebay. She produces
independent artistic projects, most recently the Free Biennial (2002,
www.freebiennial.org) and Free Words (2001-2, www.freewords.org).
For complete information visit http://www.freemanifesta.org which serves as
a catalog and access point for all of the artists projects. An email
newsletter detailing current and upcoming events is available by
subscription and at http://www.freemanifesta.org/news.html
Manifesta 4, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art