From: Cari Machet (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Aug 07 2006 - 08:42:07 PDT
This week @ Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston Street < Avenues B & C > Rain or Shine.
FREE / voluntary donation
F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on Houston St. or J / M trains to
Delancey. Walk northeast to Houston St.
Press contact: Peter Cramer 212-529-8815
August 10 Thursday 8:30 pm
" This Delicate Monster"
created by Michelle Handelman
"This Delicate Monster" is a multi-media pop fable inspired by Charles
Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil, a book of poems succulent and darkly
suave as 19th-century Paris and Baudelaire himself. Michelle Handelman
transposes the Flowers of Evil into a garden feast of excess and desire
with multiple projections, live performances, organic foods and
cocktails, creating a haunting and hallucinatory fragmented narrative
best described as a cross between a music video, a pagan ritual and a
Vogue fashion shoot gone terribly wrong. Collaborating with couture
costume designer Garo Sparo and a cast of performers, Handelman visits
the abyss of fear and the sublime - implicating the viewer every step
of the way. A visceral experience not to be missed.
Michelle Handelman, video artist, performer and director of the
critically acclaimed feature documentary BloodSisters (1999 Bravo
Award) invites the viewer into her invented world of This Delicate
Monster – a benevolent nightmare creating a new spin on the human
condition - an abject space where meaning falls apart in a persistent
and macabre performance of endurance.
August 12 Saturday 8pm.
"OUT" - FreeFormFilmFestival
A collection of outsider and incorrect film/video clips that we have
been calling, "OUT" , includes excerpts from training videos,
performances, advertisements, and television programs from the past 50
At Free Form we present new experimental works, but are also
preservationists of forgotten and discarded media. Video archeology
can be a humorous way to show our culture its history. Comparatively,
old programs lack production tricks and gloss, which makes their
formerly encoded messages stand out plainly. We like to study these
messages and the arc of values the media has pushed to gage our
cultures changing and unchanging values.
MIXED SALAD WITH CAESAR'S UNDRESSING
" There was a literary orgy at the neighborhood garden Le Petit
Versailles' "Arouse Is Arouse Is Arouse"—a Gertrude Stein tribute where
Gertie's books were laid across the impromptu stage and everyone was
invited to grab one and read a passage aloud. No one did. Then the
organizers put some "Alice B. Toklas brownies" on the snack table.
Contrary to this report, enthusiasts did get reading! They just need a
bit of incentive!
Events are made possible by Allied Productions,Inc.,
Gardeners & Friends of LPV,Citizens for NYC, GreenThumb/ NYC Dept. of
Materials for the Arts; NYC ,Dept. of Cultural Affairs,NYC Dept. of
& NYC Board of Education. and Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
LPV Programs are made possible with public funds the New York State
Council on the Arts, a State agency
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.