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Franklin Furnace is a renowned New York–based arts organization whose mission is to preserve, document, and present works of avant-garde art by emerging artists - particularly those whose works may be vulnerable due to institutional neglect or politically unpopular content. Over more than thirty years, Franklin Furnace has presented works by hundreds of avant-garde artists, some of whom - Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, Eric Bogosian, Jenny Holzer, Karen Finley, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Annie Sprinkle, and the Blue Man Group, to name a few - are now established names in contemporary art and entertainment.

Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive history of this remarkable organization from its conception to the present. Organized around the context of the major art genres that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century — artists’ books, live art, and digital performance — this book intersperses first-person narratives with empirical observations on issues critical to the organization's success as well as Franklin Furnace's many contributions to avant-garde art.

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Talks by Toni Sant about this book:

May 2013
9 Department of Music & Drama
University of Hull
3:15pm
15 Department of English & Drama
University of Loughborough
4:00pm
February 2011
17 Institute for Performing Arts Development
University of East London
4:30pm
21 School of Performance & Cultural Industries
University of Leeds
1:00pm
March 2011
1 Central School of Speech & Drama
University of London
4:30pm
9 Centre for Performance Research
Aberystwyth University
5:30pm
16 Institute for Creative Technologies
De Montfort University - Leicester
5:00pm
April 2011
8 National Museum of Fine Arts
South Street, Valletta - Malta
7:00pm
16 SCUDD Conference
University of Glasgow
9:30am
May 2011
7 TaPRA Documenting Performance Symposium
University of Kent - Canterbury
5:30pm
October 2011
19 School of Media, Music & Performance
University of Salford
4:15pm
November 2011
16 Drama Department - Research Seminar
University of Bristol
4:15pm

ISBN: 978-1-84150-371-4

PUBLISHED BY INTELLECT (UK)


DISTRIBUTED IN NORTH AMERICA BY
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In telling the story of Franklin Furnace, Toni Sant unfolds its long multifaceted history splendidly, revealing to us its many adventures in a very informative and interesting manner. This book deserves a place on the shelves of art history and should be thumbed by many a scholar and artist.
- Brian Routh (aka Harry Kipper), multimedia performance artist


A riveting account of the evolution of one of the most innovative arts organizations of all time. An important and long overdue study, and essential reading for those interested in the interdisciplinary impulses of cutting-edge art and performance.
- Steve Dixon, Professor of Digital Performance, Brunel University, London

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Toni Sant is Director of Research at the University of Hull’s School of Arts and New Media in Scarborough, United Kingdom. He has previously also lectured about performance and new media at New York University and the University of Malta. For more see http://www.tonisant.com


Book Reviews:
  • The Times of Malta - Charles Xuereb, Writer & Broadcaster (10 May 2011)
  • International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media - Kélina Gotman, King's College London (11 April 2012)
  • Leonardo Electronic Almanac - Maria Chatzichristodoulou, University of Hull (22 September 2012)
  • Journal of Curatorial Studies - Harry J. Weil, SUNY Stony Brook, New York (5 December 2012)
  • Studies in Theatre & Performance - Carmen Szabo, University of Sheffield (30 September 2013)
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