This DVD was produced by the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art of Franklin Furnace's Founding Director, Martha Wilson, on the occasion of the "History of Disappearance" exhibition drawn from Franklin Furnace's archives.
The lecture proposes Futurism as the cradle of performance art and follows the avant-garde art practice through Dadaism and Constructivism and on to contemporary work. Ms. Wilson discusses performance in the contexts of confrontation, the body as medium and site, and time-based practice.
Artists discussed include Laurie Anderson, Paul Burwell, Dara Birnbaum, Eric Bogosian, Ken Butler, Guy de Cointet, Dead Dog and Lonley Horse, Karen Finley, Bob Flanagan, Cheri Gaulke, Mel Gordon, Frank Green, Ann Hamilton, Donna Henes, Julia Heyward, Tehching Hsieh, Ichi Ikeda, Annie Iobst/Lucy Sexton, Ray Johnson, Joan Jonas, Jill Kroesen, Robbie McCauley, Frank Moore, Peggy Pettit, Gina Pane, Rachael Rosenthal, Judy Rifka, Linda Sibio, Theodora Skipitares, Michael Smith, Fiona Templeton, and William Wegman.
Franklin Furnace with Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, 2005, DVD-PAL, 120 minutes.