Sketches by Fred Hatt drawn during Frank’s 48-hr performance, Dying is Sexy, for FADO’S “TIME TIME TIME” in Toronto, Canada, August 27-29, 1999.
For more details about the performance: http://www.eroplay.com/Cave/dyingissexy/dyinghome.html
Watch segments of the performance: https://vimeo.com/85964472
A live performance by Frank Moore 1982-1983
U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, Bancroft Way
From Frank: In “Living Sculpture” I sat for six hours in my position in the museum, waiting for people who were willing to take the time and the energy to talk to me on my word board, letter by letter. I do my art to be with people in a deeper, slower way than normal, polite, social interaction allows. My body is a great tool in this.
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Poet Ava Bird recently posted the above photo on her blog.
by frank moore
Frank had had Mikee create this vinyl banner during the time we were doing the monthly performance series at the Temescal Art Center in Oakland, to hang on the wall there.
Here is another photo in the context of a performance:
Erotic Risk For Deep Love June 2013
Frank performed Journey To Lila on two weekends at Franklin Furnace in New York City in June 1989. Here is an excerpt from a letter Frank received from Fred Hatt in 1997, almost 8 years after the performance, who had attended one of those performances. He had just discovered Frank on the web and emailed Frank to introduce himself and tell him about the impact his experience at this performance had on his own work:
I feel like all of these things were potential in my interests and my work at the time in 1989 when I came to experience a journey to the planet Lila with you and your friends. But I had never seen real experiential magic presented as art before – not distanced by anthropology, not burdened by cosmological mysticism or pretensions of grandeur. You showed how simple magical consciousness really is, and how effective in opening people up, expanding their freedom and then going beyond that to make them feel their connectedness. The steps of the journey peeled away layer after layer of psychological armor with scalpel precision. As an artist, I had always felt isolated, a loner, awkward dealing with other people, although I craved collaboration. Some things I learned from your performance changed me immediately, but others grew over a period of long years, nurtured through my own trial and error and through all I learned from so many others along the way, and are growing still. I am no master of magic, but I am free and live my life in joy, and though I enjoy solitude, I no longer feel so isolated or awkward and I love to work with others.
… I am glad that you are still spreading subversive joy and I am glad to be in communication with you since you are one of my heroes and teachers!
Photos by Annie Sprinkle
An ad for the performance in the Village Voice
While in New York City, Annie Sprinkle introduced us to the photographer, Eric Kroll, who then scheduled a photo shoot with us while we were in town. Here are some outtakes from the photo shoot at his studio.
All photos by Eric Kroll
In 1989 the six of us, Frank, Linda, Mikee, Alexi, Rourke and Leigh, took Amtrak across the country to New York State, where we did the five-hour performance, Journey to Lila, at Hallwalls in Buffalo and Pyramid Arts in Rochester and then two weekends at Franklin Furnace in NYC. We were also scheduled to do a music show at CBGBs but they had a fire during our sound check!!! and had to cancel that night’s show and we could not stay the extra day for the replacement date they offered us. We took over a train car with our sleeping bags, food, etc. on both legs of the trip!
Here are some photos from the train ride to New York.
Rourke (Smith) & Alexi (Malenky)
During our East Coast tour in 1989 to Buffalo, Rochester and New York City we were scheduled to do a music show at CBGBs but they had a fire during our sound check!!! and had to cancel that night’s show and we could not stay the extra day for the replacement date they offered us.
Frank Moore’s Outrageous Horror Show poster
Frank Moore’s Outrageous Horror Show setlist