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Print Matters, at the General Store in Sydney, Australia

May 20th, 2009 · No Comments

the Exchange Rate: 2008 book will be included in this upcoming exhibition:

Print Matters
Ist Salon for Independent Book Art & Artist’s Books
July 17- August 2, 2009

General Store
41 / 1 McDonald st
Potts Point
2011 Sydney

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Book Launch in Austin, TX

April 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Friday, 7pm, May 15, 2009
913 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702

Claire Ruud, who wrote a catalogue essay on performance art and the 2008 elections for the Exchange Rate: 2008, will be reading from her essay as well as performances by Gretchen Phillips and Christeene (Paul Soileau).

Claire Ruud received her M.A. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Her thesis, “Eyes Closed in Fantasy: Lips Pursed in Pleasure” situated the work of Eleanor Antin within contemporaneous discussions about sexual visibility and sexual pleasure. Since 2007, she has served as the editor of …might be good, a biweekly contemporary arts e-journal. At …might be good, Ruud has overseen the redesign of the journal’s website and instituted a staff writer program. She writes a biweekly letter from the editor as well as regular reviews and interviews for the magazine. Ruud also serves as Associate Coordinator of testsite, an experimental exhibition space and …might be good’s sister project. Currently, Ruud is planning a testsite project with K8 Hardy and Wynne Greenwood (Spring 2010) and collaborating with the Austin Art Alliance on creative synergy project to support conversation and coalition among Austin art institutions.

Gretchen Phillips has been a source of inspiration to indie pop sensations such as Le Tigre, The Butchies and Pansy Division and was a key player in the flourishing Austin punk scene during the 1980s. Most recently, she released the new album I Was Just Comforting Her, an artful fusion of femme folk, punk rock and disco, and premiered her solo performance piece Manlove in a sold-out run at Vortex Theater.

Paul Soileau is a performer hailing from the spicy state of Louisiana and carrying with him excessive baggage from the culture bowl of New Orleans, the island of Manhattan, and a few other nuggets along the way. Known mostly for his terroristic female personas… Ms. Rebecca Havemeyer and CHRISTEENE… Paul has established himself within the film and theater community of Austin, tooting his bragging rights working with the wonderful Rubber Repertory Group in ‘The Casket of Passing Fancy,’ the famed Rude Mechanicals in their production of ‘I’ve Never Been So Happy,’ and most recently starring in a new film by local director Kyle Henry. He is currently collaborating with local cinematographer PJ Raval on a number of shorts under the media group Three Dollar Cinema.

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Exchange Rate: 2008 video

April 8th, 2009 · No Comments

Exchange Rate: 2008 from Elana Mann on Vimeo.

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Publication celebration, Feb. 21, 2009, 8-11pm

January 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Come and celebrate the Exchange Rate: 2008 book:
144 pages, 7.4″ X 9.7,” full color, soft cover, includes an essay by Claire Ruud, Editor of the e-publication …might be good, an interview with Elana Mann, and designed by Roman Jaster. Available for purchase online at:

Book launch:
Saturday, February 21, 2009
1525 Duane St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323-667-1552 (call if you get lost!)

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Exhibitions in January

January 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Exchange Rate: 2008 will be participating in two group exhibitions opening in late January. If you are in Dallas or Los Angeles hope to see you there:

An exhibition curated by Karla Diaz and Evelyn Serrano
Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 6:30-9pm
Exhibition Dates: January 23-February 21, 2009
The University of Texas at Dallas, Visual Arts Building
800 West Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-10pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. closed

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Needle in a Haystack
Curated by Nate Garcia
January 24th – February 28th, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 24th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
LOS ANGELES CA 90041 323.226.1617

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Website finally updated + exhibition!

December 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Check out the uploaded images and text from all of the performances that took place leading up to and on election eve!

More Exchange Rate: 2008 fun to come in January:

-The Exchange Rate: 2008 book, designed and produced in collaboration with Roman Jaster will be launched during the inauguration of President Obama on January 20 in Los Angeles, CA.

-The Exchange Rate project will be part of an upcoming group exhibition at the University of Dallas, TX, entitled “Stay Bite: Modes of Operation,” curated by Evelyn Serrano and Karla Diaz, opening Jan. 23rd.

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Post-election reflection

November 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Thanks to everyone that came out, helped out and contribute to the Exchange Rate: 2008 election night extravaganza! Documentation coming soon.

For now, check out the new performance interpretations from:

Eva Jung
Marssares Selector
Luchezar Boyadjiev
Vincent Ramos

Also, check out new submissions on our “Participate” section.

Stay tuned for the Exchange Rate: 2008 book, to be launched at the inauguration of our new president: Barack Hussein Obama.

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2 days 2 go: new performance interpretations

November 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Check out the new performances from:

Dorit Cypis
Danielle Adair
Liz Glynn
Elana Mann
Adam Overton
Michael Lazar, Marc Lewis and Linda Rosenthal Nathanson
Sara Roberts

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Interview and press coverage

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Claire Ruud, editor of “…might be good” magazine recently interviewed Elana Mann about Exchange Rate: 2008. Exchange Rate artist, Audrey Chan, wrote an essay entitled “I am here because of Ashley: Obama and Piper on the Rhetoric of Race” that appears in the same issue.

Check out both of these articles at:

Stephan Caldanas recently wrote about Exchange Rate: 2008 in the Spanish newspaper “El Pais.”
Download the article here:

Flavorpill coverage

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Exchange Rate event at the HABEAS LOUNGE in NYC

October 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Monday, November 3, 9-10pm
CUNY Graduate Center Art Galleries
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Eric Lindley will be interpreting a piece by Bruce Conkle, which involves clothing, fireplaces, etc. and Eva Jung will be interpreting “May I have this dance? Seven Steps (for Barack Obama)” by Dorit Cypis and “FOR WOODWINDS (MEDITATION) by Adam Overton. The performance evening is being hosted by the Habeas Lounge, a project organized by artist Linda Pollack.

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