FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2001 Contact: Martha Wilson (212) 766-2606

The Furnace at the Firehouse
Franklin Furnace presents Anahí Cáceres
at DCTV Monday, April 30, 2001, 9:30 PM

Franklin Furnace is proud to present Anahí Cáceres, artist in residence in its series, THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2001, presented at DCTV's new Cyberstudio program, Live From Downtown! Join us live and online,

Anahí Cáceres' project, YIWE_YIWEb, is an interactive installation involving the consideration of the historical revision of Pre-Colombian cultures assigning new value to old artistic and ceremonial concepts as per their link to contemporary art; emphasizing the importance of the community in a work of art. The artist will handle, through electronic sensors, a nonmaterial "virtual" image of a ritual Pre-Colombian object (the YIWE). In real time, the performance will be located in the space and on the web. All modifications will be seen on both planes of reality. Anahí Cáceres' new work, YIWE_YIWEb, will be followed with an interactive Q&A with the artist and Franklin Furnace's Founding Director, Martha Wilson.

Founded in 1972, Downtown Community Television Center is dedicated to the belief that expanding public access to the electronic media arts invigorates our democracy. For the past twenty-eight years we have fostered a diverse, inclusive and critical media arts community in the United States and abroad. We pursue this mission through a grassroots educational campaign designed to teach young people and emerging artists within low-income and minority communities to produce insightful and artistic electronic media. DCTV is the most honored independent nonprofit media center in the nation. Our productions, which reach over 100 million viewers each year, have received 12 national Emmy Awards (two Emmys in 1999 alone), 3 Columbia-DuPont Awards and every other major award in the television field. In recognition of our artistic integrity and social commitment, we have recently been awarded one of the few National Endowment of the Arts "Leadership Projects for the Millennium" grants.

For more information about Anahí Cáceres' work and DCTV's cyberstudio: Franklin Furnace: Anahí Cáceres: DCTV: Join us also for Anahi's jihui salon presentation on Friday, April 27th at the Center for New Design at Parsons School of Design. For more information go to jihui (the meeting point, a project of NetArt Initiative), is a self-regulated digital salon which invites all interested people to send ideas for discussion/performance/etc. Jihui puts you right in the spotlight. For more info, visit, check under toBeIsToDo.

Franklin Furnace's THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT series has been made possible by the faith and foresight of Jerome Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc., the Heathcote Art Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts' Technology Initiative, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology.