Saturday, October 29, 2011
Performance series at University of California, Berkeley
Recorded April 4, 2003.
This is one of the most jam packed nights of this underground series we did for two years on the university. This night included the world famous photographer Eric Kroll doing a shoot with a beautiful nude model (she ended up whippimod), a mad naked woman keening, a guy who looked a lot like Extreme Elvis who I got to sing IN THE GHETTO with a trance band (including Lena the Jaw Harp Queen) backing him as most of the "audience" danced nude erotically playfully together. What a night!
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"Gestures" at Dr. Susan Block's Speakeasy, 2000.
Well, this is one of the times I was on my good friend Suzy Block's show at her Speakeasy. This starts after she interviewed Linda and I on her bed. We are setting up to do my ritual audience participation performance. But all of the men [including my brother] chose to sit and watch on the sidelines. This left Suzy, Kim, Linda, and other beautiful sexy extremely willing women that are always at the Speakeasy to do the erotic ritual with me! I have a rough life! The ritual was hot! But things even got hotter and more explicit after the formal ritual ended and dirty dancing started with erotic friction rubbing!
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band at Dr. Susan Block's Speakeasy, Los Angeles, CA.
This was a HOT EXPLICIT night both on and off of the stage. In the next room there was a full blown orgy going on. But the real erotic action was in our performing space! My band was big and cooking that night, and beautiful nude women were rubbing everywhere both on and off stage! Ah, just another night at my good friend (and my presidential running mate) doctor Suzy Block's SPEAKEASY!
Saturday, May 1, 2004 at Wild Cat Studio, Berkeley, California.
This was the kind of night that at first it looked like nothing would happen. But then it turned out that a guy in the audience was a butoh dancer. So he and I did a long surreal slow naked dance together. This erotically enlivened the whole tribal body into direct explicit participation! You never know!
Frank Moore's Cherotic All-Star Band at Kimo's, San Francisco, St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2004
I started this with a mean version of DANNY BOY! But the show quickly got erotic, surreal, extremely explicit. The band was packed full with punk mutants!
Frank Moore’s The Uncomfortable Zones Of Fun,
experiments in experience/participation performance
Recorded at Temescal Arts Center, Oakland, California
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This is a night of the monthly performance series I have been doing for over two years in Oakland, California. At first I called the series REALITY PLAYINGS. But when people kept yapping about how I threatened their comfort zones, I changed the title to THE UNCOMFORTABLE ZONES OF FUN.
For three hours I totally improvise around who comes. So I never know what will happen next. Often it gets very surreal erotic by the end!
From the poster: Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members
in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.
Other than that, ADMISSION IS FREE! (But donations are encouraged.)
Surf Reality, New York City 9/19/02
Go with us beyond time and space into the inner planet known as lila. Witness the primal warm passion naked erotic ritual of tribal melting into playing, long and slow, melting into bodies of sexual colors!
This is the second time I performed at SURF REALITY in N.Y.C.
I think there is never one single performance. Instead, there is a web work of an infinite number of pieces expanding from before what is commonly thought of as THE PERFORMANCE to long after THE PERFORMANCE. It is impossible to see or know all of this web work. To show what I mean, I had two cameras shoot this. And they focused on entirely different erotic details, creating two remarkably different performances!
This video includes both cameras/versions. The second version focuses on erotic details. First version by Michael LaBash. Second version by Les Barany.
The Nude Cave is Frank Moore's feature-length erotic music video/abstract art turn-on ... ideal for surfing the web with/to (among other things) ... or zone out within a pleasure trance!
In this I mined the same footage as I mined for my EROTIC PLAY. But in this I created a long surreal abstract erotic collage by slowing down and speeding up the footage. I also did the sound track by playing a couple of synthesizers with my head pointer. I laid down three tracks by playing to the visuals. Because of the primitive nature of the equipment, I couldn't hear the previous layers when I was playing the next track. Oh, yes, I hadn't played /composed music before!
I edited THE NUDE CAVE with two remotes taped on a table before me using my head pointer. What we do when we have no money and when we are ahead of the technology! We just made videos and put them in our closet. And now the same videos are being watched by people all over the world on THE FRANK MOORE CHANNEL [even on their television]! Thank God we didn't care whether people would ever see the stuff. We just did them to do them! And now we have a shit load of content!
Frank Moore interviewed at Annie Sprinkle's apartment
in NYC, May 19, 1987.
Well, this was the day after a film crew shot my performance for the film MONDO NEW YORK. We shot this interview in Annie Sprinkle's apartment. In fact Annie was in the next room interviewing Karen Finley. During my interview I predicted the coming culture war. But little did I know all three of us would be targeted by senator Jesse Helms as "obscene" artists less than two years from then!
Frank Moore performance, Sixth Sense Gallery, NYC, 5.19.1987
This performance was featured in the film Mondo New York.
Well, the first ten minutes of this piece was over whelmed by the bright camera lights of MONDO NEW YORK. But after they left, magic settled in. One of the nude body painted dancers was Annie Sprinkle. And the nude body rocking on my lap was another sex star, Veronica Vera, who at the end of the performance did an in-depth interview of me, BOTH OF US NUDE! I have a rough job!
THE FETISH RITUALS OF OBSESSION OF MUTANT MOTHER LOVERS OF THE MOTOR CITY AND OTHER ARMPITS OF CIVILIZATION!
Frank Moore’s Cherotic All-Star Band
Mother's Day, Sunday, May 9, 2004
Kimo’s 1351 Polk St @ Pine, S.F.
In the '00's, my jamming Cherotic ALL STAR BAND was the official holiday band at the San Francisco punk club KIMO'S. So each holiday I had to come up with a fitting title! During this period, we turned up the erotic explicit direct possibilities of what we did in performance!
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A night of pubes-burning, rainbow projectile puking orgasms, nude bodies rubbing sweating skin dancing friction into deep core intimate trances, civilization-destroying blasting noise a.k.a. music! YOU THINK YOU ARE HARD CORE? PROVE IT!
Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2004
Kimos, 1351 Polk Street @ Pine, San Francisco
An Act Of Direct Engagement
POW! POW! Acton Art Festival
Recorded at the Climate Theater, San Francisco, California
Friday, October 16, 2009
Well, for this one about a third of the audience ran out of the room from fear [which is strange because it actually was a festival of "dangerous" performances]; another third froze in their seats ignoring the nude
dancers [ditto!]. The final third loved it! A very successful piece!
Live at the Stork Club, Oakland, CA June 7, 2002.
Extreme Elvis was a popular and controversial act in San Francisco in the early '00's, pissing and shitting on his audience members, etc. For some reason he and I did a lot of shows together. He asked me to switch identities with him for this SRO gig. His band [except for one of his sexy backup singers who pushed me through the crowd and onto the stage] didn't know the plan until I got on stage! Things to look for: the band protecting me from a couple of Nazi skinheads; my pulling down the tanktops of the backup singers; and when one of those same sexy backup singers pissed in my nude lap!
The surreally erotic happening of liquid dancing nude play! Frank Moore's performance at the Surf Reality House of Savages in New York City, August 18, 2001.
This is a jam packed surreal music erotic dancing improv with people like the Hatt Brothers.
Camera by Les Barany.
Recorded 7.26.92 at L.A.C.E., Los Angeles.
Between when THE OUTRAGEOUS BEAUTY REVUE died in the early eighties and when I started jamming with my CHEROTIC ALL STAR BAND in the nineties, one thing I did was sing as THE ROCK STAR in clubs, wailing to taped songs which I ordered into a musical journey up to two hours. This is the ultimate example of THE ROCK STAR! Beautifully lit and shot! Every so often Linda Mac joined me to do one of our hits. And halfway through everything got erotic surreal ritualized wrapping rocking! But please piss before you watch this or you shall piss your pants when I do duets with Mikee! And if you don't want to see blood, be sure to turn it off before the end when an over aroused audience member has her way with me when I am trying to keep singing!
Frank Moore as the Passions' Conductor.
6-hour performance held on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at sPACe, Brooklyn, NY.
Camera by Les Barany.
Well, this is the best example of what happens in my long ritual performances. People playing nude erotically together, playing music jamming together, dancing rubbing together for hours! Meanwhile I was hidden in a tent cave for most of the time! Use your imagination for what was happening in the tent cave. I used the many talents of the Hatt Brothers [Frank and Fred]. But we had to carry our poor cameraman out after his legs gave out after six hours of shooting!
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A surreal erotic examination of an intimate relationship of need. 1989.
Starring Frank Moore and Linda Sibio.
"One of the most erotic things I've ever seen."
"Honorable Mention Award, Feature Length Video--East Bay Video Festival"
It ('Out of Isolation') was the best film, in many respects, that I have ever seen. It is a classic, underground masterpiece, and I was deeply impressed by (Frank Moore's) sense of movement, aesthetic, humanity and taboo."
Jim Cohn, St. Lawrence University
("Out of Isolation") "stayed in my mind far more persistently than I first expected, at least based on what the film-makers with millions of dollars at their disposal call 'production values' and 'professional polish'. What most of these high-priced pieces lack, of course, is substance and a genuinely different -- and deeply challenging -- point of view. Something to shake up, shatter, shame, inspire, perspire, ponder and play with long after the cassette gets rewound. Your films did that for me: they are definitely not easy to absorb, follow, or even 'enjoy' in the ordinary pop-culture sense. But you don't forget watching them, ever."
Scott Lankford, Foothill College.
"And the central irony of the title 'Out of Isolation' as it is revealed is truly unforgettable: the nurse's everyday American loneliness is so much sadder, so much more impenetrable than that of the man she hopes to 'cure.' In this sense, the film makes a bold attempt to break through the cultural/intellectual isolation of the viewer; to stretch our imaginations in ways they have never been moved and stretched before due to our own cradle-to-grave institutionalization within the rigid mindset of everyday America. Which may explain why, even when the film seems painful to watch, it remains powerful: it stretches the imagination in new and different, sometimes painful directions."
Scott Lankford, Foothill College
"A very powerful film."
“That’s simply lovely. It also spells out to me why you are admirable, why someone handled – of course, what else -- by bony fingers, could emerge without a shred of self-pity and with a true, an unsentimental love of humanity encompassing the most uncompromising rejection of those who make life miserable for the vast majority, whether “normal” or disabled.
Obviously someone who cannot enjoy physical pleasures available to the rest of us – running, swimming, skiing, using one’s muscles in competition with nature or other humans – will particularly explore the pleasures of sex, and will pose to the rest of us questions as to the “appropriateness” of our behaviors in that regard.”
“Enjoyed watching “Out of Isolation”. Although I don’t think enjoyed is the proper word. It was somewhat challenging in that it was sad to think of the way people can be treated.”
Annie Sprinkle, performance artist
“(Out of Isolation) about the nurse and the institutionalized man stretches time in an almost painful way, a true horror film in the deepest sense, imaging that life, knowing that is basically the way it is for many people, and I appreciate you making that, and showing it on your site. Of course, the nurse’s lines were funny, as well, keeping it from pure pathos, and the beginning was so mysterious, really brilliantly drawing us in and pushing us away cyclically.”
This video explores what happens when people of all types and ages are given a chance to return to being a kid again. A simple game of dress-up becomes a powerful metaphor for dropping taboos, releasing creative emotion, and for dramatic change. As a result, an innocent eroticism is found ... as well as getting intimate with 60 humans. 1984.
I edited EROTIC PLAY with two remotes taped on a table before me using my head pointer. What we do when we have no money and when we are ahead of the technology! We just made videos and put them in our closet. And now the same videos are being watched by people all over the world on THE FRANK MOORE CHANNEL [even on their television]! Thank God we didn't care whether people would ever see the stuff. We just did them to do them! And now we have a shit load of content!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Feisto - a video by Frank Moore
On the surface, it is your standard story of a clothes designer who finds a creature (guess who!) definitely not from HERE who totally turns her life upside down. But what it really explores is the warm playing erotic small sexual messy fun turned-on reality between two people ... an ice cream cone melting throughout life!
Filmed in the mid-80's, edited in 2001. The reason for the gap of over fifteen years between the shooting and the editing was that I was waiting for the technology for me to edit at home on my computer so that I could do special effects.
C R E D I T S
Directed by: Frank Moore
Produced by: Frank Moore
Edited by: Frank Moore
Written by: Frank Moore
Camera by: Linda Mac
Music by: Walter Funk, Kalib Duarte, Michael LaBash, Frank Moore
Frank Moore – Feisto
Tami Baron – Julie
Dean R. Briggs - Chip
Nina Shilling – Lily
Sandal Hebert – Sandal
Tom Harris – Tom, Chip’s boss
Helen Johnson – Helen, Julie’s neighbor
Jim Haedt – hood
Fred Bald – hood
Tony Cappello – hood
Titles by: Michael LaBash
A surreal, visual poem of found images. This is a long collage, combination of found and performance material, "about" my philosophy of performance and life. Very trippy! 1984.
I edited THE OUTRAGEOUS DREAM, etc with two remotes taped on a table before me using my head pointer. What we do when we have no money and when we are ahead of the technology! We just made videos and put them in our closet. And now the same videos are being watched by people all over the world on THE FRANK MOORE CHANNEL [even on their television]! Thank God we didn't care whether people would ever see the stuff. We just did them to do them! And now we have a shit load of content!
A live cabaret show that breaks through the limiting taboos, through messy nightmares, into the dreams of all possibilities.
Recorded at Berkeley Square, Berkeley, California. 1992.
The band PSYCHOTIC PINEAPPLE was doing a comeback thing in the early nineties and asked me to double bill with them at their Halloween show. Apparently when they were kids in the late seventies, they saw my OUTRAGEOUS BEAUTY REVUE, and thought if I could have a band, why couldn't they start their own band.
Anyway, this show built to a reality destroying climax within the last three acts! So be warned!
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This is a film about relationships and disability starring Frank Moore, who has been disabled since birth with cerebral palsy. It is a humorous, yet realistic look at how to establish relationships by changing negative self image. 1981.
("Fairytales Can Come True") "stayed in my mind far more persistently than I first expected, at least based on what the film-makers with millions of dollars at their disposal call 'production values' and 'professional polish'. What most of these high-priced pieces lack, of course, is substance and a genuinely different -- and deeply challenging -- point of view. Something to shake up, shatter, shame, inspire, perspire, ponder and play with long after the cassette gets rewound. Your films did that for me: they are definitely not easy to absorb, follow, or even 'enjoy' in the ordinary pop-culture sense. But you don't forget watching them, ever."
Scott Lankford, Foothill College.
FAIRYTALES CAN COME TRUE is my first movie and most "normal." Saying "first movie" is misleading. I had been reading HOW TO [write scripts, direct, edit film, etc ] books along with books on radical theater [I read all kinds of stuff] when I was a teenager, and wrote scripts that always had a role for me. But I was mainly a political radical back then [among other things]. But in the early seventies I wormed [I am good at worming!] into an intensive in-depth film course in Santa Fe. It was mainly for anthropologists to learn how to make 16mm field films! I pop up in the strangest places! But after the five month, five days a week, six hour a day course, I didn't have money to make film [and couldn't cut film, had to wait until video!]. So I went into performance art.
In the late seventies in San Francisco I was doing THE OUTRAGEOUS BEAUTY REVUE for three years at The Mabuhay gardens, a punk club. An independent producer approached me and offered to do a feature film based on the O. B. R. which I would come up with, star in, and direct [my directing was my primary condition of doing the film]. So I wrote a treatment. We spent a year doing the Hollywood thing, working with screen writers, going to Los Angeles to cast it, flying the actress up to rehearse, etc. But when the producer came back from Florida with the backer's money, he informed me I couldn't direct! So I walked!
So I came up with a totally different story, when I was panhandling in San Francisco I found a guy with a super eight camera and did FAIRYTALES for about $300! Then I enrolled in the San Francisco art institute Master's program in large part to transfer the film on to video so I could edit it myself.
I thought I was making a rough draft to show backers to get money to make the real movie. But it was picked up by a special ed distributor because it was the first film about how to develop a full relationship....rather than a boring explicit how to sex film. it was sexy, funny, dealing with real issues that everybody deals with but many crips think are special crip issues…and it was made by a crip! Crips loved it. But the film wasn’t selling. It turned out that the people who buy those films weren’t crips…but hospital administrators and the like, and parents of crips, etc….people, with the best intentions, but also with vested interest in keeping crips not functional. They felt the movie gave people “false hopes” [an interesting concept]! It didn’t matter to them that most of the people in the cast were in such relationships. “Well, that is a fluke…not real life!”
Once there was a guy in a psychology class at which I was lecturing. After the class, he invited me to do something at the adult drama class he was doing at the C.P. Center [really a daycare warehouse]. He warned me that they rarely respond. So Linda and I went there to show fairytales. When we got there, most of them were sitting there in a fog, heads bent. But my being with Linda started a low-level buzz! Then during the 30-minute film, they went through an amazing transformation. They sat up and got excited. And after the film, they wanted to talk. THESE PEOPLE RARELY TALKED! But that day they were saying things like: “my sister does not want me to date. She doesn’t want me to get hurt. But I want to risk it!” The teacher was excited about the breakthrough. He actually thought he was hired to make breakthroughs! He wanted me to come back. But a few days later he called me and told me the director of the center had banned me from the center because the crips had been harder to control because they had a whiff of possible freedom…the whiff labeled “false hopes”!
I think this captures the true dynamics of such institutions…but also of our society as a whole. Breakthroughs to new possibilities, freedom, human connection, etc. are relatively easy [surprisingly] to induce by art, etc. But such breakthroughs are threatening to the control of the powers…and hence censorship of all forms! Btw, the director of the center was himself a crip…and had been in my community/theater group.
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This raw video documents the tacky, musical, over-the-edge comedy revue that Frank created, directed and performed in. The show ran on a weekly basis for three and one half years at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, starting in 1978, in addition to a number of other Northern California and Nevada performances. Frank performed along with the thirty people who made up his theater group, "the theatre of human melting".
"A stinking success….Outrageously obscene….Dynamic….Total madness" Ivan Sharpe, San Francisco Examiner
"The inundation of freaks, exhibitionists and the seriously deranged was so heartening" John Wasserman, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mondo Bizarro" Bay Guardian
"A great time with…wacky routines and erotic dress." The Spectator
National Critics said:
"Underneath…lies a certain perverse genius."
"Chuck Barris can’t even compete with The Theater of Human Melting."
"A rollicking theater featuring everything from comedy to musical performances and oddball entertainment."
"If yours is a demented state of mind, you’ll love the show."
"A stage show unlike any you have ever seen."
"We haven’t heard the last of the Fab Mab. Hot on the heels of the recent live reunion show for survivors of the ‘70’s-80’s punk-rock sanctuary comes a new documentary video, The Outrageous Beauty Revue, that captures one of the legendary Mabuhay Gardens’ most perplexing regular events. The OBR shows were evidently bizarre enough to impress the likes of Karen Finley and the late John Wasserman, and filmmaker Frank Moore was there to capture it, another piece of eccentric San Francisco pop culture history: nudity, lunacy, and the Theater of Human Melting." The Express "Over There" 6/30/00
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