Be sure to check out Â Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den Sept 13th 8pm-10:30 PM PST; I am scheduled to appear as a special guest, and it will be streamed live on the internet. It should be an interesting conversation, and I’m looking forward to it a lot. If things work out I will be joined by a special guest who is a good friend and collaborator for the interview with Frank. Stay tuned for more details!
Frank Moore (born Frank James Moore,Â June 25,Â 1946) is an AmericanÂ performance artist,Â poet,Â essayist,Â painter,Â musician andÂ Internet/television personality who has experimented in art, performance, and ritual since the late 1960s. He was anÂ independent candidate forÂ President of the United States in theÂ 2008 election.
Moore is perhaps most well known as one of theÂ NEA-funded artists targeted byÂ Jesse Helms and the GAO (Government Accountability Office) in the early ’90s for doing art that was labeled â€œobscene.â€ He is well known for long (5-48 hours) ritualistic performances with audience participation, nudity, and eroticism. But he has also become well known for his influential writings on performance, art, life, and cultural subversion; for his historical influence on the San Francisco Bay Area music and performance scene; and more recently for his 24/7/365 webstation,Â LUVeR(Love Underground Visionary Revolution).
He was born withÂ cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk, but has written books; has directed plays; has directed, acted in, and edited films; regularly gives poetry readings; plays piano; sings in ensemble music jams; and continues to lead bands in hardcoreÂ punk clubs up and down theÂ west coast. He also has a large collection of original oil paintings that have been shown across theÂ United States and inÂ Canada. Moore communicates using a laser-pointer and a board of letters, numbers, and commonly used words.
Performance artistÂ Annie Sprinkle considers Moore one of her teachers, and Moore has performed with a host of performance and punk figures of the underground since the 1970s, including Barbara Smith, Linda Sibio,Â The Feederz, andÂ Dirk Dirksen.
Frank Moore first came to be known in the 1970s as the creator of the popularÂ cabaret show, the Outrageous Beauty Revue (The Intimate Theater.) . In 1992 he was voted Best Performance Artist by theÂ San Francisco Bay Guardian. In the early ’90s he was targeted by SenatorÂ Jesse Helms. From 1991-1999 Frank Moore published and edited the acclaimed underground zine,Â The Cherotic r(E)volutionary.
In addition to his book,Â Cherotic Magic and numerous other self-published pieces, Frank Moore has been widely published in various art and other periodicals.
Since 2001 Frank Moore has been producing shows for Berkeley’s Public Access Channel,Â Berkeley Community Media, Channel 28.
In 2006, Moore announced his candidacy for the 2008 election for President of the United States. His running mate was Dr.Â Susan Block.