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Frank Moore and Linda Mac’s interview with Penny Arcade for Shaman’s Den
The Lower East Side Biography Project

Courtesy of Frank Moore and Linda Mac

Frank Moore was an American performance artist, shaman, poet, essayist, painter, musician and Internet/television personality who has experimented in art, performance, ritual, and shamanistic teaching since the late 1960s. Moore is perhaps most well known as one of the NEA-funded artists targeted by Jesse Helms and the GAO (General Accounting Office) in the early 90s for doing art that was labeled “obscene". 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 pioneering webstation, LUVeR (Love Underground Visionary Revolution).

Moore coined the word, "eroplay" to describe physical play between adults released from the linear goals of sex and orgasm. He has explored this, and similar concepts in performance and ritual as a way for people to connect on a deep human level with each other beyond the social and cultural expectations and limitations, and as a way to melt isolation between people.

Moore has been an underground counter-culture hero and artistic inspiration for decades. He was born with cerebral palsy, cannot walk or talk, and has written books, directed plays, directed, acted in and edited films, regularly gives poetry readings, plays piano, sings in ensemble music jams, and continues to lead bands in hard core punk clubs up and down the west coast. He also has a large collection of original oil paintings that have been shown across the United States and in Canada. Moore communicates using a laser-pointer and a board of letters, numbers, and commonly used words.

Moore hosted his regular internet show, “Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den”. Moore describes it as a show that “will arouse, inspire, move, threaten you, not with sound bites, but with a two-hour (usually longer) feast of live streaming video. You might get an in-studio concert of bands from around the world...or poetry reading...or an in-depth conversation about politics, art, music, and LIFE with extremely dangerous people! But then you may see beautiful women naked dancing erotically. You never know, because you are in The Shaman’s Den with Frank Moore.” www.eroplay.com/underground/shamansden.html Frank Moore’s Web of All Possibilities at eroplay.com features his and other artists’ audio, video and visual artwork.

He founded Love Underground Visionary Revolution (LUVeR) in 1999, a webstation combining live streaming and on-demand libraries of audio and video programming, described by Moore as a "non-corporate, d.i.y., totally uncensored, noncommercial, nonprofit internet-only communal collective with 24-hour 'live' programming (by amazing people) with 'no-limits' content. " LUVeR ran until 2012. In 2006, Moore announced his candidacy for the 2008 election for President of the United States. His campaign website can be found at www.frankmooreforpresident08.com.His platform videos are available on YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xO1BEbXB0Y

To help support Frank's many live performance and video projects you can donate money at www.eroplay.com/donations.html.

This video excerpt produced by The LES Biography Project. Shaman's Den Production by mikeea.k.a., Michael LaBash.


The Lower East Side Biography Project was created in 1999 by performance artist Penny Arcade and video producer Steve Zehentner as an ongoing biography series and oral history archive. The LES Bio Project’s biographies and archive work to ensure that future generations have access to the mad souls of invention and rebellion that built the Lower East Side’s international reputation as an incubator for authenticity and iconoclasm in art, culture and politics.

The project seeks to stem the tide of cultural amnesia by bridging the cultural gap between long time residents and newcomers to the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of New York’s Lower East Side. To this end, the LES Bio Project has a community-media training component where young filmmakers are trained in production and post-production technologies and then become shepherds of an individual oral history that they edit into a 28-minute biography. Since its inception, the LES Bio Project has trained over forty individuals, completed over sixty 28-minute programs, and videotaped dozens more interviews and live events.

The completed biographies cablecast and stream live every Monday at 11 p.m EST, in Manhattan on Time Warner 34, RCN 82, FIOS 33, and live stream on Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community Channel One.
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View the current cablecast and livestream schedule on the project's Facebook page.
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