By Jennifer Piejko
Performing Abstraction, the current exhibition at Luciana Brito Galeria in Sao Paolo, traces the performative aspects that live in abstract art, looking at the ways that artists continue to reinvent the notion of abstraction in contemporary practice.
By Performa Staff
Laurie Simmons, The Music of Regret, 2005. Film still, Act I. Courtesy the artist, Salon 94 and Performa.
From April 27th to May 17th, 2012, a selection of Performa’s archival performance videos from the past four biennials will be on view to the public on Paddle8’s recently launched Paddle8 TV. Viewers will be able to see performances by Liz Magic Laser (Performa 11), Laurie Simmons (Performa 05), Martha Colburn (Performa 09), and Kelly Nipper (Performa 07). All four Commissions have never before been seen online.
By Yulia Aksenova and Anya Harrison
As part of Performa 11’s official program, 33 Fragments of Russian Performance (November 2-21, 2011) was a joint project organized by Garage Center for Contemporary Culture and Performa. The exhibition, housed at the Performa Hub on Mott Street in SoHo, offered a foundation for one of the curatorial premises of this year’s biennial, Russian Constructivism. Taking the Russian futurist opera Victory Over the Sun (1913) as its starting point, 33 Fragments traced a fragmented genealogy of performance in Russia through archival documentation of the performances, actions and gestures that have shaped its history.
Speech by Greil Marcus
Malcolm McLaren was one of the few people I’ve met who left the world different than he found it.
Interview by Sydney L. Stutterheim
Sydney L. Stutterheim: So John, let’s start with you – do you consider yourself a Fluxus artist?
Interview by Damien Davis
iona rozeal brown: So I also feel like a lot of what struck me about early imagery of geisha was that they are children. They are all children. If you look at the turn of the century photos of geisha; you can tell that no one cared about them.
By Performa 11 Staff
On December 1st, 2011, Performa produced a vertical one-night Performa for the tenth- anniversary celebration for Art Basel Miami Beach at the New World Symphony Center in Miami Beach. This site-specific event in the new Frank Gehry-designed building took place over three floors and included performances by Performa artists including iona rozeal brown (Performa 11), Reggie Watts (Performa 11), Bedwyr Williams (Performa 11), Luciano Chessa’s Orchestra of Futurist Noise Intoners (Performa 09), and the X-Patsys (Performa 07 and 05).
By Barrak Alzaid
In the series Anti-Artist Talks curated by ArteEast for Performa, I invited artists to explore a theme tangential to their own work in an attempt to dismantle the predominance and formulaic structure of the conventional artist talk.
By Barrak Alzaid
At the onset of Shirin Neshat’s OverRuled, the audience is hailed as witness to a trial by a command to rise before the court. Our complicity in the action that unfolds deepens as two men and two women emerge from the audience and offer themselves to be tried at a proceeding that purports not to punish, but to redeem.