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Discussion: Installation, Art Machines and Performance – Monday, February 28, 2011 (NYC)

Discussion: Installation, Art Machines and Performance – Monday, February 28, 2011 (NYC)

FUTUREPERFECT 2011 & CPR–Center for Performance Research Present
Installation, Art Machines and Performance

Monday, February 28 
at 7:30pm
CPR—Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Unit 1,
Brooklyn, New York

A presentation and discussion with Barbara London (curator, MoMA), Alan Licht (musician, author of Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories), and members of the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret—Lisbeth Bodd, Asle Nilsen and Piotr Pajchel.

What does the concept of performance mean today as artists increasingly fuse together traditional human centered notions of performance with the dynamics and actions of digital, material, and electromechanical processes and techniques? As the writer and artist Chris Salter reminds us: The preoccupation with performances by and for machines (if not human spectators) is rooted in the criss-crossing histories of automata, the imagined machine fantasies of industrial modernism, post-World War II military-industrial schemes, the advent of kinetic sculpture, industrial subculture, and finally, our long-standing interest in robots. These confluences are boldly evident in the transdisciplInary work of artists working at the intersection of installation, sound and performance.

Panelists talk about their work in relationship to these histories and ideas about inter-media, embodiment, presence, affect, materiality, and performativity.



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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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