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Highlights: Performa 09 (NYC, USA) Part 1

Performa: Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. [singlepic id=214 w= h= float=] Performa’s Objectives are: Commission new performance projects in visual arts Present a dedicated performance biennial Consult and collaborate with art institutions and performing art presenters around the world to create dynamic and historically significant performance programs Offer an ongoing educational platform for expanding the knowledge and understanding of this critical area of visual art and cultural history . . Here is part 1 of ContemporaryPerformance.com̵...

(NSFW) In Performance: Anne de Vries’s Ornament Enter at Creature Feature#2 (Berlin, Germany)

About Anne de Vries (Amsterdam/Berlin) From his Website: i embrace the digital photo revolution and i am eager to think of what new role photography has next to all other visual media. this makes me create performances, installations and happenings that become photographed and become part of the media. the transition between the actual happening into mediated representation interest me. in general my work as a staging photographer is the realization of thoughts in reality. by creating staged images with common everyday objects. and removing them from their original context and stylizing it, the artificiality of the mundane gets emphasized . . About Ornament Enter at Creature Feature #2 performed at Basso, Berlin Ornament Enter was a photographed staging by Anne de Vries performed as part o...

In Performance: Cloud Eye Control’s “Under Polaris” (LA, USA)

Cloud Eye Control Cloud Eye Control is a collaborative performance group from Los Angeles comprised of three members: Chi-wang Yang, Miwa Matreyek, and Anna Oxygen. The company creates original works that uniquely combine interactive media with live performance. Since their inception in 2004 they have created three original works that have been presented both nationally and internationally. [singlepic id=202 w= h= float=] Whether through a re-imagining of Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, the discovery of powerful crystals underground, or one woman’s interstellar search for a new home, a common theme in the stories is human adaptation in a technological world. To realize these stories, the project pre-rendered animation and live camera imagery onto various surfaces on ...

Highlights: Prospettiva 09 – Un festival d’autunno (Torino, Italy)

Prospettiva 09 – An Autumn Festival (Torino, Italy) Contemporary culture knows no boundaries, it affirms its identity in the interaction between genres and languages, and constantly redefines its own form, ignoring barriers and set boundaries. The birth of Prospettiva 09 is the fruit of these interactions, of many dialogues between projects and realities that are very far removed. It will be an opening festival, which previews many of the themes of the 2009/2010 season of Teatro Stabile di Torino – I refer to the international guests, the narrative theatre, the rereading of classics and the link between theatre and music – but it will aim not to present them merely with different styles and forms: cross-pollination offers opportunities for new, heterogeneous considerations, transferr...

Digest: News for the week of October 5-10, 2009

Featured: John Jesurun (NYC, USA) October 5th, 2009 JOHN JESURUN is a playwright, director, designer living in New York. His presentations integrate elements of language, film, architectural space and media. His exploded narratives cover a wide range of themes. [singlepic id=187 w= h= float=] —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— In Performance: Creature Feature #3 (Berlin, Germany) October 6th, 2009 We propose that performing otherness is a threshold tow...

Featured: Mia Makela (Finland)

[singlepic id=194 w= h= float=left]Mia Makela (SOLU) is a finnish media+live cinema artist, teacher, investigator, curator and cultural activist residing in Berlin. Her trajectory has led her from shamanistic studies to art. From art to media art and design. From media art to organization of events and workshops on contemporary digital culture. As part of fiftyfifty.org collective (until 2002), she organized Hacker Techniques workshops, Gameboy Sound Lab and Playtime event amongst other activities. She started performing visuals in 2001 as SOLU at festivals around the world: SONIC ACTS (Amsterdam), SONAR (Barcelona), TRANSMEDIALE (Berlin), ZAGREB BIENNALE OF MUSIC, CIMATICS (Brussels), AVIT (Birmingham), MAPPING (Geneve), TRANSIT_MX (Mexico City), Live Cinema Nights (San Jose), Pixelache (...

Announcement: Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974 at Exile Ausstellungsraum (Berlin, Germany)

Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974 Exile Ausstellungsraum Alexandrinenstr 4 October 10 – November 1, 2009 [singlepic id=193 w= h= float=left]The exhibition Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974 brings together photographs by Gwenn Thomas and a film by Birgit Hein, both documenting a performance by Jack Smith in the Cologne Zoo as part of Projekt 74 organized by Kunsthalle Köln. Jack Smith (1932-1989), while often under-recognized, is clearly one of the most influential artists of American postwar Art. He was arguably the inventor of an aesthetics which came to be known as ‘camp’ and ‘trash’, using no-budget means of production to create a visual cosmos heavily influenced by popular film and kitsch culture. Without Smith it is hard to imagine independent cinema, experimental theate...

In Performance: Creature Feature #3 (Berlin, Germany)

Creature Feature #3 Tuesday October 6th @ 21:00 Basso Berlin [singlepic id=192 w= h= float=left]Creature Feature; a queer performance series presenting works in progress, improvisations, videos, lectures and group actions in the intimate and informal setting of the Basso. We propose that performing otherness is a threshold towards repositioning our habitual understanding of queer ideals. Creature Feature will work to create an intimate space for performing dispossession, rapture, monstrosity, flamboyance, glitter, hysteria and general ecstatic irrationality. . . . . . . Performing: Creature Feature Group Warm Up – Jeremy Wade and Brendan Dougherty – Improvisation Jared Gradinger and Angela Schubot – excerpts from “What they are instead of” Gavin Russom –...

Featured: John Jesurun (NYC, USA)

John Jesurun is writer, director and multi-media artist, based in a New York, USA. His work Chang in a Void Moon is a live serial running since 1983, originally at the Pyramid Club in the East Village, and now less frequently at venues worldwide. He was born 1951 in Battle Creek, Michigan. [singlepic id=186 w=590 h= float=] Jesurun received his B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1972 and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University in 1974. From 1976 ro 1979 Jesurun was a television content analyst for CBS. From 1979 to 1982 he was assistant producer of the Dick Cavett Show. In 1982 he began his theatrical career at the Pyramid Club on the Lower East Side with his serial play Chang in a Void Moon. Since 1984 he has written, directed and designed over 25 pieces. [singlepic id=18...

Digest: News for the week of September 28-October 4, 2009

Digest: News for the week of September 28-October 4, 2009 Books: Digital Performance – A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation October 3rd, 2009 [singlepic id=185 w= h= float=] . . Featured: Reza Abdoh (1963-1995) October 2nd, 2009 [singlepic id=183 w= h= float=] . . Highlights: On The Boards (Seattle, Washington) October 1st, 2009 [singlepic id=177 w= h= float=] . . Featured: Lindy Annis (Berlin, Germany) September 30th, 2009 . . Play With Fire: Festival of Video Art, Performance and Design (NYC) September 29th, 2009 [singlepic id=184 w= h= float=] . . Featured: Ash Bulayev (Athens, Greece) September 28th, 2009 [singlepic id=176 w= h= float=]

Highlights: On The Boards (Seattle, Washington)

On The Boards (Seattle, Washington) On the Boards is a non-profit contemporary performing arts organization located in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. Founded by artists in 1978, their programming supports the development of artists and companies who are creating ground-breaking new work that would otherwise not be seen in Seattle. We were among the first organizations in the country to present and premiere breakthrough performances by visionary, internationally recognized artists such as Laurie Anderson, Bill T. Jones, Spalding Gray, The Wooster Group, dumb type, Needcompany, Sankai Juku, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and many others. Similarly, we have supported some of the first performances by talented regional artists like 33 Fainting Spells, Sarah Rudinoff, Maureen Whiting...

Featured: Lindy Annis (Berlin, Germany)

Lindy Annis Lindy Annis was born in Boston, U.S.A. She studied acting and theater at New York University (Experimental Theatre Wing): Bachelor of Arts/Drama. She moved to Berlin, Germany where she works as performance artist, theater author and other related roles. She has worked with such people as Tim Miller, The Wooster Group, Yoshiko Chuma & the School of Hard Knocks, Anne Bogart, Detektor, Xavier Le Roy, Antonia Baehr, Dr. Motte, Kurt Palm, Frieder Butzmann, Marie Goyette, Hans Peter Kuhn, Nicholas Bussmann, and others. Since January 2009 she sits on the board of the Milchhof Artist’s Working Collective. Performance Works: Warburgs Memo – 2008 My Ulysses – 2007 Nom d’une Pipe – 2006/2007 Lady Hamiltons Attitudes – 2004 SHORTS – 2002 An American Traged...