Books

Books: Living as Form- Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011

Over the past twenty years, an abundance of art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics. These works are often produced by collectives or come out of a community context; they emphasize participation, dialogue, and action, and appear in situations ranging from theater to activism to urban planning to visual art to health care. Engaged with the texture of living, these art works often blur the line between art and life. This book offers the first global portrait of a complex and exciting mode of cultural production–one that has virtually redefined contemporary art practice.Living as Form grew out of a major exhibition at Creative Time in New York City. Like the exhibition, the book is a landmark survey of more than 100 projects selected by a thirty-person cura...

Books: Devising Performance: A Critical History

The book charts the development of collaboratively-created performances from the 1950s to the present day. Companies discussed include the Living Theatre, Open Theatre, Australian Performing Group, People Show, Teatro Campesino, Théâtre de Complicité, Legs on the Wall, Forced Entertainment and Third Angel. Against this background of enormous variety, fundamental questions are posed: “What is devised theatre?”; “Why have theatre-makers chosen to devise performances since the 1950s?” and “How has devised performance changed over the last fifty years?”

Interview: the Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa

  On the occasion of their USA premiere of EYES, a theatrical-musical journey based on the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, this weekend at Between the Seas Festival, we are discussing with Lily Ovadiah, member of the Jaffa Theater – The Arab-Hebrew Theatre Center. Excerpts from an interview to Flavia Zaganelli Tell us more about the performance you are bringing at Between the Seas Festival. How was it created? What inspired it? Jaffa Theatre is a theatre that deals with the question of meetings between the Jewish culture and the Arab culture. The idea is to meet “the other” through culture. Mahmoud Darwish is the most popular poet among the Palestinians. The Israeli Jews don’t know his poetry; they only know that he was a member in the P.L.O. 15 years ago, one of his poems was in the high ...

Books: The Fun – The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC

New York comes alive after dark. For years the thriving nightlife has drawn curious outsiders to the city while uniting its residents in a utopian bacchanal that transcends racial, sexual, and class boundaries. As a catalyst for otherwise impossibly intimate intermingling in what is America’s cultural capital, nightlife in NYC has always been fertile ground for creative expression and exploration, birthing countless movements in music, fashion, and art. Yet it is only in the past decade that major cultural institutions have begun to recognize that nightlife promoters are artists, and the parties—the environments, performance, fashion, and experiences created—works of art. Surveying the evolving nature of nightlife in New York City, THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC is ...

Opportunities: Queer/Art/Mentorship Deadline June 28th (NYC)

Applications for the 2013-2014 Queer/Art/Mentorship Cycle Are Now Open Application Deadline: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5pm EST Queer/Art/Mentorship was founded on the belief that the more vibrant and supported the queer artistic community is, the more porous its boundaries will become, thereby cultivating superior artistry and sustainable creative careers. Honoring the differences between the generations within the queer artistic community and the diversity of choices, values, esthetics, and opportunities in artists’ lives, the program supports a rich communion, working against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines. Its goal is to build an interconnected web of queer artists of all generations and mediums who know each other and each other’s work. Queer/Art/Mentorship wa...

Featured: The Wooster Group Video Blog (NYC)

Check out The Wooster Group’s video blog with off the cuff clips, rehearsal snippets, back stage workings, archival footage, random ephemera, actor interviews and inside jokes. If you are a fan of the group, we highly recommend a weekly visit. Its been up for a few years so there is plenty to see. About The Wooster Group: The Wooster Group is an ensemble of experimental theater artists now in its 35th year. Founded in the mid-seventies, the Group was part of the radical post-modern experiments of the time, situated among the worlds of dance, visual, media, and theatrical arts. In the Group’s pioneering productions, texts and technology are interwoven to tell stories in new ways. Director Elizabeth LeCompte in collaboration with the company’s performers and technical artists has made ...

Books: Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship by Claire Bishop

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon Jackson. Artificial Hells is the first historical and theoretical overview of socially engaged participatory art, known in the US as “social practice.” Claire Bishop follows the trajectory of twentieth-century art and examines key moments in the development of a participatory aesthetic. This itinerary takes in Futurism and Dada; the Situationist Interna...

Books: Dance (Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art) Editor by André Lepecki

This collection surveys the choreographic turn in the artistic imagination from the 1950s onwards, and in doing so outlines the philosophies of movement instrumental to the development of experimental dance. By introducing and discussing the concepts of embodiment and corporeality, choreopolitics, and the notion of dance in an expanded field, Dance establishes the aesthetics and politics of dance as a major impetus in contemporary culture. It offers testimonies and writings by influential visual artists whose work has taken inspiration from dance and choreography. Dance–because of its ephemerality, corporeality, precariousness, scoring, and performativity–is arguably the art form that most clearly engages the politics of aesthetics in contemporary culture. Dance’s ephemer...

Books: William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography by Spier Stephen (EDT)

William Forsythe’s reinvigoration of classical ballet during his 20-year tenure at the Ballett Frankfurt saw him lauded as one of the greatest choreographers of the postwar era. His current work with The Forsythe Company has gone even further to challenge and investigate fundamental assumptions about choreography itself. William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography presents a diverse range of critical writings on his work, with illuminating analysis of his practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. The book also contains insightful working testaments from Forsythe’s collaborators, as well as a contribution from the choreographer himself. With essays covering all aspects of Forsythe’s past and current work, readers are provided with an unparalleled view into the creative world of ...

Newsletter: Whats New On Contemporary Performance – May 2013

Whats New On Contemporary Performance – May 2013 We have listed the top OPPORTUNITIES, BOOKS, and VIDEOS for you.Some of these are NSFW. Also, we are moving the network to a new architecture and server. We have outgrown ning (what we’ve been using for the past 4 years). With this new set up we will also bring you new features. Stay tuned as we pack up and move over the summer! Contemporary Performance Network is a social media / community organizing network providing artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate. Invite your collaborators to share their work with 4368 global members. Cheers, Caden Manson (Network Curator) 4368 members on the Network 10713 on the Facebook Page Oppotunities: HB BUILD VI, Fall 2013 Artist-in-Residency ...

Books: Notes on Conceptualisms by Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place

Robert Fitterman and Vanessa Place‘s Notes on Conceptualisms is not strictly a text on contemporary performance. However, this little manual/poem/theoretical document pertains directly to conceptual performance and conversations emerging across performance fields, especially amongst playwrights. Published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Available online here. From the Ugly Duckling website: What is conceptual writing, how does it differ from Conceptual Art, what are some of the dominant forms of conceptualism,where does an impure or hybrid conceptualism fit in, what about the baroque, what about the prosody of procedure, what are the links between appropriation and conceptual writing, how does conceptual writing rely on a new way of reading, a “thinkership” that can shift the focus away fro...

In Performance: New Museum Presents “NEA 4 in Residence” with Programming and Performances by Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller (NYC)

New Museum Presents “NEA 4 in Residence” with Programming and Performances by Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller  May–June 2013  New York, NY…The New Museum is pleased to present two major projects from May–June 2013, featuring the famously defunded artists known as the NEA 4: Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes, and Tim Miller. The first of these projects, “NEA 4 in Residence,” engages these artists in a series of four individualized residencies, featuring performances, workshops, roundtables, and panels. This project is presented in conjunction with the New Museum’s current exhibition “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.” The second project, “Performing Beyond Funding Limits: Research in Practice,” includes performances and a weeklong research reside...