Performance Art

In Performance: Kate Watson-Wallace’s Auto (Philadelphia, PA)

Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies Auto April 28 – May 1, 2001 Tickets East Falls Center Parking Garage 3300 Henry Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19129. AUTO is a movement installation that takes place in and around a moving vehicle. Using the landscape of a parking garage, audience members move and are moved through a series of performance vignettes that inhabit the at once private and public space that is a car. AUTO investigates the body of performer/driver, the body of witness/passenger, and the body of the car itself. AUTO explores how we communicate when we are encased in a small piece of metal that can speed, stop, lock us in, blow us up, or crash at any moment. AUTO is a performance that takes place inside a parking garage. Audience members will be asked to walk throughout the gar...

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...

Emerging: Joshua Seidner’s POWDERBURN (NYC)

POWDERBURN September 29, 2009 – 7:00pm The Watermill Center 39 Watermill Towd Road Watermill, New York [singlepic id=167 w= h= float=] POWDERBURN, titled after a racial slur, is a performance piece that follows one man from his sun-burnt, war-torn homeland to an unnamed country in which cultures clash in cracked basements, men become brothers become enemies, and a class system assigns him the forever role of exoticized, eroticized, animal-like performer. As the performance (and performer) descends towards a construct that is intentionally volatile and unraveled, a persistent video camera becomes increasingly representative of the “audience;” it is through the constant gaze of this audience that each dance and demo becomes less sport and more spectacle. An actual audience is invited t...

13 questions we ask ourselves – Guillermo Gómez-Peña

“13 Questions We Ask Ourselves” – from Guillermo Gómez-Peña – La Pocha Nostra (LA, USA) “1. What is our new place, our role as performance artists in this new century? 2. What are future formats for performance art? 3. What do words like radical, transgressive, rebellious ;, and oppositional mean after 9/11? 4. Where are the new borders that we must cross? 5. What are the new reasons for sitting at the table together, so to speak, in a time where all progressive political projects seem to be bankrupt? 6. What binds our otherwise extremely diverse ethnic identities, aesthetics and community concerns? The search for ‘radical’ tolerance and for a new way of presenting and distributing important ideas? Or the need to find a new spirituality emerging ou...