A special Performa 09 discussion intended to probe questions of performance in relationship to architecture and the city, and to speculate on the future of Performa.
What is the ideal performance space for 21st century New York? This session will be dedicated to the discussion and speculation of what defines a performance space. It will examine past examples of performance spaces–whether deliberately designed or spontaneously invaded–and where they have succeeded and or failed. By utilizing the Public School platform, this session intends to bring together professionals in visual arts, performing arts and architecture to understand the complex issues involved in ensuring a successful performance.
This year Performa has a special focus on New York City itself - with commissioned projects that explore architecture, design, urban planning, typography, media, and public spaces - turning the city into an evolving platform for public engagement and inspiration.
With Performa 09, architecture has been added as a significant part of the biennial. More than twenty architecture related events have been organized, including the Performa Commission of nOffice in Berlin, for the interior design of the Performa Hub (located on the ground floor gallery of the new Cooper Union building at 41 Cooper Square), the fully functioning headquarters for the Performa 09 biennial, and the location for this event.
Moderated by Performa Director RoseLee Goldberg and curator Defne Ayas.
Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena
Organized by Defne Ayas as part of Performa 09 and the Public School (For Architecture) with assistance by Griffin Frazen
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
41 Cooper Square
sign up online http://nyc.thepublicschool.org/class/1589
see the Performa calendar for details http://performa-arts.org/blog/not-for-sale-ideal-performance-space/
Performa 09, the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance, will be held in New York City from November 1–22, 2009, showcasing new work by more than 150 of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists. Over its three week-run, Performa 09’s innovative program will break down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, film, television, radio, graphic design, and the culinary arts, presenting over 110 events in collaboration with a consortium of more than 80 of the city’s leading arts institutions, 40 curators from around the world, and a network of public and private venues throughout the city.