Thomas Bell and I performed last night as part of PERFORMANCY FORUM XX: Con(Text). Thank you Esther Neff, co-director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), for including us in this opportunity.
PERFORMANCY FORUM XX: Con(Text)
Thomas Bell & Christina deRoos!
On Saturday, February 11, PERFORMANCY FORUM returns to the series’ fundamental form: back-to-back incendiary performances and copious amounts of Brooklyn beer!
Come sink your claws into the 20th installment of the performance and theory series PERFORMANCY FORUM! This is performance in its natural habitat. It is interdisciplinary, political, passionate, always visceral, not always 'G' rated...
$5-$10 sliding scale suggested donation
For this event, we will focus our analytic efforts in the direction of context, text, and other words with ‘x’ in them:
How and why do performance artists use text/words in their performances?
What is “subtext” in the context of each of these works?
Does text confine/dictate “meaning” and limit the possibilities for multiple interpretations of a performance? Can text be used purely as an aesthetic tool? Asemic vs. literal text vs. musical notation
How does the material (Facebook invite, this kind of blurb, etc) affect the context of the work presented? How do artists contextualize their own work through writing? What is an ‘artist’s statement’ and does it belong to us, or to industry? And so on….Please bring your questions/concerns/theories!
PERFORMANCY FORUM is a clustering, condensing, and critical effort comprising interdisciplinary exhibitions (emphasis on performance art, social practices, and participatory/publicly engaged work), workshops, conferences, actions, events, and more.
PERFORMANCY FORUM began in 2009 as a project of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) while the collective was in residence at Surreal Estate. It has since become an open project, collaborating with spaces, sites, curatorial collectives, and many others to:
1.) Forge IN-PERSON relationships (including collaborations) between artists from different artistic mediums and micro-communities.
2.) Perform collective research, including drawing of parallels between current performance and social practices and attempts to locate them within historic, economic, socio-political, and aesthetic contexts.
3.) Provide a site (physical or cognitive) for complex and critical thought beyond academic and other institutional parameters, for political and cultural organization amongst artists, and for experimentation with modes, methods, and mediums in conjunction with concrete practice.
4.) Involve publics of 'artists' and 'non-artists' alike in constructive, collective, and critical analysis and debate of artistic operation.
More info and proposal guidelines at www.panoplylab.org/performancy.hmtl