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Performa 17: CIRCULATIONS, an Architecture and Performance Program

Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives (2017), Rehearsal View. Courtesy of the artist, Performa, and The Glass House

Performa, the internationally acclaimed organization dedicated to live performance across disciplines, announces Circulations, an ambitious architecture program for Performa 17, the seventh edition of the Performa Biennial, to take place November 1 to 19, 2017, at locations throughout New York City.

Circulations builds upon Performa’s sustained commitment to revealing how performance can be a radical tool to rethink architecture’s uses and aesthetics. It will unfold as a multilayered program comprised of site-specific live performances and architectural experiments in iconic and unexpected architectural venues throughout the city and region, as well as a symposium and a scholarly publication.

Examining one of architecture’s primary concerns—the movement of bodies in space—and entering into present-day political and social debates, Circulations will gather together architects, artists, curators, performers, and theorists to explore the predicaments of contemporary urban life, and to enact possible alternatives in new commissioned live works and collaborative projects. The program will offer an extensive survey of the historical use of performance within architectural practices, while also positioning such performances within a globalized, digitalized world where architecture exceeds the limits of the built environment. The resulting commissions, projects, and scholarship will establish a new critical benchmark for architecture and performance, and reveal the myriad ways that bodies and buildings inform and transform one another.

Program includes projects by architectes and artists, including François Dallegret, Dimitri Chamblas, François Perrin, Eiko Otake, Jimmy Robert, Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson, and Alex Schweder and Ward Shelly among many others...

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