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PERFORMA05 is the first biennial of new visual art performance in New York City.

More than 20 venues throughout the city will present a multidisciplinary program of live visual art performances, film screenings, lectures and exhibitions, from November 3 through November 21, 2005. Ten major new works will be premiered and more than 60 artists will participate in the three-week event. PERFORMA05 is organized under the artistic direction of RoseLee Goldberg.

To launch PERFORMA05, Danish artist Jesper Just will premiere his first multimedia live performance at Stephan Weiss Studio, with The Finnish Screaming Men’s Choir and 3-D set design by VISION4. Visual artist and composer Christian Marclay will present a moving image musical score interpreted by live musicians at Eyebeam. Other works produced by PERFORMA will include a striptease based on duration and the repetition of gestures by Belgian artist Francis Alÿs.

The Music of Regret, a movie by Laurie Simmons, will incorporate puppetry, and elements of musical theater in three tales of regret at Salon 94. “24-hour Incidental,” a performance program at the Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art organized by Jordan Wolfson will feature works by ten artists, including Peter Coffin, Jason Dodge, Karl Holmquist, and Yoko Ono. Anthology Film Archives will present live performances by Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Emily Sundblad/ Reena Spauldings, and the world-premiere of a film retrospective on Bas Jan Ader, organized by Jay Sanders. Art in General will exhibit a three-channel video installation by Sharon Hayes documenting five imaginary protests throughout New York City. Art Production Fund will present Free Play—a public jukebox interactive artwork by Christian Holstad. Participant Inc. prepared a week-long program “Specially for PERFORMA” designed to include performances by artists such as Charles Atlas, Julie Tolentino, and Rafael Sanchez. Other participating artists include Tamy Ben-Tor, Coco Fusco, Pablo Helguera, Paul D. Miller, Michael Smith, Sislej Xhafa, among many others.

Featured as part of PERFORMA05, PERFORMA RADIO has been designed to expand the field of performance to include radio-space and provide an opportunity for the artists profiled in the Biennial to present a project for the radio. PERFORMA RADIO is being organized by Anthony Huberman, curator at SculptureCenter, along with the PERFORMA curatorial team, and participating artists.

WPS1 Art Radio— is the Internet radio sponsor of the biennial and will feature live recordings and interviews.

LISTEN UP!: Lectures as Performances at The Kitchen, will be a curated series highlighting artists who use the formal lecture setting as a context for their visual art. The series will integrate live performance with the archival films of historic lectures by artists such as Joseph Beuys.

PERFORMA05 will also introduce the next segment of its symposia NOT FOR SALE: Writing about Performance and New Media, where artists, authors and critics discuss the current state of performance art and new media. Participants include art critic and curator Katy Siegel, dance critic John Rockwell, Philippe Vergne, co-curator of the 2006 Whitney Biennial, among other leading artists, curators and critics.

PERFORMA05 is organized in collaboration with some of New York City’s leading museums, arts organizations, galleries, and independent curators, including Anthology Film Archives, apexart, Art In General, Artists Space, Eyebeam, The Kitchen, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York University, Participant, Inc., Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art, and White Box. Participating galleries include Leo Koenig Inc., Paula Cooper Gallery, Salon 94, and Yvon Lambert.

Concurrently with PERFORMA05, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces, seven consecutive nights of performances in the museum’s rotunda from November 9 through 15. The works include a new piece by Abramovic created specifically for this project, as well as her renditions of seminal performances by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, VALIE EXPORT, Bruce Nauman, and Gina Pane.

First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance in New York City
Künstlerischer Direktor und Kurator: RoseLee Goldberg

Künstler: Marina Abramovic, Derrick Adams, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, Ei Arakawa, John Armleder, Robert Arndt, Ron Athey & Julianna Snapper, Charles Atlas, Christine Bard, Tamy Ben-Tor, Carol Bove, Mary Coble, Peter Coffin, Tony Conrad, Rene Daalder, Vaginal Davis, Discoteca Flaming Star  (Cristina Gomez Barrio & Wolfgang Mayer), Jason Dodge, Nicholas Dumit Estevez, Annika Eriksson, Ceal Floyer, free103point9, Free Radio HDTS (Christy Gast & Fabienne Lasserre), Coco Fusco, Ellie Ga , gelitin , Piero Golia, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Michelle Handelman, Sharon Hayes, Pablo Helguera, Quisqueya Henriquez, Fatima Hoang, Karl Holmqvist, Carsten Höller, Christian Holstad, Millree Hughes, Vlatka Horvat, Pierre Huyghe, Akiko Ichikawa, Jamie Isenstein, Derek Jackson, Koo Jeong-a, Tom Johnson, Mary Jordan, Jesper Just, Nina Katchadourian, Christoph Keller, Jutta Koether, Marni Kotak, Larry Krone k / John Lovett / Alessandro Codagnone, Christian Marclay, Cat Mazza, Bruce McClure, Paul D. Miller, Ivan Monforte, My Barbarian , Chang Nguyen, Jim O´Rourke, Melik Ohanian, Yoko Ono, Clifford Owens, Breyer P-Orridge, Zeena Parkins, Bruce Pearson, Chris Peck, Kate Pocrass, Luther Price & Katherine Finneran, Jim Pugliese, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Lucy Raven, Troy Richards, Rafael Sanchez, Bearni Searle, Elliot Sharp, Laurie Simmons, Jack Smith, Michael Smith, Sonic Boom, Emily Sundblad, Mungo Thomson, Julie Tolentino, TOT Trio, John Tremblay, Bernar Venet, Banks Violette & Stephen O´Malley, Lee Walton, Suara Welitoff, Sislej Xhafa, Min Xiao-Fen, Carey Young, Thalia Zedek ...

Jesper Just, Isaac Julien

Organisation: Anthology Film Archives, New York; apexart, New York; Art in General, New York; Artists Space, New York; Eyebeam New York, The Kitchen, New York; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York University, Participant Inc., Swiss Institute; White Box, New York

Galerien: Leo Koenig; Paula Cooper Gallery; Salon 94; Yvon Lambert - New York

PERFORMA05 Symposium "NOT FOR SALE: Writing about Performance and New Media" TeilnehmerInnen: Katy Siegel, John Rockwell, Philippe Vergne,

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:
09.11.05 - 15.11.05 Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces