Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organisation established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, and followed up with Performa 07 in 2007. Both biennials were greeted with tremendous critical and popular acclaim.
Performa 09, the third biennial of new visual art performance, will take place in New York City from 1 to 22 November 2009, bringing over 50 venues and 25 curators together to present more than 80 artists from around the world. Taking the 100th anniversary of Futurism as its starting point, Performa 09 will feature new Performa Commissions as part of an exciting programme of live events in visual art, film, noise music, sound poetry, graphic design, dance, architecture, and urbanism that seeks to re-imagine the cultural future of New York City.
Images left to right:
Hans Berg performing in Nathalie Djurberg’s Untitled (Working Title Kids & Dogs), 2007. Image © Paula Court. Courtesy of PERFORMA.
Christian Jankowski, Rooftop Routine, 2007. Image © Paula Court. Courtesy of PERFORMA.
Isaac Julien and Russell Maliphant, Cast No Shadow, 2007. Image by Johan Persson. Courtesy of PERFORMA and Sadler’s Wells