Para Site International Conference 2014 - Day 2
Para Site International Conference 2014
Registration at 1.45 pm
Conference from 2.00 pm to 7.30 pm
The Para Site International Conference 2014 “Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? The new performance turn, its histories and its institutions,” co-conceived by Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director/Curator at Para Site, and Ana Janevski, Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will discuss the renewed encounter between dance and performance and the institutions of global contemporary art, marking one of the most significant set of developments in the art field over the last decade.
The past twenty years have seen contemporary dance emerging as a new field of discourse and thinking. While writing within and about these developments is still in its infancy, this scene has produced some of the most powerful works of our times, reflecting the major intellectual directions and the changes in the world over these decades. More recently, dance and performance have entered the institutional realm of contemporary art, with more artists working in and around these disciplines, and with more museums, art centers and biennials considering how to deepen their commitments to performance. Divided into three larger chapters, the conference will attempt to look at the collective history of performance art, and in the process point out and extend the boundaries of what is possible in the paradigm of art and performance today.
On 4 April, the conference will look at the more recent proliferation of living bodies in exhibition spaces, and of dance in museum programs. It will attempt to understand what the institutional realities are that allow this to happen and the institutional transformations that respond to this change. Contributors of the day include Emily Roysdon (New York and Stockholm-based artist and writer), Pierre Bal-Blanc (Director and Curator at Contemporary Art Center of Bretigny, France), Gabi Ngcobo (Johannesburg-based curator and artist), David Riff (Berlin- and Moscow-based writer, artist and curator), Low Kee Hong (Hong Kong-based director and curator), Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Catherine Wood (Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance at Tate Modern, London), Danny Yung (Hong Kong-based artist, director, producer, and founder of Zuni Icosahedron), Ana Janevski (Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Doryun Chong (Chief Curator, M+ Hong Kong), and Manuel Pelmus (Bucharest-based dancer and choreographer).
*Live streaming is available at www.para-site.org.hk.
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