About Performa Institute

New this year, the Performa Institute will provide an incredible new platform for the research and educational components of the biennial. Situated in the Performa Hub, a former elementary school in Little Italy, the Performa Institute will create a space for the presentation and exploration of ideas and the exchange of research and knowledge, with a focus on the study of art history and forging a new intellectual culture around contemporary performance.

The Institute asks Performa 11 artists, as well as curators and writers, to function as educators across disciplines, from exhibition-making, to historical research, to visions for the future of art and ideas in New York City and around the world. Within the context of the Performa 11 biennial, these educators will explore historical and research themes including Language, Translation, and Misinformation; the Voice, Speech, and Politics; Talking About Sculpture; Russian Constructivism; and Fluxus.

To fully explore the Performa 11 Research Theme of Russian Constructivism, an archival exhibition (a collaborative project between Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow and Performa Institute) will be installed in the Performa Hub, as well as a program of seminars, workshops, and conferences which look anew at the Russian avant-garde from the first three decades of the twentieth century, and consider the contemporary power of the radical approach of the Constructivists.

Performa Institute is organized by Dougal Phillips, Manager of Curatorial Affairs, and Defne Ayas, Curator at Large.

The full Performa Institute program is available here.