Projects

In addition to Performa Commissions, the Performa Projects provide an acclaimed group of additional artists, curators, and institutions an exciting platform to produce and present new work.

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Julieta Aranda and Carlos Motta
Broken English
  • Tue. Nov 1, 12:00 am
A Constructivist-style publication, reflecting on the constant cultural translations and negotiations of New York City. Free
L’Encyclopédie de la parole
Chorale
  • Wed. Nov 2, 5:30 pm
  • Wed. Nov 2, 6:30 pm
  • Wed. Nov 2, 7:30 pm
  • Thu. Nov 3, 5:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 4, 5:00 pm
A brief “choir” performance of texts gathered from political speeches, movie scenes and voicemail messages, in English for the first time. Free
Mateo Tannatt
Pity City Ballet
  • Wed. Nov 2, 6:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 3, 6:00 pm
A live talk show about monumental public artwork – with added dance and greenscreen technology. Free with reservation
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Spartacus Chetwynd
The Lion Tamer
  • Wed. Nov 2, 7:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 2, 8:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 3, 7:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 3, 8:00 pm
Exploring the truths and fallacies of history making, through chambers and antechambers and among large costumed insects. Live performance, projected film, and interactivity all play a part in this other-worldly experience. $12 New Museum Members / $15 General Public
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Tyler Ashley
Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism
  • Sat. Nov 5, 11:00 am
Jane Fonda meets Rodchenko in this interactive exploration into the world of Stepanova style, Meyerhold Biomechanics, and 19th century Eastern massive sports demonstrations. Free
Liz Glynn
Utopia or Oblivion: Parts I and II
  • Sat. Nov 5, 12:00 pm
Liz Glynn will present a two-part performance. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s faltering geodesic dome experiment of 1948, including a building project with volunteer participants. Free
Raphael Zarka
Free Ride
  • Sat. Nov 5, 3:00 pm
A two-part project materializes recent research into the “geometry of skateboarding” and its relation to sculpture. Free
Liz Glynn
Utopia or Oblivion
  • Sun. Nov 6, 11:00 am
A silent dance recreation of an experiment attempted by Buckminster Fuller during his time on the faculty at Black Mountain College. Free
Varispeed
Perfect Lives Manhattan
  • Sun. Nov 6, 11:00 am
Perfect Lives Manhattan is a daylong, site-specific performance of Robert Ashley’s 1983 opera adapted by Varispeed, a newly formed collective of composer-performers. Free
Performa Ha!
Reggie Watts, Dina Seiden, Hennessey Youngman, Lumberob, Bedwyr Williams, Club Nutz and house-band Title TK and Michael Smith
  • Sun. Nov 6, 9:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 13, 9:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 20, 9:00 pm
Three Sundays of conceptual jokes by artists, stand-up comedians and musicians. $20
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Liz Glynn
Utopia or Oblivion: Parts I and II
  • Mon. Nov 7, 12:00 pm
Liz Glynn will present a two-part performance. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s faltering geodesic dome experiment of 1948, including a building project with volunteer participants. Free
Ed Atkins, Haroon Mirza, and James Richards
An Echo Button
  • Tue. Nov 8, 9:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 9, 9:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 10, 9:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 11, 9:00 pm
British artists Ed Atkins, Haroon Mirza, and James Richards have created a project for Times Square that responds to the history and the spectacle of the site. Reservation required.
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Nicoline van Harskamp
Any Other Business - a scripted conference, video installation
  • Wed. Nov 9, 12:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 10, 12:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 11, 12:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 12, 12:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 13, 12:00 pm
  • Mon. Nov 14, 12:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 15, 12:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 16, 12:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 17, 12:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 18, 12:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 19, 12:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 20, 12:00 pm
  • Mon. Nov 21, 12:00 pm
Any Other Business is a video installation of a fully scripted conference recorded for a live audience in an Amsterdam convention centre. In each of its nine meetings, based on original political debates and speeches, a productive type of miscommunication occurs. Free
Stewart Home and guests
Psychedelic Noir
  • Thu. Nov 10, 8:00 pm
An evening of readings, book shredding, ventriloquism and verbal acrobatics. $10
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Fluxus Weekend
Various
  • Fri. Nov 11, 10:00 am
  • Sat. Nov 12, 10:00 am
  • Sun. Nov 13, 10:00 am
In the spirit of Fluxus, Performa will produce an intensive 52-hour program across New York City, collaborating with members of the Performa Consortium.
Asli Çavuşoğlu
Words dash against the façade
  • Fri. Nov 11, 11:11 am
Asli Çavuşoğlu will create a walking tour on 11.11.11 that will use fortune-telling to scrutinize the ornamental façades of New York City buildings. $11.11
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Shelly Nadashi
Refrigerating Apparatus
  • Fri. Nov 11, 6:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
This project combines a number of sculptures and prints, which are manipulated through the recitation of texts, from a guidebook to email etiquette. Free with reservation
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Sound project and DJ sets by Marina Rosenfeld. DJ by Raz Mesinai & DJ Japanster
The Ginger Island Project / Red Egg
  • Fri. Nov 11, 11:00 pm
In the project Ginger Island becomes a metaphor for utopias, dreams, aspirations and creativity. Free
Eric Steen
Brew Day
  • Sat. Nov 12, 12:00 pm
Brings together home brewers from around the city to share their knowledge and art. Free
Tyler Ashley
Half-Mythical, Half-Legendary Americanism
  • Sat. Nov 12, 12:00 pm
  • Mon. Nov 14, 5:30 pm
Jane Fonda meets Rodchenko in this interactive exploration into the world of Stepanova style, Meyerhold Biomechanics, and 19th century Eastern massive sports demonstrations. Free
Performa Radio
  • Sat. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 12, 8:30 pm
Leading figures in the fields of literature, art, and music present short narrative plays live and online. $10
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Dennis McNulty
The Eyes of Ayn Rand
  • Wed. Nov 16, 7:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 17, 7:00 pm
Tracing various spatial and temporal constructions along a line from Konstantin Melnikov's house in Moscow in 1927 to Ayn Rand's eyes in New York 1958. $15
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Laurent Montaron
The Invisible Message
  • Thu. Nov 17, 2:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 18, 2:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 19, 2:00 pm
An attempt to re-enact an apocryphal 1866 experiment with kites that talk to each other. Free
Eric Steen
Brew Pub
  • Fri. Nov 18, 6:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 19, 6:00 pm
Following Performa's home brewing conference, beer made by local homebrewers will be available over two nights at the Performa Hub. All you can drink! $20
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Athi-Patra Ruga
Ilulwane
  • Sat. Nov 19, 9:00 pm
  • Sun. Nov 20, 9:00 pm
A synchronized-swimming performance reflecting on the passage of time in both New York and in the artist’s own South African Xhosa culture. Free with reservation
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Performa 11 Grand Finale
The Malcolm McLaren Award
  • Mon. Nov 21, 9:00 pm
The Performa 11 Grand Finale will be held in honor of the punk pioneer and Sex Pistols founder Malcolm McLaren. $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Cash only.
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