August 11, 2005 - Performa - First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance in New York City
August 11, 2005

First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance in New York City

First Biennial of New Visual Art Performance in New York City

3 - 21 November 2005

Jesper Just, ‘No Man is an Island II’, 2004. Video still.
Courtesy of Perry Rubenstein Gallery

PERFORMA, the nonprofit organization committed to new visual art performance, is pleased to announce PERFORMA05, the first biennial of new visual art performance in New York City. More than 20 venues throughout New York will present a multidisciplinary program of live visual art performances, exhibitions, film screenings, and lectures from November 3 through 21, 2005. Ten major new works will be premiered and more than 60 artists will participate in the three-week program. PERFORMA05 is organized under the artistic direction of its founder RoseLee Goldberg.
Programming Highlights
To launch PERFORMA05, Danish artist Jesper Just will premiere his first multimedia live performance at Stephan Weiss Studio, with The Finnish Screaming Mens 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. 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 will feature works by ten artists, including Peter Coffin, Jason Dodge, and Karl Holmquist. 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. 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 Playa public jukebox interactive artwork by Christian Holstad. Other participating artists include Tamy Ben-Tor, Coco Fusco, Pablo Helguera, Paul D. Miller, Michael Smith, Sislej Xhafa, among many others. is the Internet radio sponsor of the biennial and will feature live recordings and interviews, while PERFORMA RADIO will expand the field of performance into radio space with new projects by artists in the Biennial broadcast on FM radio. LISTEN UP! Lectures as Performances at The Kitchen, is a series highlighting artists who use the formal lecture as an art form. PERFORMA05 will also introduce the next segment of NOT FOR SALE: Writing about Performance and New Media at New York University, a symposia on the art of writing about multimedia and performance art, which will include Katy Siegel, John Rockwell, and Philippe Vergne, among other leading artists, curators and critics.
PERFORMA05 is organized in collaboration with some of New York Citys 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 museums 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.
Established in April 2004 by art historian, critic, and curator RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMA is a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for this critical area of visual art and cultural history.

A full program of events will be available online at in September 2005.
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