I am looking forward to this discussion tomorrow. I have been interested in PAF for a bit now. Heard great things about it during my travels to Vienna and Berlin this past summer. The place looks beautiful…

Presented by Movement Research‘s Studies Projects

PAF: Introduction and Working Practices

Jan Ritsema, initiator of PAF (PerformingArtsForum), introduces this residency space by and for artists, a free zone for self-organization and self-education located in St. Erme, France. He will also lead a broader discussion on contemporary performance working practices. The conversation will be moderated by DD Dorvillier.


Thursday, November 8, 2007, 6pm
DTW 3rd floor studio


“Turn on, tune in, …..”

BOREDOM!!! (as an amplifier), was recently featured in a NY Times article by Claudia La Rocco. The article is about PERFORMA and the blurring of various forms in performance work being created these days.

I found the article to be a great read and was happy that Claudia used recent New York dance performances as examples of this blurring and challenging between various mediums.

Although PERFORMA features dance performances and dance related happenings, including a number of events surrounding/exploring the influence of Judson Dance Theater, the New York dance scene was largely disregarded by the curatorial team. This is a disappointing move especially considering that PERFORMA director, RoseLee Goldberg, states that PERFORMA is trying “to open the doors and windows between the dance and art world, to find the conceptual underpinnings where there could be a crossover.” She continues to ask “How come this conversation was so profound and rich in the ’60s and ’70s?” “Can we reinstigate that?” I would challenge her that this crossover is happening and very active right now. But if RoseLee hopes to open doors between these worlds, I wonder aloud how this is going to happen when a large and active scene of dance artists based in the same city as PERFORMA is pretty much ignored…

The Kitchen‘s executive director and chief curator, Debra Singer, seems to also think this crossover between the dance and visual art worlds is lacking. She is quoted in the NY Times article as saying “There seems to be little time spent either studying or taking in things that might be just to the left or the right of your primary interest,” “In New York, we’re so blessed with so much that you can indulge your primary passion.” “At the artist and audience level, almost ironically, it can perpetuate a kind of parochialism.”

I would love to see more of a crossover between the two forms in regards to economy.

But as far as artists being interested and collaborating I think that is alive and active.

I drafted a short list of recent New York performances/collaborations where this blurring/collaboration has been fertile.

Luciana Achugar collaborating with Michael Mahalchick

Maria Hassabi collaborating with Marcos Rosales, Scott Lyall and THREEasFOUR

Ei Arakawa working with students from the Martha Graham School

robbinschilds (Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs) collaborating A.L. Steiner

Dean Moss collaborating with Laylah Ali

RoseAnne Spradlin collaborating with Glen Fogel

Miguel Gutierrez collaborating with Christoph Draeger

The collaborations between Chris Peck and Charles Atlas

The work of Fritz Welch

The work of Julie Tolentino

Mike Pride / Drummers Corpse

The work of Jillian Pena

The work of lower lights collective and it’s individual artists (Matt Bauder , Aki Sasamoto, Lily Skove, Kate Ten Eyck, Dan St. Clair, and Arturo Vidich)

The collaborations between Okkyung Lee and Andrew Lampert

Sam Kim‘s recent show had visual artists as performers.

The work of Sarah Michelson

Trajal Harrell collaboration with assume vivid astro focus

The work of Eagle Ager

The work of Vlatka Horvat

The work of lucky dragons

Noémie Lafrance video for Feist

The work of Julia Mandle

Melinda Ring collaborations with Martin Kersels

The work of Claude Wampler

The work of the New Humans

The work of Michael Portnoy

This is an incomplete list.

It seems to me that the real door that needs to open is the conversation between artists and curators.

And to famously quote Timothy Leary from the 60’s maybe curators need to “Turn on, tune in, …..”

[loud mechanical noises, whistling, slide whistling, neighing, etc]

Chris Peck and I were interviewed awhile ago by Levi Gonzalez for Critical Correspondence. It was recently published. Check it out. It is a great interview.

Last Saturday we had an awesome Live Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Thanks to all the performers:


Anna Sperber with Charlotte Gibbons


Peter Jacobs and MKS Volcofsky

Nate Wooley

live shit photos

Here are some photos from the past Live Sh– at the Chocolate Factory. The paintings and sculptures that appear in the photos are by Judy Rikfa.


(Stella Rabbit)


(Tara O’Con)


(Jill Sigman)


(Biba Bell for AUNTS)


(Andy’s MoM)


(Chris Peck)





It was a great LIVE SH–!

I am missing pics from the performances of Ana Keilson and Melanie Maar. If anyone has some please email me.

Thanks to everyone who came out and all the performers.

LIVE SH– 9.29.07.


LIVE SH– presents…

The release party for A Zine* featuring performances and readings from:

Ana Isabel Keilson (zine organizer)
Stella Rabbit
Jill Sigman
Tara O’Con
Andy’s MoM
Melanie Maar

Closing the evening will be Talibam!** (Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea)

Live Sh– is happening after Tere O’Connor‘s “Rammed Earth”

The Chocolate Factory
5-49 49th Avenue
L.I.C., NY 11101

Saturday 9.29.07.


$3 (free if you see Tere’s show before)

cheap beer!

* This zine is an artifact created by and for the dance / performance community. This zine is made with the hope of finding new spaces in print media for the presentation, exploration and promotion of our work and ideas.

** —-hot heeled and tight edged; Talibam! are mystic
soup tasters forcing flavors out of yr mother’s
dimension. matt mottel (synthesizer) kevin shea (drums)

The Average Home New York


(the average home berlin)

The Average Home in New York is opening this Sunday August 19th 2007.

The artist being shown is Mona Miclea.

The opening is from 8-10pm.

The gallery is in the home of Chase Granoff and Luciana Achugar.

Please RSVP in the comments and I will send you the information on where and how to get to the home.

hitotoki is coming to nyc


“is a new literary site collecting stories of personal, singular experiences in cities worldwide.”

They are currently accepting submissions of short narratives that are specific to New York City. The submissions are due by August 31 and I imagine the full site will launch shortly after.

Here is what they are looking for

“short narratives describing pivotal moments of elation, confusion, absurdity, love or grief — or anything in between — inseparably tied to a specific place in New York City.”

Check it out.

(via Jean Snow)