10 November 2012

Conference: What Is Performance Philosophy?, 11-13 April 2013, Surrey; & Exhibition: DJ Spooky, The Met Reframed, 2013, New York

"What is Performance Philosophy?" is the titular question for performance and theory conference hosted at the University of Surrey on 11-13 April 2013. Its subtitle, "Staging a new field", hints at the conference targets - to explore and perhaps even chart the fresh research currently produced which engages, tests and contests the relationship(s) between performance and philosophy in their broadest sense.

Keynotes confirmed for the conference are Martin Puchner, scholar in literature, philosophy and drama at Harvard University, and Bojana Kunst, conceptual art theoretician and philosopher at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies / Institut für Angewandte, Justus Liebig University Giessen. A call for papers from the organisers allows scope for individual presentations, panels and 90 minute performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtables, and other formats. The call ends on 15 December 2012.

As an addendum to the last post, Ky would like to call attention to Paul D. Miller's (a.k.a. DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid) year-long role as visiting artist in residence to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Throughout 2013, DJ Spooky will headline a number of multimedia sound/art performances under the banner of the program, The Met Reframed. His performances include performances The Nauru Elegies on 18 January, Of Water and Ice on 23 March and Civil War on 10 May, all of which will involve orchestral soundscapes mixed with digital and visual interfaces.
"'To me the Met is like a huge record collection,' Mr. Miller said. 'You have everything from Napoleon’s sword to Thomas Edison’s first cylinder recordings. They have an incredible archive — not just the paintings and sculptures, but technological artifacts, armor. And I thought that would be incredible to do a megamix, responding to the collection. So Limor and I began to talk about that, and I said: ‘I don’t want it to just be music. I want it to be conceptual. I want it to be a rigorous engagement with contemporary art.'"

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