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Performa 11

Performa 11

Performa 11, the biennial of new visual art performance was held between 1–21 November 2011, and presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators.


From Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s performance at Performa 11
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, is held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. Curated by the founder RoseLee Goldberg, the three-week biennial showcased more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Performa 11 presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city. SAHA supported Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s participation in Performa 11 with her project entitled “Words Dash Against the Façade”. Çavuşoğlu created a walking tour taking place on 11.11.11, using fortune-telling to scrutinize the ornamental façades of New York City buildings. Selected interpreters were given free reign to create the rules of fortune-telling through the use of potentially disputable sources and through the framework of their personal perspectives. The performance was curated by prominent Turkish curator Defne Ayas.

About the Curator

An author, curator and critic, RoseLee Goldberg is a leading figure in the art world.

RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian, author, critic and curator. She was the director of the Royal College of Art Gallery, London and curator at The Kitchen, New York. Goldberg has curated several performance series including “Six Evenings of Performance,” as part of the High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture, exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. She wrote a study of performance art, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present. First published in 1979, Goldberg's book is now a key text for performance studies at universities.

About Performa

Performa is dedicated to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005. Performa 11 is curated by RoseLee Goldberg and Performa's team of curators and producers, including Defne Ayas, Mark Beasley, Esa Nickle, Dougal Phillips, and Lana Wilson, and more than 25 curators from the Performa Consortium. For further information on Performa 11:
performa-arts.org