Performance Z-A: a Pavilion and 26 Days of Events at Storefront
Sep 21 2007
21 SEPTEMBER - 16 OCTOBER
In late September 2007, Storefront will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a new edition of its first event. Entitled Performance Z-A, this 26-day celebration will be hosted in Petrosino Park, adjacent to Storefront, in a specially built pavilion designed by Korean architect Minsuk Cho. Organized by the three directors who have led Storefront over the past 25 years (Kyong Park, Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima), Performance Z-A will be an inclusive event involving not only performance artists but also representatives of all the disciplines that have participated in Storefront's program in the past decades: architects, artists, writers, researchers, filmmakers, photographers, musicians and more. For 26 days, from September 21 to October 16, 2007, the protagonists of Storefront's past, present and future will host 26 evening events including performances, concerts, open discussions, film screenings and interviews.
Photographer, editor and researcher Florian Boehm presents his most recent project, Wait for Walk, a series of portraits of New Yorkers waiting to cross the street. Boehm is co-author and co-founder of the project EndCommercial/Reading the City, a visual record of modern urban life exhibited at Storefront in 2002.
Daniel Perlin (AKA DJ N-Ron) is an artist working across media creating sound, video, objects and installations. For Performance Z-A he will present Dance Faster, a live mix from inside Ring Dome that the audience will be able to listen to through wireless headsets from anywhere inside Petrosino Park and the surrounding area. Daniel Perlin’s work has previously been presented at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Chelsea Art Museum, Postmaster’s Gallery, D’Amelio Terras, TN Probe Tokyo, Temporary Contemporary Gallery London and the Centre Pompidou.
Ruben Ochoa presents a one-day installation of his Dancing PoPos next to Ring Dome in Petrosino Park. Based in Los Angeles, Ochoa excavates the city to uncover forms and structures for his interventions and sculptural works. Support made possible by LACMA: On-Site.
At 3:30 pm, world-famous Monstrologist Johan Olander presents a lecture for children on his recent monstrological discoveries and his new book, A Field Guide to Monsters. The audience will be able to ask questions about his findings.
At 7:00 pm, Marilyn Minter responds to "10 Questions" posed by Karen Marta about Minter's grisly-glam paintings and photographs, and her new monograph, just released by Gregory R. Miller & Co.
Eyal Weizman presents his most recent book, Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation. Guest speakers include Tom Keenan, Reinhold Martin, Felicity Scott and Michael Sorkin. Weizman (Director of the Centre for Architecture Research at Goldsmiths College, London) has conducted an in-depth investigation into the planning aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank for several years. In 2003, Weizman co-curated the exhibition A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture at Storefront.
Armin Linke screens the US premier of his award winning film-in-progress on the Alps realized in collaboration with architect Piero Zanini. Alpi, a synchronized projection onto 3 screens with surround sound, is a captivating visual investigation that debunks many of the myths surrounding the picturesque alpine landscape, exposing it as a hotbed for experimentation in social, economic and political relations. The film was awarded a Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. Armin Linke’s photographic work was exhibited at Storefront in 2004.
The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) presents the Envisioning Development Toolkit, a workshop aimed at demystifying the term “affordable housing” that uses an interactive felt poster to help people understand how the city and federal governments define "affordable," what the income spread is like for different neighborhoods, and who can afford to move into those neighborhoods now. As an agency, CUP makes educational projects about places and how they change, bringing together art and design professionals and community-based advocates and researchers.
Bjarke Ingels hosts the opening of the exhibition CPH Experiments, five radical proposals for high-density dwelling from Danish architecture practice BIG/Bjarke Ingels Group, a group of over 80 architects, designers, builders and thinkers based in Copenhagen. The exhibition will showcase five large-scale models (including one made of 250,000 LEGO blocks) of housing projects currently under construction in the Danish capital. The opening will be followed by Bjarke's Birthday Bash, a party at Bar 205 on Chrystie Street to celebrate Bjarke Ingel's 33rd birthday.
A reading hosted by Frederic Tuten with other writers who have written about or who themselves make visual art. Frederic Tuten will be joined by Shelley
Jackson, author of Half-Life and The Melancholy of Anatomy; Wayne Koestenbaum, poet, author of Hotel Theory, a hybrid of fiction and nonfiction; and Iris Smyles, short story writer and editor of Smyles & Fish. Tuten has published five novels including The Adventures of Mao on the Long March, Van Gogh's Bad Café, and Tintin in the New World.
Pedro Reyes leads us on a circumambulent discussion. As one of the most significant voices in the art scene of his native Mexico City, he’s shown in solo exhibitions at Harvard University, Galeria Massimo de Carlo, and Galeria Enrique Guerrero, PR’04, Parentesis en la ciudad, at the Venice Biennale, The Structure of Survival, and at To Be Political It Has to Look Nice, Apexart.
Stefano Boeri, Gianluigi Ricuperati and the editorial team present the new Abitare magazine. With the September '07 issue, Abitare, the bilingual English/Italian monthly architecture publication, passes under the editorship of Boeri after the 15-year tenure of Italian architect and designer Italo Lupi. Boeri and guests will discuss the new editorial line, in particular the intersection between architecture, art and literature, hinted at in the magazine's new subtitle: Dwelling Stories, Telling Spaces.
Tomas Saraceno is an artist based in Frankfurt, Germany. After studying architecture under Peter Cook, Mark Wigley and others, he began an ongoing research into inhabitable lighter-than-air airborne structures as a solution to the world's exploding population. For Performance Z-A, Saraceno will hold an open discussion with invited guests (TBA) on the potential of new materials such as Aerogel. Saraceno will also present a visionary project under development that will be presented at Storefront in 2008.
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Antwerp and Berlin. He is currently the Artistic Director of Extra City Center for Contemporary Art in Antwerp. He was recently announced as co-curator of the forthcoming Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary art, hosted in different location every two years. Franke, who curated An Uneven Exchange of Power at Storefront in 2004, will present the program-in-progress of the biennial and discuss the opportunities and limitations of this roving exhibition format in the wake of the controversial cancellation of Manifesta 6.
For Columbus Day, Lorenzo Romito and other members of research group Stalker Lab will transform Ring Dome into the embassy of Gallo Matese, a small town in the south of Italy. In the mid-20th century, half the population of Gallo collectively emigrated to New York. Fifty years later, Stalker have set out to reconstruct the town’s history, house by house, and reconnect the town’s current inhabitants with their long-lost neighbours by developing a complex online archive of memories and annotations. For Performance Z-A, the current mayor of Gallo and members of Stalker will present the archive to the ex-inhabitants and interview them on their memories of the town.
Internationally renowned photographer Ramak Fazel tells the remarkable story of his most recent photographic project, to be exhibited at Storefront in 2008. In the summer of 2006, Fazel set out in a camper van to visit and photograph every Capitol Building in the 50 States and the everyday life of the people who work in and around them. A third of the way through his trip, Fazel is detained and mirandized on suspicions of terrorism. He is released and continues his journey, but from then on his observations of everyday America occur in the context of continuous police interrogation and FBI surveillance.
Vito Acconci, co-designer with Steven Holl of the Storefront façade, discusses the possible options for the project’s restoration fifteen years after it was built. Acconci, who today runs the architectural practice Acconci Studio, will also present and discuss his office’s recent work.
Neil Greenberg grafts real-world metropolitan challenges onto his imagined cities. He’s in the second phase of Fake Omaha, which includes the creation of a central city, its suburban area, its history, its problems, its plans and its future. Greenberg lives in Detroit where during the day he schedules buses for a mid-size transit authority and runs a small, upstart transit system on the side.
Photographer Luca PIzzaroni installs his first sculpture project "Labels" in the ring pavilion. He co-authored Endcommercial: Reading the City, an analytical observation of recurring urban iconographies of New York and various cites. Endcommercial:Reading the City contains over 60,000 images and is still widely acclaimed for creating a new visual vocabulary that depicts the urban experience.
Artist Dan Graham, whose work was exhibited in Environmental Aesthetic at Storefront in 1986, in conversation with architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina. Graham will show and discuss his most recent photographic work, a contemporary revisitation of his photographic documentation of New Jersey in the late Sixties.
Are you there G-D? Its Me, Heavy-Meta choreographed and performed by robbinschilds with "the man for the job" played by Michael Helland and music by Deep Forest. robbinschilds was formed by choreographers Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003 to present highly visual dance works that explore the intersection between architecture and human movement. Performances include Seriously Heavy (I hurt myself hurting you (June 2006), a site-reactive work at the Autumn Skate Bowl in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and C.L.U.E. (December 2005) at Triskelion Arts.
Recent video and film artworks by artists-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude. Akademie Schloss Solitude, located near Stuttgart, Germany, combines the idea of an academy for scientific and artistic exchange with that of a retreat. Hundreds of artists have taken part in the Akademie's program since its opening, creating a close-knit, global network of Solitude alumni that expands from year to year.
A live sound work by Barbara Held. Barbara Held, one of the participants in Performance A-Z at Storefront in 1982, is a flutist who moves out of the time frame of concert music, combining sound and image in installations that usually include live performance. Recent works include Microcòsmics, a project curated by Joan Fontcuberta in which she worked with electron microscope imagery and sound.
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