4 - 21 NOVEMBER 2005

PERFORMA05, the first visual art performance biennial, will take place this year from November 3-21, 2005 in New York City. An exciting three week program of performances, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures and symposia, it has been organized in collaboration with a consortium of international curators and artists to provide audiences with an overview of contemporary visual art performance. With more than 90 participating artists at over twenty venues, PERFORMA05 will articulate a broad range of ideas and sensibilities across disciplines and media.More than 20 venues throughout the city will present a multidisciplinary program of live visual art performances, film screenings, lectures and exhibitions.

Looking back to the important era of downtown New York of the Seventies, when SoHo was a beacon for the newest developments in dance, film, music and visual arts, this first biennial also looks to the future, with its focus on new media, and the infinite possibilities of generating new directions for the visual and performing arts of the new century.

PERFORMA Commissions program originates new productions and supports artists in the creation of exceptional multi-media performances. PERFORMA works with artists from conceptualization to presentation, providing financial and production support, including touring.

PERFORMA05 has been curated by a consortium of independent organizers and curators at New York’s leading arts organizations. Each curator was invited to propose a program especially for PERFORMA05 that focused on performance by visual artists. Proposals were reviewed by PERFORMA’s director and curatorial team, with the goal of providing a broad spectrum of opinion on contemporary performance in the visual arts. Some venues invited additional proposals from independent curators.

The complete program is here: http://05.performa-arts.org/schedule