Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
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5 East 3rd Street (at Bowery)
+1 (212) 439-8700
Objects in Performance
dal 1/2/2012 al 25/2/2012
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Objects in Performance

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building, New York

An intensive theoretical exchange and spatial experience to the object in performance. An installation, a symposium and a performance are the starting point of long-term engagement with the object and related matters in the fields of theory and the arts alike.

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Synchronous Objects: Degrees of Unison
02/02/12 – 02/26/12

Synchronous Objects: Degrees of Unison is a multipart sound and video installation focusing on One Flat Thing, reproduced an ensemble dance by William Forsythe.

Focusing on the choreographic visualization online project Synchronous Objects created by Norah Zuniga Shaw, Maria Palazzi and William Forsythe, the installation brings viewers into an encounter with the deep structures of a dance and the generative ideas contained within. A series of visual objects – animations, computer graphics, interactive tools – enact a parallel performance of Forsythe's choreographic ideas. The work was first launched online in 2009 and is still available in this form.

In the installation, Norah Zuniga Shaw stays close to the conceptual foundations of the online original while extending them into the architectural and experiential possibilities of the Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building. In addition to interacting with the site and viewing HD animations from the project, visitors can spend time within a circle of synchronized visualizations unfolding from dance to data to objects over the 15 – minute time span of the piece. William Forsythe's voice calls out timing to the dancers and the sounds of the dancers' actions move in multi-channel choreography around the space. Finally, a paper proliferation of creative processes can be found to read, leave behind, sort, or carry home.

Synchronous Objects: Degrees of Unison (2010)
A video installation by Norah Zuniga Shaw based on original material from
Synchronous Objects for One Flat Thing, reproduced (2009)
By William Forsythe, Norah Zuniga Shaw, Maria Palazzi
Creative director: Norah Zuniga Shaw
Choreographer: William Forsythe, One Flat Thing, reproduced (2000)
Video source director: Thierry de Mey (2006)
Video and software engineer: Benjamin Schroeder
Sound designer: Marc Ainger
Producers: Julian Richter, Shawn Hove, Oded Huberman, and Petra Roggel/Goethe-Institut
Sound resources: ambient sound of dancers performing the piece and William Forsythe's voice
Runing time: 15:30 min.

Opening: 02/02/12 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 East 3rd Street (at Bowery) - New York, NY 10003
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 2:00-7:00pm
Free admission


Objects in Performance
02/03/12 – 02/04/12

The recent phenomenon of object-invested experimental dance and performance echoes the resurgence of the object in recent philosophy (for instance, in Graham Harman's Tool Being and Guerrilla Metaphysics, Mario Perniola's The Sex Appeal of the Inorganic, or Silvia Benso's The Face of Things), literary studies (Barbara Johnson's Persons and Things), critical theory (Jane Bennet's Vibrant Matter), critical race studies (Fred Moten's In the Break); as well as in the renewed interest in the concept of the object in the visual arts (with the exhibitions Part Object Part Sculpture; or Not to Play with Dead Things).

This resurgence of the object also has implications for studies on subjectivity. If, as Deleuze once said, “the status of the object is changed, so is the subject's," it is crucial to investigate the contemporary nature of this phenomenon. The Objects in Performance Symposium will gather a group of renowned American, German, and international scholars and artists, from a variety of fields and perspectives, to present their most recent research on the matter. The environment will be such as to stimulate exchange and conversation between disciplines, and between artists and scholars.

With Barbara Browning, Franz Anton Cramer, Eleonora Fabião, George Ferrandi, Jenn Joy, Heather Kravas, Thomas Lehmen, André Lepecki, Eva Meyer-Keller, Sarah Michelson, Ann Pellegrini, Allen S. Weiss, Norah Zuniga Shaw.

Download SymbolSymposium Schedule (PDF, 107 KB)

This symposium is presented by the Goethe-Institut New York and Performance Studies, NYU, and is curated by André Lepecki.

Tisch School of the Arts
Performance Studies
721 Broadway, Studio Room 612 - New York, NY 10003
Tel.: +1 (212) 998-1620


Death Is Certain
A performance by Eva Meyer-Keller

Cherries have tender skin, meat and a kind of bone inside them. Their juice is red like blood. When you treat them like humans sometimes treat other humans, then they become human themselves or at least animated objects, which invite you to identify yourself with them.

Inspired by fairy tales, where sometimes objects come to life and so become a projection screen for your own experiences and fantasies. In the performance Death Is Certain, sweet cherries are the protagonists. Eva Meyer-Keller removes the stalks but doesn't wash or pit the cherries. Instead they are being killed. She takes care of this business manually, in a way which turns the everyday into something brutal.

The viewer is reminded of deaths from films, but also the reality of executions, how they really happen: associations from individual and collective experience in face of the sweet death at the kitchen table.

Production: Eva Meyer-Keller
With friendly support by: Vooruit Gent, Stuk Leuven
Thanks to: Alexandra Bachzetsis, Juan Dominguez, Mette Edwardsen, Cuqui Jerez, Martin Nachbar

2 performances at 6:00pm and 07:30pm
MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38
38 Ludlow Street - New York, NY 10002
Free admission
Tel.: +1 (212) 439-8700

dal 24/10/2012 al 15/12/2012

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