November 18th, 2021
This first set of conversations, as part of a new research collaboration between Warehouse421 and Alserkal Arts Foundation, will focus on performance practice and its multiple histories in the region, bringing together three sets of dialogues. Each conversation sets out specific positions based on practice, drawing together artists, curators, writers and researchers who share concerns around the modes in which performance and performativity is framed, received and archived. These dialogues and responses will inform our ongoing enquiry, leading to a more expansive public symposium in 2022.
More broadly, this collaboration will frame and present the work of artists outside the conventions of existing institutional models on their own terms, and identify common ground on which to construct new models. Rather than remain within the vocabulary of canon/outsider, center/periphery or the decolonial as a blanket term, we will collectively aim to upack, extend and liberate contemporary practice into historical, thematic and artist-led frameworks that better serve our contexts and concerns.
For the full programme and registration, visit Warehouse 421.