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Initiative: Talks and Panels

Over the years FuturePerfect has organized and particpated in a number of panels, seminars, symposia, and workshops. Some of these include:

Seminar
Digital and Technological Perspectives in Performance and the Performing Arts
Date: May 2017
Venue: At CLICK Festival in Helsignor, Denmark
Wayne Ashley and Xander Seren

Talk
Quebec Delegation Celebrations, talk at Made in New York in October 2015
Wayne Ashley

Talk
International Marketplace for Digital Arts 2011 at Elektra in Montreal, Canada
Wayne Ashley

Panel Discussion
Inside and Outside the Institution: Curating, Producing, Presenting
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2011
Venue: CPR—Center for Performance Research
Time: 1:30 – 3:30

With Christiane Paul (Curator, The Whitney), Micah Silver (Curator Time Based Art, EMPAC). Jon Nakagawa (Producer, Lincoln Center), Wayne Ashley (Founding Artistic Director, FuturePerfect)

This panel highlights the dynamic and evolving nexus between performance, media, art and technology from the overlapping perspectives of curating, producing, and presenting. Three distinguished curators / producers will show examples and discuss the practical and theoretical challenges of presenting this hybrid work—whether in a museum space, outdoor installation, concert stage, or the web. From Bill Viola’s media spectacle Tristan und Isolde at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, to choreographer Trisha Brown’s collaboration with computers in how long does the subject linger on the edge of the volume…; from Adrianne Wortzel’s A Re-enactment of The Battle of the Pyramids, a performance installation of reconfigured robotic toys; to German composers and sound artists Daniel Teige and Volkmar Klien’s work created for a 360° aural environment—no form of artistic practice has been left untouched by the dramatic advances in telecommunications and computer technologies.

How are we now defining, framing, and conceptualizing this complex zone of artistic production, curatorial practice, and presentation? What new intellectual, creative, and artistic opportunities exist as computers and telecommunications networks mature and become increasingly inseparable from contemporary culture? How are different organizational cultures tackling these technological and artistic challenges, and with what results? Are new curatorial models emerging? What curatorial and producing opportunities exist outside of established cultural institutions?

Panel Discussion
Performance and Immersion\ Date: Sunday, October 25, 2011
Venue: CPR—Center for Performance Research
Time: 1:30 – 3:30

With Kevin Cunningham (Director, 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group), Kurt Hentschlager (Artist, Austria/US), Kora Van den Bulcke and Thomas Soetens (Workspace Unlimited, Artist Collective Belgium/Canada), Allen Feldman (Associate Professor, Anthropology, NYU)

More than any other concept, “immersion” has become one of the most taken-for-granted expressions in writings on technology, and increasingly used to describe a vast array of different media, creative processes, and ways of audience engagement. From video games and 3D cinema, to new counterinsurgency strategies for simulating theaters of war; from realistic touch feedback medical training systems, to the aesthetics of site specific performance and installation. They all share the same desired effect: collapsing the gap between viewer and work, image and reality, inside and outside. Five distinguished panelists will show and discuss their work in relationship to these and others issues. In conjunction with the opening of Kurt Hentschlager’s New York City premiere of ZEE, a fog, stroboscopic, and sound installation.

Panel Discussion
Installation, Art Machines and Performance
Date: Monday, February 28, 2011
Venue: CPR—Center for Performance Research
Time: 7:30pm

With Barbara London (curator, MoMA), Alan Licht (musician, writer, curator; author of Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories), and members of the Norwegian art collective Verdensteatret—Lisbeth Bodd, Asle Nilsen and Piotr Pajchel.

What does the concept of performance mean today as artists increasingly fuse together traditional human centered notions of performance with the dynamics and actions of digital, material, and electromechanical processes and techniques? As the writer and artist Chris Salter reminds us: The preoccupation with performances by and for machines (if not human spectators) is rooted in the criss-crossing histories of automata, the imagined machine fantasies of industrial modernism, post-World War II military-industrial schemes, the advent of kinetic sculpture, industrial subculture, and finally, our long-standing interest in robots. These confluences are boldly evident in the transdisciplInary work of artists working at the intersection of installation, sound and performance.

Panelists talk about their work in relationship to these histories and ideas about inter-media, embodiment, presence, affect, materiality, and performativity.