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Here's your chance to read comments, reviews and ideas arising out of this year's Biennial posted by specially commissioned writers, critics and theorists. The Writing Live Fellows have been generously supported by Arts Council England.

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10/30/07 06:09:49 pm
Writing Live: Writers Hub kicks off

Building on the success of NOT FOR SALE, the dynamic education series initiated in 2004 in anticipation of the first PERFORMA biennial in 2005, PERFORMA is pleased to announce WRITING LIVE. This peer review forum has been specially designed in support of a new generation of artists, authors, and critics engaged in discussions around prescient issues in performance and new media, and the related task of writing about art and artists whose work encompasses several disciplines at once.

WRITING LIVE will involve an international group of curators, critics and emerging writ-ers, bringing together a unique mix of different voices in a network of critical writing and debate around PERFORMA 07. Throughout the biennial writers will participate in WRITING LIVE: WRITERS HUB a rolling program of practical writing workshops kicked off with keynote remarks by RoseLee Goldberg and David Levi Strauss (Tues 30 Oct, 11am ??“ 3pm). Writers Hub will also comprise collective peer review platforms (Tues 13 Nov, 12 ??“ 2pm & Tues 20 Nov, 12 ??“ 2pm) designed with a longer-term aim of sustain-ing conversations around art writing on contemporary performance. A special session will take place at Freemans Restaurant (Nov 9, 1 - 3pm) to coincide with Bring Me The Head of ... a sculpture by Serkan O?€zkaya co-presented by PERFORMA and Freemans.

In addition, writers will contribute to PERFORMA07 Writing Live blog by posting en-tries of reviews, daily round-ups, behind the scenes previews, opinion and interviews with biennial artists and curators here on the blog.

WRITING LIVE is directed by RoseLee Goldberg and Defne Ayas, and coordinated by PERFORMA07 Writing Live Fellows Rachel Lois Clapham, Rebecca May Marston and Mary Paterson. WRITING LIVE has been planned in collaboration with the SVA Gradu-ate Art Criticism and Writing Programme with in-part sponsorship by Arts Council Eng-land.

For a full schedule of events, lists of participating artists and venues, as well as the most up to date information please visit us on the web at


10/30/07 04:50:56 pm
Bring Me The Head Serkan Ozkaya launches!

Bring Me The Head Serkan Ozkaya, 2007 Photo: Paula Court

Monica Eulitz, PERFORMA Visionaries Matthew Bangser and Abigail Lawler

Elif Uras, Defne Ayas (PERFORMA), Michelle De Leon

PERFORMA Visionaries Zoe Jackson and Joseph Varet

Toga Kantarci holding the mould of the sculpture

Artist Serkan Ozkaya

PERFORMA Visionaries Yvette Tang and Jenn Joy with Max Dempsey and DJ Stimulus - aka Ian Lawrence

Sukanya Rajaratnam, Tairone Bastien (PERFORMA)

Bring Me The Head
Serkan Ozkaya. launched last night at Freemans, with a dinner co-hosted by PERFORMA and PERFORMA's Visionaries.

?–zkaya's conceptual works are about appropriation and reproduction; they usually operate outside traditional spaces for art in this case, on the tables of one of New York??™s hip-pest restaurants. ???Bring Me The Head Of...??? is also about creating a new venue for sculpture??”in this case, a restaurant instead of a gallery??”as a space for an aesthetic experience.

For information on the project, please click here.

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