A Resource for Performing Artists, Scholars and Audiences.
The 2nd edition of the Month of Performance Art - Berlin (MPA-B) closed at the end of May 2012 with an impressive programme, featuring hundreds of performances, workshops, talks, exhibitions, installations and site-specific actions.
Lasting 31 days, MPA-B took place at 67 locations in 10 city boroughs and saw the involvement of hundreds of artists, curators and producers from all over the world.
MPA-B brought the relatively unknown world of performance art to a very diverse and broad audience, and with its work in the areas of production, programming, promotion and network development (and thanks also to a number of features and interviews on national and international newspapers, blogs, radios and articles) it helped promote the work of independent artists, organisations, networks, venues and initiatives working at the fringe of funded and mainstream performing arts structures.
In view of these results, we are delighted to inform you that we have begun production on the third edition of MPA-B due in May 2013 and that we are currently looking for performance art curators who would like to be part of it, and to contribute to its programming.
The objectives of MPA-B will remain the same (click here for a mission statement) however to better reach its goals, to foster a tighter and more collaborative approach to its programming and to deepen the discourse about independent and contemporary performance art practices thriving in the city, we would like to invite interested performance art practitioners to work closely with us and to attend three meetings (in Berlin/venue TBC/Skype meetings can also be arranged) over the course of three months, prior to the beginning of MPA-B 2013.
Throught this approach we aim to create a close group of curators whose practices, interests and investigations focus on performance art and to make their work the highlights of MPA-B 2013. The programme will continue to include, in the format of a listing, other performance art projects taking place during May, however the initiatives stemming from these curators' meetings will be the main focus of MPA-B 2013 and will have a more prominent visibility in the programme.
Please note that as a non-funded initiative ran by a small group of volunteer performance artists/curators/producers, we are not in a position to offer any payment for your contribution to MPA-B 2013, and that to cover administration fees and promotion costs we will require a participation fee of 70 euro.
- Appointment of a curator to be notified to the MPA-B team by November 1st
- First curators' meeting: November 10th
- Second curators' meeting : December 10th
- Third curators' meeting: January 10th
- Programme proposals to be finalised and submitted by February 1st
- 70 euro
Primary focus of MPA-B are performance art practices which employ time and process-based strategies as basic elements in the development and presentation of work. MPA-B is open to all sorts of formats and public presentations such as live performances, workshops, screenings, documentation (written/visual), lectures, symposium, exhibitions, installations and others. In fact, through MPA-B, we strive to present the broadest variety of performance art forms to the public, so we welcome performance art projects of the widest range and experimentation.
Despite its broad and very inclusive approach MPA-B is a platform for performance art practices only. We are well aware that references to, amongst others, dance, theatre, visual arts or music can be an important inspiration for performance art, however to avoid misunderstandings we recommend you check the practices above thoroughly before submitting a project proposal, and that you honestly consider if it is not one of the dance, theatre and music festivals, or visual art shows in the city that you would like to be hosted by.
If you feel addressed, have queries or concerns we would like to hear from you! Just get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would gladly begin discussing with you the possibility of working together for the next edition of MPA-B 2013.
We are looking forward to hearing from you.
The MPA-B 2013 team
Jörn J. Burmester, Francesca Romana Ciardi, Nathalie Fari, Florian Feigl, Andres Galeano, Stefan Riebel, and Joel Verwimp
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