Tag: Performance art

  • HERE Arts Center artistic director Kristin Marting

    Why you should support HERE Arts Center’s April 16 Mixtape benefit

    NEW YORK CITY: In my book, Kristin Marting, the founding artistic director of HERE Arts Center, is a visionary. People today see her frequently with Kim Whitener, who runs HERE along with Marting (together they won an Obie Award), but I retain a vivid memory of the fresh-faced New York University director who in 1993 started HERE as a space-sharing marriage of convenience, a merger between HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art and Tiny Mythic Theatre Company. At the time, four people were running HERE, and they produced one another’s work, until a kind of natural attrition happened, and the rest started leaving. The only one left was Marting, who continues to stage innovative, fascinating hybrid works at a rate of one or two shows a year. Marting is a model for the kind of New York artist/entrepreneur who has seized control of her once-precarious artistic destiny. The upcoming April 16 benefit, called MIXTAPE and dubbed “a customized playlist of pop-up performances by HERE’s Resident Artists,” is a testament to the longevity, persistence and beauty of this artist’s vision: this is how new art is supposed to be nurtured and created and then promoted in New York. A backstory: Marting founded Tiny Mythic in 1988. She started directing soon out of NYU; she was probably 21 years old at the time. When she co-founded HERE in 1993, she told me: “We found we shared a lot of the same ideas about what we thought were our problems as art groups. We thought that if we have three theaters and a space that can do vastly different types of theater, there will be tons of space for other companies.” That essential vision has not changed. Then and now, HERE’s entrepreneurial/artistic approach carves out a work-and-exhibition space for developing, emerging, neglected or boundary-breaking artists. It …

  • Logo Pablo Helguera's "The Well Tempered Exhibition" at Location One

    Mexico’s Pablo Helguera reinterprets Bach’s fugue into “Well-Tempered Exposition”

    NEW YORK CITY:  On September 21, the New York-based, Mexico-born performance artist and scholar Pablo Helguera kicks off his ambitious year-long project, The Well-Tempered Exposition, at Location One, located at 23 Greene Street in downtown SoHo in New York City. Location One‘s 2011-2012 Senior Artist-in-Residence, Helguera is putting together a series of 24 events in which he and changing groups of musicians, artists and performers will translate Johann Sebastian Bach’s legendary classical fugue masterpiece “Well-Tempered Clavier” into works of performance art. The series will visit multiple venues and involve scores of participants before its conclusion next summer, also at Location One. According to a press release, the project will launch with a workshop of creative participants leading to a performance that includes performance of the focal “Clavier” pieces by concert pianist Beatriz Helguera before the performance. “Exposition of the creative process behind the ‘translation’ will be woven into the performance, the prepared statement added. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier was written as a textbook for musicians to learn the form of the fugue in all major and minor keys of the piano,” says Helguera. “One can find correlations with the format of the fugue and speech because during Bach’s time there was a theoretical relationship between those two disciplines. Basing ourselves on that, we will translate the Clavier into spoken events. As we do this, we hope to also develop a textbook of sorts for speech- based performance.” Each performance will be formed by original selections from the World Trade Center along with their performative reinterpretation. Helguera’s past work has been characterized by strong views about the nature of creative expression and the interactions of art, culture and society, expressed vividly music, humor, visual image, debate and the full range of performative art forms. Here is the year-long schedule for Helguera’s Well-Tempered Exposition. September …