To be held at Brown University, Providence,
Rhode Island, USA on March 30-April 3, 2005
A conference toward performance/studies: modes of thinking, physical methodologies, spatial thoughts, sound disturbances, and knowing bodies.
We acknowledge that the conference title understates, closets, titillates, misarticulates, sneaks-up upon, middle-classifies, play-acts, and jumps track. We also hope that it incites action, direction, thought, movement, and choice. For us, when we started planning, the title referred to the necessary discomfort in building a performance, a life, a discipline, a world. Newer, darker meanings have since accrued.
Ports of passage:
Skin Flesh Bone
A(cute) Dissonance... Gender Desire
Queers Embedded Active Distance
Amos and Fluxus
History Currents... Impossible Performance
UnSafes Whatever Being
We invite you to historicize, contemporize, embody, celebrate, or challenge our title. We will do our best to provide structures and spaces to test out, play with, perform, and transform your ideas.
We seek to set up alternative modes of participation that will allow for the development of ideas and projects through workgroups of like-minded (or not so like-minded) scholars and artists working off of specific themes. Please submit curatorial proposals for six to nine hours time focusing on guided events, joint methodological journeys, workshopped objects, etc. The six to nine hours' may be continuous or may extend over three days (or be in scattered spurts); you tell us what might be best.
Examples: midnight to 6 a.m., Thurs/Fri/Sat a.m or p.m for two or three hours per day. In 500 words or less (or else), let us know what you would like to do and with whom/how many you would like to do it. State if it would remain insular or open up to an audience. We offer: black boxes, white boxes, lecture halls, seminar rooms, dance floors, corridors, open spaces, monuments, riverbanks, highway bridges, and what you are imagining (so let us know). Deadline for curators is August 15. We'll get back to you by September 1.
We also issue an open call for panels and for individual presentations that might be parts of panels. These might include performances, visual displays, and publishable and unpublishable papers. We encourage you to go beyond the demands of print culture in presentation. We offer smart classrooms (PowerPoint, video, DVD, sound), stages, seminar rooms, video feeds, etc. Please explain what you have in mind in 500 words or less. Deadline for panels and related presentations and papers is October 1. Notification by November 15.
We plan to feature separate performances, media displays, and installations that will be of general interest to those attending. We invite your suggestions and proposals. Budgetary support for such presentations will be minimal, at best, but let us know what you would need to bring your work here. Deadline is September 15. Notification by November 1.
We wish to provide times and spaces to meet informally with performers and with scholars. Let us know, for example, if you would like the opportunity to discuss your recent publications and performances as part of a book fair, a roundtable discussion, or in other venues.
We plan to sportively create cabaret-like spaces/events for performative responses, "slam scholarship," mini-performances, unexpected groupings, etc. We invite your suggestions for such events by October 1.
If you need letters immediately stating our acceptance of your participation at the conference in order to start applications for funding, visas, etc., please note this with your proposal. Such letters can be provided.
Proposals, suggestions, and requests:
e-mail: Ken Prestininzi, conference co-ordinator
fax: attention John Emigh or Ken Prestininzi in USA, (1) 401-863-7529
write: John Emigh, conference director
or Ken Prestininzi, conference co-ordinator
Box 1897, Providence
RI 02912, USA
Summary of deadlines:
Curated events, August 15th
Performances, Installations, etc. September 15th
Panels and Presentations: October 1st
Suggestions for cabaret like events and "slam scholarship": October 1st
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