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Boiler Room Lecture: André Lepecki


The Future of Disappearance -
Reflections on the ephemeral and the precarious at the 20th Biennale of Sydney 2016

Monday 21 March 2016, 6:00-7.30pm /// FREE
Venue: Village Roadshow Theatrette, State Library of Victoria
Conference Centre, 179 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) in association with Sharing Space and the Biennale of Sydney are pleased to present a special lecture by André Lepecki, Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. Following the lecture Hannah Mathews, Senior Curator, MUMA and curator, Sharing Space will convene a Q&A session.

Performance theory has conceived disappearance as a movement towards the past. But what if disappearance is the condition for making futures - the necessary act through which the struggles over present conditions of living take place? In this case, the future of disappearance would have to be planned, diagrammed and choreographed. In this talk, Lepecki addresses the chronopolitics of disappearance in contemporary art by discussing the works of Norwegian choreographer Mette Edvardsen and Brazilian visual artist Ricardo Basbaum, both of whom will be participating in the 20th Biennale of Sydney (18 March - 5 June 2016).

André Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies, New York University. He works and researches at the intersection of critical dance studies, curatorial practice, performance theory, contemporary dance and visual arts performance. Lepecki is the author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement (Routledge 2006) and editor of several anthologies including Dance (Whitechapel 2012). He has curated projects for Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Hayward Gallery, London; Haus der Kunst, Münich, among other venues in Europe, the USA and Brazil. Lepecki has lectured extensively in venues such as Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MoMA-Warsaw; Tate Modern, London; HKW, Berlin; Princeton University, Brown University, Écoles des Hautes Études in Science Sociales (EHESS), Paris amongst others. He was the recipient of the AICA Award for Best Performance in 2008 for his authorised re-doing of Allan Kaprow's 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (commissioned by Haus der Kunst, Munich 2006; presented at Performa 07). Lepecki is an attaché of the 20th Biennale of Sydney.

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