Defne Ayas
Since 2003
Works in United States of America

BIO
Defne Ayas (b.1976) is the Director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam as of 2012.

During her directorship, Witte de With commissioned Dai Hanzhi: 5000 Artists (with UCCA, Beijing, 2014); Moderation(s) by artist Heman Chong (with Spring, Hong Kong, 2012-2014); The Humans - a theatrical play by writer and artist Alexandre Singh – and its monthly summits Causeries (2012-2013); the open archive and collection Tulkus 1880 to 2018 by artist Paola Pivi (with Castello di Rivoli, 2013-2018) as well as the award-winning exhibition The Temptation of AA Bronson (2013). In addition, Ayas launched Witte de With’s new online platform WdW Review (www.wdwreview.org).

While in Shanghai (2005-2012), Ayas co-founded Arthub Asia in 2007 – an Asia-wide active research and production initiative.

Ayas remains a Curator-at-Large of New York-based PERFORMA, where she has organized projects with an international roster of acclaimed artists, architects, curators, and writers, and where she directed biennial’s architecture, writing and print programs since the biennial's first edition in 2005.

In September 2012, Ayas co-curated the 11th Baltic Triennale (with Benjamin Cook, LUX, in collaboration with artists Ieva Misevičiūtė and Michael Portnoy) to great acclaim, as well as the Istanbul and Bandung city pavilions as part of the Intercity Project of the 9th Shanghai Biennale.

She is a Board member of the Rijksakademie (Amsterdam); an advisory board member of PAC (Milan), Jan Van Eyck Academy (Maastricht), Collectorspace (Istanbul), SAHA (Istanbul), Protocinema (Istanbul) and Art Review Asia (Beijing); and a curator at large of Spring Workshop (Hong Kong). Ayas has taught at New York University between 2006-2012 and has lectured at Columbia University, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Museum for Chinese Art, New York, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong, de Balie, Amsterdam, and Art Basel among other institutions. A patron of ArtInternational, Istanbul, she served on the jury of various fairs including Art Rotterdam, Art Brussels, and Artissima, Turin.

Ayas occasionally contributes to publications such as Yishu Journal, A Prior, Mousse and Creative Time Reports, and was nominated for ICI¹s Independent Curatorial Vision Award in 2012.
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PERFORMA05 Finale with Robert Longo, Barbara Sukowa, and Jon Kessler of "The Patsys"; Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky); Japanther with special guest


Dates:
Mon Nov 21, 2005 00:00 - Fri Nov 18, 2005

THE GRANDE FINALE!

Monday, November 21, 2005, 8 PM- 2 AM
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St. (Lower East Side) between Bowery and Chrystie St.
Tickets only $15 in support of PERFORMA07!
18 years plus

Don't be left out in the cold!

BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!
Advance tickets www. performa-arts.org

Come One! Come All!  Dance the night away! Join us in celebrating PERFORMA05, the world's first visual art performance biennial, with all the participating artists, curators, presenters and supporters  of PERFORMA05.  Be there to launch PERFORMA07!

PERFORMA05 is proud to present a fantastic line-up of ARTISTS' BANDS, harking back to the grand old days of the late seventies when every artist worth his or her salt, played in a  band.

Performances by Robert Longo, Barbara Sukowa, and Jon Kessler of "The Patsys"; Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky); Japanther with special guest Dan Graham; Maxy Geil! and PlayColt; Christian Marclay; with introductions by surprise guests, a late-night DJ set by Spencer Product, with opening sets by Pierce Jackson.

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For more information about PERFORMA and PERFORMA05, please visit www.performa-arts.org or call (212) 533-5720.

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PERFORMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for this critical area of visual art and cultural history.

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PERFORMA is supported by grants from the Henry Buhl Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Art for Arts Sake, The David & Elaine Potter Charitable Foundation and the Evelyn Sharp Foundation.

PERFORMA05 has received support from the British Council, Danish Arts Council, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Royal Danish Consulate General, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Stephan Weiss Studio, IASPIS, Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds Program, the New York State Council on the Arts and Highbrow Entertainment.PERFORMA05 projects have been made possible by Paula Cooper, Yvon Lambert Paris, Perry Rubenstein Gallery and David Zwirner.

Beer Sponsor: Stella Artois
New York Media Sponsor: Village Voice
Magazine Sponsor: ArtReview
Internet Radio Sponsor: WPS1 Radio 

  
  


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CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: Screen Play


Dates:
Fri Nov 11, 2005 00:00 - Tue Oct 25, 2005

CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: Screen Play
Eyebeam
Performance
Friday, November 11, 8 pm
$15

New York-based visual artist and composer Christian Marclay will present Screen Play, a moving image musical score in which Marclay has combined found film footage with computer animation to create a visual projection to be interpreted by live musicians. For tickets, please go to www.performa-arts.org

Three different ensembles take turns adding a live soundtrack to the “video score” including multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp; TOT Trio, comprised of cellist Okkyung Lee, percussionist Tim Barnes, and DJ Toshio Kajiwara; and acclaimed harpist Zeena Parkins directs an ensemble to include percussionists Christine Bard and Jim Pugliese.

Screen Play follows The Bell and the Glass (2003), Marclay’s first experiment using video to convey instructions to musicians, which was commissioned by the Relache ensemble, and premiered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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NOT FOR SALE: Writing on Performance and New Media


Dates:
Sat Nov 12, 2005 00:00 - Tue Oct 18, 2005

PERFORMA Presents TWO-PART SYMPOSIUM
NOT FOR SALE: Writing on Performance and New Media

Saturday, November 12, 2005, 1:30-5:00 PM
Yalincak Family Foundation Lecture Hall
19 West 4th Street at Mercer Street

Curators, Critics and Writers Discuss the Art of Writing about Performance and New Media

PERFORMA is pleased to present the fourth installment of NOT FOR SALE: Writing on Performance and New Media, in conjunction with New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Art and Art Professions, and as part of PERFORMA05, the first biennial of new visual art performance in New York City. The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at New York University’s Yalincak Family Foundation Lecture Hall at 19 West 4th Street on the corner of Mercer on Saturday, November 12, 2005 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Reception to follow. For further information, please call PERFORMA at (212) 533-5720, or visit www.performa-arts.org.

NOT FOR SALE: Writing on Performance and New Media is a dynamic continuation of the discussion on performance and its relationship to the museum, gallery, critic and collector. The two-part symposium comprised of a distinguished panel of critics and curators will offer an in-depth view of contemporary developments in writings on ephemeral works of art that encompass several creative disciplines.

1:30-3:00 PM
SESSION I: Curating (and Writing on) Performance in the 21st Century
More and more contemporary artists from around the world make live art and performance-related film and video, as well as installation art, with an ever-increasing presence in museums and galleries. How does the current generation of curators, critics, and writers tackle curating and writing about performance differently from the past? In what way has the relationship between the artist, curator, and museum changed over the past decade? A panel of critics and curators will discuss the art of curating performance today.

Catherine Wood, Curator, Tate Modern, London
Katy Siegel, Art historian, Curator and Critic
Phillippe Vergne, Chief Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Moderated by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Senior Editor, Parkett

3:30-5:00 PM
SESSION II: Writing (and Reviewing) Across Borders-Performance and New Media
Critics and writers on art today need to be well versed in many languages including film, dance, literature, music, architecture and new media. How does an author write across disciplines? How much background in each individual history does a writer need in order to illuminate this multidisciplinary work and to explain its relevance in a broader cultural context to ever-evolving audiences? A panel of critics and writers will explore these questions as they relate to the research, development, and presentation of visual art performance.

Margo Jefferson, Writer and Critic
John Rockwell, Dance Critic, The New York Times
Bennett Simpson, Associate Curator, ICA Boston
Linda Yablonsky, novelist and critic
Moderated by RoseLee Goldberg, Founder and Director of PERFORMA

About PERFORMA
PERFORMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for this critical area of visual art and cultural history.

About the Department of Art and Art Professions, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education
The Department of Art and Art Professions is committed to the construction of new knowledge through the creation of art and innovative academic research. The Department brings students, practicing artists, educators, and art professionals together in a richly interactive, multidisciplinary community that fosters imaginative art-making and intellectual exchange.

MORE TO COME...

A full program of events is available online:
http://www.performa-arts.org/

For Schedule information:
http://05.performa-arts.org/schedule

For Ticket Information:
http://05.performa-arts.org/ticketinfo

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PERFORMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for this critical area of visual art and cultural history.

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PERFORMA05- FIRST BIENNIAL OF NEW VISUAL ART PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK CITY


Dates:
Thu Nov 03, 2005 00:00 - Tue Oct 18, 2005

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PERFORMA05- FIRST BIENNIAL OF NEW VISUAL ART PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK CITY
November 3 through November 21, 2005

http://www.performa-arts.org/

PERFORMA is pleased to announce the program of PERFORMA05, the first biennial of new visual art performance in New York City. More than 20 venues throughout New York will present a multidisciplinary program of live performances, film screenings, lectures, and exhibitions from November 3 through 21, 2005. Ten major new works will be premiered and more than 90 artists will participate in the three-week contemporary art program. PERFORMA05 is organized under the curatorial direction of Founding Director and Curator RoseLee Goldberg.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS


PERFORMA’s first commission True Love is Yet to Come, a new work by Danish artist Jesper Just, will open PERFORMA05 at the Stephan Weiss Studio on November 3rd. Working with the Danish multi-media theater company VISION4 and the cutting edge Eyeliner 3-D projection system, Just will bring to life his seductively elegant style and complex take on male identity to life through a layering of a live performance by Denmark's Baard Owe  interacting with projected images of the Finnish Screaming Men’s Choir and animated sets.  

Belgian artist Francis Alys will present Rehearsal II on November 17, a PERFORMA commission and Alys’s first indoor performance, in collaboration with Rafael Ortega with a trio of performers - a strip-tease artist, pianist and singer - who will rehearse, over and over, the same performance at the Slipper Room on the Lower Eastside.   Eyebeam and PERFORMA co-present Screen Play, a moving image visual score for live musicians, by artist and composer Christian Marclay. Marclay’s video collage combines computer animation, motion graphics and found footage, and will be interpreted live by three different ensembles of live musicians, including Elliott Sharp, TOT Trio, and Zeena Parkins, among others. 

Salon 94 will preview a work-in-progress by Laurie Simmons, entitled, The Music of Regret, a mini-musical film in three acts examining the challenges of modern living in three tales of disappointment and regret. Incorporating narrative cinema, musical theater, puppetry, and dance, the film features key players from Simmons’s oeuvre, including her signature walking objects, ventriloquist dummies, and vintage puppets. Acts I and II of the film will be shown alongside a special live performance. The Music of Regret is co-produced by Salon 94 and PERFORMA, and is Laurie Simmons’s directorial debut.

LISTEN UP! Lectures as Performance at The Kitchen, will be an evening highlighting the current interest of artists in using the formal lecture setting as a context for visual art. Astrophysics with High Energy Light is Bernar Venet’s reconstruction of an early conceptual work, Neutron emission from muon capture in Ca40, which was first presented at The Judson Church Theater in 1968. A Room of One’s Own, a new work by Coco Fusco, will be a window onto special training sessions for women to learn interrogation techniques.

NOT FOR SALE: Writing on Performance and New Media on November 12 is a symposium presented in association with New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Art. A dynamic continuation of the discussion initiated by PERFORMA in 2004, NOT FOR SALE examines performance and its relationship to the museum, gallery, and collector. The two-part symposium will bring together a distinguished panel of critics and curators including Catherine Wood, curator of Tate Modern; Katy Siegel, art historian, curator and critic; and Phillippe Vergne, Co-Curator of Whitney Biennial 2006, who will discuss the art of writing about multidisciplinary work as well as individual approaches to archiving ephemeral art. 

PERFORMA Radio, organized by Anthony Huberman, curator of SculptureCenter, will expand the field of performance into radio space with projects by invited artists including Ceal Floyer, Pierre Huyghe, and Banks Violette, which will be broadcast on WFMU (91.1FM-NY, and WKCR (89.9FM-NY). PERFORMA and Swiss Institute - Contemporary Art will co-present 24-Hour Incidental, which will simultaneous feature performances by ten artists, including John Armleder, Peter Coffin, Jason Dodge, Annika Eriksson, Karl Holmqvist, and Koo Jeong-A from noon one day to the next alongside the installation of Yes Painting, 1966 by Yoko Ono.

Anthology Film Archives and PERFORMA will present an evening of commissioned performances by three New York artists, Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether and Emily Sundblad, and will present film retrospectives of Bas Jan Ader and Michael Smith, as well as the premiere of Rene Daalder’s documentary on the art and life of Bas Jan Ader, Here Is Always Somewhere Else.

Paula Cooper Gallery and PERFORMA co-present  Carey Young’s Consideration, a series of process-based contracts developed by artist in consultation with a lawyer. WPS1 Art Radio, as the official Internet radio station of PERFORMA05, will present a lineup of live broadcasts, interviews, and documentation from the biennial including the launch of a book project Cosmograms by Melik Ohanian, and Pablo Helguera's first operatic live performance Foreign Legion-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Gigantic Art Space for PERFORMA05. 

Artists Space joins forces with PERFORMA to present Empty Space with Exciting Events. Artists Space curator, Christian Rattemeyer, has invited guest curators and artists to present individual evenings of performance that will form an extensive series in gallery’s main space. Artists include Vlatka Horvat, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Cat Mazza, and Lee Walton. Each Wednesday night will feature bands, with performances including Discoteca Flaming Star, Larry Krone, and Millree Hughes.

PARTICIPANT INC will stage a performance-based installation as the site of durational actions and several evenings of live video and performance including Derrick Adams, Ron Athey & Juliana Snapper, Charles Atlas with Chris Peck, Vaginal Davis, Lovett/Codagnone, My Barbarian, Luther Price and Katherine Finneran, Rafael Sanchez, and Julie Tolentino.

Over 20 venues and organizations will present additional programming as part of PERFORMA05, including: Anthology Film Archives, apexart, Art In General, Art Production Fund, Artists Space, Eyebeam, The Kitchen, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum for African Art, New York University, Participant Inc., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Swiss Institute - Contemporary Art and White Box. Participating galleries include, Deitch Projects, Paula Cooper Gallery,  Jack The Pelican Presents, Leo Koenig Inc., Salon 94, and Yvon Lambert.

MORE TO COME...

A full program of events is available online:
http://www.performa-arts.org/

For Schedule information:
http://05.performa-arts.org/schedule

For Ticket Information:
http://05.performa-arts.org/ticketinfo

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PERFORMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for this critical area of visual art and cultural history.

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PERFORMA is supported by grants from the Henry Buhl Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Art for Arts Sake, The David & Elaine Potter Charitable Foundation and the Evelyn Sharp Foundation.

PERFORMA05 has received support from the British Council, Danish Arts Council, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, The Royal Danish Consulate General, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, Stephan Weiss Studio, IASPIS, Experimental Television Center’s Presentation Funds Program, the New York State Council on the Arts and Highbrow Entertainment.







EVENT

a conference on curating digital media


Dates:
Sat Jun 04, 2005 00:00 - Wed Jun 01, 2005

Check it out !

CURATING, IMMATERIALITY, SYSTEMS
a conference on curating digital media

This conference investigates a range of positions currently occupied by curators in the context of digital media and immaterial production. It asks how curators respond to new forms of self-organising and self-replicating systems, databases, programming, net art, software art and generative media within the wider system of (im)material culture? What are the new models of curatorial practice that take into account the transformative nature of objects and processes and that are collaborative, shared and distributed?

http://www.kurator.org/read/Conference