I am truly delighted to initiate the Performance Is Alive: Artist Feature Series with the compelling performance duo, ZIERLE & CARTER.
I met Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter in 2011 at Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY) following their durational work, Love Spills. Zierle (DE) & Carter (UK) perform around the world, presenting dynamic work that investigates relationships and inter-connectivity. I asked the duo a few questions that are the cornerstone of this site. Their response can be found (in full) below.
Emergency Index and Ugly Duckling Presse just announced the release of their latest volume documenting 333 performances made in 2013.
ABOUT Emergency Index: Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors to document performances they made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX is the only print publication of its kind, revealing a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work as it actually exists today. For readers, INDEX offers a cutting edge view of performance as it is used in dance, theater, music, visual art, political activism, scientific research, poetry, advertising, terrorism, and other disciplines. For artists, INDEX provides an opportunity to document the most important aspects of new work, without the need for spin or salesmanship. For anyone interested in contemporary performance, INDEX is required reading.
Well hello world! Today embarks the beginning of a new venture in performance art. My name is Quinn Dukes. I am a New York based performance artist, activist and curator. I have viewed powerful performances from artists based around the world. My viewing experiences are largely due to the incredible curatorial efforts of Jill McDermid at Grace Exhibition Space, Brookyln, NY.
The performance art community emerged in the 1960's during a radical time in art history. These performances are heavily documented and readily available for emerging artists and academic scholars. During my time in academia, I have come to realize that institutions struggle to keep up with performance artists working TODAY. This site is intended to share the names and work of influential performance artists working today, around the world. Performance is Alive.
If you find yourself in New York, make sure to check the calendar for Grace Exhibition Space!