ABOUT BP – PERFORMANCE BIENNALE
Explaining performance art is itself a practice of the impossible, as it designates such a wide variety of activities. Sometimes it is compared to theatrical performance or happenings… and it is in that ambiguity where all its overwhelming potential lies. In the same gesture with which it is described or explained, it is erased and re-registered in another form, and then it mutates. It is the expression of the ungraspable. But no matter which conception we choose to approach the term, we reach the same conclusion: performance art is a series of practices focused on the use of the body.
Because performances acquire different meanings according to the place and context where they are carried out, they are legitimate ways of transferring memory and social identity. In Latin America in general, and in Argentina in particular, many protests that resisted oppressive political structures and opposed current forms of power were read as performances, even if they did not have an artistic origin. At the same time, several performance art projects were considered, for their ideological stance, political acts. We could say, then, that certain actions and situations, sometimes called performances, strictly go beyond the so-called field of art.
Performance art never goes unnoticed: it causes acceptance or rejection, reflection or denial. It has always been developed with ambiguity and contradiction, trying to dynamite decade after decade binary oppositions between the living and the mediated, the spontaneous and the staged, the authentic and the planned. However, there are nowadays other problems worldwide that interfere its explanation. In the midst of a time when life is so mediated by scientific and technological advances, is the artist’s presence still powerful and destabilizing? Can a performance be represented by another body that is not that of the artist who imagined it?
BP.15 is the first performance biennale in Argentina. The fundamental reason for its creation is to give visibility to a discipline, both artistic and political, with a long history in our country and with international repercussion, which reached high levels of popularity in the 60s and 70s, and which still retains full force.
BP.15 is a private initiative that brings together a conglomerate of museums, institutions and art spaces, building a spatial scheme with no center, turning places into dynamizers of meaning. Through a program that includes live presentations, seminars, workshops and meetings in multiple venues, it aims to generate exposition and problematization of ideas with the intention of narrowing the gap between the practice of performance and theoretical discourse.
The first edition involves more than 100 outstanding Argentine and international artists, from different artistic disciplines, with more than 20 projects created especially for BP.15: Marina Abramovic, Marta Minujin, Laurie Anderson, Sophie Calle, Tania Bruguera, Jorge Macchi, Amalia Pica and many other artists perform in different areas of the city and the provinces of Buenos Aires, Neuquén and San Juan.
The programme is the result of the cooperation among curators of different partner institutions, the Biennial’s advisory board and its director, Graciela Casabé. In addition to the aforementioned artists, BP.15 will present artists such as Ana Gallardo, Emilio García Webhi and Gabo Ferro, Mondongo, Mariana Obersztern, Provisorio Permanente, Fernando Rubio, Martín Bauer and Alejandro Cesarco, Martín Sastre, Diana Szeinblum, Nicolás Varchausky, Juan Onofri and Matías Sendón, Osías Yanov, Leonello Zambón and Eugenia González.
The artistic proposal of the PERFORMANCE BIENNALE is completed with an important academic platform.
DIRECTOR Graciela Casabé
CURATORS Andrea Giunta (Centro Arte Experimental UNSAM), Liliana Piñeiro (Casa del Bicentenario), Oscar Smoljan (MNBA de Neuquén), Rodrigo Alonso (MAR and Parque de la Memoria), Casey Burry (MACBA), Laeticia Mello (MALBA), Virginia Agote (MPBA Franklin Rawson)
ADVISORY COMMITEE Clara Bauer, Marcelo Grosman, Maricel Álvarez, Nora Hochbaum
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR Susana Tambutti
ARTISTIC COORDINATION Martín Grosman
PRODUCTION COORDINATION Florencia Wasser
TECHNICAL COORDINATION Mariana Tirantte
EDITORIAL COORDINATION Valeria Balut
INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS Clarisa Quiroga
ARTISTIC PRODUCTION Sebastían Romero
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION Carolina Martín Ferro
TECHNICAL PRODUCTION Gonzalo Córdoba Estévez
PRODUCTION TEAM Malena Juanatey, Julia Perette, Lucila Piffer, Melisa Santoro, María Laura Santos, Lara Sol Gaudini
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME Abigail Pérsico, Ignacio González, Nicolás Licera
COORDINATION ENCRUCIJADAS María Martha Gigena, Patricia Dorin
COORDINATION ACTIVITIES LA PLATA Alejandra Ceriani
EXTERNAL CONSULTANT ACADEMIC PROGRAMME Académico, Marcela A. Fuentes
CONTENT PRODUCTION Melina Dorfman, Valeria Balut
TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETER COORDINATION Paulina Casabé
SOCIAL MEDIA Luciana Grosman
DESIGN Bruno Fernández
WEB PROGRAMMING Indiano Bros
PRESS Mercedes Urquiza, Laura Alvarez, Paula Rodriguez
COSTUME DESIGN Martín Churba