ABOUT BP – PERFORMANCE BIENNALE
The main objective of the Argentinian PERFORMANCE BIENNALE, organized by Fundación Babilonia para las Artes, la Ciencia y la Cultura, is to celebrate performance art and increase its visibility.
The concept Performance art, action art or live art escapes all rigid, or simplistic definitions. In order to get to its essence, it is possible to conceive it as an interdisciplinary organic expression that is also a liminal, eccentric and extended manifestation where the artist’s body appears in its full poetic and revolutionary potential.
The Biennale’s focus spans from the commissioning of new creations to the revival of iconic pieces by celebrated performance artists. For that purpose, artists from Argentina and abroad are invited to develop new productions or to revisit some key pieces in the history of contemporary performance. A central segment of the Biennale is devoted to academic events. Seminars, workshops, and talks seek to generate a space for reflection and the expression of ideas with the aim of building a bridge between the universe of performance and the academic discourse.
As a reflection of the plurality and transversality of this artistic form of expression, the PERFORMANCE BIENNALE partners and engages in dialogue with different local and foreign cultural institutions. Thus seeking to enhance connections, interactions, and cooperation among artists, while promoting new spaces for discovery, transformation and crossover that would enable the emergence of new languages.
The Biennale’s curatorial team is made up of artists and members of the academia who work from their own perspective while including a democratic team angle to seek, select and follow up works and creators. In this light, the Biennale offers itself as a collaborative system accompanying artists throughout their research and production.
Since its inception, BP was conceived as a platform to gather artists, curators, and different cultural organizations. As such it irrupted onto the local scene with a promise of continuity, joining the constellation of international biennales and thus enabling the outreach of local artists. To explore and confront new models and methodologies for the curation, promotion, and production of performance art are constant fundamental premises that earmark the Biennale as a machinery of creation and reflection in motion.
The third edition of the PERFORMANCE BIENNALE was developed between May 9 and 31 2019 including projects by renowned national and international artists, most of them as a world premiere. The varied programme of the Biennale included unpublished works, seminars and conferences, talks, book presentations, exhibitions and films in more than 20 associated venues.
The international programme included Last Spring: A Prequel by the French playwright, puppeteer, choreographer and director Gisèle Vienne at the Buenos Aires National Museum of Fine Arts, together with her exhibition 40 Portraits. Among others, BP.19 also presented Ethica. Natura e origine della mente, a scenic version of Spinoza’s book by Romeo Castelluci; Le Triomphe de la Renomée, by Swiss choreographer and performer Marie-Caroline Hominal, and Samsung y yo, una historia de amor, by the web-art pioneering duo Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries.
The national programme included both renowned artists as well as young creators: the video artist Julián D’Angiolillo, the performance collective La Columna Durruti, the photographer Nora Lezano, the duo Sofía Médici and Laura Kalauz, the visual artist and performer Florencia Rodríguez Giles, the theatre director Mariana Obersztern, the performance artist Oasías Yanov, the duo composed by the musician and art critic Pablo Schanton and the designer and visual artist Alejandro Ros, etc.
Among the special activities, BP.19 included a series of academic encounters, conferences, seminars, and book presentations that promote the exchange and production of critical thinking. This third edition also included a film series curated by the writer and art critic Hugo Salas, which investigates the connection between iconic films and performance art.
GENERAL DIRECTION Graciela Casabé
CURATORSHIP Maricel Álvarez
CONSULTANTS Nora Hochbaum, Francesca Spinazzi
CURATORSHIP PROGRAMME CINE Y PERFORMANCE Hugo Salas
CURATORSHIP BP CÓRDOBA Catalina Urtubey
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR Susana Tambutti
ACADEMIC PRODUCTION Nicolás Licera
ARTISTIC COORDINATION Martín Grosman
PRODUCTION COORDINATION Florencia Wasser
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION Melisa Santoro, Lucila Piffer
TECHNICAL COORDINATION Gonzalo Córdoba Estévez
TRASLATION AND INTERPRETATION Casabest Communications
ARTISTIC PRODUCTION Luciana Grosman, Madelaine Onis
PRODUCTION TEAM Tamara Belenky, Julieta Corti, Melina Cruz, Manuela De Miguel, Marcia Rivas, Franco Zuccotti
SOCIAL MEDIA Martin Antuña
IMAGE DESIGN Bruno Fernández
GRAPHIC DESIGN Leandro Ibarra
WEB CONTENT ADMINISTRATION Victoria Willenpart
WEB PROGRAMMING Indiano Bros
AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTION Laura Palermo
PHOTO Marino Balbuena
PRESS Mercedes Urquiza, Melina Ruiz Natali