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August 2, 2017

Performa Announces Collaboration with Brown University Arts Initiative and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NEW YORK—Performa, the New York-based international performance art biennial, has announced a three-year partnership with Brown University’s Brown Arts Initiative (BAI), reports Sarah Cascone of Artnet. The organizations have co-commissioned artist Kelly Nipper to produce an artwork in collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the upcoming edition of Performa, to be held November 1–19, 2017. Nipper is currently artist-in-residence at Brown’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.

The Self-Assembly Lab at MIT describes itself as “a cross-disciplinary research lab inventing self-assembly and programmable material technologies aimed at reimagining construction, manufacturing, product assembly, and performance.” Self-Assembly Lab co-director Skylar Tibbits will collaborate with Nipper on the artwork, currently titled Experimental Physiology.

Esa Nickle, Performa’s producing director and international affairs, said the work will incorporate video, photography, architecture, performance, and science, as well as rapid 3-D printing technology developed at Self-Assembly Lab that will fabricate large-scale sculptures in real time. Experimental Physiology will also include contributions from dancer Marissa Ruazol and faculty and students from the computer science department at Brown University, where the work will be previewed in early October.

In a statement, Brown Arts Initiative faculty director and music professor Butch Rovan said, “This collaboration goes to the heart of what the BAI does: expand on Brown’s legacy of enriching artistic practice by supporting all that is experimental, forward-thinking, and cutting edge in the arts across department, among artists, and with eminent partners like Performa.” BAI and Performa will co-commission future works for the biennial and facilitate internships for Brown University students with Performa artists and curators.

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