cross-cultural curating, the carnival paradigm, and the paradox of performance art

Monday, 18 October 2010

13.00 - 14.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

figures dressed as stars for carnival procession in Gwanju
, 90-minute procession curated by Claire Tancons for Gwangju Biennale 08, May 18 Democratic Square, September 5, 2008. Photograph Cheolhong Mo, Courtesy the Gwangju Biennale Foundation

Speaker(s): Claire Tancons (curator and researcher, New Orleans)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Sarah Wilson

Claire Tancons is a curator and researcher based in New Orleans who focuses on Carnival and the Carnivalesque, performance art and processional arts, popular festivals and protest movements. She was Associate Curator for Prospect.1 New Orleans, billed as the largest international biennial of contemporary arts in the US, as well as for Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (2007-9). A curator for the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008), she organized SPRING, a 90-minute procession with 200 participants inspired by political protests and carnival parades which was hailed as one of the biennial’s highlights.  She reiterated the experiment for CAPE 09 (2009), the 2nd Cape Town Biennial, for which she organized A Walk Into the Night, a 60-minute procession with 100 participants based on the traditions of the Cape Town Carnival against the background of apartheid-era forced removals. Claire Tancons is one of the founding members and curatorial directors of Harlem Biennale, the first edition of which is slated to open in the spring of 2012 in Harlem, New York. She received her MA in Art History at The Courtauld in 2000 under the supervision of Dr Sarah Wilson with a dissertation on Daniel Spoerri's Ethnosyncrétismes.

For this lecture Claire Tancons will present Cross-Cultural Curating, The Carnival Paradigm, and The Paradox of Performance Art bringing together various strands of her research on Carnival, her analysis of the discourse of performance art and her interest in global protest movements, illustrated by documents from current and upcoming curatorial projects.

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