In Terms of Performance

March 5 – May 8, 2018

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description In collaboration with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Arts Research Center (ARC)UC Berkeley, BAM presents In Terms of Performance at BAM, an exhibition inspired by the groundbreaking online keywords anthology, In Terms of Performance ( Designed to provoke discovery across artistic disciplines, BAM transforms this web-based project—created by The Pew Center and ARC—into a physical exhibition by utilizing interactive displays, a text-based installation, and selected materials from the BAM Hamm Archives that bring some of these terms to life. On March 21, ARC’s Shannon Jackson will host a think tank at BAM leading discussions amongst curators and critics who think deeply about how one curates, names, receives, and archives performances in a contemporary moment. The think tank is followed by In Terms of Performance: Opening Activations, a public reception featuring performances by Ain Gordon, Malik Gaines, and Sharon Hayes among others. A living anthology that continues to expand, In Terms of Performance examines common keywords that are invoked by artists across all genres. For each keyword (current entries include “Composition,” “Prop,” “Duration,” “Live,” and “Post dramatic” among others) multiple artists, curators, and practitioners contribute essays and interviews, synthesizing their own definitions of the term in relation to their practice. The understanding of these terms can diverge greatly. In Terms of Performance was launched in December 2016 and currently contains 28 keywords each with multiple entries from more than 50 prominent artists, curators, presenters, and scholars including Sabine Breitwieser, Lucinda Childs, Pauline Oliveros, Ralph Lemon, Richard Maxwell, and Catherine Wood. Each offers their distinct perspective in essays and interviews that reflect on the poetry of miscommunication, these common yet contested terms, and the stakes of differing literacies in the context of hybrid cultural production. Providing a true web of reference in a comprehensively cross-listed and image-rich reading experience, In Terms of Performance is co-edited by Shannon Jackson, the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, and Paula Marincola, Executive Director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia.
Identifier 2018s.IN.00305
VenueOpera House;Adam E. Max Gathering Space (Lepercq Space, Ballroom, BAM Cafe)
performerAin Gordon
top billingAin Gordon