2013 WELCOME

MAY 2013: BERLIN OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE WORLD OF PERFORMANCE ART!

The MONTH OF PERFORMANCE ART is a 31 day citywide platform supporting, celebrating and presenting BERLIN’s independent, contemporary and experimental performance art scene.

MPA–B is not a festival; it has neither an artistic director nor an annual theme, and it is not an initiative for performing arts.

It is a platform for performance art that connects and brings together hundreds of performance artists, spaces, networks and initiatives who collectively contribute to a unique and radical month-long programme, featuring: indoor and outdoor performances, site-specific interventions, talks, workshops, screenings, public encounters and interactions, dinners, durational and days-long actions and other formats and projects which do not have, or reject, any definition.

With its broad programme, diversity of locations and geographical outreach, MPA–B lays bare the world of performance art to as wide an audience as possible. And with its work in areas such as promotion, network development and artists’ mobility, it supports the city’s performance art community working at the fringe of institutionalised performing arts structures.

Now in its third edition, MPA–B will not only feature Berlin’s wide network of independent performance art practices, and the projects of dozens of international artists coming especially to the city to contribute to its programming, but also performance art works by a core group of 23 Associate Curators (whose projects are highlighted in the PROGRAMME with a diamond).

These are members of the new MPA–B-led CURATORIAL COLLABORATION INITIATIVE (CCI), developed with the aim of sharing practices, exchanging knowledge and generating a discourse on contemporary performance art’s qualities and values as a cultural phenomenon, and to explore and develop new performance art formats that challenge and re-examine traditional and contemporary notions of “curating” and “curator.”

MPA-B_posterflyer_07.inddOur symbol this year is a Horse with all its power and frailties.

ENJOY THE THIRD EDITION OF THE MONTH OF PERFORMANCE ART–BERLIN.
ONE CITY, ONE MONTH, ONE ACRONYM: MPA–B

MPA-B 2013 TEAM:
Project Manager: Francesca Romana Ciardi
Curatorial Collaboration Initiative launched by Joel Verwimp, Florian Feigl, Francesca Romana Ciardi, Nathalie Fari and Jörn J. Burmester
Plusnull e.V. administrator: Stefan Riebel | www.plusnull.org
Bloggers: Elizabeth Stevens, Belle Santos, Orion Maxted, Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen, Ena Schulz, Andrew & Caitlin Webb-Ellis | www.mpa-blog.tumblr.com
Press/PR: Elke Thiele | Siebegründe www.siebengruen.de
Graphic Designer: Adria Chilcote | www.adriachilcote.com
Video Documentation: Visual Communication Project | visualproject.indivia.net

MEDIA PARTNERS:
Berlin Art Parasites | www.berlin-artparasites.com
Berlin Art Link | www.berlinartlink.com
Berlin&I | www.berlin-and-i.de
Posi+Tive Magazine/Ploonge | www.positive-magazine.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
PLATOON KUNSTHALLE BERLIN for hosting, and Laura Biagioni for helping organise, the MPA-B 2013 fundraising party; ACUD and SERENDIPITY GALLERY for hosting, once again, MPA OPEN: the 48hr marathon; Michael Steger, Leen Horsford and Amy Cade for hosting and organising the MPA-B 2013 opening and closing parties; the Koalition der Freien Szene for working towards the sustainability of projects like ours, and family, friends and mentors for the continued love, support and inspiration.