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The Department of Med ia and Performance Art presents a series of performances under the title Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past\, held in colla boration with the exhibitions Performing Histories (1) and (2)\, Inventing Abstraction\, 1910–1925\, and Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant -Garde. These performances constitute a “live” response to the contexts of the three exhibitions\, highlighting various artistic practices of enga ging with history.

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Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past emphasizes the travels of artistic ideas\, forms\, and events across territories and times\, from the early 20th century to the mid-20th century\, from the European heartland of modernism to the Far-Eastern hotb ed of avant-gardes\, as well as the continuing force and inspiration they e xert on contemporary practices across mediums and disciplines. A wide range of performances are included\, including dance\, music\, theater\, and per formance art—all anchored in history and resonating with the three related exhibitions and the state of performance art in general.

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The series starts on September 12\, 2012\, with a performance by Andrea Fraser\, and continues until spring 2013.

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Related Exhibitions Performing Histories (1) and (2) is a two-part exhibitio n of newly acquired media works in which artists have deconstructed\, reass embled\, and re-performed history\, focusing on its ambiguity and the impac t of ideology on individual and collective consciousness. The series of per formances with works by Andrea Fraser (born USA\, 1965)\, Andrea Geyer\, Sh aron Hayes (born USA\, 1970)\, Simone Forti\, and others\, relates to the a rtistic re-interpretation of our near history.

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Inventing Abstrac tion\, 1910–1925 is mapping the early history of abstraction\, and will present a radically new approach to the first decade and a half of abstrac t art\, which was invented and established as a cross-media practice from t he start. The dancers Fabian Barba (born Equator 198x) and Kelly Nipper (bo rn USA\, 1971) are creating re-interpretations of highly influential dances by Rudolf Laban and Marry Wigman.

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Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant- Garde highlights\, among other topics\, the prominent cross-media and i ntermedia tendency in avant-garde practices following the Asia-Pacific War and the immediate postwar years\, which interrupted the development of mode rnism in Japan. This series of performances with works by Ei Arakawa\, Cont act Gonzo\, Trajal Harrell\, Eiko and Koma refers to specific artists and m ovements in the history of art and dance such as Jikken Kobo\, Hijikata\, B utho.

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