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December 14, 2006

Body Politics in the Americas


Call for Submissions

6th Encuentro
CORPOLíTICAS / BODY POLITICS IN THE AMERICAS: Formations of Race, Class and Gender at the Centro Cultural Recoleta and the Teatro Empire with the collaboration of Instituto Torcuato Di Tella June 8-17, 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. APPLICATION DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2007

THE HEMISPHERIC INSTITUTE OF PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS and the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires invite artists, performers, academics and activists to propose performances, papers, performance-based scholarship (scholarship that attempts to enact what it describes), videos, installations, visual art exhibits, work group topics, activist projects, hacktivist or virtual actions, and other forms that bring together performance and politics in the Americas to participate in our upcoming 6th Encuentro
CORPOLíTICAS / BODY POLITICS IN THE AMERICAS: Formations of Race, Class and Gender.

Since 2000, the Encuentros of the Hemispheric Institute have been a meeting place for artists, scholars, students, and activists investigating the relation between performance and politics in the Americas. Gathering between 300 and 400 participants, each Encuentro is part academic conference, part performance festival, part workshop series, and wholly interdisciplinary: it is a concentrated space of experimentation, dialogue and collaboration, featuring lectures, performances, installations, roundtable discussions, exhibits, video screenings, work groups and hands-on performance workshops.

Our upcoming Encuentro in Buenos Aires will focus on body politics: the politics of the body, political bodies, bodies politic, and the relations between them. We are particularly interested in the formations of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender articulated through body politics in different eras, geographies and imaginaries in the Americas. We understand the body as a site of negotiation, discipline, and a means of expression and meaning.

We are seeking groups or solo artists (for all areas of our performance and exhibition program, for both indoor and outdoor spaces:

Performance: Feature-length (2 hours or less), Short (30 minutes or less), and Cabaret/Bar interventions (“after-hours”). We’re calling for a wide range of performances, from traditional representations to hybrid and contestatory practices. For art exhibitions, installations and film/video, there are wonderful spaces at the Centro Cultural Recoleta, which is a prime venue for the arts in Buenos Aires. The Centro also has a small movie theater, which will allow for screenings throughout the event. These film and art exhibition spaces will be open to the public.

For more information and to apply online.

Posted by jo at December 14, 2006 12:15 PM