Performistanbul Live Art Research Space

In addition to periodicals and books relating to performance art in Turkey and abroad, the PLARS will also grant visitors access to audio-visual documentation from past live performances. After conduct- ing extensive research on performance art literature, we have narrowed the list down to 3.000 publications for the first phase of acquisition and have contacted international organizations to ask for physical donations. The Live Art Research Space models itself after the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), whose director Lois Keidan is also a member of LARS’ advisory board. Through this partnership, we have been granted copies of LADA’s DVD archive, thus forming the kernel of Performistanbul’s collection with documentation from leading performance artists including Marina Abramovic, Tehching Hsieh, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden and Vito Acconci. To enable online access to the resources, we have begun researching the integration of software into the PLARS. The technical foundation is being laid following the completion of construction at the end of 2018. Supplementing the original materials that will be accessible at the Live Art Research Space, Perform- istanbul seeks to establish an in-house publishing operation and translate performance art literature into Turkish to reach a wider readership.

 

PLARS Advisory Board And Performance Art Development Association

In 2018, approaching the performance art as a unifying and healing power, we decided to establish ‘Performistanbul Live Art Research Space’ (PLARS) within the Performistanbul platform, which will provide public access to extensive resources (both regional and international) for students, curators and researchers working with/in the field of performance and live art.

PLARS is constructed on the basis of these motivations and established in a building in the area of Galata; where Performistanbul hosted the performance event Needed: You, 672 Hour Live Process.

Taking into consideration the social aspect of the Project, the Performance Art Development Associa- tion has been established, in order to launch PLARS which has been built in such a way that it embrac- es both the public and academic cooperations. This artifact/structure/corpus is constituted in order to gain independence to the space and to collect donation. Hence, we wish to generate an income from multiple sources that will eventually help the space to function and ensure sustainability. Book donations for PCSAA, can be subscribed to Performistanbul Association.

Towards the staidness of the Project, alongside the union board, Live Art Research Space Advisory Board has been established. The Council members are; Adrian Heathfield (Curator & Writer, specialised in the areas of live art, performance and dance), Lois Keidan (Founding Director of LADA, activist and writer), Marilyn Arsem (Performance artist, Founder of Mobius, Founder of the Performance Art Department in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and academician) and VestAndPage (Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes – Performance Art Artist Duo).

Performistanbul Live Art Research Space Advisory Board

-Adrian Heathfield – Curator & Writer, specialised in the areas of live art, performance and dance
-Lois Keidan – Founding Director of LADA, activist and writer
-Marilyn Arsem – Performance artist, Founder of Mobius, Founder of the Performance Art Department in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and academician
-VestAndPage – Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes – Performance Art Artist Duo