July 15, 2011: Call for Submissions: Encuentro 2012: Cities | Bodies | Action

Encuentro 2012: Cities | Bodies | Action

Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana
March 17-25, 2012
Centro Histórico, Mexico City

pk_candids_enc09_0004_200pxDEADLINE EXTENDED!

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, the Mexican National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA) and the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana invite artists, performers, scholars and activists to submit performances, academic presentations, music, videos, installations, exhibits, activist projects, virtual actions and other proposals that examine the link between performance and politics to participate in our upcoming

The 8th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute seeks to examine the broad intersections between urban space, performance and political/artistic action in the Americas. From the critical poetics of body art to the occupation of public space by social movements, the event invites participants to explore the borders, identities and practices through which subjectivities, hegemonies and counter-hegemonies are constructed in the spaces of the city and beyond. We are particularly interested in the ways in which bodies both interpellate and are interpellated, mobilize and are mobilized, by and around the diverse and complex "passions" that are so defining of our globalized and mediatized present—fear, hatred, disenchantment, hope and faith, among others. We seek to investigate, collectively, the strategies through which bodies (individual, social and political) make themselves present and intervene aesthetic conventions, social formations and political structures in their search to create new meanings and new modes of sociality. This theme will be the point of departure for a vast array of performances, exhibits, roundtables, workshops, lectures and work groups.

Since 2000, our Encuentros have been a point of contact for artists, scholars, students and activists interested in the relationship between performance and politics in the Americas. Each Encuentro brings together 400-600 participants, and is part academic conference, part performance festival, and always completely interdisciplinary. The Encuentro is a space focused on experimentation, dialogue and collaboration.

To apply, please review the instructions on our website and then proceed to fill out the online Application Form by September 26, 2011.