While Moving Forward on Time

Film Documentary

Today, we understand “performance” and performativity beyond theatrics or entertainment, as something that means and does distinct things, that produces ways for thinking differently about poetic, aesthetic, biological, digital, social, cultural, political or economic phenomena. Since the middle of 60s different performance studies have brought attention into performance and embodied behavior as a means of storing and transmitting knowledge, opposed to academia written formats and its division between thinking and doing, interpreting and making, conceptualizing and creating.

While Moving Forward on Time focus on performance and performativity and the ways contemporary artists, curators and art spaces, from western and non western countries, in interdisciplinary collaborations, are challenging performance art concepts and its means of production by using this form of art to reserach about local and global phenomena.

What can performance art do? How does context and landscape influence local and international artists and what does become their goals when practicing and presenting performance art? How does local and global phenomena manifest themselves through performance art?

This film documentary aim to research on how performance art festivals and programs, in specific communities worldwide, are bringing attention to their local issues and what are the strategies applied to communicate and debate with the international community. By visiting 5 continents and approximately 18 cities in different countries, the film documentary will gather site and context responses to specific problems that can be analyzed in their differences and commonalities through performance. All data will be recorded in video, combining live performances, interviews, debates, round tables and historical records. The assemblage of these materials will facilitate the understanding of local phenomena in relation to a global knowledge and vice versa, and how performance art can open doors to the discussion of such issues.