Bard Graduate Center will be presenting the world premiere of Staging Evidence, three specially-commissioned performance pieces by celebrated performance duo Pearson|Shanks, along with panel discussions, from December 5 through 9, 2016 at 18 and 38 West 86th Street, New York City. In Staging Evidence, renowned theater director Mike Pearson and Stanford archaeologist Michael Shanks are mounting a performative challenge to the exhibition Charles Percier: Architecture and Design in an Age of Revolutions opening on November 18, 2016 in the Gallery and on view through February 5, 2017. Using a blend of autobiography, history, and spectacle, Pearson|Shanks intend to take their audience on an intimate journey that explores the innate tensions of representation in order to transform the boundary between past and present.
All events start at 7:30 pm and take place at either 18 West 86th Street (performances) or 38 West 86th Street (panels).
Throughout the week-long residency, performances will be interspersed with panel discussions that further explore the ways in which exhibitions stage evidence and relate to identity, memory, and how we experience the meaningfulness of objects. The week’s schedule follows:
December 5, Performance
Staging Evidence: Classical Antiquity
December 6, Panel
Scene of a Crime: Mobilizing Evidence
December 7, Performance
Staging Evidence: Encountering Locale
December 8, Panel
Revisiting Loss: Re-enactments in the Gallery
December 9, Performance
Staging Evidence: Working With What Remains
Panelists include: Ghiora Aharoni, CA Conrad, Brett Dignam, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Jaamil Kosoko, Andre Lepecki, Daniel Sack, Rebecca Schneider
$10 single tickets available online only. Tickets are $25 at the door of the events. Gallery admission is free with a purchased ticket. For more information visit: bgc.bard.edu
For more than 20 years, Pearson|Shanks have been exploring how objects communicate with us in ways that depend upon context, contingency and purpose. Mike Pearson, a performance artist and theater director (National Theatre Wales, Royal Shakespeare Company) is emeritus professor of performance studies in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, Wales. He and collaborator artist/designer Mike Brooks, as Pearson/Brooks, have been described by the Guardian as “the most adventurous theatremakers in Britain, bringing to life ideas that are part performance, part theatre, part land art, part multimedia event and part uncategorisable.” Michael Shanks is professor of archaeology at Stanford University. Under the banner of “Theatre/Archaeology,” defined as the rearticulation of fragments of the past as real-time event, their various projects have explored how staging the past is the core of both performance and archaeology, and is manifest in related fields such as the archive and exhibition, collection and curation. The authors of numerous books in their respective fields, Mike Pearson and Michael Shanks are currently working on the second edition of their book Theatre/Archaeology (Routledge, 2001).