[dance-tech] Performance Research Seminar, featuring Ron Athey, at Brunel University

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  • Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 18:59:13 +0000

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Brunel University


Winter 2011-12

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Gaskell Bldg 048    Drama Studio,  Brunel University, Cleveland Rd, Uxbridge, 


Ron Athey
(performance artist)

“Performing Live Sex in a Post-AIDS Body: Self Obliterations 1/2/& 3”

Ron Athey is an American performance artist associated with body art and with 
extreme performance art. He has performed in the U.S. and internationally 
(especially in the UK and Europe). Athey's work explores challenging subjects 
like the relationships between desire, sexuality, and traumatic experience. 
Many of his works include aspects of S&M in order to confront pre-conceived 
ideas about the body in relation to masculinity and religious iconography. 
Athey's first performance was in 1981: 'Premature Ejaculation,' a collaboration 
with Christian Death's Rozz Williams. There were performances at the legendary 
Club Fuck!, an integral part of the early 80Õs queer scene in L.A. In the 1990s 
Athey's 'torture trilogy' addressed move esoteric and emotional responses to 
the AIDS pandemic, and stirred controversies around the risk of blood (in the 
U.S.) while at the same time having to address the Operation Spanner politics 
of the UK, wherein a person is not allowed to release the law on their own 
body. Since the early 90s his work has been commissioned and shown at the ICA 
London; Kampnagel, Hamburg; CCA, Glasgow, his company, solo and visual art 
works have been presented at MOCA Los Angeles, MADRE Museum Naples, Kanonhallen 
Copenhagen, Xteresa Mexico City, Festival Atlantico Lisbon, Danau Festival 
Krems Austria, Eurokaz Zagreb, Gallerija Kapelica Ljubljana, and many more. 
Currently Athey is working on the first book of his live art work commemorating 
30 years of performing.

Entry: Open to All

Coordinated by Prof. Johannes Birringer
For more information, contact johannes.birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx or call +44  
(0)1895 267 343  (office)

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The Center for Contemporary and Digital Performance is pleased to report that 
it now has its own TV CHANNEL on dance-tech.net:
Archive of Seminars 2009-2011

DAP-lab.TV broadcasts selected Performance Research Seminars live from the 
Brunel Drama Studio – making them available to anyone in the world interested 
in the subject. J Birringer is co-producing the seminars and discussions as 
live webcasts for dancetechTV. The partnership between the Center and 
dancetechTV is an experiment in collaborative video broadcasting. The channel 
allows worldwide 24/7 linear broadcasting of selected programs, LIVE streaming 
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