2015 INTERNATIONAL LECTURE SERIES:
ESA NICKLE

Sunday 29 March, 2pm
Artspace Seminar Room

Performance Space and Artspace are thrilled to welcome Esa Nickle, Producing Director and Manager of International Affairs at Performa, to Sydney as part of the PSpace 2015 International Lecture Series. Following the success of RoseLee Goldberg’s monumental lecture in 2014, Esa will provide further insight into one of the world’s foremost multidisciplinary art events. She will discuss producing performance in the US contemporary art world and the research and development of an Australian Pavilion Without Walls for the 2015 Performa Biennial. Esa’s lecture will be facilitated by Performance Space Artistic Director Jeff Khan with Phillip Keir, Co-Founder of the Keir Foundation and Chair of the Biennale of Sydney.

Performa is a multidisciplinary non-profit arts organisation dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance and to encouraging new directions in performance in the twenty-first century. The organization produces the Performa Biennial a three-week program of live art presented in public and private venues across New York City. The Performa Biennial was founded in 2004 and has commissioned significant new works from more than 450 established to emerging artists for an audience of more than 110,000 people.

Performa 15, the fifth iteration of the event will include a focus on contemporary Australian performance with several new commissions being presented in the Australian ‘Pavilion Without Walls’.

Check out this interview with Nickle, change your Sunday plans, and reserve your seat(s) now!

 

BIOGRAPHY

Esa Nickle joined the Performa team in May 2005 as the Biennial Coordinator of the Performa 05 biennial and in 2009 expanded her role as the General Manager of the organization and is line producer of Performa commissions, international partnerships and special events. In 2013, she was appointed as Producing Director and International Affairs and was pivotal to the launch of the international “Pavilions Without Walls” program for the biennial. During her years working in the field she has managed large scale public art events, art education programs, and curatorial projects for the city agencies such as the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival in London. For the City of Chicago, Esa was responsible for the organization of a pioneering and award winning summer youth employment program in the arts that she then replicated in South East London. At Performa, she oversees the biennial program and has produced over 100 performances, installations, and film projects by contemporary artists including Isaac Julien, Jesper Just, Francis Alys, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Omer Fast, Mike Kelley and Elmgreen & Dragset amongst many others. Esa has also played an instrumental role in developing food and music projects for the biennial including projects by Marti Guixe and Marije Vogelzang and has co-curated several large-scale music programs including “Music for 16 Noise Intoners” featuring performances by Blixa Bargeld, John Butcher, and Joan La Barbara; “Screenplay” by Christian Marclay and “City Symphonies Out of Doors” featuring Text of Light. Esa studied the Sociology of Art at Indiana University and Art History at the City University, London.

 

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