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Saturday, January 30th 2016

A seminar-workshop-presentation-installation on the multi-faceted developments of writing systems presented by Baxton Alexander.

Share and learn about various writing systems around the globe and their political/religious/aesthetic/technological contexts.

Create and brainstorm new systems of written communication. Augment, reconfigure, and/or deconstruct the old ones.

Come and go as you please throughout our 6 hour time frame. As an information vomitorium, collect, reject, consider, debate, utilize, as you please.


Below is a working outline, subject to change:

+Theoretical Preliminaries:
-Definitions of writing
-The relationship between writing and speaking
-Free exploration of Asemic writing
-Semiographic developments and examples (hobo signs, mathematics, etc.),
-Logographic developments and examples
-Phonographic developments and examples

+Philosophical and Mystical Developments
-Greek approaches to the Alphabet
-Egyptian Hieroglyphs lost in translation become foundation of Western Mystic aesthetics

+General Politics of Script
-Geopolitical examples (From the Americas, to the Caucuses to East Asia)
-Consequences of the printing press and other writing technologies

+Theoretical Potentialities
-The future of writing technologies and expressions?
-Writing as augmenting language rather than writing as merely visual representation of language
-Communal ciphers?


Saturday, October 17th 2015


Expanded-form relational performances and presentations bridging agendas "TO MOVE TOWARDS FLEXIBILITY AND MULTIPLICITY" with "TO CREATE SOMETHING I WANT TO BE A PART OF."

4pm Interactive public working group: to move towards multiplicity and flexibility, a self-creating agenda game.

Adriana Disman
Raki Malhotra
Baxton Alexander
Angeli + Michael Sloan Warren: Song to Remind You of Yourself
DIVERSITY FELLOWS: Songs for a Queer Millennium: A Live Art Mixtape

@Panoply Performance Laboratory, beverages lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.


PF: QUINQ is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10-20 to support/reimburse the artists

For the Full Schedule for PERFORMANCY FORUM QUINQUENNIAL: A Performance Conference October 8-25:

conference = a situation during which persons confer
conferance = a "con" like "comicon" for makers and fans
conference = a culmination of a period of labor
conference = states of being and becoming together

PERFORMANCY FORUM: Bushwick Open Studios Edition

Friday, May 30th 2014

What does it mean for work to be "open" or "closed"? How do we consider or not consider our audiences? Old and new artists of PPL project space converge to present current works-in-performance.

Ivy Castellanos

Baxton Alexander

Ben Bennett

Abigail Levine

Honey McMoney

durational performances and short-form alike fill this evening at this breezy garage open to the street…suggested

$5-15 goes directly to the artists.

beverages lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

PERFORMANCY FORUM: Soliloquies and Solipsism

Saturday, October 5th 2013

Jessica Delfino

Jon Konkol

Lee Todd Lacks with Tom Swafford

Baxton Alexander

Saba Pilots

Insensible activity, indeterminacy, profanity, profoundly peculiar parsing, and radically alterior perspectives beg the question: what if this world exists entirely in the minds of these people? THESE PEOPLE are artists without peers, i.e. what they do is stupendously singular. Furthermore, they may or may not have their heads screwed on "correctly," but the direction they are facing is certainly worth considering, and definitely definitively delectable.

Personality Swap, #3

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

In case you missed it last time, the personality swap means we trade works; songs, dances, monologues, performance pieces, scores, compositions. We learn each others work and present it to fellow participants and an audience. Last time you traded with me (Valerie Kuehne), but now the swap is open to any pairing of performers who wish to learn each others pieces. here's a bit of info, photos from the last one:

Space is limited so contact me asap if you wish to participate!

Already Scheduled to Perform: Adam Matlock, Carrie-Ann Murphy, The Sneaky Mister, Alyson Greenfield, Gelsey Bell, Baxton Alexander, more TBA

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