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FAR & Away Conversations: Elliot Reed and Ron Athey

Published October 30, 2020

FAR & Away Conversations starts 2021 with a livestream featuring performance artists Elliot Reed and Ron Athey  in a virtual discussion. In this live-streamed event the collaborators have the platform to talk about topics that they feel are pertinent in the moment and you as the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat.

Tuesday February 9, 2021 @7pm EST
Recording of the conversation:

Elliot Reed is a performance artist and director based in New York. Working in realtime, Elliot creates solos, ensemble performances and video centering the live subject. His projects exist between people, leveraging candid interaction amongst performers and audience. Utilizing a choreographic lens, Elliot assembles bodies, movement prompts and narrative within exhibition space. As viewers move through his work, the narrative arc moves through them, unfurling itself in actual time.

Elliot is a 2019 danceWEB scholar, 2019-20 Artist In Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and recipient of the 2019 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Exhibitions include a commission with JACK Quartet (2020), MoMA PS1 (upcoming), The Getty Museum (2018),  The Hammer Museum (2016), The Dorthy Chandler Pavilion (2018) The Broad (2017), University of Southern California (2016), and performances at MoonStep Tokyo (2017),  MNSKTM Osaka (2017), VFD London (2017), and MOOI Collective Mexico City (2017).

Ron Athey was born on a submarine base December 16th, 1961. Having spent most of his life in Los Angeles, his first performance project was Premature Ejaculation, a collaboration with Rozz Williams, 1981-83, which included abject body rituals, costume, noise and glossalalia. Athey’s work is closely associated with the AIDS pandemic: from 1990-1999, he performed and toured internationally a trilogy of works with a core group of 8 performers. 1999 kicked off the first solo performance, The Solar Anus (after the same-named Georges Bataille essay), which was seen in over 20 venues including LACE, Gallerija Kapelica Slovenia, Hayward Gallery London, NGBK Berlin. After the 2018 Gifts of the Spirit opera in the Cathedral of St. Vibiana (developed and produced with funds from the Mike Kelley Foundation and Broad Museum, Athey and his collaborator composer/director Sean Griffin (Opera Povera), continue work in experimental opera forms. Back to solo/multi-media work: Acephalous Monster, commissioned by Performance Space New York in 2018, has went on to tour 11 euro and uk venues. January 2021 is the Participant Inc. opening of Ron Athey: Queer Communion, a retrospective show that travels on the June at the ICA-LA, then September Arnolfini Gallery Bristol. The show and accompanying monograph are edited/curated by art historians Amelia Jones and Andy Campbell.