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PERFORMA05 has been curated by a consortium of independent organizers and curators at New York's leading arts organizations. Each curator was invited to propose a program especially for PERFORMA05 that focused on performance by visual artists. Proposals were reviewed by PERFORMA's director and curatorial team, with the goal of providing a broad spectrum of opinion on contemporary performance in the visual arts. Some venues invited additional proposals from independent curators. With a total of 98 artists at more than 20 venues, PERFORMA05 reflects the selection of fourteen active curators.

Double Bill: BAS JAN ADER: Film Retrospective
RENE DAALDER: Here Is Always Somewhere Else

Anthology Film Archives
Film Screening
Wednesday, November 16
Time: 7.30-9 PM

PERFORMA presents a retrospective of Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) who disappeared at sea in the mid 1970s. Documented in film and photography, Bas Jan Ader’s interest in failures, falls, and breakdowns offers a uniquely melodramatic and fragile form of performance art.

This rare screening of a collection of his films includes I’m Too Sad To Tell You (1971); Fall ii, Amsterdam (1970); Untitled (Tea Party) (1972); and Untitled (Flowerwork) (1974), among others.

Dutch film-maker Rene Daalder presents his work in progress Here is Always Somewhere Else, a documentary on the life, death and influence of Bas Jan Ader. Daalder??ôs film features the work of artists who have long expressed a fascination for BAS Jan Ader??ôs work, including Charles Ray, Richard Serra, Tacita Dean, Marcel Broodthaers, Ger van Elk, Pipilotti Rist, and Rodney Graham among others. Along with never-before seen footage of Ader, interviews, and documentation, Rene Daalder reveals a complex portrait of Ader??ôs work and his lasting legacy. He attempts to shed light on Ader??ôs last work, his Search for the Miraculous, in which he disappeared at sea.

Presented by PERFORMA. Organized by Jay Sanders for PERFORMA05.