Hector Canonge (New York City, USA): Liminal Fatigue

  • 19 Dec 2020 5pm UTC
  • dur 60min

The world pandemic of 2020 has changed the manner in which humanity interacts. People have to think about social habits, cultural exchanges, communication, and physical proximity. In a matter of months, the virus has put into question our socio-politico-economic structures as well as our physiological and psychological states. The balance we thought we once had, has crumbled. We have learned to wear masks, wash our hands, remain confined to our homes, and above all, we have tried to maintain ourselves in our own bubbles, our private universes, our states of Liminal Fatigue.

LIMINAL FATIGUE is a durational online performance art project that treats the psychological and physical state of mind of a world living under the fear of contagion. Divided in three different sections, the one-hour generative performance is an exploratory experience of time and corporeal presence framed by the constraints of the screen.

BIO: HECTOR CANONGE is an American interdisciplinary artist, curator, cultural producer, and educator. Born in Argentina, Canonge spent his childhood in Bolivia, South America, and grew up in the United States where he studied Comparative Literature, Cinema, and New Media Arts. His work incorporates various forms of artistic expression: Performance Art, Dance, Multimedia Production, Installation, and Social Practice to treat notions related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Through his investigation of somatic expression, he has developed a corporeal theory for the practice of Performance Art which has been presented in workshops and conferences around the world. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His performance art projects, films and media installations have been presented and exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge is the founding director of the performance festivals: ITINERANT, the annual Performance Art Festival of NYC (2011-present); LATITUDES, the International Performance Art Festival of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (2018-present); and AUSTRAL, Performance Art Festival Buenos Aires (2019-present) in Argentina. He is responsible for many initiatives among them: ARTerial Performance Lab (2013-present), intercontinental platform for artists from the Americas; PERFORMEANDO (2014-2017), a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the United States and Europe; PERFORMAXIS (2014-present), an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Under his creative vision, the following performance art platforms and programs were created: TALKaCTIVE (2015-2018) and LiVEART.US (2016-2019) at the Queens Museum of Art, CONVIVIR the international residency program at MODULO 715 (2016-2018), and IGNITION (2018-2019) live art program at Grace Exhibition Space. In 2017, Canonge launched the performance art platform, NEXUS which premiered during Miami Art Week. In 2020, reflecting on the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020, Canonge created the world-wide program CHRONICLES of CONFINEMENT, a series of online conversations featuring performance arts from various countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In November 2020, Canonge launched the platform INPA -International Network of Performance Art, and directed INPA’s first program, STRIDING BODIES: Procession in Performance Art (December 12-13, 2020). The artist is currently at work in the development of more programs for the exploration and experimentation of Live Art and its various manifestations.