Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist and a community artist. She teaches in performance and disability studies at the University of Michigan. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias Performance Research Series, projects that are community-based, collaborative, and deal with disability culture issues as with her work Geometries.

Performance as Portrait

William Pope.L is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and the USA Fellowship in Visual Arts. He is perhaps best known for his provocative performances, such as ATM Piece, and his decades-long series of crawls across New York City, commemorated in eRacism, a retrospective which showed at several prominent museums and galleries. The…


Dynasty Handbag is self described as the performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psy­chic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/ant­ipants-lezbiananationalarmy vehicle of Jibz Cameron, from NYC. She has been described as an expression of pure queer id, a character that expresses anger and frustration with heteronormative power structures while also depicting the failures those expectations engender – especially in Break Up Day.

Performance as Prophecy

Maya Deren (April 29, 1917 – October 13, 1961), born Eleanora Derenkowskaia  was one of the most important experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s.  Deren’s work challenged not only the medium’s gender stratification but also its thematic principles, probing issues of sensuality and identity distinct from her male counterparts. She was also a choreographer, dancer,…

Foundational Works

Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York. A pioneer of performance and video art, Jonas works in video, installation, sculpture, and drawing, often collaborating with musicians and dancers to realize improvisational works that are equally at home in the museum gallery and on the theatrical stage. Here her talk about making video performance works in the 60’s and…


Kalup Linzy (born July 23, 1977) is an American video and performance artist who explores sexuality, race and gender, stereotypes as well as cultural identities using pre-recorded voices or by manipulating voice through video editing, and play with different dialects. Ride To Da Club

Interrogatory Performances

Guillermo Gómez-Peña , Roberto Sifuentes and Nola Mariano founded La Pocha Nostra in Los Angeles, California in 1993. They parody various colonial practices of representation including the ethnographic diorama, the freak show, the sex shop window, and the Indian trading post. See their 2004 transmission Border Interrogation.