A Little Less Conversation and If I Can’t Dance and Conversation Pieces

On October 1st in Amsterdam, “A Little Less Conversation,” a conference about exhibiting contemporary performance, and a book launch for Conversation Pieces. 


“A Little Less Conversation” will question, in an unusual and dynamic fashion, how contemporary performance art is exhibited. The conference follows the previous inquiries into contemporary performance organized by de Appel arts centre, including the symposia “The manifold (after) lives of performance” (that took place in 2009 and 2010), which scrutinized the different ways performance is documented and collected.

In Conversation Pieces, twelve critical thinkers confront twelve artists from the perspective of historical and present-day feminism in art, drawing from the exhibitions and performances presented by If I Can’t Dance during Edition II.

With contributions by Dieter Roelstraete & Alexandra Bachzetsis, Vanessa Desclaux & Will Holder, Lisette Smits & Karl Holmqvist, Peio Aguirre & Jutta Koether, Diana McCarty & The Otolith Group, Emily Pethick & Maria Pask, Pádraic Moore & Sarah Pierce, Paul O’Neill & Falke Pisano, Patricia Grzonka & Stefanie Seibold, Jan Verwoert & Frances Stark, Binna Choi & Haegue Yang, and Frédérique Bergholtz & Katarina Zdjelar.