The Performance Agency is dedicated to the curation and production of site-specific performance formats. Since its initiation in 2017, it has been informed by the artistic esprit of the avant-gardes at the origins of performance art. In a firm belief in the transformative powers of art, The Performance Agency lives in a continuation of their energies—uniting artists from all fields to create collective spaces of experience that draw our attention to interstices, to the inexplicable, to the beauty of the everyday.
In the first two years, The Performance Agency curated the public program of the Archivio Conz, a collection of more than 3 000 works by late 20th century avant-garde artists collected and produced by Italian publisher and collector Francesco Conz, and developed its signature format: carefully staged performances that allow audiences to traverse a world of imagination. The combination of historical references and an attentive orientation towards the future continues to guide the work.
With studios in Berlin, Paris, Geneva and Vienna, the organisation has since become a vital organism, curating projects in collaboration with international institutions and artists to produce a wide array of formats, from public programs to performative dinners, music albums and artist videos.
The Performance Agency is supported by the aws Austria Wirtschaftsservice.
Astrit Ismaili ‘Miss Kosovo’ (fragment from the performance MISS) during Another Map to Nevada Copenhagen 2021. Photo by Luis Artemio de los Santos. © The Performance Agency & Den Frie Udstilling
Photo by Reto Schmid in collaboration with Amadeus Vogelsang and Robin Brass for Another Map to Nevada Berlin 2020.
Another Map to Nevada!, KubaParis, October 2021, by Lulu Obermayer
Nautical Nirvana, Spike, October 2021, by Eliza Levinson
Esben Weile Kjaer: « The Biggest and Emptiest Narratives of our Time », PW Magazine, October 2021, interview by Luca Büchler
Students Occupied a Derelict Factory. Now It’s a Global Art Space, NY Times, September 2021, by Kimberly Bradley
Die Performance-Agentur, Berliner Zeitung, September 2021, by María Inés Plaza Lazo
Det traditionelle teater gisper af postpandemisk afmatning - kig herhen for inspiration, POLITIKEN, September 2021
Curated by, Spike, September 2021, by Vanessa Joan Müller
Vienna Contemporary 2021: Much More Than An Art Fair, Forbes, September 2021
24 Galerien bringen internationale Kunst nach Wien, Heute, September 2021
Five Shows to See in Scandinavia this Autumn, Frieze, September 2021
Kunstmarktplatz Wien: Messe und Galerien wagen den Wandel, Handelsblatt, September 2021
The Performance Agency: Another Map to Nevada, e-flux announcements, August 2021
BADRUNDFART ‘’Another Map to Nevada’’, IDOART.DK, August 2021
Performativ badrundfart i Kobenhavns kanaler, Kunsten nu, August 2021
Breaking the waves: Another Map to Nevada, Provence Magazine, May 2021, interview by Alma Manssur
Another Map to Nevada, Art Papers, September 2020, by Mohammad Salemy
Sie paddeln sich frei, Zeit Online, August 2020
Wiedereintritt in die Kunstatmosphäre, Die Welt, July 2020, by Anne Waak
"Between Points" Nachtfahrt mit Waschbär, monopol, September 2018