Inverse Performance Art Festival goes digital for 2020

Ayana Evans / Courtesy photo

The Inverse Performance Art Festival will go digital for 2020.

The three-day event is hosted by the Momentary in partnership with the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College. Performances are scheduled for Nov. 13-15 and will include a series of works and conversations with artists working in material, movement, and time-based practices.

Performers include NYC artist Ayana Evans, California’s Lena Chen and Michael Charles Neumann, Chicago-based artist Marcela Torres, and nine others, including Fayetteville’s own Lela Besom.

From the organizers:

Now, more than ever” and “unprecedented times” are phrases that have exponentially multiplied in the year 2020. As we continue to ask ourselves “why” – why now, why this, why anything, we have kept coming back to this phrase, “why not?”

In the absence of in-person gatherings, INVERSE chose to focus our 2020 efforts on intimate spaces of dialogue and conversation. In a time of so much uncertainty, we dug in to what we knew – how to have a conversation, how to hold space for questions, how to feel close to one another. We have so much to learn from the medium of performance – it is the very act of engaging with our problems, with our environment. It leads us to solutions.

Registration is free, and includes updates leading up to the festival.

» Register online

Festival Schedule

Friday, Nov. 13

5-6 p.m. CST: Performance by Ayana Evans on the Momentary’s Instagram Live
7—8 p.m. CST: Conversation with Milk & Honey on Zoom
8—9 p.m. CST: Performance by Marcela Torres on Twitch Co-presented with Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska

Saturday, Nov. 14

11 a.m.—12 p.m. CST: Conversation with Jessica Blinkhorn on Zoom
1—2 p.m. CST: Conversation with Tsedaye Makonnen on Zoom
3—4 p.m. CST: Conversation with Shawn Escarciga on Zoom
4:30—5:30 p.m. CST: Performance by Lena Chen & Michael Charles Neumann on Zoom

Sunday, Nov. 15

11 a.m.—12 p.m. CST: Conversation with Lela Besom on Zoom
1—2 p.m. CST: Conversation with Lela Welch & Ana Sofía Camarga on Zoom
3—4 p.m. CST: Conversation with Sichong Xie on Zoom