Spring 2021: Symposium | Performance, Publics, Possibility

Important Update

We have been closely monitoring how current health and travel issues are evolving with regard to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). After consultation with University at Buffalo leadership and a great deal of deliberation, our proactive feeling is that the best thing we can do for our community is to limit non-essential large gatherings. As such, the UB Humanities Institute is postponing An Evening with Nick Cave (March 27) and Performance, Publics, Possibilty (a one-day symposium scheduled for March 28), with the hope of rescheduling in Spring 2021.

UB Center for the Arts

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

FREE and Open to the Public

Photo courtesy of Nick Cave, still image from Up Right, ©Wright Bros.

Taking as inspiration Humanities to the Rescue keynote speaker Nick Cave’s artistic-activist praxis, the “Performance, Publics, Possibility” symposium explores arts and humanities-based practices of imagining and enacting more equitable and just social formations by way of performance’s capacities to engage publics.

Please join us for a day of performances, panels, and camaraderie. Brunch included.

Nick Cave, Photo by Sandro

Nick Cave is an artist, educator and foremost a messenger, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. He says of himself, “I have found my middle and now am working toward what I am leaving behind.” Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. Soundsuits camouflage the body, masking and creating a second skin that conceals race, gender, and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment.’

For a look into the world of Nick Cave, check out this interactive feature published by the New York Times