From May 5 – June 9, 2014 critic, curator and cultural provocateur Andy Horwitz gave a series of five lectures on live performance at NYU. The inaugural lecture, "The Importance of Being Here: Live Art in the Digital Age", given on May 5, 2014, discussed why live art is essential in the digital world and how new ideas and emergent technologies provide new ways of interpreting how live performance functions in contemporary culture. In this lecture Andy expands on the ideas proposed on his blog, "Ephemeral Objects: Art Criticism for the Post-Material World", for which he received a 2014 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant.
Drawing from his extensive body of critical writing on Culturebot.org, the findings of The Brooklyn Commune Project’s report on arts, economics and cultural production in the performing arts, and his years of experience as a curator, producer and artist advocate, over the course of five lectures Horwitz weaves disparate but interrelated topics together to offer a uniquely insightful perspective into the current state of performance and its possible futures.
These lectures were made possible with support from the Tisch Initiative for Creative Research at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, (Dana Whitco, Director). Special thanks to Allyson Green, Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts; the Department of Dance, Cherylyn Lavagnino and Sean Curran, Co-Chairs. Special thanks also to William Moulton and Paul Galando, Tisch Dance.