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FRIDAY, MAR 30 2012, 06:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present an evening of performance art in conjunction with its current exhibition, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid. Artists L.M. Bogad and Pablo Helguera will take on the global economic crisis in their performances, which will utilize the ACFNY’s gallery space as well as it’s state-of-the-art theater.

Bogad will perform the well-known piece in which he poses as a bureaucrat from the “Department of Dreams, Hopes and Fears”. In a second performance, he will present his Economusical piece, Keeping Score, in which he uses key economic indicators as a musical score.

Pablo Helguera (pictured) will present Offshore, an opera pasticcio with a libretto he co-wrote with Amy Withaker. Helguera will sing a variety of famous arias from operas such as Don Giovanni, Turandot, La Bohème, Carmen, The Merry Widow, and Porgy and Bess, with a supertitle-based libretto narrating the operatic drama of the economic bubble and subsequent crash.

It’s the Political Economy, Stupid brings together an international group of artists who focus on the current crisis in a sustained and critical manner. The artworks, which include videos, photographs, installations, and a commissioned site-specific wall mural, ask whether it is time to push back against the disciplinary dictates of the capitalist logic and, by use of artistic means, launch a rescue of the very notion of the social itself. The Village Voice recently featured It’s the Political Economy, Stupid in its Best In Show column.


L.M. Bogad is an author, performer, and creative strategist. He has led his so-called “Tactical Performance workshops”, helping activists create compelling, surprising images to contest and critique power, in revolutionary Cairo, Reykyavik, Buenos Aires, and across the USA and Europe. He has served as the “Humanities and Political Conflict” Fellow at Arizona State University and at Carnegie Mellon University both as an “Art and Controversy” Fellow, and as a Distinguished Lecturer on Performance and Politics. He is a professor of performance and social movements at U.C. Davis and a Regent of the University of Califorlornia.
For more information, please visit >> lmbogad.com

Pablo Helguera (born in Mexico City in 1971) is a visual and performance artist whose work incorporates pedagogy, social engagement, historical research, and language. Past art projects have included a phonographic archive of dying languages, a memory theater, fourteen visual artist “heteronyms,” an alternative radio station in Italy, and an exhibition of four fictional opera composers. Helguera is the author of many books that range from pedagogy and sociology of art, to theater including Education for Socially Engaged Art (2011), Manual of Contemporary Art Style (2007) and The Juvenal Players (2009).

L.M. Bogad: Write Your Dreams/Hopes/Fears Performance:

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