Page  1 ï~~Performing the City: An Urban Performance Workshop G. Douglas Barrett State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Music 311 Baird Hall Buffalo, NY 14260-4700 +01 617 372-0737 gdouglasbarrett@gmail.com ABSTRACT We propose to conduct a series of workshops open to the public in which we will lead performances of seminal works that engage with urban space as a space of experience, critical reflection, and aesthetic contemplation, recasting them in ways that emphasize the aural dimension of the urban landscape. The workshops will culminate in a final presentation in which we will present documentation from the activities carried out in the workshops, notes, and critical reflections. Keywords Urban Performance, Performance, Locative Media, Performance Art, Experimental Music, Experimental Performance, Situationists International, D6rive Francesco Gagliardi State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Media Study Center for the Arts Buffalo, NY 14260-4700 +01 716 479-2917 fggagliardi@gmail.com accounts and theorizations built around them, but seldom have the occasion, the time, or the bluntness actually to act them out. 2. WORKSHOP Our project stems form the conviction that actual experience of earlier practices of urban mobility can be of great value for anyone invested in current technologically-oriented practices associated with locative media and mobile music. We propose to conduct a series of workshops open to the public in which we will lead performances of seminal works that engage with urban space as a space of experience, critical reflection, and aesthetic contemplation, recasting them in ways that emphasize the aural dimension of the urban landscape. The workshops will culminate in a final presentation in which we will present documentation, notes, and critical reflections pertaining to the activities carried 1. INTRODUCTION out during the workshops. 1.1 Practices of Urban Mobility Practices of mobile engagement with the city have been a constant exercise for artists preoccupied with the condition of human beings in the modem world. From the urban wanderings of the Flaneur to the Situationists' critique of public space through the derive, from the practices of everyday engagement with the city theorized by Michel de Certeau to the urban activities explored in several Fluxus works and in the work of a number of performance artists of the 1960s and 70s, urban mobility has been variously articulated since early Modernism as a central creative and political act. 1.2 Mobile Technologies The recent application of mobile technologies to the exploration of the city has clearly and often explicitly built upon earlier practices of urban mobility. Actual first-hand experience of these practices, however, is remarkably rare: we critically engage with 3. PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE 3.1 Day One - Everyday Space.: Fluxus Vito Acconci, Following Piece Yoko Ono, City Pieces 3.2 Day Two - Political Space.: The Situationists Guy Debord 3.3 Day Three - Aesthetic Space.: Experimental Music Alvin Lucier, (Hartford) Memory Space Max Neuhaus, Listen R. Murray Schafer, European Sound Diary (Selections)