Performance artist and curator, New-York
Artist's website: www.panoplylab.org/estherneff
Esther Neff is the founder and co-director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), a space on 104 Meserole and a flexible collective organized with Brian McCorkle to make durational and collaborative performance art operas. Framing performance as acts of theorization, Neff's performances realize social and relational structures, involve analogic use of found materials, and emphasize conflicts between the material body and its cognizing selfhood(s). She has most recently performed at Culture Fix, IV Soldiers Gallery, Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics, Gowanus Ballroom, and Glasshouse Gallery in NYC, in Chicago at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery and MANA Contemporary. As a curator/organizer, her projects include the ongoing PERFORMANCY FORUM platform for performance art, a conference with Yelena Gluzman, the LUMEN Festival on Staten Island, and the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) currently in the works for July 2013.