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About The Festival

The Neo-Domesticity Performance Art Festival is a 100 hour happening showcasing 35 immersive performances at the hybrid-domestic sphere of Glasshouse in Brooklyn. The festival features original works by mid-career and emerging performance artists across disciplines, including theater, dance, literature, and visual art, spread throughout the gallery space of Glasshouse in Brooklyn, which celebrates in 2017 its 10th season.

Taking place in a domestic environment, the festival aims at the intimate/intimidating experience of home. Works take varied time/space forms: some performances are durational and stretch in time and space or share a room with other performances; others are limited in time or confined to a small cell; while others are allowed to wander around the house, or create micro-environments of their own (by curating their own performance works). The program strives to create a dynamic landscape that fulfills contradicting features of the domestic sphere: nomadic and static, exhibitionist and intimate, public and private, host and guest, etc.

The term NEO DOMESTICITY was coined by artist Lital Dotan in 2013 alongside a manifesto that described Glasshouse and several other art spaces in Brooklyn. It refers to a form of performance that is rooted in the daily life of the artist and becomes a hub for the performance community, bypassing the mediation of established art institutions. NEO DOMESTICITY art centers re-define the domestic settings and allow the artists to engage directly with their audiences and explore mechanisms of sustainable practices – rather than “out of the ordinary” singular acts. These performance acts undermine the private/public dichotomy and question gendered artistic hierarchies as well as economic and political interests that keep performance works away from museums and galleries.

Dotan’s survey ‘A Performance Ecology In NY’ was published by TAR Magazine in 2015.

Glasshouse is the art-life-lab of artist Lital Dotan & photographer Eyal Perry, hosting artistic practices that are based on immersive performance & participatory art in the domestic sphere. Founded in 2007 and operating in Brooklyn since 2012 Glasshouse hosts performances, exhibitions, residency program and festivals, all dedicated to promote deeper understanding of performative practices and discourse.

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