held in trust

Held in Trust


RU Talk: Emily Berçir Zimmerman moderates the panel discussion “Held in Trust” with David Levine, Annie Dorsen and RU artists Irina Baldini and Masako Matsushita.

Tuesday July 31th, 2012 at 6.30 pm

Location:Residency Unlmited
360 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Works that move nimbly between performance and installation challenge viewers to operate outside of known codes for behavior. These situations are often riddled with an anxiety of participation, placing pressure on the tacit trust between the viewer and the artist. This discussion between London-based dance and movement artists Irina Baldini and Masako Matsushita, director and writer Annie Dorsen, theater director David Levine and curator Emily Berçir Zimmerman, will examine the emotional tensions raised by shifting modes of artistic practice, and by the physical and theoretical positioning of the spectator within these new hybridized works. Prior to the panel Irina Baldini and Masako Matsushita will stage a site-specific performance.

This discussion will launch a two-year research project and series of interviews led by Zimmerman focusing on the role of trust in artistic practices that test the boundaries between installation, performance, and participatory art.



Emily Berçir Zimmerman is Assistant Curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). After receiving her BA at New York University’s Gallatin School for Independent Study, Emily Berçir Zimmerman acted in various roles for adventurous non-profit arts organizations in New York, including Location One and Creative Time. In 2004, she became a research assistant for Art and the Moving Image and a curatorial assistant to Tanya Leighton at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. A graduate of Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies, her thesis work was devoted to the relationship between embodiment and digital. Her recent curatorial projects include Uncertain Spectator, and Slow Wave: Seeing Sleep.  Emily was recently awarded the Loris Ledis Emerging Curatorial Fellowship for BRIC Contemporary Art, where she will show So To Speak, an exhibition devoted to the translation of images to words in January of 2012.