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symposium program

Northern California Performance Platform
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:00pm
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Featuring works by Performance Studies scholars and practitioners from California College of the Arts (CCA), Center for New Music, Mills College, San Diego State University (SDSU), San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), San Francisco State University (SFSU), Stanford University, and University of California, Davis (UC Davis)

Authorship, Citation, and Collaboration in Contemporary Bay Area Performance

The Northern California Performance Platform is a one-day symposium that brings together faculty, graduate students, and arts practitioners from around the region to connect, share, research, and engage in dialogue concerning urgent conceptual and practical issues at play in the field of Performance Studies. This year’s event includes a morning keynote performance by Susan Silton, an afternoon paper panel, praxis sessions, and an evening performance salon.

Participants who RSVP by March 10 will receive a complimentary catered lunch.

Eventbrite - Northern California Performance Platform


9–10 am » Symposium welcome with refreshments and opening performance

10 am–12 pm » Keynote by Susan Silton, She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak

12–1 pm » Lunch

1–2:30 pm » Paper Session

  • Kevin O’Connor, UC Davis
  • Simone Bailey, CCA
  • Jenn Moreno, SFAI
  • Discussant: Andrea Dooley, UC Davis

2:305:30 pm » Praxis-as-Research Sessions


2:30–3:30 pm
Amy Kilgard et al., SFSU

3:304:30 pm
Monique Jenkinson and Thor Anderson

4:305:30 pm
Matthew Payne and Meerenai Shim, Center for New Music


2:304 pm
Joy Fairfield et al., Stanford University

4–5:30 pm
Mark Van Proyen et al., SFAI

6–8 pm » Performance Salon

  • Bill Sallak, Kent State
  • Julie Herndon, Mills College
  • April Marie Dean, SFAI
  • Linda Noveroske, UC Davis
  • Maria Theresa Barbist, SFAI
  • Monique Jenkinson
  • Brandon Gonzalez, UC Davis
  • James Perley, Mills College
  • Joshua Marshall, Mills College
  • Rex Delafkaran, SFAI
  • Dallas Holfeltz, SFAI
  • Christopher Adler, SDSU
  • Aaron Butler, SDSU
  • Kedar Lawrence, SFAI

8–8:30 pm » Closing Session

8:30–10 pm » Reception at Kennedy’s Irish Pub and Curry House


About Susan Silton

Susan Silton works across varied mediums—including photography, video, installation, performance, text, audio, lithography, and web-based technology—within diverse contexts such as public sites, social network platforms, and traditional galleries and institutions. Her practice engages multiple aesthetic strategies to mine the complexity of perception and interrupt—through combinations of humor, discomfort, and subterfuge—the “othering” that often results from distorted perception. In the performative lecture She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak, Silton activates the multivalent space of the voice, drawing from diverse artistic, theoretical, and anatomical sources to contextualize her cross-disciplinary practice.

Maps and Directions

Directions to SFAI's historic 800 Chestnut Street campus are available on the SFAI website.

Explore nearby restaurants on the neighborhood food map.


Northern California Performance Platform has reserved a block of rooms at the Columbus Motor Inn. Make a reservation at 415.885.1492; group booking number A1084 under "Northern California Performance Platform." Special rates for double-occupancy rooms are as follows:

  • Book by Thursday, March 27: $128 + tax
  • Book by Friday, March 28: $149 + tax
  • Each additional occupant: + $10

Similar rates can be found at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf hotel.


Contact Platform Graduate Chair, Kira Dralle with inquiries »