Fall 2013
Marissa Perel
AUX Curatorial Fellowship

Above: Marissa Perel performing, Yentl Rewerked for The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago Oct. 5, 2012. Photo credit: Lauren Goldstein.

In 2011, Vox Populi Gallery launched AUX, an interdisciplinary performance and media art venue. Since its inception, AUX has provided Philadelphia with experimental time-based programming encompassing music, film, and performance art.

Starting this fall, Vox Populi and AUX will host a series of five Curatorial Fellowships over the course of two years. This fellowship program will provide dedicated time to leading curatorial voices in contemporary art for critical exploration within emerging and experimental time-based practices. Each fellow will be given two months to pursue research, writing, and scholarship followed by a two month period for an original performance series, public programs, and screenings. This program will foster the exchange of fresh cultural ideas within the rapidly evolving fields of time-based and performing arts in Philadelphia

In keeping with its collective institutional model, Vox Populi called on its artist-members to nominate and appoint the first two AUX Curatorial Fellows. The remaining fellows will be selected by a national call for proposals. Please subscribe to the Vox e-mail list and stay tuned to our website in Spring of 2014 for information about the submission process. Additional questions about the fellowship or application can be directed to


Vox Populi is pleased to announce that our first fellow, Marissa Perel is already doing exciting research in the Philadelphia performance community and is planning her programming series for this coming November and December. Please stay tuned to our events page for news about her curatorial programming as well as educational events she will be hosting. Counter/Acts is Perel’s new series that include performance, discussion and live experiments.

Perel will utilize the AUX performance space to investigate performance as a form of communication between and among art forms. Performance art, as we know it, has its roots in multiple disciplines, from visual art to dance to theater to music to literature. It is a form that has been historically comprised by artists fed up with the status quo within their own mediums, who sought to break down boundaries and find new conceptual and physical spaces for their bodies and ideas. The Counter/Acts series will present artists from multiple disciplines seeking to break through perceived confines of their respective disciplines, and bridge seemingly disparate artistic discourses. Counter/Acts will include artists from multiple cities, creating a dynamic exchange between artistic communities, making Philadelphia a hub of and home to emergent ideas, conversations, and forms of performance research.

Above: Perel in conversation with Carolee Schneemann for the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Judson Dance Theater performance for Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church. July 6, 2012. Photo credit: Ian Douglas.


Marissa Perel is an artist, writer, and independent curator who hails from Brooklyn, NY. Her work spans performance, video and text-based installation and poetry. Her installations and performances have been presented internationally, including at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and The Chocolate Factory Theater (NYC), The D.I.V.O Institute (Prague, C.R.), Medium Gallery (Bratislava, Slovakia), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and commissioned for the Chicago Cultural Center. She currently organizes Lobby TALKS, a forum for open and in-depth discourse on contemporary issues in dance and performance at New York Live Arts. Perel writes the column, “Gimme Shelter: Performance Now” for the Art21 blog. She recently served as co-editor of Critical Correspondence, an on-line journal of Movement Research, for which she co-curated live interviews and events at Judson Memorial Church and New Museum, NY. She was also a curator of the Movement Research Festival Spring 2012: Push it. Real. Good. She received her B.A. in Writing and Literature from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and her M.F.A in Studio and Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


The AUX Curatorial Fellowships have been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

posted: September 24, 2013 topics: