10 February, 2010

Split between New York and Shanghai since 2006, Defne Ayas works as a director of programs to Arthub, serving China and the rest of Asia, and as an art history instructor at New York University in Shanghai.Ayas is also curator of PERFORMA since 2004, the biennial of visual art performance with base in New York City, where she continues to present performances and performance-related programs with an international roster of artists, curators, and critical thinkers.Prior to joining PERFORMA, Ayas worked at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, where she coordinated museum’s public and new media programming, including inter-disciplinary roundtables for the Museum as a Hub initiative.Ayas is originally from Istanbul.In her presentation Defne Ayas will focus on two organizations where she is active in: Performa and Arthub.PerformaPerforma is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world.ArthubSupporting contemporary art creation in China and rest of Asia, Arthub serves as a creative think tank, a collaborative production lab as well as a curatorial research platform for new ideas, projects and dialogue within visual arts, performance, and new media.Inspired by the opportunities generated by the collective intelligence of the thinkers across media in the region, Arthub is committed to furthering experimentation, knowledge-production and diversity among dedicated artists, art professionals and arts organizations.