Earlier this month, Ryan McNamara invited audiences to the Connelly Theater in New York for an unusual ballet performance as part of Performa 13. Titled, "MEƎM: A Story Ballet About the Internet," his dance captured our interactions online, where audience members were moved around the theater on dollies, watching different dances unfold in micro-performances fit for the attention span of the Digital Age.
McNamara's work has received recognition at the performance art fair, bringing in $10,000 in prize money as the winner of the Malcolm McLaren Award. Sponsored by The Vinyl Factory, the award was set up in 2010 to honor the late artist and musician McLaren. According to Artform, the Malcolm McLaren Award is "given to an artist who demonstrates the most innovative and thought-provoking performance during Performa 13.”
Yesterday, McNamara accepted the award from artist Christian Marclay during a ceremony at Performa’s HUB.