The Performa Hub, first launched in 2009, functions as the headquarters of the Performa biennial. The Performa 17 Hub, is designed by renowned architect Markus Miessen and offers a meeting point, a lounge for regrouping between events, information on schedules, ticketing, and directions, Performa volunteers on-site for assistance, a bookshop, and a venue for special performances, screenings, artists talks, discussions, and panels, all as a part of the Performa Institute. Over the three weeks of the biennial, the Biennial Hub hosts a range of artistic activity and projects including dozens of public lectures and discussions, two symposia, and an artist residency for the Kenyan literary network Kwani Trust, producing materials and installations specifically for the Hub. It is also space for spontaneous gatherings and social events throughout the biennial, and as such, the space is staffed and equipped to be able to take advantage of the unpredictable and exhilarating intersection of 150 artists with 40 curators and 40,000 biennial attendees.
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