After working as a consultant (2016/17) for the Onassis Foundation in Athens, on development of concept and vision as part of the new multi-year, multiple properties and programs activation under the framework of Onassis Future, I am beginning my new permanent position with the Onassis Foundation in Athens, as Director of Artistic Research: (Inter)national Artist and Curator-in-Residence Program. As of January 2018, I will work towards a creation of an inaugural artistic research program and new facility in Athens, as well as develop a new artistic research fellowship program.

Also, I am continuing the collaboration with Dries Verhoeven as creative producer, and have begun a collaboration with Miet Warlop and Lotte van den Berg.

2015 – 2017

During these two years I was involved in personal and collective research of new models for supporting contemporary performing artists whose art practice and means of production has become increasingly trans-national and borderless. The first meeting with a group of international curators and producers took place during SPRING Festival in Utrecht in May 2015. The 2nd meeting took place at BRUT Vienna in November 2015 (in the context of 2016 opening weekend of the new artistic team).

Also I completed a research with the Flanders Institute (Kunstenpunt) as part of their long-term research, Reframing the International: December 6, 2016 keynote talk.

Starting May 2016, I was involved in creation and finetunning of the MA program in Expanded Curation at the Amsterdam University of the Arts – DAS Theatre program.

Short biography

Ash Bulayev has worked for 20 years as curator, producer and artist, at the cross-section of contemporary performance and time-based visual arts.

From 2012 – 2015 he was the Curator of Contemporary Performance at EMPAC (New York), commissioning new works by artists such as Ant Hampton, Eve Sussman + Simon Lee, Temporary Distortion, Lars Jan, Kris Verdonck, Ellie Ga and many others, as well as presenting the work of Rabih Mroue, Xavier Le Roy, Lisbeth Gruwez, Ralph Lemon, Marie Brassard, Clement Layes, Wojtek Ziemilski, Julien Maire, and other contemporary time-based artists.

In 2015/16 he has collaborated as producer and consultant with Maria Hassabi, DD Dorvillier, Julian Hetzel, Germaine Kruip and Kat Valastur.

From 2002-11, he was a Co-Artistic Director (in collaboration with Tzeni Argyriou) of, a collaborative platform for experiments in the fusion of performing arts and old/new media. In 2006-07, he was the project initiator and research director for the EU Culture 2000 funded project i-MAP (Integration of Media and Performance) in collaboration with leading media arts organizations in the Netherlands, Germany, Greece and Bulgaria. 

From 1991 until 2002 he lived and worked and played in New York City, learning what it means to make, to make with others, and to play seriously. 

He holds an MA in performance from DasArts, an internationally acclaimed graduate program from the Amsterdam School of the Arts.

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