Performa, the New York-based performance biennial, rounded up yesterday with it's Grand Finale and the presentation of the Malcolm Mclaren award. The winner of the $10,000 prize was Ryan McNamara for his work MEƎM: A Story Ballet About the Internet. The award, which is now in its second year, was established in 2010 in honour of the late artist and iconoclast by Mark Beasley and McLaren's partner Young Kim, and is given to 'an artist aged up to forty years old, who demonstrates the most innovative and thought-provoking performance during the biennial.'
Sound artist Christian Marclay presented this year's award to McNarama, whose immersive piece explored themes around the online world and the 'proximity that different subjectivities and modes of spectacle now have to one another'. The inaugural award was presented by Lour Reed at Performa 11 went to Ragnar Kjartansson for his work Bliss.
The award also coincided with the 30th anniversary of McLaren's seminal 1983 LP Duck Rock, and so the ceremony paid special tribute to the award's namesake with a screening of a rare hour-long film of Duck Rock, alongside as performances inspired by the record and live remixes of the album.