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PERFORMINGBORDERS | LIVE 2019 THANK YOU & PROJECT TRAILER + SEASON BUTLER's WRITTEN RESPONSE + CURATING BORDERLESS SPACES DOCUMENTATION
THANK YOU AND ALESSANDRA CIANETTI & XAVIER DE SOUSA ON PERFORMINGBORDERS | LIVE 2019

WATCH STUDIO MaBa's VIDEO WITH ALESSANDRA AND XAVIER HERE

[...] Overall, from Queer Contact in Manchester to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in Brighton, Live Art Development Agency and Artsadmin in London, and Beyond The Wall Festival in Nogales, Mexico/US, the project managed to successfully deliver what it had proposed to do: to provoke. Along the way, we had incredible support from these and other organisations such as the Centre for Study of Sexual Dissidence (University of Sussex, Brighton), Contact Theatre in Manchester, and The Marlborough Theatre, as well as funding from Arts Council England. The resulting documentation was brilliantly conducted and edited by Studio Baiba, our amazing Italian/Latvian migrant film-makers, and with support from local film-makers Sagitta Media and Sharon Kilgannon in Manchester and Brighton.
 
We want to thank the project partners, but also our invited guests, for the amazing provocations, thoughts, acts of resistance, emotions, the wearing of their hearts on their sleeves, and the warmth: Nima Séne, Tuna Erdem, Camille Barton, Annie Jael Kwan, Sim Chi Yin, Dr. Anna Marazuela Kim, Anti-Cool, osborne&møller, Season Butler, Raju Rage, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Tara Fatehi Irani, Burong, Critical Interruptions, Bojana Janković, Marikiscrycrycry, Dana Olărescu, Kai Syng Tan and Helena Walsh.
 
And last, but never the least, the amazing Lois Keidan, Ben Harris and all the staff at Live Art Development Agency, Mary Osborn at Artsadmin, Laura McDermott at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Samuel Solomon at the Centre for Study of Sexual Dissidence, and Pelin Basaran at Contact for the support, the dedication and their brilliant, inquisitive minds.

 
performingborders | LIVE will be back soon.

Alessandra and Xavier


WATCH STUDIO MaBa's VIDEO WITH ALESSANDRA AND XAVIER HERE

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Studio MaBa

SEASON BUTLER | WRITER IN RESIDENCE AT CURATING BORDERLESS SPACES  | PERFORMINGBORDERS | LIVE 2019

Curating Borderless Spaces

22 June 2019

Garret House, Bethnal Green, London


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This is going to go very well. I have no doubt about it.

People are filing in, greeting each other in varying degrees of intimacy. Some of the very best people, some folks I see and always wish I could spend more time with. Some who can barely recognise me with my foot on the floor and not in my mouth. (No, I’m projecting, and that’s not fair.) I guess I’m a little nervous, warming up. Someone I don't know just entered and looks like Chloë Grace Moretz. Someone else here looks like Mary Beard. I am very happy with these visual misunderstandings. 


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Lois Keidan opens the day. Lois Keidan gets the ball rolling. That, I think, is her metier. She tells the assembled crowd that they have been in partnership for a long time. We’re making new knowledge in the Study Room, in the space that opens.

The dulcet sound of tinies wafts over from the creche. Childcare is radical. The gesture of inclusion it entails is one I take very seriously. Regarding the little snot-monsters themselves, I am ambivalent. They have no real need for dignity, which makes them dangerous. 
(those belly buttons tho)

[...]

KEEP READING SEASON'S TEXT HERE

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Studio MaBa

CURATING BORDERLESS SPACES @ LIVE ART DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - DOCUMENTATION

After a series of pilot events across England and Nogales (US/Mexico border wall), performingborders | LIVE 2019 concluded with Curating Borderless Spaces: a day of performances, commissioned premieres, talks, food, and provocations at the Live Art Development Agency in London on 22 June.

Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa, the day focused on highlighting and platforming urgent voices and discourses within the Live Art sector on how we can work together in creating collaborative borderless, anti-racist, non-binary, feminist, non-ableist, post-colonial spaces.

Kicking off the day with a keynote by interdisciplinary artist, educator, and activist Raju Rage, the event saw the premiere of commissioned performances-to-camera by Istanbul Queer Arts Collective and Tara Fatehi Irani, along with new digital conversations on Live Art and borders by Burong and Critical Interruptions (Bojana Janković and Diana Damian Martin). Everyone was invited to participate in a communal live group conversation dotted by the interventions and provocations of guest artists Bojana Janković, Dana Olărescu, Kai Syng Tan and Helena Walsh.

Writer in Residence Season Butler responded to the discussions and exchanges of the day through live writing and she closed the event with a performative response to the day’s proceedings.

WATCH THE EVENT DOCUMENTATION HERE


For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Studio MaBa

NEW PERFORMINGBORDERS INTERVIEW | AUGUST 2019
FILIPPOS TSITSOPOULOS | AUGUST 2019

Alessandra: ‘Where are you? […] Do you think it’s started? […] Is this the space?’ asks you performer and collaborator Anne Bean in (2018) as permanent questions revolving around live art works but also relevant to your on-going exploration of authentic identity versus performed identity. You have been researching this topic through live art, video theatre, theatre re-thinking Shakespearean characters such as Hamlet and Macbeth, and music working with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for example, while also involving in your exploration visual art installations and elaborately constructed masks. How are you developing those multidisciplinary lines of research on identities these days? What does the future hold for you?

Filippos: Anne Bean is in this project in several parts that are still on-going, was marking the borders. The beginning of something is also a border. Is this the space? Is this the space for art? And when did it start?

It started when I saw for the first time kabuki theatre when I saw repetition with my father saying the same text and then I recognized how he was placed on the stage.

To understand how someone is behaving it is to understand what he likes others to see on him.

Choosing parts from yourself and make them visible belongs to a primal theatricality and is performative.

When you impose yourself to perform, it is to adapt to a role and to play.

The performing identity and the reason for doing it are both blended at the same channel.

A performer can choose whether to perform or not. The nervous system gives the order. A real performance where the order is permanent with no way out and without any type of theatricality would be, one of my aunts, that with a great sense of humour because of her Parkinson said to me:

"My hands are trembling but there is something good on that. I could perform the finest vibrato with a violin!" [...]

WATCH AND READ FILIPPOS' INTERVIEW HERE

Image credits: Filippos Tsitsopoulos

PERFORMINGBORDERS | LIVE 2019 COMMISSIONS + FILMS
BORDERLINE DIALOGUE BY TARA FATEHI IRANI

in collaboration with Afshin Chizari, Daniela Contreras López, Bettina Fung, Alisa Oleva, Laura Ríos, Emily Elizabeth Sweeney and Malcolm Whittaker

A coming together of seven actions for public space performed in Australia, Hong Kong, Iran, Ukraine, USA, Chile and Mexico. Borderline Dialogue is a container for different understandings and experiences of borders. It embraces the border as a meeting point and a site where different bodies, concepts and perspectives bleed into one another.

WATCH AND READ MORE ABOUT BORDERLINE DIALOGUE HERE OR AS PART OF LADA'S LIVE ONLINE SERIES

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Borderline Dialogue, Tara Fatehi Irani

MOEBIUS STRIPPING BY ISTANBUL QUEER ART COLLECTIVE 

In this performance to camera, Istanbul Queer Art Collective members Tuna Erdem and Seda Ergul, cut into pieces the documents they had to submit to the Home Office to extend their ‘leave to remain’ in the UK. Once the documents, with the total weight of three kilos, are hand shredded the artists, clad in absurd costumes with birds for headpieces, proceed to turn them into Moebius strips: a ‘queer’ topological phenomenon where there is no border between the outside and the inside.​

WATCH AND READ MORE ABOUT MOEBIUS STRIPPING HERE OR AS PART OF LADA'S LIVE ONLINE SERIES

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Moebius Stripping, Istanbul Queer Art Collective

PATROLLING BY CRITICAL INTERRUPTIONS | DIGITAL CONVERSATION 2019 

Patrolling is a critical conversation for the digital page about border patrols of unrecognised states. Patrolling superimposes frameworks of durational and endurance, techniques of speculative fiction and critical writing onto the events of securization, undertaken in politically disputed borderlands.

Patrolling problematises ideas of borders as simply exclusionary, resurfacing relations between autonomy, nation-hood and forms of political legibility and recognition. It sets in dialogue monolithic notions of borders and real life encounters with artists, people, and border guards of disputed territories and unrecognised states in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: Transnitria, South Ossetia, Kosovo, Abhazia, Artsakh.

Patrolling has been created over the course of 12 hours, the duration of a border patrol shift.

ACCESS 'PATROLLING' AND READ MORE ABOUT CRITICAL INTERRUPTIONS HERE

Patrolling is a project by Critical Interruptions for performingborders | LIVE 2019 and is supported by the Live Art Development Agency.

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credit: Patrolling, 2019, Image by Critical Interruptions

ALL THE TEA IN CHINA BY BURONG (曾不容) | DIGITAL CONVERSATION 2019

With huge thanks to (in alphabetical order) Franko B (UK/Italy), Alejandro Chellet (Mexico), Richard Dedomenici (UK), Miao Jiaxin (China/US), and VestAndPage (German/Italy). 
 

As a live art practitioner-researcher and former apprentice producer of PerformanceHUB, I interviewed live artists based in the UK, Europe, the US and Mexico, and invited them to send recordings of their personal encounter with Marta Jovanović and PerformanceHUB, a performance art education programme founded by Jovanović in collaboration with Milica Pekić and G12 Hub in Belgrade. [...]

READ, LISTEN TO, AND ENJOY BURONG (曾不容)' s COMMISSION HERE

ALL THE TEA IN CHINA By Burong (曾不容) is a performingborders | LIVE 2019 writing commission supported by the Live Art Development Agency.

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credit: PerformanceHUB

performingborders | LIVE FILMS:

9 Feb 2019 | NIMA SÉNE + TUNA ERDEM @ Queer Contact, Manchester | watch the film here

19 Mar 2019 | SIM CHI YIN + ANNIE JAEL KWAN + Q&A WITH ANNA MARAZUELA KIM @ Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton | watch the film here

24 Apr 2019 | ANTI-COOL + OSBORN&MØLLER @ Toynbee Studios, London | watch the film here

For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credit: Sagitta Media

PERFORMINGBORDERS PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS & GUEST POSTS
PERFORMINGBORDERS INTERVIEWEES & GUEST POSTS SO FAR...
 
Lois Keidan - Live Art Development Agency | Tania El Khoury | Núria Güell | Helena Walsh | Almir Koldzic - Counterpoints Arts | Natasha Davis | Marilena Zaroulia - Winchester University | Sara Zaltash | Kai Syng Tan | Federica Mazzara - Westminster University | Lisa Alexander | Michaela Crimmin - Culture+Conflict | Lucia Palmero | guest post: Elena Marchevska | Bill Aitchison | Áine Phillips | Moran Been-noon | Noel Kelly - Visual Artists IrelandSuzanne Walsh | Katherine Nolan | Elvira Santamaría-Torres | Brian Patterson - BBeyond | Amanda Coogan | Dominic Thorpe | Níamh Murphy - Dublin Live Art Festival | Martin Bureau | Xavier de Sousa | Mengting Zhuo | Riccardo Matlakas | Eca Eps | Esther Planas | guest post: Kevin Biderman | queeringborders: Mariscrycrycry | queeringborders: Greg Wohead | queeringborders: Sebastian H-W | queeringborders: Rachael Young | Rita Marcalo | Tanja Ostojić | guest post: Loredana Paracciani interviews Abdul Abdullah and Pao Houa Lynn Lu | queeringborders: Tarik Elmoutawakil | Tara Fatehi Irani | guest post: Lisa Alexander | guest post: Burong interviews Zoran Todorović | guest posts: Instant Dissidence | Camille Barton | guest post: Áine Phillips interview s EL Putnam | The Center for Cultural Decontamination | Emmanuel Guillaud | Instant Dissidence. Final interview | There There | Season Butler | ; a place, of their own. (Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy) | Diana Damian Martin | Boedi Widjaja

READ | LISTEN TO | WATCH THE INTERVIEWS & GUEST POSTS HERE

Image credit: Eca Eps, Photo by Samim Abbas 

OPEN RESOURCES | NEWS | OPPORTUNITIES | INFO | CONTACTS

OPEN RESOURCES 

To access performingborders open resources look at  PERFORMINGBORDERS RELATED PUBLIC TALKS, EVENTS, RESIDENCIES, WRITING COMMISSIONS HERE

Image credit: LADA Study Room Guide Cover (cropped) 
performingborders is a platform conceived by Alessandra Cianetti that explores the relations between the notion of border and live art. The performingborders project is disseminated as an interview-based research-blog and series of related events and writing commissions which interrogate the practices of performers that are responding to the challenging notion of contemporary borders.
For more information visit performingborders.live

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15 August / Sounds in Your Head, Sounds in Your Thoughts | Noel Ed De Leon, UP Vargas Museum, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. More info here

16 August - Open Call / Brokering Intercultural Exchange, Berlin, Germany. More info here

13 September / Performing Multilingualism in Europe and beyond: Migration, Globalisation, Utopia, Canterbury, UK. More info here

19 September / Assembly #2: Imagining New Performance Art Pedagogies, London, UK. More info here

20 September / Performance Double Bill: Marikiscrycrycry and Adam Frost, Brighton, UK. More info here

21 September / Salvage Festival, Folkestone, UK. More info here

24-28 September / Future Ritual, London, UK. More info here

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