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TRANSLATION! FESTIVAL: LANGUAGES IN MOTION | 27 SEPTEMBER 2019
VARIOUS LOCATIONS, EXETER


performingborders is excited to be the co-curator of two sessions of the Translation! Festival 2019 with many thanks to Eliana Maestri!

The Long Table: An Open Discussion on Translating Identities 
Co-curated by Alessandra 
Cianetti, Lucy Garnier, Dr. Kombola Ramadhani Mussa, Dr. Piotr Wegorowski

Exeter Phoenix, Studio 1, 13:00 -14:45

Join art curator Alessandra Cianetti, academic translator Dr. Lucy Garnier, translations studies researcher Dr. Kombola Ramadhani Mussa and applied linguist Dr. Piotr Wegorowski for an interdisciplinary conversation about translation and identities. The session will begin with multi-media, multi-language prompts by all four co-organisers as a starting point for a conversation with our audience exploring the role of translation in shaping, presenting, and understanding identities. Everyone is welcome!  The Long Table is a format for discussion created by artist Lois Weaver that uses the setting of a domestic table as a means to generate public conversation. Members of the audience will be able to join the table freely to participate in the conversation. Tara Fatehi Irani’s performance to camera ‘Borderline Dialogue’ commissioned by performingborders | LIVE 2019 will be screened on a loop for the duration of the session.

Performing Religions: Translation, Live Art and Exploration of the Self

Co-curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Dr. Hephzibah Israel. Guest artist: Sara Zaltash

Exeter Library, Rougemont Lounge, 17:00 -17:50

Performing Religion is a public performance and open conversation session exploring the intersections of translation studies and Live Art practices around notions of religion and identity. Artist Sara Zaltash will present her newly commissioned performance followed by a conversation between the artist, curator Alessandra Cianetti, and Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies Hephzibah Israel. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Festival Programme - Facebook - Promo

Translation! Festival 2019: Languages in Motion is a celebration of languages and cultures that will take place throughout the day on Friday 27th September at Exeter Central Library, Exeter Phoenix, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. A range of thought-provoking, exciting and interactive events will celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of languages and cultures, and give the public a chance to discover the many innovative ways of translating between them... the written word and beyond! 
The University of Exeter's Translation Festival is funded by the British Academy and the College of Humanities at Exeter. This is a free event and part of the University's Arts and Culture.

Image credits: Translation! Festival 2019

AAA RADIO LIVE: A SERIES OF UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS #4 ART AND ACTIVISM 
4 OCTOBER 2019 | 18:30 - 20:30 | RAVEN ROW, LONDON

Book your free ticket here

Get Uncomfortable! Asia-Art-Activism x performingborders will discuss the intersections and challenges of artistic practice and organising.

For the last broadcast in the first season of AAA Radio, Asia-Art-Activism in collaboration with performingborders will discuss the challenges of marrying the aims and contexts of artistic practice with activist agendas. How can art engage meaningfully with urgent socio-political issues? How can we understand the impact of politically engaged art practices and practitioners beyond raising awareness about a cause? How can activist aims and events negotiate with the embedded power structures of arts institutions and global art events?

This conversation brings together reflections and perspectives from different projects that have been carving out creative spaces for co-existence and solidarity for diaspora and migrant communities: Joon Lynn GohAnnie Jael KwanCuong Pham (Asia-Art-Activism) and Alessandra CianettiXavier de Sousa (performingborders) and independent researcher, Cecilia Wee.

This session is a live recording of a roundtable conversation that will be followed by audience Q&A. The recorded session will be uploaded as AAA Radio’s A Series of Uncomfortable Conversations #4. Please note that by signing up to the event, you agree that if you speak, your contribution will be recorded and shared online.

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This event kicks off the 2019-2020 programming for Asia-Art-Activism at Raven Row. With the support of Something Human and Arts Council England 


Image credits: Migrants in Culture
NEW PERFORMINGBORDERS INTERVIEW | SEPTEMBER 2019
PELIN BAŞARAN | SEPTEMBER 2019

Pelin Başaran is a programmer at Contact Manchester, one of the leading theatre and experimental arts venue in the Manchester area. After collaborating to deliver the first performingborders | LIVE event as part of Queer Contact Festival 2019, Pelin talks to curators Alessandra and Xavier about her experience as a curator and producer working in the UK in contrast to her native Turkey. 

performingborders (Alessandra & Xavier): Before you arrived in the UK, you were already a curator in Turkey. Both are countries that have in recent times struggled with the notions of migration, borders and ‘national identity’. How do you see the two different countries from a curatorial point of view? How do the recent political and social developments in the country play into your understanding of the cultural landscape of each country?

Pelin Başaran: In order to answer this question I must summarise historical and contemporary experiences of migration, borders and national identity in the UK and Turkey, their similarities and differences; the relationship between cultural activity and these questions in each country; social dynamics and discourse with regard to the arts, culture, privilege, otherness, class, economics and representation, my own personal, social and political feelings about these issues, my own curatorial approaches and the connections and tensions between my own personal, social and political feelings about these issues my own curatorial approaches.

Instead, I would like to think about fragility. [...]

READ PELIN'S INTERVIEW HERE

Image credits: Picture provided by Pelin Başaran (cropped)

PERFORMINGBORDERS | LIVE 2019 COMMISSIONS + FILMS + DOCUMENTATION
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


For more information about performingborders | LIVE 2019 click here

Image credits: Studio MaBa

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

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

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

FROM OUR FRIENDS
FUTURE RITUAL | 24 - 28 SEPTEMBER 2019 | INVITE

F U T U R E R I T U A L is a research and performance project considering the place, function and use of ritual in contemporary performance and queer cultures. The project is primarily concerned with queer futurities, and the ways that ritual performance might manifest, gesture towards, or otherwise call forth these alternate ways of being.

Later this month, we will present a free three-day 
programme around East London. 

This programme includes a screening and discussion event on Tuesday 24 September at the Live Art Development Agency, featuring works by Martin O’Brien (UK) and Sheree Rose (US), Nwando Ebizie (UK) and the late Jon John (FR); on Thursday 26, at Kunstraum, Sandra Stanionyte (LT) and Kelvin Atmadibrata (IDN) will present performance actions and Charlie Ashwell (UK) will share spells, a new work commissioned by F U T U R E R I T U A L; and on the afternoon of Saturday 28, Leman Daricioğlu (TK) will present a durational action, followed by evening performances from Radage ▽ Hardaker (UK), Augusto Cascales (BR), and Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (UK).

The project is a lab for performative research by lead artist Joseph Morgan Schofield and invited artists. Works presented within the F U T U R E R I T U A L context are opportunities to speculate on what a future ritual is, what it might do and who it might be for. 

All events are free to attend.

More info

Image credits: The emperor died soon after, Kelvin Atmadibrata, image by Alan Schacher 

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

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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.
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14-15 September / Reading Bodies!, Berlin, Germany. More info here

16 September / Taller de performance art: “Meeting / Reunion”, Oaxaca City, Mexico. More info here

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

19 September - 14 November / OGBON. A pop seminar series celebrating wisdom in ancestry and culture, London, UK. More info here

20 September / New Queers on the Block: 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

2 October / UVW Culture & Design Workers – Meeting #1, London, UK. More info here 

4 October / Aaa Radio Live: A Series Of Uncomfortable Conversations #4 Art And Activism, London, UK. More info here

5 October / whatsthebigmistry: Tropical Awkward Bastard, London, UK. More info here 

11-13 October / In Between Time: The Summit, Bristol, UK. More info here

15-20 October / Fierce Festival
, Birmingham, UK. More info here

26 October / A Live Art Gala 2019, London, UK. More info here

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