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Video Commission Preview & Open Conversation | Fuglen, der (The Bird, There) | Lasse Lau

Friday 18th September
Denmark time: 20:00 (CEST)
UK time: 19:00 (BST)
FREE Tickets & access info:

The bird blushes in its desire, “I'm the beast.”

When I was 16, there was a virus that only killed someone like me. Something I couldn't talk about at the time, as I only knew the hidden truth deep within my own window towards the world.

A virus that I never contracted myself, but which I still live with today in my intimate and social choices. These invisible borders that can determine lifelong paths, and sometimes even hinders me from flying.

This new performance lecture is about my experiences being retraumatized by Covid-19. It takes us into the world about birds eating from the same bird feeder every day. Survival is bringing them back to the same location again and again.

The pandemic portal, Arundhati Roy states, is where our presence is erased, and where only the past and the future can exist.

Commissioned and presented in collaboration between performingborders (UK) & Warehouse9 (DK)

Performative Lecture & Workshop | Be Ill-Disciplined | Kai Syng Tan

Saturday 19 September | Lecture: 2.30-3.30pm (BST) | Workshop: 4.00-5.00pm (BST)
FREE tickets & access info (the events must be booked separately):

With the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and the ongoing crises in climate, health, and technological control, we’ve all been thinking a lot about leadership. Kai Syng Tan  is an artist, curator and academic. She argues that artists – especially artists with ‘non-standard’ and neurodiverse ways of thinking – can help invent new pathways towards solutions to the major challenges facing our societies, and work to co-create a fairer world.  Normal’ hasn’t worked, so we need new leaders with atypical  ways of being, thinking, making, and organising for our ‘new normal’.  Be Ill-disciplined  invites you to critically and creatively explore leadership – and to think about yourself as a leader.  

For more info about Kai's digital performative lecture (open to everyone) and workshop (for young people), how-to book, and access provided CLICK HERE.

Image credits: Tapestry art I Run and Run, Let Out an Earth Shattering Roar, and Turn Into a Giant Octopussy looked on by woman. From #MagicCarpet by Kai Syng Tan 2017-2019. Photograph by Alex Lloyd.


Twitter Residency Wrap-up | The White Pube 

This month, we invited Gabrielle & Zarina from the excellent The White Pube to take over our Twitter account, respond to our work and bring new life to our past events, commissioned art works, and archive. You can experience their own account of the experience (and their live responses to the work) below:

We started our website way back when in 2015, and it was during the final year of our uni course; we were young(er) hooligans with no clear understanding of how the art world could be so polite and maintain this strange professionalism even in criticism, when nothing seemed good or right. We tried to speak freely across all our writing, but it has always been the Twitter and Instagram posts that have caused a ruckus. (tbf there is no comment section on so that’ll be why). It feels extra nice then to have been invited by performingborders to take up a Twitter residency on their account, because it’s been like letting a person housesit for you when you know they have had lots of parties in their own place in the past. It was fine tho! A little Twitter holiday. We did the laundry before we left!

Read Gabrielle and Zarina's Twitter residency threads here

Image credits: Oliie Adegboye

Residency | Critical Interruptions 
Temporary Works: Covid-19 Update

Over the next few months, Critical Interruptions' Diana Damian-Martin and Bojana Janković will work with The Albany and Deptford Lounge to create Temporary Works, a brand new work looking at digital archives and the impact of the current crisis in the region.

Temporary Works is a digital archive of real, imagined and potential closures and notices of termination in and around Deptford. The project collects and speculates on disappearances and terminations prompted or made visible by the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing on speculative fiction and queer approaches to the archive, Temporary Works maps closures in Deptford from an imposed distance, using dislocation to experiment with forms of remote participation.

More information here  

Commissioned by performingbordersLIVE20. Supported by The Albany and Deptford Lounge, with funds from Arts Council England


Durational Performance | Pankaj Tiwari & Abhishek Thapar
The Art of Walking (Amsterdam to Calais)
3rd July – 15th July 2020

‘The Art of Walking’ is a durational performance walk of 312 km from Amsterdam to the refugee camps in Calais, France.  

The performance is now underway and you can experience a series of notes, writings, pictures, videos and memories here:

This performance is inspired by migrant laborers, displaced after the COVID-19 lockdown in India, who have been walking from the big cities to their native villages. After waiting for a few weeks for transport; millions of people started walking, walking long distances, for days, weeks, months; from 400 to 2200 km. Few died on the way, few lost their children, few got killed by a train, few survived to reach home.

The walk from Amsterdam to Calais connects the crisis in India to an ongoing humanitarian crisis across the world that spells privilege, as much as it spells dispossession, loss and homelessness. As a final act, a meal will be cooked and offered to all Calais migrants upon arrival.

'The Art of Walking' seeks to create space for conversation, and exercise an urgent role and function of art in the time of crisis.

The Art of Walking is commissioned, supported and presented by: Foreign Actions Productions for performingbordersLIVE20 (Portugal/UK), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Flinnworks (Berlin), Standplaats (Utrecht), Spring (Utrecht), Festival Boulevard (‘s Hertogenbosch), Zuiderstrandtheater (The Hague), Korzo (The Hague), Over het IJfestival (Amsterdam), WPZimmer (Antwerp), Artreach (UK)

Image credits: Pankaj Tiwari

Community Residency | Jade Montserrat

As part of the performingbordersLIVE20 programme we are thrilled to collaborate with East Street Arts and MAFWA Theatre in supporting amazing artist Jade Montserrat in her digital residency at East Street Arts, Leeds. From the 1st of May until the 23rd of August, Jade will look at notions and lived experiences of body, land, and ownership while exploring modes of online and offline communications with migrant communities in times of health, social and political crises.

In partnership with Counterpoints Arts and supported by the Arts Council England.

More about Jade here

Image credits: courtesy of Jade Montserrat

March - November 2020

performingbordersLIVE is exciting programme of open calls, conversations, artist commissions, workshops, events and residencies, focusing on the exploration of experimental artistic practices happening within the UK Live Art sector around notions and lived experiences of physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders.

performingbordersLIVE20 is presented in collaboration with 

Counterpoints Arts (London), Live Art Development Agency (London), Contact (Manchester), East Street Arts (Leeds), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton), The Albany/Deptford LoungeKing's College London, Something Human/Asia-Art-ActivismNever DoneỌ̀RỌ̀ ÀNÍKÉ, East London CableGreen Rooms Hotel (London), HowlRound Theatre Commons (Boston, US), Warehouse9/International Performance Art Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Mary Paterson for additional support.


Image credits: Mida Design 

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 | Filippos Tsitsopoulos | Pelin Başaran - Contact Theatre | Performing Religions - Translation Festival |  guest post: Karmadavis interviewed by Maria Cristina Fumagalli & Bridget Wooding (English/Spanish) | guest post: Najia Bagi | guest post: Hari Marini | Bojana Barltrop | Mary Paterson | Harun Morrison | Oreet Ashery | Sea Sharp


Performance to camera commissions, Digital Conversations, Public Conversations, Performative Reading, Film Preview, Curating Borderless Spaces Documentation, Season Butler's response as writer in residence at Curating Borderless Spaces, Curators' reflections:
Public Talks, Events, Workshops, Residencies, Writing Commissions 

Image credit: Season Butler at performingborders | LIVE 2019, Photo by Studio MaBa
performingborders is a curatorial research-platform that explores the relations between Live Art and notions and lived experiences of cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, physical, and everyday borders. Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa.

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