KAPUTT: The Academy of Destruction

A collaboration between LADA, Sibylle Peters of Theatre of Research and Tate Families & Early Years

26 - 29 October 2017. Full programme and booking details will be announced in September.

KAPUTT: The Academy of Destruction, 2017

Dedicated to Gustav Metzger 1926-2017 

“We are not supposed to speak too loud, to write on walls, to eat too much sugar, to tear our schoolbooks apart, to smash the china, to cut ourselves, to step out of line. We are not supposed to destroy anything. We are supposed to be productive and creative and safe. Children, adults, all of us. Strangely, while we try hard to be good, we see all kinds of things around us being destroyed. So, who decides what is destruction and what is not? Who has permission to destroy?” Sibylle Peters, Theatre of Research

KAPUTT: The Academy of Destruction will explore these questions through a transgenerational team of six children and six adult artists as equal members. In October 2017 they will experiment, think and act together and share their practices, experiences and concepts of destruction in public sessions at Tate Exchange. Visitors will be invited to take a trip through the Academy’s facilities: from its Reception to its Library, and on to its Assembly Hall where they will watch the members of the Academy in action. After attending these public sessions of the Academy, visitors will be encouraged to create their own research assignment in the Academy’s Common Room.

Together, academicians and visitors will work towards a Transgenerational Manifesto of Destruction. Because, let’s admit it, children and artists share a lust for destruction, whether its letting off fireworks, crash-testing or throwing each others cell phones against the wall. Live Art in particular has experimented with destruction from its very beginnings. Can we see destruction in a different way if we look at it through the lens of Live Art? Will we be able to see that destruction is not only about violence, hatred and rage, but that there is more to it? Together, we will try to reclaim destruction as a cultural strategy, that can be marvellous, manifold, careful and mindful.

KAPUTT’s artist academicians are Sibylle Peters, Heike Roms, Zoe Laughlin, Martin O’Brien, Karnage Kills and Ansuman Biswas.

KAPUTT forms part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) supported by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Date: 26 October 2017 to 29 October 2017

Venue: Tate Exchange, Tate Modern


Tate Exchange,
Tate Modern,
London SE1 9TG

Tickets: Free