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During these times we strive to remain a resource for our community by keeping our calls open, developing new opportunities for artists to be artists, offering a wide range of free resources, and developing this online Summer Programme that draws upon the incredible resources and resourcefulness of the artists and organisations who work with, around, and for Live Art.
Available from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 July only, the final week of our Summer Season features works by:
Inferior Scroll is a re-enactment of Carolee Schneemann’s seminal 1975 work Interior Scroll. Between then and now, multiple re-enactments of the work have been staged by cis women artists. Krishna Istha re-enactment explores the positioning of trans artists in feminist performance art, creating dialogue around bodily autonomy and trans fetishisation. The artist’s nude body depicts performativity, reinforcing intersectional identity and normalising the complexities of trans bodies. The piece is titled Inferior Scroll as a nod to the way trans bodies are treated as disposable and inferior to cis bodies within the arts industry and wider society. Video here
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Krishna Istha is a London based live artist and performance maker. Their work looks at trans/formations (physical, political & collaborative), gender politics and queer culture using subversive text and humour. Their practice is often collaborative and trans disciplinary, spanning across theatre, opera, comedy and performance art.
Currently, they are co-writing a new live show with Travis Alabanza and Emma Frankland commissioned by Roundhouse (London) set to be performed by a company of young trans performers in 2021. They are also one of the Arts Admin Bursary artists (2020-2021) and a board member of the Raze Collective.
Inferior Scroll was invited by LADA for Once More With Feeling, an online programme of four instruction pieces and performance re-enactments. Further works will be presented in the following weeks of LADA’s Summer Programme.
Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara sleep, and work at the same time. This DIY instruction-performance reenacts River Lin’s work Sleeping in between Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara in a context of “working from home”. Through staging alarm clocks with cycles of waking and sleeping, and transience and labour, audiences are invited to reflect how they spend time or are spent by time.
Working across the contexts of visual art and performance, River Lin composes situations, choreography, and participation to stage the artist’s body and surroundings as live exhibitions. His performance process examines immaterial labour, historical texts and social engagement.
River’s work has been presented by the Palais de Tokyo and Centre National de la Danse (Paris), Performatik 19 (Brussels), 2016 Taipei Biennial, M+ Museum (Hong Kong), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai) and Liveworks Festival (Sydney) among others.
Born in 1984 in Taipei, he lives and works in Paris.
Sleeping in between Tehching Hsieh and On Kawara, but at home was invited by LADA for Once More With Feeling, an online programme of four instruction pieces and performance re-enactments. Further works will be presented in the following weeks of LADA’s Summer Programme.
A tribute to diversity by La Ribot.
A short film of Rui and Matteo dancing with Dançando com a Diferença in Medira, Portugal, 2019.
“The music is that one used by teacher Telmo Ferreira in the class I filmed. Children from Guarani people singing in their Amazonian territories, still struggling to exist.”
Dançando com a Diferença is an inclusive dance company, directed by Henrique Amoedo.
La Ribot is one of LADA’s artist patrons. With thanks to Simbula.
Produced in 2013, this film (Deacon’s first full-length feature), represented a significant departure from his established practice. The film features Deacon’s re-enactments of Sherman’s work, as well as exclusive interviews with Sherman’s colleagues, collaborators and friends.
Active since the mid 1990’s, Robin Deacon’s work explores questions of memory, absence and fiction in performance, through a constant reconfiguration of his role as an artist – as a journalist and biographer, operator and technician, imposter and stooge.
Overshoot Day is a video of a performance by Nicola Fornoni. Shot inside a marble quarry in Italy, aesthetic parallels are made between ‘the wounds of nature’ inflicted on the landscape and the artist’s own skin. The film, shot by drone on an autumn day, depicts Nicola sitting bare-chested and using his facial muscles to hold a glass containing a drop of water in the air. The aridity of the landscape corresponds to the artist’s skin and to a lack of natural resources required to sustain life.
Nicola Fornoni’s performances talk about the body in relation to the artist’s life and social issues. He challenges himself, using performance art as a natural remedy and source of freedom. Nicola uses performance and video art as languages that communicate the expression of his actions. His intent is to change society, changing peoples’ minds, and showing the force of the body without remorse.
Keith Khan’s new film Z is our summer LADA Screens. Z is inspired by the movements of penitence and suffering of devotional rituals in Spanish Catholicism. Z is available to watch online until July 19, accompanied by a filmed conversation with Khan.
Between Monday 8 June and Sunday 19 July, LADA is presenting an online Summer Programme – weekly offerings of screenings, talks, presentations and ‘live’ online events that draw upon the incredible resources and resourcefulness of the artists and organisations who work with, around, and for Live Art. This programme will include contributions by LADA’s artist Patrons, a selection of LADA Screens Greatest Hits and the presentations of Once More with Feeling – a series of instruction and reenactment pieces commissioned by LADA during the Covid-19 pandemic.
During these times we strive to remain a resource for our community: responding to the pandemic, and the associated states of isolation, lockdown and distancing, LADA has compiled this ongoing list of support and resources for artists and arts workers, have sought proposals for two online, collaborative home-based residencies, and begun a series of ‘Lockdown Lists‘ which draw attention to the ways in which contemporary and historic Live Art practices speak to the issues and conditions of lockdown.Check out LADA's Summer Programme
Banner image credit:
Krishna Istha, Beast, 2019. Arts House Melbourne. Image by Bryony Jackson.
A season of weekly offerings of screenings, talks, presentations and ‘live’ online events.
An online book launch and discussion marking the publication of the 6th issue of NS*, “Final Transmission: Performance Art and AIDS in Los Angeles”.Read more
The Live Art Development Agency and Queen Mary University of London are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual Live Art Lecture 2021 will be presented online by the critic and artist Morgan Quaintance.Read more
An online Valentine’s Day launch of A Good Love Story by Sibylle PetersRead more
LADA is delighted to present the online screening of Walking Home, Alisa Oleva’s first film, created in the context of Performistanbul’s residency programme for performance artists on theme of ‘home’.Read more
A screening of BREADROCK, I feel like doing this a film by artist collective Fourthland (Isik Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter) and artist and filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, originally created alongside a sculptural installation for PEER.Read more
An online event to celebrate the launch of artist and writer Tara Fatehi Irani’s new book Mishandled Archive, published by LADA. Be ready for some dressing up and shaking shoulders.Read more