“It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.”
– Angela Davis
After seven months of developing, commissioning, presenting and supporting artists, performingborders are proud to announce Unbordering: a three-day digital programme of performance to camera premieres, open conversations, and a workshop to celebrate the strength, minds, and powerful work of the artists, curators, and agitators involved in perfomingbordersLIVE20.
Unbordering consists of the collective actions everyone involved in this year’s programme has been cooking up and serving over the past seven months. We have had to respond to the unusual times we live in and as a consequence, to rethink every aspect of a programme that tackles notions and lived experiences of borders at a time when those same borders have been increasing in their unpredictability and imperviousness on a daily basis.
Unbordering is a celebration of the work done together with the aim to contribute to a wider discussion of how our present is rapidly changing, how live artists are affected, and how they fight back.
The 3-day event concludes this year’s perfomingbordersLIVE programme of commissions, residencies, workshops, and performative lectures building into a wider discussion within the Live Art sector on how to create collaborative spaces without borders.
Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa, and produced with Queer Art Projects, Unbordering presents:
‘There is a connection between ourselves and the earth; this line, or connection, like our communications with one another, is drawing’. The artist will be in conversation with curator Chandra Frank, followed by Q&A + residency.Book here
A reflection on friendship, chosen families, the long effect of collaborative and community-based art, and the right of love and movement. The artist will be in conversation Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi and Professor of cultural geography Harriet Hawkins.
A collaborative search of further ways to distort borders – local and (inter)national – and to produce artefacts that speak to closures – real or fictional, as a result of Covid-19, preceding it, or yet to come.
An open conversation with performingbordersLIVE20 artists and writers in residence. Not fully emergent from the global pandemic, what have we as individuals, and the respective communities that we are part of, learnt about time?
Transgressing Borders. A panel on unbordering processes for writing and digital conversations. with Sebastian Aguirre, Burong, Whiskey Chow, Carolyn Defrin, Critical Interruptions, Syowia Kyambi, Elena Marchevska, and Pankaj Tiwari (more information coming soon).
All the events will be live captioned. If you have access needs please contact [email protected].
Friday 23 October
7pm-8:15pm (1h15min): RE:seeding, in correspondence, performance to camera commission premiere – Jade Montserrat. In conversation with Chandra Frank.
Saturday 24 October
11am-1pm: Collective Works workshop by Critical Interruptions.
2.30pm- 4pm:Transgressing Borders. A panel on unbordering processes for writing and digital conversations with Sebastian Aguirre, Burong, Whiskey Chow, Carolyn Defrin, Syowia Kyambi, Elena Marchevska, Pankaj Tiwari.
6.30pm-8:00pm: Lavender Man, performance to camera commission premiere – Tania El Khoury in conversation with Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi and Professor Harriet Hawkins.
Sunday 25 October
2.30pm-4pm: There is (No) Time open conversation facilitated by Adelaide Bannerman (Never Done) with Àníké Bello, Jade Foster, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Jade Montserrat and The White Pube.
On the final day of Unbordering, a digital present created by Camille Barton addressing notions of social justice and somatic movement, will be shared with the performingborders newsletter to greet everyone that has participated, contributed and attended performingbordersLIVE20.
The newsletter’s subscribers will be also able to read Daniella Valz Gen’s response to performingbordersLIVE20’s commissions in the performingborders’ November’s edition.
Participants artists, curators, and agitators: Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi, Sebastian Aguirre, Camille Barton, ÀníkéBello, Burong, Season Butler, Whiskey Chow, Carolyn Defrin, Jade Foster, Chandra Frank, Harriet Hawkins, Critical Interruptions, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Tania El Khoury, Syowia Kyambi, Elena Marchevska, Jade Montserrat, The White Pube, Pankaj Tiwari, Daniella Valz Gen.
Presented in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency, Counterpoints Arts, and HowlRound Theatre Commons.
In partnership with Live Art Development Agency, Counterpoints Arts, East Street Arts, Queer Art Projects and HowlRound Theatre Commons. Supported by Arts Council England.
performingbordersLIVE20 (March – November 2020). A public programme of open calls, artist digital commissions, residencies, workshops, open conversations, and events, focusing on the exploration of experimental and exciting artistic practices happening within the UK Live Art sector around notions and lived experiences of physical, cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, and everyday borders. Curated by Xavier de Sousa and Alessandra Cianetti. Presented by performingborders and Foreign Actions Productions in partnership with Counterpoints Arts (London), Live Art Development Agency (London), Contact (Manchester), East Street Arts (Leeds), MAFWA Theatre (Leeds), The Albany/Deptford Lounge (London), Something Human/Asia-Art-Activism (London), Never Done (London), Ọ̀RỌ̀ ÀNÍKÉ (London), Queer Art Projects (London), East London Cable (London), Green Rooms Hotel (London), HowlRound Theatre Commons (Boston, US), Warehouse9 (Copenhagen, Denmark). Supported by Arts Council England. https://performingborders.live
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