LADA and Swiss Live Art

LADA is working with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council on a three-year initiative (2018-20) to raise the profile of Swiss Live Art in the UK and contribute to the development of exchanges and collaborations between artists and promoters in the UK and Switzerland.


  • The co-ordination of a research trip to Switzerland by twelve members of the Live Art UK network in April 2019 to see work and meet with artists and presenters to gain a better understanding of the Swiss Live Art scene and developfuture presentations and commissions of work in the UK. We are delighted to have collaborated with L’Abri in Geneva and Gessnerallee in Zurich on hosting these gatherings of artists and presenters.
  • The acquisition of documentation, publications and other materials by Swiss artists to create a LADA Study Room Guide on Swiss Live Art.
  • A collaboration with Fierce Festival on contextualising programmes of talks and events relating to the work of key Swiss artists – including On Swiss Live Art.
  • Hosting four artist research residencies in LADA’s Study Room in 2019 and 2020

Research Residencies

The first two Study Room residencies were undertaken by the Zurich based artist Ivy Monteiro in July 2019, and by the Basel based Performance artist, curator, networker and member of PANCH (Performance Art Network CH) Andrea Saemann in October 2019 and February 2020.

Ivy used their residency to deepen their research into concepts such as ancestrality, prostitution, race, metaphysical connections whilst also engaging with artists in the UK. Ivy presented a public performance lecture about their work and ideas of queer spirituality and Afrofuturism at LADA in July 2019.

Read Ivy's Lecture

Andrea used her residency to look at questions of documentation and archives and the relation of contemporary performance artists with their remnants or artworks outside of the live moment itself. In February 2020 Andrea presented a public performance lecture on performance and photography. Andrea also contributed to public events about the current Swiss Live Art scene/s taking place at LADA on 8 October and at Fierce Festival, Birmingham on 19 October.

Following a call for proposals from artists to undertake research residencies, the next two residencies will be with Maïté Chénière in April 2020 and Parvez Iman. These were to take place in April and May 2020, but both residencies have been postponed because of the impact of Covid and will be rescheduled for later in 2020.

All the artists who will undertake research residencies will write blog posts about their work and research, to be published on our blog. Please look out for these, and for details of other initiatives around Swiss Live Art.

The artist holds both hands above their head, with their eyes closed. Andrea Saemann (together with Chris Regn) «Swiss Performance Art Medley», 2019, Konteksty – The 9th international Festival of Ephemeral Arts Contexts. Photographer: Jerzy Grzegorski
The artist applies their ritualistic makeup in front of a video. Performance Lecutre on Afrofuturism, Ivy Monteiro, Live Art Development Agency 2019. Image by Ben Harris

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Performance Lecutre on Afrofuturism, Ivy Monteiro, Live Art Development Agency 2019. Image by Ben Harris


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