In October 2021, performingborders launched its first multi-disciplinary e-Journal ‘fragments for borderless futures’, inviting collaborators to collectively reflect on borders, live art, community, and resistance via the mediums of text, photography and performance to camera.
Centring embodied knowledge and perspectives from artists, researchers and activists based in the UK, Iran, Kenya and USA, the e-journal included text contributions from Elena Marchevska, Syowia Kyambi, Jade Montserrat, Vijay Mathew, Jemima Yong and Sagar Shah.
These texts sprang thinking around sheltering, collective work, ‘boundarying’ and freedom of movement, the impossibility of a single borderless future, and the frictions between the self and the institution. Sitting alongside these writings, it presented newly commissioned works, including ‘a place to sit’, a performance to camera by Tara Fatehi Irani as well as a photographic essay titled ‘urgent images’ by Manuel Vason.Experience the e-journal here
In 2020, performingbordersLIVE presented an online 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.
Following a call for proposals, LADA collaborated with performingbordersLIVE to commission two digital conversations. The recipients of the commissions are the London-based performance artist and Chinese drag king Whiskey Chow, for a borderless digital conversation with US-based transmasculine artist Cassils about what art can do during and beyond global crises, and Sebastian Aguirre, Carolyn Defrin, Syowia Kyambi, and Elena Marchevska, for an open-ended series of digital discussions: a riot of short reflections on lived, precarious, migrant experience patched onto bigger discussions on feminism and care.
LADA and performingbordersLIVE commissioned a new performance to camera by the artist Tania El Khoury (interview on Hyperallergic here), and LADA supported and hosted the closing event Unbordering of performingbordersLIVE again this year, also including a performance to camera by Jade Montserrat and accompanying discussion with Chandra Frank; Collective Works, a workshop by Critical Interruptions, and There is no Time, an online discussion with performingbordersLIVE20 artists and writers in residence (Àníké Bello, Jade Foster, Istanbul Queer Art Collective, Jade Montserrat and The White Pube).
Watch Unbordering Documentation performingbordersLIVE20: full programme
In 2019 performingbordersLIVE presented a programme of events and artist commissions that sought to bring urgent conversations and extraordinary artistic practices happening within the UK experimental live art sector around notions of cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, physical, and everyday borders outside of the online realm with a programme of offline gatherings.
LADA co-commissioned two works for camera: Borderline Dialogue by Tara Fatehi Irani, and Moebius Stripping by Istanbul Queer Art Collective.Watch the commissions
LADA hosted Curating Borderless Spaces, a day of performances, commissioned premieres, talks, food, and provocations marking the culmination of the programme. Season Butler responded to the discussions and exchanges of the day through live writing and closed the event with a performative response to the day’s proceedings.View documentation and information of the whole 'Curating Borderless Spaces'
Live Art UK: performingbordersLIVE | 2019
performingborders: Alessandra Cianetti & Xavier de Sousa on performingborders | LIVE 2019
LADA commissioned performingborders curator Alessandra Cianetti to compile and write this Study Room Guide exploring the notion of the border in relation to Live Art and the works of experimental artists, with a special focus on the current European situation and its multiple crises, in 2016.
performingborders hosts ongoing audio resources generated by its programmes and initiatives on a dedicated soundcloud page. These resources, which are added to frequently, are relevant to the issues and practices explored by the guide.Read 'Performing Borders'
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performingborders logo. Image by Mida design.
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