Restock, Rethink, Reflect Three: on Live Art and Feminism

Following the first two Restock, Rethink, Reflect projects on race (2006-08) and disability (2009-12), RRR3 focused on feminism and aimed to map and mark the impact of performance on feminist histories and the contribution of artists to discourses around contemporary gender politics.

RRR3 involved collaborations with UK and international partners on programming, publishing and archival projects:

Live Art and Feminism in the UK, Google Cultural Institute, December 2015
A partnership with the Google Cultural Institute to create an online exhibition on Live Art and Feminism in the UK. This exhibition, curated by Live Art Development Agency (London) in collaboration with Eleanor Roberts (Queen Mary, University of London), offers a snapshot of some of the key figures and issues of Live Art and Feminism in the UK since 1970.

 

Just Like A Woman: London and New York Editions October and November 2015
Originally curated for City of Women Festival, Slovenia in 2013, this programme of lectures, shows, readings, installations, screenings, workshops and debates on the ways femininity can be ‘performed’ and representations of gender can be queered through performance, was presented at the Abrons Arts Center, New York from 23 October to 25 October 2015 and also at Chelsea Theatre, London from 13 November to 14 November 2015. Both events featured a dazzling array of US and UK artists including Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, Narcissister, George Chakravarthi, Dickie Beau, Lucy Hutson, Harold Offeh and The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein plus many more.

 

Old Dears, November 2015
A two day programme on the radical, influential and fiercely feminist practices of an older generation of artists who embody the lived realities of feminist histories and whose work continues to contribute to discourses around gender politics. Old Dears featuresd performances, screenings, and debates with artists including Liz Aggiss, Penny Arcade Rocio Boliver, Marcia Farquhar, Anne Bean, Claire MacDonald, Liz Aggiss, Judith Knight, Geraldine Pilgrim, Nikki Milican, and Lois Weaver.

 

Rocio Boliver’s Between Menopause and Old Age, Alternative BeautyNovember 2015
A week long workshop for older women artists led by the fearless performance artist and part of LADA’s partnership on CAPP, an EU-funded research project on collaborative art.

 

Are We There Yet? LaunchJanuary 2015
An event to mark the launch of a Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism featuring presentations by Lois Weaver and contributing artists. Mon 26 January / 7pm / Hackney Wick, London / Free, booking required.

 

Are We There Yet? – a Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism
A Study Room Guide curated by Lois Weaver in collaboration with PhD candidate Eleanor Roberts and LADA, available to view in printed form in LADA’s Study Room and as an online resource.

 

Live Art, Feminism, and the Archive
A research, dialogue and mapping project, developing the materials we hold on Feminist practices in our Study Room research facility and creating new user Guides and online resources in collaboration with Professor Lois Weaver and PhD candidate Ellie Roberts of Queen Mary University of London.

 

Old Dears: performance, conversation and films about feminism and age, September 2014
Performance by the artist Liz Aggis followed by a conversation and screening with LADA of seminal works by older women artists, including Bobby Baker and Anne Bean.

 

re.act.feminism ♯2: a performing archive book launch, June 2014
Edited by Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer, re.act.feminism is an extraordinary new publication exploring feminist, gender-critical and queer performance art.

 

re.act.feminism – a performing archive
Performing archive catalogue co-published by the Agency and available to buy on Unbound.

 

A Cocktail Seminar on Feminism, Live Art, Archives and the Academy, June 2014
An opportunity to hear from some of the exceptional women who spend their time thinking and writing about Feminism and its relationship to performance.

 

Fem Fresh – Feminism, Age and Live Art, June 2014
A day of intergenerational performance and dialogue featuring Fresh, an emerging artist performance platform and Art Tips For Girls, invited presentations on, about, and around feminism and age in Live Art.

 

Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Live Art and Feminism, April 2014
An opportunity for discussion, raising awareness of feminist artists and practices, and training on effective article-writing from Wikimedia UK professionals.

 

A Long Table on Live Art and Feminism with Lois Weaver, April 2014
The first RRR3 Long Table event in October 2013 was attended by over 140 artists and thinkers of all ages, and was an opportunity to discuss what and who are missing from historical accounts, and what should be done about it. This second Long Table continues the conversation.

 

I Wasn’t There, February – April 2014
A series of fortnightly free screening programmes curated by LADA drawing on the large holdings of performance documentation in our Study Room.

 

LADA at the City of Women Festival, October 2013
LADA curated a strand of the City of Women Festival in October 2013, Just Like A Woman, included lectures, shows, readings, installations, screenings, workshops and debates looking at the performance of identity – the ways femininity can be ‘performed’ and representations of gender can be queered through performance.

 

A Long Table on Live Art and Feminism with Lois Weaver, October 2013
An opportunity to both introduce and reflect on some recent initiatives, to discuss what and who are missing from historical accounts, and to explore what kinds of actions and strategies could be undertaken by LADA, and indeed others, in the future, including the creation of new Study Room Guides, publications and professional development projects.

 


Collectively, the activities in RRR3 aspire to:

 

Restock and inspire future generations of artists to engage with the complex historical and contemporary politics around representations of gender in politicised Live Art practices.

Rethink the nature of politicised Live Art in relation to discourses around gender.

Reflect upon the lineages, influences and legacies of artists and their works, particularly those who might have been excluded from wider art historical frameworks and the dominant cultural discourses in the late 20th Century.

Other projects in Restock, Rethink, Reflect Three: on Live Art and Feminism

Marking the impact of performance on feminist histories and contemporary gender politics

A Live Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon

A free Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Live Art and Feminism

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A Long Table on Live Art and Feminism

An experimental discussion format led by Lois Weaver on relations between performance and feminism.

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An Evening on Live Art, Feminism and the Archive

Cocktail Seminar and the London launch of ‘re.act.feminism ♯2’

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Editing Ourselves into History: A Live Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

An article related to LADA’s ‘Live Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon’

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Ongoing

I Wasn’t There

A new series of LADA screening programmes drawing on the large holdings of documentation in our Study Room

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Just Like a Woman

A programme for City of Women Festival 2013 on the performance of identity.

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Just Like A Woman: London Edition

Shows, debates, installations and screenings looking at the performance of identity; at Chelsea Theatre, London

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Just Like A Woman: London Edition Programme

Performances, screenings, installations and discussions at Chelsea Theatre looking at the performance of gender

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Just Like A Woman: NYC Edition

Shows, debates, installations & screenings looking at the performance of identity; at Abrons Arts Center, New York

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Just Like A Woman: NYC Edition Programme

Three-day programme of shows, installations, cabarets and discussions looking at the performance of identity

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Ongoing

Live Art, Feminism and the Archive

We are working with Lois Weaver and Ellie Roberts to develop the materials we hold on feminist practices

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Long Table on Feminism Documentation

Documentation from the event facilitated by Lois Weaver

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Long Table on Live Art and Feminism documentation now available

A Long Table on Live Art and Feminism hosted by Lois Weaver

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Old Dears

Performances, screenings and discussions on the influential practices of an older generation of artists

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Old Dears

Performances & debates on the radical practices of an older generation of artists; at Chelsea Theatre, London

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Old Dears:
 performance, conversation and films about feminism and age

Performance by Liz Aggiss followed by a conversation and screening of seminal works by older women artists

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Ongoing

re.act.feminism

A living archive and exhibition project on feminism and performance art

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Banner image credit:

Long Table on Live Art and Feminism with Lois Weaver, 2013. Photograph Alex Eisenberg

Part of Restock, Rethink, Reflect

An ongoing series of initiatives mapping and marking representations of identity politics in Live Art

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Restock, Rethink, Reflect

An ongoing series of initiatives mapping and marking representations of identity politics in Live Art

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Restock, Rethink, Reflect Four: on Live Art and Privilege

A project focusing on issues of Live Art and privilege

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Restock, Rethink, Reflect One: on Live Art and Race

Specialized professional development, resources, events and publications.

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Restock, Rethink, Reflect Two: on Live Art and disability

A range of projects and activities exploring how artists are representing issues of disability in radical ways.

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Restock, Rethink, Reflect

An ongoing series of initiatives mapping and marking representations of identity politics in Live Art

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Restock, Rethink, Reflect Five: on Managing The Radical

An ongoing project considering the idea of managing the radical (or radicalising the management).

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LADA Unpacked

Bespoke opportunities for international presenters and artists to engage with Live Art

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Labour Practices: Ethics of Service and Ideas of Labour in Performance

A panel on the ways artists use ideas of service and labour as creative strategies as part of At Your Service.

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LADA at Hackney WickEd 2014

a pop-up Study Room as part of the Hackney Wicked Art Festival

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Edge of an Era

A new project revisiting a series of seminal performance events from the 1980’s.

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Activations London and Liverpool, October 2004

Launching Live: Art and Performance and The Performance Pack at Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool.

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