Curating Borderless Spaces | 22 June 2019 | Documentation


Introduction by Lois Keidan and curators Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa. Keynote by Raju Rage. Presentation of the performance to camera commissions by Istanbul Queer Art Collective and Tara Fatehi Irani followed by Q&A with the audience.

Live group conversation and provocations by Bojana Janković, Dana Olărescu, Kai Syng Tan and Helena Walsh.


After a series of pilot events across England and Nogales (US/Mexico border wall), performingborders | LIVE 2019 concludes with ‘Curating Borderless Spaces: a day of performances, commissioned premieres, talks, food, and provocations at the Live Art Development Agency in London.

Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa, the day focused on highlighting and platforming urgent voices and discourses within the Live Art sector on how we can work together in creating collaborative borderless, anti-racist, non-binary, feminist, non-ableist, post-colonial spaces.

Kicking off the day with a keynote by interdisciplinary artist, educator, and activist Raju Rage, the event saw the premiere of commissioned performances-to-camera by Istanbul Queer Arts Collective and Tara Fatehi Irani, along with new digital conversations on Live Art and borders by Burong and Critical Interruptions (Bojana Janković and Diana Damian Martin). Everyone was invited to participate in a communal live group conversation dotted by the interventions and provocations of guest artists  Bojana Janković, Dana Olărescu, Kai Syng Tan and Helena Walsh

Writer in Residence Season Butler responded to the discussions and exchanges of the day through live writing and she closed the event with a performative response to the day’s proceedings.

Curating Borderless Spaces was part of Antiuniveristy 2019

With special thanks to the Live Art Development Agency staff, BSL interpreters Katie Fenwick & Audrey Simmons, childminders Natalie Sowemimo & Rachel Johnson, and Studio MaBa.

performingborders | LIVE is a programme of events and new commissions focusing on the exploration of artistic practices happening within the UK live art sector around notions of cultural, juridical, racial, gendered, class, physical and everyday borders. Curated by Alessandra Cianetti and Xavier de Sousa.

Presented by performingborders and Foreign Actions Productions in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency (London, UK), Contact Theatre (Manchester, UK), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (Brighton, UK), Artsadmin (London, UK), Deptford Lounge (London, UK), Beyond the Wall/Más Allá del Mur Festival(Nogales, US/Mexico), and the Centre for The Study of Sexual Dissidence(University of Sussex, UK). Supported by the Arts Council England.

For more information on the programme and the artists involved visit

Featured image credits: Studio MaBa

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