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Open Call for Digital Conversations on Live Art and borders – Successful applicants announced

21st March 2019

We are delighted to announce Burong and Critical Interruptions as the successful applicants for the performingborders | LIVE Open Call for Digital Conversations on Live Art and borders. We do look forward to publishing their contributions in June 2019!

Burong (曾不容) is a Beijing/Brighton based live art practitioner-researcher and theatre-maker. Her work deals with the politics of intimacy, gut feelings and posthuman aesthetics. She has exhibited and performed in the Pratt Gallery (Manhattan), PSA (Shanghai), PerformanceHUB (Belgrade), Royal Festival Hall (London), The Yard Theatre (London) and various Chinese theatre venues. Currently, Burong is undertaking doctoral research on feminist resistance in live art practices since the 1990s. In particular, her PhD project investigates how materials we think of as ‘sticky’ and viscous broaden the scope of thinking on embodiment, otherness, gender and body politics and generate new ways of conceptualising interrelationality and spectatorship.

Her co-authored book The Happening of the Contemporary Performance Art and a series of interviews with UK based live artists and curators have been published in China. She also writes books for children.

Critical Interruptions is a Serbo-Romanian critical cooperative exploring Live Art and performance criticism. With little regards for the review, we search for critical forms and strategies in dialogue with Live Art and performance, wonder how to develop rigorous and relevant critical writing, and lure new writers into thinking about radical and experimental work. Critical Interruptions is a project by Diana Damian Martin and Bojana Janković. Collectively, they have occupied galleries, museums, studios, theatres, universities, digital spaces and streets, to talk, perform, write, and think about (amongst other things) migration and Eastern European identities and diasporic cultures.

They have relocated twice, lived in a total of 6 countries, held 4 different passports and 8 different residency documents.


The digital conversations were published on the performingborders newsletter in June 2019. Access them from the performingborders website:

All the Tea in China by Burong (曾不容) 

Patrolling by Critical Interruptions


Featured images: Critical Interruptions at Steakhouse Live, 2016, photo by Julia Bauer & Burong at Migration Matters Festival 2018 (Sheffield), photo by Nadjet Ben Maghnia.