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open conversation | 30 March

23rd February 2016

performingborders. conversation on art | crossings | europe

Wednesday 30th March 2016, 6.30-8pm
Room E003 (new room updated 29/03/16), Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square N1C 4AA
Book your free ticket here  (for info contact Madeleine King: [email protected])


While newspapers speak of refugees’ crisis, Ukraine conflict, austerity measures, Brexit, and raising of right-wing rhetoric within Europe, how are artists responding? What can they do? Do they have to do something? ‘performingborders’, is an open dialogue on how artists, researchers and art organisations can use their practices and projects to respond to and challenge the borders of Europe and their shifting meanings.

Guest speakers Guest speakers Lois Keidan (Co-Director of the Live Art Development Agency), Sophie Nield (Senior Lecturer in Drama at the Royal Holloway University of London), Juliet Steyn (Co-editor of ‘Breaching Borders: Art, Migrants and the Metaphor of Waste’), Marilena Zaroulia and Philip Hager (Co-Founders of the Inside/Outside Europe Research Network) will present their own perspectives and engage in a discussion on the role of live and visual art in the flux reality of Europe and its proliferating and increasingly heterogeneous borders. All those interested in citizenship, crossing borders, and experimental art practices are welcome to bring their own ideas and experiences to the conversation.

Guest Speakers:

Lois Keidan is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Live Art Development Agency, London. From 1992 to 1997 she was Director of Live Arts at the ICA, London. Prior to that she was responsible for Performance Art at Arts Council of England, and previously worked at the Midland Group, Nottingham and Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh.

Sophie Nield teaches in the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. She works on questions of space, theatricality and representation in political life and the law, and on the performance of ‘borders’ of various kinds. Recent work has focused on the figure of the refugee, the theatricality of protest and the political viability of the riot.

Juliet Steyn is the Co-editor of the book ‘Breaching Borders: Art, Migrants and the Metaphor of Waste’. Juliet has published widely on art and cultural criticism focusing on art, the politics of memory and identity and the language of display in museums and galleries.

Marilena Zaroulia and Philip Hager are the Co-Founders of ‘Inside/Outside Europe Research Network’, an interdisciplinary, collaborative project which studies performances of crises and crises as performance in Europe, since the 2008 global recession and the consequential Eurozone crisis. Marilena teaches at the Department of Performing Arts, University of Winchester. Philip Hager teaches at the University of Winchester, Kingston University and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Chaired and organised by Alessandra Cianetti, Co-Director of Something Human and author of the blog ‘performingborders. conversations on live art | crossings | europe’.

Event organised as part of the MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy course at Central Saint Martins

Image credits: Núria Güell, Troika Fiscal Disobedience Consultancy, 2016, at Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

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