Block Universe is London’s leading international performance art festival and commissioning body. We bring together cutting-edge performance art at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music. Held in major institutions and venues across London, previous partners include The Store X 180 The Strand, the ICA, Sadler’s Wells, Royal Academy of Arts, the British Museum, Somerset House and The Showroom amongst other unique offsite locations. This month they are going online with Sessions.
Sessions will be Block Universe’s first virtual festival featuring workshops, podcasts, film and video, spoken-word, live performances and music. These sessions will explore what it means to host a performance or discussion in the virtual realm and how to connect with audiences through screens, and to forecast the future through alternative ways of living. Audiences can experience live performances, an augmented reality performance, an online cooking workshop and a collaborative work which will forge connectivity to those separated by the current pandemic.
Louise O’Kelly, Founding Director and curator, Block Universe, said, “We are pleased to be able to announce Sessions. Whilst we may not be able to engage audiences with our ‘IRL’ annual London festival right now, we are pleased to have been able to support artists to make new work at this incredibly difficult time, to work with young cultural workers to develop this project with the help of the Art Fund, and to offer our audiences he opportunity to engage with a week of new events online. As the world adjusts to COVID-19 and its ensuing safety precautions, we created a digital programme to ensure sustained engagement with performance art, not only in the midst of the pandemic but equally for a post-COVID world.”
Performances will be live streamed at 6pm BST. Tonight (Wednesday 27 May 2020) Eve Stainton will be performing a new work. They are an artist inspired by the complexities of uncodeable, poetic queer encounters. This is expressed through practices of dancing and digital collage. Their movement worlds believe in imagination, texture and conflicting emotional states, undoing essentialist thinking. Along this line, Eve views their digital collage work as science fiction choreographies. Where morphing the self, environment and atmosphere can create grounds for more nuanced understandings of the lesbian identity and perceptions of the ‘real’. Eve has also been in collaboration with artist Florence Peake since 2017, with their most recent work ‘Apparition Apparition’ being commissioned for the Venice Biennale 2019.
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