Following an international programme marking half a decade of curating and commissioning, spanning Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom in 2019, the Block Universe 2020 programme began in the United Arab Emirates.

In Dubai, Block Universe was invited to curate a programme of performances at Quoz Arts Fest, hosted by Alserkal, on January 24 and January 25. Presenting a series of works in the context of Dubai, the inaugural Middle Eastern programme for Block Universe reflects upon social and cultural histories; diasporic roots, migration and embodied or archival memory. Artists included Eglė Budvytytė (LT/NL), Alex Mirutziu (RO) and Himali Singh Soin (IN/UK). More information can be found here.

For Spring 2020, we returned from 25 May to 29 May 2020, with Sessionsour first virtual performance art festival featuring workshops, podcasts, spoken-word, live performances and music. Please find the programme detailed below.

Block Universe 2020 team: Louise O’Kelly, Founding Director & Curator; Marlies Augustijn, Assistant Curator; Tatjana Damm, Managing Director; Xica Aires, Head of Production. Thank you to our Art Fund supported trainees for their support: Emily Burke, Helena Davidson-Houston, Mumo Liko and Tuula Petersen.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Sessions, Online




Art fund
Arts council England
Between bridges
Jerwood Arts
Quoz Arts Fest

People are unfinished

Jenny Moore w/ Nandi Bhebhe, Tracky Crombie, Sib Trigg, and Rob Bidder (aka housemates)

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