26 May to 3 June 2018
Block Universe, London‚Äôs leading international performance art festival, has completed its fourth and largest edition to date.¬† The festival programme consisted of a ten day long programme (26 May to 3 June 2018) of newly commissioned performances and UK premieres from emerging and established UK-based and international artists.
In collaboration with major cultural institutions and organisations across the city, including the¬†Royal Academy of Arts, ‚ÄčSiobhan Davies Dance‚Äč, ‚ÄčThe Store X‚Äč, ‚ÄčBritish Museum‚Äč, ‚ÄčSomerset House‚Äč, ‚ÄčStudio Voltaire‚Äč, ‚ÄčOval Space ‚Äč ‚Äčand Brunel Museum ‚Äčthe festival presented work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance today, alongside talks, workshops and special projects.
Full programme and tickets here.
Positioning London at the forefront of international performance art, Block Universe 2018 featured three UK premieres (Maria Hassabi, Giselle Stanborough and Nora Turato) and seven new, site-specific commissions (Evan Ifekoya & Victoria Sin, Gery Georgieva, Hanne Lippard, Alex Mirutziu, Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small, They Are Here and Laura Wilson) by artists working at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music. The 2018 edition explored themes that act as a counterpoint to the divisiveness created by contemporary politics, focusing on, as well as questioning, utopian ideals of community and collectivity. By addressing the ways in which we relate to one another, the contributors¬†responded both to the larger fabric of society that binds us as well as to the politics of sex and love in our personal relationships.
Block Universe‚Äôs expanded Public Programme¬†featured talks with key industry professionals, film screenings and participatory workshops. Our Satellite Programme was a new addition to the festival programme and highlighted events, specially commissioned performances and exhibitions across London.
Block Universe 2018 team: Louise O’Kelly, Founding Director & Curator; Katharina Worf, Co-Curator; Tatjana Damm, Business Development; Xica Aires, Head of Production; Elli Resvanis, General Manager; Halime √Ėzdemir, Development. Thank you to all our volunteers for their support!
European ArtEast Foundation
Dover Street Arts Club
Goldsmiths University of London
Royal Academy of Arts
Siobhan Davies Dance
South Kensington Club
Somerset House Studios
Arts Council England
The Store X – The Vinyl Factory
Gaia Art Foundation
Outset Contemporary Art Fund
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Film and Video Umbrella