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8 to 10 May 2019, Venice, Italy
18 May to 2 June 2019, London, UK
14 September 2019, Luckenwalde, Germany

Block Universe, London’s leading performance art festival and international commissioning body, returned to London from 18 May to 2 June 2019, with an expanded 14 day programme of new work, premieres, talks, screenings and workshops, from a wide range of artists, both local and international.

As the festival celebrated its fifth anniversary, Block Universe presented a new commission in Venice alongside the opening of the Biennale, and an intenrational programme for the first time, expanding to continental Europe. This took place in Germany at E-WERK Luckenwalde, as part of Berlin Art Week (14 September 2019). E-WERK Luckenwalde is a new Brandenberg institution that opened in September 2019 in a former power station, an iconic site near Berlin.

Block Universe 2019, taking place across three countries and marking half a decade of curating and commissioning, will mark the festival’s largest and most diverse programme to date. Projects include a series of premieres from UK and international artists, thinkers and practitioners.

Fittingly for a programme that spans both Europe and the UK in the current political context, Block Universe’s 2019 curatorial theme and expanded programme explores the concept of internal and external ‘world-making’ by looking at the diverse environments we create for ourselves to exist within, whether those be mental, physical or virtual spaces. Touching upon the ecological, geographic, political and spiritual, this year’s edition takes a holistic approach towards our understanding of the human experience.

The expanded public programme featured talks with key industry professionals, film screenings and participatory workshops.

Block Universe 2019 team: Louise O’Kelly, Founding Director & Curator; Katharina Worf, Curator & Director of International Programme; Tatjana Damm, Managing Director; Xica Aires, Head of Production; Sara Muthi, Communications; Sofia Schorling; Special Projects. Thank you to our Art Fund supported trainees for their support!

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