]performance s p a c e [
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]performance s p a c e [ was founded in 2011 with a singular mission: to facilitate the prime conditions for performance art(ists) in the U.K. We are committed to supporting challenging and difficult practices that embrace performance art as an ever-evolving medium.
Performance art offers us fluid ways of understanding our environments and experiences, through the mediums of time, space and ones body. It is a way of living - a mode of communicating, knowing/learning, remembering and dreaming. It reminds us that we are always in relationship with that which surrounds us - the human and non-human aspects making up our world(s).
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Founded in 2011 (in Hackney Wick, London by Bean and Benjamin Sebastian), ]ps[ remains an artist-led initiative drawing on anti-institutional lineages and DIY working practices. The organisation has always morphed in shape, size and location as a stratergy of continuity - mirroring the ephemerality and fluidity of our field. In 2022 ]ps[ returned to London (from Folkstone), entering a development phase of mobile programming, further exploring the potentials of ]ps[ as a conceptual space, finding temporary home(s) within the sites, programmes and buildings of partner organisations.
]performance s p a c e [ cultivates time-based work that critically pushes the boundaries of the body, time and space - while championing artists and practices that make the established genres and methodologies of the field more porous. We seek to be in community with those whom we may create new commons, to the side of mainstream art education and market structures. ]ps[ is committed to internationalism and the mobility of people and practices.
We initiate and participate in local, national and international networks, co-created with myriad communities of artists, producers, curators, researchers and audiences - maintaining close working relationships with organisations including the Live Art Development Agency, Live Art UK, Ugly Duck, Home Live Art, Whitechapel Gallery and Venice International Performance Art Week to mention but a few.
Regularly funded by Arts Council Engalnd from the National Lottery Project Grants scheme