This year we mark the 10th anniversary of ]performance space[ with PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK, a celebratory programme unfurling across the summer months. 






Save the dates: programmes curated by ]ps[, and encounters hosted by our guests.







]performance s p a c e[ works to act as a home or hub for performance artists based in the UK and internationally, and we often host performances, workshops, residencies and artist talks.







Our digital exhibition space, for screenings, talks and other work.




Image: Kira O’Reilly, WAKE, 2017. Photo by Luke Jones.



PSX

a decade of performance art in the UK


After ten journeys around the sun - our bodies soaked in blood, sweat, tears, eco-glitter - we are celebrating our 10th anniversary by looking to the past, present & future(s) of performance art in the UK. Through a series of screenings, talks, performances, exhibitions, bursaries, workshops and residencies, PSX invites everyone to celebrate this decade of performance art with us.

PSX is intergenerational. PSX is queer, Trans*, POC & womxn to the front. PSX is international and local. We are working with 39 artists through April to August, across three locations: ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone), VSSL (Deptford, London) and Ugly Duck (Bermondsey, London).




InCon FORMative (Day 1), Bean, Benjamin Sebastian and Leo Devlin, 2013. Still from video by Elenor Hellis.
ouTcasT, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT], 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.


We will be screening 10 films, a collection of significant ]ps[ archival documentation, as well as more recent ]ps[ Associate Artist commissions.

Double bill screenings will take place on the last Friday of each month (April through August) during Last Fridays Folkestone.

The films will be offered online for the month following the live screening.


online now, until 25th June

Va-Bene E. Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT]

Leo Devlin, Benjamin Sebastian and Bean


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next

selina bonelli
Kira O'Reilly


forthcoming

Keijaun Thomas
Martin O'Brien
Joseph Morgan Schofield
Carlos Martiel


recent

Ash McNaughton

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro



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VestAndPage, "NO MORE IDOLS: ALL AND NONE (HOME X)”. No New Idols Festival | Sculpture Quadrennial, Riga (LV). 30 May 2019. Photograph by Linda Kāposta


No Need for Clothing, Jade Montserrat, 2017. Documentary photography of drawing installation, Cooper Gallery, Dundee. Image by Jacquetta Clark.

]performance s p a c e [ is nothing if not its relationships; a dynamic constellation of  thinkers, feelers & makers, reimagining our world(s). Throughout PSX, ]ps[ director Benjamin Sebastian will host a series of 10 conversations with artists and culture makers from our   p a s t   who have influenced our ongoing work.

Podcast conversations will be made available online on the last Friday of every month (April through August). 


online now, until 25th June

VestAndPage
Jade Montserrat


︎︎︎ listen online


forthcoming

Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro
Katy Baird
Ron Athey
Lois Keidan
Keijaun Thomas
Rocio Boliver
Esther Neff


recent

︎︎︎Bean and Joseph Morgan Schofield



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residencies



As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, ]ps[ looks to the f u t u r e of performance art in the UK. Throughout the month of June (and the first week of July) ]ps[ will play host to a duo of contemporary performance artists, Jade Blackstock and James Jordan Johnson.

Working with our London platform partner, VSSL Studio, ]ps[ continues our investment in the future of performance art in the UK through two studio bursaries at VSSL, working with Adriana Disman and Kelvin Atmadibrata.

The bursary artists will be working from now until the end of June at VSSL Studio.

Residencies: Jade Blackstock and James Jordan Johnson

Studio Bursaries: Kelvin Atmadibrata and Adriana Disman


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in residence at ]performance s p a c e[


Jade Blackstock & James Jordan Johnson



Cummndazz, Jade Blackstock, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Jade Blackstock (B. 1993, Birmingham, UK) is a British Jamaican performance artist. Her work explores questions of the body and identity in relation to historical, cultural and personal events and experiences. Her practice is particularly anchored in exploring Afro-Caribbean customs, rituals and material, and attempts to discuss how prejudices and colonial histories continue to impact the lives and current representations of Black people and people of colour. She seeks to highlight how the body, material and space have shared capabilities of holding, transferring and embodying collective pasts or memories, which bears importance in our understanding of selves and each other. Themes of race and Black identity, feminism, ownership, class and loss are present in her work.



James Jordan Johnson. Photo by Alex Gulino.

James Jordan Johnson (b. 1997, London, UK) is an artist working in performance and sculpture. He explores how personal/collective memory and mythmaking informs historical experiences within Black life (specifically Afro-Caribbean life). Through this, he uses his practice as a way to think about the embodiment and unnamable ties between objects and people within life-cycles.

www.jamesjordanjohnson.com


studio bursaries at VSSL studio


Kelvin Atmadibrata & Adriana Disman




Forcing Hyacinth, Kelvin Atmadibrata, 2019. Helsinki. Photo by Julius Töyrylä.

Kelvin Atmadibrata (b.1988, Jakarta, Indonesia) recruits superpowers awakened by puberty and adolescent fantasy. Equipped by shōnen characters, kōhai hierarchy and macho ero-kawaii, he often personifies power and strength into partially canon and fan fiction antiheroes to contest Southeast Asian masculine meta and erotica. He works primarily with performances, often accompanied by and translated into drawings, mixed media collages and objects compiled as installations. Approached as bricolages, Kelvin translates narratives and recreates personifications based on RPGs (Role-playing video games) theories and pop mythologies.

www.kelvinatmadibrata.com

Thresholding, Adriana Disman, 2019. Photo: Mike Zenari.

Adriana Disman is a performance art maker, thinker, and writer. Her practice searches for minor modes of resistance as she seeks liberation – an interdependent and as yet un-imagined state – through refusing to adhere to the logics of power. Often engaging with self-wounding, her work is minimal, poetic, and intense.

Disman’s writing on performance can be found in both academic and arts publications, and she is currently co-editing a book entitled "50 Key Performance Artists" for Routledge with T. Nikki Cesare Schotzko. Currently a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London under Dominic Johnson, Disman writes on the pathologisation of self-wounding performance art.

www.adrianadisman.com

hancock & kelly, 2017. Photo by Paul Samuel White.

Keijaun Thomas, 2019. Photo by Andrea Abbatangelo.

exhibition

next
28th May - 6th June
]performance s p a c e [, Folkestone.

with live performances on Friday 28th from Ash McNaughton and Lise Boucon.



forthcoming
12th - 19th August
VSSL Studio in London

with live performances on Thursday 12th by Adriana Disman and Kelvin Atmadibrata.

We have chosen 10 epochal photographs from our archive  that typify the energy, attitude and ethos of the artists ]ps[ works with. Explicit, unapologetic & poetic; these images act as portals to various collaborations, geographies and moments from our past, while projecting that energy into our future(s).

Jade Montserrat
Keijaun Thomas
Hancock&Kelly LIVE
Ron Athey
Kris Canavan & Elizabeth Short (performing as Nick Kilby)
Nicholas Tee
Bean
Benjamin Sebastian
Poppy Jackson
Nina Arsenault



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]ps[ hosts


]performance s p a c e[ strives to act as a home or hub for performance artists based in the UK and abroad, and we often host performances, workshops, residencies and talks by artists etc.



Eleanor Dalzell Jenyns, ]open s p a c e[ recipient, 2021. Image courtesy of the artists.







Recent


︎︎︎ ]open s p a c e[: Eleanor Dalzell Jenyns and kate stonestreet, May 2021


Eleanor Dalzell Jenyns and kate stonestreet are recipients of ]open s p a c e[ and will undertake a shared residency towards the realisation of their project collective attentions, anarchist actions.

︎︎︎ screening: Ekdysis II, Niya B, Friday 30 April (live at Last Fridays)


Ekdysis is an ongoing project, which is displayed through live actions, moving image and installations. In this iteration, Ekdysis manifests as a single-channel video following an autoethnographic journey in the land that holds the mythological events of metamorphosis.

upcoming



live 


PSX exhibition

Friday 28th May to Sunday 6th Junewith live performances 5-9pm, 28th May

Drawing on the ]ps[ archive, we are delighted to present an exhibition of 10 epochal photographs. Explicit, unapologetic & poetic, these images are portals to both the past and future(s).

The exhibition opens at ]ps[ on Friday 28th May, with performances by Ash McNaughton and Lise Boucon.

We will also screen two films  documenting works presented at ]ps[ by Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, and a collaboration between Leo Devlin, Benjamin Sebastian and Bean.

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online


PSX screens

Friday 28th May to Thursday 24th June

We’re delighted to present two video documents of works from the ]ps[ archive by Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT] (2018) and Bean, Leo Devlin, and Benjamin Sebastian (2013)

︎︎︎ PSX screens


PSX conversations

Friday 28th May to Thursday 24th June

Two conversational podcasts between ]ps[ director Benjamin Sebastian and the artists VestAndPage, and Jade Montserrat.

recent



]open s p a c e[: Eleanor Dalzell Jenyns and kate stonestreet, May 2021


Eleanor Dalzell Jenyns and kate stonestreet are recipients of ]open s p a c e[ and will undertake a shared residency towards the realisation of their project collective attentions, anarchist actions.


screening: Ekdysis II, Niya B, Friday 30 April (live at Last Fridays)


Ekdysis is an ongoing project, which is displayed through live actions, moving image and installations. In this iteration, Ekdysis manifests as a single-channel video following an autoethnographic journey in the land that holds the mythological events of metamorphosis.

Image: Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT], 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

online

until Thursday 25th June

︎︎︎ upcoming



PSX screenings

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi 



ouTcasT, Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi, The Rising, 2018. Videography by Matt Mahoney-Page.
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Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT] works internationally but lives in Kumasi, Ghana. sHit is a multidisciplinary “artivist”, founder and artistic director of perfocraZe International Artists Residency (pIAR) which aimed at promoting exchange between international and local artists, activists, researchers, curators, and thinkers.

As a performer and installation artist, crazinisT investigates gender stereotypes, prejudices, queerness, identity politics and conflicts, sexual stigma and their consequences for marginalized groups or individuals. With rituals and a gender-fluid persona, sHit employs sHits own body as a thought-provoking tool in performances, photography, video, and installations, ‘life-and-live-art’ confronting issues such as disenfranchisement, social justice, violence, objectification, internalized oppression, anti-blackness, systemic indoctrination and many more.

www.crazinistartist.com


PSX conversations

Jade Montserrat


Jade Montserrat in conversation with Benjamin Sebastian, 2021. Edited by Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway.

Dancing her way through history and her story. Marking the archive and letting it mark her. Finding a voice within a chorus of opinions and reflecting projections of now and then. Jade Montserrat’s work is a fracture in the linear narrative of consumption and a rigorous critique of the way cultural production scars bodies and constructs histories.

Her work exposes the perceptions of the Other as weighted responsibility in need of retort. Skirting social activism by gesturally and texturally ascertaining new ground for politicized territories manifest through performance, film, installation, sculpture, print & text. This process is focused on the interrogation of materials, rearticulating them to expose gaps in both visual and linguistic habits.

www.jademontserrat.com




PSX screenings

Bean, Benjamin Sebastian, and Leo Devlin



InCon FORMative, Bean, Benjamin Sebastian and Leo Devlin, 2013. Videography by Elenor Hellis.

Bean is the co-founder and (former) co-director of ]performance s p a c e[.

I make performance work that incorporates live voice, installation and film. I like using technology as a malleable material, testing & pushing it through live moments; from my earliest works playing super 8 films through my vagina, to recent works digitally tracking my body to live-edit sound. Through my work I often 'speak' of things silenced in daily life, or attempt to undo language used in mass media/ normative pop-culture. I make performance as an act of transformation, a catharsis through sound, a reclamation & refusal of the body.

www.beaninthearchive.com

Benjamin Sebastian's work is a visual poetics of the erotic and explicit.

They utilise this work as an anarcho-queer-feminist technology to dismantle narratives of heteronormativity, patriarchy and capitalism - by illuminating our spiritual, sexual & animal selves - while centring their non-binary subjecthood. This is achieved via emotive & esoteric methodologies such as chaos magic, new ritual, eroticism and gender fuckery. Sebastian creates across disciplines, specialising in time-based mediums exploring ideas of becoming, transformation/transition, animalism, memento mori, queerness, longing and desire. Through curating, repetitious tropes, appropriation and acts of duration; their work attempts to interrupt historic binary relations and create new narratives & ways of being in the world.

www.benjamin-sebastian.com

Leo Devlin (b.1983, Omagh) is a visual artist based in Belfast. He received a First class honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 2006. For the next 10 years Leo presented his work locally and internationally. 

Leo Devlin’s work is a mixture of drawing, sculpture and performance.  Across all media, Leo considers a range of materials both organic and man-made. He is interested in both the origin story and present status of materials such as domestic silver and broken twigs and how they’re perceived status can be transformed, either by physically amending the objects or by engaging with them in performance. Leo presents uncertain scales and perspectives, from working with miniature objects in performance to producing large-scale drawings. The ground or surface upon which Leo makes his work, whether performance or drawing, is carefully selected with existing residues in mind.






PSX conversations

VestAndPage




VestAndPage in conversation with Benjamin Sebastian, 2021. Edited by Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway.

Since 2006, Venetian-born artist and writer Andrea Pagnes and German artist Verena Stenke have been working together as VestAndPage. They have gained recognition in the fields of performance art, performance-based film, collective performance operas, curation, temporary artistic community projects production, writing and publishing. Through their collaborative creative practice and artistic research, they explore performance art and filmmaking as phenomena site-specific consisting of continuous sequences of momentum where adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, but the extremes are quite distinct. Their works have been presented in museums, galleries, theatres, cinemas, and various sites worldwide. Before the pandemic, they were touring with the cycle of live collective performances HOME while premiering their films “Anam Cara – Mirror in the Mirror”, “Plantain” and “SIGNUM”.  During the lockdown, they have begun to develop “STRATA”, their 6th performance-based art film on Deep time, alongside the performance monologue “1 9” about Stenke’s recent TB experience, and “Momentum,” a series of videos in which they host conversations under existential focus with people from the arts, culture and science. VestAndPage are conceivers and curators of the live art exhibition project VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, its ongoing educational program, and its new residential/collaborative format Co-Creation Live Factory. Their theoretical texts and interviews have been published in books, art magazines, and academic journals, among which are Performance Research, Flash Art, Studio Research, Repertório, Ephemera, JER, Storie, Art & Education, LADA blog, Kunstforum, Research Catalogue, Nexus, Revista Experimenta.

www.vest-and-page.de


Image: Ash McNaughton, Salvage, 2019. Photo by Manuel Vason.

10 films


We will be screening 10 films, a collection of significant ]ps[ archival documentation, as well as more recent ]ps[ Associate Artist commissions.

Double bill screenings will take place on the last Friday of each month (April through August) during Last Fridays Folkestone.

The films will be offered online for the month following the live screening.

Va-Bene E. Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT]
Keijaun Thomas
Ash McNaughton
selina Bbonelli
Kira O'Reilly
Leo Devlin
Bean & Benjamin Sebastian
Martin O'Brien
Joseph Morgan Schofield
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro
Carlos Martiel


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Live on Friday 30th April and online until Thursday 27 May


Ash McNaughton & Anguezomo Nathalie Mba Bikoro



Salvage, Ash McNaughton, 2019. Photo by Manuel Vason.

ASH MCNAUGHTON (B.1990) IS A FOLKESTONE (U.K.) BASED SCOTTISH ARTIST WORKING PRIMARILY IN PERFORMANCE ART. WORKING WITH THEIR BODY THROUGH ACTION, GESTURE, MOVEMENT, AND SOUND; THEY EXPLORE PSYCHOLOGICAL, PHYSICAL & SPIRITUAL STATES – IN DIALOGUE WITH EVERYDAY OBJECTS AND SOCIAL CONTEXTS – ENTERING INTO SENSORIAL AND SYNERGETIC EXCHANGE BETWEEN INTERNAL & EXTERNAL MATERIALS, SPACE, AND TIME. THROUGH RITUALISTIC ACTIONS THEY SEEK TO DISSOLVE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN THE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, BY UNCOVERING AND DISRUPTING LIMITATIONS WITHIN OBJECTS AND NARRATIVES, IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIND HONESTY IN THAT WHICH LIES IN-BETWEEN.

www.ashmcnaughton.com
How Many Stones Can Free, Anguezomo Nathalie Mba Bikoro. Photos: Christer Johansson & Christian Berven, courtesy of LiveAction8.

Mba Bikoro's work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles & colonial memory focusing on queer indigenous and feminist biopolitics. The artist creates immersive performative environments for alternative narratives and future speculations of colonial resistance movements led by African women of the German diaspora and indigenous communities. Sedimented in narratives of testimonial Black queer experiences of sonic nature archives, revolt, queering ecologies and postcolonial feminist experiences towards new monuments which reacts to the different tones of societies shared between delusions & ritual. The work offers complex non-binary readings pushing  new investigations about the architectures of racisms in cities, the archeologies of urban spaces & economies of traditional systems by exposing the limitations of technologies as functional memory records.

She has developed frameworks of rituals and healing in performance work that often reveal the entangled colonial histories of migration at site-specific spaces to dismantle prejudices and organise accessible levels of consciousness through testimonial archives of local communities to build independant emancipatory tools for liberation, education, consciousness, intimacy and healing.

She is lecturer in Curating Black Visual Cultures & Philosophy at TransArt Institute New York & Fine Arts practice at the University of Liverpool, artistic & curatorial supervisor of the Artists in Training Programme at the UdK and the University of Bergen Norway. She is Artistic Director of Lukulule e.V. and Nyabinghi_Lab collective, recently curating the performance programme 'Radical Mutations' at Hebbel Am Ufer Theatre Berlin with Wearebornfree! Empowerment Radio. She moderates the annual Berlinale Film Festival & currently has an Artistic Fellowship from the Goethe Institute In Bahia Salvador.

www.anguezomo-bikoro.com




10 conversations



]performance s p a c e [ is nothing if not its relationships; a dynamic constellation of  thinkers, feelers & makers, reimagining our world(s). Throughout PSX, ]ps[ director Benjamin Sebastian will host a series of 10 conversations with artists and culture makers from our   p a s t   who have influenced our ongoing work.

Podcast conversations will be made available online on the last Friday of every month (April through August). 


Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro
Katy Baird
Ron Athey
VestAndPage
Lois Keidan
Keijaun Thomas
Jade Montserrat
Rocio Boliver
Esther Neff

Bean and Joseph Morgan Schofield


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Live from Friday 30th April


Bean and Joseph Morgan Schofield 




Bean, 2014. Photo by Monika Sobczak.

“I make performance work that incorporates live voice, installation and film. I like using technology as a malleable material, testing & pushing it through live moments; from my earliest works playing super 8 films through my vagina, to recent works digitally tracking my body to live-edit sound. Through my work I often 'speak' of things silenced in daily life, or attempt to undo language used in mass media/ normative pop-culture. I make performance as an act of transformation, a catharsis through sound, a reclamation & refusal of the body.”

Bean is the co-founder and (former) co-director of ]performance s p a c e[.

www.beaninthearchive.com