42 episodes

performingborders is a collectively run platform for artistic research and creation, focused on notions and lived experiences of intersectional borders through international live art and performance practices.

Drawing from the knowledge shared by the contributors of the platform, performingborders has over the years created a digital and live tapestry of interconnected, transnational experiments through interviews, artist commissions, open calls, publications, residencies, workshops, conversations, events, newsletters, and performingbordersLIVE. All our work is freely accessible online.

Co-run by Alessandra Cianetti, Xavier de Sousa and Anahí Saravia Herrera, in collaboration with guest curators, thinkers, artists, activists and researchers.

Image: Jane Lam for performingbordersLIVE23 Our Bodies in the Commons at Battersea Arts Centre, April 2023

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performingborders is a collectively run platform for artistic research and creation, focused on notions and lived experiences of intersectional borders through international live art and performance practices.

Drawing from the knowledge shared by the contributors of the platform, performingborders has over the years created a digital and live tapestry of interconnected, transnational experiments through interviews, artist commissions, open calls, publications, residencies, workshops, conversations, events, newsletters, and performingbordersLIVE. All our work is freely accessible online.

Co-run by Alessandra Cianetti, Xavier de Sousa and Anahí Saravia Herrera, in collaboration with guest curators, thinkers, artists, activists and researchers.

Image: Jane Lam for performingbordersLIVE23 Our Bodies in the Commons at Battersea Arts Centre, April 2023

    RE-IMAGINE COMMUNITY PRACTICE: In Conversation with Howl Yuan + Ania Varez

    RE-IMAGINE COMMUNITY PRACTICE: In Conversation with Howl Yuan + Ania Varez

    WHAT IS THE MIGRANT ARTS COMMUNITY? A CLUSTER NETWORK UNDER SPECIFIC LABELS? THE ACT OF SOLIDARITY OVER TRAUMA? OR CAN WE TAKE A DIFFERENT APPROACH?
    Join Bristol-based performance artist Howl Yuan and Ania Varez in a conversation about social gathering, identity, collaborative friendship, celebration, and joy-making practices.

    • 47 min
    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 6 with Howl Yuan | November 2023

    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 6 with Howl Yuan | November 2023

    Original Broadcast:
    Montez Press Radio
    24th November 2023
    4pm at radio.montezpress.com

    performingbordersRadio explores the entanglement between Live Art and notions and lived experiences of intersectional and transnational borders, bi-monthly on Montez Press Radio. This radio space hosts and shares collaborative, sound-based performance work created with and by artists in the performingborders network.

    This month, we end our radio residency with a conversation between performingborders and Howl Yuan to discuss socially engaged performance practices and the importance of using cultural work to weave connections between people and communities. Throughout the episode, we’ll hear excerpts from Howl’s work with sound, from song-making to podcasts and audio walks.

    Howl Yuan, or Yuan Cheng-Po, is a Taiwanese performance maker/writer/curator/researcher. His interests cross-cultural identity, mobility, site/place/space, and decolonized narratives. His works span different formats but are primarily performance-based, and are presented in theatres, galleries, festivals, beaches or gardens.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 5: On Palestine | October 2023

    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 5: On Palestine | October 2023

    Given the on-going genocide in Gaza, performingborders created this episode as a space to share resources in the form of texts, poems, music, and the reading of manifestos and call-outs generated around the world from groups in solidarity with Palestinian liberation. It is a radio space to echo the voices of those demanding justice and voicing the way in which all of our struggles are entangled - none of us are free until we all are. Tune in to find a space for collective grief, solidarity, seeds of resistance, and calls to action.

    SONG: Hassan Shaikh - Ana Dammi Falasteeni

    EXCERPT FROM: DAYRA AND COMMUNAL DEBT by Lara Khaldi on behalf of and with The Question of Funding

    SONG: Lowkey- Long Live Palestine

    POEM: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

    SONG: يا فلسطينية | فرقة يلالان وفرقة اسكندريلا | Ya Falastinia | Yalalan Band & Eskenderella Band

    SONG: Ana Tijoux - Somos Sur

    CALL OUT: COMO FEMINISTAS NO PODEMOS PERMANECER EN SILENCIO // COMO FEMINISTAS DECIMOS NO AL GENOCIDIO EN PALESTINA

    SONG: KOFIA -  Leve Palestina, Krossa Sionismen

    CALL OUT: An Urgent Call from Palestinian Trade Unions: End all Complicity, Stop Arming Israel

    SONG: Emel Mathlouthi - Naci en Palestina آمال مثلوثي

    OPEN LETTER: AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE ART COMMUNITY TO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

    SONG: Sabreen - Smoke Of The Volcanoes

    SONG: Sabreen - On Wishes

    • 1 hr 1 min
    performingbordersRadio: Episode 4 with Pouya Ehsaei, From the Lips to the Moon | September 2023

    performingbordersRadio: Episode 4 with Pouya Ehsaei, From the Lips to the Moon | September 2023

    📻 This month we’re talking to Pouya Ehsaei about the Lips To The Moon project, listening to some of their favourite recordings from the performances, talking about multidisciplinary collaboration, and thinking more about what it means to work transnationally through sound.

    ✨🌙 From the Lips to the Moon is an unusual music and poetry performance. An immersive space made through the synergies of words, melodies, languages and beats. Created by electronic musician and composer Pouya Ehsaei and performance maker and word trickster Tara Fatehi, From the Lips to the Moon is a regular music and poetry night in London where they invite other poets and musicians to join them in creating live improvised performances. It is an event full of riveting live music, mind-bending beats, fierce poetry, absurd texts and goosebumps. The performances are often streamed to the Palestine-based Radio-Alhara.

    This episode was recorded live Montez Press Radio studios in London, on Thursday 28 September | 4 PM

    • 1 hr 3 min
    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 3 with Untethered Magic | July 2023

    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 3 with Untethered Magic | July 2023

    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 3 with Untethered Magic | July 2023

    This month performingborders shares an audio collage of their time working with Untethered Magic, from visiting their space on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya in February 2023 during a two-week residency, to ongoing digital conversations on transnational collaboration. Untethered Magic, run by artists Syowia Kyambi, Kibe Wangunyu, and Ciaran Nash, is both a home and an independently run residency space that encourages growth, independence, and processes of unlearning. It is a space being set up to live with the land, thinking through sustainability in environmental and social terms.

    During their time collaborating, performingborders and Untethered Magic have discussed ideas of place, sustainability, and live art, thinking through the creation of alternative spaces for experimental work. In this show, they share conversations between the two collectives, alongside readings and short performative interventions by artists who joined them during the residency in Kenya including Nekoye Ommeh, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Esther Kamba, and Joseph Kanyenje.

    Edited by: Olive Mondegreen

    Artists (including pronouns):

    Anahi Saravia Herrera she/her
    Alessandra Cianetti she/her
    Xavier de Sousa he/him + they/them
    Syowia Kyambi she/her
    Kibe Wangunyu he/him
    Ngwatilo Mawiyoo she/her
    Nekoye Ommeh she/her
    Esther Kamba she/her
    Joseph Kanyenje he/him
    Ciaran Nash he/him


    Brief description of show:
    performingbordersRadio explores the entanglement between Live Art and notions and lived experiences of intersectional and transnational borders, bi-monthly on Montez Press Radio. This radio space hosts and shares collaborative, sound-based performance work created with and by artists in the performingborders network.

    • 55 min
    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 2 with Diana Damian Martin | May 2023

    performingbordersRADIO: Episode 2 with Diana Damian Martin | May 2023

    Tune in to performingbordesRadio, an exploration into the entanglement between Live Art, sound, and notions and lived experiences of intersectional and transnational borders, bi-monthly on Montez Press Radio. In this new show, performingborders take to the radio to share collaborative, sound-based performance work created with and by artists in their network.

    In our second episode as Radio residents, we meet with artist Diana Damian Martin to talk through her commission Spells for a border town (retrocedare) which was originally commissioned for the performingborders platform in April 2021. In Romanian, Retrocedare refers to the process of returning something, for example, a territory, back to the person or entity that had previously been ceded (usually) during a violent or enforced take-over. In this episode, we’ll be re-sharing some of the audio work from this commission, re-visiting the political situation of the territories that mark the commission and talking, as well as touching on the entanglement between the process of re-ceding and decolonial practices on the peripheries of Europe.

    The episode and commission features work and thinking by artists: Diana Damian Martin, Mihaela Drăgan, Rusanda Curcă, Iulia Mărăcine, and Flo Thamer. 

    Diana Damian Martin is an artist and researcher, working at the intersection between writing, politics and performance. Her work concerns alternative critical epistemologies and feminist modes of exchange, interventionist and political performance and the ecological and representational poetics of migration, with a distinct focus on Eastern Europe. Recent collaborations include performingborders, The Albany, Dansehallerne, The Wellcome Collection and Tate Modern. She co-hosts The Department of Feminist Conversations and Something Other, and co-runs the Serbo-Romanian critical cooperative Critical Interruptions, artistic research committee Generative Constraints and is a core member of Migrants in Culture. Her recent publications include (states of) wake: Dedicating Performance and Critical Interruptions Vol 1: Steakhouse LIVE. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Performance Arts at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and once appeared in an issue of Private Eye, where her work was described as obscure, impenetrable and unclear. Twitter: @DianaADamian

    • 1 hr 16 min

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