Block Universe: Arts Festival in London

Maria Hassabi, STAGING, 2017. Installation view, Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost), Kassel, Documenta 14.

Block Universe, London’s international performance art festival, has announced the program for its fourth edition. The festival will run for 10 days, starting on the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend (May 26 to June 3, 2018).

In collaboration with cultural institutions and organizations across the city, the festival will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance today. Talks, workshops and special projects are also part of the exciting line-up of events. Others involved in festival include the Royal Academy of Arts, ​Siobhan Davies Dance​, ​The Store X, ​British Museum​, ​Somerset House​, ​Studio Voltaire​, ​Oval Space ​and Brunel Museum.

UK Premieres and New Site-Specific Commissions

Positioning London at the forefront of international performance art, Block Universe 2018 will feature three UK premieres (​Maria  Hassabi​,  ​Giselle Stanborough ​and ​Nora Turato). 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​) feature work by artists working at the cross-section of contemporary visual art, dance and music.

Themes About Utopian Ideals of Community and Collectivity

This year’s edition explores themes that act as a counterpoint to the current divisiveness created by contemporary politics. They focus on, as well as question, utopian ideals of community and collectivity. By addressing the ways in which we relate to one another, the contributors will respond both to the larger fabric of society that binds us as well as to the politics of sex and love in our personal relationships.

Notable Works at Block Universe in London

Some featured work at Block Universe in London includes the UK debut of ​Maria Hassabi​’s ​STAGING: Solo #2​, a durational performance at The Store X. New commissions include one by Last Yearz Interesting Negro/Jamila Johnson-Small​, ​in partnership with Gaia Art Foundation, Gery Georgieva​, supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund. ROUTINE is ​a project created by art collective ​They Are Here​, ​which addresses issues related to precarious labor and the gig economy – a theme already touched on in their earlier works developed at Tate Modern in 2017.

For information about the festival and biographies of all the artists, visit Block Universe.

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