Live Art Desk Scheme
In October 2017, at LADA’s new facility at The Garret Centre (Bethnal Green, London), we launched a subsidised ‘desk space’ scheme for six Live Art Producers, curators, researchers and artists. This scheme expands on LADA’s current Producer-In-Residence scheme.
Dedicated desk spaces have been made available on an annual basis, with the following benefits: free wifi provision; access to photocopier, printer, kitchen; use of LADA’s mailing address; access to LADA staff for advice and other support; networking with other producers, curators, researchers and artists; a 10% discount on Unbound purchases; access to LADA’s Study Room. Subject to availability and timing space can also be made available for meetings and gatherings.
The first Desk Scheme group are:
Ana de Matos
Susannah Hewlett is a UK artist, performer and writer whose work crossbreeds live art, comedy, theatre, sound and film. She is an associate artist of award winning company Duckie.
Fixated on popular culture, her work challenges the comfort of audiences by using comedy as a strategy to disarm - scratching through the shiny Saturday night TV dazzle or looking past the kindly smile to reveal unpalatable truths about the human condition.
She will focus her time realising new short film The Obligation which explores death and telemarketing in suburbia as well as concentrating on new writing and touring interactive soap opera Latherland. She also hopes to prep for the first ever University de Nowhere - a summer school for artists not currently in any form of education or without the opportunity to study. This would bring together key Live Art practitioners through talks, tutorials and mentoring for a number of ‘students’.
From leopard-skin dresses in Liverpool to queer liberal London, the artist's identity is liminal and precarious; it is this complexity of identity alongside the misrepresentations of the underclass and ‘benefits culture’ by the mainstream media that is the core of their practice. The focus at LADA will be a period of discursive self-improvement, in which the artist will wrestle with their ambivalence towards their present identity as ‘artist’ and how it intersects with their own working-class roots.
Fox Irving is an artist & activist based in London, who was awarded a scholarship to complete an MA in Visual Arts at Camberwell, University of the Arts London, in which they gained a distinction in 2015. Fox's work takes a variety of forms, from installations and performances to collective actions. Recent projects include the subvertising of London’s free newspapers, developing workshops and performances with The Baltic, Gateshead and a commission by Counter Plymouth Art Book Fair.
Ana de Matos
Ana de Matos’ practice explores the possibilities and challenges of the audio-visual medium to create live and immersive experiences for the viewer. She has been inspired by the outcome of Arts Council funded research (in partnership with LADA and SPILL Festival, 2016), suggesting that the parameters of experiencing a performance through a 360 degree camera lens has the potential to be close to a live experience.
In the next year, Ana will work on Live Art collaborative projects to camera and documentation of live performance events / festivals. She wants to develop new ways of working with performance in VR. At LADA, Ana plans to develop new projects and ideas in partnership with producers and artists participating in the scheme, and to help document LADA events as well as participate in LADA’s ongoing development.
Deborah Pearson is a writer, curator and live artist. She frequently tours internationally, having had her work performed in 17 countries, 4 continents, and translated into five languages. She makes work for a variety of contexts - including cinemas, art galleries and theatres. She is also founder and co-director of Forest Fringe and curated the inaugural Summerworks Performance Festival’s Live Art Series and Cameo Live Series. She has a PhD in narrative in performance from Royal Holloway, where she was a Reid Scholar. She has won awards as both an artist and a curator.
Deborah will be using her desk space at LADA to work on tours of her projects History History History, Post-National and The Filibuster, and a book using her PhD research about narrative in contemporary performance.
Queerseum is a group working to create the first queer museum in the UK.
What happens when 2017’s anniversary Queer year is over? Will stories from the archives that have resurfaced into temporary exhibition spaces return to gather dust and lie dormant until another anniversary year reaffirms us yet again?
Queerseum is in the early stages of making a PERMANENT home. With a vision to create a world where Queerness goes beyond acceptance to celebration, through the powers of visibility, representation, engagement and education, this museum is set to transform the institutional landscape and bring a new found validity to the Queer community.
Working within LADA's new space, Queerseum will be afforded a creative and nurturing environment to research, network and collaborate with artists, producers and curators; allowing an operational provision to programme and develop events and ultimately to build this dream!
Shabnam Shabazi is a multi-disciplinary artist, with a solo and collaborative practice. Blurring art forms and taking a non hierarchical person/artist centred approach, are vital aspects of her practice. Her diverse output of work includes: performance, object, video, text/writing, mixed media, installation and participation. Memories, dreams, rituals, journeys, the spaces ‘in between’ art forms and cultures animate her practice. She works as a maker and enabler of creative works nationally and internationally.
During her time at LADA, she hopes to bring the different aspects of her practice together on her own terms as an ‘Artistic Director’, developing a range of existing and new projects. Shabnam aims to create an interdisciplinary, intercultural, intergenerational laboratory made up of artists across a wide range of art forms & cultures who will creatively collaborate over a series of events and conversations to challenge the current discourse on ‘diversity’.