Liveworks 2023 | One festival, 18 events, 142 artists

As Australia’s leading organisation for the development and presentation of experimental art, Performance Space is celebrating their fortieth anniversary with Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2023 at Carriageworks in Sydney, from 19 to 29 October.

Titled OF THE TIME, the festival reflects on Performance Space’s legacy and radical history over ten days through performance, installation, dance, screen, conversation, and music by influential artists, including new works by Rainbow Chan 陳雋然, Brooke Stamp, Latai Taumoepeau, and Rosanna Raymond.

Antistatic, Mobile States #1, 2002. Photograph: Heidrun Löhr

Liveworks 2023 features a curated program by Guest Co-Artistic Directors and Performance Space alumni, Rosie Dennis and Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Activating the time machine to consider a history of radical artists, practices, and thinking, OF THE TIME unpacks the archive to reflect on the impact of time on art, actions, ideas, and the bodies that carry and move culture forward.

Significant umbrella programs of the past – Antistatic, cLUB bENT, and Nighttime, have been reborn in the present with a dynamic mix of legendary archival works remounted and revisioned alongside next-gen artists and ideas. Additional highlights include Elvis Richardson’s PERFORMANCE ARTIST 4EVA♡, a site-specific work that reviews, remixes and reimagines the PSpace archive as a backdrop for the grand reunion. Channels and Spells surveys fifteen videos from PSpace’s history, tracing diverse conceptual and technological approaches to the performative in video, casting an archival spell. And Barbara Campbell’s Night 1001 is a revisitation of the final evening of her epic durational work 1001 nights cast (2005–08).

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, LIVE FUTURES presents a series of curated public conversations exploring artists’ pivotal role in the Performance Space world.

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