Tuesday, 20 October 2009


Are you an artist, performer or writer engaged in live and interdisciplinary art?

Are you interested in collaborative and experimental approaches to writing? Would you like to be part of a trans-Atlantic art writing community?

If so, you could be part of Writing Live UK.....


Writing Live is a trans-Atlantic contemporary critical writing programme developed by Open Dialogues, Performa09 and the Space Between Words. The programme launches in New York during Performa 09 and moves to the UK in 2010.
Writing Live is an equal community of peers who understand the importance of intergenerational dialogue, artist communities, collaborative process and unknown product

US Based Writing Live Fellows are Rebecca Armstrong, Rachel Lois Clapham, Tyler Coburn, Patricia Milder, Mary Paterson, Ryan Tracy, Kenny Ulloa and Peter Walsh. As a group they will participate in workshops, develop work together in order to put pressure on how to critically compose, punctuate and re-write performance and Performa 09.

Please read more about Writing Live programme here http://open-dialogues.blogspot.com/2009/09/writing-live-launch.html.


We are currently looking for expressions of interest from 8 UK based art writers to join the Writing Live community for an experiment in trans-Atlantic working for Stage One of Writing Live. UK writers will share work with the US based Writing Live Fellows and take part in task based writing commissions during Performa09. By inviting people to test this relationship we want to collaboratively explore how Writing Live can develop in the UK in 2010.

The a UK Writing Live artist you will;

- Gain access to the work of Writing Live
- Become part of a Trans-Atlantic art writing community of peers
- Participate in a series of creative task based writing commissions in November
- Be instrumental in shaping Writing Live UK 2010
- Take an active role in Writing Live UK 2010 (meetings, publishing, public symposia)

We are looking for 8 experienced UK based art/writing practitioners; artists with portfolios that include critical/creative art writing projects, skilled collaborators with a proven knowledge of performance, Live Art and its history.

To participate, you will need to be able to:

- Inspire the Writing Live Community
- Commit to the overall aims of Writing Live
- Dedicate time to sustaining relationships and developing new task based textual work with other members of the Writing Live Community
- Document and upload any work in progress onto the Writing live website.
- Commit to being an active member of the constituency for Writing Live in the UK in 2010, alongside Performa, Open Dialogues and Space Between Words

Being a UK member of Writing Live is a long term collaborative commitment, your participation will help us shape what Writing Live might be in the UK in 2010. As such, it is not possible to predict exactly what will happen in the long run, or how much time you will need. But for now, we need UK Writing Live artists to dedicate a few hours thinking and writing time to Writing Live every week over the month of November.


To apply, please send no more than one A4 page biography (not CV). Include links to and/or samples of your art writing projects to opendialogues@gmail.com by 26 October 10am.


Open Dialogues

Open Dialogues is a UK based writing collaboration, founded by Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson, that produces critical writing on contemporary art. www.opendialogues.com

Space Between Words

Founded by Claire MacDonald, Space Between Words is an international collaborative network engaging with writing across the expanded field of literature, art and performance – including visual and language poetry, digital writing, performance, theatre, film, music and dance. http://www.thespacebetweenwords.org/


Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization established by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

Writing Live Background

Writing Live brings together an international group of young critics, curators and artists to generate writing material related to PERFORMA07. Writing Live is a continuation of the ongoing Not For Sale public education series, which features artists, authors, and critics discussing the current issues in performance and new media, and the related task of writing about and art and artists whose work encompasses several disciplines at once. Writing Live develops previous Not For Sale activities including Writing on Performance and New Media - a two part symposium during PERFORMA05 and the PERFORMA Summer Workshops of 2006. Directed: RoseLee Goldberg & Defne Ayas. Co-ordinated by: Rachel Lois Clapham (Writing Live Fellow), Rebecca May Marston (Writing Live Fellow) and Mary Paterson (Writing Live Fellow). Writing Live 2007 was part funded by Arts Council England.

Writing Live 2009: US Director Defne Ayas (Performa), Associate Patricia Milder. Curators Rachel Lois Clapham and Mary Paterson in association with Claire MacDonald.

Writing Live 2009 is hosted by Cooper Union University and The Bronx Museum and is supported by Arts Council of England


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  2. It's all at http://performa-arts.org/blog/performa-09/writing-live/. And more coming soon. enjoy.