Friday, 11 September 2009



What is the future of experimental critical writing and how is it being informed by its past?

How might the practices of different generations – from avant-garde pioneers to recent graduates – be brought into contact?

How might live/visual/textual practitioners, artist scholars experimenting with writing’s forms, and artists working with text come together?

Writing Live...


Writing Live is a Performa education project produced by Performa, Open Dialogues and thespacebetweenwords in connection with Performa 09.

Writing Live is an equal community of peers working in the intersection between art, writing and performance, focussed on international and intergenerational cultural exchange.

Writing Live launched at Performa09, where 8 US based Writing Live Fellows participated in workshops, worked with Performa09 artists, and contributed to a curated platform of experimental critical writing in collaboration with Performa09.

To see  a partial Writing Live 09 archive on the Performa website go to :

Contact Open Dialogues for full programme content.

Writing Live 09 Symposium


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.

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.


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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