Alastair McLennan (UK)

Alastair MacLennan Alastair MacLennan (born 1943 in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland) is one of Britain’s major practitioners of live art. Since 1975, he is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a founder member of Belfast’s Art and Research Exchange. He is member of the performance art collective Black Market International (BMI). He studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design of the University of Dundee in 1960-65. 1966-68 he received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago. He now is Emeritus Professor in Fine Art, University of Ulster in Belfast, Honorary Fellow of the Dartington College of Arts, […]

Black Market International

Black Market International Black Market International is a performance artist collective with international members, each one with an established and independent practice as a solo performance artist. Since 30 years, the influential group has presented durational collective performances worldwide. In 2014, the group consists of twelve regular members: Jürgen Fritz, Germany; Norbert Klassen, Switzerland (died in 2011); Miriam Laplante, Italy; Alastair MacLennan, UK; Helge Meyer, Germany; Boris Nieslony, Germany; Jacques Maria van Poppel, Netherlands; Elvira Santamaria, Mexico; Marco Teubner, Germany; Julie Andree T., Canada; Roi Vaara, Finland; Lee Wen,Singapore. The movement was founded under the name Market project in 1985 in Poznan (Poland) with founders Boris Nieslony, Zygmunt Piotrowski, Tomas Ruller […]

Jack Catling (UK)

Jack Catling Jack Catling performed “Remnant” at Hitparaden 2 Jack Catling is an artist working mainly through the mediums of performance and installation. Through his practice, he aims to bring about an atmospheric shift in ontological value, opening up a space for wonders to occur. Catling draws from his background in illusion, his interest in the value and perpetuity of symbols and a shady past built from various fictions. Jack Catling is also a founding member of the performance group: The Parlour Collective. At Hitparaden 2 Jack Catling also performed with “Disabled Avant-Garde”

Katherine Areniello (UK)

Katherine Araniello Katherine Araniello is a performance/video artist and creator of SBC (Sick Bitch Crip). This blog includes her films, digital images and SBC’s latest musings. The concept behind her work is to disrupt and use satire in current issues relating to disability such as assisted suicide, media representation, prejudice, charity, ignorance and body aesthetics. At Hitparaden 2 she performed with Disabled Avant-Garde And with Jenna Finch Araniello and Jenna Finch adopt a deadpan approach in their collaborative performance. They find the banality of everyday life uplifting and rewarding. Through the surreal nature of the performance, sketches become pointless and absurd. They both desire to be normal.

Disabled Avant-Garde

DAG The Disabled Avant Garde’ (aka ‘DAG’) is a satirical arts organisation formed by the disability artists Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson. Their concern is to create contemporary art (video and performance) that might cause confusion and inspire debate through humorously distorting or subverting traditional stereotyping of disability. That is, the Disabled Avant-Garde’s work is an intervention into society’s perceptions and expectations of disabled people that often defines them by their impairments. The DAG follow the social model of disability then and their work fits the category of ‘crip humour’, being both pitch-black and self-knowing. At Hitparaden 2 they performed “Institutional Classics”

Simon Raven (UK)

Simon Raven Together with Jenna Finch Simon Raven performed “Blackguards” at Hitparaden 2 Blackguard (pronounced blaggard) is a rather old-fashioned term for a scoundrel. “In all great houses, but particularly in the royal residences, there were a number of mean and dirty dependants, whose office it was to attend the sculleries etc. Of these (for in the lowest deep there was a lower still) the most forlorn wretches seem to have been selected to carry coals to the kitchens. To this smutty regiment… the people, in derision, gave the name of black-guards” (Ben Johnson, ‘Love Restored’, 1612) The lowest-of-the-low in a traditional Royal household, the black-guard was responsible for carrying coals […]

Jenna Finch (UK)

Jenna Finch Jenna Finch performed at Hitparaden 2 Together with Simon Raven she performed “Blackguards” Jenna Finch played in ”Rainham Sheds” and ”Disabled Avant-garde” og performed with Katherine Araniello in “Lady Killers”

Kate Mahony (UK)

Kate Mahony Kate Mahony performed “Foley” at Hitparaden 2 Sampling traces its roots back to the technical experiments and manipulations of musicians and artists in the 1940s, finding its popular realisations in hip hop, electronic dance and industrial music of the 70s and 80s, Kate Mahony’s work is ad-hoc, transitory and lo-fi in production. Mahony devises works that respond directly to the exhibition or ‘gig’ at hand. Her practice is fueled by a sculptural sensibility and interest in minimalism, reacting to the architecture of the site and everyday objects, treating this information as elementary raw materials to make process-driven works that are spontaneous and question environment and situation. Kate performed […]

Louise Orwin (UK)

Louise Orwin Louise Orwin is an artist researcher living and working in London. Her work spans the live and the recorded with incarnations in performance, video and photography. She is pre-occupied with liveness, awkwardness, femininity, and masochism.  She is also producer and co-founder of Steakhouse Live, an artist-run organisation producing performance festivals making space for live art and performance in the UK. She performed “Pretty Ugly” at Live Art for Børn 2016, Nordkraft, Ålborg. Louise Orwin performed “Humiliation Piece” at our Hitparade festival, 2014: