Eilidh MacAskill (UK)

Ivor MacAskill Works with Live Art Denmark2016 Gendersuarus Salon at Live Art for Børn Gendersaurus SalonIvor brought a T-shirt workshop to the festival, conducted together with Carl Michael Richardt and part of the larger Gendersaurus Rex project. Together with their participants, they explored how and what clothes says about who you are. They discussed questions like: What if you cannot choose for yourselves what your clothes say about you? Some clothing stores have not many options – pink for girls, blue for boys, princesses or pirates, flowers or trucks. But colors are just colors and things are just things. So why should our clothes be allowed to decide who we […]

Martin O’Brien (UK)

Martin O’Brien Work for Live Art Denmark2014: “Breathe for me”, Samtalekøkken at “It’s about time”, Dansehallerne Breathe for meMartin showed the three hour durational piece “Breathe for me” as part of our Samtalekøkken at “It is about time” at Dansehallerne. “Breathe for Me” considers the nature of the regulated chronically ill body. It began with Martin cutting the shape of lungs onto his chest and performing physiotherapy in order to cough mucus into thirty specimen jars which adorn the edges of the catwalk. This was followed by a number of actions moving up and down a catwalk: wearing a re-breathe hood (BDSM mask for breath restriction), crawling with thirty needles […]

Alastair McLennan (UK)

Alastair MacLennan Work with Live Art Danmark 2015: “Rust a Gust” at Kulstof 15, Aalborg “Rust a Gust” Alastair participated in our performance program “Kulstof 15, The Body as Process an Image” in November 2015 as a member of the performance group “Black Market International“. He also presented an impressive solo performance, “Rust a Gust”. Outside, in the semi dark of the November night in Aalborg, he manipulated a collection of natural objects, including water, twigs, stones and strings, as well as artists materials, paper and ink on a table covered in white cloth. Siple manipulations and movement, but mostly focus and an almost uncanny personal presence let these simple […]

Black Market International

Black Market International Work with Live Art Denmark 2015: group performance at Kulstof 15, Nordkraft, Aalborg For a long durational group performance, members of the legendary performance collective (not a group!) Black Market International took over the vast hall of Nordkraft, a former coal fired power plant. Starting with a selection from their huge archive of helpful objects and action-images, amassed in more than 30 yeas of common practice, they quietly set out to act and interact, shape the atmosphere and temperature of the space for the given time of six hours. As always with Black Market, there is no theme or content beyond the basic idea of creating encounters […]

Rainham Sheds (UK)

Rainham Sheds Works for Live Art Denmark 2014: Concert at Hitparaden 2 Rainham Sheds The Rainham Sheds (not to be confused with the Rainham Sheds), at that time consisting of Kate Mahony, Jenna Finch and Rachel Dowle, played a radical set of post punk songs at our second Hitparaden festival. They also presented individual performances and played in the backing band for the fantastic “Disabled Avantgarde” Rainham Sheds The Rainham Sheds are a Post-punk all female maximum art-core, art-school group. They sing about theorists, Art Stars, shit jobs, mega-banter, sex with furniture and reminding themselves that he’s not her dad. Listen to the Rainham Sheds on Soundcloud. And here‘s their […]

Jack Catling (UK)

Jack Catling Works for Live Art Denmark 2014: “Remnant” and “Disabled Avant Garde” at Hitparaden 2. Remnant Jack Catling begins his performance at Hitparaden 2 standing on a small, messy stage at Pumpehuset, wearing a black suit and dangling an apple on a string from a small stick he is holding. With him looking intensely at the apple, it might be a frozen image from some forgotten children’s game. He stands for a couple of minutes, eying the apple, sometimes tugging at the collar of his white shirt, until it gets just a little uncomfortable. Suddenly he begins to simultaneously belt out Frank Sinatra’s classic “Fly Me to the Moon” […]

Katherine Areniello (UK)

Katherine Araniello Works with Live Art Denmark 2014 “Institutional Classics” with the “Disabled Avant Garde” and “The Feral Ladykillers” with Jenna Finch at Hitparaden 2 Institutional Classics For Institutional Classics the Disabled Avant Garde mimic the format of a death metal concert replete with distorted feedback guitar and tambourine. The stars of the show, Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson take center stage, their faces covered in KISS-like make up and surrounded by their band of musicians. The DAG take on day-centre standards such as ‘Ten in The Bed (Rollover)’, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Skip to my Lou’, with the melodies heavily distorted into a very weird free form […]

Disabled Avant-Garde

Disabled Avant Garde Works with Live Art Denmark 2014: Institutional Classics at Hitparaden 2 Institutional Classics The performance Institutional Classics mimics the format of a pop concert, with the stars of the show, Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson taking center stage, their faces covered in KISS-like make up and surrounded by their band of musicians. Their program includes mostly long versions of classic children’s songs like “The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round” or “Old McDonald Had a Farm”, with the melodies heavily distorted into a very weird free form punk, because Aaron, the lead singer, is deaf. About the Group The Disabled Avant Garde’ (aka ‘DAG’) is […]

Simon Raven (UK)

Simon Raven Work for Live Art Denmark 2014 “Blackguards” at Hitparaden 2, with Jenna Finch Blackguard “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) Blackguard (pronounced blaggard) is a rather old-fashioned term for a scoundrel. The lowest-of-the-low in a traditional royal household, the black-guard was […]

Jenna Finch (UK)

Jenna Finch Works with Live Art Denmark 2014 Jenna appeared in various performances during Hitparaden 2 Blackguards Together with Simon Raven she performed “Blackguards”. The term derives from a derisive term for the lowest of the low servants in a royal household, the ones who had to carry coal to the kitchens. The term was later used as an insult. As social and economic inequality is currently reaching extraordinary heights, Jenna Finch and Simon Raven re-visited the images of the Blackguard by ineffectually guarding lowly objects at the festival entrance. The Feral Lady Killers Jenna joined with Katherine Araniello to perform “The Feral Lady Killers”. While loud music was blasting […]