Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

Live Art UK Associates Gathering October 4th 2013

The following texts, videos and photographs aim to give you a sense of the Live Art UK Associates Gathering 2013 at mac Birmingham.

Live Art UK Gathering 2013, Photo: Katja Ogrin

October 4 2013 saw the second Annual Associates Gathering, an opportunity
to network and share information about activities, issues and models of best practice
regarding experiential and experimental practices with presenters and producers from
across the UK, and with key representatives from Higher Education, Arts Council
England and other funders. The first Associates Gathering took place at BAC, London in 2012 and looked at the idea of Live Art in ‘unfamiliar places’ by reflecting on the extraordinarily diverse range of contexts in which Live Art is now thriving in the UK.

Coffee Break, photo: Katja Ogrin

Curated and produced by Fierce Festival in collaboration with Live Art UK, this second day-long Gathering brought together over 150 Associates representing some of the most significant organizations from across the UK who engage with aspects of Live Art within their wider work.

Morning session, photo: Katja Ogrin


The title for the day was “Live Art in 2113”, and the programme consisted of 5 strands:

1 – presentations from invited artists, thinkers and activists, offering visions of the future from their subject areas, including Jayne Bradley & Cathy Wade on food production; Steve Shaw on civic activism; Mariana Viada on cyborgs; Antonio Roberts on internet culture; Dr Cath Lambert on sociology; Heather Cassils on the body; and Tamar Kasriel on the future.

Artist Heather Cassils presenting at the gathering, photo: Katja Ogrin

2 – themed breakout discussions moderated by representatives of Live Art UK members and guest contributors considered the relation of Live Art to alternative economies, the city and networks, the body, emergent technologies and education.

3 – three specially commissioned short films by Tania El Khoury, Mamoru Iriguchi and Deborah Pearson exploring the representation of the future(s), Live Art in 2113, the shape of the world to come and how we might have greater agency in the creation of that future.

Actions Against an Apocalyptic Future by Tania El Khoury from Fierce Festival on Vimeo.

4 – an opportunity to see the exhibition Fun With Cancer Patients conceived and facilitated by Brian Lobel.

5 – a final reflection session in which highlights from conversations across the day were gathered and shared with the full group, and two new Live Art UK supported publications were launched, I See A Fake Moon Rising on Live Art in the public realm and Forest Fringe’s festival in a book, Paper Stages.

Please download a PDF with full details of the Gathering and contributors’ biographies here.

Live Art UK is a national network of 24 venues, festivals and facilitators who collectively
represent a range of practices and are concerned with all aspects of the development of
the Live Art sector across the UK. The network works together to create new models and
partnerships for the promotion of Live Art; explores new ways to increase the national
and international visibility of Live Art; initiates strategies for a more sustainable future
for Live Art practitioners and promoters; and aims to provide a representative voice for
the Live Art Sector in the UK.