30/08/2022 - 15/01/2023

Archive - Performance

Out of the Margins: Performance in London’s institutions 1990s – 2010s

Tue-Wed: 11-6pm; Thu: 11-9pm (Late Opening); Fri-Sun: 11-6pm

Out of the Margins examines the shifts in institutional engagement with live art, highlighting key moments that raised this cultural practice from underground and marginalised to an acknowledged art form.

Out of the Margins attempts to map the live art scene by looking at initiatives of various kinds of organisations such as Gasworks, Matt’s Gallery, and The Roberts Institute of Art, which were vital in enabling a range of experimental and ephemeral practices in London. Also featured is Performance Matters, a collaborative research project established by Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Roehampton and LADA to analyse the critical discourse around performance.

Through the above and a range of live art events that followed, not only in London but across the UK, performance art assumed its place in the institutional realm, culminating in the 2012 opening of The Tanks at Tate Modern, a dedicated space in a major UK museum.


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