Disorder Live Art 5-7 July, Wolverhampton

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Disorder Live Art acts as an ‘open, itinerant network based on collaborative research whose primary goal is to develop a sustainable model for producing and presenting live art and performance’.

“We are testing alternative venues, engagement and commercial strategies and modes of collaboration. Disorder’s artists present a wide range of practices and use a variety of media (performance, video, installation), all having in common the production of time-based, live work that often requires an active participation of the public.”

This July, Disorder is bringing a three-day festival to Wolverhampton with the kind support of Creative Black Country and the City of Wolverhampton Council. Local and international artists will showcase their work and facilitate free public workshops across several of the prominent art, music and performance venues in the city of Wolverhampton: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Bantock House, The Slade Rooms, The Mander Centre, The Asylum Art Gallery and in public spaces in the city centre.

The festival celebrates the diverse contemporary live art form of live art and performance. Performance art is a medium that has historically challenged our thinking about art and follows no rules as artists look to explore the human condition through their works. The festival is free, open to all and for anyone interested in the arts and for anyone who isn’t.

The Festival will open on the 5th of July at Wolverhampton Art Gallery with an evening of live performances by Master Graduates from The Royal College of Art and a talk by performance artist Nigel Rolfe.

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Nigel has an artistic career spanning 50 years and is widely regarded as a pioneer of performance art, alongside figures such as Marina Abramovich and Stuart Brisley. His work has been characterised through its engagement with a consistent repertoire of materials and processes that are deployed in relation to specific contexts and locations, often drawing on social and political dimensions as determinants of the texture of the work. Most recently, in 2018, Nigel performed Breathefreedom at Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, and the FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge to mark the opening of Crossing Lines, a cross border exhibition between Ireland and Northern Ireland and reflecting on issues raised by Brexit.

Closing the festival, a series of free public workshops run by live artists in the field of voice, movement, non-violent protest and community participation will take place in Wolverhampton Art Gallery on Sunday the 7th of July from 10.30am. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

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