PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters and Theatre of Research, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.
The launch of PLAYING UP was marked with a major symposium with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, which took place on 4 April 2016 in the Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London.
The PLAYING UP Symposium was curated by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), Tate Early Years and Family Programme and Theatre of Research.
Harold Offeh (artist) and Evan Ifekoya (artist) and Professor Alan Read (King’s College London)
Alan Read is Professor of Theatre at King’s College London, and has been Director of the Performance Foundation at King’s (2008-) founder and curator of The Anatomy Theatre & Museum (2010-) on Strand, and the Inigo Rooms (2012-) in Somerset House, Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1990s and, alongside David Slater and the Bermondsey neighbourhood, worked with Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop in the 1980s. He writes, curates, publishes and broadcasts and is currently working on Soul Estuary: The Mouth of the River commissioned by BBC Radio 4, due to be broadcast in Spring 2016. Previous works written and presented for Radio 4 include Dreadful Trade (2015) and Plato’s Cave (2013). Non fiction publishing includes: Theatre & Law (2015, Palgrave), Theatre in the Expanded Field (2013, Bloomsbury), Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (2008, Palgrave), Architecturally Speaking (2000, Routledge), The Fact of Blackness (1996, Bay Press), Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (1993, Routledge). Alan has just completed his first novel: The White Estuary (Man with the Reason of History Missing).
Evan Ifekoya is an interdisciplinary artist and educator, exploring the politicisation of culture, society and aesthetics. Evan’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co-authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. This year, Evan has presented work at Artsadmin, London College of Communication, University of Central Lancashire and Royal College of Art, with upcoming exhibitions and performances at Cubitt Gallery, Stevenson Gallery and the Whitstable Bienniale. Evan is currently co-lead artist on Camden Arts Centre’s youth collective as well as developing material for Tate’s Schools and Teachers programme.
Harold Offeh is an artist, facilitator and educator working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social practice. Often employing humour as a means to confront the viewer with an assessment of contemporary culture. Offeh’s current project ‘Covers’ sees the artist embody images from popular culture in a series of attempts to transform music album covers from the 1970s and 80s by black singers. He continues to work in a number of diverse and situational contexts. He studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds. Recent exhibitions and projects include: THE SHADOWS TOOK SHAPE, Studio Museum Harlem, NYC, USA, RADIOCITY, An Early Years and Families Learning project at Tate Britain London UK, JUST LIKE A WOMAN curated by LADA at Abrons Arts Center, New York & Chelsea Theatre, London 2015.
PLAYING UP is a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency (LADA, UK), FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research (Germany), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK), Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, and has been made possible with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut London. PLAYING UP forms part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) supported by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.