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IWY 13: INDEX (announcement)









28 February, 7.30-12
]performance s p a c e [
Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Road E3 2NQ


There is the thing, and there is the thing that tells you about the thing.

Join us, so we can tell you about our things.

On 28 February, at the brand new ]performance s p a c e[, we’ll be getting proper meta, thinking about performance and notation, scores and scripts. The event celebrates the publication of Emergency INDEX Vol. 2, an indispensable resource which performer and Franklin Furnace founder Martha Wilson calls ‘a bible of performance art activity’. We’re also thrilled to be launching Chapter 1 of NOTA, a performative publication by Open Dialogues.

We’ll be presenting performance acts, video and text. We’ll talk, we’ll drink, we’ll index.

Artists include:
]performance s p a c e[, Brian Lobel, Season Butler, Warren Garland + Josh Baum, Yoko Ishiguro, Eirini Kartsaki, Open Dialogues, Justin Hunt + Johanna Linsley, Daniel Oliver, Sophie Robinson

About Emergency INDEX:
This is a bible of performance art activity. And if you are, like I am, a believer in performance art and the value of this ephemeral art activity to change the hearts and minds and consciousness of people, then you need to have this bible in your life. The end. —Martha Wilson

We’ve been seeing performance art materialize around us, but without feeling that there was a context for such ideas. Artists have been doing such pieces for a long time without much recognition that in fact their ideas are related. Now, with Emergency INDEX, we get the sense of a magical secret shared among many artists. Emergency INDEX is a profoundly important publication. It guides us to a new place. —Robert Ashley

Emergency INDEX vol. 2 will be available for the special launch price of £10.

About NOTA Chapter 1:

NOTA: NOT, NOTES, NOTER, (NOTA), (NOT/A), is a research framework produced by Open Dialogues that presses on time, place and quality of notes in relation to performance.

Chapter 1 is the first of ten publications that accompany the work. It is a collection of time-stamped documents – handwritten notes, absent-minded doodles and choreographic diagrams – that were NOTAted in relation to SHOWTiME performance festival (2012) and includes a critical text by Rachel Lois and Mary of Open Dialogues on the subject of notes as the future of performance remains.

Chapter 1 will be assembled live on the evening of the launch by Rachel Lois and Mary, bound by hand and finished with a unique time-stamp. No two publications are the same. Available for the special launch price of £4.

IWY 12: DAYTIME DRAMA (announcement)










13 December/ 12-8.30pm/ Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA

Aspirational ‘How-to’/Trash TV/Domestic Labour/Daytime Drama


Durational Dramas

Alex Eisenberg & Rosie Carr/ Figs in Wigs/ Gia Mitchell/ Michael Ovaska/ Alex Van Vliet/ David Wilson/ Kerry Underhill/ Liz Rosenfeld/ Helena Walsh



Katy Baird & Lucy Hutson


Short Acts

Owen Glyndwr Parry/ Season Butler/ Sophie Robinson/ Johanna Linsley/ Oriana Fox/ Benjamin Sebastian/ Dr. Sharon Husbands



with: Alex Eisenberg, Figs in Wigs, Helena Walsh, Gia Mitchell, Michael Ovaska, David Wilson, Kerry Underhill, Liz Rosenfeld & Mysti, Helena Walsh, Katy Baird, Alex Van Vliet, Owen Parry, Season Butler, Sophie Robinson, Johanna Linsley, Oriana Fox, Benjamin Sebastian & Jan Mertens, Dr. Sharon Husband (host)


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All photos by Christa Holka. Live blogging by Alex Van Vliet. Thanks to Rivington Place.



preliminary measures


an alienated toast

setting the table: a silent lecture

food (porn)

foodgasm berlin

a fruity critique

a little something extra to take away

Gorge playlist courtesy of Jan Mertens.

All photo credits: I’m With You, ‘Gorge’, Pacitti Company Think Tank, images taken by Christa Holka

HUGE thanks to Robert Pacitti and the terrific folks at Pacitti Company (with special thanks to Kate, James, Sally and Jen)!

IWY 11: Gorge

On 5th September, I’m With You comes to Ipswich, to gorge in the Pacitti Company’s new space. Like gorge yourself silly, until the gorge rises, and like that’s gorge, babez. Part performance, part meal, Gorge brings bodies around a dinner table for a messy, politically-charged encounter with other eating bodies.

We think of The Futurist Cookbook, and the inedible, and the tasteless. We think of wholesome, nutritious Fluxus acts, and when we try to make a salad, we accidentally deep-fry it. We think of Kate Zambreno‘s provocation to taxonomise (women’s) writing styles as anorexic or bulimic, and we think about our own disordered eating episodes until we want to throw up.

We think about Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett, and food as performance. We think about recipes as scores, like Goat Island‘s task-based and essayistic performance practice.

We think about second-wave feminism, and dining with Judy Chicago. We think about sell-by dates and use-by dates and we shake off the idea that we’re just a little bit past it.

We think about Nigella Lawson’s silky swagger, and just a little midnight snack. We think about a thousand middle class supper clubs, and we think about global food shortages. We think of Lauren Berlant on Mary Gaitskill, and food as incantation, and pleasures that make us feel bad. We think of Mervyn Peake, and Gormenghast, and hot, sweaty, murderous kitchens. We think about a comestible Gothic, an idea that both arrests us, and gets the juices flowing.

We are excellent hosts. We take hospitality seriously – the home and the guest constitute an important dynamic for us.

And we are good cooks, actually, unlike Zelda Fitzgerald, who struggles wittily with toast in her recipe for ‘Breakfast’. This time, tho, we’re taking on the idea of the takeaway, the abundance of absence, and what’s the takeaway on this meeting, hmmmm?

More on all of this (including VERY SPECIAL GUESTS) soon.

In the meantime, book your tickets in advance. We’d love to have you for dinner.

EVIDENCE : IWY9 : K & me (on a rainy day)









‘K & me (on a rainy day)

Eleanor Weber

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EVIDENCE : IWY 9 : Four Second Decay


‘Moving Home’

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Text by P.A. Skantze for Four Second Decay

Four Second Decay, founded by MatthewFink and P. A. Skantze, seeks to establish in its performance work an aesthetic of taking one’s time, attempting by so doing to instigate a relationship between artists and audience based on reciprocal attention. Matthew Fink is a writer, photographer and artist. P. A. Skantze,Reader in Performance Practices, Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton, directs, writes for and teaches theatre and performance in the UK and Italy.




I’m with you. And everything is happening.

Celebrating our first publication with performers Owen Glyndwr Parry & Eirini Kartsaki who presented an episode of their scatological Lola and Steve epic; Brian Lobel and Season Butler both put their bodies on the line with beautiful/hilarious performance interventions; and musician/artist Áine O’Dwyer and friends brought occult/experimental harp songs.

From 10pm, some of our favorite London DJs took over. Sets from Jenny Woolworth, Princess Michael, Bright Light Bright Light and David Oh.


I’m with you (6) – Scarborough sounds

Check out this fantastic piece by Jan Mertens, composed entirely from sounds recorded on location at Knipe Point in Scarborough!