Performance Space announces full artist line-up for the Liveworks  Festival of Experimental Art 2021 program returning 20-24 October 

  • Full list of artists announced for Liveworks 2021 seventh year, presenting boundary-pushing new experimental works from across the Asia Pacific including Daniel Kok & Luke George, Sue Healey, SJ Norman & Joseph M Pierce, Amrita Hepi, Julie-Anne Long, Cherine Fahd, Ivey Wawn, Natasha Tontey, Field Theory and Day for Night 
  • First release of the Liveworks 2021 Program on sale Thursday 2 September Second release of the Liveworks 2021 Program announced and on sale 22 September, pending health advice and directives

Performance Space has today announced the full artist line up of its  forthcoming program for the Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, 20-24 October 2021 with  first release tickets on sale from September 2. 

Amidst ongoing upheaval for arts events across Australia and internationally, Performance  Space remains committed to presenting a platform for high calibre, boundary-pushing work  from artists, for its seventh year of Festival programming. Liveworks Festival of Experimental  Art 2021 will work within the current climate of possibilities to realise its festival program with  a vision to enliven digital screens across the world, and invigorate physical spaces at their  home at Carriageworks (pending Covid-19 restrictions and health advice in late September).

Jeff Khan, Artistic Director and CEO, Performance Space said: ‘This year, we are announcing  our ticket releases for the program in two stages, with our final group of artists’ projects going  live on September 22. This is so that we can plan the festival according to the most up-to-date health advice and directives, and give artists and audiences alike the surety that what we’re  announcing can actually go ahead. Liveworks 2021 features some of the most brilliant,  luminous, inventive and resilient artists of our current times, and I am thrilled to be presenting  their work as a beacon of hope in this chaotic and unpredictable moment in history.’ 

Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2021 will offer audiences the opportunity to experience  art that affirms our capacity for renewal, wonder and transformation with internationally  recognised artists announced for this year including Sue Healey (Australia), Luke George  (Australia) and Daniel Kok (Singapore), SJ Norman (Australia) and Joseph M. Pierce  (USA), Amrita Hepi (Australia), Cherine Fahd (Australia), Ivey Wawn (Australia), Julie Anne Long (Australia), Field Theory (Australia), and Natasha Tontey (Indonesia). 

Liveworks 2021 emerges in three program streams: Live Futures, a new series of artist-led  conversations about the future, Live Dreams, a dynamic platform for works-in-progress,  exploring the art of tomorrow and Live Now, the presentation of captivating, bold new  experimental art from the Asia-Pacific, expanding our perspective on what’s possible. 

From September 2, audiences will be invited to view the impressive full artist line up for the  Liveworks 2021 program on the Performance Space website and purchase tickets for the first  round of digital events including its industry-leading Live Futures and Live Dreams platforms. 

Khan continues: ‘Performance Space’s digital events, which we initiated last year for  Liveworks 2020, seek to create surprising, meaningful and transformative encounters  between artists and audiences, in an era where physical gatherings have become virtually  impossible. Far from the formulaic live stream of a panel discussion or static camera at the  back of a theatre, our digital commissions and programs for Liveworks explore new  possibilities for liveness and expand our sense of what live performance can mean in the  digital realm.  

We have always conceived Liveworks as an Asia Pacific festival and these digital events  enable our audiences to stay connected with art from across the region. They also allow us to  nurture international collaboration at a time when Australia’s borders remain resolutely closed.  A cross-border, participatory experience—where the performance takes place in multiple  locations around the world simultaneously—is impossible to replicate in a traditional theatre or  gallery environment, and we are thrilled to support artists’ visionary approaches to these new  artistic possibilities.’

Featured image : Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2021. Photograph by Yudha ‘Fehung’ Kusuma Putera. Art Direction by Natasha Tontey. Designed by leuver designs.