During this week, Block Universe will present work by some of the most innovative UK-based and international artists working in performance art today, including Maria Hassibi, Hanne Lippard, Giselle Stanborough, Nora Turato and Laura Wilson. Aiming to position London at the forefront of the dialogue surrounding performance internationally, festival director Louise O’Kelly states that this edition will serve as an exploration of themes that act as a counterpoint to current divisiveness created by contemporary politics, focusing on and at the same time questioning utopian ideals of community and collectivity. By addressing the ways that we relate to one another, this year’s festival will also respond to both the larger fabric of society that bind us, and the politics of sex and love in our personal relationships.
Block Universe’s Satellite Programme is also not to be missed. As a new addition to the festival programme and highlights events, there will be specially commissioned performances and exhibitions at the following venues: Bold Tendencies, Bosse & Baum, Tenderpixel, The Ryder Projects and Kunstraum.Today. Today, we highlight six of the most exciting works being staged this year, taking a closer look at the artists behind them.