Disorders Vol. 3 is the third in a series of group exhibitions dedicated to performance and live art, produced by Disorder. We are excited to be working in partnership with Ugly Duck, which is offering us the unique spaces of their ex Victorian tannery in London Bridge, 8 - 10 November 2019. Register for your free ticket!

The third volume focuses on liveness and participation, questioning the intrinsic correlation between these notions, and considering the socio-political connotations of these themes in relation to performance within the extended cultural sector.

 

In the last twenty years, many authors have underlined how the discourse around participatory art and collectivism has flourished within academic and art institutions, with the previously marginal and local community oriented, collaborative art practices becoming fully integrated within mainstream public programs, including galleries, art biennales and public commitions.

In the context of this general trend, specific formats have been formulated to successfully collocate live art practices within the art market circuit and its expanded promotional sites. Functioning as a catalyst for the activation of physical bodies and spaces, performance has often been used in support of a rhetoric around public engagement, both on Bourriaudian terms - responding to relational aesthetic’s criteria now well tested and established within art spaces - and on a seek for community engagement, through spectacularisation and the incorporation of popular culture and performing arts tropes and approaches.