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Law in the Limelight – DIY14


DIY 14 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists. My DIY project LAW IN THE LIMELIGHT is a set of monthly discussion workshops exploring the relationship between performance and law. Find out more:

“The diverse workshop exercises placed me out of my comfort zone and was just what I was looking for to challenge myself in to new ways of thinking and making.” – Participant in Eloise Fornieles’ You’re An Animal!, DIY 13.

“It was like an ideal version of what I imagined it was going to be. As though if someone told you a storybook version of it, then that would be it.” – Participant in James Stenhouse’s Survival Skills for Artists, DIY 13.

25 DIY projects and 3 DIY+ projects for both emergent and experienced practitioners will take place across the UK between July and November. Together, these opportunities represent a huge variety of subjects and approaches from across Live Art including (but not limited to) audaciousness, sensory perception, the penetrated male, embodied Islam, neurodiversity, ecocentric performance-making, displacement, sadomasochism, sound and blackness, the queering of sport, definitions of diversity, underwater living, sex, grief, ageing, and a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Dracula.

More about DIY14 and the other 27 projects:


Conflict, Culture and Song

OIL & MINERALS 格陵兰可以说 ‘naamik’ (File photo: Leiff Josefsen). From

Are discord and disagreement necessarily divisive forces or can they be positive or formative – processes by which we learn to understand each other and move forward as a community?

I will be in conversation with Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, whose film Kuannersuit; Kvanefjeld focuses on issues of tensions and conflict within the small, mostly indigenous, community of Narsaq in southern Greenland.

6.30pm – 8.30pm, Fri 24 March 2017
Arts Catalyst
74-76 Cromer Street
London WC1H 8DR

For more information and to book a ticket, go to:

‘Hearings’ – Singapore Biennale 2016



Hearings, 2016, 27 Oct 2016 – 26 Feb 2017, Singapore Art Museum (8Q)

Bound manuscripts, music stands and speakers with audio recordings (set of 8) at SAM at 8Q (30 Oct 2016 to 26 Feb 2017). Manuscripts 25 × 17.6/25 cm × various widths (closed/opened dimensions, each); recordings various durations 1:04–3:59 mins

Textile hangings with audio recordings (set of 8) (27 to 29 Oct 2016, 2pm) and ‘live’ performances (29 Oct 2016, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm) at Chamber, The Arts House. Hangings 150 × 120 cm each; ‘live’ performances total duration approx. 17:00 mins (each)

Tan brings art and law together to explore ‘legal aesthetics’. This work presents part of his collaborative project with the Community Justice Centre (CJC). The project explores the experience of litigants-in-person at the State and Family Courts of Singapore. As an artist-in-residence at CJC and the Courts, Tan attended court proceedings, listened to the soundscape of the courts, paying attention to the use of voice, and documented what he heard as drawings. The artist turned his drawings into graphic scores, which were then interpreted and sung by the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Alumni Choir.

Sound production by: Ethan Seow, Salon du Sens
Photos: Olivia Kwok
Design: Darius Ou