Tate Modern Special event

Launch: Playing Up – Live Art for adults and kids

Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, try bagism, make a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby through the city, remote control your parents, invent your own Live Art form of sports, search for miracles, walk through London with a map of Paris, invent an alter ego of the opposite gender, deconstruct electrical devices, and build what-happens-next-machines! 

The PLAYING UP launch at the Turbine Hall will turn into a mass play-in. Kids and adults are equally welcome! You can come as a team or on your own. Children Guides will welcome you at the PLAYING UP desk, introduce you to the game, and set you up with all you need to play up yourself: Explore Live Art as a cross-generational adventure! Follow the instructions, invent your own piece of Live Art, and perform it in the Turbine Hall!  

Kids are explorers of the everyday. For them to light a match can be something extraordinary that needs focus and time and creates an experience. The same is true for everyone who practices Live Art. For us kids are perfect accomplices. And in return Live Art can provide something that is essential to all of us, but especially to kids and their wellbeing: the acknowledgement of their action and their thinking, the reassurance that everything counts, that everything can make a difference, the frame of beauty and reflection and the experience that we can set it up anytime and anywhere we want. PLAYING UP is a playful, hands-on introduction to Live Art for everyone.
Sibylle Peters

PLAYING UP will be published in April 2016 and available to buy for only £12. Pre-orders can be made now on the Unbound website


The PLAYING UP launch is devised by Theatre of Research and guided by students of Wapping High School London. 

PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters. It is produced and published by the Live Art Development Agency (UK), FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research (Germany), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK), Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, with the support of the Goethe-Institut London and the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).

Artists and artworks referenced in PLAYING UP 

Mammalian Diving Reflex’s Haircuts by ChildrenSantiago Sierra’s Person Saying a Phrase, Mad for Real’s Soya Sauce and Ketchup FightThe Guerrilla Girls, Marina Abramovic’s Freeing the Voice, Tehching Hsieh’s Rope PieceDennis Oppenheim’s Two Stage Transfer Drawing, Jana Sterbak’s Remote ControlMarcel Duchamp’s Rrose SélavyCurious’On The ScentJudy Clark’s Issues, Harold Offeh’s Covers, Showcase Beat le Mot’s Blind Football, Situationist International's PsychogeographyVito Acconci’s Following PieceChris Burden’s Trans-Fixed, Mike Pearson’s Bubbling Tom, Aaron Williamson’s Barrierman, Theatre of Research’sThe Search for Miracles, Marcia Farquhar’s Acts of Clothing, Joshua Sofaer’s Name in LightsJeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave, Forced Entertainment’sTomorrow’s Parties, Barby Asante’s Barbys Karaoke, Lone Twin’s BeastieYoko Ono and John Lennon’s Bagism, David Weber-Krebs and Maximilian Haas’s BalthazarValie Export and Peter Weibel’s From The Portfolio Of Doggedness, Bobby Baker’s Cooking the Sunday Dinner, George Brecht’s Drip Music, Eva Meyer Keller and Sybille Müller’s Building After Catastrophes, Martha Rosler’s Semiotics of the Kitchen, Bow Gamelan Ensemble’s Concrete Barges, Stephen Cripps’ Roundabout for a Crashed Helicopter, Zoe Laughlin’s The Performativity of MatterPeter Fischli and David Weiss’s The Way Things Go.

Tate Modern

Turbine Hall

London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit


1 April 2016 at 12.00–19.00

2 April 2016 at 12.00–19.00

3 April 2016 at 12.00–18.00