Tate Modern Conference

Symposium: Playing Up – Live Art for adults and kids

PLAYING UP is exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. 

The Symposium will:

  • Discuss what working with and for children can offer to Live Art
  • Explore the possibilities of Live Art as a cultural strategy for children, in part by challenging the assumptions which may underline traditional education and family programming strategies
  • Provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges of developing Live Art projects for, with and about kids
  • Profile significant examples of Live Art projects with kids, and suggest the potential for future collaborations between artists and kids
  • Share outcomes and knowledge about the new PLAYING UP resource and put the project in context

Symposium contributors include artists, researchers, curators and educators from the UK, Germany and elsewhere, including Sibylle Peters (Theatre of Research), Darren O’Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex), Eilidh MacAskill (artist), Matt Fenton (Contact Theatre), Random People (Esther Pilkington & Daniel Ladnar), Richard Dedomenici (artist), Professor Heike Roms (Aberystwyth University), The Institute for the Art & Practice of Dissent At Home, Lone Twin (artists), Zoe Laughlin (Institute of Making), Ansuman Biswas (artist), Professor Geesche Wartemann (University of Hildesheim), Professor Alan Read (King’s College London), Harold Offeh (artist), Hannah Biedermann (Pulk Fiktion), John McGrath (Manchester International Festival), Sarah-Jane Norman and Evan Ifekoya (artist). 

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


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 Children, Santiago Sierra’s Person Saying a Phrase, Mad for Real’s Soya Sauce and Ketchup Fight, The Guerrilla Girls, Marina Abramovic’s Freeing the Voice, Tehching Hsieh’s Rope Piece, Dennis Oppenheim’s Two Stage Transfer Drawing, Jana Sterbak’s Remote Control, Marcel Duchamp’s Rrose Sélavy, Curious’On The Scent, Judy Clark’s Issues, Harold Offeh’s Covers, Showcase Beat le Mot’s Blind Football, Situationist International's Psychogeography, Vito Acconci’s Following Piece, Chris 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 Lights, Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave, Forced Entertainment’sTomorrow’s Parties, Barby Asante’s Barbys Karaoke, Lone Twin’s Beastie, Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s Bagism, David Weber-Krebs and Maximilian Haas’s Balthazar, Valie 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 Matter, Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s The Way Things Go.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

4 April 2016 at 10.00–17.30