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Block Universe is a new performance art festival that will be hosted in multiple venues across London between 8-14 June, 2015.
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This 8–14 June will see the inaugural edition of Block Universe, an exciting new annual festival for performance art in London.

Block Universe brings together a new wave of cutting edge performance art at the cross-section of visual art, dance and music, activating major institutions and venues throughout London over the course of a week. Venue partners include Fig.2 / ICA, Royal Academy of Arts, Somerset House and unique off-site venues such as Stationers Hall and the Art Workers Guild amongst others.

Block Universe’s goal is to create a long-term, sustained engagement with performance art through commissioning and creating opportunities to present performance in London. We aim to support growth within the UK, whilst inviting an exciting selection of artists from abroad, some showing in London for the first time. To help achieve this international outlook, Block Universe has partnered with The Kitchen, New York’s historic venue for experimental performance. In the first iteration of this ongoing exchange, we will show the work of Ellie Ga, also her UK premiere. 

Artists include Alex Baczynski Jenkins, Brittany Bailey, Cecilia Bengolea + François Chaignaud, Nicola Conibere, Ellie Ga, Lina Lapelyte, Ieva Misevičiūtė, Jenny Moore, Joe Moran + Eva Rothschild and Florence Peake. 6 new commissions are included in the programme from Alex Baczynski Jenkins, Brittany Bailey, Cecilia Bengolea + François Chaignaud, Jenny Moore, Joe Moran + Eva Rothschild and Florence Peake, whilst Block Universe will also provide the first UK solo presentations from Brittany Bailey, Ellie Ga and Ieva Misevičiūtė. A public seminar will also be held by curatorial research group Consonants, a branch of Vision Forum.

Block Universe is a non-profit organisation founded by Louise O'Kelly in 2014. We have the support of Arts Council England, cultural embassies and a number of other supporters. However, we have yet to reach our target budgets in order to be able to cover the artists fees and production costs for these fantastic performances.

Your support in this first year will make a significant difference to the success of the festival, and contribute towards this unique addition to London's cultural landscape. Help us to make this exciting moment happen!

Risks and challenges

As this is the first year of the festival, there were be many logistical concerns in coordinating performances at multiple events from getting people, props and equipment in place at the right time. We have a stellar team who are used to organising events, in addition to support from all of our partner venues to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The Block Universe team is composed of Director and Curator Louise O'Kelly, Development Manager Burcu Yuksel, Project Coordinator Nicky van Breugel and Creative Producer Francisca Aires.
Between us we have experience of organising large and small scale events and exhibitions in galleries, major museums and off-site venues. From spreadsheets to being hands on and getting stuck in we've got all the bases covered!

All we need is you the audience to come see the product of all our and the artists hard work!

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    Kaleida - 'Think' EP - 12" Vinyl + MP3 download. Newly released! Limited to 500 copies worldwide.
    You can hear one of Kaleida's songs 'Tropea' in the background of our Kickstarter video.
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    Think was released on 6 April 2015.
    Kaleida are Christina Wood (vocals) Cicely Goulder (keys, production). Their demos of Think and Tropea racked up over a million plays on Soundcloud and YouTube between them in early 2014.

    The Knife’s mixing engineer, Christoph Berg, has fine tuned the demo versions of Tropea and Aliaa for their debut EP which weighs in at 24 minutes, with four addition tracks including a cover of Al Green’s Take Me To The River, delivered as android soul.

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    LIMITED EDITION signed copy of MANUAL by Brittany Bailey plus Block Universe special tote bag.
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    Details: MANUAL is the book form of The Dance Warm-Up printed in an edition of 100 copies in hand set and printed letter press.

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    Festival VIP Pass includes reserved seating at a performance of your choice, invite to festival party with special gig by Kaleida, and Block Universe tote bag.
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    Gilbert & George LIMITED EDITION of 300 signed and numbered clothbound and slipcased books published by Violette Editions, each with a signed and numbered self-portrait photograph printed by the artists in their own Fournier Street studio.
    (Value £225+VAT)
    Plus of course Block Universe's immense appreciation and gratitude expressed via Facebook & Twitter.

    Details:
    The Words of Gilbert & George
    Writings and Interviews
    (with Portraits of the Artists), 1968–1997
    Edited by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Robert Violette
    Designed by Peter B. Willberg
    Clothbound, slipcase, 376 pages, 230 illustrations
    23.4 x 16.2 cm (9 x 6 ½ in)

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    Choice of 1 from 3 Michael Clark LIMITED EDITION signed photographs and book published by Violette Editions.
    (Value £225+VAT)
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    Option 1: Richard Haughton portrait of Michael Clark, for Clark's production New Puritans, 1984

    Option 2: Hugo Glendinning portrait of Michael Clark, for Clark's production Mmm..., 1992

    Option 3: Chris Nash portrait of Michael Clark,
    for Clark's production Heterospective, 1989

    125 numbered copies (plus 12 artist proofs)
    signed by both Michael Clark and each photographer
    Archival inkjet printed by the photographer
    on 308 gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag
    Sheet size: 420 x 297 mm (h x w)

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    Violette Editions Book Set plus Block Universe tote bag. An incredible deal for a beautiful selection of books including:

    Michael Clark (£50 rrp)
    Eating at Hotel Il Pellicano (£45)
    Sarah Jones (£40)
    Louise Bourgeois and Gary Indiana To Whom It May Concern (£40)
    Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed (£49.95)
    Sophie Calle Double Game (£22.95)
    Third Life by Norbert Schoerner (£29.95)
    The Concise Dictionary of Dress (£25)
    Malerie Marder: Carnal Knowledge (£50)
    Total value: £352.85 and we will cover postage!!

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    Exclusive meet & greet with Block Universe's director and one of the artists.
    Invite for the Block Universe Festival party with a plus 1.
    Block Universe's immense love and gratitude for your support expressed via Facebook & Twitter, and your name listed as supporter of the festival on our website.

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    Tickets for the next 5 final sessions of the Art Fund fig-2 curatorial seminar 'In the Pursuit of the Curatorial' with Fatos Ustek, value £25.
    Plus of course a thank you and shout out on Facebook & Twitter of Block Universe's gratitude.

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    An 8 part Curatorial Seminar, taking place throughout 2015 at fig-2 in the ICA Studio.

    Part IV: Objects of Experience, on 16 July 2015
    Part V: On Autonomy on 20 August, 2015
    Part VI: Making things Public on 17 September 2015
    Part VII: Performing the real on 15 October 2015
    Part VIII: Coherency and Incompleteness on 17 December 2015

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    Block Universe special tote bag & Limited Edition book - 'To Whom It May Concern'; a collaboration between Louise Bourgeois and Gary Indiana, and the work that inspired Brittany Bailey's Block Universe performance.
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    Limited edition of 1,500 numbered copies
    Hardback, 76 pages
    24 colour illustrations
    32.4 x 22.9 cm

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