International performance art platform Performistanbul, while continuing its work collaborating with various art and culture institutions in different spaces with its spaceless identity, starts a new chapter and breathes fresh air into the field. It is preparing to bring into being Turkey's first Live Art Research Space, housing myriad resources on live art that will lead to a significant impact on the education and development of performance art.
Arising out of Performistanbul Live Art Research Space Performistanbul Publications was launched to remedy a crucial deficiency in performance art in Turkey, that of the dearth of native language textual resources. A digital platform dedicated to live art, Performistanbul Publications aims for in-depth treatment of all aspects of live art by examining concepts, themes, criticisms on live art as well as live art trends and artists from Turkey as well as throughout the world.
In Performistanbul Publications, an open-to-all digital platform compiling texts on live art, the process that has started with translating foreign language essays into Turkish--after reaching the anticipated support--will expand in the future with the publication of original art and/or theoretical books and artist books, in addition to the translation and publication of foreign books.
To publish your original texts on live art, please send them to with the subject line "APPLICATIONS".
Subject Editor: Selin Kocagöncü
International Performance Art Platform Performistanbul aims to support creative production by collaborating with international artists and institutions as well as to bring performance and live art to a broader audience.
The platform’s roster comprises 11 performance artists from Turkey and more than 20 project-based international contributors. An itinerant initiative since its inception, Performistanbul has completed over 50 performances in various locations, collaborating mostly with museums, galleries and international organizations including Pera Museum, Pi Artworks, 5533, Galata Greek Primary School during the 15th Istanbul Biennial, Caroline Garden’s Chapel (London), International Venice Performance Art Week and Marina Abramovic Institute.
PERFORMISTANBUL LIVE ART RESEARCH SPACE (PCSAA)
Our aim is to create Turkey’s first public Live Art Research Space, that will provide sources for various disciplines and figure among world’s leading library on Performance and Live Art.
As of this year, the Platform founded Performistanbul Live Art Research Space (PCSAA), which will bring together over 7000 sources including international live art archives, documentations and publications. The Live Art Research Space models itself after the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), whose director Lois Keidan is also a member of PCSAA's advisory board. Through this partnership, we have been granted copies of LADA’s DVD archive, thus forming the kernel of Performistanbul’s collection with documentation from leading performance artists including Marina Abramovic, Tehching Hsieh, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden and Vito Acconci. After contacting more then 500 international performance and live art artists, we already started collecting donation archives from 100 of them. SAHA Association’s “Support Fund of for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives” help us laid the foundations of PCSAA. Meanwhile, we also established Performistanbul Publications to translate essential foreign sources into Turkish in order to publish them in Turkey and provide further resources in the field.
NEEDED: YOU Experimental Digital Archive is now online!
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