Couldn’t Care Less : Cross Cultural Live Art Project 2015

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2-8 November 2015 / Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8
Art Residency week and Workshops open to public: 2-6 November
Opening event: 6 November, 6-9pm, Friday
Talks/Performative Lectures/Performances programme: 7 November, 11am-5pm, Saturday


How are we caring for ourselves? And others? What makes us feel cared for? How does society look after us? Can art care? Couldn’t Care Less – a week-long live art project curated by Something Human in collaboration with curator Vipash Purichanont. The project is presented in partnership with Deptford Lounge in Southeast London as the second edition of CCLAP (Cross Cultural Live Art Project) and will take place from 2nd to 8th November 2015.

Couldn’t Care Less explores the relationship between performativity and the concept of ‘care’ both as a fundamental human feeling and as an administration of social welfare. “Care” is also variedly described as to have thought or regard. It is deemed to be a state of having affection or inclination, as well as a mindset of caution and anxiety. It implies protection, stewardship and also for which to make future provision – linking the wider philosophical concerns.

Participant artists and speakers: Linda Aloysius, Esther Carolin, Catherine Hall, Anna MacDonald, Hamish MacPherson, Lynn Lu, Martin O’Brien, Prof. Carmine Pariante ]performance s p a c e [ directors (Bean & Benjamin Sebastian), Ezzam Raham, Deba Salim, Sikarnt Skoolisariyaporn, Georgina Theodotou, Eleanor Turnbull, Christina Vasileiou.

Led and mentored by artist, Lynn Lu, the project seeks to generate artistic practice that focuses on the various modes of caring—“intimacy”, “empathy”, “hospitality”, “maternity” and “generosity” versus “administration” “management” “protection” and “custody”. This project will engage with local audiences in the heart of Deptford’s thriving artistic and multicultural community via a series of lectures, seminars, performances and workshops. The project will explore the many issues prevalent and critical in the context of mental and physical health, nursing, social care in ageing Britain and Singapore, and also shared universally in the 21st century.

CCLAP is a three year live art project began in 2014 that instigates the sharing of the developments and critical reflections of significant and diverse live art practices in Southeast Asia and the UK, to bring the critical contexts for Southeast Asian live art practice in conversation with developments in the UK/European scenes. The project presents thought-provoking live art performances by Southeast Asian and international practitioners in London, bringing their work to both local and a wider international audience.

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