The Live Art Arcade was established in 2018 as a nomadic platform for young artists working in interdisciplinary live performance. Our aim is to produce and exhibit assemblages of experimental body-based live art performances: an arcade of durational, itinerant, and cyclical live art, where encounters happen simultaneously, leading spectators to structure their engagement with the performances as they wish.
This was evident in the inaugural event, Arcade2018, at Theatre Arts in Cape Town, and in Arcade2019, which took place in Makhanda/Grahamstown’s defunct power station as part of the National Arts Festival 2019. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Arcade2020 migrated to Instagram where artists produced short performance videos of ‘insta(nt) actions’. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, the artists comprising Arcade2021 are continuing to explore the possibilities of live art in video and film mediums, but exhibited live, in space, and simultaneously (rather than online).
At the Live Art Arcade, the approach to creating and exposing live art and performance is that of collaboratively worlding a pluriverse in a speculative manner. If an exhibition or programme of live performance may be considered as an ecology of different worlds, then Arcade2021 strives to offer a constellation of portals into these multiple worlds.