SHIFT: The International Biennale of Performance, Collaborative and Participatory Arts [SHIFT: ibpcpa] is a non-profit art initiative with a specific focus on performance, collaborative and participatory art practices.
SHIFT: The International Biennale of Performance, Collaborative and Participatory Arts means to shift: to be movable, exchange, modify, transfer… the crux includes the shifting of minds, theories and practices. Grappling with the unconventional and new ways of working. Not being afraid of experimentation and pushing past any stagnant boundaries.
Performance art is new within the canonical context of art history. Therefore, [SHIFT: ibpcpa] provide a platform for artists to interpret and present work, for an international biennale based on ‘junction-making’ and ‘networked’ performances which enable an exclusive focus on performance practices including collaborative and/or participatory elements between artists and other disciplines.
[SHIFT: ibpcpa] provides opportunities for artists to enhance their practice, theoretical and critical approach, within the current and future context of performance art. For this reason, [SHIFT: ibpcpa] specifically focuses on the untapped potential of performance, collaborative and participatory art. This focus allows artists to develop refined methods of presenting physical and theoretical research-based work while aiming to cross social, theoretical and professional boundaries. Like a polyphonic visual and multi-sensuous novel, [SHIFT: ibpcpa] aims to create an urgent discourse between the arts, various disciplines, academics and writers on the current and future status of current art practices and ways of working through networked, virtual and crypto performances. [SHIFT: ibpcpa] are not only looking for the visual, but the critical and homogenisation of disciplines. We are also not looking for projects produced by individual artists who know and feel ‘safe’ working with each other but by those willing to embrace the radical, to push boundaries of relationships and engage in the collective genius to foster new ways of working. [SHIFT: ibpcpa] want to create an urgent discourse on the current and future status of contemporary society and the art-world. Therefore, we are looking for the nomadic artists who shift between ways of working, whether within online space or in a physical place. We aim to foster interchanges, not just between arts and non-art disciplines, but also between the audience as a way of growing an understanding about contemporary and future art practices.
The biennale lasts from June – August and is networked. Meaning work can exist within the digital and/or physical domains where necessary… networked and nomadic projects traversing the hypothetical space and physical place. Submitted projects must include performance work with collaborative or participatory elements.