PLAYING UP: Live Art For Kids & Adults

20 January 2016

Live Art UK is pleased to be a partner on PLAYING UP, a new artwork by Sibylle Peters, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.

PLAYING UP was launched at Tate Modern, London, with a three day free public ‘play-in’ in the Turbine Hall on 1-3 April 2016, followed by a major symposium on 4 April 2016 with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.

To read Mary Paterson's response to the project, click here.

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“Kids are explorers of the everyday. For them to light a match can be something extraordinary that needs focus and time and creates an experience. The same is true for everyone who practices Live Art. For us kids are perfect accomplices. And in return Live Art can provide something that is essential to all of us, but especially to kids and their well being: the acknowledgement of their action and their thinking, the reassurance that everything counts, that everything can make a difference, the frame of beauty and reflection and the experience that we can set it up anytime and anywhere we want. PLAYING UP is a playful, hands-on introduction to Live Art for everyone.” Sibylle Peters, Theatre of Research

View the Playing Up dedicated website. 

In an article for Arts Professional related to PLAYING UP, Liz O’Neill asks: Is ‘live art’ the perfect medium for intergenerational arts projects? 

Lyn Gardner has written an article about the PLAYING UP launch in the Guardian. 

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Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
Friday 1 April 2016, 12-7pm
Saturday 2 April 2016, 12-7pm
Sunday 3 April 2016, 12-6pm

Free - turn up and take part 

PLAYING UP will be launched with a three day mass ‘play-in’. Kids and adults are equally welcome! You can come as a team or on your own and Children Guides will welcome you at the PLAYING UP desk. More details 


PLAYING UP Symposium

Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, London
4 April 2016
10am – 6pm
£15 (£10 concessions)
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The launch of PLAYING UP will be marked with a major symposium with leading thinkers and practitioners in the field. Contributors include artists, researchers, curators and educators from the UK, Germany and elsewhere. More details 



Publication date April 2016
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Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, try bagism, make a ketchup fight, follow a random passerby through the city, remote control your parents, invent your own Live Art form of sports, search for miracles, walk through London with a map of Paris, invent an alter ego of the opposite gender, make teddy bears fly, deconstruct electrical devices, and build what-happens-next-machines

PLAYING UP is a game played by adults and kids together. Players are presented with a pack of cards, organized using six different categories which cover different strategies of Live Art. Each card references a specific Live Art piece or event followed by an instruction to be carried out by the players. Players randomly select a card and then follow the given instructions. More details 


Further Information 

PLAYING UP has been conceived and created by Sibylle Peters of Theatre of Research (Germany) and designed by David Caines. PLAYING UP is produced and published in a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency (LADA, UK), FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research (Germany), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK), Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, with the generous support of the Goethe-Institut LondonPLAYING UP forms part of LADA’s contribution to the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) supported by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.