DARC Archive

Ernst Fischer and Manuel Vason (DARC members) have been invited to attend this year edition of the International Performing Art Festival in Giswil (Switzerland). this year edition of Festival there is a real emphasis on documentation and the discussion around it and we are really happy to be able to input and share our experience.

  • August 14, 2019

Tara Fatehi Irani has created an archive of 365 family documents dispersed every day for a year in public space. Mishandled Archive proposes ‘mis-handling’ as an alternative way of engaging with archives. Tara has worked with a collection of over 2000 photos and documents mostly from her family archives from Iran and dispersed 365 pieces of […]

  • June 27, 2018

7 Hour -2016 Bengal performance art week Copyright by sumana akter and Bengal Foundation There are lots of existing writing on earth, which was written already, I do not feel that urge to make another writing for same reason, so I prefer to share here a similar writing with the viewer for this work… ‘… […]

  • August 23, 2017

Join us for our next Sully Night with Tracing the Pathway: Citing Site: Documentation as Traces of Place Making Tuesday 4 July, 2017 | 7:30 – 10 PM (presentation starts at 8 PM) DARC Studio, 8-10 Rhoda Street, London, E2 7EF Tracing the Pathway invite you to join them in an (a)live essay reading that […]

  • June 22, 2017

Darc is delighted to share the photographic documentation of the 2017 edition of the BuzzCut Festival in Glasgow. WE would like to say big thank to Julia and the Festival organisers, Nick Anderson, Rosana Cade, Karl Taylor and Daisy Douglasand all the participants artists! We are aware that documentation is an indirect way of getting in […]

  • May 8, 2017

This is text we share with DOCAM (The Document Academy)  a global collective that celebrates documentation and documents of all kinds.   Prior to the 20th century, library science was primarily concerned with books. But as libraries positioned themselves as satisfiers of information needs at the turn of the century, scholars and practitioners—most famous among them […]

  • April 19, 2017

DARC is very happy to share some images of the Sick Of The Fringe Festival (17-19 February 2017). This was the first edition of the Festival in London aiming to provide a rich context for artistic work engaged with issues around medicine, mental health and the junction between art and science. We looking forward to […]

  • March 2, 2017

We are very happy to invite you all to another Sully Night Event. Tuesday 7th of March from 7.30 RE/CREATING THE LIVE ACT: audio-visual experiments During the evening Ana de Matos will introduce us to new way of documenting live performances with the application of new technology. After a first part of presentations we will have […]

  • February 27, 2017

It has been great to see so many people during the last In Between Time Festival 2017. I don’t think I remember so many sold out gigs. Myself and Paul Blackmore have been asked to document the Festival and I’m here sharing some of the images created… by the way this is a really tiny […]

  • February 17, 2017


  • January 14, 2017

LONGER WETTER FASTER BETTER A three days festival of Live Art and Performance 14-16 October 2016 at Rich Mix, Artsadmin and the Yard Theatre in London Here a small selection of images… so to give a taste of these intense three days. The festival was so charged with a diversity of live actions that I’m sure […]

  • October 17, 2016

“Creating, in other words, for me means letting go. Easier said than done. Relinquishing the possibility of getting something just right is, in many ways, a small encounter with one’s own demise, the death of an idea or a dream. There’s another paradox (they’re everywhere in this game): death as an urgent creative impulse.” Nando Messias […]

  • October 16, 2016

D R A W N was a week long exhibition of durational performance art examining place & identity. The program coupled 6 international artists with 6 hyper-local materials (Stone, Water, Salt, Wood, Blood & Earth), across 6 venues in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. Located at the shore of the English Channel & mouth of the Channel tunnel; D […]

  • October 10, 2016

DARC is very happy to present and share a selection of images created by  Julia-Kristina Bauer for the Tempting Failure INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PERFORMANCE ART & NOISE ART . We are very impressed with the photographs of Julia and the quality of work presented by all the artists. Even though the festival happened few months ago we think this […]

  • October 6, 2016

In June 2016 Brink celebrated one year of independent postgraduate research as part of the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research at Central. “When you and I take a risk and meet in the space between, what is revealed? What emerges? Sensuality? Style? Polyphonic voices? “Uniqueness”? Intimacy? Violence? Release? … Or, nothing but an awkward silence? “ D.A.R.C. […]

  • September 20, 2016

The body lay prone with the legs slightly apart, the left arm folded under the chest with the forearm set across the front of the neck and the hand close to the face. Heather in bloom which had become buried with the body had remained bright green. Throughout the one hour running time of Tara Fatehi […]

  • September 16, 2016

After the presentation during the Sully Night event Lavinia Co-op left with us a collection of precious images of the Drag Company Bloolips. It has been really a privilege to listen the stories and gossip of the company from an insider… “It wasn’t about being women, it was about being gay men in frocks’. ‘We […]

  • August 10, 2016

An Artist – In Training was presented at The Royal Academy of Art as part of a collaborative research venture between DARC member Rory Foster and Anna Makrzanowska & Kat Engell. This research explores the application of livestream technologies during rehearsal processes as a form of collaborating across spaces and countries. These images were made in collaboration with Holly […]

  • July 19, 2016

DARC – Documentation Action Research Collective invite you to our monthly SULLY night – an evening of contamination between artists, artforms, subjects and objects. Bird La Bird will talk about her processes in discovering historic information and hidden histores from public archives and museums and how she uses performance as a medium of delivery. She […]

  • June 29, 2016

For this performance Ana Montenegro drew flies on the white wall of her house for 28 days. ‘The white wall being filled by drawing flies suggests the transition as a counterpoint. The action also questions the relationship between drawing and performance.’ The live event, lost by the viewer, is mediated by images of Maurizio Mancioli […]

  • June 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 13 Boris Nieslony performed the piece MA: Version at the State Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki The artist dedicates its performance people that have died, to people who were murdered by other people, from the death penalty of crimes against the state, from traumas that resulted from the state, from genocides, from […]

  • April 18, 2016

MAH, Musee d´Art et d´Histoire, Geneva April 4 and 5, 2016 Ulay, performance and body art pioneer, gave a historic performance alongside Marina Abramovic at the Muee d’art et d’histoire of Geneva in 1977. 39 years later, the German artist has returned to the MAH, invited by curator Adeline von Furstemberg in the context of the […]

  • April 18, 2016

TRANSFORMANCE : Farida Yesmin | The Scar “But the multiple lives of performance, dissected, represented, re-performed by this volume suggest that one of performance’s most consistent and recurring conditions is transformation. Perhaps then, one should search less for its ontology and more for its ontogeneses: the many natures of its becoming”. Adrian Heathfield, Perform, Repeat, Record (p […]

  • April 18, 2016

Sully Night is an occasion for exchange. Sully Night is a sort of creative virus. Sully Night is an excuse for getting together. Sully Night welcomes any input that can provoke an alternative view. Sully Night will change in time. Every first Tuesday Evening of every month DARC organises Sully Night. As the name (sully is […]

  • April 17, 2016

Here some images of our Sully Night of the 5th of April. A big thanks to all the participants and of course our two guest speakers Buzz Baun and Meilyr Jones. … and of course Pato for organising it!!!  

  • April 7, 2016

Here a fantastic photo collage created by Martin v.Haselberg of the Kipper Kids. I had the pleasure to witness their work live at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2003 during the Short History of Performance Art series. to know more about their work: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kipper_Kids

  • April 1, 2016

Performance art – Installation art Lenght: about 120 minutes Video and Photos by Cia. Excessos Maus Hábitos. Porto, Portugal. In a hole made in a white wall of a gallery, from inside of the wall, I fit my butt and I stand for about 2 hours. The butt is not placed in its actual height; […]

  • March 3, 2016

Our 1st DARC workshop went well and we want to thank all the participants and the Drama, Theatre and Performance department of Roehampton University for hosting it. We have invited the participants to share their documentation. Here is a comment/documentation from one of the participants: Thanks also to you, Holly, Ana and Pato for a really great afternoon on Friday. It was […]

  • March 2, 2016

The Documentation Action Research Collective invites you to a weekend long mini-festival of performance to celebrate the official launch of our collective! Join us 7pm – 11pm Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of March at 8-10 Rhoda Street, London, E2 7EF We have invited some incredible artists – Ernst Fischer, Margarita Zafrilla Olayo, Martin O’Brien, Tales Frey – to […]

  • February 24, 2016

It was a fun day and a pleasure to snap some moments of this event! Franko B presents FUCK / LIVE / ART A day of performance, music and video art at The Flying Dutchman London. Please navigate through the image gallery. Here live performances by: Andrea Marcaccio Andrea Abbatangelo Joss Carter Tristesse James and […]

  • February 3, 2016

DARC has been commissioned by the Jewish Music Institute (JMI) to document the tour of their new production Drawing Life. Bringing together a soaring live score with visuals and dramatics, Jocelyn Pook’s Drawing Life tells the story of the Terezin concentration camp – a story of the power of creativity and the resilience of the human […]

  • January 25, 2016

Every year, Jason Lim curates a programme of international performance art in Singapore. This year, the week long festival took place at Zarch Collaboratives in Golden Mile Tower. The 2015 line up was made up of all female artists. http://www.foi.sg

  • December 28, 2015

  Poppy Jackson performance artist SPILL Festival of Performance Toynbee Studios, London 4 hour performance on 2 days Camera and Cut by Shona Hamilton ‘Site’ was part of the SPILL National Showcase 2015, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation ‘Site’ forms part of Poppy Jackson’s project Re-Presentation: The Female Body as Autonomous Zone, supported by […]

  • December 16, 2015

Cassils’ work Inextinguishable Fire speaks to the radical unrepresentability of certain forms of trauma and violence. How can we enact empathy when our own situation is so removed from the atrocities of torture and war? Inextinguishable Fire articulates the space where this overlap occurs. This performance for the camera feature Cassils engaged in a treacherous fire stunt. The final […]

  • November 12, 2015

  Every two years as part of the Special Program of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Solyanka State Gallery undertakes field research of the current situation in Russian performance art. Such exhibits as Nine Days, Artists’ Zoo became important events as they have demonstrated collaborative efforts of the best artists in this genre: from Yelena Kovylina and Liza Morozova to Anatoly Zhigalov/Natalya Abalakova and Andrey Kuzkin. […]

  • November 3, 2015