For our Physical Gatherings at Cafe OTO (in London), we encourage you to share anything that might look/feel/taste like Live Art. Including more unorthodox β€˜performances’ - presentations, performative lectures, readings, videos etc.
We will provide documentation of experiments (or not - as artists decide).

Artists can perform in 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆 ways. Please note this is a low-low-tech project. We have microphones and can play sound. Maybe there are some lights. Maybe a projector. We cannot facilitate performances with complex tech needs, lots of cues etc.

1 - Sign up for a slot in advance, through this form:

2 - Sign up on the day (remaining slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis).

3 - The last forty minutes of each session will be given over as a free performance space, for actions to take place in relation to each other, and for encounters to take place.

For our Online Platform, we’re looking for new-ish works or ideas created or adapted for this moment of quarantine and isolation and social distancing (although they do not have to be about this of course) and that directly engage with this way of sharing/performing.

We’re not very interested in documentation of live performances from the time before this moment, pre-existing video works or written reviews/playtexts of shows you may have seen or been a part of. We encourage you to share these on other platforms.

We don’t know, and are sceptical of, what happens to Live Art when bodies aren’t sharing space, or when technological glitches filter our experience – but we will find out.

- Artists can submit works in a wide range of forms:text, image, video, multiformat digital experiments or any other form as long as it can be hosted by our page.

- Videos/sounds/any time-based work should not be longer than about 10mins.

- Essays, fiction, and any prose should not exceed approx 4000 words.

All works should fit a standard blog/wordpress scroll-down layout.

Works will be uploaded on the last Sunday of every month. Submissions are on a rolling basis, the cut-off date for each month is the Sunday before publishing day. (e.g. to be published April 26th, works should be sent by Sunday 19th)

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Please make sure you specifically mention LAC ONLINE on the e-mail subject
(send videos through wetransfer)

Cafe OTO is a fully wheelchair accessible venue, with no steps and accessible toilets.

We will help to facilitate other access needs (such as sign language or audio description) if you email or message us in advance to arrange this.

If you need financial support for travel in order to participate, get in touch and we will try our best to help out.

The closest station is Dalston Junction Overground Station (1 minute away), which is fully wheelchair accessible. There are also many buses which stop next to Dalston Junction and are 1-2 minutes away from the venue.