The North East hosts one of the most successful formats of Venice Agendas, a speed-dating event where there is no audience, only participants. There are thirty pre-set questions where those involved consider cultural, social and personal identity, boycotts and issues of migration. They have one and half minutes to engage and network with artists, collectors, curators and gallery directors.
‘Venice Agendas’ 2015 was a programme of breakfast events and performances held in Venice during the preview week of the 56th Venice Biennale. ‘Crossing Boundaries’ continues the dialogue with a series of three events in England that combined discussions, readings and performances.
The first event took place on Wednesday, 11th November 2015 at DACS, Bethnal Green, London. The second was an all day event on the 21st November at Turner Contemporary, Margate and the series concluded on Friday 27th November with an evening of speed-dating and a performance by the renowned Norwegian performance artist and singer Marita Isobel Solberg at the Globe Gallery.
Marita Isobel Solberg is an artist and a musician who also performs with her band, Mara & The Strangeness. She has performed worldwide and came to Newcastle direct from a European tour.
To compliment the speed-dating, the audience was invited to participate by filming Marita’s performance on personal mobile devices, then donating the video to the artist to create a multi view digital moving image edition of the work.