Distance Artists

DISTANCE 2011 has now completed its three-legged journey. Thank you to everyone for making it happen! 

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DISTANCE is a roaming performance festival that explores our relationship with distance, now and into the future.

Ryanair to migration. Trespass to Skype. From new technology to age-old customs, we face a multitude of choices as to how we engage with people across the world and across the street.

This year, DISTANCE invites artists inspired by the distances between Riga, London and Newcastle to create new work that responds to three cities, three festivals, and you.

Each work is an evolving response over the duration of three months, including weather balloon transmissions, fleeting fieldtrips across computer desktops, conversations with zoo keepers, adjustments to our borderlines and walks measured by our hands and hearts.

DISTANCE takes place at Homo Novus in Riga, LIFT in London, and Wunderbar in Newcastle from 3 September – 6 November.

DISTANCE invites you on an adventure that takes you home and away.


DISTANCE artists are: Field Broadcast (London, UK) featuring Nomadi (Riga, Latvia), Rob Smith (London, UK) and Séan Maltby (Newcastle, UK); Peter J Evans (Newcastle, UK); Ruti Sela and Maayan Amir (Extraterritoriality); Sorrel Muggridge and Laura Nanni (Norwich, UK and Toronto, Canada); Steve Levon Ounanian (Los Angeles, USA) and Valters Sīlis (Riga, Latvia).

DISTANCE is curated and produced by: a shifting ensemble of independent artists and producers, led by Joon Lynn Goh and Simone Kenyon.

DISTANCE, 2011: Curators and Producers – Joon Lynn Goh and Simone Kenyon, Guest Curator – Ilana Mitchell, Distance Associate – Neil Callaghan, Communications Associate – Anna Cook, Production Co-ordinator – Euan Maybank, Project co-ordinator, Wunderbar – Katy Van Den Dries, DISTANCE Producer at Homo Novus – Sandra Lapkovska.

DISTANCE was co-founded by: Neil Callaghan, Joon Lynn Goh, Simone Kenyon and Stoke Newington International Airport.

View the archived DISTANCE 2010 site here.

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DISTANCE is supported by: the EU Culture Programme as a Festlab residency between Homo Novus, LIFT and Wunderbar as part of the Festivals in Transition (FIT) Network, and the Arts Council England.

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