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Stilllive : Performance Art Summit, Tokyo 2021-2022「Hygiene/ Transformation/ Conviviality」
Stilllive : Performance Art Summit, Tokyo 2021-2022 「Tribute of Performance Anthology」

  • Organization : Yuki Kobayashi
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single Individual
  • Art Forms : Interdisciplinary


Stilllive is a performance art-based platform established by Yuki Kobayashi in 2019. Participating artists come from different genres and gather together through the common language of ‘the body’, aiming for cross-disciplinary activities, and engage in workshops and showings every year. This year’s Stilllive: Performance Art Summit, Tokyo 2021-2022 will be followed in October 2021 by the theme of “Hygiene, Transformation and Conviviality”, and for the fourth time, in March 2022, it will be held under the theme ‘Tribute of Performance Anthology’ to deepen the discussion on Stilllive’s current position as a platform, with the 1960s, which had a profound influence on the avant-garde expression of contemporary art, music and theatre, as the As reference points, three programmes were organised, respectively : “Parallel Fluxsorum: Conviviality Session”, “Aliens Normal: Evolution of Planetary City”, “Awakening and Illusion: Dialogues with the Invisible”. The “performative turn”, which represents a trend of mutual expansion of contemporary art and performing arts since the 2000s. While the ‘performative turn’, which represents a trend, is actively discussed, the genres, methods of expression and practices that confronted co-collectivity in the ’60s are worthy of reference precisely because it is now the present, when gathering is constrained. In reciprocal response to past performances, the intersections of all subjects and expressions represented by the community known as Stilllive are temporarily bundled together. And the meaning of Stilllive as a place of co-collectivity could be glimpsed in this practice. From these themes, we were able to reconsider the current state of performance and challenge ourselves to try to expand the possibilities for new forms of expression and future performance expression based on the activities of the past two years.


Yuki Kobayashi (Artist/Performance Artist)
Born 1990 in Tokyo, Japan, she studied at Kapiolani Community College, Hawaii State University in 2008 and moved to the UK in 2010. 2014 Graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London in 2014, she became the first Japanese student to study performance at the Royal College of Art, completing her MA in 2016. She has exhibited her work at numerous national and international art exhibitions, dance stages and festivals, focusing on performance works that question gender, disability and racial stereotypes, question uncertain social codes of freedom and equality, and explore the meaning of human existence, using her own body as a neutral three-dimensional object. In 2019, she will establish and preside over the performance art platform Stilllive.


Yuki Kobayashi
Artist、Stilllive Founder


Goethe-Institut Tokyo