re.act.feminism book out now

After three years of project development, seven exhibitions across Europe and numerous events - we are very happy to present the re.act.feminism book. It explores feminist, gender-critical and queer performance art, which played a key role in the development of performance. The project brought together works by over 180 artists and artist collectives from the 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s, as well as contemporary positions from Eastern and Western Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, the USA and Latin America. With essays by curators and scholars Kathrin Becker, Mathias Danbolt, Eleonora Fabião, Bettina Knaup, Laima Kreivytė / Oxana Sarkisyan / Mare Tralla / Reet Varblane, Laurence Rassel / Linda Valdés, Angelika Richter and Rebecca Schneider, several visual essays, more than 200 illustrations, the biographies of all the 180+ participating artists and an appendix with German translations.

"re.act.feminism is a project of immense importance for the recent history of art worldwide. The publication re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive is a further precious manifestation and documentation of the brilliant work that has been done by cross links e.V. in the fields of research and archive, of theory and discourse, and, in curating performances and exhibitions of feminist art, thereby giving evidence of this most crucial artistic and political contribution."
Silvia Eiblmayr, curator and author, Vienna

"This comprehensive, thoroughly researched archive offers a compelling argument for re-locating feminism (in all its forms) as a fundamental force, shaping the political dynamics of performance art from its formative years up to the present. Simultaneously, the impressive range of works and variety of artists surveyed makes this volume an essential contribution to the understanding of performance art’s centrality to feminism’s tactics, strategies and discourses."
André Lepecki, Associate Professor,
Department of Performance Studies, New York University

Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg and Live Art Development Agency London, 2014. 17.5 x 24 cm, colour photos throughout, 320 pages, 29,- €

ISBN: 978-3869844602

You can order the book here:
Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Live Art Development Agency online shop

Credits: book cover with image by Oreet Ashery, Hairoism, 2009 - 2011, performance, photograph from a series of 5 (detail), courtesy Oreet


21 June 2013 – 18 August 2013
Akademie der Künste
Berlin, Germany

Finally, after 2 years on tour re.act feminism #2 – a performing archive returns to Berlin! The Archive and exhibition will be on show from 22 June – 18 August 2013 at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin!

We cordially invite you to our opening:

Friday, 21 June 2013, 7 pm

Welcome: Nele Hertling, vice-president, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Introduction: Bettina Knaup, Beatrice E. Stammer, Curators
Screenings and Performances with a.o. Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (DK)

The Berlin exhibition includes additions from the project’s touring partners and an open space for lectures, performances, workshops, screenings and other formats. It is also open for self-organised workshops or events with a thematic connection to re.act.feminism.

For the final station in Berlin the archive has been enlarged by the following artists and collectives:

Margarita Azurdia GT, Cooltūristės LT, Corpus Deleicti ES, Vlasta Delimar HR, Rose English, F.F.F.F. EST, Liliana Felipe/Jesusa Rodriguez MX, Les filles Föllen ES, Maria Klonaris/Katerina Thomadaki FR/GR, Narcissister USA , Les Nyakes ES, Funda Özgünaydin DE, Àngels Ribé ES, Pussy Riot RU, Les Salonnières ES, Schwarze Schokolade DE

Further details on the programme at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Credits: Narcissister,Untitled (afro), 2012, c-print, 40 x 30 inches edition of 2, 1AP, Courtesy of the artist and envoy enterprises


15 November 2012 – 17 February 2013
Fundació Antoni Tàpies
Barcelona, Spain

We are very happy to announce the next opening of re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona, Spain!!!

Opening: Thursday, 15 November 2012, 7.30 pm
Several artists and the curators Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer will be present!

During its stay at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the mobile archive, currently presenting works by more than 160 artists and artist collectives, will be accompanied by a series of lectures, performances & talks initiated in collaboration with Centre de Cultura de Dones Francesca Bonnemaison, the Goethe-Institut Barcelona, the Mercat de les Flors. Irregular Section and the Càtedra d’Art i Cultura Contemporanis de la Universitat de Girona, among others.

An Activity Space for educational and research activities in the form of workshops, screenings and presentations will allow the audience to further engage in current questions on performance art and feminism.

The mobile archive will be showcased at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies from 16 November 2012 until 17 February 2013 before returning to Berlin in June 2013 to be presented at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Recently added works by: Shirley Cameron/ Monica Ross/ Evelyn Silver UK, Carola Dertnig AT, Coco Fusco USA/CU, Anna Bella Geiger BR, Birgit Jürgenssen AT, Kvinder på Værtshus (Women down the pub) DK, MaraM IT, Friederike Pezold AT, Mariuccia Pisani USA/IT, La Ribot ES, Antonieta Sosa VE, Anna Szwajgier/ Zorka Wollny PL, Mare Tralla EE/UK.

Further details on the programme at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies

Photo: Laughing Hole, 6 hours performance in Basel 2006 by La Ribot. Photo by Gilles Robin


27 August 2012 – 30 September 2012
Tallinna Kunstihoone
Tallinn, Estonia

The next stop of re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive on its tour through Europe is the Tallinna Kunstihoone. The archive with currently more than 150 artists will be accompanied by an exhibition presenting videos of four key-performances from the Baltic countries (Mare Tralla from Estonia, Cooltourists from Lithuania) and Russia (Pussy Riot, a feminist punk-rock band from Moscow currently facing trial) and a program of lectures, a seminar and screenings.

Opening: Monday, 27 August 2012, 5 pm

5.30 pm: Fat kid, pretty kid, Performance by Mare Tralla
6 pm: Grit and Husk, Performance by Marje Taska

Further details on lectures and seminars at the Tallinna Kunstihoone

More information:;;

Image: PUSSY RIOT by Igor Mukhin, 2012. (In solidarity with NadezhdaTolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and YekaterinaSamusevich: Free Pussy Riot)


Forschungsprojekt „Verzeichnungen“
1. August 2012 - 31. August 2014

Das Projekt „re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive“ wird von einem Forschungsvorhaben begleitet, das sich der Untersuchung zeitgenössischer Archivpraktiken im Feld der Darstellenden Kunst widmet. Angesiedelt an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Mendelsohn Bartholdy“ in Leipzig sowie der Universität der Künste Berlin und gefördert durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, sollen im Rahmen des Vorhabens „Verzeichnungen. Medien und konstitutive Ordnungen von Archivprozessen der Aufführungskünste“ die Vorarbeiten, der Verlauf und die Disseminationen von „re.act feminism #2“ analysiert und in den größeren Forschungszusammenhang zu Fragen nach der Archivierbarkeit sowie den sozialen und konzeptionellen Bedingungen von Dokumenten und Quellen von Performance eingefaßt werden. Forschungszeitaum: 1. August 2012 - 31. August 2014

Gerade die Historizität von Performancekunst wirft derzeit zahlreiche und grundlegende Fragen auf, z. B. nach dem Zugang zur Geschichte dieser Kunstformen für nachfolgende Generationen, aber auch nach dem Charakter der Artefakte und dem ontologischen Status der Aufführung im Wechselspiel aus relationaler Bedingtheit und schöpferischem, medien-spezifischen Eigenwillen der je generierten Formen. Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei die Frage von Bewegung als Medium der Bewahrung und zugleich zu bewahrendes Medium und deren komplexes Gefüge aus Körperlichkeit, Objektstatus, Dokument und Zeugenschaft.

Barbara Büscher / Franz Anton Cramer


16 June 2012 – 19 August 2012
Museet for Samtidskunst
Roskilde, Denmark

We are very happy to announce the opening of re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive at the Museet for Samtidskunst in Roskilde, Denmark!

Opening: 15 June 2012, 5 to 7 pm

5.15 pm: Opening speech by the museum director Sanne Kofod Olsen and the curators Beatrice E. Stammer and Bettina Knaup
5.30 pm: Instant - Performance by Yingmei Duan

The exhibition is on show from 16 June till 19 August 2012

The archive is accompanied by a workshop "Animating a performing archive" organized by Mary Coble and Judith Schwarzbart. It will take place at the Museet for Samtidskunst from Wednesday 27 June to Saturday 30 June. The aim of the workshop is to find ways of animating the archive through interventions in and presentations of material from the archive. To sign up email: or

For detailed information on the workshop please visit

The growing archive has recently been enlarged by the following artists and artists’ collectives:

Arahmaiani ID, Malin Arnell, SE/DE, Augusta Atla DK, Nancy Buchanan USA, Mary Coble DK, Katrina Daschner DE/AT, Teresa María Díaz Nerio, DO/NL, Kirsten Dufour DK, Angelika Fojtuch PL, Trine Mee Sook Gleerup DK, High Heel Sisters DK/NO/SE, Icelandic Love Corporation IS, IngridMwangiRobertHutter KE/DE, Jakob Lena Knebl A, Molly and Me (Molly Haslund DK + Catherine Hoffmann UK), Senga Nengudi USA, Paulina Ołowska PL/ Lucy McKenzie UK, Raeda Saadeh PS, Stefanie Seibold DE/AT, Annika Ström SE/UK, Teresa Tyszkiewicz PL/FR, Yeni & Nan VE

Image: Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, Los Angeles 1978, Courtesy: the artist


5 May 2012 – 26 May 20122
Galerija Miroslav Kraljević
Zagreb, Croatia

On Saturday, 5 May 2012 at 7 pm, the Galerija Miroslav Kraljević and cross links e.V. cordially invite you to the opening of re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive in Zagreb, Croatia!

The presentation of the archive in Zagreb will be accompanied by discursive programmes that foreground and incite local research on the history of performance. In the last few years, this has become an increasingly discussed topic, accompanied by noticeable attention in curatorial, artistic and publishing projects on both the history of performance and curating performance.

Discussions and the workshops will serve as a base for introducing new additions to the re.act.feminism archive, therefore encouraging a collaborative process of curating and questioning the archive.

The Galerija Miroslav Kraljević (G-MK) is an independent and non-profit contemporary art platform and gallery, dedicated to artistic and intellectual practices that question various phenomena of contemporary culture and society, especially those looking into the relation between politics and aesthetics.

Further details on the workshop and discussion at the Galerija Miroslav Kraljević

Photo above: "Simone Forti "Solo No. 1", Image copyright the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank


23 March - 22 April 2012
re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive in Gdansk, Poland

On Friday, 23 March 2012 at 6 pm, the Wyspa Institute of Art and cross links e.V. cordially invite you to the opening of re.act.feminism #2 – a performing archive in Gdansk, Poland!

The archive will be presented in an enlarged version with more than 140 artists. It is accompanied by a small exhibition featuring performance artists of different generations from Poland.

The growing archive has recently been enlarged by the following artists:
Ebtisam Abdulaziz AE, Marina Abramović RS, Marijs Boulogne BE, Tania Bruguera CU/USA, Chicks on Speed DE, María Teresa Hincapié CO, Nan Hoover USA/DE, Léa Lublin AR, Jumana Manna USA, Rabbya Naseer & Hurmat Ul Ain PK, Lorraine O'Grady USA, Gina Pane IT/FR, Zorka Ságlová CZ, Sandra Sterle HR, Mierle Laderman Ukeles USA

Opening programme and further details on the lectures and exhibition at the Wyspa Institute of Art


30 October 2011
re.act.feminism @ Tate Modern

re.act.feminism and Drag Show Video Vérité:
Works from the archives

30 October 2011, 12pm
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

In the context of Trashing Performance
25 - 30 October 2011, London

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re.act.feminism and Drag Show Video Vérité:
Works from the archives

30 October 2011, 12pm
Tate Modern, Starr Auditorium

In the context of Trashing Performance
25 - 30 October 2011, London

A series of curated film screenings at Tate Modern with rarely seen film and video documentation of performance from archival projects in Europe and the USA, including Drag Show Video Vérité and re.act. feminism.

The re.act.feminism screening presents rarely seen works, which reflect the notion of trash and feature hairy beauty queens, pregnant male TV moderators and aging drag kings.

With excerpts from:
Helen Chadwick, UK, Domestic Sanitation, 1976, 30’
Nathalia LL, PL, Consumer Art, 1972-1975, excerpts, 2:49
Polvo de Gallina Negra, MX, Madres por un dia, 1987, 17:28
Gabriele Stötzer, D, Trisal, 1986, 21’ / Kai und Karsten, 1983, 10’
Line Skywalker Karlstroem, DK, Queen Deers, 2004, 4:03
Sands Murray Wassink, NL, Town Hall Philosophical Living Color Drawing, 2008, 21:53
Anne Quirynen, Maximilian’s Darkroom, 2004 (with Antonia Baehr & Antonija Livingstone, based on the performance ‘Cat Calender’, 2004)

Anne Quirynen, Maximilian‘s Darkroom, Video, 2004
with Antonia Baehr and Antonija Livingstone


Ebtisam Abdulaziz
Marina Abramović
Helena Almeida
Eleanor Antin
Malin Arnell
Oreet Ashery
Augusta Atla
Margarita Azurdia
Antonia Baehr
Maja Bajević
Anne Bean
Anat Ben-David
Renate Bertlmann
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Nisrine Boukhari
Marijs Boulogne
Tania Bruguera
Nancy Buchanan
Maris Bustamante
Cabello / Carceller
Shirley Cameron/ Monica Ross/ Evelyn Silver
Graciela Carnevale
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha
Helen Chadwick
Chicks on Speed
Lygia Clark
Mary Coble
Corpus Deleicti
Nieves Correa
Laura Cottingham
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
Katrina Daschner
Vlasta Delimar
Carola Dertnig
Teresa María Díaz Nerio
Ines Doujak
Orshi Drozdik
Yingmei Duan
Kirsten Dufour
Diamela Eltit
Rose English
Factory of Found Clothes
Esther Ferrer
Les filles Föllen
Rose Finn-Kelcey
Angelika Fojtuch
Simone Forti
Coco Fusco
(e.) Twin Gabriel
Regina José Galindo
Anna Bella Geiger
Rimma Gerlovina and Valeriy Gerlovin
Patrycja German
Kate Gilmore
Trine Mee Sook Gleerup
Mona Hatoum
Lynn Hershman
High Heel Sisters
María Teresa Hincapié
Nan Hoover
Icelandic Love Corporation - Gjörningaklúbburinn
Sanja Iveković
Elżbieta Jabłońska
Françoise Janicot
Joan Jonas
Anne Jud
Birgit Jürgenssen
Kirsten Justesen
Line Skywalker Karlström
Tina Keane
Klonaris / Thomadaki
Bettina Knaup & Beatrice Ellen Stammer
Jakob Lena Knebl
Verica Kovacevska
Elena Kovylina
Katarzyna Kozyra
Christina Kubisch
Kvinder på Værtshus (Women down the pub)
Verena Kyselka
Nicola L
Latifa Laâbissi
Leslie Labowitz
Leslie Labowitz & Suzanne Lacy
Suzanne Lacy
Katalin Ladik
Sigalit Landau
Klara Lidén
Kalup Linzy
Natalia LL
Léa Lublin
Jumana Manna
María Evelia Marmolejo
Muda Mathis
Dóra Maurer
Mónica Mayer
Ana Mendieta
Marta Minujín
Fina Miralles
Molly and me
Linda Montano
Charlotte Moorman
Teresa Murak
Sands Murray-Wassink
Rabbya Naseer & Hurmat Ul Ain
Senga Nengudi
Les Nyakes
Itziar Okariz
Yoko Ono
Tanja Ostojić
Paulina Ołowska & Lucy McKenzie
Funda Özgünaydin
Lorraine O’Grady
Hannah O’Shea
Gina Pane
Letícia Parente
Ewa Partum
Jillian Peña
Performance Saga
Sanja Iveković & Performance Saga
Friederike Pezold
Howardena Pindell
Adrian Piper
Mariuccia Pisani
Polvo de Gallina Negra
Pussy Riot
Yvonne Rainer
Eglė Rakauskaitė
Jytte Rex
Àngels Ribé
La Ribot
Jesusa Rodríguez / Liliana Felipe
Ulrike Rosenbach
Martha Rosler
Boryana Rossa
María Ruido
Raeda Saadeh
Estíbaliz Sábada
Andrea Saemann
Zorka Ságlová
Les Salonnières and Dr. Soley
Christine Schlegel
Cornelia Schleime
Carolee Schneemann
Schwarze Schokolade
Stefanie Seibold
Stefanie Seibold & Teresa María Díaz Nerio
Miriam Sharon
Bonnie Ora Sherk
Barbara T. Smith
Cornelia Sollfrank
Antonieta Sosa
Spiderwoman Theater
Annie M. Sprinkle
Sandra Sterle
Gabriele Stötzer
Annika Ström
Melati Suryodarmo
Anna Szwajgier/ Zorka Wollny
Jinoos Taghizadeh
Milica Tomić
Mare Tralla
Teresa Tyszkiewicz
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Valie Export Society
Cecilia Vicuña
The Waitresses
Faith Wilding
Hannah Wilke
Martha Wilson
Julita Wójcik
Nil Yalter
Yeni & Nan