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Something Human, in partnership with Brockspace, are pleased to present a series of live performance works entitled FRESHLY PACKED / ALWAYS CHECK THE LABEL. This line-up of work will take place across the summer of 2013 and aims to bring new, experimental work and build new audiences for live performance work in Brockley, southeast London and beyond.


These original live performance works explore themes surrounding notions of the biological, corporeal, flesh, food, sustenance and mortality. What is flesh? Should we eat it? What happens to flesh when it is transformed?

To kick things off, we are excited to welcome artist, Anya Liftig, from Brooklyn, NYC, who will perform her work, Consider the Lobster at Deptford Market, 11 May 2013, 11.30am.


In this performance, Liftig obtains a fresh lobster from Codfathers and elongates the act of cooking the lobster for dinner. Taking her cue from David Foster Wallace’s noted essay of the same title, the artist silently communicates with the lobster before revealing a cooking pot and begins to cook it for dinner. 


This performance is made possible with thanks to the Deptford Community Cookbook.


Then over 11-13 May, look out for interventions from Liftig at the galleries and museums in London, for her series, All the Animals in the British Museum!


Please check for more information regarding how to sign up for Freshly Packed’s live performance showcase and to find out about other activities over the summer.



Artist ( Description ): 

Anya Liftig’s work has been featured at TATE Modern, Highways Performance Space, Exit Art, [performance space] london, Performmer Stammtisch Berlin, Dimanche Rouge Paris, Roves and Roams and OVADA Oxford UK, Chashama, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Eyedrum, Grace Exhibition Space, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Galapagos, The Flea, Performance Art Institute–San Francisco, Chez Bushwick, Socrates Sculpture Park, Yale University, Center for Performance Research, Lock Up Performance Art London, Debrillator Gallery, INCUBATEChicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Vaudeville Park, Mess Hall, Joyce Soho and many other venues.

Her work, “The Anxiety of Influence,” was an intervention into Marina Abramovic’s “The Artist is Present” retrospective at MOMA. Liftig dressed as the elder artist and sat across from her all day.Her work has been published and written about in The New York Times Magazine, Bomb, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Italia, Marie Claire Italia, Heeb, Public Culture, Art Papers, X-tra, ArtNews, The L Magazine, The Other Journal, Jewcy, Mix Magazine, Katalog, Next Magazine, Now and Then, Stay Thirsty, New York Magazine, Gothamist, Jezebel, Animal New York, I Love You, Art Animal, Hyperallergic, Burnaway and many others.

She is a graduate of Yale University and Georgia State University and has received grant and residency support from the MacDowell Colony, The Field, Vermont Studio Center, University of Antioquia, Casa Tres Patios-Medellin, Colombia, and Flux Projects, Atlanta.

Venue ( Address ): 

Deptford Market, London (next to Codfathers)

Something Human , London

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