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Contemporary Rites: Live Art and Contemporary Performance

Contemporary Rites: 6 November 6.30-8.30

06 Nov 2014

Live Performance: A KISS IS JUST A KISS Jack Tan's performance as part of the ongoing project The Office of Public Ritual (OPR).

  • Venue


  • Time

    Thursday 6.30-8.30pm

  • Admission

    Free admission, but places are limited, please book through this page.

  • Artists

    Jack Tan

As part of its Emerging Practices programme Iniva presents Contemporary Rites as curated by Teresa Cisneros; a three week series of live art performances taking place in the Education Space from 6 – 20 November, where 11 artists and curators will consider the role of ritual in contemporary performance and live art.

Opening the series of performances and conversations on rites and rituals in contemporary art is Jack Tan’s performance A KISS IS JUST A KISS as part of the ongoing project The Office of Public Ritual (OPR).

 A KISS IS JUST A KISS is a ritual that uses the convention of kissing as blessing. It is a performance that invokes a sense of the originating spirit of Iniva and explores gestures of affection, consecration, and goodwill. The performance draws on material from Iniva’s archive as well as interviews with supporters and friends. Audience members are invited to bring an object to be part of the ritual if they wish.

The OPR is a service that creates bespoke rituals for significant occasions or life events. Iniva has commissioned a ritual performance from OPR for public presentation.

Eventbrite - Contemporary Rites, Saturday 5th November, 3-5pm

We run a waiting list, if you register and then drop out please email us: info@iniva.org

This is a free event but places are limited.


Jack Tan makes work that explores the connection between the political or social and art. Prior to retraining as a potter and artist, Jack had a background in law, social policy and the voluntary sector. Jack currently teaches performance at the University of Roehampton where he is also researching the performativity of political resistance in his PhD.