Introducing KIPAF

PERFORMERS iNDEPENDENT (Pi) was an independent artists' collective, experimenting and exploring the traditional, modernist and contemporary spaces in the cultural paradigm. The Kolkata International Performance Art Festival was initiated by Pi in 2012 to annually open up the city of Kolkata to diverse traditions of performance, performitivty and interventions. Since then Pi has got fragmented but KIPAF has taken deeper roots.

The festival aims to be a platform for dialogue between site, art, politics and culture. KIPAF acknowledges the nascent nature of Performance Art in India, and will always play a role in the pedagogy of performance art.
The festival is be held between 23rd-26th January every year.

Friday, 2 October 2015


Concept Note

Kipaf 16

Reading instructions
Take your hands and use them to hold your ears
Look down or look up
Start reading

Why kill a mocking art

Three questions as formulations :

1.   What is it that makes us chase what we prioritize as the needful?
2.   Where do we find intimacy in performance art?
3.    How do we interrogate those very intimate aspirations that drive us towards performance as art?

Further propositions

·        How do we position between art performance and performance art?
·        A street is a space.
·        What is the relationship between performativity, performance and authorship?
·        Folks, let us embrace the fun of burning down the ideas we have cherished as our own. Let us question ownership. Let us practice the act of distancing ourselves from the familiar, the tropes. Let us do a killing out of performance!
·        We don’t aim to create any commodity or service. A documenter is not meant to document

Performers independent’s basic concern is to work out the formal , circumstantial, performative aspects of our everyday practices of  hospitality.
We invite you to occupy the ghats and galis of the older part of Kolkata, popularly known as the ‘north’.
Unable to offer the artists any remuneration or travel expenses to and from Kolkata, we take responsibilities of the curated artists’ stay, food and local conveyance in the city. We will share the same with all participants as much as our limits allow.


post script :  This year we are going with a curatorial team of Chimuk, Tapati Chowdhury , Sajan Mani, and Suresh Kumar G.   

with a larger group of Rahul, samurda, tubai, vidisha, rhine, moy, santosh, ankur, mozo, inder  and some others will give them extended support and help- slowly taking up specific responsibilities has been created for the curatorial team | there is where all the porposals will come- 

For any confusiosn regarding the nature of KIPAF16 -  please visit

23rd January to 26th January 2016

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  1. this line is beautiful one... art performance or performance art.

  2. Hey All the very best!! :)

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