Bill Aitchison is a British performance maker who works in and between performance, writing, video and audio. At the centre of the work is a sense of the potential of the moment and sense of being part of something unrepeatable. His performances are both rigorously structured and dynamic in their execution. Each are significantly different, though as a whole have a consistent style being open-ended, formally precise and using dry humour. Work in other media extends and adapts these strategies.

“amusing, intelligent and sensual” Frankfurter Allgemeine

“guerilla Live Art like this should be seen more” Live Art Magazine

“I basically spent the duration of the show, just under an hour, with either an untameable smile on my face or straight out laughter reverberating throughout my all.” NTS Radio

The work plays upon the dividing lines of the personal and the public, and those between art and everyday life. As well as using theatres and galleries, projects may also be placed in living city spaces or designed for an online platform, creating different levels of intimacy and complicity between the artist and spectator. These performances can be living situations, but so too can they be tightly rehearsed works. Sometime they are both.

This work has been presented in contexts such as:

  1. UK: British Council Edinburgh Showcase, The Bluecoat, Victoria & Albert Museum, ICA, BAC, Richmix,  South London Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Chelsea Theatre, ICIA Bath

  2. US: NYC International Fringe, The Brick Williamsburg

  3. France: Infr’action Festival, American Centre for The Arts

  4. Belgium: Playground Festival STUK, Volksroom Brussels, Nadine Brussels

  5. Netherlands: Frascati, Melkweg, Koninklijke Schouwburg, Over het Ij Festival, Grand Theatre Groningen, Twente Biennale Enschede, Lodge 22 Dordrecht

  6. Germany: FFT Dusseldorf, Plateaux Festival, Wunder der Präire, KammerMachen, Artheater Köln, Orangerie Köln, Theaterdiscounter Berlin, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Arttours Stuttgart, Grimmuseum Berlin, B-Tour Berlin

  7. Hong Kong: HK Arts Centre, CUHK, CCCD, Green Wave Art, Baptist University

  8. Croatia, Art Radioniza Lazareti Dubrovnik, Shadowcasters Festival Zagreb

  9. Israel: ZAZ Festival Performance Art Platform Tel Aviv, The Lab Jerusalem

  10. China: Open Performance Art Festival Beijing, Bookworm International Literary Festival Beijing, CEAC Xiamen, Xintiandi Fringe Festival Shanghai, Xiamen University, V Art Centre Shanghai, Rolling Snowball Quanzhou, Jue Festival Shanghai, Shenyang International Performance Art Festival, Burnt by Snow Festival, Above the Clouds Festival, AMNUA Museum Nanjing, Cement Park Shanghai

  11. Australia: RMIT Gallery Melbourne, Kings Atrium Melbourne

  12. Iran: IIFUT Festival Tehran

  13. Italy: Infr’action Venezia, Festival Villagio d’Artista Verbania

  14. Egypt: Cairo Video Festival

  15. Romania: Simultan Festival

  16. Switzerland: Perform Now Festival

The work is diverse in form, it spans performance, video, artist books, critical publications, audio works for exhibitions and several audio recordings for radio. These projects have been regularly supported by Arts Council England and The British Council as well as by co-producers such as Zeitraumexit, FFT Dusseldorf, ICIA Bath and Institute for Provocation, to name but a few.

Aitchison regularly works in different roles in collaborative projects. He is a highly experienced performer, co-writer, and artistic adviser having worked on many events and productions in the fields of conceptual dance, artist’s video and experimental theatre. For a full list of his collaborations see HERE.

Aitchison studied at the University of Wolverhampton and Middlesex University, is a graduate of Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, completed a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London (2007) entitled From A-Z to II-VI: Integrating Corporeal Mime into a Performance Art Practice. He has published critical articles and reviews, taught at graduate and postgraduate level, and presented his work at numerous talks and conferences around the world.