LEIBNIZ

Co-founded by Ernst Fischer and Helen Spackman in 2005, LEIBNIZ is a fluid live art collective that aims to present socially engaged and inter-active work, create rituals and mythologies for a secular age, generate new audiences and assist emerging artists. Having worked together since 1995, Fischer and Spackman’s long standing interest in issues of home and belonging has developed with LEIBNIZ to more specifically address bio-ethical and ecological concerns and the ways in which performance can function as an accessible and vibrant means of counter-cultural documentation and regeneration.

In various collaborations with a core group of associate artists, LEIBNIZ has to date produced five distinct projects:
THE BOOK OF DUST (2005 -)
THE SHIP OF FOOLS (2005 -)
THE BOOK OF BLOOD (2006 -) GHOST LETTERS (2008 -)
PASSION/FLOWER (now part of ALLOTMENT, 2010-).
Various elements of these projects have been presented at numerous international performance festivals and seasons, including:
PSI, London (2006);
four editions of the National Review of Live Art (NRLA), Glasgow (2007/8/9 & 10);
ARTS ADMIN, Toynbee Studios;
UNDERCOVER SURREALISM, Hayward Gallery (2006);
SACRED (2009 & 2011), Chelsea Theatre (all London) and – beyond the UK;
ANTI FESTIVAL, Kupio, Finland (2006);
PSI, Copenhagen, Denmark (2008);
DEFORMES, Santiago di Chile and Valdivia, Chile (2008);
RIFRAZIONI, Anzio, Italy (2008/9/10);
BLOCK 33, Thessaloniki, Greece (2009);
LIFE : Lazio in Festival Estate, Tuscania, Italy (2012);
STOFF, Stockholm, Sweden (2012).
Helen Spackman and Ernst Fischer