Back to Partying in the Blackbox

Like The Party Has Been Cancelled by Ira Brand Cement 2022 - photo by Cloakture .

I am in the black box “after several Covid-postponements”. I can finally experience watching a performance collectively as part of an audience. “It feels like there’s still much to discover about the work, and I’m excited to share it with a home crowd and open up some dialogues about the experience of it.” Ira writes in her mail-shot before the Amsterdam premiere at Frascati of LIKE THE PARTY HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Working in the Glory Machine

The Glory Machine -Billy Mullaney My Screen 3

I have worked with Billy Mullaney since 2018, in the role of a live video editor (on-stage). In the Glory Machine, we see an ensemble of 6 performers including Billy (and excluding me). They are executing a series of 75 shots which is being made life for the audience.

A Short Note On Artist’s Space And Artists In Their Ateliers

The artist studio is a space that separates private life from the art practice of the artist. A place to develop works, skills and methodologies.

Kaxxa Infernali: Explosions​

Kaxxa Infernali: Explosions SOLO PERFORMANCE, 50 minutes, Maltese (with English subtitles) Maltese fishermen (and firework-makers) have, in the past, fished unexploded bombs from the islet of Filfla [1], which was used as target practice for rockets, missiles and torpedoes during the British Rule (1800-1974). “Kaxxa Infernali : Explosions” is a 50 minutes solo piece. … Continue reading Kaxxa Infernali: Explosions​

An introduction to the DasArts Archive

A record for a record. 

The process of gaining access to an archive, of searching through a potpourri of memory, and decoding the fragments and connections therein is an act that leaves its own traces. 

(DASArts) Archive

in the attic of Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS, Amsterdam. © Jimmy Grima, DasTheatre

The artist’s chance encounter with a document in an attic opened a window onto a previously unexplored history; an account of one night in 1989 where two men, Goran Sergej Pristaš and Ritsaert ten Cate, met. They spent the evening drinking jenever, watching twenty VHS videotapes.

Blurry Memories, Corridor Conversations And Boxed Obsolete Media: A Research Space

J Grima constructed a physical space to house the material he had collected from the attic- a research office opened to the public by appointment. photos Thomas Lenden

Blurry Memories, Corridor Conversations And Boxed Obsolete Media: A Research Space

Gates and Gatekeepers


So at the gates of the airport, I found myself thinking about gates and gatekeepers. I often find myself pondering about various aspects of cultural policy especially when I visit the micro-cosmos of the Maltese scene.

Outsiders Looking In

Dutch mill facing the flood of 1926. Grouw, the Netherlands, 1926.. Collection Spaarnestad - Nationaal Archief

he remembers a passage in his school textbook called The Legend of Holland. The centre character is a young boy from the countryside who turns to be a national hero after saving the country from flooding by blocking a leak in the dam with his finger and staying there for days and nights before he was found and the dam was fixed. My father says this story is imprinted in his mind and this is how he sees Holland. I said it’s the Netherlands now



“…jien is-soltu nħares lejn il-qamar. Għax il-qamar, meta jkun ġej maltemp ikollu l-qiegħa. Jekk ikun ġej ftit ikollu ftit. Mhux ikun ċar bħal ma hija l-bozza imma jkollu qiegħa miegħu. Sinjali li jkun hemm xi riħ. Imma dan kellu qiegħa imma jien peress li kont flgħaxija għall-għasafar, mort u ma ħaristx ’l hemm. Li niżel… mhux taqtir niżel. Qisu bil-bramel. Però kien hemm tmien trombi fuq il-baħar. Ngħidulhom ‘bżieżel tal-ajru’. Beżżul meta tkun sħaba u tniżżilha hekk.”