Vivid Projects + Ikon

Performance Art Laboratory

10 – 13 August 2023

Vivid Projects + Ikon is a programme of free performances curated by Vivid Projects for Passionate Pilgrim, Melati Suryodarmo’s first UK solo exhibition. Suryodamo is one of Indonesia’s most important living artists, known for her strenuous durational performances that last several hours, testing the limits of mind and body.
This programme has been developed in response to Presence to Present, a performance lab led by Suryodarmo and attended by the participating artists.

From 10-13 August four artists who have worked with us to develop performance practice will be sharing new work. Emily Scarrot, melissandre varin, Rosa Postlethwaite and Samiir Saunders will engage and interact with the possibilities offered by Suryodarmo’s exhibition, through durational work. Instigating critical dialogue and creative exercise, Performance Art Laboratory signals the first of our 2023/4 season to re-imagine our resources as Vivid Lab; a catalyst for practice-research.

All performances and events take place at Ikon and are are free. No need to book, just drop in. More details here

Presented as part of Melati Suryodarmo’s exhibition Passionate Pilgrim (17 May – 3 September 2023)


Thursday 10 August, 4-8pm
melissandre varin

Live performance
Events Room, First Floor

Thursday 10 August, 1-3pm
Emily Scarrott with Ikon Youth Programme

Live performance

Saturday 12 August, 11am-1pm
Rosa Postlethwaite

Live performance
Second Floor Galleries

Sunday 13 August, 12.30pm–2.30pm
Samiir Saunders

Live performance
Second Floor Galleries

*Content warning. This performance may reference adult themes.

Sunday 13 August, 3-5pm

Vivid Projects + Ikon performance artists
Informal discussions
Second Floor Galleries


Venue: Ikon, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Melati Suryodramo’s exhibition is supported by Bagri Foundation, British Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programme, Birmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. Gallery; ShanghART, Tanya Michele Amador and Michiel Verhoeven; and Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson.

It is developed in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.

melissandre varin: Who's gonna clean the mess of/in your garden?Photo: Ayesha Jones