TENT: A School of performative Practices, is a decentralized institution which aims to create an open platform for exchanges between artists, researchers and anyone interested. It builds new modes of inclusion and diversity. TENT uses interactive formats such as talks, residencies, dinners and temporal togetherness. It is a space for imagining, thinking, listening and also responding to social injustices.
TENT simultaneously a real tent, a physical object and an institution as an idea. Its first residency programme REST starts in May 2022. TENT does not have its own property, but works with other institutions and their resources. From June 2021 to May 2022, TENT has been in its rehearsal phase and we have worked and learned by cooperating with other institutions, festivals, public spaces and schools.
TENT was founded by artist and curator Pankaj Tiwari with the following aim:
I wish to create a structure which is real, inclusive, diverse. An institution that does not exploit people’s identity to capitalise on it. Rather than that, I would like to create a structure where diverse identities can feel a sense of belonging, a space of mutual learning, a sense of ownership, a sense of home, a better support structure, a space where participants have more unproductive time. want to create a school that really creates a space of cultural diversity and intercultural exchanges.
First build up of TENT at DAS Graduate Performance in collaboration with Maria Magdalena Kozlowska
TENT Artists 2023
TENT Artists 2022
REST Residency spring/summer 2022
Maria Magdalena Kozlowska
Kristýna Ilek - documentation & production assistant
Giorgia Belotti - graphic design
Hatim S. - IT support
Dimitri van den Wittenboer
Tom Oliver Jacobson
Banyan TENT is currently supported by Gessnerallee Theatre in Zurich and the University of Minnesota.
Pankaj Tiwari, founder of TENT is supported by AFK in 2022.