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Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter's collaborative work is Interdisciplinary, multi-sensory and often site/context responsive, spanning performance, happenings and interventions, sound, video and installation. Through their collaborative practice, Zierle & Carter critically examine different modes of communication and what it means to be human, addressing notions of belonging, dynamics within relationships, and the transformation of limitations. Their work sites an embodied investigation into human interactions and encounters, acting as an invitation to venture into the spaces in-between the external and internal, permanent and transient, spoken and unheard. The work fundamentally explores society’s conventions, traditions, and rituals, often flipping them on their head, reversing orders, and disrupting the norm.

Shifting in format, content and duration, their performance works vary in length, from a series of short actions to three days durational works, a week long intensive to bodies of work that span a year. At times publicly visible and others remote and discreet, their site-specific work has occupied galleries, explored one to one interactive and instruction based performances in cupboards and empty cinemas. They have created performance for camera works on snow covered mountain plateaus and at the edge of cliffs, a series of actions and interactions in busy shopping areas, baroque gardens and city parks, made process-led works in libraries, woodlands, tunnels and World War 2 bunkers, as well as working nomadically with interventions in wilderness such as on the top of a volcano, at the base of a glacier, in a hot spring or in deserts.


Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Catalyst Arts (UK), IBT13 International Festival of Performance (UK), Substation (SG), Palazzo Bembo for the Venice International Performance Art Week (IT), Chapter Arts Centre (UK), IKRA (SE), Balikitan (PH), POP Gallery (AU), Garden of Reason (UK), Up To Nature (UK), Newlyn Art and The Exchange (UK), Grace Exhibition Space (US), La Galleria (UK), The Taubman Museum of Art (US), The A-Foundation for the Liverpool Biennale (UK), the Arnolfini (UK), Wysing Arts Centre (UK), Exist-ence International Performance Art Festival (AU), and at MOMA (US) and Plymouth Arts Centre (UK) as part of Marina Abramovic’s Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art and The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow.

Twice recipients of Arts Council England grants, including support for a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, Zierle & Carter are currently creating new work with Manuel Vason for his new Double Exposure publication due to be published in July 2014. Distributed to visitors at the Venice Biennale 2013, their work is featured in the major new Personal Structures publication published by The Global Art Affairs Foundation.


• Charred Territories at Rapid Pulse Internation Festival of
Performance (US)
• Waiting for Your Promise for DUO DAYS at Catalyst Arts (UK)
• Between Lands and Longings at IBT13 (UK)
• At the Edge of Longing at The Venice International Performance
Art Week (Italy)
• R.I.T.E.S at the Substation (Singapore)
• PIPAF (Philippines)
• In to the distance at Experimentica 2012 (UK)
• Garden of Reason at Ham House (UK)
• Pearls of Sustennace at IKRA 2012 (Sweden)
• Love Spills at Grace Exhibition Space (US)
• Pearls of Sustenance at The Arnolfini as part of IBT10 (UK)
• The Treasure House at the Taubman Museum of Art as part of The
Marginal Arts Festival (US)
• IMAF 2009 (Serbia)
• Performance Transitions at The Exchange (UK)
• Direct Action 2011 at the Institut für Alles Mögliche (Germany)
• Head to Head, Pearls of Sustenance and The Treasure House at
Exist-ence International Performance Art Festival (Australia)
• Contaminate (US)
• Videophile at The Phoenix Gallery (UK)
• Buenos Aires Zonadeartenacción - Foto y Video Acción 2007 at
Zonadearte (Argentina)
• Fluxus Now! at The Exchange (UK)

In 2006 Zierle & Carter received the Ferdinand Zweig Memorial Scholarship to produce new work in Patagonia, Argentina. As former members of The Western Alliance they presented To Good To Be True, URGENCY/AGENCY Residency exhibition with The Western Alliance and Turkish artists Iz Oztat and Volkan Aslan as part of the Visiting Arts Artists to Artist scheme, The Delfina Foundation, London, UK. In 2011 they also attended the 'What's love got to do with it?' visual arts residency at the Banff Centre, Canada, and participated in a collaborative research and production residency with choreographer and artist Jill Sigman and her company thinkdance.

Forthcoming exhibitions and events include SAAVY in Berlin, 8. Biennale of Photography in Poznan in Poland, Federation Square, Melbourne and Chiloé Island in Chile, among others.

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