Approved: 17.01.2015

Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Researcher, Writer

Approved: 17.01.2015


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Artist Statement


Jacek Ludwig Scarso (PhD) is an internationally exhibited artist, curator and academic, whose work stretches theatrical experiences across live performance, public art, video, photography and installation.

Born in Rome of Polish, British and Italian origins, he lives and works in London. Jacek’s creative process stems from his background in performance and vocal studies: since graduating from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he has combined his performance work as Artistic Director of award-winning  Elastic Theatre, receiving funding grants from Wellcome Trust, ACE and Jerwood, with his independent profile as interdisciplinary artist. His projects, investigating intersections between practices of theatricality and contemporary art, have been exhibited worldwide. These include projects and commissions at Tate Modern, York Art Gallery, MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Rome), the Science Museum, GV Art Gallery and InTRANSIT (London), Fotofever at Carrousel du Louvre, Pave D’Orsay and Cutlog (Paris), BAW and The Living Theater (New York),  MIA (Milan), Galleria Civica Cavour (Padua), Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and Galleria ArteSpazioTempo (Venice), Weissraum Gallery (Kyoto, Japan), CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea), Tai Kwun (Hong Kong), Photo Docks (Lyon), Vkunst (Frankfurt) and Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Budelsdorf) where his video-works are included in the Nord Art Collection.

Jacek is Reader in Art and Performance at the School of Art Architecture and Design (AAD, London Metropolitan University), where he completed his PhD in Artistic Research and where he holds the honorary title of University Teaching Fellow. At the AAD, he directs the new MA Public Art & Performance, in association with Tate Exchange and is Deputy Director of CREATURE (Research Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement).

Jacek is Senior Curator at Fondazione Marta Czok (Rome/Venice). He is an Associate Artist of Anise Gallery. He is also a Trustee of The Line – London’s first dedicated Public Art Walk, Senior Advisor on Public Space for City Space Architecture, and Research Associate at the Public Space Museum, Bologna. He was recently invited for a Research Fellowship at RMIT University, Melbourne.


My work is a playful depiction of human fragility. My performance background has instilled in me a fascination for the composition of bodies in time and space: dramatic and visceral, these bodies are parts of complex stories told in stark minimal settings. I thrive on theatricality. I seek outlandish performative actions, twisted plotlines, tragicomic characters, absurd themes and an unmitigated voyeurism from the point of view of the spectator. I also thrive in ambiguity - hybrid ideas from often contrasting fields, like science, religion, sexuality and art itself. Theatricality and ambiguity are present in all my work and drive my creative process, stretched across the mediums of live performance, written word, voice, photography, video, and installation. 

CV & Education

Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Artist, Theatre Director, Curator (PhD)

Reader in Art & Performance at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University – Deputy Director of CREATURE (Research Centre in Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement). Senior Curator at Fondazione Marta Czok (Rome/Venice). 



Feature Projects 

Shrine of the Goat, Anise Gallery as part of London Festival of Architecture 2022. Live/VR Performance

Critical Theatricality in the Museum Space Ca’ Pesaro Galleria di Arte Moderna Venice  artistic research project based on publication for The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

Luccicanza, Keynote Contribution at Venice Design Week 2022

Group Shows

10 prints by 10 Artists, Anise Gallery online, curated by J. Jubert


Feature Projects 

Future Now – Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition York Art Gallery  with THE PECKING ORDER

Group Shows 

Anise Gallery 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, curated by J. Jubert, Anise Gallery (London)

10 prints by 10 Artists, with Anise Gallery for Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair (London)

Other Projects/Commissions

The Public Art Experiment for Spark Festival in Hong Kong, in collaboration with the British Council


Feature Projects 

Future Now – Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition York Art Gallery  with IN LIMBO (until June 2020)

Other Projects/Commissions

The Public Art Experiment for Spark Festival in Hong Kong, in collaboration with the British Council

Curator of  New Monuments for Aldgatel, Aldgate Festival

Invited Speaker on Public Art for “The City: Memories and Affect”, as part of Constellations, organised by Intercultural Roots (IR)


Feature Projects / Solo Shows

Lead Artist for The Pecking Order, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern in collaboration with The Cass, Anise Gallery and AVR London

Baroque IntrusionsMuseo del Barocco presso Palazzo Chigi (Rome) in collaboration with Marta Czok

Comparse Barocche / Baroque ExtrasStudio CS (Castel Gandolfo, Rome)

Group Shows 

Anima Mundi – VisionsPalazzo Ca’ Zanardi and THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, Venice. Curated by L. Curci during the 58th Venice Biennale

Urban Landscapes, exhibition at CICA MuseumGyeonggi-do, South Korea

We all come from SomewhereTate Liverpool, curated by M. Moreno

Streetplayer, video art exhibition for Artwalk Wakefield 2019 

Other Projects/Commissions

Nature in the City and Voicescapes for Spark Festival in Hong Kong, in collaboration with the British Council

Curator of Land of Fibs, The Cass Theatre Arts Festival, Canada Water Theatre and Library

Guest Speaker for Curating the FutureTai Kwun, Hong Kong 

Guest Speaker at TaPRA 2019, University of Exeter 


Feature Projects / Solo Shows

In Limbo, Live/VR installation at Tate Modern, London  in partnership with Tate Exchange. A collaboration with Felix Dodd and A-VR, Anise Gallery and The Cass,

Kamo-gawa_Kamo-gawa, project at Weissraum Gallery, Kyoto, Japan. Curated by Takaya Fujii

Precarious Balance/ Equilibrio Precario, Arte Spazio Tempo, Studio CS Rome, curated by B. Vincenzi (sculpture/installation)

Metropolis, with Marta Czok at Magione Arts District in conjunction with Manifesta Palermo , curated by C. Biasini

Group Shows 

Art & Location, exhibition at CICA MuseumGyeonggi-do, South Korea

London Art Fair: exhibition with Anise Gallery on the occasion of the 30th edition of the Fair, curated by J. Jubert

Venice Vending Machine, Tate Liverpool, curated by M. Moreno.

Streetplayer 2018: selected for video exhibition curated by Chris Woodward with Axisweb

TAPRA 2018: exhibition at TAPRA Gallery (Aberystwyth), curated by F. Jones

Sport/Spectacle: exhibition/conference at Kings College London, curated by B. Chow

Other Projects/Commissions

Stage Director of Juliet of the Spirits, live adaptation of Federico Fellini’s work. Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London.

Interdisciplinary Voice, paper/workshop at Anglia Ruskin University


Feature Projects / Solo Shows

Precarious Balance/ Equilibrio Precario, Arte Spazio Tempo, Venice, during 57th Venice Biennale, curated by B. Vincenzi (sculpture/installation)

Group Shows 

Controlled Realities, Anise Gallery, London alongside Rachel Hara and Charles Harrop-Griffiths, curated by J. Jubert (sculpture/installation)

Venice Vending Machine at Palazzo Mora and Giardini della Marinaressa in Venice, during 57th Venice Biennale, curated by M. Moreno

Love and Violence, Galleria Civica Cavour, Padua, curated by B. Cadogno and S. Prelz (installation/video)

Other Projects/Commissions

Curator for DEN Festival at Shoreditch Town HallTheatre & Performance graduation show, The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design

Collecting and Curating Sound, Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, TaPRA conference, presenting The Vocal Exhibit, curated by G. Guy and J. Linsley

Vocal Embodiment, ACLA Conference Utrecht University, presenting The Vocal Exhibit

Theatricality and the Arts Symposium at University of Lancaster, presenting Reframing the (post)dramatic in Contemporary Art



Feature Projects / Solo shows

This may self-destruct, Studio CS, Castel Gandolfo, Rome (installation and photo)

Science Museum Lates exhibiting L’Entraineur and Santino (videos) and Swinging Swimmers (live installation), London

Group Shows

Visions in the Nunnery, Bow Arts, London, curated by C. Cremona (video/live installation)

Transmission Art, Athens – Karlsruhe curated by James Simburas and Ursula Schachenhofer (video)

Venice Vending Machine at Kunst Altonale Hamburg curated by Marina Moreno (installation)

Other Projects/Commissions

BAW at Pave D’Orsay, research residency, Paris

Spazio Ingranaggi D’Arte, research residency, Rome



Feature Projects / Solo Shows

Little Man SagaRomberg Arte Contemporanea Rome (video, photo, installation) curated by I. Bergantini and G. Conti

Toxic Monks for InTRANSIT London (performance) curated by O’Neill/Ross

Imagined Cities for Colourscape Music Festival London (performance) with composer A. Campkin

Group shows

MIA Milan (photo) with Romberg Arte Contemporanea, curated by I. Bergantini

Nord Art Budelsdorf (video) Kunstwerk Carlshütte, curated by W. Gramm

Vkunst Frankfurt (video) curated by C. von Löw and A. Greulich

Venice Vending Machine, Serra dei Giardini during 56th Venice Biennalecurated by M. Moreno


Strata music video direction for jazz composer Ivo Neame featured on The Guardian


Feature Projects / Solo shows

MIA Milan Image Art with Romberg Arte Contemporanea (photo, video) curated by I. Bergantini

Group shows

FotoFever, Carrousel du Louvre Paris with Romberg Arte Contemporanea (photo)

Docks Art Fair Lyon with Romberg Arte Contemporanea (photo)


Toxic Monks for At Boiling Point London (performance) curated by Heritage Arts



Feature Projects / Solo shows

Icons & Idols MACRO Museo Arte Contemporanea di Roma (La Pelanda) Rome, (video, installation, performance) curated by B. Codogno

Group shows

Cutlog with Romberg Arte Contemporanea Paris (video)

Bosh Fest Republic of Macedonia  (video)

The OrtusSpitalfields Music Festival

GV Art Gallery London (video) curated by R. Devcic

White Cloth Gallery Leeds (video)


Julius (part 2) funded by Wellcome Trust  and Jerwood Charitable Foundation (video and performance)



Feature Projects / Solo Shows

Theatre of the Mind GV Art Gallery London (video, performance) curated by R. Devcic

Other Projects/Commissions

Julius (part 1) funded by Wellcome Trust  and Jerwood Charitable Foundation (video and performance – with Elastic Theatre)



Feature Projects

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival London (performance) curated by B. Hemmings


Baroque Box, site-specific at Old Royal Naval College, funded by Wellcome Trust (performance with Elastic Theatre)


Group shows

Tete a Tete Opera Festival at Riverside Studios (performance) curated by B. Bankes-Jones

Islington Exhibits London (installation) curated by L. Richardson

Other Projects/Commissions

Baroccata, supported by The Facility (performance with Elastic Theatre)


Group shows

Tete a Tete Opera Festival at Riverside Studios (performance) curated by B. Bankes-Jones

Create at Arcola Theatre London (installation, performance)


Medousa and The Passion of Sergius and Bacchus (performance with Elastic Theatre), supported by The Facility and BAW Paris, Americam University of Paris



The Magdalene Mysteries (performance with Elastic Theatre) supported by The Facility, co-produced with Southwark Playhouse, St James’s Piccadilly and Roma Teatro Festival



Medea Made Medea (performance with Elastic Theatre) supported by The Facility and Rencontres de Theatre Europeen Grenoble



Ophelia’s Song (performance with Elastic Theatre) supported by The Facility and Teatro Integrato  Internazionale Rome



The Penny Gaffe Scandals (site-responsive performance with Elastic Theatre) in private locations across London



State Stating Statuses / Aqua: artistic residency at London Metropolitan University Performance Programme (performance with Elastic  Theatre)



So does the Bubble Machine (performance with Elastic theatre) at Rudolf Steiner House and The Bull Art Centre, London



Cliché (performance with Elastic Theatre), Battersea Arts Centre and Bull Art Centre London



Urban Performance commission for Enzimi, Romaeuropa Festival, supported by the Council of Rome

Ongoing Roles

Reader in Art and Performance, School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University

Artistic Director of Elastic Theatre (

Deputy Director of CREATURE (Research Centre in Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement)

Senior Curator of Fondazione Marta Czok (Rome)

Senior Advisor for City Space Architecture

Trustee of The Line – London’s first dedicated Public Art walk

Research Associate of Museo Spazio Pubblico, Bologna


PhD Artistic Practice as Research (2014) London Metropolitan University

MA Voice Studies (2002) Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

BA Performing Arts (2001) First Class Honours, University of North London

Grants and Awards

Future Now, Aesthetica Prize Anthology selection (2021)

Future Now, Aesthetica Prize Anthology selection (2020)

Research Award, The Cass (2019)

University Honorary Teaching Fellowship, The Cass London Met (2018)

Research Award, The Cass (2018)

Streetplayer Selection, Axisweb (2018)

Research Award, The Cass (2017)

Professional Award, London Metropolitan University (2015)

Arts Award for Public Engagement, Wellcome Trust (2012-13)

Fringe Report Award (2012)

Arts Award, Jerwood Charitable Foundation (2012)

Arts Award for Public Engagement, Wellcome Trust (2010-2011)

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Commission (2011)

Research Funding Award, London Metropolitan University (2010)

Research Funding Award, London Metropolitan University (2009)

The Facility: Performance as Research Grant (2009)

The Facility: Performance as Research Grant (2007)

The Facility: Performance as Research Grant (2006)

RomaEuropa/Enzimi Commission (2001)

International Laboratories and Residencies

London Metropolitan University (ongoing residency)

Royal Opera House (London), 2012-2017

Circus Space (London), 2014- 2017

GV Art Gallery (London), Love Arts Festival (Leeds), Bosh Fest (Republic of Macedonia), 2013

Pavé D’Orsay (Paris) / Stuttgart Staatstheater, RESEO / Opera National de Lyon, Opera Europa, 2012

The Living Theatre (New York) / Noa Opera (Vilnius), 2011

Noa Opera (Vilnius), 2010

American University of Paris, 2009

London Contemporary Dance School, 2007-2009

Roma Teatro Festival, 2008

Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen (Grenoble), 2007

Teatro Integrato Internazionale (Rome), 2004-2006

East 15 Acting School (London), 2002-2004

Press Features

The Times (London), Theatre Today (USA), Daily Telegraph (UK), Huffington Post (Italy), Style Magazine, Il Corriere della Sera (Italy), Wall Street Journal (Europe), Ecumenica Journal (USA), Fringe Review (UK), Time Out (London), New Scientist (UK), IdeasTap Magazine (UK), Trebuchet Magazine (UK), Urban Time (UK) Prove Aperte (Italy) Arte Mondadori (Italy), Exibart (Italy)