Every Ocean Hughes
Help the Dead
(After Ian White)


24 August 19, 5 pm and 7 pm 

25 August 19, 5 pm 

Venue: Hall

Admission: 5 € / reduced 3 €

In English


Tickets can be purchased online or at KW’s counter. Please note that capacity for this performance is limited. Booking is advised. No latecomers admitted.



<p>Every Ocean Hughes and Bryce Wilner, <em>Help the Dead</em>, 2019</p>

Every Ocean Hughes and Bryce Wilner, Help the Dead, 2019


Stockholm-based artist Every Ocean Hughes presents Help the Dead – a new live art project that addresses self-determination, accountability, and the fantasy of continuity. Part concert, part theatre, Help the Dead draws inspiration from a series of workshops the artist attended in the last two years, where Ocean Hughes was learning how to be a death doula, care for dead bodies, and perform home funerals. Help the Dead considers “queer death,” mutual aid, and the socialities of surviving and dying on the planet in contemporary times. Performed by Geo Wyeth and Colin Self. 



Every Ocean Hughes (EOH), f.k.a. Emily Roysdon (born 1977), is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. EOH’s recent projects take the form of live art, photographic installations, print making, text, video, and curating. EOH was editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include work with: The Knife, JD Samson & MEN, Levi Gonzalez, Vanessa Anspaugh, Faye Driscoll, and Le Tigre. EOH is a 2019/20 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Cambridge (US).


Help the Dead is the final installment of a three-part Pause series dedicated to Ian White (1971–2013). An artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer based in London and Berlin, White’s work responded critically to the role institutional infrastructures play in the production of art. The 2019 Pause program comprises Jimmy Robert, Emma Hedditch, and Every Ocean Hughes – three of White’s friends and collaborators. Each explore how their shared work and White’s legacy continues to inflect contemporary performance and collaboration.


Help the Dead is a co-production with Volt, Bergen (NO), with the support of Konstnärsnämnden, Stockholm, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (US).


This year’s Pause series is also part of Reflect-Suspend-Dismantle, a year-long program around the work of Ian White, which takes place at various locations throughout 2019 within the city of Berlin, and is delivered in collaboration with curator Kirsty Bell and the Estate of Ian White, Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, and DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.


Curator: Mason Leaver-Yap