Born 1989 in Moscow. Based in London.
Alisa Oleva holds a BA and MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths. 


She treats the city as her studio and urban life as material, to consider issues of urban choreography and urban archeology, traces and surfaces, borders and inventories, intervals and silences, passages and cracks. Her projects have manifested as a series of interactive situations, performances, movements scores, personal and intimate encounters, parkour, walkshops, and audio walks. 

Selected solo projects: 

​City for her, a walk-action on the International Women's Day across cities, 2021


LADA Screens: Walking Home, online screening of Walking Home, created in the context of Performistanbul’s residency programme for performance artists on theme of ‘home’, 2021

Walking Home, a walking performance, Performistanbul + LADA + British Council Turkey, 2020

Walk Collage, a collective walking project, commissioned by Casson & Friends, 2020

Woven Scores, online zine, Woven Network, virtual art-residence, 2020

Safe/Unsafe, a series of two walks with a shared online discussion, Woven Network, virtual art-residence, 2020

Self-isolation scores, a series of scores, as part of the digital group exhibition Ways & Means, Skelf: a virtual project space, 2020

Zoom walk, a collective simultaneous walk via shared Whatsapp chat, Work Hard! Play Hard! 2020

Let me be your eyes on this walk, a one-to-one walk with a phone call, Work Hard! Play Hard!, 2020


Listening points, a one-to-one listening session over a phone at specific locations, Work Hard! Play Hard!, 2020

Touching with your eyes, a simultaneous walking score, Unlocked Walks series, The Residents Association, 2020

Instagram exhibition, Safe Distance Gallery, online, 2020


Tracing the inside, a home performance, Stay LIVE, Performistanbul, online, 2020 ​


View from the window, a session of collective looking and sharing, online, organised by Artsvit gallery, Dnipro, 2020

Russian Manchester, a guided walk through an imagined city, New Russias festival, Manchester, 2020  

Repeated walk, a collective walk, Work Hard! Play Hard!, Minsk, 2019

Lozhechka, one-to-one action, Work Hard! Play Hard!, Minsk, 2019

Shared sea walks, one-to-one walks, Izolyatsia art residency, Mariupol, 2019

Breadcrumbs, a 24 hours durational performance, Making the EXIT, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 2019

Reflections walk, performance, Work Hard! Play Hard!, Minsk, 2018

Please hold, audiowalk, Assembly of Disturbance, Red Gallery, London, 2017

A visit to an art gallery without looking, walking score, Denial as the Leading Principle, Dordrecht, 2017

Simultaneous walk, a psychogeographic collective performance, State Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017

Ringback tone, audio installation, Belyaevo Gallery, Moscow, 2017

Group exercises, performance, Work Hard! Play Hard!, Minsk, 2017

You are here, audio guide, Under the Ground of Our Times, Museum of Contemporary Art, Pori, 2017

A song for two, audio installation, Dotyk queer festival, Minsk, 2017 

Shortcut, sound installation, Norilsk, 2017

I will show you Minsk, performance, Work Hard! Play Hard!, Minsk, 2016

40.8, audio walk, GRAD Gallery, London, 2016

Eisenstein's circle, audio walk,GRAD Gallery, London, 2016

Private, in collaboration with photographer Bulat Badamshin, audio walk, Miras Gallery, Ufa, 2015

Map of silences, a soundmap, Dnepropetrovsk, 2015

Silent excursion, performance, exhibited at Periscope gallery, Salzburg, 2014

The Demolition Project (collaboration with Debbie Kent):

​(Slightly) Relaxed Soundwalks, a series of monthly soundwalks in East London, 2020-2021


The street: a user's guide, audio walk, Encounter Bow Festival, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 2019

A/drift, soundwalk, Secret Rivers exhibition, Museum of London, 2019

The Demolition Project, participatory installation,

Compass Festival, Leeds, 2018

Blueprint, for ShadowMemory App, Ural Industrial Biennial: New Literacy, Ekaterinburg, 2017


Zazerkalye, score for a performance, Artist Borderpanic Compendium, London, 2017


IN/VISIBLE, performance, Camden People's Theatre, London, 2016

Invisible walking, walkshop, Power and Architecture season, Calvert22, London, 2016

The Demolition Project, durational performance, Power and Architecture season, Calvert22, London, 2016

Shadow, participatory performance, B_Tour Festival, Berlin, 2015

I'm a stranger, participatory performance, B_Tour Festival, Berlin and Belgrade, 2014

atom (collaboration with Timothy Maxymenko):

FAR AWAY DANCE, site-specific audio performance, part of Reveil 2021 by Soundcamp, 2021

Walking next to each other, audio performance for two strangers over the phone, Work Hard! Play Hard!, online, 2020


Left/Right, performance, Crossing, online residency, 2020 


Paper town, a psychogeographic map-making, arebyte gallery, London, 2018

24 ДВАДЦАТЬЧЕТЫРЕ, 24-hour phone call service, Murmansk, 2018

A walk through, a parkour session, Work Hard! Play Hard! Minsk, 2018


Horror Vacui (collaboration with Rotem Volk): 

Arrival time unknown, an audio journey for a tram,

Vadim Sidur Museum, Moscow, 2019

Private view, performance, London, 2013



Odnushka residency, a one week residency, Novo-Molokovo, Russia, 2019

Place and memory, a one month residency, Mariupol, 2019

24/7, a one week residency exploring the polar day, Murmansk, 2018

Short cut, a one month residency, Norilsk, 2017

Map of silences, a two weeks residency, Artsvit, Dnepropetrovsk, 2015


​Arts Council Emergency Fund, 2020


Selected to attend The School of Broadcasting, by Radio Arts Catalyst, 2020-2021

1927 Bursaries for artists, 2020


Contribution to COVID 19 Responses, OCAD U Library, OCAD University


Visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice students , workshop ‘Can we listen with collective ears - together apart’, 2021

Tracing and Viewing: COVID-19 Isolation and Urban Geograph, COVID-19 and the Anthropocene: OCAD U Speaker’s Series, OCAD University, Toronto, online, 2020

Visiting lecturer at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA/MFA Advanced Theatre Practice students , workshop ‘Can we listen with collective ears - together apart’, 2021

Technologies of a walk and the politics of space, online discussion, Assembly, 2020 [in Russian]

A series of online workshops: Site-specific performance: space and place, together with Alena Papina, Cosmoscow, 2020

Walking as a performative medium, online lecture + workshop, part of open call Tools without Rules, RAUM SPACE Festival, Kaliningrad/Berlin

Contributor to Architecture of Loss, online conference organised by RCA, 2020

Movement and parkour workshop for students at Trinity Laban, Sabotage series, 2020

Research practices, mentoring a two-week art residency for young artists, Artsvit, Dnipro, 2019 

Three walkshops in Novo-Molokovo, art residency near Moscow, 2019

Lecture on audio walks, Middlesex University, London, 2019

Parkour and urban movement workshopSummer Dance School, Dubna, 2018

One module for BA students, MARCH Architecture School, Moscow, 2018

Lecture ‘Why walk: walking as an art practice’, State Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017

Walkshop ‘City and sound’, State Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2017


Encounter Bow, a day of outdoor performances and experiences for all ages, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 2019

ShadowMemory, a digital app for art routes around London, ArtNight 2018 


Touching with your eyes, a photo essay, Livingmaps Review, 2021


Selected Press:


Walk With Me: A Performance Artist Adapts to the Pandemic, by Jennifer Hattam, Hyperallergic, 2021

Художница перформанса Алиса Олева — об учебе в Goldsmiths и жанре Walking Art, ZIMA Magazine, 2021 [in Russian]


Walking artist Alisa Oleva: Walk ‘home’ with me, Bianet, 2020


Увеличительное стекло для восприятия города, Your Art, 2019


'I follow a different person every day': using strangers to explore the city, Guardian, 2018


Eisenstein's Circle: Interview With Artist Alisa Oleva, Grad, 2016