Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance. His books include Out of Now, a monograph on the Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh and the edited collections Perform, Repeat, Record, Live: Art and Performance, Small Acts and Shattered Anatomies. His numerous essays have been translated into eight languages.

He was co-director of Performance Matters, a four-year AHRC funded research project on the cultural value of performance (2009–2013). From 2014-2016 he conducted the three year European Union funded creative research project Curating the Ephemeral on immaterial art and museal practices.

He co-curated the Live Culture events at Tate Modern, London (2003) and a number of other performance and durational events in European cities over the last sixteen years. He was a curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney and was an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway. He was curator of Taiwan’s exhibition at the Biennale Arte 2017, Venice.

Heathfield has worked with many artists and thinkers on critical and creative collaborations including film dialogues, performance-lectures, dramaturgy, writing and workshop projects. He was President of Performance Studies international (2004–2007) and is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.


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  • Talk event at Biennale Arte, Venice, 24 November 2017

    Wasting Time
    24 November 2017, 2–4.30 pm
    Fondazione Querini Stampalia Auditorium
    Santa Maria Formosa 5252, 30122 Venice, Italy

    Speakers: Tehching Hsieh, Adrian Heathfield, Tim Ingold, Bojana Kunst and Jow Jiun Gong

    Artist Tehching Hsieh and curator Adrian Heathfield are joined by leading figures from the fields of performance theory, philosophy and anthropology to mark the close of Hsieh’s exhibition Doing Time. Responding to the propositions around time, labour and productivity in this work, the participants will discuss the use of negation, the open and waste in contemporary arts practice.