Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance. He is the author of Out of Now, a monograph on the artist Tehching Hsieh, editor of Ally and Live: Art and Performance and co-editor of Perform, Repeat, Record. His numerous essays have been translated into ten languages.

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

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 eighteen years. He was curator of Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), a curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) and an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway.

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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  • In conversation with Tehching Hsieh, Nottingham Contemporary, 29 September 2018

    Institute of Asian Performance Art
    2-4pm, 29 September 2018
    Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham

    Developed by curator Victor Wang 王宗孚 for the 11th edition of DRAF Curator’s Series, the Institute of Asian Performance Art (IAPA) is an international network to promote understanding of early performance art in East Asia. For this event at Nottingham Contemporary, IAPA presents two influential early performance artists from Taiwan and China.

    Tehching Hsieh discusses his work with Adrian Heathfield. The conversation explores Hsieh’s ideas on time and performance, in particular in his durational works including his five One Year Performances and Thirteen Year Plan (1986–1999), whereby Hsieh pledged not to exhibit work over a thirteen-year period. Hsieh also discusses his ambitious proposal for a career retrospective that is measured and displayed in both time and space.

    Yingmei Duan presents a new performative lecture Future Imagination: A solo show by Yingmei Duan in 2021 at Nottingham Contemporary. This live work created especially for the event is the latest in a series that sees Yingmei adopt the role of museum guide to present an imagined solo exhibition at the host institution. This ambitious fictional exhibition lasts only for the duration of the performance, as Yingmei describes artworks included in the show.

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