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 currently works on a creative research project – Curating the Ephemeral – funded by the European Union. 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 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 is 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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Being With Emergence

A dialogue with Branislava Kuburović, reflecting on the relations between museums, curatorial practice and live art.

Perform, Experience, Re-Live, ed. Cecilia Wee, Tate Publishing, London, 2016. ISBN 9781849764940.

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Homepage image: Hahn Rowe with The Galaxy (Sidney Nolan, 1957-8). Part of ghost telephone, a month long chain performance curated by Adrian Heathfield, 20th Biennale of Sydney, 15 March – 15 April 2016. Photo courtesy of the artist and © Zan Wimberley.