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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Blood Math

Peggy Phelan and Adrian Heathfield

This early dialogue took the form of a series of spoken fragments developed in correspondence by Phelan and Heathfield and then composed in an interleaved structure. Employing slide imagery and a musical score the correspondence was pursued through a ‘game’ of spelling in which the authors gradually chalked out the word CLOSE on a black board.

Blood Math was commissioned by the performance company Goat Island and was first performed at the Goat Island Summer School, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, July 1999. It was later performed at Virtual and Visceral, Performance Studies international, Phoenix, March 2000 and at the London International Festival of Theatre, Riverside Studios London, June 2001.

Homepage image: Franko B. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.

A version of the text without images and sound is published in The Performance of Love an issue of Cultural Studies, Vol. 15. No. 2. April.

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