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 So Many Words

Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield

In this performance lecture Etchells and Heathfield moved away from their customary territory of making and writing on performance. Based on a trade of fictions, testimonies and questions In So Many Words composed a contrary patchwork story and improvised speculation. A landscape of sketchy characters, jump cuts and suspended moments emerged shot through with violent black humour. A dialogue on the experience of survival and the movement of fiction.

In So Many Words was commissioned by Tanzquartier Vienna as part of their Education Acts season and was premiered there in November 2007 as part of Etchells and Heathfield’s Dialogues season.

In So Many Words Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield, In So Many Words, 2007. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artists.