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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Hugo Glendinning, Tim Etchells and Adrian Heathfield

Intangibles was a performed collaborative exchange on the cloudy and elusive notion of presence in performance. Working through their personal archives of experiences, images, video and sound recordings, Glendinning, Heathfield and Etchells explored the issue from their distinct perspectives as photographer and witness, critical theorist and curator, theatre director and writer.

Homepage image: Hugo Glendinning, Foetus Skeleton, Museum of Natural History Paris. © the artist.

Intangibles was published in:

Performing/Knowing, ed. Gavin Butt, Article Press, Birmingham, 2011.

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and more fully in:

Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History, Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press (USA), 2012.

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Read the exchange below


Intangibles Hugo Glendinning, Something. © the artist.