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 and Adrian Heathfield

In an event that hovered somewhere between an experimental screening, a dialogue between collaborators and an art lecture, Glendinning and Heathfield wove together images and words on the nature of photography and performance, time and vision, stillness and movement, capture and loss.

When is an image an event? What is the pleasure of looking compared to the pleasure of doing? Is it ok to take something someone didn’t mean to give? And are all the people in the photographs dead?

Lax was premiered at Tate Modern, London and Tate Liverpool galleries in October 2004, as part of the Activations series curated by the Live Art Development Agency. It was also performed at the Hebbel Theatre Berlin January 2005 and in Providence Rhode Island as part of Becoming Uncomfortable PSi 11 in April 2005.

Lax Paola Pivi. Photo: © Hugo Glendinning