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 was co-director of Performance Matters, a four-year AHRC funded research project on the cultural value of performance (2009–2013). From 2014-2016 he conducted the three year European Union funded creative research project Curating the Ephemeral on immaterial art and museal practices.

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 was 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.


All images appear courtesy of their authors or copyright holders and should not be reproduced without permission.


Liquid Knowledge

Liquid Knowledge was recorded on the eve of the opening of Marina Abramović’s European retrospective and the publication of her recent memoir. The exchange pursues questions of duration, discipline, the transformation of pain, solitude and art without the artist present.

Homepage image: Marina Abramović, The Artist is Present, 2010. Performance, 3 months, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Photo: Marco Anelli, © the artist. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives.

Marina Abramović: The Cleaner, Moderna Museet and Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2017. ISBN 9783775742610.

get this

Read the exchange below