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.


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Live: Art and Performance

Live Art, or performance, is one of the most controversial and hotly discussed areas of art practice to emerge in the second half of the twentieth century. The history of Live Art is one of challenge to audiences, art traditions and cultural values. With elements of performance now part of the practice of many of today’s best-known artists, and boundaries between visual art, theatre and live art more and more blurred, this collection is long overdue. Leading artists and thinkers assess the relevance of Live Art now and its impact within the visual arts and the broader cultural sphere. Hugo Glendinning’s stunning colour photographs of performance events are combined with numerous essays examining the political, philosophical and cultural resonances of the work of a diverse range of international Live artists, both historical and contemporary.

Accessible, critically astute and expansive, Live is an indispensable resource for all those with an interest in some of the most vibrant and contested issues in art today.

Contributors: Marina Abramović, Ron Athey, Franko B, Bobby Baker, Lucy Baldwyn, Michele Barrett, Jérôme Bel, Romeo Castellucci, Brian Catling, Oron Catts, Julie Clarke, Ricardo Dominguez, Tim Etchells, Jean Fisher, Forced Entertainment, Goat Island, RoseLee Goldberg, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, Amelia Jones, Joe Kelleher, Yu Yeon Kim, Oleg Kulik, André Lepecki, Alastair MacLennan, Hayley Newman, Peggy Phelan, La Pocha Nostra, William Pope.L, Andrew Quick, Alan Read, La Ribot, Henry M. Sayre, Stelarc.

Homepage image: Oleg Kulik, Armadillo for your Show, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artist.

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Live: Art and Performance
Live: Art and Performance Forced Entertainment, 12am: Awake and Looking Down, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artists.
Live: Art and Performance Forced Entertainment, Quizoola!, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artists.
Live: Art and Performance Marina Abramovic, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artist.
Live: Art and Performance Franko B, I Miss You!, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artist.
Live: Art and Performance Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Juan Ybarra and Michelle Ceballos of La Pocha Nostra with Kazuko Hohki and Ansuman Biswas, Ex-Centris (A Living Diorama of Fetish-ized Others), 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artists.
Live: Art and Performance La Ribot, Distinguidas Pieces, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artist.