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 Culture

Live Culture was a four day programme of events – live actions, durational performances, screenings, lectures and a symposium – based at Tate Modern, London, considering the shifting nature of live practices in relation to the visual arts. Bringing together an array of international artists, theorists and curators, the event explored the expansion of performance art across broad artistic and social arenas and its role in relation to cultural change.

Live Culture looked at the key shifts in performance art over the last few decades: its spread out of the gallery and into other spaces and forms; its increasingly hybrid nature and disruption of cultural borders; its use of risk and extremity in confronting the art and politics of the body; and its impact on social activism and political intervention.

Participating artists and writers included: Marina Abramović, RoseLee Goldberg, Yu Yeon Kim, Franko B, Forced Entertainment, La Ribot, Andrew Quick, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Oleg Kulik, Hayley Newman, Ricardo Dominguez, Peggy Phelan, William Pope L., Amelia Jones, John Jordan, André Lepecki, Leslie Hill, Tim Etchells, Alastair MacLennan, Ron Athey, Lin Hixson, Henry M Sayre, Keith Khan, Carol Becker, Alan Read, Oron Catts, Jean Fisher, Matthew Goulish

Live Culture was curated by Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine of the Live Art Development Agency and Adrian Heathfield. It was financially assisted by the Arts Council of England, London Arts, The Regional Arts Lottery Programme, The Felix Trust for Art and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Homepage image: Franko B, I Miss You!, 2003. Photo: Hugo Glendinning. © the artist.

Images of the events below



Live Culture Forced Entertainment, 12am: Awake and Looking Down, 2003. Photo: Manuel Vason. © the artists.
Live Culture 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: Manuel Vason. © the artists.
Live Culture Franko B, I Miss You!, 2003. Photo: Manuel Vason. © the artist.
Live Culture Oleg Kulik, Armadillo for your Show, 2003. Photo: Manuel Vason. © the artist.
Live Culture La Ribot, Panoramix, 2003. Photo: Manuel Vason. © the artist.