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 currently works on a creative research project – Curating the Ephemeral – funded by the European Union. 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 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 is curator of Taiwan’s exhibition at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.

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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No Such Thing As Rest

A Walk with Brian Massumi

Setting thoughts and conversation in constant motion the British performance and art theorist Adrian Heathfield encounters the renowned philosopher and cultural theorist Brian Massumi while walking the streets of Montreal.

In this relaxed but intensive exchange Massumi discusses issues that have recurred across his writing: the nature of events, their sensuous and affective forces, immaterial art practices and their critical potential under capitalism, belief and hope and their relation to political agency. Taking in the scene as it goes by, the film constantly counterpoints these ideas with a micro-attention to the environment and the minor events the two figures are moving through. Charged ideas are quietly elaborated against a vibrant, restless backdrop of everyday life.

Brian Massumi is the author of major works in contemporary philosophy including Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation and Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts. He is also the translator of significant works of French philosophy including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus, Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition, and Jacques Attali’s Noise.

Directed and Edited by Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield

Duration: 73 minutes

DVD Design: David Caines

No Such Thing as Rest is produced by Performance Matters

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No Such Thing As Rest Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield, No Such Thing as Rest (video still), 2013. © the artists.