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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Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History

Edited by Amelia Jones and Adrian Heathfield

Bringing together contributors from dance, theatre, visual studies, and art history, Perform, Repeat, Record addresses the conundrum of how live art is positioned within history. Set apart from other art forms in that it may never be performed in precisely the same way twice, ephemeral artwork exists both at the time of its staging and long after in the memories of its spectators and their testimonies, as well as in material objects, visual media and text. These multiple occurrences and iterations offer new critical possibilities for thinking and writing the histories of performance. Among the numerous artists, theorists, and historians who contributed to this volume are Marina Abramović, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Rebecca Schneider, Boris Groys, Jane Blocker, Carolee Schneemann, Tehching Hsieh, Orlan, Tilda Swinton, and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Images and extract from the book below

Homepage image: Janez Janša, Maja, Veno, Janez, Vitomil, Simona, 2010. Photo: Nada Žgank. © the artist.

Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History, Intellect Books and the University of Chicago Press (USA), 2012, 656 pages.

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Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Tilda Swinton and Cornelia Parker, The Maybe, 1995. Photo and © Hugo Glendinning.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Janine Antoni, Loving Care, 1993. Photo: Prudence Cumming Associates at Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Arthur Bispo do Rosario, I NEED THESE WORDS. WRITTEN, undated. © the artist. Courtesy of Museu Bispo do Rosario Arte Contemporânea, Prefeiture da Ciudade do Rio de Janeiro.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History KwieKulik, Activities with Dobromierz, 1972-1974. Courtesy and © the artists.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Qiu Zhijie, Repeatedly Duplicating a Thousand Times “Lantingxu,” undated. Courtesy and © the artist.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, A Rock 'N' Roll Suicide, 1998. Photo: David Cowlard. Courtesy of the artists and Kate MacGarry, London.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Cai Yuan and J.J. Xi, Two Artists Jump on Tracey Emin’s Bed, 1999. © the artists.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Steve McQueen, Deadpan, 1997. © the artist.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Nam June Paik, One for Violin, c. 1962. © the artist.
Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History Orlan, Omnipresence-Surgery, 1993. © the artist.