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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Shattered Anatomies

Edited by Adrian Heathfield with Fiona Templeton and Andrew Quick.

A limited edition box containing artefacts, documents and critical theory from an international field of performance artists, theatre makers and writers. Shattered Anatomies is a maverick intervention into the debates on the status and imaging of the body in Western culture and the historical preservation of transient performances.

Contributors: Bobby Baker, Lenora Champagne, Jim Clayburgh (The Wooster Group), Ethyl Eichelberger, Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment), Richard Foreman, Goat Island, Gerry Harris, Peter Hujar, Joe E. Jeffreys, Simon Jones, Alastair MacLennan, Julian Maynard Smith (Station House Opera), Susan Melrose, Andrew Quick, Rachel Rosenthal, Caroline Rye, Carolee Schneemann, Gordana Stanisic, Stelarc, Fiona Templeton and Tony White.

Shattered Anatomies: Traces of the Body in Performance. Arnolfini Live, Bristol, 1997.

Homepage image: Photos © Alastair MacLennan from ‘Shuttered Anemonies’ in the Shattered Anatomies collection.

Shattered Anatomies