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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  • Talk at National Gallery of Denmark, 2 November 2017

    2 November 2017
    National Gallery of Denmark (SMK)
    Sølvgade 48-50, DK-1307 Copenhagen

    Adrian will talk about his work with Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh, particularly focused around his recent collaboration with the artist – Doing Time – the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Hsieh is renowned for a series of one year long performances in the late 1970s and early 80s that pushed physical and psychological limits and drew attention to time as an artistic material. Conducted outside of institutional sanction, these epic immaterial works leave rigorous and complex materials in their wake and represent various challenges to the practices of museum curation. Heathfield will discuss his approach to Hsieh’s oeuvre and its potential assimilation into museal value. He will also speculate on the prescience of this work in relation to capitalism’s regulation and acceleration of life.