Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance.



Adrian Heathfield writes on, curates and creates performance. He is the author of Out of Now, a monograph on the artist Tehching Hsieh, editor of four books (Things That Go through Your Mind When Falling, Ally, Live: Art and Performance and Small Acts) and co-editor of the collections Perform, Repeat, Record and Shattered Anatomies. His numerous essays have been translated into ten languages.

He conducted the three year European Union funded creative research project Curating the Ephemeral (2014–2016) on immaterial art and museal practices. 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 eighteen years. He was curator of Doing Time, the Taiwan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), a curatorial adviser and attaché for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016) and an artistic director with the collective freethought of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, Norway.

Heathfield has worked with many artists and thinkers on critical and creative collaborations including film dialogues, performance-lectures, dramaturgy, writing and workshop projects. A former President of Performance Studies international (2004–2007), he is currently Professor of Visual Cultures 23/24 at Goldsmiths, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at the University of Roehampton, London.

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