What is Live Art? by Joshua Sofaer
An eloquently illustrative 5 minute go-to for students, practitioners and the bewildered! 14 years on, it’s more relevant than ever.
Jamila Johnson-Small chose;
In the Break by Fred Moten
I’m not sure what to say....the blurb says it all. But, maybe this quote from Ralph Ellison;
"Invisibility, let me explain, gives one a slightly different sense of time, you're never quite on the beat. Sometimes you're ahead and sometimes behind. Instead of the swift and imperceptible flowing of time, you are aware of its nodes, those points where time stands still or from which it leaps ahead. And you slip into the breaks and look around."
Marcia Farquhar's 12 Shooters by Marcia Farquhar
I love Marcia Farquhar's Twelve Shooters - She is someone who manages to synthesise in print the boldness and vivacity of her practice - but of course there are so many more.... its like asking me to just take one chocolate from the box!
Leslie Hill chose;
The Forest and the Field by Chris Goode
Rosana Cade chose;
The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art by Dominic Johnson
I'm nominating this book in the hope someone will buy it for me... Ulay, Anne Bean, the Kipper Kids, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Sheree Rose, Penny Arcade, Anne Magnuson, Joey Arias, Ron Athey, Julia Bardsley, David Hoyle,Adrian Howells. Life/art/survival/limits in insightful and intimate interviews with Dominic Johnson - I want to be nourished and inspired by this book.
Augusto Corrieri chose;
39 Microlectures: In proximity of performance by Matthew Goulish
In the years since the publication of Matthew Goulish's 39 Microlectures, it seems to me that many of the the rhythms that define our lives have accelerated unchecked. Goulish's thoughtful book is a timely call to arms for the arts of noticing: to slow down, pay attention, to look and look again.
Aaron Williamson chose;
Stephen Cripps: Pyrotechnic Sculptor edited by Jonathan Harvey
I’ve always been fascinated by the interdisciplinary potential between sculpture and performance. Stephen Cripps, who lived a short but – literally – explosive life (he died aged 29 in 1982), was a rigorous artist in both forms. Cripps often used performance as a medium by which to explode, burn or otherwise destroy fragile sculptural works, often leaving nothing behind other than a pall of smoke and the afterimage of shockingly violent live interventions that often saw audiences running for cover.
Drawing upon what was a comparatively brief period of artistic activity of just 12 years, this publication is a marvelous collection of some of the most haunting documentary imagery to be found in the history of performance art. It is edited by Jonathan Harvey who, as director of the Acme Gallery in the late 1970’s commissioned and hosted several of the works portrayed, and includes a highly evocative and influential essay, ‘Stephen Cripps: Pyrotechnic Sculptor’ by David Toop, along with witness accounts and testimonies by Cripps’ collaborators such as Anne Bean, Paul Burwell and Richard Wilson.
In 2014 as the inaugural recipient of the Stephen Cripps Award at Acme Studios, I curated a performance series with Kate Mahony: ‘Sculpture-Performance: Acme Artists Now’ that focused upon the milieu of those who were active alongside Cripps in the 1970’s to early 80’s. It became clear – as this book also makes evident – that Cripps’ influence and importance remains undiminished to those who encountered his brief yet entirely unique, incredible flare of creative achievement.
Martin O'Brien chose;
Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr
I feel plunged into the 1980's and 90's New York art scene through the pages. It's emotional to read these pages. This book chronicles the extraordinary life of one of my own favourite artists and biggest influences. It also gives an incredible insight into the infamous New York art scene at the outbreak of the AIDS pandemic. Part biography, part historical study, part journalism, part art criticism; Cynthia Carr's book is obsessively researched and presents the story of her close friend and, I think, one of the 20th century's most prolific, difficult and complex artists.
Oreet Ashery chose;
The Only Way Home is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver edited by Lois Weaver and Jen Harvie
A Spirited Guide Goddess for any art practice.
Richard Dedomenici chose;
DIY (Do. It. Yourself) by Robert Daniels
"You do it to yourself, you do,
And that's why it really hurts."