Guest Editor, Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Guest Editor Sale from 1 November 2017 - 30 November 2017

Phoebe Patey-Ferguson is an artist and academic based at Goldsmiths. Her research focuses on International Festivals of Performance with focus on their social and political possibilities. Phoebe is a Study Room Ambassador for LADA, hosting regular Gut Reactions events that explore Live Art and the archive.

 

"I have always been intensely attracted to Live Art, to its ability to challenge the social order and throw bodies against the hierarchical constraints and expectations that are placed upon them.

From the moment I saw Carolee Schneeman pull a scroll from her vagina, projected large against a lecture room wall, I’ve been hooked. In that moment I was confused and disgusted ("that’s not supposed to be there!"), thrilled and astonished ("how exciting and unexpected!") but most of all I felt empowered. For the first time, previously educated solely in the art of so called ‘great men’, it made me feel like I did not have to separate art from my sexual(ised), desiring, messy female body– art could be political, liberating, and emancipatory.

Since that moment I have been in pursuit of those sensations- shock, bewilderment, astonishment, stimulation, exhilaration, joy, revulsion- with the potential to open perspectives on the world we find ourselves in. There have been many times I have been lucky to witness this live, in the moment, but many others have also been found in the study room.

Through the Gut Reaction series at LADA, as well as through my research, teaching and programming, I hope to be able to create and facilitate this encounter with the unexpected, creating a serendipitous or jarring experience that continues to open the work of Live Artists up to new chances to be felt, thought about and discussed in order to keep the possibility of radical social change just within reach.

I have selected these books because they too can hold as much undiscovered joy as the performance itself. I hope they reflect my many hours devouring the archive for my Heroes of Infamy – our new Gut Reactions series."


After Kathy Acker by Chris Kraus
After Kathy Acker: A biography
Chris Kraus
Book
£15 / Original Price £20

Two of the most kick-ass artists ever trying to figure out how to create, fuck and become icons in a world that is saturated with misogyny and chauvinism. (Read this then read everything ever written by Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus)


Where is Ana Mendieta?
Where Is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile
Jane Blocker
Book
£14.99 / Original Price £19.99

Mendieta’s work some of the most powerful, astonishing and beautiful ever created. This book is a must-read for everyone.


The Only Way Home is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver
The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver
Eds. Lois Weaver and Jen Harvie
Book
£18.38 / Original Price £24.50

You can’t spell ‘feminist hero’ without ‘Lois Weaver’.


re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive
re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive
Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer
Book
£18.75 / Original Price £25.00

If you want to know why feminism is a fundamental force in all contemporary art practice, get this book.


Sonia Boyce: Speaking in Tongues
Sonia Boyce: Speaking in Tongues
Gilane Tawadros
Book
£8.96 / Original Price £11.95

Discovering Sonia Boyce’s work in the Study Room was a moment of extraordinary excitement, she is a true pioneer and continues to make vital work.


Stigmata
Stigmata
Helene Cixous
Book
£10.49 / Original Price £13.99

Cixous is one of the most brilliant feminist thinkers I’ve ever encountered. I just wrote a lecture on her so if you want more information on her drop me a message (after you read this book).


Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment
Karen Finley
Book
£8.24 / Original Price £10.99

This book contains some of the most powerful poetry I’ve ever read, if you can read it without crying, then come into the Study Room and listen to her performing them. Doing this at Gut Reactions last year left everyone speechless and sobbing.


Nothing In My Pockets
Nothing In My Pockets
Laurie Anderson
Book
£26.21 / Original Price £34.95

This beautiful object contains two CD’s and original visual documents. Sink into Anderson’s prodigious work.


Autobituary
Autobituary
Anne Bean
Book
£14.21 / Original Price £18.95

I propose that we have a public holiday once a year to celebrate Anne Bean.


Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas
Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas
Ed. Coco Fusco
Book
£17.24 / Original Price £22.99

Coco Fusco, a legend in her own right, examines the scope and impact of Latin American performance. Start with the essay on the indomitable Tania Bruguera.


PLAYING UP: A Live Art Game for Kids and Adults
PLAYING UP: A Live Art Game for Kids and Adults
Sibylle Peters
Edition
£9 / Original Price £12

If I put this in my edit, does it get discounted? It does feature some of my favourite artists such like Valie Export, but mostly I just want it to be cheaper so I can buy it for my mum…