The full editors’ Introduction to Lexicon for an Affective Archive is available as a PDF download
Introductions are often written at the end, when the book that is just beyond their threshold has in fact already been written. Therefore, they resemble more the words of an adieu. The book is being archived, packed up, and closed. On the other hand, this is perhaps the first time when we, as its curators, glimpse the existence of our book as such, now that it is taking the shape that will distinguish it from all the others. For the first time the book knows that the time has come. We settle our accounts with what has been gathered inside, ready to close the gates, so that they can be opened again. The movements of closure and opening—mimicked by your turning the pages again and again—are folded one into the other, like the recto and verso of a page. What holds them together is the temporary absence of reading that is filled up with a suspended breath, a tiny affect of a hand moving, of eyes remembering and anticipating. Nothing is ostensibly happening, yet this is one moment of decision, of eventful suspension. You are the agents of time, the harbingers of a new arkhè, or beginning. You are treating the archive as though it had not yet been closed. By doing so you become capable of turning it against itself. There will be no rest in this archive, now that you have come.
- Giulia Palladini and Marco Pustianaz
Published by Intellect, NInA and Live Art Development Agency with the support of University of Roehampton’s Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance.
Make clothes out of food, lie on top of cars, dance with animals, remote control your parents!
PLAYING UP is an artwork by Sibylle Peters exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. Drawing on key Live Art themes and seminal works, PLAYING UP takes the form of a game played by adults and kids together.
The PLAYING UP game will be published in April and launched with a three day mass ‘play-in’ for kids and adults in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, followed by a major symposium with leading UK and international thinkers and practitioners in the field.
PLAYING UP is produced and published by LADA, FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research (Germany), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (UK), Best Biennial (Sweden) and Live Art UK, with the support of the Goethe-Institut London and the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).
Turbine Hall, Tate Modern
1, 2 and 3 April, 2016
10am to 6pm daily
Free – turn up and take part
Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern
4 April, 2016
10am to 6pm
£15 (£10 Concessions) - Bookings open February 2016
Áine Phillips, Red Weight, 2013 photo by Mateusz Torbus
Performance Art in Ireland: A History edited by Áine Phillips is the first book devoted to the history and contemporary forms of Irish performance art in the north and south of Ireland, bringing together contributions by prominent Irish artists and major academics. It features rigorous critical and theoretical analysis as well as historical commentaries that provide an absorbing sense of the rich histories of performance art in Ireland. Presenting diverse visual documentation of performance art practices, this collection shows how performance art in Ireland engaged with—and in turn influenced and led—contemporary performance and Live Art internationally.
Launch events will be happening in the United States over February 2016 to mark the publication and will feature both performances and lectures by Áine Phillips.
Mobius, Cambridge, MA
6 February: performance
7 February: lecture on ‘Performance Art in Ireland: A History’
NYC East Village Dance Project, New York, NY
February 9: lecture on ‘Performance Art in Ireland: A History’
IN>TIME Festival, Chicago Cultural Centre, Chicago, IL
13 February: “Performance, Practice and Location”
Aine in discussion with Robin Deacon and Roberto Sifuentes
Performance Art in Ireland: A History is available on Unbound.
It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells
Edited by Deirdre Heddon and Dominic Johnson
Book launch events at University of Glasgow, BAC (London) and LADA (London)
June and July 2016: specific dates to be announced.
Adrian Howells (1962–2014) was one of the world’s leading figures in the field of one-to-one performance practice - the act of staging an event for one audience participant at a time. Developed over more than a decade, Howells’ award-winning work initiated new challenges and innovations in performance art, “intimate theatre,” and socially engaged art.
It’s All Allowed is the first book devoted to Howells’ remarkable achievements and legacy. Contributors here testify to the methodological, thematic and historiographical challenges posed by Howells’ performances. Citing his permissive mantra as its title, It’s All Allowed includes new writing from leading scholars and artists, as well as writing by Howells himself, an extensive interview, scores, and visual materials, which together offer new insight into Howells’ ground-breaking process.
Deirdre Heddon is professor of contemporary performance practice at the University of Glasgow and the author of numerous books, including Autobiography and Performance.
Dominic Johnson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary University of London and the editor of Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey.
Co-published by the Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books, as part of the Intellect Live book series.
It's All Allowed is part of a legacy project funded by Creative Scotland, LADA, the University of Glasgow, Battersea Arts Centre, the Arches, National Theatre of Scotland, the Society for Theatre Research, and Queen Mary University of London.
If you missed Lois Weaver’s launch at Chelsea Theatre and Queen Mary University, remember that you can still buy her book The Only Way Home Is Through The Show on Unbound with 25% off during the Unbound Seasonal Sale.
To get your 25% discount you just need to enter the discount code SEASONSGREETINGS at checkout.
20 October 2015, 7.30pm
Chapel, King’s College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS
The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art is a new book by Dr Dominic Johnson, Queen Mary University of London, featuring twelve in-depth interviews with a diverse range of major artists and groups working in performance (Ulay, Anne Bean, Kipper Kids, Genesis and Lady Jaye BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Sheree Rose, Penny Arcade, Joey Arias, Ann Magnuson, Ron Athey, David Hoyle, Julia Bardsley, and Adrian Howells).
To launch the book, Johnson will be joined by contributing artists, including Anne Bean and Penny Arcade, for an evening of discussion, live performance, and a drinks reception in the opulent surroundings of the 1830s Chapel at King’s College London.The event takes place as part of the Inside Out Festival.
FREE, but registration essential
Drinks reception of wine and soft drinks will be available to the end of the presentations.
All are welcome. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event at a discounted rate.
Lois Weaver is one of the true pioneers in feminist and lesbian performance. Edited by Jen Harvie and Lois Weaver, The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: Performance Work of Lois Weaver is a guided tour of Lois Weaver’s aesthetics, principles, inspirations, innovations, and desires, featuring a wealth of material that has never previously been published.
Join LADA and Lois for a very special Book Launch in New York:
Abrons Arts Center, New York
Friday 23 October 2015
6pm, Free to attend
Book launch and Cocktails with Lois Weaver and Jen Harvie. Part of Just Like A Woman: New York Edition, a three-day programme of shows, installations, cabarets and discussions looking at the performance of identity.
Out of Now edited by Adrian Heathfield and Tehching Hsieh is the first major publication on the extraordinary and influential Taiwanese-American artist Tehching Hsieh.
After years of near-invisibility, Hsieh has collaborated with the writer and curator Adrian Heathfield to create this meticulous and visually arresting record of the complete body of his artworks from 1978-1999. Out of Now is the first extensive critical account of these remarkable works.