Special Offer: It's Time and The Live Art Almanac Volume 5

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This offer is for two new publications, It's Time and The Live Almanac Volume 5, which offer myriad perspectives and collected writings on what Live Art is doing now. The offer saves £7.50 from the combined RRP.

It’s Time: how Live Art is taking on the world from the front line to the bottom line

It’s Time responds to the recent successes of Live Art and highlights those artists, projects and initiatives which are re-politicising and re-energising our arts spaces, sharing radical works and ideas with a public who are themselves being forced to do more with less.

It’s Time demonstrates that through creative resistance – of patriarchy, of white supremacy, of ableism, of corporate interest and austerity – Live Art can determine its own future, and that of the world around it.

It’s Time builds on In Time, the first collection of Live Art UK case studies published in 2010.

It’s Time includes contextualising essays by Lyn Gardner and Cecilia Wee and case studies by Joon Lynn Goh on Live Art and Solidarity, Mel Evans and Hayley Newman on Live Art and Activism, Abby Butcher & David Sheppeard on Live Art Spaces and Places, Salome Wagaine on Live Art and Representation, Aaron Wright on Live Art and Artist Development, Ilana Mitchell on Live Art and Participation, Karl Taylor on Live Art and Access, Helen Cole and Salette Gressett on Live Art in a Global Context, Mary Paterson on Live Art and Thinking, and Andy Field on Live Art and Money.

It's Time launches in Newcastle in May (TBC) and London, June 11.

Live Art, as nurtured so fruitfully within the networks of Live Art UK, provides an opening – an opportunity – for the most extraordinary imaginations, bodies and voices to explore the edges of creative possibility, making art possible in the intimate, unexpected and dangerous spaces of life.

John McGrath Artistic Director, Manchester International Festival

At its best, Live Art is rigorous, irreverent, brave and kind of... exhilarating! Because it's space. Space on the margins to imagine different ways of living, and to truly create and exercise agency. I think that what these case studies do brilliantly is explore that agency: its limitations and possibilities, how it resists co-option, how it stays radical, how a new world is made where life and art are inseparable and shape one another.

Selina Thompson, artist

Live Art UK is a network of venues, promoters and organisations who work collectively to promote awareness and understanding of Live Art, to provide resources and opportunities, and to influence cultural policy regionally, nationally and internationally.

Members: Arnolfini, Artsadmin, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, BAC, the Bluecoat, Buzzcut, Cambridge Junction, Chapter Arts Centre, Colchester Arts Centre, Contact, Compass Live Art, Fierce Festival, Forest Fringe, hÅb, home live art, In Between Time, Lancaster Arts, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), Live Art Bistro, Live Art Development Agency, The Marlborough Pub and Theatre, National Theatre Scotland, Norwich Arts Centre, ]performance s p a c e [, SICK! Festival, SPILL Festival of Performance, Steakhouse Live, Take Me Somewhere, Tempting Failure, and Wunderbar.

It’s Time is published by the Live Art Development Agency and Wunderbar on behalf of Live Art UK, 2019.

Cover photo: Cassils - Inextinguishable Fire | Spill Festival of Performance | photo by Guido Mencari

29 cm x 21 cm, 88 pages.

ISBN: 978-0-9935611-7-7


The Live Art Almanac Volume 5

The Live Art Almanac Volume 5 is a collection of ‘found’ writings about and around Live Art that were originally published, shared, sent, spread and read between January 2015 and December 2017. Selected through recommendations and an open call for submissions, Volume 5 reflects the dynamic, international contexts that Live Art and radical performance practices occupy.

Divided into three chapters - The Insiders, The Echoes and Dearly Departed – the collection begins by exploring the political, social, and artistic preoccupations of those who make, enable, engage with and write about Live Art, before considering the agency of Live Art in spaces of mainstream politics, finance and media, and those we lost in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The volume includes writings by, and about Preach R Sun, Kathy Acker, Frie Leysen, Tim Etchells, Selina Thompson, Diana Damian Martin, Cassils, Alexandrina Hemsley, Jennifer Doyle, Mel Evans, Stephen Pritchard, the Volksbühne, Tanja Ostojic, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Kraus, Jérôme Bel, Harvey Weinstein, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Scottee, Petr Pavlensky, Bob Flanagan, Ron Athey, Deborah Levy, Jill Soloway, Donald Trump, Tania El Khoury, Morgan Quaintance, Adrian Howells, Amelia Jones, Hester Chillingworth, Melanie Keen, Forest Fringe, jamie lewis hadley, Mary Paterson, Alastair MacLennan, Marilyn Arsem, Oleg Kulik, Doran George, Lydia Lunch, David Wojnarowicz and many more.

The Live Art Almanac Volume 5 is edited by Bojana Janković with Megan Vaughan and Lois Keidan and published by the Live Art Development Agency.

The first Live Art Almanac was published by the Live Art Development Agency in 2008, the second in 2011, the third in 2013, and the fourth in 2016. Volumes 3 and 4 were published in partnership with Oberon Books.

Live Art Development Agency, 2019. 352 pages, paperback, 18.9 x 24.6cm.

Book Launch Event at the Live Art Development Agency, London, 11 June 2019.

ISBN: 978-1-9164243-4-0

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