Patrons' Picks

In 2010, the Live Art Development Agency established a Patrons list of inspirational artists who maintain an active relationship with LADA and champion LADA's work.

LADA's Patrons are Marina Abramović, Ron Athey, Anne Bean, Sonia Boyce, Tim Etchells, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Raimund Hoghe, Tehching Hsieh, Isaac Julien and La Ribot.

The Patrons have been invited to recommend their favorite books and DVDs available on Unbound. The results to date:

Tim Etchells recommends:

William Pope.L: The Friendliest Black Artist in America
Ed. Mark H. C. Bessire
On hands and knees. Great artist, documents and essays. Crawling the length of Broadway dressed as Superman.

Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure
Sara Jane Bailes
Failing, flailing and falling. All failure all the time. Love Sara Bailes book.

Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh

Adrian Heathfield and Tehching Hsieh
World changing work. Tehching Hsieh & Adrian Heathfield set the bar at its highest with this amazing document. A work in itself.

A Choreographer's Handbook
Jonathan Burrows
Burrows. Simple things are complicated. Complicated things are simple. A dance that has all speeds can't change speed.

The Wooster Group Workbook
Ed. Andrew Quick
A fascination of notes, diagrams, pictures, transcripts direct from the Woosters' archive.

La Ribot recommends:

Out of Now: The Lifeworks of Tehching Hsieh
Adrian Heathfield and Tehching Hsieh
Great artist, great writer and editor.

The Battle of Orgreave
Jeremy Deller
Remarkable reenactment.

Ethno Techno: Writings on Performance, Activism and Pedagogy
Guillermo Gómez-Peña
A source of inspiration.

A Choreographer's Handbook
Jonathan Burrows
I am going to buy it right now.

The Many Headed Monster
Joshua Sofaer
Intelligent and funny!


Guillermo Gomez-Peña recommends:

“Dear performance fan:
The super-chingona Live Art Development Agency has been at the forefront of promoting and presenting live art in all its shapes including the video, digital and printed format. As an “Agency Patron” (a title which I treasure) I highly recommend the following titles from their book selection: Out of Now by Adrian Heathfield on the legendary Tehching Hsieh; Extravagant Bodies (Eds. Ivana Bago, Ivana Ivkovic, Olga Majcen Linn, Tomislav Medak and Suncica Ostoic) and Anatomy Live by Maaike Bleeker. From the video selection, I strongly encourage you to check out relics by radical ascetic Ansuman Biswas and the playful video anthology of Oreet Ashery, prepared by the artist herself.”

- Gomez Peña from the eternal road.

Tehching Hsieh recommends:

When Marina Abramovic Dies
by James Westcott

Live: Art and Performance
edited by Adrian Heathfield

Unmarked: The Politics of Performance
by Peggy Phelan

Certain Fragments
by Tim Etchells


Anne Bean recommends:

Pain in Soul
by He Chengyao

The Soul at Work
by Franco "Bifo" Berardi

Looking Good
Giovanna Maria Casetta

In the Break
Fred Moten

No Such Thing As Rest: A Walk with Brian Massumi
Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield

The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer

Read Anne Bean's full article outlining her pick of titles from Unbound.