15th Anniversary Podcasts: “15 Minutes With…”
LADA marks its 15th anniversary in 2014. We are celebrating with a series of initiatives across the year, including the “15 Minutes With…” podcasts.
There have been seismic shifts across the landscape of Live Art since LADA was founded in 1999 – from an unprecedented institutional embrace to a resurgence of artist-led initiatives, from a proliferation of performance books to a heightened online presence, from an explosion of practice-based research to the formation of new strategies of creative resistance, to cite but a few.
“15 Minutes With…” is a series of short dialogues with some of the exceptional artists and thinkers that LADA has had the pleasure of working with over the last 15 years. Using the lens of the Agency and the occasion of our 15th Anniversary, the dialogues will reflect on how critical some of these shifts have been, not only to Live Art, but to the wider culture of the UK.
There will be a series of “15 Minutes With…” podcasts launched throughout 2014. Please have a listen to the podcasts below or on Soundcloud.
#1 Lois Keidan and Lois Weaver on platforms and support structures for young artists
Lois Weaver lectures in Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London and is an independent performance artist, director, and activist. Lois Keidan is the co-founder and Director of the Live Art Development Agency.
Projects and initiatives referred to in the podcast: Fresh Air, East End Collaborations and Everything You Still Wanted To Know About Live Art...But Were Afraid To Ask.
#2 Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson on the relationship between critical writing and Live Art
Mary Paterson is a writer and curator working across visual art, text and performance. Maddy Costa is a writer, crafter, dreamer and mother of two, based in London.
Projects and initiatives referred to in the podcast: Live Art Almanac: Volume 3, I see a fake moon rising, Live Art in the public realm and Writing from Live Art.
#3 Dickie Beau and Gavin Butt on the relationship between research and Live Art
Drag fabulist Dickie Beau is a queer clown whose work is informed by a range of traditions, from low culture to high art. Gavin Butt is a Professor in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
#4 Stacy Makishi and Joshua Sofaer discuss Professional Development and Live Art
Stacy Makishi is a transplant from Hawaii. Her present body of work is interdisciplinary in scope and includes live art, film, installation and visual art. Joshua Sofaer is an artist who is centrally concerned with modes of collaboration and participation.
#5 French & Mottershead and Pope & Guthrie discuss Socially Engaged Practice and Live Art
French & Mottershead is UK artist duo Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. Their work explores and reveals the social dynamics and narratives inherent within public and private spaces. Artist and film-makers Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie produce ambitious, innovative and challenging projects via Somewhere, their multi-disciplinary, non-profit creative organisation, as well as Pope & Guthrie.
#6 Bean, Benjamin Sebastian and Jordan McKenzie discuss Artist Run Spaces and Live Art
Benjamin Sebastian and Bean are curaters and performance artists who run ]performance s p a c e [, an artist led non-profit organisation that provides studio and project space in the East End of London. Jordan McKenzie is a performance and visual artist and is co-curator of LUPA (Lock Up Performance Art), a monthly performance series that took place inside a garage on a Housing Estate Bethnal Green, London.
Projects and initiatives referred to in the podcast: DIY
#7 Jen Harvie and Dominic Johnson discuss publishing and Live Art
Jen Harvie is Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary, University of London, UK. She is co-editor of the Theatre& series, author of Staging the UK (2005), co-author of The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (2006) and co-editor of Making Contemporary Theatre (2009). Her edited book The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: The Performance Work of Lois Weaver [working title], a publication dedicated to the work and life of Lois Weaver, is forthcoming in 2015.
Dominic Johnson is a Lecturer in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (2012) and Theatre & the Visual (2012) and the editor of three artists’ monographs, Franko B: Blinded by Love (2006), Manual Vason: Encounters (2007) and Ron Athey: Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (2013)
Projects and initiatives referred to in the podcast: Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey, The Only Way Home Is Through the Show: The Performance Work of Lois Weaver, Study Room, Study Room Guides, Dear Stranger, I love you: the ethics of community in Rajni Shah Projects’ Glorious Manual Vason: Exposures and Double Exposures, PSi18, University of Leeds 2012 publishing panel discussion and I see a fake moon rising, Live Art in the public realm downloadable pdf.
#8 Jane Trowell and Gary Anderson discuss activism and Live Art
Jane Trowell is a member of Platform, a collective that brings together artists, activists, researchers and campaigners who collaborate to make work on social and ecological justice.
Gary Anderson is a senior lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University and the co-founder of The Free University of Liverpool and The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home.
Projects and initiatives referred to in the podcast: DIY 6: Business and Usual, DIY 7: Freedom of Movement, DIY 8: The Committee, DIY 6: Exercises to Activate the Political Imagination of the City Wanderer, ‘Five’ by The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home.