Performance Magazine Online


Ongoing Project

About the project

Performance Magazine was published between 1979 and 1992 and documents an extraordinary period in the development of art in the UK. Significantly, in a pre-internet era, the magazine was instrumental in shaping the field of practice now widely referred to as Live Art. By creating a critical context and discourse the magazine provided a vital platform for wider awareness of new approaches to the making and experience of art. LADA is very pleased to be working with the original editor, Rob La Frenais, to develop the project which will reflect on this important archive and look at the contribution it has made.

LADA's Study Room houses the complete collection of Performance Magazine.


A new online archive, artist commissions and a film

At the heart of the project will be a new website featuring the first digital archive of the magazine. The original content will be recontextualised through commissioned artist responses and a new film made by Hugo Glendinning which will all be available online.


Launch events in Hull and London

We will host two public launch events, one in Hull on 25th March 2017 as part of the Re-ROOTed Festival and another at the British Library in London on 27th April 2017. LADA will also be hosting a seminar and workshop looking at Live Art, writing and digital publishing. Full details of all these events will be available soon. 

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Please join the Performance Magazine Facebook Group for further updates.

If you would like to be in touch about the project please contact Alex Eisenberg.

Performance Magazine is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Part of Performance Magazine Online