Publishing news

The Live Art Development Agency is very pleased to announce two publishing partnerships with Intellect Books and Oberon Books, including a new series of Live Art books, Intellect Live. 


Intellect Live is a new collaboration between Intellect Books and the Live Art Development Agency dedicated to influential artists working at the edges of performance. The series will be characterized by lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed books, created through close collaborations between artists and writers, each of which is the first substantial publication dedicated to an artist's work. The Series Editors for Intellect Live are Dominic Johnson, Lois Keidan and CJ Mitchell. The first two books in this series will be:

Throwing the Body into the Fight: a Portrait of Raimund Hoghe (March 2013): the first English language publication on the choreographer and performance maker Raimund Hoghe (Germany). Curated and edited by Mary Kate Connolly, the publication operates as a collage, drawing together a variety of international voices to create a fragmented portrait of the artist. Offering diverse perspectives on Hoghe’s work, contributions include thematic chapters by Laurent Goumarre, Martin Hargreaves, Dominic Johnson and Gerald Siegmund, alongside reflections from Franko B, Boris Charmatz, Finola Cronin, Philipp Gehmacher, Lois Keidan and Meryl Tankard. Illustrated throughout with a rich collection of archival images, Throwing the Body into the Fight also features a conversation with Raimund Hoghe which punctuates the book, offering insights into his creative process and that of his artistic collaborators, fine artist Luca Giacomo Schulte and photographer Rosa Frank.

Throwing the Body into the Fight: a Portrait of Raimund Hoghe book launch will take place on Friday 5 April 2013, 7.30pm at Toynbee Studios, London. 

Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (Summer 2013):  Ron Athey is a central figure in the development of performance art since the early 1990s, and this is the first book devoted to his practice. Pleading in the Blood foregrounds the prescience of Athey’s work, exploring how his visceral practice foresaw and precipitated the central place afforded sexuality, identity, and the body in art and critical theory in the late-twentieth century. Edited by Dominic Johnson, Pleading in the Blood includes three newly commissioned essays on different aspects of Athey’s work by Adrian Heathfield, Amelia Jones, and Dominic Johnson. These scholarly essays are complemented by shorter texts by Homi K. Bhabha, Jennifer Doyle, Tim Etchells, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Matthew Goulish, Lydia Lunch, Juliana Snapper, Julie Tolentino, Alex Binnie, Catherine (Saalfield) Gund, Bruce LaBruce and Catherine Opie. The book will also include Athey’s own writings, including new pieces and hard-to-find archival texts. The publication will be lavishly illustrated with full-colour images by photographers including Catherine Opie, Manuel Vason, Elyse Regher, Slava Mogutin, Dona Ann McAdams, Bruce LaBruce, Rick Castro, Sheree Rose, Edward Colver, Jennifer Precious Finch, and others. Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons) has written a foreword to the publication.

The launch events for Pleading in the Blood will take place in September 2013. 

Intellect is an independent academic publisher in the fields of creative practice and popular culture, publishing scholarly books and journals that exemplify its mission as publishers of original thinking. Intellect aim to provide a vital space for widening critical debate in new and emerging subjects, and in this way they differ from other publishers by campaigning for the author rather than producing a book or journal to fill a gap in the market.


LADA is also pleased to announce two book titles, to be co-published with Oberon Books this summer:

Programme Notes 2, Case Studies For Locating Experimental Theatre; revised and expanded second editionthe first edition of Programme Notes in 2007 featured a series of essays and case studies illustrating the ways in which contemporary theatre was changing and innovating in different contexts, especially in regard to the relationships between established venues and experimental practices and approaches. The publication featured contributions by Lyn Gardner, Tim Etchells, Neil Bartlett, Stella Hall, John McGrath, Alan Rivett, Mark Borkowski, Rose Fenton, Brian Logan, Lucy Neal, Keith Khan, Simon Casson, Louise Jeffreys, Judith Knight and Toni Racklin. Plays International wrote, “this small, cutely presented volume may turn out to be the most significant British Theatre book published this year.” This revised and expanded edition of Programme Notes sets out to reflect some of the key shifts that have taken place since 2007 with four new case studies about the work of the Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland, BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) and Forest Fringe.

The Live Art Almanac Vol. 3, an international publication of writing on and around Live Art, produced and published by the Agency and Oberon Books, in partnership with Live Art UK, Performance Space 122 (New York, USA), Performance Space (Sydney, Australia), La Pocha Nostra (San Francisco, USA), and Maska (Ljubljana, Slovenia). The Live Art Almanac Vol. 3 has also received support from international Associates Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), ArteEast (New York/Middle East) and Ashkal Alwan (Beirut).

Oberon Books is the UK's most exciting independent drama publisher specialising in drama and the performing arts. With a backlist of over 1000 books including the latest modern plays and classics from some of the world's leading dramatists, as well as a wide range of handsomely produced publications covering the theatre, opera, dance, biography, performance studies, monologues, practical guides and fiction.


LADA continues to work on other Live Art books and DVDs, both independently and in partnership, including:

Tim Etchells' While You Are With Us Here Tonight playfully engages with Tim's personal history and archive, from both his own and others' perspectives, and is the outcome of his Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award (a collaboration between LADA and Tate Research). Spring 2013.

While You Are With Us Here Tonight book launch will take place on Friday 5 April 2013, 7.30pm at Toynbee Studios, Londonfor more info click here.

Double Exposures by Manuel Vason, a follow up to Vason’s groundbreaking book Exposures, published in 2002.

DVDs by Wrights & Sites, Jordan McKenzie, and Qasim Riza Shaheen. 

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