We are excited to announce the launch of Are We There Yet? – a Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism.
Existing as both a website and in free, printed form, this multi-layered, multi-voiced Guide is a key component of LADA’s Restock Rethink Reflect Three mapping and marking the impact of performance on feminist histories and the contribution of artists to discourses around contemporary gender politics.
Curated by Lois Weaver in collaboration with PhD candidate Eleanor Roberts and LADA, the Guide features a conversation between Lois Weaver and LADA’s Lois Keidan about this project and their own personal histories of feminism and performance; a critical overview by Eleanor Roberts of this research, dialogue and mapping project; a series of maps created by artists reflecting their own experiences and influences in feminist performance; a How We Did It section by Lois Weaver on her approach to this project and this Guide; and extensive lists of resources with catalogue references on materials on feminist performance housed in the LADA Study Room.
The Guide has developed from a research, dialogue and mapping project led by Lois Weaver and supported by Creativeworks London. This project set out to share knowledge and shed new light on contemporary and historical feminist practitioners, particularly those left out of official histories or that have been unrecorded or forgotten about. The project took many forms including the development of the materials LADA holds on Feminist practices in our Study Room research facility and the creation of this new Guide which will help artists, students, activists and thinkers to navigate their way through LADA’s holdings in relation to feminist practices and issues in Live Art, past and present.
An article related to the Live Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon which took place at LADA on 25 April entitled 'Editing Ourselves into History: A Live Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon' is now available to read on the Contemporary Theatre Review website and features responses from Lois Weaver, Eleanor Roberts, Jen Harvie and Alex Eisenberg.
Restock, Rethink, Reflect is an ongoing series of initiatives for, and about, artists who working with issues of identity politics and cultural difference in radical ways, and which aims to map and mark the impact of art to these issues, whilst supporting future generations of artists through specialized professional development, resources, events and publications.
Are We There Yet? – a Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism is supported by Creativeworks London, as part of a project to enhance LADA's Study Room holdings on Live Art and Feminism.
Banner image credit:Lois Weaver and Claire McDonald at the Study Room Guide Launch
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