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Because of Love, a film about Franko B

Author: Nathaniel Walters | Digital Reference: EF5340

A rough cut of the first ever documentary about the life and work of Franko B. Part of LADA Screens 16.

William Yang: Stories of Love and Death

Reference: P3910 | ISBN: 978-1742234601

Features images from Yang’s personal archive and explores his self-portraiture across photography, performance and documentary.

Part of Library of Performing Rights (P3041)

Grey Gardens

Author: Albert Maysles and David Maysles | Reference: D2298

Explores the daily lives of two aging, eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Edie Bouvier Beale and her mother, Edith, are the sole inhabitants of a Long Island estate.

Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science

Reference: P3554

Exhibition catalogue. Locations and dates: Project Space Plus, Lincoln, UK (1 – 27 February 2018), Peltz Gallery, London, UK (10 May – 11 June 2018), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), Spain
(4 – 28 October 2018), LABS Gallery Arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy (22 November – 15 December 2018)

Imagination and Potential: Cherophobia by Noëmi Lakmaier

Author: Mary Paterson | Reference: P3417 | ISBN: 978-0-9935611-4-6

Explores the proposition presented by the incredible task of suspending a body from helium balloons, the relationship between the performer and the space, the object and the viewer, the possible and the impossible.

From the Favelas to Hackney

Author: AfroReggae | Reference: D2283

Te documentary follows a four-day AfroReggae project in Hackney Free and Parochial School, culminating in a live performance at Amnesty International. Footage from the streets of Rio and London.

Part of the Library of Performing Rights (LPR) (P3041).


Author: Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst | Reference: P3219 | ISBN: 978-3791382487

Documenting a six-year relationship with photos, video stills, letters and ephemera, this book is a stunning, intimat, and wholly original visual narrative by two rising artists who put queer consciousness on the front burner.

Performative monuments: The rematerialisation of public art

Author: Mechtild Widrich | Reference: P3138 | ISBN: 978-0719095917

How did performance artists of the '60s and '70s, famous for their opposition both to lasting art and the political establishment, become the foremost monument builders of the '80s, '90s and today? This book argues that the centrality of performance to monuments and indeed public art in general rests not on its ephemerality or anti-authoritarian rhetoric, but on its power to build interpersonal bonds both personal and social.

Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Displacement (P3107).

Heart Beat Ear Drum: A Film About Z’EV

Author: Ellen Zweig | Reference: D2229

A portrait of the artist and musician Z'EV, known for his punk era scrap metal music – how his music changed and grew and how his personal journey led him to the margins of art and the depths of heart.

Maternity Leaves

Author: Lizzie Philps | Reference: D2220

Witnessed by unwitting suburbanites, and documented on a phone camera, Maternity Leaves documents a series of short performative walks within a mile radius of the artist's home, exploring the time and space of motherhood.

Part of Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal (P3025).

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979

Reference: P2975 | ISBN: 978-1849763684

The book explores the textual work of Art & Language, Victor Burgin and others; the New Sculpture being produced by those such as Richard Long and Michael Craig-Martin; and the artists who addressed society and politics, including Stephen Willats and Margaret Harrison. 

On the occasion of the eponymous exhibition, April-August 2016.

Ritual Ride

Author: Steven Ounanian | Reference: D2215

Ritual Ride documents a 1,000 mile pilgrimage, from London to Findhorn Eco-Village and Spiritual community in Scotland. 36 minutes.

Bonus material: DOMINION – Christianity and the Environment, 10 mins.

Dressed as a Gril

Author: Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, Holestar, Scottee, Amber, Pia and Ma Butcher | Reference: D2209

London's alternative East End drag phenomenon gets its moment in this account of six years in the lives of its most celebrated performers: Jonny Woo, John Sizzle, Holestar, Scottee, Amber, Pia and Ma Butcher.

Extras: interviews with cast and crew, deleted scenes, character profiles, music videos, performances. Directed by Colin Rothbart.

94 minutes.


Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Activism

Reference: P2800 | ISBN: 978-1935408246

A diverse group of contributors, from art historians, anthropologists, and political theorists to artists, filmmakers, and architects, considers the interaction of politics and the visual in such topics as the political consequences of a photograph taken by an Israeli soldier in a Palestinian house in Ramallah; AIDS activism; images of social suffering in Iran; the “forensic architecture” of claims to truth; and the “Make Poverty History” campaign. Transcending disciplines, they trace a broader image complex whereby politics is brought to visibility through the mediation of specific cultural forms that mix the legal and the visual, the hermeneutic and the technical, the political and the aesthetic.

Paris Is Burning

Author: Jennie Livingston | Reference: D2186

Jennie Livingston's iconic documentary reveals the community of New York's minority drag queens, gay black and Latino men who cross dress as women and invent the dance style of “voguing,” imitating the fashion poses on the covers of the magazine Vogue. 

Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic

Author: Lucas Hilderbrand | Reference: P2671 | ISBN: 9781551525198

This publication is an homage to “Paris Is Burning”, Jennie Livingston's brilliant and award-winning 1991 documentary that captures the 1980s New York drag ball scene.

I Am Divine

Author: Jeffrey Schwarz | Reference: D2178

This documentary focuses on the American actor, singer and drag performer Divine.

This Not That: The Artist John Baldessari

Author: John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow | Reference: D2153 | ISBN: 9-783939-873372

Directed by Jerry Hughes and Jan Schmidt-Garre, this documentary film gives an in-depth portrait of artist John Baldessari, his work and philosophy. 

The Stuart Hall Project

Author: John Akomfrah | Reference: D2151

John Akomfrah presents an intimate and engaging portrait of Stuart Hall, exploring themes of memory, race and identity through the juxtaposition of events from Hall's life, and a discourse on the wider social and political events of the second half of the twentieth century

Matthew Barney: No Restraint

Author: Alison Chernick | Reference: D2102 | ISBN: 5060103790999

Documentary of the making of Barney’s film Drawing Restraint 9.

Hilary Gilligan – Artworks

Author: Hilary Gilligan | Reference: D1949

The CD includes a powerpoint presentation of the work by the Irish/Canadian artist and a short biography and artist statement.

A Glimpse of One Man’s Vision

Author: Akram Zaatari | Reference: D1851

Videobrasil Authors Collection, Documentary on Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari: Zaatari uses a diary he kept during the years of civil war in Lebanon as a central point of his videos and installations. Subtitles in English and Portuguese

By the people, for the people

Author: Flávia Müller Medeiros | Reference: D1807

Flávia Müller Medeiros was commissioned by COLONY to make a new work, By the people, for the people, a film made on residency in Vilnius, Lithuania, capturing the activity of people in the new town square.

Les Sentiers de L’Utopie

Author: Isabelle Fremeaux and John Jordan | Reference: P1587

A book-film – text with DVD. NOTE: text is in French, DVD in both English and French.

This Is Performance Art: Performed Sculpture and Dance

Author: Mel Brimfield | Reference: D1485

Also see P1517 and P1518This Is Performance Art: Performed Sculpture and Dance8th April 2010 – 06 June 2010Camden Arts Centre, co-commissioned by the Yorkshire Sculpture ParkAlso presented as part of Performance Matters: Performing IdeaPerformance Lecture Archive at Whitechapel GalleryMel Brimfield’s residency, This is Performance Art, will be a historical reappraisal of performance art of the 20th Century. Through a series of discussions, documentary research, re-enactments and live performance she will undertake an examination of what can be said to constitute the ontology of ‘live art’ within current discourse. This research will form the basis for a documentary film, the first in a series, charting the new narrative through the fragmented and often unreliable documentary record of this elusive art form. The final film will be screened in the Artists’ Studio at Camden Arts Centre at the culmination of the residency along side a series of live performances and re-enactments. Mel Brimfield’s complex practice takes a skewed and tangled romp through the already vexed historiography of performance art, simultaneously revealing and inventing a rich history of collaboration between artists, dancers, theatre makers, political activists and comedians. Meticulously drawn and painted posters and programmes for fictional interdisciplinary cabarets, together with costumes and props, are produced alongside documentary-style films and live works that playfully associate performance art with most significant cultural developments of the last 100 years.Following the residency, the next phase of This is Performance Art will be shown at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2011.The final performance will take place three times on 02 JuneThis documentation has since been presented with the permission of the artist as part of the Performance Matters, Performing Idea, Performance Lecture Archive; an interactive video archive housed at the Whitechapel Gallery between 2-9 October 2010. The archive looked at examples of the performance lecture as a form of artistic and critical expression and its potential to address a broad range of cultural issues and philosophical ideas.

Dream of Life

Author: Patti Smith | Reference: D1204

a documentary film by Steven Sebring

Here is Somewhere Else -  The Disappearance of Bas Jan Ader

Author: Bas Jan Ader | Reference: D1225

Bas Jan Ader documentary directed by Rene Daalder, contains two discs: Disc one- documentary, disc two -films by Bas Jan Ader

Colin Powell

Author: Robin Deacon | Reference: D0891

Robin Deacon is a performer, videomaker and writer. Most recently, his works have consisted of lecture based performances exploring journalistic and documentary approaches to arts practice

BBC in the East End 1958-1973 Disc 2

Author: Chris Dorley-Brown | Reference: D0743

BBC in the East End 1958-1973 Disc 1

Author: Chris Dorley-Brown | Reference: D0742


Author: Leslie Hill & Helen | Reference: D0715

A ten minute documentary made in collaboration with the NSPCC and a group of inspiring African teenagers who were brought or trafficked into the UK but overcame desperate situations and, with incredible will, built new lives for themselves in London.

Part of the Library of Performing Rights (LPR) (P3041).

BBC In the East End 1958 - 1973

Author: Chris Dorley-Brown | Reference: P0906

Art and the 60’s pt 3

Author: Various | Reference: V0690 | Digital Reference: EV0690

Le Voyage de Moebius

Author: Gilles Jobin | Reference: V0475

A documentary by Luc Peter, XXXmissing

Staying In

Author: Chris Dorley-Brown | Reference: V0381

Staying In

Author: Chris Dorley-Brown | Reference: D2126

Audio material from collaboration with Forced Entertainment and Live Art Development Agency, 1999-2000.


Author: Nature Theater of Oklahoma | Reference: A0568

Shelved in Miscellaneous Journals section.