“Anne Bean is a visionary artist who has troubled the boundaries of contemporary art for five decades. This book shows her to be a key and vibrant figure in live art.” – William Raban, artist, Professor of Film, University of the Arts, London
To launch the publication of Anne Bean: Self Etc., the first substantial survey on the work of the artist Anne Bean, we are very pleased to be screening Backwards/Forwards (2017), a film by Anne Bean and Alex Eisenberg. The film is made from footage of the live performance Post Reality: Laws of Similarity and Contagion which was commissioned to launch Performance Magazine Online at the ReROOTed Festival, Humber Street Gallery, Hull in March 2017.
It features archival footage from Bean’s collaborators in the 1980’s and 90s, in particular Paul Burwell with whom she worked as part of the Bow Gamelan Ensemble. The live performance featured appearances by Rob La Frenais, Richard Wilson and Yol against a large projected backdrop of pages from Performance Magazine itself.
The first substantial survey of its kind, Anne Bean: Self Etc. is edited by Rob La Frenais and brings together documentation of Bean’s performances, drawings, videos, installations, and sculptures, as well as writings, interviews and visual essays by the artist. A series of commissioned critical essays show her to be a prolific maker of acts, objects, and multiple ‘selves’.
This book includes extensive visual documentation of Bean’s performances, essays by and interviews with Anne Bean, Guy Brett, Dominic Johnson, Poshya Kakl, Rob La Frenais, Lynn MacRitchie, Ezra Rubenstein, and Richard Wilson, and a series of new visual essays by the artist. The book has been designed by David Caines.
Lavishly illustrated and including previously unseen images, Anne Bean: Self Etc. explores and expands the nature, form and contexts that artistic collaboration can take.
This publication is the sixth in the Intellect Live book series. Intellect Live is a collaboration between Intellect Books and the Live Art Development Agency. The series is characterized by lavishly illustrated and beautifully designed books that are created through close collaborations between artists and writers, and that are the first substantial publication dedicated to the artists' work.
The book can be purchased through Unbound.
LADA Screens is a series of free, online screenings of seminal performance documentation, works to camera, short films/video and archival footage. It is part of Live Online, LADA’s dedicated space where you can watch short videos and films drawn from LADA’s Study Room or generated through our programmes and initiatives.
Each screening will be available to view for a limited time only, and will be launched with a live event at our space in Bethnal Green, London. Online art magazine, thisistomorrow will also feature the films on their website for the duration of the screenings.
LADA Screens is curated by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA). LADA is a 'Centre for Live Art': a knowledge centre, a production centre for programmes and publications, a research centre setting artists and ideas in motion, and an online centre for digital experimentation, representation and dissemination.
For more information about LADA Screens please contact Alex Eisenberg.
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