The Live Art Almanac Volume 4
Co-published by Live Art Development Agency and Oberon Books
Drinks will be served
The Live Art Almanac Volume 4 is a collection of ‘found’ writings about and around Live Art that were originally published, shared, sent, spread and read between January 2012 and December 2014. Selected through recommendations and an open call for submissions, Volume 4 reflects the dynamic, international contexts that Live Art and radical performance- based practices occupy.
Volume 4 will be launched at The White Building in an event featuring two open discussions on the state of writing from Live Art, chaired by Megan Vaughan (LADA Programmes Manager and cultural blogger). The editors of the Almanac Lois Keidan (LADA co-director), Aaron Wright (former LADA Programmes Manager and new Artistic Director of Fierce Festival) and Harriet Curtis (Kings College London) will talk about the editorial processes and content of Volume 4. This will be followed by a debate on new developments in critical thinking around Live Art with three of the most significant writers working in the UK today, Diana Damian, Maddy Costa and Mary Paterson.
Live Art is experiencing a huge surge in interest with major museums embracing this disparate area of practice, formerly cult artists becoming household names, and everyone from Shia LaBeouf, Lady Gaga and Jay Z trying to get in on the action. Reflecting the diversity of approaches and key developments from the last few years, the Live Art Almanac Volume 4 is grouped into seven loosely themed sections: Locating Performance; Performance Under Attack; Speaking Up/Speaking Out; Show Me the Money; High Art in Low Places; Reviews; and Dearly Departed.
This volume includes writings by, and about: Ai Weiwei, Pussy Riot, Tim Etchells, Karen Finley, Vaginal Davis, Ann Magnuson, Shaheen Merali, Jennifer Doyle, Marilyn Arsem, Guy Brett, Nigel Charnock, Claire Bishop, Bryony Kimmings, Matthew Barney, Coco Fusco, Stuart Hall, Miley Cyrus, Petr Pavlensky, Reverend Billy, Ron Athey, Mike Kelley, Oreet Ashery, CHRISTEENE, Marcia Farquhar, Morgan Quaintance, Adrian Howells, Amelia Abraham, Brian Boucher, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Mat Fraser, José Esteban Muñoz, Kembra Pfahler, Hennessy Youngman, Joan Rivers, Mykki Blanco, Monica Ross, Wu Tsang, boychild, Wendy Houstoun, the vacuum cleaner and many more.
Volume 4 takes forward a cultural dialogue started in Volumes 1 (2008), 2 (2011) and 3 (2013) with the aim of being a useful resource and an enjoyable read for everyone from artists to academics, programmers to producers, writers to students and all those with a curiosity about contemporary Live Art practice.
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