[POSTPONED] Live Art Now 2020

UPDATE: LADA regrets to announce that this event has been postponed along with all events until the beginning of May, at the earliest. Our office and Study Room will also remain closed for the same period. Please check for updates and more info via our COVID-19 statement here. We are also gathering information and resources to support artists and arts workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.


An evening of presentations by Ansuman Biswas, Anne Bean and Sandra Johnston on the practice of Live Art, and the 2nd Annual Live Art Lecture on the politics of Live Art by Morgan Quaintance.

Live Art Now is an annual event, now in its third year, as part of the ground-breaking MA Live Art programme that began in September 2018 in a new partnership between Queen Mary and LADA. The evening will offer a flavour of the kinds of practices, ideas, approaches and issues MA Live Art engages with and is aimed at Live Art audiences, including those who might consider applying to the programme themselves, as well as those who might encourage their students, colleagues and collaborators to do so.

Ansuman Biswas will talk about Live Art and SPACE and working within and across multiple disciplines and institutions. Anne Bean will talk about the BODY in Live Art, the artist’s body as site, subject, material, and archive. Sandra Johnston will talk about TIME and Live Art and working with the ideas and experiences of duration in performance. The 2ndAnnual Live Art Lectureby Morgan Quaintance will consider Live Art’s place and role in thinking about, and acting upon, the conditions, ethics and politics in which art and artists operate.

MA Live Art is the first programme of its kind – a specialised postgraduate course dedicated to the research, practice, and programming of Live Art and led by research leaders, industry professionals, and leading artists. Students gain theoretical and practical grounding in histories and practices of Live Art, while developing professional capacities and networks. Students engage with and make performance in dialogue with genealogies of visual art and experimental theatre in the twentieth century. They are enabled to understand, challenge and make Live Art as a technology for intervening in the most pressing issues of our time: of gender, sexual, racial or class identity; of the potential for protest, direct action, and environmental and social justice; and of theoretical investigations concerning the body, time, space, subjectivity, documentation and communication. Students learn through studio-based and discussion-led methods, through workshops, lectures, master classes, seminars, fieldwork and professional placements. A substantial part of the course is run from or supported by LADA’s Study Room at The Garrett Centre in Bethnal Green.

The programme of study can be taken either full time (1 year) or part time (2 years). Students on the programme have access to QMUL’s full research and support services, as well as to LADA’s extensive expertise and resources.

More information on MA Live Art

LADA is taking advice from the UK government and Arts Council England on the appropriate response to the current Coronavirus outbreak. If we do need to postpone this event we will notify everyone who has booked a place at the earliest opportunity. Thank you for your understanding.


Queen Mary University Provides gender-neutral toilets. Non-human service animals are welcome. Disabled Toilets and Wheelchair access is also available. If you have any other requirements please do let us know.

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About LADA

The Live Art Development Agency 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.

We support contemporary culture’s most radical and inventive artists, practices and ideas. We champion new ways of working, legitimise unclassifiable artforms, record untold histories, and give agency to underrepresented artists. We believe in Live Art as a means to challenge the status quo and initiate meaningful social change.

Banner image credit:

Nando Messias and Franko B (2019), Queen Mary University London, Copyright Live Art Development Agency

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