Resources

LADA provides free-to-access resources for artists, students and professionals. This includes research facilities, information, online materials and programming packages.

The Study Room

Our key resource which provides a research space for artists, academics, students and other curious folk. Containing over 8,000 items, including out-of-print books and rare documentation, our Study Room, in Bethnal Green, is the world’s largest collection of research materials on Live Art.

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The catalogue includes books, DVDs, magazines, journals and digital materials. A selection of these resources can be accessed online.

 

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‘LADA’s Study Room is a kind of artform in itself.’

Study Room Guides

As part of the continuous development of the Study Room we regularly commission a range of artists and thinkers to write personal Study Room Guides to help navigate users through this resource.

The idea is to enable Study Room users to experience the materials in a new way and highlight materials that they may not have otherwise come across.

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Cover of the Are We There Yet Study Guide on a blue blackground Are We There Yet? - a Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism

LADA Screens

An ongoing project offering free online screenings of seminal performance documentation, works to camera, short films/video and archival footage.

 

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A group of women wearing masks stand round a giant burning effigy which resembles them. Film Still from Organ Player. Narcissister is our final LADA Screens of 2019.
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Upside Down, Narcissister, 2011

Our final LADA Screens of 2019 is Narcissister. Following the first UK screening of Organ Player at LADA on 14 November 2019, we are presenting a clip from a television appearance of Narcissister on America’s Got Talent in 2011. The clip features Narcisster performing her Upside Down routine to a panel of initially bemused celebrity judges.

Live Online

A series of channels where you can watch short videos and films selected from LADA’s Study Room or generated through our programmes and initiatives.

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Artists Nando Messias and Franko B in conversation Franko B and Nando Messias in conversation, Live Art Now, Queen Mary University of London, July 2019. Still from video, by Claire Nolan.

Project Websites

A series of project specific LADA websites hosting curated content and documentation of the projects.

Edge of an Era: an archival project revisiting a specific series of seminal performance art events from the late 1980s.

PLAYING UP: A Live Art Game for Kids and Adults: an intergenerational artwork by Sibylle Peters

Performance Magazine Online: an online archive of and resources about, Performance Magazine (1979-1992)

Glimpses of Before:1970’s Performance Art in the UK: Study Room Guide by Helena Goldwater

Are We There Yet? A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminism

Live Art and Feminism in the UK: Curated by LADA in collaboration with Eleanor Roberts and the Google Cultural Institute, offering a snapshot of some of the key figures and issues of Live Art and Feminism in the UK since 1970

The illustrated artwork on the PLAYING UP Box. PLAYING UP. Artwork by David Caines.
Collage of various Performance Magazine covers Performance Magazine, Front Cover Collage

Collections

The Resources Catalogue includes a growing number of Collections of publications, DVDs and other ‘rare’ materials organised by themes, artists or projects, which have been assembled or acquired by the Agency, or generously donated by artists and colleagues.

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Bernsteins 'Taking Measurements of yourselves as Artists` FairlightGlen, Hastings 1972

Study Room in Exile

The Study Room in Exile is LADA’s satellite study room housed in the Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home in Liverpool.

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home based in a family home in Liverpool, UK, founded in 2007 is an intervention into family life and the normative upbringing of children and is funded by 10% of the family’s net income. At the time of writing, the Institute are Gary Anderson (45), Lena Simic (43), Neal (17), Gabriel (15), Sid (10) and James (4) and now Tesla Spinoza (dog, 3 months).

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A wooden bench with the word MANIFESTO written on it. On The Bench, Manofestival, The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home.

Study Boxes

LADA is delighted to be able to offer UK and international promoters temporary installations of bespoke Study Boxes containing hand picked selections of DVDs, books and other materials from the LADA Study Room around specific themes.

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Group of people sitting at the study cafe in Ipswich SPILL Study Cafe, Ipswich 2012

Key Links and Resources

We have assembled this selection of useful links and and pages for artists and researchers.

Downloads – free resources created by LADA

Email lists and Newsletters

Writing about Live Art

Links and Resources for Artists

Key Archives

Daniel Oliver's back with arms raised from Weird Seance Incredible Interquel Spectactle, in red tint Daniel Oliver, Weird Séance Incredible Interquel Spectacle, SPILL Festival of Performance 2015, produced by Pacitti Company. Photo by Guido Mencari

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