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Southeast Asia Performance Collection

Donated to LADA by Something Human, the Southeast Asia Performance Collection invites researchers, artists, and arts professionals to further explore contemporary Southeast Asian live and performance art practices.

The collection gathers both digital and physical resources on a diverse range of artists living and working in different contexts of socio-political sites, generational experience and art education, spanning from the younger experimental live art scenes of Battambang or Hanoi, to established diaspora artists, and internationally renown practitioners such as Lee Wen.

The collection will be accompanied by a Study Room Guide with original interviews with artists, artists’ profiles, and a suggested bibliography to provide an initial pathway to navigate the materials and explore the arts practices of this incredibly rich and complex region.

The Southeast Asia Performance Collection is an open invitation for further contributions to this ongoing research in order to keep expanding and building a polyphonic archive that maintains the non-linear, fragmented and contested nature of this initial collection, while investigating the very paradigms of Southeast Asia and live art.

The collection was launched at MAP 3: Archiving ‘Asia’ in 2017, a two day event comprising of talks, performances and workshops at The Garrett Centre


The Southeast Asia Performance Collection at the Live Art Development Agency is initiated by Something Human in collaboration with Batubalani, Java Arts, Independent Archive Singapore with the support of Arts Council England, ACE – Artists International Development Fund, and National Arts Council Singapore.

Many thanks to Dia Projects, New Space Arts Foundation, Nha San Collective, Phare Selpak Ponleu, Sasa Art Projects, Sangker Battambang, Six Space and Studio Revolt.

View the collection in the catalogue

Banner image credit:

Production photo from ‘I am LGB’ (2016), The LGB Society of Mind. Singapore International Festival of Arts 2016. Photo by Wan Zhong Hao

Part of 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.


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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Adrian Howells Collection

The Adrian Howells Collection is a series of DVD and digital files featuring video documentation and films by Adrian Howells, as well as a TV programme (Accidental Tourist, 2009) in which he appeared.

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Art of Change

An interactive digital archive, produced for the Art of Change exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, locating current Chinese performance and installation practices within a broader context of artistic production and exhibition-making in China.

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David Hoyle’s Magazine

A comprehensive documentation of every episode of David Hoyle’s Magazine filmed live at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern from July to September 2007.

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Documentation Bank

Developed between 2007 and 2012, the collection comprises an extensive range of artists’ ‘talking heads’ films, and documentation of selected LADA projects and artists’ works.

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A full set of ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London) Live Arts brochures from 1992 to 1997, located in the Study Room.

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Library of Performing Rights

Originally created by Lois Weaver and Queen Mary University London in collaboration with LADA in 2016 for Performance Studies international (PSi)12: Performing Rights, the collection is a unique resource that examines the intersection between performance and Human Rights.

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Lumiere & Son Collection

A collection of ephemera and documentation relating to Lumiere & Son works created between 1976 and 1992.

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National Review of Live Art

A full set of National Review of Live Art (Glasgow) brochures located in the Study Room.

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Neil Bartlett

A complete collection of documentation of Bartlett’s innovative and influential performance work. The collection was produced in partnership with the British Library.

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Performance Magazine

A complete collection of British performance and Live Art magazines and journals including, Performance Research, Janus, High Performance, Maska, Frakcija and virus.

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Performance Matters Archive

A collaboration with the British Library in the form of a box set of 40 DVDs of documentation of all public events for Performing Idea and Trashing Performance  which reflects upon the project’s various challenges and achievements, and its place within the fields of performance practice and research.

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Primary Sources on the International Performing Arts

The complete collection of  issues 1 to 8, of Primary Sources (1979 – 1981). Edited by Roger Ely, the magazine was one of the first to profile interdisciplinary performance practices and was the precursor of Performance Magazine.

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Reza Abdoh Collection

An extensive collection of DVD documentation of the influential Iranian born, American avant garde director’s work.

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Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) – 20 works for 20 years

Created by Robert Daniels for LADA’s 20th anniversary, Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) – 20 works for 20 years is a special edition comprised of 20 miniature sculptures of iconic performance works. The education draws on practices of performance documentation, re-enactment and making and sharing memory.    

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