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.
The following Study Room Guides are available to view in our Study Room, or can be downloaded as a pdf directly from each individual Study Room catalogue entry, which may be found below.
Forthcoming Study Room Guides include those on the Swiss Live Art context and on South East Asian Live Art.
We have also compiled a list of resources dealing with the issues around documentation and Live Art.
In 2009, Clare Shucksmith produced a Young People’s Resource Pack which is designed to guide and inspire teachers, educators and students through a range of physical and digital Live Art resources.
Timely Readings: A Study on Live Art in Australia considers what kind of history might be revealed through a poetic analysis of the seminal Australian Live Art document RealTime Magazine. Their process not only shows Live Art practices as they currently exist across Australia, but also attempts to map the emergence of the form.Read more
Responding to a widespread lack of resources on neurodiversity and performance, this Study Room Guide containing a collection of recorded conversations with neurodivergent artists working in Live Art and performance; a list of resources relating to this field and a contextualising essay by the artist Daniel Oliver.Read more
This Study Room Guide, by the performance artist and liar Tom Cassani, draws together resources that inform the sometimes disparate and eclectic field of deception and performance.Read more
This Guide directs you to key artworks and texts in the Study Room (and beyond) in which the artist’s intention is to engage the audience in the work.Read more
This Study Room Guide profiles contemporary and historical performance art practices from China in a series of texts and works.Read more
Extensive and comprehensive guide on documentation, live performance and its traces and ghosts,inspired by the documents of the Study Room itself.Read more
Robert Pacitti’s Study Room Guide addresses socially and politically engaged performances that seek to question and transform the institutions of power.Read more
This Guide addresses performance and activism, and the strategies that artists have engaged with to address radical cultural, social and political agendas.Read more
Works that attempt to what possibly lies ahead, be that a city, a forest, a face, a cultural condition, a time, a language, a room or a sky.Read more
A Study Room Guide considering issues of Performance, Politics, Ethics and Human Rights, in relation to historical and contemporary practices and ideas of representation, documentation and archiving.Read more