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Tiny Live Art (Development Agency): Martin O’Brien, Its Good to Breath in (this Venice Air) (2016)


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For LADA’s 20th anniversary, Robert Daniels has created the special edition Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) – 20 works for 20 years: 20 miniature sculptures of iconic performance works, which were nominated by artists and curators.

Part re-enactment, part archive, part hobby, Tiny Live Art embraces and embodies theories and practices of performance documentation, re-enactment and the making and sharing of memory, and draws from aspects of street art, installation and hobbyist pursuits like model railway and airfix kit building.

Robert Daniels has created two sets of Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) editions. One set of editions is made up of twenty pieces which have been created with a bespoke display and are exclusively available as one-off works for sale on Unbound.

The second set of editions are encased within bell jars, are on permanent display in LADA’s Study Room, and are not available to purchase.


Martin O’Brien, Its Good to Breath in (this Venice Air) (2016)

“Martin O’Brien’s Its Good to Breath in (this Venice Air) (2016), in an Owbridge Lung Tonic bottle. There’s a touch of intentional irony in the bottle, its name/original use and contents, and the themes inherent in the work and Martin’s practice. This was a total BASTARD to do. First off the fiddly medical screen kept falling apart. Then there’s the 20 or so individual cups, and sundries, and to cap it all off; it all had to fit and be glued piece-by-piece into that tiny bottle. I’m so glad it worked though and that I persevered. It’s such a fascinating work, and I’m really pleased it looks good. The bottle’s colour is just gorgeous.” – Robert Daniels

Its Good to Breath in (this Venice Air) – in Trowbridge Lung Tonic bottle (glass), on an oak plinth (7.5cm x 10cm). Noch 1584301 (modified), Preiser 17220, wire, paper, resin.


On purchasing your Tiny Live Art we will contact you about postage costs and delivery options.

View the full bespoke Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) collection here.​

Tiny Live Art (Development Agency) launch event: 6 March 2019, at LADA.

LADA marks its 20th Anniversary with a series of initiatives throughout 2019, including a publication, AGENCY: a Partial History of Live Art and a box set of 20 postcards representing key LADA projects and initiatives.