Tiny Live Art (Development Agency): Ron Athey, Self Obliteration (2008)


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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.


Ron Athey, Self Obliteration (2008)

“Ron Athey’s Self Obliteration (2008), in a handmade brass and crystal pyramid charging box. It felt really important to house this beautiful work in something spiritual and sacred. Light passing through the box creates rainbows and (apparently) cleanses and magnifies the energy of what you place inside. Not that this work needs any amplification! Mounted on an acrylic box with blonde wig inside, indexing the wig in the original work (and Marlene Dietrich). Looks gorgeous all by itself though. The blood is real: just a (*ahem*) tiny offering to honour such a powerful piece.” – Robert Daniels

Self Obliteration – in glass pyramid charging box (W7.5cm x H7.5cm x D7.5cm) on a wood alter plinth (W7.5cm x H7.5cm x D7.5cm). Preiser 16400 (modified), acrylic, balsa, blood.


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.

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