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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Histories and Practices of Live Art

ISBN 9780230229730
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

In this dynamic collection a team of experts map the development of Live Art culturally, thematically and historically. Supported with examples from around the world, the text engages with a number of key practices, asking what these practices do and how they can be contextualised and understood.

DEIRDRE HEDDON is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, UK. She has published extensively in the field of contemporary performance practice and is the co-editor, with Jennie Klein and Nikki Milican, of The National Review of Live Art: 1979-2010, a personal history (New Moves International, 2010). Her monograph, Autobiography and Performance was published in 2008, and Devising Performance: A Critical History in 2005 (both Palgrave). 
JENNIE KLEIN is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at Ohio University, USA. She is the editor of Letters from Linda M. Montano (Routledge, 2005), the co-curator (Rebecca McGrew) of The 21st Century Odyssey Part II: The Work of Barbara T. Smith (2005), and the co-editor (Myrel Chernick) of The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Demeter Press, 2011). She is a contributing editor for PAJ, Genders, and Art Papers.

Introduction: Writing Histories and Practices of Live Art; D.Heddon
Developing Live Art; J.Klein
The Time of Live Art; B.Hoffman
Art, Meeting and Encounter: The Art of Action in Great Britain; R.Hunter & J.B.Hunter
Site: Between Ground and Groundlessness; S.Hodge & C.Turner
Intimacy and Risk in Live Art; D.Johnson
All Together Now: Performance and Collaboration; C.Macdonald
The Politics of Live Art; D.Heddon


A comprehensive treatment of the key issues in the history of performance practice. This book provides a much needed overview of the field as it has developed over the last half century. Heddon and Klein are to be congratulated for having instigated and compiled a coherent anthology made of autonomous and yet mutually enhancing components.' – Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin, USA
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