Thursday, 29 October 2009

Is it a bird? A study room guide.

In (W)reading Performance Writing writer and Co-Director of Open Dialogues Rachel Lois Clapham has assembled twenty practitioners from diverse fields of poetry, theatre, visual art and performance on the topic of Performance Writing. This unique guide comprises of syllabuses, manifestos, scores, personal testimonies and practical exercises, many drawn from resources available in the Live Art Development Agency study room. It also includes a detailed subject area index. This publication is highly speculative and encourages an active read. A note on its reading can be found in the section Invitation to (W)read.

Authors included are Charles Bernstein, Caroline Bergvall, David Berridge, Rachel Lois Clapham, Emma Cocker, Mark Caffrey, Alex Eisenberg, John Hall, Claire Hind, Richard Kostelanetz, Johanna Linsley, Claire MacDonald, Rebecca May Marston, Marit M├╝nzberg, Tamarin Norwood, Mary Paterson, Joshua Sofaer, Danae Theodoridou, Peter Walsh and Simon Zimmerman. Design by Marit Munzberg.

A one-off hard copy edition of the guide is available to be assembled/disassembled in the Study Room, or can be downloaded as a PDF from the Live Art Development Agency website.


The Live Art Development Agency houses a Study Room as a key resource and is a free, open access research facility used by artists, students, curators, academics and other arts professionals. The Study Room can be used to view artist’s work, read publications, undertake research projects, find out general information about Live Art, opportunities and networks. The Study Room houses one of the largest publicly accessible libraries of Live Art related videos, dvds and publications in the UK and for many people the resource is one of the only opportunities to view documentation of performances that they were unable to experience ‘live’. As part of the continuous development of the Study Room the Agency commissions a range of artists and commentators 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.

here find out more about the Live Art Development Agency Study Room and download other available guides.

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