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Performance Art Resources


Philip Auslander, Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture , 2nd edition, London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

Christopher Bannerman, Joshua Sofaer and Jane Watt (eds.), Navigating the Unknown: The Creative Process in Contemporary Performing Arts , London: Middlesex University Press, 2006.

Daniel Brine (ed.), The Live Art Almanac , London: Live Art Development Agency, 2008.

Marvin Carlson, Performance: A Critical Introduction , 2nd edition, New York: Routledge, 2003.

Nicky Childs and Jeni Walwin (eds.), A Split Second of Paradise: Live Art, Installation and Performance , London: Rivers Oram Press, 1998.

David Davies, Art as Performance , Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.

RoseLee Goldberg, Performance: Live Art, 1909 to the Present , New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1979.

RoseLee Goldberg, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present , 3rd edition, New York: Thames and Hudson, 2011.

RoseLee Goldberg, Performance: Live Art Since the ‘60s , New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

Adrian Heathfield (ed.), Small Acts: Performance, the Millennium and the Marking of Time , London: Black Dog Publishing, 2000.

Adrian Heathfield, Live: Art and Performance , New York: Tate Publishing, 2004.

Adrian Henri, Total Art: Environments, Happenings, and Performance , New York: Praeger, 1974.

Leslie Hill and Helen Paris (eds.), Performance and Place , Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Jens Hoffman and Joan Jonas, Perform , London: Thames and Hudson, 2005.

Amelia Jones and Andrew Stephenson (eds.), Performing the Body/Performing the Text , London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

Amelia Jones, Body Art: Performing the Subject , Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Jill Lane and Peggy Phelan (eds.), The Ends of Performance , New York: New York University Press, 1998.

Live Art Development Agency in collaboration with Live Art UK (eds.), In Time: A Collection of Live Art Case Studies , London: Live Art Development Agency in collaboration with Live Art UK, 2010.

Live Art Development Agency, The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 , London: Live Art Development Agency, 2011.

Thomas McEvilley, Triumph of Anti-Art: Conceptual and Performance Art in the Formation of Post-Modernism , Kingston and New York: McPherson & Co. 2005.

Kathy O’Dell, Contract with the Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s , Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Sally O’Reilly, The Body in Contemporary Art , London: Thames and Hudson, 2009.

Peggy Phelan, Unmarked: The Politics of Performance , London and New York: Routledge, 1993.

Paul Schimmel, Russell Ferguson and Kristine Stiles (eds.), Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 , London and New York: Thames and Hudson, 1998.

Rebecca Schneider, The Explicit Body in Performance , London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

Joshua Sofaer, The Many Headed Monster , London: Live Art Development Agency, 2009.

Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas , Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.

Nato Thompson and Gregory Sholette (eds.), The Interventionists: Users’ Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life , Cambridge, MA: Mass MoCA/MIT Press, 2004.

Les Vergine, Body Art and Performance: The Body as Language , Milan: Skira, 2000.

Tracey Warr (ed.) and Amelia Jones (survey), The Artist’s Body , London: Phaidon Press, 2000.


The Act: A Journal of Performance Art

Inter, Art Actuel, Periodical of Le Lieu, Centre for Live Art, Quebec, Canada.

International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media, Intellect Books

PAJ: A Journal for Performance and Art, MIT Press

Performance Kunst: A Resource for Nordic Live Art

P-Form: A Journal of Interdisciplinary and Performance Art
No website available


Bbeyond, Belfast

Collecting Live Art

Contemporary Performance Network

Fado Performance Art Centre, Toronto, Canada

Gallery SoToDo

Grace Exhibition Space, New York

Home Live Art


Live Art Development Agency

Live Art UK

Le Lieu, Centre for Live Art, Quebec, Canada

Performance Matters

PSi, Performance Studies International

Biennales / Art Fairs / Festivals

Alkantara Festival, Lisbon, Portugal

Bone: Festival of Live Art, Bern, Switzerland

EPAF, European Performance Art Festival, Warsaw, Poland

Live Action, Annual International Performance Art Festival, Göteborg, Sweden

LIVE, International Performance Art Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

MPA-Berlin, Month of Performance Art, Berlin

New Moves International

New Territories: International Festival of Live Art, Scotland
see New Moves International


RIAP: Rencontre International D’Art Performance, Quebec, Canada

Spill, Festival of Performance, London, UK

Tulca, Contemporary Visual Art, Galway, Ireland

TUPP Performing Arts Festival, Uppsala, Sweden

Uovo Festival, Milan, Italy


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