Ongoing Project

Unpacked is a menu of key elements of the Agency’s work designed to introduce Live Art from the UK, or to offer bespoke opportunities for international presenters and artists to engage with Live Art practices and approaches.

Elements of Unpacked can be presented independently or in combination.

Drawing on its extensive Documentation Bank of artists' documentation, talking heads and selected Agency projects, the Agency offers a diverse range of screening programmes of contemporary Live Art practices for presentation as exhibitions or as theatrical screenings within international festivals and events.
The screening programmes are curated and compiled in close collaboration with host partners and are tailored to respond to their artistic aspirations and curatorial approaches. Click here for more information about the Documentation Bank.

The Performance Pack
The Performance Pack is a performance enabler, an educational resource and a limited edition artwork. The Performance Pack takes the form of an entertaining illustrated lecture about performance, and especially the relationship between performance and fine art. It comes as a pre-packed performance lecture kit containing everything you need including script, audio-visual material, props and suggestions for staging. Commissioned by the Live Art Development Agency and Tate Modern, and conceived and created by Joshua Sofaer. Click here for more information about the The Performance Pack.

The Many Headed Monster
The Many Headed Monster is an original and inventive resource for anyone interested in contemporary performance practices and their relationships with audiences. The Many Headed Monster is a boxed set containing a lecture complete with presentation instructions, extended notes and author’s commentaries, a DVD of 22 performance works/extracts by leading UK and international artists, and 50 full colour image cards. Conceived and created by Joshua Sofaer and published by the Live Art Development Agency. Click here for more information about The Many Headed Monster.

Illustrated Lectures
The Live Art Development Agency offers a range of Illustrated Lectures including an introduction to the concept and practice of Live Art, an overview of Live Art activities in the UK, and ways of being, and surviving, as a Live Artist. The Lectures draw on the extensive visual resources of the Agency’s archives and Study Room to provide engaging and thought provoking sessions tailored to different contexts and constituencies. The Lectures are aimed at general audiences interested in contemporary art and more specialist artists, curators and higher education institutions.

In collaboration with host partners, the Agency can provide a bespoke selection of Unbound books and DVDs for sale at key events and can also introduce and demonstrate the concept behind Unbound. Click here for Unbound.

DIY – artist led workshops
DIY is a simple professional development concept that creates opportunities for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run short workshop projects for other artists, especially idiosyncratic projects that are geared to the unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. Click here for more information about DIY.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss any aspect of Live Art Unpacked.

Selected past Unpacked programmes:

Trouble Festival, Brussels 
June 2012 
CJ Mitchell presented an overview of the Live Art sector in the UK during the event Performance and Institutions: an impossible marriage?, part of the Trouble Festival in Brussels.

A Month of Performance Art, Berlin
, May 2012 
The Agency presents an Unbound stall and a lecture by CJ Mitchell on Live Art publishing as part of A Month of Performance Art in Berlin

WALA!!! what about live art?, 
La Porta, Barcelona, Spain 
9 to 11 December 2011

Performances and DIY programmes by Oreet Ashery and Olga Mesa; a Spanish language presentation of The Many Headed Monster; screenings of documentation and works for camera drawn from the Agency's Documentation Bank; and a lecture about Live Art in the UK by Lois Keidan. 

Part of Unpacked