Documentation Bank

The Agency maintains the Documentation Bank, which consists of an extensive range of artists’ ‘talking heads’ films, documentation of artists' works and a selection of Agency projects.

The artists represented in the Documentation Bank cover a wide range of practices and ideas that represent contemporary Live Art practices; from body-based performance works, site-specific projects through to experimental theatre, event culture, installations and socially engaged practices, to name a few.

Talking Heads
The ‘talking heads’ are short presentations by artists to camera about their practice and approaches to making. These artists have approached the notion of a 'talking head' in inventive ways, resulting in engaging and insightful artworks. A selection of 'talking heads' films can be viewed on this website, via clicking the link.

Artists’ Projects
The artists and companies whose work features in the Documentation Bank are: Oreet Ashery, Franko B, Bobby Baker, Julia Bardsley, Anne Bean, Ansuman Biswas & Jem Finer, Blast Theory, George Chakravarthi, curious, Robin Deacon, Richard Dedomenici, Duckie, Yara El-Sherbini, Marcia Farquhar, Ernst Fischer, Forced Entertainment, FrenchMottershead, Gob Squad, Paul Granjon, Brian Lobel, Mad for Real, Stacy Makishi, Silke Mansholt, Tom Marshman, Howard Matthew, Jordan McKenzie, Mem Morrison, Harold Offeh, Kira O'Reilly, Pacitti Company, Geraldine Pilgrim, Rajni Shah, Harminder Singh Judge, Joshua Sofaer, Station House Opera, Gary Stevens, Grace Surman, The Vacuum Cleaner, Manuel Vason and Aaron Williamson.  A selection of 'documentation bank' films can be viewed on this website, via clicking the link.

Agency Projects
Agency projects in the Documentation Bank include material from Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability (2011), Live Culture (2003), The Library of Performing Rights (2006), Documenting Live (2008) and our specially commissioned 10th Anniversary films (2009).

Bespoke Screening Programme
The Agency curates and produces bespoke screening programmes from the Documentation Bank for presentation in exhibitions, theatrical screening contexts and for festivals, in close collaboration with national and international presenters and partners. Screenings can be tailored to address specific curatorial approaches and artistic concerns about and around Live Art and Performance practices, and form part of the Agency's ongoing international programme: Live Art Unpacked.

If you would like further information about any of the components of Live Art Unpacked or would like to discuss a screening programme of works from the Agency's Documentation Bank, please contact

Alternitvly these digital files can also be accssed in the agency's Study Room located in London, UK.

Past Screenings:

Live Art in the UK - A Sampler
24 December 2011 to 7 January 2012
Creation from the Fingertips - The 3rd International Contemporary Art 
Gwangju Art Vision Exhibition

Bodily Functions - the body in performance 
26 November 2011
at Sacred, Chelsea Theatre, London

Corpo-Copia - Documents and Traces
14-20 November 2011
co-collaboration with Political Compositions Programme within the Panorama Festival Hub, Brazil

31 August - 1 September 2011 
Coordinated by ICF (International Curators Forum) the Agency had a booth showing a selection of Live Art screenings and titles from Unbound.

Autobiography and the Body
11 December 2010
for Inside Story: Performance, Biography and Biology at University of Winsconsin, Madison.

Talking Heads
November 2010
part of Liveworks at Performance Space, Sydney, Australia.

Talking Heads, Talking Heads Body-Based Practices & Live Art in the UK
22 - 28 November 2010 
part of PAN ASIA 2010

Talking Heads, Talking Heads Body-Based Practices & Live Art in the UK
2 - 11 September 2010
part of Crazy Wisdom 2010 for PAN ASIA Performance Art Network ASIA in Incheon, Gwangju, Korea

Talking Heads, Documenting Live and Manuel Vason's Encounters 
6 - 26 June 2009
part of Corpus. Art in Action at the Museu Madre, Naples, Italy
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Talking Heads
28 - 30 May 2009
part of Hesperides II Performances at Musee Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts / Lausanne, Switzerland
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Talking Heads 
11 May - 4 June 2009
part of International Performance Manifestations at Centre of Experimentation and Information in Art, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Talking Heads, Encounters, Documenting Live & About Live Art and Performance
23 April - 3 May 2009
part of Plateaux Festival, Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany

A Live Art Sampler - Women View Women 
15 - 25 May 2008
part of Taiwan Womens Theatre Festival, Tapei, Taiwan.

Reel Brits
1 - 3 July 2008
part of Live Brits at the Hebel Am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
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On Screen
26 & 27 March 2008
developed for Khoj Live 08, New Dehli, India in collaboration with Live Art UK.
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Live Art on Screen
5 - 15 March 2008
developed by La Ribot and Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency, London as part of La Ribot’s Rite of Spring.
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Live Art in the UK - A Sampler
24 - 26 January 2008
part of Excursions Performance Festival, Limerick, Ireland.

Live Art in the UK - A Sampler
4 - 6 October 2007
part of Live Art Unpacked for Bodily Functions at the Granary Theatre, Cork, Ireland