Study Room Guides

As part of the continuous development of the Study Room we regularly commission a range of artists and thinkers 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.

The following Study Room Guides are available to view in our Study Room, or can be downloaded as a pdf directly from each individual Study Room catalogue entry. 


Study Room Guides

Deception, Performance Magic, Hoaxes, Pranks and Tricks (2019)

Compiled and written by Tom Cassani.

A Study Room Guide by the artist Tom Cassani which draws together resources that inform the disparate and eclectic field of deception, magic, hoaxes, pranks and tricks in performance. 


Let’s Get Classy (2018)

Compiled and written by Kelly Green

A Study Room Guide by the artist and researcher Kelly Green on issues of class and cultural privilege.


Sissy: A Study Room Guide on effeminacy, queer visibility and social violence (2018)

Compiled and written by Nando Messias

A Study Room Guide by the artist Nando Messias, outlining the theoretical and practical research Nando developed throughout the creation of the Sissy series.


The Displaced & Privilege: A Study Room Guide on Live Art in the age of hostility (2017)

Compiled and written by Elena Marchevska

A Study Room Guide by the artist and researcher Elena Marchevska looking at key issues and works in relation to displacement and working with the displaced.


Know How: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and working with older individuals and communities (2017)

Compiled and written by Lois Weaver

A Study Room Guide by the artist and activist Lois Weaver looking at key issues and works in relation to working with older constituencies


A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Kids (2017)

Compiled and written by Sibylle Peters

A Study Room Guide by the artist and researcher Sibylle Peters looking at key issues and works in relation to Live Art by, for, and with, children.


WALKING WOMEN: A Study Room Guide on women using walking in their practice (2017)

Compiled and written by Amy Sharrocks and Clare Qualmann

This Guide is a record of WALKING WOMEN, a series of events held in London and Edinburgh in July and August 2016 celebrating the work of women using walking in their practice. Conceived in response to a growing concern that walking is perceived as a male domain of practice, the WALKING WOMEN events were designed to counter this imbalance; to make visible the work of as many WALKING WOMEN as possible through opportunities to show their work, talk about their work, reach new audiences and network with peers. The Guide includes a schedule of events from summer 2016, a directory of artists who took part, a full list of titles held in Dee Heddon and Misha Myers’ Walking Library for Women Walking, a list of titles in the bibliotheque curated by LADA for the London event. 


Performing Borders: A Study Room Guide on physical and conceptual borders within Live Art

Alessandra Cianetti

This Guide explores the notion of border in relation to Live Art and the works of experimental artists that have been addressing issues around physical borders, with a special focus on the current European situation and its multiple crises. The Guide includes a theoretical introduction on the relation between Live  Art and social sciences’ border theories; a focus on how practitioners are responding to the current shifting European border landscapes through a series of interviews; and a list of resources on the theoretical notion of border, Live Art, and Europe available in LADA’s Study Room. 


Live Art and Motherhood: A Study Room Guide on Live Art and the Maternal

Emily Underwood-Lee and Lena Šimić

This Guide features fourteen individual artists and two artist collectives working in the mediums of Live Art and performance around the topic of the maternal, who have all set out to make performance and/or Live Art work about their particular maternal experience.  The Guide maps these artists’ works and themes, creating an archive, and, on a pragmatic as well as highly political level, giving visibility to this field and proclaiming maternal agencies through and in arts making.  The Guide also recommends wider materials to watch and read around the subject.


Food & Performance: A Study Room Guide on eating and dining as explored in performance (2016)

a Gorge Project, compiled & written by I’m With You

A Study Room Guide on food and performance featuring an anannotated index, two pieces of longer analysis, and a photo-essay which proceeds from and operates as ingredients and/or recipes for research. The Guide has a specific focus on food, eating, and dining as they have been explored in artist performance.


Glimpses of Before: Study Room Guide (2016)

Helena Goldwater

Glimpses of Before, available online and in print within the Study Room, includes information about artists who were making performance in the 1970s. The Guide features over 100 images and two introductory texts by Helena Goldwater and Dominic Johnson.


Hear Me Roar! Study Boxes (2016)

In March 2016 the Hear Me Roar! Festival invited LADA to curate a small selection of items for a Pop-up Study Room during the Festival. Hear Me Roar! is a festival of feminist arts in Lancaster. In 2016 the theme was Ages, Stages and Phases celebrating feminist art across the generations.


Are we there yet?  - A Study Room Guide on Live Art and Feminsim (2015)

Curated by Lois Weaver in collaboration with Eleanor Roberts

Existing as both a website and in free, printed form within the Study Room, this multi-layered, multi-voiced Guide features a conversation between Lois Weaver and LADA’s Lois Keidan about this project and their own personal histories of feminism and performance; a critical overview by Eleanor Roberts of this research, dialogue and mapping project; a series of maps created by artists reflecting their own experiences and influences in feminist performance; a How We Did It section by Lois Weaver on her approach to this project and this Guide; and extensive lists of resources with catalogue references on materials on feminist performance housed in the LADA Study Room.


A Study Room Guide to Remoteness (2014)

Tracey Warr

In 2014 the Live Art Development Agency commissioned writer Tracey Warr to create this Study Room Guide on Remoteness. The Guide complements and contextualizes LADA’s 2014 collaboration with London Fieldworks and Resonance104.4fm on Remote Performances, a series of specially commissioned artist performances and programmes created with local residents and broadcast live from Outlandia, a unique artists' field-station in Glen Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland.Tracey Warr wrote a series of blogposts responding to Remote Perfomances which were published daily throughout the project on LADA's blog. In this Guide Tracey considers wider issues of remoteness and art through a range of artists’ practice with “the odd deviation into literature and theory”.


Tempting Failure Study Boxes (2014)

Live Art Development Agency

In November 2014 Tempting Failure invited the Live Art Development Agency to curate a small selection of Study Boxes. Responding to key themes developed by Tempting Failure, the eight Study Boxes contain between six and eight items each that can be explored in a quick browse or a day-long study. Although the selected materials are no longer in their Study Boxes you can use the list of materials within the Study Room Guide to explore the themes and artists during your visit to the Agency’s Study Room.


Live Collision Study Boxes (2014)

Live Art Development Agency

LADA curated a small selection of study boxes for the Live Collision Festival in Dublin, April 2014, containing between three and five hand picked books and other materials from the study room. 

Boxes were based around live art history, disability, activism, bodily functions, race and queer performance. Although no longer in their boxes, users can use the list of materials within the Study Room Guide to explore the themes and artists during their visit to the Study Room.



LADA Anthologies (2014)

Live Art Development Agency 

Themed collections of performance documentation and works for camera that the Agency has been invited to curate for public programmes in the UK and internationally. 

Drawing on materials housed in LADA’s Study Room and documentation publicly available online, the materials were originally presented as illustrated talks and screenings, and are now catalogued as LADA Anthologies. Themes include: audiences and pain, borders/border crossings and performing gender. 


Dreams for an Institution: a Study Room Guide (2013)

Johanna Linsley 

A Study Room Guide by Johanna Linsley in response to a Study Room Gathering about the state of the institution and its alternatives for (and as) Live Art.
We live in a time when many long-standing institutions are in a state of crisis, and precarity is becoming a normalized condition for vast swathes of the population. What kind of stance can a radical politics take towards institutions in these times?
This Guide looks at artists’ projects that engage with institutions, both critically and creatively, and considers how performance practice has engaged and challenged institutions in recent years.


Study Room Guide: On Falling (2013)

Amy Sharrocks 

The On Falling Study Room Guide is a compilation of material from the Study Room Gathering Live Art and Falling hosted by Amy Sharrocks in November 2012.

At the event Amy gave a presentation which was followed by an extensive group discussion. This Guide is in note form, for ease of reading, and in the hope that people can read between the lines, and see the rhythm and shape of the wide-ranging and non-stop discussion. 


Bodily Functions In Performance: a Study Room Guide on shit, piss, blood, sweat and tears (2013)

Lois Keidan

Shit, piss, blood, sweat and tears is a new Study Room Guide compiled by Lois Keidan on the theme of bodily functions in performance. The Guide consists of notes from Lois Keidan’s presentation for Blackmarket No 11 2008, with added images and recommendations for further research and study. 


IBT Study Boxes Study Room Guide (2013)

Lois Keidan and Aaron Wright

In February 2013 the In Between Time Festival invited the Live Art Development Agency to curate a small selection of Study Boxes. Each Box contains between five and eight hand picked books and other materials drawn from the Study Room. Although the selected materials are no longer in their Study Boxes you can use the list of materials within the Study Room Guide to explore the themes and artists during your visit to the Agency’s Study Room.

The Study Boxes are a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency and Spill Festival of Performance. First created for the SPILL Festival in Ipswich in 2012.


SPILL Study Boxes (2012)

Lois Keidan and Aaron Wright

In 2012, SPILL Festival  of Performance, Ipswich invited the Agency to create a special pop-up version of the Study Room for the SPILL Study Café.

For the Study Café the Agency curated a selection of 20 Study Boxes each containing a range of hand picked DVDs, books and other materials around specific themes that we believed would inspire, excite and intrigue artists and audiences attending the Festival in Ipswich.

Although the selected materials are no longer in their Study Boxes you can use the list of materials within the Study Room Guide to explore the themes and artists during your visit to the Agency’s Study Room.


Making Routes: Journeys in Live Art (2012)

David Overend

This Study Room Guide is concerned with journeys as an emerging trend in Live Art. A significant number of artists, practitioners and companies are currently incorporating travel into their work and using journeys in a variety of different ways. These include Wrights & Sites and its individual members, Lone Twin, Forced Entertainment, Nic Green, Kieran Hurley and Pointed Arrow. There are many more, but in this short list an apparent contradiction begins to emerge: a Western (more specifically British) focus on practices with an inherently global outlook. This Guide is therefore interested in roots as well as routes; acknowledging the geographical, cultural and political context from which these ideas and practices develop.


Take the money and run? Some positions on ethics, business sponsorship and making art (2012)

Jane Trowell, Platform

There are lots of guides for artists on how to earn a living from art or how to raise funds to support making it, but few which help us ask what the ethical implications are of the routes we choose.
In this Study Room Guide, arts, social justice and environmental group Platform has selected some key texts that they think are useful in helping to position yourself ethically with regard to financing or supporting artistic practice through business or corporate sponsorship.

Since this Study Room Guide was published, Platform and Live Art Development Agency ran a Reading Group to discuss the texts that the Guide featured. In November 2012, as a result of this group, an appendix was added and can be found on page 14 of this document. In April 2013 a designed and printed version of the Guide was published by Platform.

Brutal Silences (2011)

Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh

Brutal Silences is a Study Room Guide featuring selected performances from eleven artists who interrogate and interrupt the silences that exist in Ireland. It explores the use of repetition, cycles and duration to explore the legacies of secrecy and purity entrenched in Irish culture.

Two Irish live artists have created this Guide: Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh.


(W)reading Performance Writing: A Guide (2010)

Rachel Lois Clapham

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 Münzberg, Tamarin Norwood, Mary Paterson, Joshua Sofaer, Danae Theodoridou, Peter Walsh and Simon Zimmerman. Design by Marit Munzberg.


Disability and New Artistic Models (2010)

Aaron Williamson

The Guide reflects the ways in which the practices of artists who work with Live Art have engaged with, represented, and problematised issues of disability in innovative and radical ways, and the ways in which Live Art has been, and continues to be, a potent platform for artists to explore notions of physicality, identity and representation.

Including: Aaron Williamson, Bobby Baker, Tony Heaton, Alan McLean, Tony Mustoe, Philip Ryder, Juliet Robson,The Electricians, Rika Esser, Raimund Hoghe, The Disabled Avant-Garde, Katherine Araniello, Jessica Voorsanger, Mary Duffy, Mat Fraser, Vital, Girl Jonah, Philip Ryder, Pete Edwards, Point of View, Juliet Robson, Bob Flanaghan, Max Zadow, Aine Phillips, SPILL. 


One to One Performance (2009)

Rachel Zerihan

One to One Performance offers a series of reflections on a number of performances created by artists for an 'audience of one'. The guide includes a dialogue with Franko B, commentaries from sixteen artists in response to a series of questions, as well as a list of related materials in the Study Room. This guide has been created by Rachel Zerihan.

Making it Your Own? - Social Engagement and Participation (2009)


FrenchMottershead's Study Room Guide is about participation and socially-engaged works, in which the frame proposed by the artist is open, and allows participants to make their involvement their own, taking it to a point that the artist could not have reached alone. This Guide directs you to key artworks and texts in the Study Room (and beyond) in which the artist’s intention is to engage the audience in the work.


A Small MAP PIECE of Performance Art in China (2008)

Adele Tan

This Guide profiles contemporary and historical performance art practices from China, and at its heart invites the reader to navigate a series of texts and works by artists which have influenced and developed a most amazing range of radical performance practices.

In search of documentology. Walking (half) the study room (2008)

Marco Pustianaz

Extensive and comprehensive study room guide on documentation, live performance and its traces and ghosts. This guide was created by Marco Pustianaz, in response to his personal meanderings of the Live Art Development Agency's Study Room, this good natured, playful and mischievous guide invites a solo journey around the concepts and ideas behind 'the event' and 'the document' inspired by the documents of the Study Room itself.


The More You Ignore Me The Closer You Get: notes on socially engaged practice (2008)

Robert Pacitti

Robert Pacitti's Study Room Guide addresses socially and politically engaged performances that seek to question and transform the institutions of power.

In the Footnotes of Library Angels: A Bi(bli)ography of Insurrectionary Imagination (2006)

John Jordan

This Study Room Guide, in the form of an open letter, addresses performance and activism, and the strategies that artists have engaged with to address radical cultural, social and political agendas over the last 20 years.


You may perform a spell against the madness (2006)

Lone Twin

Gregg Whelan of Lone Twin was commissioned to write a guide looking at ideas of site and space, including performance and time-based works made in, through and for specific locations. Lone Twin's Study Room Guide is called You may perform a spell against madness and is a selection of works by artists that attempt, however reliably or unreliably, to guide us: works that attempt to offer a charting or a mapping, of what possibly lies ahead, be that a city, a forest, a face, a cultural condition, a time, a language, a room or a sky.


Performance, Politics, Ethics and Human Rights (2006) 

Adrien Sina

A Study Room Guide considering issues of Performance, Politics, Ethics and Human Rights, in relation to historical and contemporary practices and ideas of representation, documentation and archiving.

Adrien Sina has developed his Guide in the form of a website ( which provides an historical overview of the development of the question of Human Rights, illustrates the historical and contemporary strategies undertaken by artists, and lists key holdings in the Study Room


The Body in Performance (2004/5)

Franko B

Franko B was invited to produce a guide looking at body based practices, including works employing the body as an artistic tool and site of representation.

Franko approached the guide by drawing up a list of materials we hold that are important to him, of new materials we are in the process of acquiring and of materials he has generously donated to the Study Room. To accompany his list of recommendations he also conducted an interview with Dominic Johnson discussing his choices, their significance to him and to understandings of the possibilities of Live Art.


We have also compiled a list of resources dealing with the issues around Documentation and Live Art which can be downloaded here

Clare Shucksmith has also produced a Young People's Resource Pack which is designed to guide and inspire teachers, educators and students through a range of physical and digital Live Art resources.