Agency

A Partial History of Live Art

Edited by Theron Schmidt

Agency

Edited by Theron Schmidt

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

280 pages | 125 color plates | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 | © 2019
Paper $33.00 ISBN: 9781783209903 Published June 2019

Notoriously difficult to define as a genre, Live Art is commonly positioned as a challenge to received artistic, social, and political categories: not theatre, not dance, not visual art, and often wilfully anti-mainstream and anti-establishment. But as it has become increasingly prevalent in international festivals, major art galleries, and university courses, it is ripe for a reassessment.
Including almost 50 contributing artists and scholars, this collection of essays, conversations, provocations, and archival images takes the twentieth anniversary of the founding of one of the sector’s most committed champions, the Live Art Development Agency in London, as an opportunity to consider not only what Live Art has been against, but also what it has been for. Through the work of this particular ‘Agency’, the book explores the idea of agency more generally: how Live Art has enabled the possibility for new kinds of thoughts, actions, and alliances for diverse individuals and groups.
 

Review Quotes
Julie McNamara | Disability Arts Online
"Agency offers one of the clearest explanations in plain English of exactly what constitutes Live Art, what sets it apart from theatre or other practices in the creative industries and why that matters. As a reference book it offers an intelligent and rigorous interrogation of Live Art its guts and gore, its shock tactics and disruptions, its raw energy, risk taking and ingenuity."
Joe Kelleher, professor of theatre and performance, University of Roehampton London
"It may well turn out to be the book that I will be pointing students towards first for some while, to orient themselves in this field."
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