Live Art Development Agency: tools and strategies

Lecture by Lois Keidan, director of the agency.

The Live Art Development Agency was founded in 1999 in London to support the development of Live Art practices, practitioners, contexts, discourses and audiences, in the UK and internationally.

Live Art is one of the most innovative areas of creative practice: a research engine driven by artists who are working across disciplines, contexts and spaces to open up new artistic models, new languages for the representation of ideas, new ways of animating spaces, and new strategies for activating audiences and intervening in public life. The Agency has both responded to, and impacted upon, the increasingly influential nature of Live Art practices by developing an extensive portfolio of specialized resources, professional development initiatives, and curatorial and publishing projects; and by working strategically, in partnership, and in consultation with practitioners and organisations in the cultural sector.

The Agency houses a unique open access research library; runs Unbound, the world’s only dedicated online shop for Live Art books, DVDs and limited editions; pioneers models of artistic and professional development, dialogue and debate; contributes to groundbreaking research culture, knowledge transfer and pedagogy; and develops inventive ways of increasing access to, and engagement with, Live Art through programming and publishing projects.