Wednesday 10th October 2018

Quorum 2018 and 19_Semester 1_Dominic Johnson Poster

Anne  Bean, Imposters (1971), action with Natasha Lawrence and Malcolm Jones in reaction to the East London Exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, London. Photo: Martin Von Haselberg.



The work of contemporary artist Anne Bean defies categorisation, encompassing performance art, public interventions, videos, and writings, all pursued as a ‘continuum’. Dominic Johnson explores Bean’s ‘life art’ project in the 1970s and considers her efforts to blur the boundaries between art and life in the context of theoretical writings she was working through at the time. This entails a strange or perilous route through the performances of Anne Bean, beginning with the assimilation of her works into a continuum that also includes her life, taking in the theosophy of early 20th-century mystic G. I. Gurdjieff and the (dubious?) critical methods of magic and the occult, and ending up at the persistence of Bean’s refusal to be fixed or found by history.


Dominic Johnson is a Reader in Performance and Visual Culture in the Department of Drama, at Queen Mary University of London. He researches and writes about performance art, live art and visual art after 1960. He is the author of Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture (2012); Theatre & the Visual (2012); The Art of Living: An Oral History of Performance Art (2015); and a new monograph, Unlimited Action: The Performance of Extremity in the 1970s (forthcoming from Manchester University Press in December 2018). He is the editor of five books, including most recently Pleading in the Blood: The Art and Performances of Ron Athey (2013); and (with Deirdre Heddon) It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells (2016). From 2005 to 2012, his performances were shown around the world, in festivals, galleries, museums, theatres and clubs, a commune, a dungeon, and a desert, in Copenhagen, Death Valley, Ljubljana, Maxéville, Rome, Toronto, Vienna, Zagreb, and elsewhere, and throughout the United Kingdom, including notably at National Portrait Gallery in London as part of ‘Gay Icons’. He is a Co-Editor of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review, a Co-Editor (with Lois Keidan and CJ Mitchell) of the book series Intellect Live, and a Director of the Live Art Development Agency.


Wednesday 10 October 2018, 18.00

Rehearsal Room 2, Arts One Building (Mile End Campus)

Everyone welcome

Refreshments will be served

Free admission


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With best wishes,

QUORUM Committee 2018-19

Vanessa MacAulay, Genna Gardini, Sarah Harper, Tatjana Kijaniza


Wednesday 3rd October 2018

For 2018-19 the committee are:

  • Vanessa MacAulay
  • Genna Gardini
  • Sarah Harper
  • Tatjana Kijaniza