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Performance Magazine Online – 66 digitised issues, a new film and five new commissions.

Between 1979-1992 Performance Magazine documented an extraordinary period in the development of art in the UK.

With its maverick and punk ethos Performance Magazine embodied an immensely active community of artists, writers and publics that crossed disciplines throughout the late 70s, 80s and the start of the 90s.

The magazine provided a vital platform for the awareness of new approaches to the making and experience of art by creating a critical context and space for discourse. Moving beyond Performance Art and conventional categorisations, Performance Magazine was instrumental in promoting cross-disciplinary and underground art and played an important role in triggering the development of Live Art as a terminology and field of creative practice.

Rob La Frenais (founding editor 1979 – 1987) has collaborated with Live Art Development Agency (LADA) to develop this project – Performance Magazine Online.

All sixty-six ISSUES of Performance Magazine have been digitised and are accessible on this site for you to freely search, browse and read. A new FILM  by Hugo Glendinning and Alex Eisenberg maps the magazine’s history and legacy Commissioned FEATURES by Anne Bean, Hester Reeve, Lynn MacRitchie, Claire MacDonald and Nahum Mantra respond to the archive and the period when the magazine was published.

Launch events and performances in Hull and London

Performance Magazine Online launched with two public events: in Hull on 25 March 2017, as part of the Re-ROOTed Festival and at the British Library in London on 27 April 2017.  LADA also hosted a STUDY DAY and workshop with Something Other (Mary Paterson, Maddy Costa and Diana Damian) looking at Live Art, writing and digital publishing on 25 April 2017.

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Film

A film about Performance Magazine

23 mins

This film by Hugo Glendinning and Alex Eisenberg brings together original editors, guest contributors and others connected to the magazine to reflect on it over 30 years on.

Issues

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Issue 1 – June 1979

Issue 2 – Aug/Sept 1979

Issue 3 – Oct/Nov 1979

Issue 4 – Dec/Jan 1980

Issue 5 – April 1980

Issue 6 May/June 1980

Issue 7 July/Aug 1980

Issue 8 Oct/Nov 1980

Issue 9 Dec/Jan 1981

Issue 10 Mar/Apr 1981

Issue 11 May/June 1981

Issue 12 July/Aug 1981

Issue 13 Sept/Oct 1981

Issue 14 Nov/Dec 1981

Issue 15 Jan/Fev 1982

Issue 16 Mar/Apr 1982

Issue 17 May/June 1982

Issue 18 Aug/Sept 1982

Issue 19 Oct/Nov 1982

Issue 20/21 Dec/Jan 1983

Issue 22 Feb/Mar 1983

Issue 23 Apr/May 1983

Issue 24 June/July 1983

Issue 25 Aug/Sept 1983

Issue 26 Oct/Nov 1983

Issue 27 Dec/Jan 1984

Issue 28 Feb/Mar 1984

Issue 29 Apr/May 1984

Issue 30 June/July 1984

Issue 31 Sept/Oct 1984

Issue 32 Nov/Dec 1984

Issue 33 Feb/Mar 1985

Issue 34 Apr/May 1985

Issue 35 June/July 1985

Issue 36 Aug/Sept 1985

Issue 37 Oct/Nov 1985

Issue 38/39 Dec-Feb 1986

Issue 40 Mar/Apr 1986

Issue 41 May/June 1986

Issue 42 July/Aug 1986

Issue 43 Sept/Oct 1986

Issue 44/45 Nov-Feb 1987

Issue 46 Mar/April 1987

Issue 47 May/June 1987

Issue 48 July/Aug 1987

Issue 49 Sept/Oct 1987

Issue 50/51 Nov-Jan 1988

Issue 52 Feb/Mar 1988

Issue 53 April/May 1988

Issue 54 June/July 1988

Issue 55 January 1988

Issue 56/57 Dec-Feb 1989

Issue 58 Summer 1989

Issue 59 Winter 1989/90

Issue 60 Spring 1990

Issue 61 Sept 1990

Issue 62 Nov 1990

Issue 63 Mar 1991

Issue 64 Summer 1991

Issue 65/66 Spring 1992

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View the full list of articles and issues.

Features

Artists and writers respond to Performance Magazine.

We have taken our cue from the magazine itself and invited a series of new contributions in the form of FEATURES, specially commissioned for this project. These have been conceived both for live and online spaces and will be activated by the project launch events in Hull and London. They are intended to provide a series of personal pathways into the past issues of the magazine and to connect us to the era in which it was published.

Claire MacDonald has shared a spoken letter to Steve Rogers and a written piece by Lynn MacRitchie surveys the history and context of Performance Magazine. Contributions will also come from Anne Bean, who will present a video based on her performance in Hull. Hester Reeve and Nahum Mantra will both present pieces drawn from their live works at the London launch event.

Features will be released between April and June 2017.

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VIDEO: Lifelines – A Spoken Letter to Steve Rogers

by Claire MacDonald

18 mins
Claire MacDonald was the guest editor of the 50th issue of Performance Magazine which was published in November 1988. Steve Rogers was the editor of Performance Magazine between 1987 and 1988 and a close friend of Claire. This is a spoken letter to Steve which Claire recorded in 2017.

ESSAY: The air we breathed: a short history of Performance Magazine

by Lynn MacRitchie

Image 1 - Page 2, Issue 1, 1979

Lynn MacRitchie was closely associated with Performance Magazine from 1980 to 1985 as contributor, editor and director. In this short essay she surveys and reflects upon the history and context of the magazine.

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Credits

Performance Magazine Online (2017)

A project by Rob La Frenais in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency, 2017.

In partnership with Re-ROOTed, Hull City of Culture 2017 and The British Library, London.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Curator

Rob La Frenais

Producer

Alex Eisenberg

and Live Art Development Agency

Filmmaker

Hugo Glendinning

Website

APE

Henry Lockett

Digitisation

Christopher Hewitt

Project Assistants

Billy Sassi

Connal Borowski

Nicholas Tee

Thanks

Gillian Dyson

Amy Jones

Mike Stubbs

Live Art Development Agency Logo and Arts Council England Logo (Supported using public funding by)

Credits

Performance Magazine Online (2017)

A project by Rob La Frenais in collaboration with Live Art Development Agency, 2017.

In partnership with Re-ROOTed, Hull City of Culture 2017 and The British Library, London.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Curator

Rob La Frenais

Producer

Alex Eisenberg

and Live Art Development Agency

Filmmaker

Hugo Glendinning

Website

APE

Henry Lockett

Digitisation

Christopher Hewitt

Project Assistants

Billy Sassi

Connal Borowski

Nicholas Tee

Thanks

Gillian Dyson

Amy Jones

Mike Stubbs

Live Art Development Agency Logo and Arts Council England Logo (Supported using public funding by)

Copyright Notice

All of the back issues of Performance Magazine are being made freely available to view online as part of this project. This has been done with the permission of the surviving Editors of the magazine, Rob La Frenais and Gray Watson. The copyright for articles, other texts and photographs in the magazine remains with Performance Magazine and/or the original creators, in accordance with the original copyright of each issue. The project has been produced in collaboration with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA).

If you have any queries about the copyright or the way that the issues have been reproduced please contact LADA.