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Announcements: Call for submissions for the The Live Art Almanac – Volume 2

Call for submissions for the The Live Art Almanac – Volume 2

An international publication of writing on and around Live Art
Deadline: 31 December 2009

The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 is a not-for-profit publication, produced and published by the Live Art Development Agency (London, UK) in partnership with Live Art UK, Performance Space 122 (New York, USA), and Performance Space (Sydney, Australia).

The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 will draw together recent writing about and around Live Art – from reviews, through interviews and news stories, to cultural commentaries. It aims to be both a useful resource and a good read for artists, writers, students and others interested in the field of interdisciplinary, performance-based art.

AlmanacThe first Live Art Almanac was published in the UK by the Live Art Development Agency in partnership with Live Art UK in 2008 and was described by The Guardian as “a terrific book”. The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 is an international partnership between organisations committed to the development of Live Art and contemporary performance in the UK, USA and Australia.

We are seeking recommendations for material to include in The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2. What articles have you read, what new stories have you spotted, what emails did you receive or forward to a friend, what blogs have you visited, what texts crossed your path? Did they engage you, provoke you, amuse you, or make you rethink Live Art? If it caught your eye and had something interesting to say then we want to know about it.

We welcome all kinds of submissions for the Live Art Almanac Vol 2 – from more traditional forms such as journal essays, newspaper reviews, transcribed interviews or book chapters, to more recent digital forms such blog entries and twitter conversations, to the even less conventional forms of “publishing” such as emails, diary entries, and letters. The submission must be engaging, provocative, and thoughtful writing on and around the contemporary cultural landscape in which Live Art practice sits and must shed light on the various debates and ideas in circulation within that landscape.

Your recommendation or submission can be from any source between July 2008 and December 2009. We will prioritise material that has been published or distributed between these dates but we will also consider new writing not yet published or distributed. You may submit your own writing but we really want you to tell us about interesting material you have read. Contributions may be any length up to 5,000 words.

The first Live Art Almanac primarily contained material about and by British-based artists and writers. The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 will be published in English, but encourages international submissions as well as texts in translation previously published in other languages.

The publication is produced as a print-on-demand initiative with text only and no images. The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 is sold at cost price (ie the price it costs to manufacture and distribute the publication) and we are therefore not able to offer fees for contributions.

The content of The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 will be selected by an editorial panel made up of representatives of the Live Art Development Agency, Performance Space 122, and Performance Space. Permission will be sought from all authors and publishers before publication. The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2 will be published in 2010.

Submission and Recommendations

To submit a recommendation or to directly submit material email: [email protected]

To make a submission or recommendation include the following information in your email:
• title
• author
• where published
• publication date
• a short statement as to why you consider the recommendation to be appropriate for the Live Art Almanac
If possible, include an electronic version of the text, ideally in Word or other word processing format.

Email your recommendations to [email protected] with ‘Almanac’ in the subject line. We must receive your recommendation or submission no later than 31 December 2009 for consideration for inclusion in The Live Art Almanac Vol. 2.

The (first) Live Art Almanac is available to purchase from Unbound – – for only £5.00.

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Other useful links for further information:
Live Art UK:
Performance Space 122:
Performance Space:

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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