Robert Ayers
  • Seattle, WA
  • United States

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  • Rui Condeixa Xavier de Oliveira
  • Agnes Nedregard
  • Grace Exhibition Space
  • Alexander Pohnert
  • Catherine Badet Corniou
  • Adrian D. Cameron
  • Anya Liftig
  • Emma Phillips
  • Julie Tolentino
  • Nikki Milican
  • Caden Manson (Network Curator)

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Robert Ayers is now friends with Rui Condeixa Xavier de Oliveira and Adrian D. Cameron
Nov 3, 2011
Robert Ayers and Agnes Nedregard are now friends
Oct 9, 2011
Robert Ayers and Grace Exhibition Space are now friends
Apr 4, 2011
Robert Ayers is now friends with Alexander Pohnert and Julie Tolentino
Mar 13, 2011
Robert Ayers and Emma Phillips are now friends
Mar 9, 2011
Robert Ayers replied to Robert Ayers's discussion My favorite performance book ever in the group Book Club
"Check if it still has the Ray Gun Mfg business card in the little envelope inside the back cover ..."
Feb 15, 2011
Robert Ayers added a discussion to the group Book Club

My favorite performance book ever

OK, to get this book club a-rollin', I invite you all to nominate your favorite performance book ever ... Mine would be Claes Oldenburg's wonderful picture-book from the days of the Ray-Gun Theater, "Store Days" ...I did once own a copy, which I ashamed to admit I stole from my research supervisor, but as karma…See More
Feb 15, 2011
Robert Ayers joined Caden Manson (Network Curator)'s group

Book Club

A group for reading and discussing contemporary performance books.See More
Feb 15, 2011
Robert Ayers posted photos
Feb 4, 2011
Robert Ayers and Anya Liftig are now friends
Feb 3, 2011
Robert Ayers posted photos
Feb 3, 2011
Robert Ayers replied to Contemporary Performance Network's discussion What book about performance has a prominent place on your bookshelf?
"Can't see that anyone's suggested this yet: The NRLA Thirtieth Anniversary Boxed Set (three volumes plus three DVDs). To anyone interested in Europe's most important performance art festival, it's really indispensable. (And I…"
Dec 17, 2010
Karen Cantsin replied to Robert Ayers's discussion Performance text o' the day! in the group Performance Texts
Dec 14, 2010
Robert Ayers and Catherine Badet Corniou are now friends
Dec 14, 2010
Robert Ayers added a discussion to the group Performance Texts
Dec 10, 2010
Robert Ayers was featured
Dec 9, 2010

Profile Information

Performance Discipline
During the last thirty years, Robert Ayers has enjoyed a remarkable career, gaining a reputation not only as an artist, but as a writer, as a teacher, as a curator, as a producer and promoter, and as a tireless advocate for the contemporary arts.

Robert Ayers has worked continuously as an artist since the early 1970s, establishing himself as a key figure in the development of live art in Britain. He was one of the instigators of the NOW festival in Nottingham, England, and saw it become one of Europe's outstanding programs of live art, new theater, performance, music, dance, and technology. In 1998 he acted as the first ever guest curator of the (British) National Review of Live Art, and in 2001 he was installed as one of the first Honorary Associates of the National Review.

Robert Ayers has written extensively on painting, sculpture, performance, dance, music, technology, and the interdisciplinary arts for Art + Auction, Art Monthly, ARTnews, Performance Magazine, Studio International, Artscribe, to which he acted as a contributing editor, Live Art Magazine, Transcript, Dance Theatre Journal, Contemporary, Performance Research, and a range of books, exhibition catalogues, scholarly journals, and websites. 1991 saw the publication of Live Art, an Artist's Newsletter handbook on all professional aspects of live art, which he co-edited, and which was described by one reviewer as ‘an inspiration’.

He now works as an independent artist and art-writer: his exhibition reviews appear in every issue of ARTnews, in 2005 he was appointed New York correspondent for Total Theatre magazine (London), and in 2008 he became New York correspondent to EIKON (Vienna). He is a contributor to ( (where he was Senior Editor, 2006-08) and which has featured hundreds of his articles, interviews, reviews, and auction reports since 2005. In 2009 he launched A Sky filled with Shooting Stars ( where he provides an in-depth and wide-ranging commentary on the New York art scene.

Robert Ayers is committed to expanding comprehension of the contemporary arts, and is recognized as a gifted and committed teacher. He has taught and lectured in universities, polytechnics, and art colleges throughout Britain, Europe, and the United States. Between 1989 and 1994 he was Head of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at The Nottingham Trent University in England, between 1994 and 2003 he was the university’s Artistic Director, and in 1995 he was installed there as Professor of the Contemporary Arts, a personal chair created in recognition of his standing as an artist, writer, and academic.

Robert Ayers enjoys a reputation for working at the most immediately contemporary edge of the interdisciplinary arts. In 2003 he conducted a highly prestigious research residency at Franklin Furnace in New York City. This residency was funded by the (British) Arts and Humanities Research Board and was awarded on the strength of Robert Ayers’s ‘academic excellence’. It enabled him to make an entirely original first hand study of the relationship between physical and digital forms of performance art.

Robert Ayers is recognized as possessing one of the more consistently stimulating imaginations in the contemporary interdisciplinary arts, and enjoys a genuinely international profile.

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At 6:54am on December 19, 2010, Catherine Badet Corniou said…

Thanks for the add !

At 1:01pm on December 9, 2010, Caden Manson (Network Curator) said…
Great Profile Picture!







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