LAS Interview Collection

The LAS Interview Collection holds a wide range of freely-accessible interviews with artists and practitioners undertaken for the Live Art in Scotland project. Spanning the late 1980s to the present, these conversations reflect live art’s grounding in a range of different art forms, contexts and communities of interdisciplinary practice. A cross-section of an expansive field as it has developed over thirty years, they offer new perspectives on the conditions in which live art’s signature experiments become possible, and the possibilities which live art might enable in return.

Recorded between spring 2021 and summer 2022 during the global covid-19 pandemic, most of these interviews took place online via Zoom. Each conversation was then transcribed and shared with the interview participants for review before inclusion here. For more on this process visit: about the LAS collection.

UPDATE: You can now request access to the audio recordings via the University of Glasgow’s Enlighten Research Data repository.

These interviews are a starting place for further research, rather than a ‘final word’ as each interview reveals the plurality of voices and perspectives that might be included in any history of the field. They complement existing histories – such as those of the National Review of Live Art (NRLA) – while seeking to platform new voices. They reflect the work of artists based in Scotland as well as those whose practice has seen them returning to work here, again and again, over the course of their careers.

Further interviews will be added to the collection over the coming months as final transcripts are reviewed and confirmed.

Other collections

Our Resources for Researchers guide details a broad range of other archives and collections that might support research in this field. These include the NRLA Archive at the University of Bristol – which also documents the broader work of Nikki Milican as curator and artistic director of New Moves International – and the Live Art Development Agency resource and study room in London.

The Interviews

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Roddy Hunter
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Hamshya Rajkumar
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Deborah Pearson
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Ryan Van Winkle
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Jackie Wylie
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Ivor MacAskill
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Harry Josephine Giles
212 KB
Ira Brand
223 KB
Greg Sinclair
200 KB
Gillian Dyson
204 KB
Gemma Paintin
229 KB
FK Alexander
178 KB
Farah Saleh
191 KB
Craig Richardson
247 KB
Craig McCorquodale
255 KB
Clarinda Tse
160 KB
Claire Cunningham
214 KB
Christian Noelle Charles
214 KB
Bryony Kimmings
241 KB
Brian Lobel
192 KB
Vivienne Gaskin
195 KB
Tony Sweeten
277 KB
Thulani Rachia
167 KB
Stewart Laing
212 KB
Steve Slater
218 KB
Soojin Chang
218 KB
Sian Baxter
196 KB
Sheila Ghelani
807 KB
Ross Birrell
217 KB
Rosana Cade
264 KB
Robert Softley Gale
217 KB
Richard DeDomenici
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Paul Michael Henry
232 KB
Neil Bartlett
256 KB
Mamoru Iriguchi
208 KB
Luke Pell
223 KB
Kate Downie
195 KB
Karl Taylor
205 KB
Karen Christopher
1 MB
Jason E. Bowman
224 KB
Barry Esson
204 KB
Ashanti Harris
201 KB
Anthony Schrag
232 KB
Anne Bean
187 KB
Anita Clark
174 KB
Andy Field
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Andy Arnold
235 KB
Andrew Jones
209 KB
Al Seed
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Adam York Gregory and Gillian Lees
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