The Nick Waterlow OAM Memorial Lecture is presented biannually to mark the contribution made by Nick Waterlow (1941–2009) to the arts and academia.
For the 20th Biennale of Sydney, in an evocative talk connecting artistic and curatorial practices from diverse times and places, Adrian Heathfield questions the divisions between the secular and the spiritual, the material and the immaterial. A picture of contemporary creative practices emerges where art is not so cosy with capitalism after all, and the human animal is surprisingly re-attuned to planetary forces and the powers of the unknown.
Adrian Heathfield is a curator and writer working across the scenes of live art, performance and dance. He has co-curated Live Culture (Tate Modern, 2003), Performance Matters (2009–14), and numerous durational events in European cities over the last 15 years. His writings on performance are widely published and translated into seven languages. He is an attaché for the 20th Biennale and, as part of the freethought collective, an artistic director of the Bergen Assembly 2016.
Image: Adrian Heathfield