I am an artist based in Manchester and a senior lecturer in the School of Art. My practice has grown out of a series of performance, artists' film and installation works produced collaboratively under the name 'Lisalouise' and individually as Louise Adkins.
My practice investigates the relationship between cultural, historic narrative utilizing performance, artists' film, installation, text and drawing. The appropriation and re-enactment of historic cultural events and references are an on-going theme in my practice which often features synchronized dance routines, music, sporting events and film as a way of reading and understanding historic narratives. I am interested in re-visioning these events and moments in order to foster alternative narratives, reframing the viewers reading of the cultural happening. I often work with specialist interest groups and communities to develop performances utilizing their skills, knowledge and specialist histories. These partnerships allow me to access expert groups whilst developing new audiences and engagement in the work.
Previous projects include ‘Material Balance’ a re-enactment of a seminal chess game between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972, working with Manchester’s 3C’s children's chess club and the English Chess Federation. For this performance and film installation I worked with emerging youth chess players and Grandmaster Nigel Short utilizing their extensive knowledge and skills to devise a re imagining of a iconic moment in cold war history.
I am the founder, working as artist and curator of 'Between' a programme of performance art commissions established in 2012 in association with the International3 gallery and the Cornerhouse (HOME) Manchester. The ‘Between’ programme was concerned with how contemporary performance can utilize the interstitial space of the gallery programme as a creative lab for performance art practice. The Arts Council of England, Manchester Institute of Research in Art and Design (MIRIAD) and the Contemporary Art Society supported and funded the ‘Between’ programme.
In 2016 I was awarded the Amanda Burton scholarship at the University of Leeds to study a PhD (practice based) research project titled: ‘Between Art and Re enactment - historical representation, the actual and the possible’ in the School of Fine Art, Art History and Cultural Studies.
The ‘Between’ project investigates how contemporary performance can challenge the relationship between art and historical representation through re-enactment. Using the ‘Between’ curatorial model the research explores the appropriation of historic cultural events extending the work of Deller and Lütticken as a method of understanding performance art practice within the cultural institution. Details…
Collaboration is an intrinsic part of Adkins practice and she has worked with artists from a variety of backgrounds including audio artists, classical musicians and composers and professionals within dance, television and theatre. From 1998 to 2006 Adkins collaborated with the Glasgow based artist Lisa Le Grove under the name ‘Lisalouise’. Details…
The research aim was to investigate the role of re-enactment within the context of performance art. This is with particular reference to the way in which media culture and its reading can inform our understanding of contemporary historical events. Details…
The research aim is to explore narrative representation of women with particular focus on sexualised and violent depictions in contemporary horror films through the appropriation of cinematic choreography and post-production techniques. ‘Running, Jumping, Falling’ is a three-channel installation incorporating film, audio and text which is designed to interact as a series of performances with the architecture of the gallery. Details…
Exhibition, performance and film installation. 'Un-Follow' was a series of interactive performance events and a film installation commissioned by the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology - FACT in Liverpool for the exhibition Follow. Details…
Since 2006 Adkins research has focused on the relationship between live performance and digital media. The work explores how new technologies can foster additional and alternative narrative within performance-based practice. Details…
Louise Adkins is a member of the Media Research Group.
A selection of recent research outputs.
Adkins, L.B, 2017. ‘Made in Translation’, Portico Library, Manchester., Feb 2017.
Adkins, L.B, 2016. Follow, FACT, December 2015 - February 2016.
Adkins, L.B, 2015. Outcasting A Century of Artists Films., Oriel Mwldan Cardigan, Wales., 2011.
Adkins, L.B, 2015. Sluice Art Fair, Sluice Art Fair - Oxo Tower London, 16 - 18 October 2015.
Adkins,L B, 2014. Dark Matter Institute, Public Art Work - Bradford, May 2014.
Adkins, L.B, 2014. Flat Pak, Toast Gallery - Century House (Castlefield Gallery), August 2014.
Adkins, L.B, 2014. Seamless - The Digital in Design, Museum of Architecture & Design, Ljubljana Slovenia, September 2013.
Adkins, L B, 2014. Video Jam - Windmills of your Mind, Manchester Art Gallery, July 2014.
Adkins, L., 2012. Between 1 - Hayley Newman & Trisha Baga, Cornerhouse, March 2012.
Adkins, L.B, 2012. Between 2 - Annika Strom, Cornerhouse Gallery, June 2012.
Adkins, L.B, 2012. Between 2 - Material Balance, Cornerhouse Gallery, June 2012.
Adkins, L.B, 2012. Between 3 - Lois MacDonald & Helen Collett, Cornerhouse Gallery, September 2012.
Adkins, L.B, 2012. Between 3 - Ruth Barker, Cornerhouse Gallery.
Adkins, L.B, 2012. Create Observe Perform, Galleria Alkovi Helsinki, Finland., 2012.
Adkins, L, 2011. Hold the Pose, Vinyl Gallery, May 2011.
Adkins, L.B., 2010. Meanwhile in Manchester, Lombard Method & Grand Union- Birmingham Eastside, May - June 2010.
Adkins, L.B, 2010. Pairings, Special Collections, 2009.
Adkins, L.B., 2010. The Pursuit of Happiness, Arsenal Gallery - Poznan, Poland, May 2010.
Adkins, L., 2009. 'The Open West 09', 'Pittville Gallery' The University of Gloucestershire, 2009.
Adkins, L., 2009. 'The Pursuit of Happiness', 'The Pursuit of Happiness', 2009.
Adkins, L., 2009. Artists moving image programme, 'Another Roadside Attraction' Gallery, London, 2009.
Adkins, L.B., 2009. Outcasting Season 10, Outcasting - Online Gallery, November 2009.
Adkins, L., 2009. The Big Screen - Screening, The Big Screen. Cornerhouse, Manchester., 2004.
Adkins, L., 2009. ‘Pressure Point: Between Tracks’, 'Badhaus' St Gallen Switzerland & 'International3' Gallery, Manchester, 2009.
Adkins, L., 2008. Season 6, 'Outcasting' (moving image gallery), 2008.
Adkins, L., 2008. Various locations across the transpennine route., Artranspennine 2008., 2008.
Adkins, L., 2006. 'Et Tu Tribute', Embassy Gallery – Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court., 2006.
Adkins, L., 2006. 'The Magic of Real Life in Real Situations'. A CCA commission, CCA – Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow., 2006.
Adkins, L., 2006. The Big Screen - Screening, The Big Screen, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester and BBC, 2006.
Adkins, L., 2004. 'Bishops Move', Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh., 2004.
Adkins, L., 2003. 'Summer Show', International3, Manchester - Curated by Vilma Gold., 2003.
Adkins, L., 2002. 'Fight’., Leytonstone Centre of Contemporary Art (LCCA), London., 2002.
Adkins, L., 2002. Arches New Work Commission., The Arches, Glasgow., 2002.
Adkins, L., 2002. Helpmehelpyou – solo show, Hereford Salon, London., 2002.
Adkins, L., 2001. 'Lowry’s Living Room'., From Space Gallery, Manchester., 2000.
Adkins, L., 2001. Paradise Revisited., Bury Art Gallery, Manchester., 2001.
Adkins, L., 2001. Record Collection., The International 3, Manchester and Espace Contemporain, Geneva., 2001.
Adkins, L., 2001. Spinny Thing, East End Live., 2001.
Adkins, L., 2000. 'Somethin’ Stupid' a festival commission, Philadelphia International Festival of Visual and Live Art., 2000.
Adkins, L., 2000. Stuffed., The Stuff Gallery - Bethnal Green, London., 2000.
Adkins, L., 1999. 'Expo 99', part of Now 99. An Expo commission., Royal Moat House Hotel, Nottingham., 1999.
Adkins, L.B, 2014. 'A Violent Aesthetic: The Image Beyond Representation', University of California at Berkeley, 29-30 October 2015.
Adkins, L.B, 2015. '‘Windmills of Your Mind’ - cloth and clothing as a sexual signifier within the context of erotic performance.', A COLLOQUIUM THE EROTIC CLOTH: Seduction and Fetishism., The Artworkers Guild, London., 20 March 2015.
Adkins, L.B, 2014. 'Material Balance: ‘Re-enactment’ as Interface of Performance Art and Curatorial Practice', TAG14 - The Theoretical Archaeology Group, Manchester University - Department of Archaeology, 15th - 17th December, in TAG14 - The Theoretical Archaeology Group.