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Lee Adams' interdisciplinary practice examines the positioning and relationship between performer and audience, questioning notions of true/fictional and performed self, otherness, difference, gender, sexuality, love and the politics of the body in relation to culture and power.

Previously Lee has produced a number of solo performance projects including: The Bachelor Stripped Bare for the National Review of Live Art 2002, described by Robert Ayers in Live Art Magazine as '… a wonderfully old-fashioned and self conscious Genetesque apparition … violently transgendering …' and Cruising, commissioned by the LIFT Festival and broadcast on BBC2 television as part of the cultural history series Taboo - 50 Years of Censorship. Later that year Lee developed and performed Valentine for The Centre of Attention and collaborated with Ernst Fischer and Helen Spackman on Fallout at Riverside Studios, London.

In 2003 Lee performed at Tate Modern with Guillermo Gomez-Pena in Ex Centris: The Museum of Fetishized Identities, described by as 'A bit like partying your way through the Apocalypse'; with Oreet Ashery in Central Location for Wonderyears at the NGBK Gallery, Berlin and at Visions of Excess curated by Ron Athey and Vaginal Davis for the FIERCE Festival 2003. In 2004 Lee was awarded funding from the Arts Council of England to develop a collaborative research project - Bindu Point, Telecommunication With The Mythic Present, with the composer Martin Franklin, The resulting performance used trance-state improvisational movement to set in motion generative audio and chaos driven video feedback, to create a constantly evolving immersive environment of electronic drones and images. Bindu Point was performed at the Out There Festival, South Hill Park and the artists have subsequently been invited to show the work at the Sonorities Festival 2005 at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast.

2004 also saw Lee Adams produce a second performance collaboration with Ernst Fischer and Helen Spackman; Iconostasis, a large-scale, multi-media performance for Act 02 at the 291 Gallery, London, and perform an intervensionist live art collaboration, with Insight Arts Trust at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Currently Lee is co-producing Ron Athey's new experimental opera Judas Cradle, at the 291 Gallery, part of a national tour Commissioned by FIERCE and funded by The Arts Council of England.

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Performance fragment for The Centre of Attention at Shoreditch Church. Miracle of the Rose is a love poem, an exercise in self-objectification, a tableau mort. Visceral and corporeal, Miracle of the Rose combines images of overblown romanticism with abject carnality. Showing for the first time in the foyer of Shoreditch Church, the piece is being developed as part of Muse, a new collaborative performance project with pianist/composer Othon Mataragas for the Mikro Musika Theatro in Athens in March 2003 'A real jewel...a wonderfully old-fashioned and self conscious Genetesque apparition...violently transgendering...' Robert Ayers on The Bachelor Stripped Bare Live Art Magazine

Festival T at Centro Cultural De Belem, Lisbon Cabaret Melancholic performance event curated by Brian Catling Muse Mikro Musika Theatro, Athens, performance/screening. Collaboration with pianist/composer Othon Mataragas 2002 Gag VAIN Festival of Live Art at FREVD, Oxford Fallout Riverside Studios, London. Collaboration with Ernst Fischer & Helen Spackman The Bachelor Stripped Bare National Review of Live Art & the University of North London 2000 The Mag Collection Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull Sexmutant The Nunnery, London (curator/producer) The Loss of an Exhibitionist's Virginity The Foundry, London Wings of Desire Mura Clay Gallery, Sydney 1999 Outloud TAP Gallery, Sydney.

BA Fine Art : Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford

Lee Adams