Multimedia and Experimental Theatre



1966                                        May:     destruction creation movement  creation movement destruction  movement destruction creation Symposium,

                                                Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, London

1966                                        September: International Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS), London

                                                Involved in organisation and participant. Member of Honorary Planning Committee.

1966                                        September: ‘Silent Explosion’ Event,                                       Mercury Theatre, London

1967-1968                               Performance, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

1968                                        Performance, Bristol Arts Centre 

                                                Performance, Dunelm House, Durham University

‘Adam on the Eve of St Agnes’,

                                                Swansea University


                                                Performance, Bradford College of Art


These multi-media works and experimental theatre events were reviewed in:

Time (September, 1966);  Life (Atlantic Edition, Spring 1967);  Studio International (December,1966);   Structure (Spring, 1968);   and national newspapers


Accounts of DIAS and its contexts appear in:

Kristine Stiles, The Destruction in Art Symposium, DIAS: The Radical Culture Project of Event-

 Structured Live Art, PhD, History of Art, 3 vols, University of California Berkeley, 1986

Also inter alia in:

Art and Artists ‘Auto-Destructive Art’, special edition, 1, nos 5 & 7, August and October, 1966

Kristine Siles, ‘Introduction to the Destruction in Art Symposium and Discussion with Ivor Davies’, Link 52, 1987, pp. 4-10

Russell Fergusson, and Kristine Stiles, eds., Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, London and new York: Thames and Hudson, 1998.

Diane le Jeune, Destructie in de Kunst, Licentiate thesis, Catholic University, Louvain, Netherlands,


John A. Walker, John Latham: The Incidental Person – His Art and his Ideas, London: Middlesex University Press, 1995, esp. 78-86,

Kristine Stiles, ‘The Story of the Destruction in Art Symposium and the “DIAS AFFECT”’, in Gustave Metzger: Geschichte Geschichte, Vienna: Generali Foundation, 2005 

Heike Roms, What’s Welsh for Performance?, Cardiff: Trace: Samizdat publication, 2008, pp. 16-40

Ibid.,   ‘What’s Welsh for Performance?’, Cyfrwng (Media Wales Journal) 5, 2008, 54-72

Kristine Stiles and Peter Selz, eds., Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of

Artists’ Writings, 2nd ed. revised & expanded by Kristine Stiles, Berkeley: University of California

Press, 2012

Kristine Stiles, ‘Performance Art’, in Oxford Bibliographies of Art History, ed. T. DaCosta Kauffmann, Oxford and New York: UOP, 1913