Research

Brief Overview

My research interests specifically relate to aspects of Othering and the individual’s communal experience of living on the (supposed) fringes of society. Over the course of my MA, I wrote about artists’ alter egos & performativity, disidentification, and queer aesthetics & utopia.

Practically and critically, I’m curious about performance art’s resistance to text, or its apparent lack of poetry. I hope to continue researching, thinking, and writing about Live Art as experienced through ideas of queer futurity, poetics, and an aesthetic utopia.

As of 2015, I have begun a deeper investigation of phenomenology, and it’s potential practical applications within live one-to-one engagements. This ties into an overarching interest in intimacy, proximity, and scale in Live Art contexts & spaces.

Research Interests:

~ intimacy and proximity in Live Art
to (re)interpret performed work through lenses closeness and scale; to clarify and identify (natural) occurrences from manipulations in Live Art encounters; to apply concepts within phenomenology and (inter)subjectivity to the explication and experience of live or performed work; to engage with affect and queer studies as lenses through which to interpret live engagements of varying degrees and scales

~ alter egos and (dis)identity in art
to interrogate how individual artists construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct other identities in performance and visual practices; to consider the access granted to these artist-creators by their alter egos; to ask if and how alter egos allowed these artists to engage with specific issues or in-groups outside of their own purview

~ rituals in performance: ghosts, shamans, & twin-spirits
to archive and utilize the rich history of ritual practice as a way to deeply understand our connections with space, community, and self (with particular focus on the gender-ambiguous practices of shamanic cultures)

~ the observer, the observed, & the observable: “who’s in charge?”
to establish new lines or modes of communication between all parts/parties of a performed event or experience, especially in regards to performance in less formal spaces (i.e. bars, nightclubs, warehouses, galleries, the street, etc.)

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