In May, I am pleased to lead a working session for "Objects of Study: Methods and Materiality in Theatre and Performance Studies," organized by the PhD program in Theater at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
The multiple potential meanings of "object" within theatre and performance studies point to questions about the relationship between knowledge and materiality. With this conference, we issue a challenge to the common understanding of scholarly work as focused on an "object of study." We seek to destabilize the terms "object" and "study" to explore how the ways in which we conceive of objects and materiality might influence the framework of our discipline. Are we, as scholars, engaging in acts of objectification? How do the objects also act upon us?
Through working sessions with Katherine Behar (Baruch, CUNY), Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht), Rebecca Schneider (Brown), and Soyoung Yoon (New School), we invite participants to reflect on the assumptions, connections, slippages, tensions, and politics implicit in both senses of the "object"--as thing and as focus of study--and to consider the implications of new materialist, post-human, and object-oriented thought within and on the field of theatre and performance studies itself. Does our relationship to performance change when the nonhuman performs? How might it lead us to productively re-think our field and reflexively transform our study practice? What methods and ideas might help us to complicate and explore the relationship between objects and knowledge in theatre and performance studies? If the conception of the object shifts, what can be known?
May 10, 2018
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
Performance 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
More info: https://dtsaconf.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
In April, I will visit Brown University, where I will present a keynote for "Earth(ly) Matters: New Directions in Environmental Humanities," a symposium organized by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities. I will discuss my recent scholarly and creative research on environmental sensing and nonhuman sense.
In March I'm excited to travel to Lithuania where I'll be in residence at Nida Art Colony. I'll be working on a new project about environmental sensing as I explore the Curonian Spit!
In February I'm honored to lecture on my artwork and Object-Oriented Feminism for the Colorado College Philosophy Colloquium, themed this year on "Feminisms and Peripheries."
Colorado College Philosophy Colloquium Lecture
February 8, 2018
Colorado Springs, CO
Anonymous Autonomous is a new interactive installation that will be the core of my upcoming solo exhibition in February 2018 at Robert Morris University.
I've worked with Tommy Martinez and David Sheinkopf in the Tech Lab at Pioneer Works where I'm currently in residence. My next stop will be a residency in January 2018 at RMU's Media Arts Department leading up to the exhibition.
Anonymous Autonomous is an interactive art installation that transforms office chairs into driverless cars. Through the motif of mobility, the project explores how deskilling and automation are undermining classically American values like freedom and individualism that have inspired car culture along with the rise of the creative class.
This project has received additional support from The MacDowell Colony and the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, CUNY.
Stay tuned for details!
It's an honor and a pleasure to close out a fabulous month in India by speaking about my work at Clark House Initiative. I will be in conversation with Zasha Colah.
Please join us on January 7 at 6 PM.
Clark House Initiative
Ground Floor, Clark House
8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road)
opposite the Sahakari Bhandar and near Woodside Inn
Regal Cinema roundabout, Colaba, Bombay 400039