Writer, researcher, critic, body practitioner
specialised in the performing and visual arts
Research Residency Fellowship, steirischer Herbst, 2022
With the project: "Sometimes I think I was a parrot, but then I realised I am only a fish":
On "Animal Art" & its Contemporary Condition
Post-doc Research Grant, OEAD, 2021-22
I am currently working on a research project on the Vienna-based women exhibition ‘Kunst mit Eigen-sinn’ (1985). I am researching ‘feminist animalities’ in a comparative reading of UK and Austrian feminist performances. The project is located at the Academy of Fine Arts, and supervised by Prof. Sabeth Buchmann.
‘Dressaged Animality’: Human and Animal Actors in Contemporary Performance
Royal Holloway, University London, Drama, Theatre, and Dance Department
Supervisor Prof. Jennifer Parker-Starbuck & advisor Dr. Georgina Guy
Examiners: Prof. Petra Lange-Berndt & Prof. Alexandra Kolb
Humans have had to increasingly perform like dressaged animals since the second-half of the twentieth-century. The question how we train, rehearse, and perform together, without discriminating against other human and non-human animals in competitive capitalism remains urgent. Framed with Henri Lefebvre’s late theory of dressage, the dissertation analyses the relation between ‘societal dressage’ and the 'embodied animality' that humans and animals share. It develops an art historical-performance-animal studies methodology by theorising and historicising a selection of unexplored contemporary artistic performance works (experimental theatre, dance, visual art performances, and video work) by renown and widely unknown American, British, and European artists in which humans perform with, or without real animals from the late 1960s until the late 2010s. Conceiving of 'animality’ as being incorporated in, as well as generating artists’ ‘self-dressaged’ performances that critique the very same infrastructurally installed economic and political ‘dressage mechanism’ within which their work operates, the thesis offers the dialectical concept of 'dressaged animality’ as a mode of societal critique. It proposes that artistic performances that include by humans danced, real, or mediated animals reflect the tensions operating between societal dressage, self-dressage, and embodied human and animal animality, and argues for the social relevance of artistic work and critique that stem from human actors’ embodied animality.
Aisthesis: Historische Diskurse in Kunst & Literatur
Bayrisches Elitenetzwerk: Augsburg, Regensburg, Eichstätt, LMU, GER
University College London, UK
Economic Theory with Journalism
Kingston University, UK
AICA, International Association of Art Critics
Associate Fellowship, Higher Education Academy, UK
Österreichischer Verband für Kunsthistoriker/innnen (VöKK)
International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR)
Minding Animals, Germany
Post-Doc Ernst-Mach research grant
University of London PGR Fund, workshop organisation, 2021.
IFTR, travel bursary, 2020.
Glynne Wickham Scholarship for international conference participation, SCUDD, USA, November 2018.
Una Ellis-Fermor Travel Award, research/archive visit, USA, November 2018.
RHUL PhD College Scholarship, Sept 2017-21, associate of the Techne consortium, AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.