A workshop of a pre-circulated article on performance and politics in the age of Donald Trump. Hosted by the workshop in Theater & Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.
an honorary lecture at Amherst College
Social media platforms have made “confessional speech” both ubiquitous and, at the same time, mundane. This talk will focus first on new media artists who take the outpourings of others as the basis for their art. These artists focus on social media because they’re interested in the relationship between the individual and vast social or political structures.
That’s how they relate to the second topic in this talk: recent campus activism, which often begins as an act of protest on the ground, but reaches the world by going viral on social media. Much of this activism is itself confessional—sharing life stories, daring to be vulnerable in public—and this raises the question: how do these protests catch our attention and keep it when social media have made confession so mundane?
Part of day-long symposium on "Performance And..." for the Rutgers Department of English. A roundtable with Carrie Preston (Boston University) and Autumn Womack (Rutgers University), to be followed by a keynote by Shannon Jackson (UC-Berkeley).
"... when the theater brings new media technologies onstage, it refines—sometimes, even invents—the feelings that will attach to them. Since these technologies, in turn, change how we understand our own bodies and feelings, theater and media move through history together—neither knowing which has taken the lead."
A talk at SUNY-Buffalo as part of a symposium on "Acting as Technology" with Jacob Gallagher-Ross (SUNY-Buffalo) and Shonni Enelow (Fordham University).
"The technologized body; ghosts of others in our innermost selves; the elaborate programs and codes behind “naturalness”—these are not only the themes of Orphan Black, they are also its essential condition as performance."
a lecture for the Performance Studies Working Group at Yale
"As Cocteau says in his preface to La voix humaine, scenes on the phone give the actor "the chance to play two parts: one when she speaks, the other when she listens and limns the person who speaks only in silence." That person, of course—the one who speaks in silence—is the secret sharer of the one who speaks in words. It is the actress, after all; it is the character herself, talking to herself, forever."
a lecture for the American Literature Colloquium