Since 2003, I have been using public art as a means of social intervention, mixing audiovisual media and site-specific installation with live performance. I have performed at numerous venues and events in New York (the legendary WOW Cafe Theater; Whitney Museum; Leslie Lohman Museum; and the Performa Biennial) and worldwide (the Kansai Queer Film Festival in Osaka, Japan; Club Wotever in London, UK; and the Støros Music Festival in Norway).
Since 2013, I have been associate director at Harmattan theater, an environmental performance troupe based in New York.
Feminist & Queer Performance 2003-09
I started doing performance art in 2003 in London venues as queer burlesque duo Holy Whores with Dara Parks. I like the immediacy of the medium and the visceral sense of community it enables as a strategy for public intervention and political activism. Performance is also a fabulous research tool, especially for social dynamics and experimental political action. For feminists, queers and oppressed minorities, live performance has long functioned as a means of resistance and resilience, a space for antagonist and collaborative world-making. From 2006-09, I performed with the Norwegian lesbian feminist band The Hungry Hearts, doing stage shows and making art films in Japan, Germany, Norway and Portugal. From 2008-09, I performed with Gillian Sneed as CUMUL in venues like WOW Cafe Theater, Bond Street Theater and SITE festival in Bushwick. I also did solo and ensemble performance work, integrating shows at Performa Biennial, the Whitney Museum, the Leslie Lohman Museum and Art in Odd Places.
Environmental Performance 2010 onwards
Since 2010, I have been using live performance as an environmental practice and research methodology, working with Harmattan Theater in New York and around the world. We produce large-scale site-specific public performances dealing with climate change and global water politics in the Anthropocene. I am currently associate director for the company. harmattantheater.com
Co-curator, New York Feminist Film Week, Anthology Film Archives. New York 2017
Curator, Pessoa in Berlin reading, A Livraria. Berlin 2016
Film curator. Emergent Festival, Panke Culture & Werkloft. Berlin, 2015
Film co-curator. WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA second annual screening, Bluestockings. New York, 2015
Film curator. Lusophone short film program, Kulturbrauerei, Berlin. 2015
Film co-curator. WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA first annual screening, Bluestockings. New York, 2014
Performance curator. Speaking in Tongues: a multilingual reading. Velvetpark Reading Series, Three of Cups. New York, 2013
Co-curator. Gridlock art show. A/C Institute, New York. 2011
Performance curator, Cinekink festival, New York. February 2009
Curator. FemiNight art show, Hi Christina! New York. June 2009
Film curator. Pornotopia film series, various locations. New York, Dec 2008-Feb 2011
Chronocorpus: The Future of Water digital installation
Radical Encounter podcast
Undoing Science blog
Life of a Common Allergen project
Fem-Sci Gender & Science Network