Sofia Varino

b. 1978, Portugal

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Cultural Studies, Dept. Cultural Analysis & Theory, Stony Brook State University of New York, USA. 2017 (expected)

Art & Philosophy Postgraduate Certificate, Dept. Philosophy/ Dept. Art History, Stony Brook State University of New York, USA. 2014

M.A. Cultural Studies, Dept. Cultural Analysis & Theory, Stony Brook State University of New York, USA. 2014

M.A. Theater History, Literature and Criticism, Dept. Theater, Hunter College City University of New York, USA. 2011
Thesis: "Desire of the Other in the Theater According to Hélène Cixous" 

B.A. Hons. Writing - Media, Culture & Communication, Dept. Writing & Publishing, Middlesex University, London, U.K. 2002

 

RESEARCH AREAS

Feminist science studies; Sociology of science; Histories & theories of the life sciences; Visual & material cultures of biomedical knowledge; Body theory; Posthuman and material feminisms; Political ecology; Contemporary aesthetics; Research as practice


GRANTS, HONORS & AWARDS

Distinguished Travel Award, Stony Brook University Graduate School. 2015 

Top Graduate Student Award, Stony Brook University Graduate School. 2014

Society for Literature, Science and the Arts Travel Award. 2014 

Karen Burke Travel Award, Stony Brook University Philosophy Department. 2014 

International Federation for Theater Research Travel Bursary. 2014 

Horst Frenz Prize Nominee, “A Poetics of Waste” Essay, American Comparative Literature Association. 2012 

Travel Grant Award, American Comparative Literature Association. 2012 

Doctoral Fellowship, Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal. 2011 

Best Short Film European Category. Last Kiss Goodbye. TOM Awards, Shanghai. 2009 

Best Music Short Nominee, In the Closet. Cinekink film festival, New York. 2009 

Performer of the Year Nominee. Erotic Awards, Night of the Senses, London. 2004 

Underground Poet of the Year Award shortlist, Hole Books U.K. 2002 

Writing & Media Student Exchange Program, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. 2001 


PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

"Aquapelagic Assemblages: Performing Urban Ecology with Harmattan Theater" (with May Joseph). Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ). 2016 (in submission)

"Surveillance Aesthetics: Securitization & Control in Contemporary Art Practices." International Journal of Social, Political & Community Agendas in the Arts. 2016 (accepted with revisions)

"Moving Dangers: Motion, Danger & the Queer Body in Performance." Feral Feminisms Journal, Issue 5. 2016 (forthcoming)        

 “The Body Present: Performing the Morphological with Marina Abramovic.” International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Vol. 10 (Issue 2): 59-69. 2013

 

POETRY PUBLICATIONS

"Mar Novo," Nova Águia, Issue 11, Portugal. 2013.

“The Year Maker” and “The Call of the Night,” Come Hear anthology, Leslie/Lohman Gallery, U.S.A. 2008

“Wanting, Mother,” Poetry International Issue 9, San Diego State University, U.S.A. 2005

“Tundra,” Bad Poetry Quarterly, U.K. 2003

Underground Poet of the Year Award shortlist, Hole Books U.K. 2002

 “Home,” Community of Poets Spring Issue, U.K. 2002

 

INVITED LECTURES & ARTIST TALKS

Pratt Institute, New York. “Chronocorpus: Performing Water with Harmattan Theater. 2010-15.” 2016 (forthcoming)

Freie University, Berlin. Portuguese language & culture undergraduate course taught by Prof. Luísa Coelho. "How to Make a Film: Concepts & Practices." 2016

Stony Brook University Manhattan Campus, New York. Women’s & Gender Studies Course taught by Joy Schaefer. “Nonhuman Affect & Vitality.” 2015  

MoMA San Francisco, Visual Activism Conference. “Activist & Artistic Responses to Hurricane Sandy.2014

Sixth Annual Philosophy & the Arts Graduate Conference. Alchemy Theater, New York. “Sonic and Spatial Dynamics in Mar Português.” 2013     

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Inter-format Symposium, Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania. "Chronocorpus: Performing Temporality with Harmattan Theater." 2015

Approaching the Posthuman Conference, University of Geneva, Switzerland. “Cyborg Cere: Performing the Posthuman.” June 4-6, 2015         

New Directions in the Humanities Conference, University of British Columbia, Canada.  "Surveillance Aesthetics: Securitization & Control in Contemporary Art Practices." 2015 (accepted but not presented)

Society for Literature, Science & the Arts Annual Conference. Dallas, U.S. “Becoming Water: Performing Fluid Urbanism with Harmattan Theater.” 2014

International Symposium on Feminist Bioethics. Sorbonne University, France. “Transmorphic: Liminal Bodies and Feminist Biopolitics in Cherríe Moraga’s Heroes and Saints.” 2014

International Federation for Theater Research Conference, University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Performance, Ecology & the Consumer Society panel. “Livescapes: Stratification & space-time dynamics in Harmattan Theater's environmental performances.” 2014

Corporeality & Choreography Working Group, International Federation for Theater Research Annual Conference. Barcelona, Spain. “Moving Dangers: Motion, Danger and the Queer Body in Performance.” July 22-16, 2013

Open Mic, International Federation for Theater Research Annual Conference. Institut d’el Teatre, Barcelona, Spain. “Re-routing Performance in Harmattan Theater's Chronocorpus Project.” 2013

Sixth International Deleuze Studies Conference. University of Lisbon, Portugal. “Digging & Scratching: becoming-animal in Paula Rego’s Dog Woman series.” 2013

Northeastern Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Tuffts University, Boston, U.S. “Boal's Theaters: Tracing an Aesthetic in Transit.” 2013  

International Federation for Theater Research Annual Conference. Pontífica Universidad Católica, Santiago, Chile. "A Rhizome in Five Rhythms." 2012

Minding Animals Conference. Utrecht University, Netherlands. “Digging & Scratching: Paula Rego’s Canine Bodies” 2012 (accepted but not presented).   

New Directions in the Humanities Conference. Montréal, Canada. “The Body Present: Performing Morphologies with Marina Abramovic.” 2012  

American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference. Brown University, Providence, U.S. “A Poetics of Waste.” 2011 (Horst Frenz Prize nominee)         

Northeastern Modern Language Association Annual Conference. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, U.S. “Desire of the Other in the Theater According to Hélène Cixous.” 2011

International Federation for Theater Research Annual Conference. University of Munich, Germany. “Put Your Hand In My Wound.” 2010

International Federation for Theater Research Annual Conference. University of Lisbon, Portugal. “Playing Dirty: The State Against The Drag.” 2009

 

RESEARCH & PRODUCTION POSITIONS

Guest Researcher, Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. 2015-current

Co-founder. THE OPEN Pop-Up. 2015-current

Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, JFK Institute, Freie University, Berlin, Germany. 2014-15 

Associate Director, Harmattan Theater NYC. 2013-current

Film Curator & Co-founder, WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA. 2013-current

Assistant Director, Yellow Lens. WOW Cafe Theater, New York. 2009

Creative Director, Productions Femina, New York. 2008-9                  

Festival Production Assistant, Queer Lisboa Film Festival, Portugal. 2004-6

Copy Editor, Ahenti Magazine, London U.K. 2003-5

 

CURATION & EVENT PRODUCTION

Curator. Seawalls exhibition, Pratt Institute, New York. 2016 (forthcoming)

Film curator. Emergent Festival, Panke Culture & Werkloft, Berlin. 2015

Film curator. WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA second annual screening. Co-organized with Joy Schaefer.  Bluestockings,  New York. 2015

Film curator. WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA first annual screening. Co-organized with Joy Schaefer. Bluestockings, New York. 2014

Performance curator. Speaking in Tongues: a multilingual reading. Velvetpark Reading Series, Three of Cups, New York. 2013

Panel organizer & moderator. Lusofonias Seminar. NeMLA Conference, Tuffts University, Boston. 2013

Co-organizer. Global Lives Graduate Conference. SBU, New York. 2012

Panel organizer & moderator. Revisiting Clarice Lispector 2012 Seminar. NeMLA Conference, University of Rochester, Rochester, 2012

Co-curator. Gridlock art show. A/C Institute, New York. 2011

Co-organizer. Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies Colloquium 2011-12. SBU, New York. 2011

Co-organizer. Texto Clarice symposium on author Clarice Lispector. Americas Society, New York. 2010

Producer. Chronocorpus digital installation with Harmattan Theater. 2010-15          

Performance curator. Live performance event. Cinekink festival, New York. 2009

Curator. FemiNight art show, Hi Christina! New York. 2009

Film curator. Pornotopia film screenings. Various locations, New York. 2008-11

 

PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

SEA DIKE with Harmattan Theater. Singel Canal, Amsterdam. 2014

ACQUA ALTA with Harmattan Theater. Ponte del Diavolo, Venice. 2014

FAR ROCKAWAY with Harmattan Theater. Tribute Park, NYC. 2013

Cleaning Abramovic's Skeleton. "Visual Artist Read" Velvetpark Reading Series. The Dolloway, NYC. 2013                                                                                

O mito é o nada que é tudo. InShadow Festival. Teatro S. Luiz, Lisbon. 2012

Morphologies: beginning & end live site installation, Western Norway. 2012

A Rainha dos Cães/ Queen of Dogs. St. Hanshaugen Park, Oslo. 2012

Fieldwork by Joanna Malinowska, Whitney Biennial NYC. 2012

MAR PORTUGUÊS with Harmattan Theater. Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon. 2012

GRID SCENES with Harmattan Theater and the New School, Art in Odd Places, NYC. 2011

Body of Time II, Site performance, Terreiro do Paço. Lisbon, Portugal. 2011

The Call of the Night Poetry Reading, Bar 13 NYC. 2011

Cleaning the Mirror Marina Abramovic reperformance, The Artist is Absent exhibition, 25CPW Gallery NYC. 2010

Luck Be a Lady performance with Maya Suess, Art in Odd Places NYC. 2010

Dreamscapes with Harmattan Theater Performance, Pier 64 NYC. 2010

Body of Time performance, Terreiro do Paço. Lisbon, Portugal. 2010

Mother, Earth, Sister, Moon by Joanna Malinowska and Christian Tomaszewski. Performa Biennial ‘09, NYC. 2009  

Hospital of Love Film screening, Sick Love art show, Catherine Slip Gallery NYC. 2009

The Embrace with CUMUL duration performance, Cascais, Portugal. 2009  

Hungry Heart Solo performance, Cinekink Film Festival NYC. 2009

The Embrace with CUMUL duration performance, Bushwick Site Festival NYC. 2009

Concert with The Hungry Hearts. Berlin Porn Film Festival, Germany. 2009

Concert with The Hungry Hearts, Junta de Freguesia da Maçussa, Portugal. 2009

Confrontations with CUMUL Stage show, WOW Café Theater, NYC. 2009

Fado with CUMUL Stage show, Outpost Lounge NYC. 2009

You Are Desire multimedia live performance, Pink & Bent Exhibition, Leslie/Lohman Museum NYC. 2008  

Written on the Body with CUMUL live installation, Hi Christina! Art Space NYC. 2008

Wasako and the Bubble Girls with Wasako live concert, PS1, NYC. 2008

Cumul Manifesto with CUMUL live performance, Bond Street Theater NYC. 2008  

Live concert with The Hungry Hearts, Storås Music Festival, Norway. 2008

The Year Maker Poetry performance, Come Hear! Queer Women Poetry Event, Leslie/Lohman Museum NYC. 2008  

The Red Show Interactive performance, EATING THE CLOUD Exhibition, Forrest Hills Wine Bar NYC. 2008  

Live concert with The Hungry Hearts, Kansai Queer Film Festival, Osaka, Japan. 2007

Performance with the Hungry Hearts, Sample Gallery, Nara, Japan. 2007

Hospital of Love interactive film exhibition, Le Petit Versailles NYC. 2007

The Year Maker poetry performance, Bluestockings Bookstore NYC. 2007

Sofia & the Secret Band Two-Part Live Concert, Bar Wotever, London UK. 2006

Alpha Speech Poetry performance, The Poetry Library, London UK, 2004

Phoebe Epstein’s Extreme Dream poetry performance, First Out, London UK, 2004

Silent Night with the Holy Whores live show, Club Wotever, London UK. 2004

Kinky Clowns with the Holy Whores live show, Club Wotever, London UK. 2004

Goodnight Moon (Erotic Awards Finalist) live show, Night of the Senses, London UK. 2004

Don’t Look the Other Way with the Holy Whores live show, Club Wotever, London UK. 2004

Body Moving interactive solo performance, CAKE Party, London UK. 2004

Kinky Clowns with the Holy Whores live show, Club Rouge, London UK. 2003

Don’t Look the Other Way / Chardonnay with the Holy Whores live show. Monthly Lesbian Burlesque Show, London UK, 2003

Trick or Treat with the Holy Whores live show, Whoopie Club, London UK. 2003

Your Darling Whores with the Holy Whores live show, Pout channel launch party, London UK. 2003


FILM FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS (SELECTED)

Soundscapes & Territories Conference Philosophy Department, Stony Brook University. 2013
InShadow Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal. 2012
Tel Aviv Queer Film Festival. 2011
Hamburg International Queer Film Festival. 2011
Frameline 34 San Fransisco International LGBT Filmfestival, USA. 2010
Femmescollective Oakland, California, USA. 2010
Image+Nation Montréal International LGBT Film Festival, Canada. 2010
Closet Cinema Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 2010
Queer Zagreb Festival, Croatia. 2010
"Radical queer semaine" Montreal, Canada. 2010
18th Annual Lesbian Looks Film & Video series, University of Arizona Tucson, USA. 2010
20th Annual Reel Affirmations GLBT Film Festival, Washington, DC USA. 2010
Queer Lisboa 14 Lisbon, Portugal. 2010
Berlin Porn Film Festival, Berlin, Germany. 2009
Barcelona LBGT Film Festival Spain. 2009
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario, Canada. 2009
CineKink Festival, New York, USA. 2009
MIX NYC Festival, New York, USA. 2009
Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Norway. 2009
Festival de Cine De Bogota, Colombia. 2008
Cineffable Film Festival, Paris, France. 2007
Barcelona International Film Festival, Spain. 2007


FILMOGRAPHY

Sea Dike. Performer/Producer. Dir. May Joseph, 2014                        

Headz. Performer/Executive Producer. Dir. Rob Waiwright, 2014        

Lady Crimson. Executive Producer. Dir. Iannis Aliferis, 2013Morphologies. Director/Performer, 2013

Mar Português. Producer/Performer. Dir. May Joseph, 2012

Body of Time. Producer/Performer. Dir. Marit Bugge, 2011

The Embrace. Performer/Co-Director. Dir. Sneed, Bugge, Varino, 2009

Last Kiss Goodbye. Performer/Co-director. Dir. The Hungry Hearts, 2009. (TOM Award for best short film, European Category)

In Your Face. Performer. Dir. The Hungry Hearts, 2009

Kiss Me with Your Eyes. Performer. Dir. The Hungry Hearts, 2008

Angereddgugg. Performer. Dir. The Hungry Hearts, 2007

In the Closet. Performer/Co-director. Dir. The Hungry Hearts, 2006 (Nominee Cinekink Film Festival NYC, Best Musical Short)

Behind the Curtain. Performer. Dir. The Hungry Hearts, 2006

Hospital of Love. Performer. Dir. Tonje Gjevjon, 2005

5 Senses. Performer. Dir. Outsiders Foundation, 2004

Delirium. Performer. Dir. Iannis Aliferis, 2004

All is Full of Love. Performer. Swell video art festival UK, 2003

 

TEACHING

Instructor. Film History, Dept. Cultural Analysis & Theory, Stony Brook University, Fall 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant. Classical Mythology, Dept. Cultural Analysis & Theory, Stony Brook University, Spring 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sexuality and Literature, Dept. Cultural Analysis & Theory, Stony Brook University, Fall 2010

 

LANGUAGES

English and Portuguese: Bilingual                                              

French: B2 Level                                                                              

German: B1 Level                                                                            

Spanish: B1 Level

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                               

Society for Literature, Science & the Arts SLSA

Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance & Collaboratory HASTAC

Independent Curators International ICI                        

Feminist Approaches to Bioethics FAB

Modern Language Associate MLA

 

REFERENCES

Dr. Lisa Diedrich                                                                            

Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies                          

Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory                                          

Stony Brook State University of New York                                    

Humanities Building 2117                                                                  

Stony Brook, NY 11794-5355, USA

+ (1) 631-632-1765 lisa.diedrich@stonybrook.edu

 

Dr. Victoria Hesford                                                                        

Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies                          

Department of Cultural Analysis & Theory                                        

Stony Brook State University of New York                                  

Humanities Building 2064                                                                

Stony Brook, NY 11794-5355, USA

+(1) 631-632-4987 victoria.hesford@stonybrook.edu

 

Dr. May Joseph                                                                              

Professor of Global Studies                                                      

Department of Social Science & Cultural Studies                            

Pratt Institute                                                                                

Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3                                                  

Brooklyn NY 11205, USA

+(1) 718-636-3600 mjoseph@pratt.edu