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Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers (2017)

My text- and research-based practice spans poetry, performance, lecture-performance, video, translation, and multi-media and queer-feminist collaborations. I explore how text and the act of reading can be visualised and translated into movement and other media and materials, via costume, choreography, sound, interaction with sculptural objects, and installation. Formally and tonally, I’m interested in the whimsical and witty, in polyrhythms, materiality, lush abstraction, sonic pleasure, performative poise, and conceptual rigour, and in writing and thinking through source materials as a serious dialogue with other voices.

I’ve exhibited, performed, and presented my work at [ SPACE ], the Royal Academy, Art Night 2018 and 2019, Raven Row, Bold Tendencies, the Serpentine, the Royal Drawing School, Parasol Unit (all London), Taller Bloc (Santiago, Chile), SAAS-Fee Summer Institute of Art (Berlin), Kunsthalle Darmstadt (Germany), the Arnolfini (Bristol), Company Gallery, Issue Project, Printed Matter and La MaMa Galleria (all NYC), the Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), New Hall Art Collection (Cambridge), Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and elsewhere.

I am the author of Provisional Avant-Gardes: Little Magazine Communities from Dada to Digital (2019), My Little Enlightenment: A Lecture Performance (2019), Transpositions (2018), Meat (2015), Fantasias in Counting (2014), and 12 Steps (2012); the translator of Uljana Wolf’s Subsisters: Selected Poems (2017); and the editor of The Blind Man, named one of the Best Art Books of 2017 by the New York Times. I previously taught at the University of Cambridge and New York University and am now an Assistant Professor at Boston University, specialising in poetry, performance, and practice-based research.

I’m currently working on a performative installation and three-channel video, The Gracious Ones, a philosophical ballet for women on running machines. I’m also writing a book of lyric essays on form and feminism, teachers of reading and pinched nerves, slickness and difficulty, tentatively called Lessons of Decal.

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stseita [at] bu [edu]

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Photo credit: Anika Komarowski