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Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers (2017)

I’m an artist, writer, academic, and translator. My text- and research-based practice spans poetry, performance, lecture-performance, video, translation, and multi-media collaborations. I often 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, lush abstraction, sonic pleasure, performative poise, and conceptual rigour, and in writing and thinking through source materials as a serious dialogue with other voices.

My first solo exhibition My Little Enlightenment Plays will open at SPACE in Hackney on June 13. I’ve performed and shown my work at the Royal Academy, the Royal Drawing School, Art Night 2018, Raven Row, Bold Tendencies, the Serpentine, Parasol Unit (all London), Taller Bloc (Santiago, Chile), SAAS-Fee Summer Institute of Art (Berlin), the Arnolfini (Bristol), Company Gallery, Issue Project, 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 My Little Enlightenment (2019), Transpositions (2018), Meat (2015), Fantasias in Counting (2014), and 12 Steps (2012), and the translator of Uljana Wolf’s Subsisters: Selected Poems (2017) and i mean i dislike that fate that i was made to where (2015). 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. You can follow me on Instagram.

I am currently a Research Fellow (JRF) at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. My book Provisional Avant-Gardes: Little Magazine Communities from Dada to Digital is forthcoming from Stanford University Press in July. I’m interested in thinking, writing, and talking about twentieth- and twenty-first-century avant-garde writing, performance, video and mixed-media art; practice-based research; transhistorical print and publishing culture; aesthetics; queer-feminist theory; translation and multi-lingual writing. (faculty page) From September 2019, I will join Boston University as an Assistant Professor with a specialisation in poetry and performance.

[please note that this website will be replaced by a new one this summer]


sts31 [at] cam [dot] ac [dot] uk

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Photo credit: Anika Komarowski