Felice Amato is a third year MFA student transitioning to a Special Committee PhD program entitled “Performed Research in the Arts.” After working in a variety of sculptural techniques, Felice began actively and passionately exploring puppetry and material performance in her own work–transitioning from being just a fan to a practitioner. In her own studies and through the Puppet Club-UW, which she started, she has been involved in community collaborations, hosting campus workshops and events and research travel. A mother of two teen daughters, she examines the construct of the mother through folklore, mythology and autobiography.
Sarah Berkeley is a performance artist who works across media questioning cultural norms such as the 9:00 to 5:00 work day, the office environment, indoor living, gender stereotypes and the voluntary sharing of personal data. She creates public interventions and durational performances which she documents using photography, video and GPS. Her work has been exhibited internationally including at Rutgers University, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, New Capital, Roman Susan, Mana Contemporary, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Work Gallery Detroit and Mercury 20. Publications include DNAInfo Chicago, Quarterly West, and OVERVIEW by LAND and SEA. She has completed residencies at The Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, the Cedar Point Biological Station and 8550 OHIO. She is the recipient of numerous grants including the City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant and the Rackham Research Grant. She holds an MFA University of Michigan (2011) and a BFA from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2002). She is currently an assistant professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Kellie Bronikowski is a moving imagery artist who received her BFA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is currently working as Adjunct Faculty in the UWM Department of Film, Video & New Genres. Her work focuses on autobiographical and diaristic filmmaking. She is an archivist, and family tree historian. The root of her work comes from the relationships within and the memories that make up the history of my family. She has started exploring combining the personal with the mechanics of the machinery that makes the illusion of moving imagery possible.
Helen J. Bullard is a research-based artist and storyteller currently based in Madison, Wisconsin. Her practice tells stories about animals, cultures and industries, bridging science, mythology, anecdote and biography. Her doctoral research is centered around the horseshoe crab, and notions of animal “out-of-placeness.” Bullard has worked in residency with University of Gothenburg, University of Cambridge, Lighthouse Digital Culture Agency, University College London (UCL), SymbioticA, Arts Catalyst and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has exhibited and performed her work at both national and international venues, and is a member of the advisory board for Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.
Rachel Carroll is a PhD student in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She likes Michel de Certeau, Lauren Berlant, Foucault, James Baldwin, Sara Ahmed, Sianne Ngai, Frantz Fanon, cats, punctuation, and lemons. She dislikes Jacques Lacan, Foucault, and frozen peas.
Sunny Chan is a PhD student in the English department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is from Canada and did her MA in Vancouver. She likes Michel de Certeau, Jena Osman, Foucault, Fred Wah, Sara Ahmed, Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, dogs, ellipses, and lanterns. She dislikes Jacques Lacan, Foucault, and fresh cilantro.
Jeff Casey is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at The University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow. His research interests include modern American theatre and literature, media and cultural studies, and gender studies. His article, “Voicing Our Dissent: Theatre & Community after the Wisconsin Uprising,” co-authored with Sandy Peterson, will be published in the forthcoming issue of Theatre Topics. He received an MA in creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin and is a practicing playwright, director, and performance artist.
Esra Coskun is a Philosophy and Literature PhD candidate in Purdue University. Her research interests include ethics, social and political philosophy, sociolinguistics, French feminism, and semiotics. Her dissertation “Language and Performance: Women and Identity” traces the transition from Ottoman woman to Republican Turkish woman of early and mid-20th century through semiotic analysis of print media images and advertisements from each period. She started dancing in 2013, choreographed multiple pieces for Purdue Dance Department’s student concert, worked with Obsessive-Compulsive Dance, and recently joined Purdue Contemporary Dance Company. She is always looking for ways to combine her interests in dance, semiotics and philosophy.
Ian Deleón is an artist, writer, and independent scholar currently based in Boston, MA. He is the Contemporary Department Assistant at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; a regular contributor to ARC Magazine and Big Red & Shiny; and active member of the Todo Bajo Control and Social Health Performance Club artist groups. Upcoming exhibitions include a video screening at the Festival Internacional de Videoarte de Camagüey, in Cuba and several projects throughout New England and New York in the coming months.
Adam Gruba (b. 1988) – works with intermedia art in his actions by using elements of performance, video, object, text. He uses performance as a way to link all of the “all” based on the constantly created – new versions of philosophy – adjusting it according to their own rules for the presentation of the areas between the image and the reason. He reduces the image aesthetics at the expense of the intellectual dimension which is of the greatest significance in showing the operation in the process. His actions show the fine line between art and life, creation, and reality. Breaking the conventions of trying to use it against each other, making sure that it is possible. He has realized his concepts and ideas, performance and video, among others in Poland, Germany, USA, Israel, Spain, Australia, Hungary, Indonesia, Canada, Benin, Norway, Lithuania, Switzerland, Finland and the United Kingdom.
Charles Gushue is a dance artist working at the intersection of creative practice and arts administration. His current work explores the possibilities and limitations of creative process archives and its applications in the generation of new work. His choreographic work is designed to be adaptable, scalable and unforgettable in any setting. Charles serves alongside Rebecca Sproul Gushue as the director of Gushue Moving Arts, and is currently pursuing his MFA in Dance at the University of Michigan. He is joined by dancers from the University of Wisconsin-Department of Dance.
Jon/Xon Henry grew up in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountain and attended the University of Richmond for BAs in International Politics & Studio Art. Xe traveled to NYC to received a MA in Arts Politics from NYU|Tisch. Xon is now pursuing an MFA in Studio Art from James Madison University. Along this journey, xe has received fellowships and grants from xer respective universities, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mildred’s Lanes, and Arts Council of the Valley. They currently organize/create/manage/live the Old Furnace Artist Residency in Harrisonburg, VA.
Regin Igloria maintains a studio practice in Chicago, IL, which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. He teaches studio courses regularly at Marwen and has also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Free School, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Rhode Island School of Design, Terra Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2010, he founded North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding project based in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. Currently he serves as the Director of Residencies & Fellowships at The Ragdale Foundation. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally, including the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland, Out of Site Performance Festival Chicago, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, The Franklin, Zg Gallery, and The Center for Book Arts NYC. He is a recipient of a 3Arts Teaching Artist Award, Propeller Grant, 96 Acres Project Grant, and an Americans for the Arts Fellowship. Residencies include Ucross, ACRE, and The Wormfarm Institute. He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Nicole Fadellin King is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Her dissertation explores the concept of thresholds in contemporary Caribbean fiction to consider the effects of progress as a discursive practice in the region. Related interests include manipulations of time, ambiguity, performance, and US imperialism in Latin America. She is also co-leader of a public humanities project at Cherokee Middle School that seeks to build community through theater.
Karolina Kubik (b. 1984) is a visual performance artist and poet. She performs in between definitions, examining the axis between the human body and geopolitics. A crucial element of her performance lies in time and embarrassing situations, which verify the attractiveness of norms and experiences. She is based in Poznan, where she works in the University of Arts Multimedia Department. Between 2010 – 2013 she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with Miroslaw Balka at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has participated in projects, collective exhibitions, and performance art festivals in Poland and abroad (among others, in Belfast, Berlin, Kaunas, London, Lviv, New York, Istanbul, Jerusalem/Tel-Aviv, Tartu, Zagreb).
Qiang Liu is a 3rd year Graduate Student and MFA Candidate in Art Department at University of Wisconsin Madison. Qiang graduated from Tsinghua University in China and started his MFA studying in glass program 2012.
Robert Lundberg is a musician, photographer, craftsman, conceptual artist, and environmentalist. He studied double bass at New School University and has since been performing, touring and recording throughout the US and abroad. His solo double bass work brings together backgrounds in classical music and improvisation, as well as a keen interest in minimalism and the timbral extremes possible with bowed, stringed instruments. His visual focus is often on abstracted patterns and textures found in nature, as well as the stark, visual clash where natural and human-built environments meet. This overlaps his interest in supporting healthy natural ecosystems, and in particular water quality and quantity for natural and human uses.
Molly Mac is a multimedia artist and writer working in Seattle, Washington. She uses video installation, performance, interaction design and writing to mediate and interpret her encounters with current events, critical theory, politics, art history, social events, her emotions and her body. She does her work in art spaces, cafes, on the internet and in her home. Mac holds an MFA from Hunter College and studied algorithmic narrative design at University of Washington’s Center for DXARTS.
An active member of the Prison & Theory Working Group, James A. Manos is a committed prison abolitionist working in harm reduction and transformative justice with Chicago’s youth. He’s currently affiliated with the Adler University. James received a PhD in Philosophy from DePaul University (2011), and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Miami University in Ohio (2005).
Robert John Mertens‘ work is characterized as sound, fiber, performance installations; which function to question forms of pedagogy, interaction, folklore, historicity, technology and contemporary craft. He received a MFA from the University of Oregon and a BFA in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He owns and operates “The Weaving Room,” a textile and audio recording studio. He has shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibits in Annapolis, Rhode Island, Missouri, the Ukraine and will be featured in the next issue of Surface Design Journal. Upcoming exhibitions include “Extreme Fibers” at the Muskegon Musuem of Art in Michigan, and “CARPA: Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency” at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland Oregon.
Frédéric Neyrat is a lecturer in comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a French philosopher, and former program director at Collège international de Philosophie (Paris). He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Multitudes and the author of several essays.
Mark Nelson is a designer, artist, performer and educator focusing on narrative, on the human body, and on breaking down barriers between the arts and everyday experience. He engages with digital media, installation, drawing and performance.
Elk Norsman is an elusive provocateur who has no verifiable biographical details. He is an architect, artist and philosopher who may have created top 50 radio hits for over 60 years.
Mark and Elk frequently collaborate, blending Elk’s mantra of “If it doesn’t upset somebody, what good is it?” with Mark’s plaint, “Is there really any difference between fiction and non-fiction?”
Panoply Performance Laboratory is an interdisciplinary collaborative that constructs operas as operations, theater as theory, and actions as social research. Founders Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle have worked as PPL across spheres, presenting and holding workshops at Ohio State, University of Kentucky, The School at the Museum of Fine Arts, University of Michigan, Columbia University and performing across their homebase of NYC and around the world. PPL perform collective social research with individuals from across backgrounds and walks of life. PPL is also a space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, hosting weekly events and laboratory sessions open to the public.
Jen Plants is the Carl Djerassi Playwriting Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches writing for the theatre and performance studies. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Jen has appeared on stages in London, New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago. As a director and deviser, audiences have seen her work in both the UK and the American regional theatre. Recent directing credits include Doubt at Atlantic Stage in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Richard II at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival (UK.) Her latest ensemble-based work, No Feedback, premieres in London in May 2015.
Barbara Roland recently completed a PhD in performing arts at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. She took a theoretical, practical and critical approach to performer’s strategies based on issues related to concepts of performance and representation. The research focused on the manifestations and translations study of three creative process performance, mimêsis and representation in the practice of performance such as genre. She works as lecturer, performer and also writes specialized and scientific articles for national and international revues such as L’art même, Scènes, Inter, M@gm@ and Degrés…
Self described as a grassroots organizer, and performance artist, Brit E. Schulte is a founding member and current editor for Red Wedge Magazine. She actively organizes with Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality & Exploitation (FURIE) and is currently seeking a dual masters in Art History, Theory, & Criticism as well as Visual Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Amberly Marianne Simpson is a graduating senior in Psychological Sciences and Creative Writing with a minor in Dance at Purdue University. She has been dancing with the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company for three years, choreographing for them twice, as well as to co-directing a small pole dance collective called Jagged: The Pole Collective. Her works have appeared in the American Dance Festival’s 2013 Student Concert, the American College Dance Association’s 2015 Central Conference, and with Obsessive-Compulsive Dance with whom she co-directed in 2014. She is co-choreographing and performing in the video component of “Dancing in Panopticon’s Blind Spot.”
Paul Sloan is a current graduate student at The Pennsylvania University in a dual doctoral program in the departments of Art Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research engages the idea of male identity development as arts praxis. He creates performance work on the topics of questions, answers, gender, masculinity, and story telling. He is native to Belfast, Northern Ireland. He enjoys tea, Nutella, and other things.
Ryan Ross Smith is a composer and performer currently based in Troy, NY. His music ranges from pop and rock [Power Player, Twin Thousands], to the functionally dependent [various music for modern dance, film, television and radio], from fre[(e)ak] fo[(rm)lk] [Stars like Fleas, Matt Lavelle, Zeena Parkins]. Smith’s focus has more recently shifted primarily to the development and research of animated notational practices, in particular to discover its potential for compositional innovation and invention. He has performed throughout the US, Europe and UK, including performances at MoMA and PS1 [NYC] and Le Centre Pompidou [Paris, FR]. His music has been performed throughout North America, Iceland, and the UK.
Nicki Werner is an artist who lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned her BFA in Sculpture and Art History from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in 2009 and her MFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She has been exhibiting for 9 years at venues including Art Chicago in Chicago, the Anderson Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a visiting assistant professor of art at Illinois State University in 2012-2013, and an artist-in-residence at Redline Milwaukee in 2013-2014. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of art at Beloit College in Wisconsin.
Christopher William Wolter works in the theatre as an actor, director, dramaturge, and playwright. His work as a theorist focuses on the intersections of politics, psychoanalysis and theatre. His plays have been produced both in the United States and the United Kingdom and revolve around politics, madness, and desire.
Working Theory is a Wisconsin-based collective that seeks to re-establish doing as a form of thinking (and thinking as a form of doing). Working Theory is a work in progress. Our goals are to experiment with theory’s indelible connection to what Michel de Certeau names the practice of everyday life. In particular, our group is interested in mobilizing critical theory within just and democratic social relations.
Justin Zullo is a sound designer, percussionist, and hip hop music producer. He researches the cross- pollination of embodied practice, political economy, and knowledge production that undergirds Chicago hip hop culture. Using critical performance ethnography methods, along with performance studies, black studies, and sound studies theory, he analyzes hip hop performance as a critical remodeling of traditional pedagogy and a process constitutive of a body politic.