About

Image by Steven Anderson

I am an artist, writer and yoga teacher. My recent practice involves performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute. I have worked with many renowned choreographers and companies (Including Michael Clark, Natasha Gilmore and Janice Parker). I am an Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama teacher and practice most days. With Ian Macbeth, I founded the Dialectical Materialist Book Group. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’  (Cambridge Scholars, 2016) investigates psychoanalytic approaches to understanding objects of seduction. I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric.

Employment

Education

1995–2000: Licenciada en Bellas Artes (BA (Hons) Fine Art equivalent), Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain.


Professional development

Exhibitions and performances

2024

  • Choreographic framing for Inter-sections, original performance devised by Contemporary Performance Practice,13–15.03.24 2024, Chandler Studio Theatre, Glasgow

2023


2021

  • We Are Earth, performed as part of Walker and Bromwich’s Encampment of Eternal Hope, Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens, 03.07.21
  • Serpent of Capitalism by Walker and Bromwich, promenade protest performed on to welcome Climate Pilgrims to Glasgow’s COP26, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, 30.10.21
  • Breath at the End of the World, ntimate performance as part of the RCS Climate Portal for COP26, the United Nations Climate Conference, 02.11.21
  • We Are Air, performed as part of Walker and Bromwich’s Encampment of Eternal Hope, COP26 events at the Briggait in Glasgow, 08.11.21

2019


2018


2017

  • Body Building [group exhibition], Market Gallery 10.11.17
  • ‘Jam’, an exhibition of works by Dominic Snyder [curator], Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 05-29.10.17

2016


2015

  • ‘Don’t Say Anything’, Hysteria #6 Eruption, Hackney Attic, 28.08.15.
  • What do you want from me?‘, performative lecture, UNFIX Festival of Performance and Ecology, 12.07.15.
  • ‘It was Spring when I was in Athens’, performance with Jetties (Birthe Jørgensen and Madeleine Campbell) as part of Birthe Jørgensen’s solo exhibition Riotous Exuberant Green and the Dutiful Beating of One’s Heart, 1 Royal Terrace, Glasgow, 22.06.15
  • ‘This house has been far out at sea’, group exhibition, Glasgow Open House Festival, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow, 02-04.05.2015
  • Alternative Maternals [Curator], artists: Deborah Dudley (USA), Linda Duvall (Canada), Jeca Rodriguez Colón (Puerto Rico), Miriam Schaer (USA), Valerie Walkerdine (UK), 01–08.06.15, London South Bank University, London, as part of Motherhood and Creative Practice conference, with Bracha Ettinger, Mary Kelly and Faith Wilding as keynote speakers.
  • Dark Days, a socially engaged artwork by Ellie Harrison, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 13.02.15
  • March of Women, a participatory work by Anna Birch, Glasgow Women’s Library, 07.03.15

2014


2013


2012

  • The Barrowlands Project, choreographed by Michael Clark, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, 8–9.09.2012
  • Making Music Overture, choreographed by Rosina Bonsu, Merchant City Festival, 28.07.12

2011

  • Summer’s Day, choreographed by Tom Pritchard, and Magritte Inspired, choreographed by Jane Simpson, Merchant City Festival, 24.07.11
  • ‘Interview with an Artist’, interview performance by Kristian Al Droubi, from Via Negativa, 15 March 2011, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow.
  • Bealtainne, The Glue Factory, Glasgow, 30 April–14 May 2011
  • Carnival of the Animals, choreographed by Ruth Mills, Go Dance 2011, Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 27.01.11

2010


2008


2006


2004

  • Staff show, The Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

2003


2001

  • Mission, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK.
  • The Invisible City, Wimbledon Library Gallery, London, UK
  • Ausentes 2001, Sala Baracaldo, Spain.

2000

  • Atopia, performance exhibition, Sheffield Subway, UK.
  • Ausentes 2000, Sala Araba, Vitoria, touring to Baracaldo and Castro, Spain.
  • Café Tangente, Boulevard, Miranda de Ebro, Spain.

1999

  • Inter-national, FBAUP, Porto, Portugal.

1998

  • Encuentros, solo show, Mina Espazio, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Little Works, Abanto-Ciervana, Spain.
  • Primero de Mayo, Boulevard, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Group show ’98. La Bolsa, Bilbao, Spain.

1997

  • Encerrona, Mina Espazio, Bilbao, Spain.
  • Group show ’97, La Bolsa, Bilbao, Spain.

Books


Book chapters

Journals

Papers and articles

2020


2019


2015


2014


2013


2011

    • What’s the First Thing You Ever Made, Laura Gonzalez? The Project Room Off Paper, 2011. Read it here.

2010

    • ‘Kissing Exposed to the Gaze’. New Associations, issue 3, summer 2010, p. 15. Read PDF (1.7MB).
    • ‘Cities that fold in on themselves’. In Persico, G. curator (2010) Urban Origami. Exhibition catalogue. PM Gallery & House, 1.07 – 29.08.2010. London: Arttra, pp. 8-9. Read PDF (70KB).
    • Stranger, Seducer. In Conference Proceedings from Transmission: Hospitality. 1-3.07.2010, Sheffield Hallam University.

2009


2007

    • The line, the look and the gaze. In Persico, G. curator, Isobar. Exhibition catalogue. Fieldgate Gallery, 20.10 – 11.11.2007. London: Arttra. pp. 18-21. Read PDF (696KB).

2005


2004


2003


2002

  • ‘Parchu (to Honour)’, in Metamorphosis, an exhibition of works by Jude James and Evi Chamouratidou, PINAKOQHKH MARGARH, 2002. Read PDF (438KB).

Printed works

Book reviews

Conference contributions

2023

2021

2020

  • Moderator of the session on Performance Research: Epistemologies of Action. NEXUS #1: IN/ACTION, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2-4 December 2020
  • ‘The [dis]appearance of hysteria’, Representing Women’s Health, University of Glasgow, 12.06.2020

2018


2017


2016


2015

  •  ‘The Object as Witness’ (co-written with Dr Eleanor Bowen), Material Culture in Action: Practices of making, collecting and re-enacting art and design, The Glasgow School of Art, 07–08 September 2015.
  • ‘Mothers, Daughters and Cryptophores’ (co-written with Dr Eleanor Bowen), Motherhood and Creative Practice, London South Bank University, 01–02 June 2015.

2014

  • Chair of the open session ‘Just what is it that makes studio PhDs so different, so appealing?’, College Arts Association, 12 – 15 February 2014, Chicago.

2013

  • ‘Trance Art and Other Possessions’, co-written with Christopher Danowski. Trans-What? Symposium, Transartfest, Art Biennial, 27 July – 9 August 2013, Berlin.

2012


2011


2010


2009


2008


2007


2006

  • Created to lead astray: Baudrillard’s seduction in contemporary artefacts. Engaging Baudrillard, Swansea University, 4–6 September 2006.

Invited presentations

2023

2022

  • ‘Thinking and writing and thinking and writing’, Fifth KISD Masterclass: Writing and Performance for Integrated Design Postgraduates, Köln International School of Design, Germany, 17.10.22
  • ‘Change and Growth from Within’, Shared Lives Plus 2022 conference ‘Change and Growth’, 12-13.10.2022
  • ‘Breath of life’, YoGlasgow: Prescribing Yoga for Health, Easterhouse, Glasgow, 08.10.2022
  • ‘Room to breathe’, Breath masterclass with composer Sonia Allori and Drake Music Scotland, 22.03.2022. The work composed was performed at PLUG festival in RCS in March 2022 and in Sound Scotland in October 2022.

2021

  • ‘Resilience Within’, Shared Lives Plus 2021 conference Resilience and Rebuilding Communities, 10-11.11.2021
  • ‘We are Air’, guided meditation as part of Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich’s exhibition for COP26 The Encampment of Eternal Hope, The Briggait, Glasgow, 08.11.21
  • ‘The Hysteric: outline of a Figure’, Glasgow Medical Humanities Network lunchtime events, 03.11.2021
  • ‘Thinking and writing and thinking and writing’, Fourth KISD Masterclass: Writing and Performance for Integrated Design Postgraduates, Köln International School of Design, Germany, 25.10-08.11.2021.
  • ‘We are Earth’, guided meditation as part of Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich’s exhibition The Encampment of Eternal Hope, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, 03.07.21
  • ‘Make Me Yours’, Camberwell College of Arts, 29.04.21
  • ‘How to Breathe’, UX Glasgow Mental Health Special, Zoom, 03.02.21

2020


2019


2018

  • Warmed Air [with Laura Bradshaw, Steven Anderson and Paul Michael Henry], Exchange Talk, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, 19.11.18

2017


2016

  • ‘How Art Seduces’, Köln International School of Design, Germany, 29 November 2016.

2015

  • ‘Mother’ [performative lecture], Family Ties Network ‘Subject Missing’, The Glasgow School of Art, 20 November 2015.
  • ‘The Practice of Writing’, Edinburgh College of Art, 18 November 2015.
  • ‘Psychodynamics, Seduction and Works of Art’, Glasgow University Research Lectures, 29 April 2015.
  • Keynote ‘I know what you think but how do you feel’, Into the New symposium, The Arches, Glasgow, 12 January 2015.

2014

  • Between laughter and crying, Research Showcase, The Glasgow School of Art, 04 December 2014
  • Hysteria’s Entropy. The Glasgow School of Art, 28 October 2014
  • Between laughter and crying, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 20 October 2014

2013

  • Psychoanalysis and Art.From Death to Death and Other Small Tales by Night. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 05 July 2013.
  • Hysterical Architecture. Gareth Hoskins Architects, Glasgow. 13 June 2013.
  • The body of the hysteric. ‘The Mortal Coil’ lecture series, part of Ruth Mills Contemporary Dance Winter Intensive. 03 January 2013.

2012

  • A hysterico-pervert’s guide to dance. ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Dance’ Lecture series, part of Ruth Mills Contemporary Dance Winter Intensive. 07 January 2012.

2011

  • Consumption, Seduction, Perversion. Sheffield Hallam University Art and Materiality lectures. 01 December 2011.
  • Make Me Yours. Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 07 February 2011.

2009

  • Perversion within seduction. Interviewed by MFIT curator Colleen Hill. Fashion Culture Special Educational Programs. Museum at FIT, New York. 18 February 2009.

2008

  • Practice in my PhD. Practice in a PhD: a Workshop for Supervisors. Nottingham Trent University. 25 September 2008.
  • That Obscure Object of Research. Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. 24 January 2008.

2005

  • Position paper (with Dr Malcolm Quinn, Research Coordinator, Wimbledon School of Art). Perspectives in Practice-Based Research, AHRC funded collaborative doctoral training project, Coventry University, the University of the Arts London, University of Hertfordshire, Sheffield Hallam University, Wimbledon School of Art and University of Leeds, 2005.

2004

  • The roll out management of skills training: experiences with different models (with Professor Stephen Flint, Director of Graduate School, University of Liverpool). Third Annual UKGrad conference ‘The future of the UK Doctorate in an International Market’, 2004.
  • Issues in practice-led research. Surrey Institute of Art and Design, 2004.

2003

  • The Game of Rule Making, Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design, London, 2003.

2002

  • Language and Beyond, School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey, 2002.

Grants and awards

2024

  • Residency at Cove Park, Scotland, to develop Corazonada, 31.01–02.02.24

2023

  • Athenaeum Award – Knowledge Exchange Route to host the performative lecture ‘Multiple journeys: the Life and Work of Gómez-Peña’ by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Balitrónica, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 03.04.23
  • Glasgow Medical Humanities Network Foundation Award for ‘Deep Breath: An Interdisciplinary Workshop in Breathing‘ with Dr Marie Allitt, University of Edinburgh, 15.05.23

2021


2019

  • Shortlisted for the Adrian Howells Award For Intimate Performance.
  • Residency at The Work Room, Glasgow, 17-23.06.19
  • With Professor Kevin Laland (St Andrews), St Leonard’s College Interdisciplinary Doctoral Scholarship for the project: ‘Exploring the Relationship between Imitation and Dance’
  • Open Project Funding from Creative Scotland for Breath Practice (March – November 2022)

2018

  • Athenaeum Award, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, for ‘Reading/gHosting Hysteria’ at SHE IS HYSTERICAL, UCLA.

2016

  • Research Development Fund, The Glasgow School of Art, for ‘What does Hysteria Want from Me?’.

2015

  • Research Development Fund, The Glasgow School of Art, for ‘Mothers, Daughters and Cryptophores’.
  • Research Leave, The Glasgow School of Art, for ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’.

2013

  • Research Development Fund, The Glasgow School of Art, for ‘The Unreliable Reader’.
  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award. Application developed and co-authored with Professor Alastair Macdonald (PI) and The Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injury Unit, Scotland.

2012

  • Research Development Fund, The Glasgow School of Art, for ‘The Hysteric as Mad’.

2007

  • The Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund. GSA, Total funding £1,931. Application developed with Dr Nicky Bird.
  • CAA Travel Grant.

2006

  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Training Award. AHRC, Total funding £10k. Application developed with Professor Naren Barfield and Stuart Evans, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

2005

  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Training Award. AHRC, Total funding £10k. Application developed with Dr Malcolm Quinn and Dr Dany Nobus, Brunel University.
  • AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award. Application developed and co-authored with Hilary Baxter, Dr Robert Perks and Cathy Courtney, National Life Stories, The British Library.

2000

  • The Basque Region Award for specialised study in a foreign country.
  • Student exchange award, painting and printmaking, Sheffield Hallam University.

1999

  • Photography and video scholarship, Faculdade das Belas Artes do Porto, Portugal.

Doctoral supervision and examination

As Principal Supervisor

  • Paul Michael Henry, With your feet deep in the Earth: fostering experiences of interdependent selfhood through embodied performance practices (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland/University of Glasgow, September 2019)
  • Josh Armstrong, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (as Principal Supervisor, September 2021)

As Co-supervisor

  • Sonia Allori, Aspects of specialised training for Deaf performers at RCS (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, June 2017)
  • Deborah Norris, Cathy Marston–A Female Author of Narrative Ballet (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, September 2017)

Completed students

  • Dawn Schultz, Materialization of a Choreographic Process through a cross-disciplinary Approach, PhD (Liverpool John Moores University and Transart Institute, 2021 – 2024)
  • Stephanie Lamprea, The Rematerialised Voice: a performance study of the classical voice through contemporary vocal techniques, multidisciplinary practices, and various feminist and eco-materialist perspectives, DPerf (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, September 2021 – April 2024)
  • Flavia Domingues D’Avila, Syncretic theatre and its use in devising (June 2017 – September 2021)
  • Margaret Hart, Collage in the Posthuman Era: Gender and Becoming (Transart Institute, Plymouth University, September 2016 – June 2020)
  • Inês Bento Coelho, Choreography within a Visual Arts Process. Devising Performative Installations through Choreographic Approaches (Glasgow School of Art, September 2014 – September 2018).
  • Christopher Danowski, The Medium and the Message: Afro-Cuban Trance and Western Theatrical Performance (Transart Institute / Plymouth University, January 2013 – September 2016).
  • Emma Balkind, Estovers: Practice based research on the concept of the commons within contemporary art (Glasgow School of Art, September 2012 – September 2015).
  • Mitch Miller, The mytho-geographical line, the time map and the tactical drawing: A Practice-led inquiry into the Dialectogram (Glasgow School of Art, September 2011 – September 2015).
  • Cara Broadley, Visualising human‐centred design relationships: a toolkit for participation (Glasgow School of Art, September 2010 – September 2013).
  • Myria Christophini, Animating Peace: A Practice-Led Inquiry into the potential of Animation to act as a tool for peace-building (Glasgow School of Art, January 2009 – March 2013).

PhD examinations

I have chaired 4 PhD examinations at The Glasgow School of Art (Patricia Cain, Lynn-Sayers McHattie, Chantelle Niblock and Lilia Gómez) and externally examined one PhD at the University of Salford, School of Music, Media and Performance (Mohammad Dawood, Dynamic Narratives: Re-Imagining Animated Films on the Internet).

External Esteem

Membership of professional bodies

  • 2017–present: Member, The Workroom.
  • 2016–present: Member, PsyArt foundation.
  • 2007–present: Member, Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS).
  • 2006–present: Member, College Arts Association (CAA).
  • 2005–present: Registered Practitioner, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Other Public Engagement

2021