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Charli Brissey is an interdisciplinary artist, scholar, and teacher who works choreographically with various technologies and materials. This primarily includes bodies, cameras, objects, instincts, language, and ecosystems. They are invested in movement practices to illuminate the role of the nonhuman in formation-practices of self and material environment, and turn to interspecies ecologies to challenge distinctions between nature and culture. They have been creating performances, installations, experimental videos, and written scholarship for over fifteen years, and have been presented in various galleries, conferences, film festivals, and performance venues nationally and internationally. This includes the National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco, US), Movement Research at Judson Church (NYC, US), The Eye Film Institute (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center (NYC, US), Center for Performance Research (NYC, US), Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Vancouver, BC), Zurich Moves! Dance Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Paris International Feminist Film Festival (Paris, France), The Arts in Society Conference (Budapest, Hungary), Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (Seattle, US), Queer Publics Symposium (Urbana, US), International Conference on the Image (Berkeley, CA), and several others. Brissey’s work has been funded through various University grants as well as Yellowhouse NYC, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. They received a BFA in Dance & Choreography and an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a second MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Brissey is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Michigan.

I am currently work on an interdisciplinary multi-year study called Agua Viva: Choreographies of Water set to premiere the first iteration in September 2020. This project looks choreographically at the evolution of fish and benthic ecosystems as potentially radical sites to inform how we move through our precarious terrestrial future. This research is emerging through intersections of dance, science and technology studies, and queer/feminist theory. It will result in an evening length performance, a video series, and an interactive archival website that will document the research process and include all field notes, data sets, interviews, videos, writing samples, photographs, diagrams, and other process components.

 

As an extension of this project I am also developing a book manuscript titled Dancing at the End of the World: Choreographies of Time and Uncertainty. Weaving theory, speculative fabulation, personal anecdote, and science fiction, this experimental text moves between various sites, forms, and structures to examine our relationships to material environments in our current political-ecological climate. It centers dance and choreography as invaluable methodologies to research social, political, technological, and environmental phenomena.

BECAUSE ILL NEVER HAVE A BLOG HERE IS

AN ENTANGLED BIBLIOGRAPHY

OF INTERESTS, ARTICLES, HAPPENINGS & THINKERS

THESE ARE THINGS I SWIRL AROUND

THESE ARE THINGS I KEEP AT ARMS REACH

THESE ARE THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED ME

THESE ARE THINGS I FIND FASCINATING AND OR CHALLENGING

THESE ARE CONVERSATIONS I WANT TO HAVE

MANY OF THESE THINGS ARE LINKS

apparatus

access

animals (including humans)

attitudes 

camping as research methodology

caves

composting

decolonization

desire

diffractive thinking/reading

dinosaurs

Donna Haraway

earthworms

ecosystems

elephants

embodied intelligences

entanglements

environments

event-based pedagogies

families

'food' 

forgiveness

gender fuckery

iLAND

imagery and imaginaries

industrialism (getting rid of it)

interspecies interdependence
invisibility and visibility

Karen Barad

kinship

kitchendances

language

learning-with

making-with

materiality

merry go-go

Murmur Land Studios

nonhuman family structures

companion species

octopus thinking

ontology

orientations

otters

pet culture

phenomonology

pit bulls

plants

prehistory

quantum physics

queernaturecultures

reparations

Sara Ahmed's 'Feminist Killjoy'

scrappiness

self-care

sexy time

sketchy shit

soccer

sound waves

spacetimematter reconfigurations

strategizing resilience

sustainable communities 

sustainable creative practices

sustainable everything

systems and structures

technology

tentacular thinking

tilda swinton

Vandana Shiva

vitalism