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Dr Silvia Battista is a visual and performance artist/scholar, who has engaged, over the last twenty years with a multidisciplinary set of artistic languages - performance, drawing, photography, video - and research methodologies - hermeneutics, phenomenology and semiotics. She holds a PhD (2008-2014) in performance studies awarded by Royal Holloway University, London; an MA (2004-2006) in Communication Art and Design granted by the Royal College of Art, London; and a First Class Honours Degree (1992-1996) in Fine Art awarded by the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Rome. Her research lies in the intersection between visual art, performance, installation and theatre, particularly in the study of meditative, contemplative and ecstatic practices/technologies employed for creative and epistemological purposes. She researches, teaches and publishes on contemporary performance, religion and spirituality involving audiences, readers and students to reflect on perception, ecology and our relation to inner and outer environment.
Her work is presented regularly in national and international contexts and her scholarly outcomes are published by Intellect, Routledge and Palgrave MacMillan. With the latter she published her monograph Posthuman Spiritualities in Contemporary Performance: Politics, Ecologies and Perceptions.
Since 2018 she convenes the International working group Performance, Religion and Spirituality of the International Federation of Theatre Studies and she is the co-director of the MA Performance of the Creative and Performing Arts School of Liverpool Hope University.
Research Interest for Supervision:
Performance, religion and spirituality; posthuman ecologies and art; animism and performance; ritualistic practices and art processes; contemporary art and religion; shamanism and performance art; analytical auto-ethnographic art practices; ritualistic use of language in performance.
Battista Silvia 2018. Posthuman Spiritualities in Contemporary Performance: Politics, Ecologies and Perceptions. London: Palgrave.
Battista Silvia 2014. 'Worlds Bodies, Matters: Theatre of the Late Twenty Century by Valentina Valentini'. In Contemporary Theatre Review. Jul 1.
Battista Silvia 2015. 'Repetition as a Technology of the Self in Performance: The Artist is Present by Marina Abramović'. in On Repetition: Writing, Performance and Art, Eirini Kartsaki ed. London: Intellect.
Battista Silvia 2012. 'A Posthuman Interpretation of Wolfgang Laib's Work with Pollen as an Ecological Proposition.' In Peformance Research, 17:4, 67-73.
Selected Exhibitions and Performances:
Performance, Persephone. Liverpool Independent Biennial. Liverpool, July 2018.
Performance A River is Never a Matter of Peace, Dartington Hall, Totnes, UK. June 2018; at the Stockport War Memorial Gallery, Stockport, UK. June 2017
Performance Sonnets, The Reeds, Liverpool. March 2018
Performance Tactile Non-Human Experience, Threshold Festival, Liverpool, UK. October 2016
Performance The Make and Stone, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, UK. March 2016.
Performance Spirits Read Foucault, International Conference of Psychedelic Studies. Greenwich University, London. July 2015; FIRT/IFTR 2015. Hyderabad University, Hyderabad, India. July 2015; Annual Symposium on Sacred and Secular. Goldsmith University. London, 2015
Installation of Drawings. Leyden Gallery, London, 2015
Video installation Beholding the Ancient Trees of London: An Experiment in Performance for the symposium Ecology and Performance. Central School of Speech and Drama. London, 2013
Performance Queering the Rosary, Modern Panic III Festival. Apiary Studios. London, 2012
Performance and Drawing Installation You Speak, I listen, He whispers, Nightingale Theatre. Brighton, 2011
Performance The Waking Up Of An Unplugged Mind in collaboration with the artist Angelo Madonna, Hatch Gallery. London, 2011
Film Screening Icarus Dream. University of Siena and University of Salerno. Italy, 2008; Asu Art Museum. Arizona State University. USA, 2008; Alsager Gallery. Manchester, 2008; Cultural Centre of Fljotsdalsherad. Iceland, 2007
Multimedia Installation for Punctum, Redchurch Street Gallery. London, 2007
Installation of Drawings Convulsive Illustration, Market Gallery. Glasgow, 2007
Performance and Installation You Speak, I listen, He whispers, Crypt Gallery. London, 2005
Installation and Performance The Shock of the Real: McDonalds in Prague, Jam Factory. London, 2001
'Mapping the Body as a Sacred Landscape'. Conference Sacred Places: Performances, Politics and Ecologies at Liverpool Hope University. Liverpool, 2017.
'The Ecological Politics of Pope Francis as Represented in the Multimedia Performance 'Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home'. Annual Conference of the International Federation of Theatre Studies, 2016, Stockholm University, Sweden.
‘Embodying my Thinking: the Question of Research Methods in Practice
Informed writing’. Test Lab Open Forum, 2015. Central Saint Martin, London.
‘The Catholic Community and the Destruction of an Icon on Stage: On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God’ by Romeo Castellucci’ Annual Conference of the International Federation of Theatre Studies, 2014. Warwick University.
'Holotropic Breathing and the Performative event of Becoming… Animal? An interpretative Account.' Conference: Animal Encounters: Performance, Animality & Posthumanism, 2014. TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy, Roehampton University.
‘Repetition as a Technology of the Numinous in Performance: The Artist is Present, by Marina Abramovic’. Conference: On Repetition, 2013. Anglia Ruskin University.
‘Technologies of the Numinous in Performance Art: 'CAT' by Ansuman Biswas’. Annual Conference of the International Federation of Theatre Studies, 2013. Barcelona University, Spain.