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Dr Silvia Battista

School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 3878
Arts and Humanities

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 

  • 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, 

  • 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 

  • Installation Revolutionary Dawn, Core Blimey Gallery. London, 2010 

  • 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 

Conference Papers

  • '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.


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