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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. 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 and art, religion and spirituality involving
audiences, readers and students to reflect on perception, ecology and
our relation to inner and outer environment.
She began her career in 1998 soon after her BA in Fine Art with two participative, performance-art-projects: the first A Message Before Leaving was realized in USA in the maximum security prison in Huntsville, with the support of Washington University, the Italian charity Hands off Cain and The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP); the second The Shock of the Real: McDonald’s in Prague was devised between Prague and Rome with the support of FAMU University (Prague) and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Czech Republic.
In 2000 she moved to London and assisted the Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans, contributing to the production of the Turner Prize Exhibition in 2000. She has also worked for the realization of Tillmans' shows at the following art institutions and museums: Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2001); Castello di Rivoli - Museo d’arte contemporanea, Turin (2002); Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2003); Louisiana - Museum Of Modern Art (2003); Humlebœk, Denmark (2003); Tate Britain, London (2003).
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. Between 2009 and 2015 she worked as visiting lecturer for the Department of Drama and Theatre of the Royal Holloway University, teaching the following modules: Theatre and Culture, Boundaries of Performance, Performance Making and Applied Theatre.
Her visual and performance 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 (2018).
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.
Teaching and Other Academic Responsibilities
She teachesfirst and third year BA Drama; first and second year BA Creative and Performing Arts, and at Master level the MA Performance of which she is the
co-director. She is a member of the European Institute, a partnership between Liverpool Hope University and the Université
catholique de Lille, intended to promote closer cooperation between the
two universities and to encourage debate and discussion about European
affairs. Since 2018 she convenes the International working group Performance, Religion and Spirituality of
the International Federation of Theatre Studies.
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