Lauren DiGiulio is an art historian and dramaturg whose scholarship focuses on contemporary dance and performance. As a longtime affiliate of Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, she has worked with Christopher Knowles as Dramaturg and Associate Artistic Producer of The Sundance Kid is Beautiful with Christopher Knowles, and contributed program notes for Robert Wilson and Philip Glass’s 2012- 2015 tour of Einstein on the Beach. Recently, she contributed an essay to the exhibition catalogue for Christopher Knowles: In a Word, organized by the Institute of Contemporary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, where she has taught in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Art History.
photo © Lovis Ostenrik
In the early 1970s, performance artists working in New York City began to turn from the largely object-based practices that had proliferated in the 1960s toward the exploration of language as a medium. Artists Lucinda Childs and Christopher Knowles both used movement to communicate ideas about signification’s unstable enterprise. During this residency, Lauren DiGiulio will develop her thinking around Lucinda Childs’s use of the visual grid and Christopher Knowles’s engagement with audio networks to explore how these artists used language to think through the performing body’s relationship to structure. Utilizing material from the Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation Archives, she will explore how living with objects in the Watermill Collection asks us to engage with our own cultural and historical networks, and the extent to which scholarship is inherently an embodied practice.