Rebecca Schneider

July 3, 18:0 – 19:00

Limb on Limb: Media Jumping in Geologic Time

In this paper, Rebecca Schneider will consider a set of contemporary multimedia, performance-based artworks that gesture to or incorporate other artworks as homage — photography, sculpture, film. Emilio Rojas’s photographic series “Instructions for Becoming” responds to the nature photography of Laura Aquilar, and the entanglement of Rojas’s artwork with Aguilar’s mimics Aguilar’s entanglement of her body with rocks and boulders. Then, taking up artwork by Rebecca Belmore as well as a film by Roberto Rosselini, Schneider will ask about the multiple temporalities of flesh and stone in order to ask about how geologic time meets decolonial artwork on the move.


Rebecca Schneider, Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University in the USA,  is the author of The Explicit Body in Performance(1997), Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment (2011), Theatre And History (2014), and “Slough Media” in Remain  (2018). Special issues of TDR include “Performance and New Materialism,” “Precarity and Performance,” and “Performance and Social Reproduction.” She has published over 50 essays across fields including the award-winning “That the Past May Yet have Another Future: Gesture in the Times of Hands Up” in 2018. A book, At a Standstill, Moving: Gesture, Temporality, and the Interval in Performance is supported by a Mellon grant for the Digital Humanities at Brown University and she is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow for her project “Shoaling in the Sea of History: Littoral Dance in the Wake of Slavery’s Capitalism.”