Known for crafting an alchemy of bodies and voices, objects and live sound, Faye Driscoll opens new intimacies that grapple with power and presence, as well as yearning and absence. In her new range of explorations — which began pre-covid — Driscoll extended these inquiries into exhibitions and audio works, moving into new realms of exchange. Her recent Guided Choreographies for the Living and the Dead are a series of guided experiences that take place in gallery spaces, theaters and at home. The new work to be premiered as part of her RCA residency will continue this foray into the possibilities and impossibilities of human connection in our time. Driscoll asks: Who or what do we allow to touch us? Lovers, parents, friends, grocery store clerks, data miners, surveillance systems, facial recognition software, and drones? How are we altered? Where is our body, and how far does it extend?
Faye Driscoll is a performance maker and artist who has been hailed as a “startlingly original talent” (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times) and whose most recent exhibition was celebrated as “experiential training in how to inhabit this unbearable new world” (Miriam Felton-Dansky). Her work has been presented nationally at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, MCA/Chicago and BAM/Brooklyn Academy of Music, and internationally at La Biennale di Venezia, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, Melbourne Festival, Belfast International Arts Festival, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and Centro de Arte Experimental in Buenos Aires. Her first solo museum exhibition, Come On In at Walker Art Center in 2020, offered gallery-goers an experience of six distinct audio-guided choreographies. Driscoll also choreographs for plays and films, including the Broadway production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, and Josephine Decker’s award-winning feature film Madeline’s Madeline. Since 2013 she has received many prestigious awards, including Doris Duke Artist Award, United States Artist Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Creative Capital Award.