Performance Philosophy is an international network open to all researchers concerned with the relationship between performance & philosophy.

  • Anyone can be a member of Performance Philosophy and it is free to join. Just click on the link that says 'Sign Up' in the box above. 
  • All members are free to propose new groups within Performance Philosophy. These can be either geographic or thematic groups. Please see the 'About' page for more information. Or go to 'Groups' to propose a new group.
  • If you have any problems using this website, please contact: 
  • For general enquiries about Performance Philosophy, please contact Laura Cull:



Started by Luciana da Costa Dias Aug 21. 0 Replies


Available Online IMAGINED THEATRES issue #03

Started by Daniel Sack Aug 13. 0 Replies

We are pleased to announce the launch of issue #03 of …Continue

Tags: imagined, writing, theatres, open, access

Workshop CFP: The Mimetic Condition: A Transdisciplinary Approach

Started by Daniel Villegas Vélez Jun 3. 0 Replies

Workshop CFP: The Mimetic Condition: A Transdisciplinary ApproachInstitute of Philosophy, KU Leuven (Belgium)December 5-6, 2019Keynote: Prof. Gunter Gebauer (Free University of Berlin)Since the…Continue

Tags: workshop, transdisciplinarity, mimesis

Announcing the Performance Philosophy Crowdfunding Campaign!

Started by Naomi Woo Apr 7. 0 Replies

Performance Philosophy is launching our first…Continue

Blog Posts

Division of Labor - Denis Beaubois

Posted by Gabrielle Senza on February 23, 2018 at 0:36 0 Comments

I just came across Denis Beaubois, an Australian multidisciplinary artist whose work, Currency - Division of Labor might be of interest to researchers here.

It is a series of video/performance works that use the division of labor model in capitalism as a structural tool for performance.

From his website:

The Division of labour work explores…


The School of Making Thinking's Summer 2018 Residency Programs

Posted by Aaron Finbloom on January 9, 2018 at 15:01 0 Comments

Hi everyone!

I help run an amazing interdisciplinary artist/thinker residency program called The School of Making Thinking based out of the U.S. and I wanted to share our summer programs and encourage Performance Philosophy ppl to apply (as I think many will find them quite interested :- )

see below!




The School of Making Thinking hosts Summer Intensives for…


Playing with Virtual Realities - Performances and Symposium

Posted by Einav Katan-Schmid on November 18, 2017 at 13:14 0 Comments

PREMIERE Playing with Virtual Realities  
25. bis 28.01.2018 A research project of the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung, Humboldt-University of Berlin   …


  • Add Videos
  • View All
Adele Senior
  • United Kingdom
Share on Facebook
  • Blog Posts
  • Discussions
  • Events
  • Groups (1)
  • Photos
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Adele Senior's Friends

  • Sarah Roe
  • Oliver Bray

Adele Senior's Page

Profile Information

Institution (if affiliated)
Leeds Beckett University
Research Interests
contemporary experimental performance and ethics; performance theory and the biological arts; the animal in performance; performance, documentation and the archive; and the potential of Derridean deconstruction for both analysing and writing the live encounter with theatre, performance and live art practices.
Current Research
My research interests include continental philosophy, performance theory,
contemporary theatre and performance, live art, and the practice of the biological arts in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. I am particularly interested in what we might call ‘biological life’ in performance and the potential ethical and political resonances of encountering humans, animals, children, cells, tissue, and other forms of life within the context of artistic
practice. I am currently researching the appearance of children in contemporary performance in the UK and examining how their presence might prompt a reconsideration of established assumptions about performance’s ontological status. My work has been published in
Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, and the specialist technology and art journal Technoetic Arts.
Research Overview
My previous research has predominantly been focused on the biological arts, an area of art and performance practice that uses biotechnology and biological material as the media and subject of artistic enquiry. In 2010 I completed an AHRC-funded PhD in this field which examined the work of a prominent group of artists called the Tissue Culture and Art Project (TC&A). As part of this doctoral research I undertook a two month research residency in the collaborative art and science research laboratory at the University of Western Australia (UWA) where TC&A are based. The thesis explored the marginal position that bioart occupied in theatre and performance scholarship in the early 2000s and set out to examine the potential of performance theory and continental philosophy (namely the work of Jacques
Derrida, Emmanuel Lévinas and Giorgio Agamben) to develop a critical understanding of bioart’s aesthetic, ethical and political consequences. My post-doctoral research builds on a wider intellectual commitment to exploring the potential of Derridean deconstruction for thinking performance, live art and bioart practices. In more recent work, this has included a critical interrogation of notions of archiving, messianism, and an ethics of responsibility in relation to both live and documentary traces of various bioart practices. I have recently returned to my roots in contemporary theatre to consider how the dominant discourse of death and mortality in performance studies is challenged by the increasing visibility of children in contemporary practice over the past decade.

Comment Wall

You need to be a member of Performance Philosophy to add comments!

Join Performance Philosophy

  • No comments yet!

© 2019   Created by Laura Cull.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service