Olivia Michiko Gagnon is a PhD candidate in Performance Studies. Her dissertation explores how the archive is taken up in contemporary feminist, queer, and decolonial art and performance in ways that enact modes of feeling historical and historical feeling predicated upon entanglement. She is Managing Editor of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory and Managing Editor of HemiPress at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Why PS @ NYU?
Performance Studies appealed to me for the way it both enables and encourages students to think across disciplines, genres, and media. I was also drawn to Performance Studies' emphasis on creative methodologies, the importance of practice, and the intimate relationship between aesthetics and politics. Finally, I chose Performance Studies because of the way in which one of its paradigmatic shifts––from the question of what something is to the question of what something does––radically enriched and expanded my thinking about contemporary art and performance.