100 Women We Love 2014

From professors, to musicians, to activists, we present to you 2014’s 100 Women We Love.

Katherine Brewer Ball

″Working as a scholar between the disciplines of performance studies, visual art and critical theory, I get to spend my days discussing topics I love with students and colleagues,″ says Katherine Brewer Ball, a Wesleyan University postdoctoral fellow. One of her most rewarding projects was teaching a class called ´Taped in Front of a Live Audience,´ dealing with ″questions of liveness and presence in contemporary performance and video art. In conjunction with the class, I brought in three of my favorite artists (Vanessa Anspaugh, Jibz Cameron and Wu Tsang) to speak, perform and screen work. The students loved it, and it was a treat to have the opportunity to consider an artist´s work in real time.″ In addition to teaching, she´s published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory; Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts; and Bomblog-plus, she´s working on a book tentatively titled The Only Way Out Is In: Escape Strategies in Contemporary Art & Performance. In her free time, she helps run a Brooklyn reading series with Svetlana Kitto. ″We´ve hosted poets, performance artists, non-fiction writers, art critics, activists and scholars. The series itself isn´t explicitly queer, but it turns out that there is something pretty queer about most of the work the people we bring in are making.″ -GH

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