Johanna Linsley

Crossing Borders 2015 | 17 November | 7 - 8.30pm

My practice as an individual artist is always inflected by collaboration and collective processes. This talk considers strategies for thinking and making multiplicity, and the conditions that make these strategies possible. Economic precarity creates challenges for collaborative work, but also makes it increasingly necessary, as resources can be shared and voices amplified. I will draw on examples of my work with the group I'm With You, which began as a series of events in domestic spaces, and which continues to investigate queer domesticity. Our ongoing project Gorge, for instance, looks at consumption and digestion as opportunities for collective and embodied thought and queer sociality.

I will also draw on my interest in historical and contemporary examples of cooperative living, in both art contexts and beyond. I move away from models of collaboration that aim simply for the convivial, but hope to retain space for speculative propositions and potentialities. The talk will consider the 'movement' of collaboration, and the ways collaboration operates in relation to other political 'movements'.


Johanna Linsley is an artist, writer and producer. Her work is iterative, research-based and focused on performance. It often results in projects with multiple versions or outcomes. Current interests include documentation, procedure, listening (especially eavesdropping), queer domesticity, collaboration, and formations of the public. An interest in the speculative and fantastical underlies her practice.

Johanna is a founder of the London-based performance group I’m With You, which investigates queerness, domesticity, private life and public space. She is also a founding partner of UnionDocs, a centre for documentary art in Brooklyn, New York.

Johanna is a researcher on the Wellcome Trust-funded project Challenging Archives at the Theatre Collection Live Art Archives at the University of Bristol, and she also works at the University of Roehampton. She received a PhD in performance studies from Queen Mary, University of London.