Rebecca Collins is an award-winning artist, researcher and lecturer working at the intersection between contemporary performance and sound studies. Her practice, grounded in specific sites or communities, investigates the relationships between social, political and cultural phenomena.
She is interested in how critical, fictional and performative interventions might cultivate attention towards our contemporary condition indicating potential levers for change. She shares her scholarship and practice through multiple forms including live performance, limited-edition vinyl, radio broadcasts, exhibitions, workshops and academic/experimental publications.
She co-organises Women In Sound/Women On Sound (WISWOS), a research network which aims to tackle inequality in the sonic arts. Since 2014 she has been working on Stolen Voices an artistic investigation into listening. The work develops techniques for a practice of listening, namely eavesdropping, to articulate an epistemology of place through sonic and written frameworks. A major outcome of this work is a co-authored book publication in the form of a sonic detective novel (forthcoming 2020).
Rebecca is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Prior to this she worked at the University of Leeds where she was awarded two public engagement prizes for youth engagement with scholarly practice. She received a PhD in Theatre and Performance from Aberystwyth University. She holds an MA in Performance and a BA in English and Drama, both from Queen Mary University of London. She received a subsequent MA from the University of Alcala de Henares (Madrid) in Performance and Visual Cultures. She is a member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) and ARTEA, and PICA an International interdisciplinary research group based in Spain.
Photo Credit: GIFT 2017 Richard Kenworthy
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