Lauren Bakst & Niall Jones
Lauren Bakst is an artist, writer, and scholar working through performance. Seeking to dwell in the erotics of the everyday, her work thinks with expressions of proximity under conditions of pressure. Lauren’s practices share in a commitment to the sociality of study and to what dissonant communion makes possible. She is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Pennsylvania where she focuses on experimental performance. She is also planning for Volume 3 of the School for Temporary Liveness.
Niall Noel Jones is an artist working and living in New York City. Jones constructs, inhabits, and explores the theater as a mode and location of instabilities. Working through an ongoing fascination with labor, temporality, and fantasy, Jones creates immersive, liminal sites for practicing incompleteness and refusal. Jones received a Bessie Award nomination for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer in 2017 and, more recently, a 2021 Grants-To-Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Recent works include: Open Call: Niall Jones at The Shed (2022); A Work for Others at The Kitchen OnScreen (2021); Fantasies in Low Fade at The Chocolate Factory, New York (2019); Sis Minor: The Preliminary Studies at Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany (2018); Sis Minor, in Fall at Abrons Arts Center, New York (2018); and Splendor #3 at Gibney Dance, New York (2017). Jones received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He teaches at the University of the Arts School of Dance in Philadelphia, where he is also producer and co-curator of The School for Temporary Liveness (Vol. 1 & 2).