Former Chicagoan Lynn Book has a vibrant stream of interdisciplinary artistic practice that traverses boundaries between performance art, dance, theater, language and new music forms. She deploys what she calls ‘voiced bodies’ wherein a new indeterminacy is at play, challenging the stability of order, destabilizing conventions of the word, singing, meaning and becoming. Lynn uses tactics that plumb the distances between impulse, image and utterance, often driven by writing that becomes physical, voicing that becomes textural and the immediate and unpredictable springs forth making possible new assemblages of desire in the making.
Lynn Book (Winston-Salem, NC) is a performance artist whose work has received citations, fellowships and awards from the Franklin Furnace Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts among others. She has performed across the U.S. including: Roulette, the Knitting Factory and the Kitchen, NY, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, OH, University of Houston, TX, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC, and in Marseilles, Berlin, Vienna and across Europe. The Chicago Sun Times recognized Lynn as a “lodestar of the Chicago performance scene for 13 years” upon her premier of “Mercuria” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1997. She has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with ESS since its inception in 1986, recording material for her performances and then serving on the board from 1990-95 before relocating to New York. She is currently Visiting Associate Professor in Theatre and Dance and Program Director for Creativity and Innovation at Wake Forest University. She is also a founding faculty member with the Transart Institute, an international low-residency MFA program in new media based in Europe. To learn more, visit her website: www.lynnbook.com