Danielle Adair uses performance as her methodology to better understand institutions and the roles comprising them. Her premise is that performance is not only a vehicle in which to study the world but also a formula by which it operates. Interrogating this formula is her aim. Adair’s works premiere in exhibition, screening, theater and concert venues – most recently, in Manila, London, New York, Berlin, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, Paris. She is the author of From JBAD: Lessons Learned (Les Figues Press) based on her time as “embedded media” with US Forces in Afghanistan and for which she created the feature-length video-performance work FIRST ASSIGNMENT. Her second feature-length work And I Think I Like It., a collection of 13 video-song-poems in installation and in performance, with associated artist book (Edition Solitude), examines an experience of “artist” within the US presidential election years of 2011-13. Her painting and video installation On the Rocks, In the Land (Pitzer College Art Galleries) and accompanying artist zine with curator Ciara Ennis, analyzes the role of “tourist” in known conflict zones with ‘walls.’ In 2014 Adair created and premiered her experimental opera Caution Baum with the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart as part of her three-part project Caution, bomb, for which she also acted as a representative of a gossip blog and covered the 2016 US National Conventions. The project reconfigures the security slogan, ‘See something, Say something’ with regard to biodiversity – in particular, trees – and includes the artist book, Caution, bomb. Adair is a California Community Foundation Visual Arts Fellow, a Center for Cultural Innovation – ARC grantee, a recipient of The Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts, and has been a Fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), Digital Arts Studios Belfast, and I-Park Foundation (East Haddam, Connecticut), among other distinctions. She carries an MFA in Studio Arts and in Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts (2007) and a BA with Honors in Human Development and in Visual Arts from The University of Chicago (2003). Currently, Adair is a doctoral student in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University.

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