Danielle Adair uses performance as her methodology to better understand institutions and the roles comprising them. 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 FIRST ASSIGNMENT. Select venues which have featured the work include The Velaslavasay Panorama Theater, &Now Conference of Innovative Literature and Art, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and VeggieCloud in California. 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. The project has been the subject of solo performance-exhibitions at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Human Resources LA, UCR Culver Center for the Arts, Monte Vista Projects, The Kiesel (Friedrichshafen, Germany), as well as showcased in The Series at The Standard Hotel in Los Angeles, Bruno Glint Gallery (London), and Galerie White Project (Paris), among others. Her exhibition On the Rocks, In the Land at 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. This production is part of her three-tiered project Caution, bomb, for which she also acted as a representative of a gossip blog and covered the 2016 US National Conventions, which was an official selection in the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival.

Adair has been the subject of profiles in the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, and Word Is A Virus on the Art21Blog. She has been interviewed for The Art World Demystified on Yale University Radio, Anti-Heroin Chic, Riffin’ on KCHUNG Radio, and [outward from nothingness]. 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 Art and in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and a BA with Honors in Human Development and in Visual Arts from The University of Chicago. Currently, Adair is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University.

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