Performance, Possession & Automation

Performance, Possession & Automation is a collaborative research project led by Nicholas Ridout and Orlagh Woods, in collaboration with Dhanveer Singh Brar, Joe Kelleher and Fiona Templeton. It has since expanded to include a range of other artists, writers and academics.*

We are exploring automation and possession as two ways of thinking about what happens to human subjects who act in ways that they do not themselves fully control.

How can making and thinking about artistic practice contribute to thinking about and through these ideas collectively.

Possession & Modern Acting

Friday 4th June 2021

I was Born a Loser

Friday 11th June 2021

Automation & Cultural Production

Friday 17th July 2020

Possession & Performance

Friday 24th July 2020

Possession & Subjectivity

Friday 31st July 2020

This project is supported  by:



Collaborations Fund of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)

The Centre for Public Engagement, QMUL

Strategic Research Initiative, School of English and Drama, QMUL

In partnership with Fierce Festival, performingborders and Transform Festival


* Simon Vincenzi was a vital collaborator in the initial development of this project.