CHRISTOPHER BRADDOCK

Short Bio
Chris Braddock is an artist and academic. He is Associate Professor of visual arts in the School of Art & Design, AUT University, New Zealand, and Chair of the AUT ST Paul St Gallery. His art practice involves performance, video and sculpture. His theoretical research stems from the disciplines of art history, anthropology, and performance studies. Key terms that underscore Braddock’s art and writing: performative sculpture, part-object/ part-sculpture, moulds and casts, material trace, absence and presence of the body, labour of making, modes of participation, performance and its documentation, animism, contagion, art and spirituality, blasphemy.

Statement
I aim to explore sculpture and recorded/repeated bodies as ‘objects’ or ‘debris’ of performance. Bodies are traced in material substances, cast in appendages, or relayed through live and recorded performance. I’m interested in objects and images of encounter in difference to objects of recognition. In a deconstructive approach, material processes and performance take precedence. I seek out ambiguous, partial visual imagery and sounds that escape immediate comprehension. Tactical ‘trace structures’ provoke ideas of erasure where disappearance occurs in its appearance—a temporization and spacing that misconstrue dominant discourses about time, identities and place.

Longer Bio
Braddock’s 2013 book Performing Contagious Bodies: Ritual Participation in Contemporary Art explores the problematic of the ‘objects’ of live/ performance art: either those activated within performances and then acting as traces, and/ or those produced to activate viewer relations in a performative way. Through a history of Western perceptions of magic ritual the book focuses on key concepts of contagion, animism and ritual participation. Braddock’s essay “Contagious Animism in the artwork of Felix Gonzales Torres and Dane Mitchell” is selected as the feature essay for Drain: A Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture in Black,Issue 13, 2012. In 2011 Braddock represented New Zealand with a performance and video work in Prague’s Veletržní Palace (Museum of Modern Art) for the PQ11 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Also in 2011 Performance Research Journal Vol. 16:4 published Braddock’s essay “Contagious Participation: Magic’s Power to Affect” on the work of Ann Hamilton. In 2010 he published “Alicia Frankovich and the Force of Failure” for Sydney Artspace’s Column 6. In 2009 he curated Random Entrant for PSi#15 (Performance Studies International) in Zagreb which included Australasian artists David Cross and Alicia Frankovich. In association with this project he published “Random Entrant and the Force of Failure,” Frakcija Performing Arts Journal, 50 (Spring), 26-33. In 2008 Braddock exhibited his video and sound installation The Artist Will Be Present atSt Paul St Gallery, AUT University, Auckland. In 2007 he was an International Artist-in-Residence at Melbourne’s RMIT University. In 2004 he was recipient of the Arts Council of New Zealand toi Aotearoa Visual Arts Residency in New York City at the International Studio & Curatorial Program.

Qualifications
PhD, Auckland University of Technology; Master of Arts, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; Diplôme Supérieur d’Art Plastique, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Bachelor of Fine Arts (Double Major in Sculpture and Art History), University of Canterbury, New Zealand.