Lise Brenner is an artist, writer, choreographer and dramaturg. Her location-specific interactive pieces spotlight the everyday sites where history, memory and meaning interact. Her work, in the form of dances, site-specific events, and an organization, has been supported by, among others, NURTUREart, Culture Push, Chance Ecologies, Works on Water, Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYSCA Media Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance Theatre Workshop, iLAND art/iLAB, White Oak Foundation/Artward Bound, Netherland-America Foundation, Mondriaan Stichting, Harkness Foundation, Chance Ecologies. She is on faculty at Movement Research, has been a Field Agent for Atlas Obscura and is a freelance writer (LiseBrennerWriter.naiwe.com)
An event of the 2018 Open Engagement conference at the Queens Museum. Group presentation with curators Catherine Grau & Nathan Kensinger and artists Daniel Campo, Nate Dorr, Edrex Fontanilla, and Sarah Nelson Wright. An immersive audio-visual walk around the Panorama, exploring abandoned post-industrial sites across all five boroughs of New York City to describe how each site’s unique ecologies are responding to specific post-human environmental conditions.
An event of Works on Water for Arts Brookfield in Zuccotti Park (NYC). Based on information from the Manahatta Project regarding NYC’s pre-European environment (c. 1609) and climate change projections for 2080, 6 artists painted their vision of the future of Zuccotti Park, at Zuccotti Park, over the course of 6 hours. “Viewfinders” (so park visitors could take pictures of the present through the lens of either the ‘past’ or ‘future’) and free sketchbooks were available. See: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/pleinairthefuture/
Collaboration with Christopher Kennedy exploring the city’s waterfronts for vacant lots and corners that allow for ephemeral, accidentally wild places
Collaborative mapping and choreography event for audience participants. Commissioned by Chance Ecologies/Newtown Creek. Held at Old Plank Road Newtown Creek access point, Maspeth, Queens
Begun during Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice, 2015. Facilitating Dutch Kills residents to show their love for their neighborhood, history and places, and local businesses. Outcomes related to Fellowship:
Commissioned by www.ilandart.org Interactive wayfinding event done without printed maps or GPS based on the Neighborhood Registry of Special Places (created through interviews and walks with Dutch Kills residents)
Commissioned by Words of Choice. Historical tour + street performance illuminating history of contraception and reproductive rights in NYC. Tour script and route, organizer and manager of guides
Commissioned by Movement Research Spring Festival. Participatory exploration of ecology and history underlying the built environment, Park Slope to Gowanus
Commissioned by Central Park Urban Park Rangers, interactive ‘tour’ over site of vanished community of African American and Irish landowners c. 1826-1858. Imani Uzuri, musician; Leda Meredith, urban forager; Sarah Lohman, food historian; Emily Gallagher, actress, museum educator
Supported by iLANDart: 2007 iLAB Residency. Living ‘choreography’ of plant dispersal and ecological succession. Uli Lorimer (curator, native plants, Brooklyn Botanical Garden); Katrina Simons (landscape architect, Australia).
Group Exhibition: NewYorkNewYorkNewYork, Flux Factory 2008
Sound art on pay phones, walking tours, sound walks and a permanent installation at PS122–bringing the Dutch colonial era into 21st century NYC through exploring the East Village, aka Pieter Stuyvesant’s erstwhile (c 1650) farm. Participating: 21 artists; multiple organizations including: New York City Audubon Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, PS122, St. Mark’s Church, free103point9.org Transmission Arts, NY Society for Acoustic Ecology and others. Presented by 5 Dutch Days/5Boroughs, supported by the Mondriaan Stichting (NL), the Netherlands-America Society and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Live performance & broadcast. Choreography, dancer. Colin McLean (sound), Marion Traenkle (multi-media artist, architect, light), Fransien van der Putt (radio host). Performed at OT301; broadcast on Radio Patapoe; re-commissioned by Radiodays, De Appel (www.radiodays.org)
Simultaneous translation as performance. Choreography, dancer. Welsh translation: Llynis Davies. Welsh/English text recordings and live performance: Margaret Ames. Produced by and performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Theatr Felinfach.
Full evenings and shared programs produced by Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Mulberry Street Theatre and elsewhere in NYC and Minneapolis.
Co-founder. Research and articulate the role of arts and culture in fostering sustainable urban communities.
Artist participant. Artists and community organizations: how to preserve and strengthen existing community infrastructure in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.
Researcher for dance in North Brooklyn. Interviews, report.
Founding curatorial board for free programming at North Brooklyn Town Hall Community & Cultural Center.
Co-founder of curated performance series: dance/multi-media performance; music; cinema. Integrated arts/community/café housed in old cinema school squat legalized by Amsterdam city council.
Co-founder of dance presentation/discussion series. Presented over 500 dance artists.
Scores included in iLandart.org’s A Field Guide to iLANDing–scores for researching urban ecologies. 53rd State Press. (2017)
Studios Worked Here. Movement Research Journal, Spring 2014.
Panelist: Dance and Environment, Eco-Logic on WBAI Radio. Host: Ken Gale. (2014)
Panelist: Arts & Sustainability, Movement Talks, 92nd Street Y (2014)
Panel Chair: Repetitions: Rehearsing Design & Performing Research, Performance Studies International, Univ. of Leeds, UK (2012)
Presenter: Mapping Native Flora: Collaborative Processes, iLAB Symposium, March 2009, New School, NYC
Installing Dancing Parallax (Special Issue: Installing the Body), Volume 14, Issue 1, 2008, Univ. of Leeds.
Mapping Native Flora in NYC, Chorography of Collaboration Performance Paradigms #4, 2008, Univ. of Adelaide, Australia
Judge: International Festival of New Choreography, Iasi, Romania. 1999
MFA, Multidisciplinary Performance. DAS, University of the Arts, Amsterdam
BA, Honors. History and Classics. Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY