Denys Blacker is a visual artist whose practice spans performance art, drawing, sculpture and video. She recently completed a funded PhD titled Interconnection, Synchronicity and Consciousness in Improvised Performance Art Practices at Northumbria University in Newcastle. In 2002, she co-founded Gresol, a non-profit making cultural association with Anet van de Elzen, and since then, she has organised over 20 international Performance art festivals in Girona and Barcelona, including FEM, an annual festival showcasing the work of women performance artists, now in its 16th edition. She is a founding member of the all-women performance group Ocells al Cap (Birds in the Head) and a member of the International performance group Wolf in the Winter. She is co-founder of the EU funded project ELAA (European Live Art Archive) based in the University of Girona. She also initiated and coordinates Corpologia, a performance artist collective and a magazine of the same name. She regularly collaborates with other organisations and institutions to programme performance art and live art events including; Cara a Cara – an ongoing programme of interviews and residencies, that promotes works by women, at la Bonne, Women’s Cultural Centre in Barcelona, the Cicle d’Art d’Acció at Bòlit, Contemporary Art Centre in Girona and FLARE (Forum for Live Art Research and Education) at the University of Northumbria (UK).
Blacker examines our individual and communal capacity for adaptability and contingency. Contingency can be understood literally as the absence of certainty in events, but it can also mean, forming part of a larger group. It is in this connection to the larger group, where Blacker explores the artistic, social and political implications of engaging with embodied, intuitive and visceral ways of knowing. Blacker’s interest lies in the ways that we are interconnected with each other and with our environment. Her investigation has led her to explore the boundaries between subject and object and between self and other, to reveal how we might communicate in ways that go beyond the cognitive senses.