Performance artist. Creative messiah. Calligrapher


Francesc Oui

I am a performance artist, voice talent, writer, and art director. I was born in 1979 by the Atlantic coast. I grew up in Lisbon, where I graduated as a philologist and became a member of the Lisbon Comparatists in 2003. I earned a PhD from Barcelona’s UPF with a thesis on what cannot be said, from medieval mysticism to contemporary art. I was a four-year recipient of the FCT doctoral scholarship and a 2016 ICSI grant holder for Judith Butler’s seminar at The New School, NY. My training on dance and psychoanalysis was critical to understand that bodies are continuous although we usually experience them as separate. I want a life of beauty and a death worth grieving.

“Pragmatism and permeability are London and Barcelona\’s more enticing qualities for me. The search for common and individual good through philosophy and the arts has traditionally permeated private initiative and public policies alike, while being permeable to otherness may foster pragmatism in relations. As a performance artist trained in comparative studies, I find discreet bridges between the thoughts of Bentham and Crexells, Karr and Wollstonecraft, that infuse my artworks with rich conceptual horizons. As a psychoanalyst, bringing the logics of both urban spaces into transformative live art means a transgression of social roles, from academic speech to body art, from the clinic onto the streets.”
BCN/LND Statement

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