Jane Taylor is the core curator of Season 4
With two published novels and more recently, a scholarly monograph that articulates the behind the scenes process of the artistic genius that is William Kentridge, Jane Taylor is the epitome of theatre performance meets academic theory. South Africa’s political, social and cultural transformation has inspired both her academic and artistic interests. Her play ‘Ubu and the Truth Commission’ in collaboration with William Kentridge, has gained phenomenal international recognition and is just one of many examples of her meticulous ability to bring the art of puppetry in conversation with the human subject. She has written extensively on the history of the human subject and the limits and intersection of its performativity. For Season 4 of The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Taylor will be performing Pan Troglodyte – a performed presentation of a paper developing the argument about primate intelligence, AI, and race theory – with actors Terry Norton and Tony Bonani Miyambo. Taylor currently holds the Andrew W Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance.
WRITER | Dave Mann
SOUND | Gavan Eckhart, Zain Vally & SoulFire Studio
CINEMATOGRAPHY & EDITING | Noah Cohen