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Performing the Real: Self-Care Practices to Combat Anxiety and Depression in Arts Education and in the Arts Market

Thomas Diafas


The research derives from the acknowledgment of the gendered logic of the voice, the researcher’s own transgender experience in relation to it, and the observation that within performance practices there is a gap regarding how a transgender voice is being represented, often giving in to binary-based understandings. Through an autoethnographic approach, literature reviews and practice-as-research, this philosophical, material, and artistic inquiry exposes and deconstructs the vocal gender normativity through the process of visualization, based on the physics of cymatics. Doing so aims to expand the theoretical and practical imagination on voice’s perception beyond fixed identity definitions, and to suggest an imagineering of the vocal materiality that renders voice something more than a simple signifier of gender.

Supervisor: Dr.João da Silva
External Mentors: Nitsan Margaliot, Stella Dimitrakopoulou

Keywords: anxiety, depression, education, arts, performanceart, capitalism, burnout, exhaustion, artsmarket, selfcare

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