Bethany Ides

Bethany Ides (M.F.A., Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College) is an artist, writer, independent scholar and organizer who works in and with communities to design inventive forums for becoming otherwise.  This work emphasizes collaboration and combines tactics of theater with political thinking and planning, along with the conscientious practice of shared rituals like reading, writing, making, walking and eating together.  Recent projects have been based in Montréal, rural Texas, Brooklyn, NY, the Catskill mountains, and BOMB Magazine’s Instagram.  In 2015, Ides presented Transient’s Theme, a month-long opera (performed once) at the Knockdown Center in NYC.  She has curated programs and festivals of performance across the U.S., edited FO A RM, an interdisciplinary art and sound journal, and is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Art Services Initiative of NY, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council of Portland, OR.  Her poetry, essays and critical-theoretical work have appeared in HAUNT Journal of Art, the Disrupted Journal of Media Practice, the Brooklyn Rail and Seneca Review, among others.  Ides teaches literature and critical studies at Pratt Institute and is a current HATCH resident at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.