Artist Statement

As a dance-based artist, my work inhabits the intersection between visual art and dance, resulting in live performance, video and experiential workshops. This has led me to uncover new systems for dance-making and a wider curiosity for bodily experience as the work itself. My process has always been heavily based on research outside of the dance studio; a particular site, a historical figure or event, natural phenomena and scientific discovery have all led me to conceptual frameworks out of which movement is created. The dance material, then, is an embodiment of these facts.

Going further, cognitive science shows us that we understand the world through our bodily experience of it; thinking is done by our bodies as well as our brains. By moving, or even just watching a body move, one creates new neurological pathways, leading to creative thought. My work aims to highlight this intelligence of the moving body and make tangible the complexity and interconnectedness of our world and experience.

Born 1976 Lincoln, Nebraska
Lives and works on Lopez Island, WA


University of California, Los Angeles, M.F.A. Dept. of Art and Architecture

Columbia College, Chicago, B.A. in Dance

Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London

Select Live Performance

Reduction Burn, 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Watch from the Wings, 2018, Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis
Scores for Diagrams, 2017, El Segundo Museum of Art, El Segundo
Quartet for the End of Time, 2017, Los Angeles
Following Beatrix, 2016, Occidental College, Los Angeles
Antoine Meditations 1-4, 2016, Monkeytown, Los Angeles
Halo of Consciousness, 2016, Union Station, Seattle
Magnetic Between, 2016, Aspen Museum, Aspen
Till You Drop, 2014, Greystone Mansion, Los Angeles
Dyslexicon, 2014, C. Nichols Project, Los Angeles
Allay Alight (three), 2014, Camden Arts Centre, London
3 sets, 2013, Public Fiction, Los Angeles
Allay Alight (with undertow), 2013, 356 Mission, Los Angeles
Fly, 2013, LA><ART, Los Angeles
Swimming Laps, 2013, homeLA, Los Angeles
Soccer Field, 2012, University of California, Bakersfield
Performa11, Ginger Island Exhibition, New York City
Allay Alight, 2011, Berkeley
After M+G (Backbone Trails) and (London), 2010, London
MiSHA + GIRLS, 2010, Los Angeles
Wandering (still) and (detail), performance/film 2010, 2011, 2012 Various Locations
Innocence in Extremis, 2009, New York
Work, 2009, Banff, Canada
Alan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in Six Parts, 2008, Los Angeles
Lacma Alpha Bcam, 2008, performance/video, Los Angeles
Room for Irma Vep, 2008, performance and video, Newport Beach, CA
Plieades, 2008, Los Angeles
American Bald Eagle—Animal Scores, 2008, New York
Ballos/Granat/Wiegmann, 2008, New York and St. Louis
All Day Dance, 2007, six hours, New York
Adaptive Lines, 2007, 3 minutes, 16mm to digital
Nugget Rodeny, 2006, site-specific work, Salt Flats in Wonder Valley, CA
De-Installation, 2004, site-specific work, Grenoble, France
De-installation Series, 2004, 9 works in 9 months, New York

Select Exhibitions

Reduction Burn
Parapet Real Humans, St. Louis, MO

Disturbances in the Field from Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West
to High Desert Test Sites
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV

Evolving the Forest
Dartington Hall, Devon, UK

Made in LA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis, MN

Sleepless (as LEI with Nina Waisman)
The Music Center, Los Angeles, CA

El Segundo Museum of Art

Exchange Value (with Susan Silton)
LAND, Los Angeles CA

Movable Lab Residency (with Nina Waisman)
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

Drawing Performance: Abstraction from Germany and the US
Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, NE
Marxhausen Gallery of Art, Seward, NE
Inga Kondeyne Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Oxy Arts Presents
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Seattle Art Fair
Union Station, Seattle WA

Magnetic Between (with Anna Sew Hoy)
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

Sur: Biennial (under CUBO collective)
Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA

Irontron Gallery, Denver, CO

Play: in Three Acts
Beal Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA

UNGALA, (With Thomas Lawson and Nina Waisman)
Greystone Mansion, Los Angeles, CA

Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Dyslexicon (solo show)
C. Nichols Project, Los Angeles, CA

The Artists Theater Program

OnSet (solo show)
Marxhausen Gallery, Concordia University, Seward, NE

Monday or Tuesday
Camden Arts Centre, London, UK

Multisport, Écrans Variables Ciné Tambour
Université Rennes, France

The Stand In (or a glass of milk) curated by Alexandra Gaty and Lauren Mackler
Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

Performance and screening organized by Silke Otto-Knapp
356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA

Nada Fair, Contemporary Dancing organized by Cafe Dancer and Sam Gordon
Basketball City, NYC, NY

Flora Wiegmann and Miljohn Ruperto
LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA

HomeLA, Swimming pool of a residential home
Los Angeles, CA

Zero:1 Biennial, Body Envelope
Montalvo Arts Center, Los Gatos, CA

Sunday @ 4
Todd Madigan Gallery, UC Bakersfield

Split Moment
UAM, Cal State Long Beach

The Artist’s Ball (with Jedediah Caesar)
Greystone Mansion, Los Angeles, CA

Performa 11, Ginger Island (with Amy Granat)
Emily Harvey Foundation, New York City, NY

Jacob Kassay Selects (with Drew Heitzler)
London ICA, London, UK

Matrix Live
Berkeley Art Museum and PAC, Berkeley, CA

Cinema Zero
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, NY

The Miami Set, Outpost NYC DCG
NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

SASIC 9, Tracing Chaos: Aesthetics in the Surf Zone
Scripps Oceanographic Institute, La Jolla, CA

Dance With Camera
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ

California Biennial
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport CA

More Pricks than Kicks (with Amy Granat)
David Roberts Foundation, London, UK

Dance With Camera
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston TX

Perform! Now! (with Amy Granat and JMY Leary)
Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles CA

Performa 09 (with Amy Granat and Felicia Ballos)
Emily Harvey Foundation, New York City, NY

Dance With Camera
Philadelphia ICA, Philadelphia, PA

Standing Anywhere in a Relaxed Position (with Silke Otto-Knapp)
Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada

Forum Lounge (with Mark Verabioff)
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA

Machine Project @ LACMA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Champion Zero (with Felicia Ballos)
Rental, New York City, NY

California Biennial (CB08) (with Anna Sew Hoy)
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA

Black Noise (with Drew Heitzler)
CNEAI, Paris, France

Anatomy Riot #24
The Open Space, Los Angeles, CA

White Flags Projects, St. Louis, MO

Reinterpretation of Alan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in Six Parts
L.A.C.E, Los Angeles, CA

Animal Scores, Animal Estates, Whitney Biennial
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

An Evening with Cinema Zero
The Kitchen, New York, NY

Smock Shop (a project by Andrea Zittel)
Susan Inglett Gallery, New York City, NY

Carte Blanche
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

Black Noise (with Drew Heitzler)
Mamco, Geneva, CH

Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

World’s Largest Walkie Talkie Network
LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA

Dancing 9 to 5
Whitney Museum of American Art Altria, New York, NY

High Desert Test Sites
Wonder Valley, CA

Dance videovideo Dance
MonkeyTown, New York, NY

Anatomy Riot #5
Los Angeles, CA

Art Basel, Miami, FL

When Artists Say We (with Drew Heitzler)
Artists Space, New York, NY

Lesser New York
Fia Backström Project, Brooklyn, NY

Black Noise (with Drew Heitzler)
Gallerie Ecart at Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Visual Noise
The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

Champion Fine Art: 2003-2005 (with Drew Heitzler)
Art2102, Los Angeles, CA

Invisible Hands and the Common Good (with Drew Heitzler)
Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Aux Frontieres du Degree Zero
Le 102, Grenoble, France

Connect the Dots (with Drew Heitzler)
LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY


El Segundo Museum of Art, El Segundo, CA

Kelman-Visser Temple/Residence, Brussels, Belgium

Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Banff Centre for Creativity, Banff, Canada

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

Le 102, Grenoble, France

Curatorial and Other Projects

A x S Festival Committee
Pasadena, CA

Founding Member, Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences
Research, workshops and think tank with NASA and SETI scientists, artists and dancers

Triple A, (with Justin Beal, Francois Ghebaly, Emma Gray, Drew Heitzler and Al Moran)
Los Angeles, CA

Curator, Zero, Rental Gallery
New York City, NY

Selection Committee Member, Art2102
Los Angeles, CA

Board Member, Genesis Project
Los Angeles, CA

Pleiades: Seven days and Seven Dancers, Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, CA

Sundown Salon: Dancing Convention (co-curated with Fritz Haeg)
Los Angeles, CA

Champion Fine Art
Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA


Free Radicals: Evolving Perspectives on the Convergence of Art & Science, Pasadena, 2017

Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, 2017

Shifting Space, Shifting Place, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, 2013

Activism, Performance and the Ephemeral, Orange County Museum of Art, 2011

Standing Anywhere in the Space in a Relaxed Position, Banff Centre for Creativity, Banff, Canada, 2009

Action and Site-Specificity, Headlands Center for the Arts, 2009

State of the Independents: Roving Spaces, Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, 2006

Sunshine Quoi? Temporary Contemporaries, Art2102, Los Angeles, 2005


Christopher Knight, ….the Right Show for Disturbing Times, Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2018
Jori Finkel, Signs of the Apocalypse at the Hammer Museum, New York Times, June 3, 2018
Laura Bleiberg, ….Dance Moves Back into the Picture, Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2018
Carolina Miranda, Olivier Messiaen wrote music in a Nazi prison camp. Artist Susan Silton has asked women to perform it, Los Angeles Times, June 14, 2017
Trinie Dalton, Artforum diary, Aug. 12, 2016
Courtney Malick, Beverly Hills Gets Weirder, V Magazine, Oct. 15, 2014
Carol Cheh, Review of Dyslexicon, Another Righteous Transfer, May 2014
Carol Cheh, First Person: homeLA,, May 2013
Obscene City, Flaunt, Feb. 2012
Carol Cheh, Sh*t Performance Artists Do, LA Weekly, Feb. 3 2012
Kevin McGarry, Out There/Mystery Theater, T Magazine, Feb. 1, 2012
Carol Cheh, Ball of Artists Crashes Greystone, LA Weekly blog, Jan 30, 2012
Artists clown around in LA Mansion, Phaidon, Jan. 2012
Kate Mattingly, Review of Silke Otto-Knapp at the BAM, The Berkeley Graduate, Oct. 3, 2011
Carol Cheh, Not the Same Old Song and Dance, Another Righteous Transfer, Feb. 17, 2011
Becky Hunter, Philadelphia Dance with Camera, MAP Magazine, Winter 2009, pg.81
Catherine Wood, Best of 2009, Artforum International, December 2009, pg. 185
Eduard Sozanski, Art: Camera Alters, Enhances Dance, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 20, 2009
Brian Droitcour, Camera Ready,, Sept 10, 2009
Tim Christison, Dancing Watercolours, Fast Forward Weekly, Aug. 6, 2009
Silke Otto Knapp: the Dancer and the Dance, Canadian Art, Aug 27, 2009
Andrew Bernadini, Black Market,, July 18, 2009
Catherine Wagley, The Best Kind of Boring:2008 California Biennial,, December 1, 2008
Carly Berwick, The Facebook Biennial, New York Magazine, Feb. 29, 2008
Cathreine Taft, Just Desert,, July 11, 2006
Jennifer Dunning, Dance In Review: Shimmering, Sensous, and Brainy Too, New York Times, March 19, 2002

(for curatorial and other projects)

Catherine Wagley, Best Highbrow Public Art 2012, LA Weekly, Sept 2012
Andrea Scott, The best (and worst) of 2006, Time Out New York, December 28, 2006
Rachel Kushner, On The Ground Los Angeles, Artforum, December, 2006
Bruce Hainley, artquake, The New York Times Magazine, October 1, 2006
Holland Cotter, Where the Focus Is Sharp But the Categories Blurry, The New York Times, August 16, 2006
David Grosz, Haunted By Ghosts, And By the Art World, The New York Sun, August 3, 2006
Amra Brooks, Must See Art, LA Weekly, July 28 – August 3, 2006
Christopher Knight, Disconcerting World Views, The Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2006
William Pym, Independents’ Day,, July 7, 2006

(for Champion Fine Art):
Lauri Firstenberg, The Backroom, Frieze, January, 2006
Matt Keegan, Top Ten, Artforum, February, 2006
Linda Yablonsky, Naked or Rude,, June, 2005
Michael Ned Holte, Carter Mull (review),, September, 2005
Maika Pollack, #13: Pictures With People, Flash Art, October, 2004
Jutta Koether, Ich Will Eine Stadtkünstlerin Sein, Texte Zur Kunst, June, 2004

Books and Catalogs

Re-Enchantment, essay by Wiegmann, Evolving the Forest, edited by Simon Lloyd, Richard Povall, and Jeremy Ralph, artdotearth CIC, Devon, England, 2020

Made in L.A. catalog, Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, Delmonico Books, 2018
The Stand In (or a glass of milk), Public Fiction Catalog, 2015Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, edited by Ronni Kimm and Jesse Aron Green. Textfield Inc. Pub., 2011
2010 California Biennial catalog, Sarah C. Bancroft, Delmonico Books, 2010
Dance With Camera, Edwin Denby, Shirley Clark, and Janelle Porter, ICA University of Philadelphia Pub., 2010
Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive, Fritz Haeg, Evil Twin Pub., 2009
Champion Zero, Drew Heitzler and Flora Wiegmann, 2nd Cannons Pub., 2008
Black Noise, John Armleder, Amy Granat, and Mai-Thu Perret, Ecart Publications, 2007