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Bethany Ides

Adjunct Associate Professor


Bethany Ides is a queer writer, artist, teacher, theater-maker, and organizer who also co-directs DOORS UNLIMITED with Ora Ferdman and Mahshid Rafiei. DOORS UNLIMITED is a generative structure for hosting collaborative research in convocational technologies and speculative folklife. DOORS UNLIMITED events typically engage large groups of people walking, eating, reading, diagramming, discussing, experimenting, play-acting, planning, drawing, laughing, listening, and/or deciding together.

Ides’ research involves applied drama, decolonial education, investigative poetics, community ritual, post-digital conceptions of public discourse, ephemeral communications, and ethics and economies latent in language use. Her courses at Pratt often focus on particular aspects of relation and ways that the pedagogical social environment reflects those. Topics like Play, Dialogue, Sense-making, Interiority, Sharing, and Pleasure become structuring principles for modes of inquiry that actively combine academic study with imaginative intervention and collective reflection.

MFA, Bard College

Ides’ performance projects have been featured in publications ranging from BOMB Magazine to the Woodstock Times, and presented at numerous rural and urban venues across the U.S. and Canada such as the Harbourfront Centre, Knockdown Center, the Brooklyn Museum, Fragmental Museum, Mandragoras Art Space, Tritriangle, FADO Performance Art Centre, CounterPULSE, Dixon Place, Sunview Luncheonette, Worksound Gallery, The Poetry Project, PS122, Habitable Spaces, PerformanceWorks NW, and the Prattsville Art Center, as well as in publicly shared, open spaces.

Ides co-founded and edited the interdisciplinary project, FO (A) RM Magazine (2002 – 2006) and has co-curated several festivals and intramural occasions, including the Gilded Pony Performance Festival in Troy, NY (2006), The Third Side in Portland, OR (2010), Initial Contractions in Maspeth, NY (2013), Between Night in the Widow Jane Mine Cave, Rosendale, NY (2015) and the roving Deathbeds Festival in locations across MontrĂ©al, QC (2016).

She is the author of two chapbooks: Indeed, Insist (Ugly Duckling Presse) and Approximate L (Cosa Nostra Editions). Her fiction, poetry, and essays have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Tongue & Cheek (Montez Press) and Mahshid Rafiei: Of Mythic Proportions (Warehouse 421), as well as in journals including Shifter, Ear|Wave|Event, C Magazine, The Candidate Journal: Psychoanalytic Currents, Orange Mercury, Temporary Art Review, Pelt: Feminist Temporalities, fields magazine, and HAUNT Journal of Art.

Currently, Ides is working on a collaborative collection with Mitchell Akiyama on (the problems of) methods and technologies for measuring clarity.