ALLab PhD and MA students


Adela Goldbard

is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Mexico City. She holds an MFA as a Full Merit Fellow in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Language and Literature from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She is currently a member of the National System of Artistic Creators of Mexico. With her work, Goldbard investigates how radical community performances can subvert the imposition of official narratives and how performances of violence and destruction can become aesthetic tools of resistance against power. She is especially interested in how collectively building, staging, and destroying has the potential to generate critical thinking and social transformation, and can help heal collective trauma. Goldbard’s practice draws on archival and field research, and brings together sculpture, video, photography, sound, text and traditional textiles, pottery, woodwork, and pyrotechnics. Her recent projects include: a pyrotechnic play for/with the Mexican community of La Villita in Chicago, commissioned by Gallery 400 (University of Illinois, Chicago, 2019-2020,) and a socially engaged art project for/with the P'urhépecha community of Arantepacua, commissioned by the XIV FEMSA Biennial (Michoacán, México, 2020). Goldbard’s doctoral investigation focuses on developing a Poetics of Violence: an interdisciplinary research-creation project proposing that the aesthetic potential—ritual, collective, affective—of violence, once torn from the dominant and colonizing discourse, can become a powerful tool for epistemic decolonization and liberation.


Ana Vingeland (INDI Master)

Anna Vigeland recently began her MA with Concordia’s Individualized Program in Humanities, where she is developing research touching on performance, history, oral history, and translation. A former circus performer, she currently works by turns as a director, choreographer, performance writer, translator, and arts facilitator. 


Amanda Gutiérrez

(b. 1978, Mexico City) Trained and graduated initially as a stage designer from The National School of Theater. Gutiérrez completed her MFA in Media and Performance Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently elaborating on the academic dimension of her work as a Ph.D. student at Concordia University. Gutiérrez has developed a set of pedagogical practices in over a decade of teaching in educational settings such as NYU Abu Dhabi, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Rutgers University. Gutiérrez, interest in sound studies and listening practices is reflected in collaborative initiatives as a board member in The World Listening Project, Red Ecología Acústica México and formerly in The Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology in Chicago. 

Research proposal

The research project, "Walking inside the soundscapes of four immigrant Diasporas: a media study on place-making," focuses on the aural and cultural process of urban settlement by the Filipino immigrant diaspora in Montreal. The research will consider the practice of walking, storytelling, and media production as tools for collective and critical engagement. The project's essential questions are:
How can we listen and gather information to develop a collective research-creation? How can we create a collective experience of critical urbanism while listening and walking?  How are the creative relations established between the artist/researcher and participants? How does the study of soundscapes bring innovative observations of immigrant settlements? How can immersive technology serve as a reflective tool of social interactions in the urban context?


Deniz Basar (PhD)

Deniz Başar is a theater researcher, award-winning playwright (in Turkish and English), and a puppetry artist. She is currently continuing her PhD in the Humanities program of Concordia University. She had her MA degree in Boğaziçi University’s Atatürk Institute for Modern Turkish History and graduated in 2014 with her MA thesis titled “Performative Publicness: Alternative Theater in Turkey After 2000s”. She contributed to the books Women and Puppetry: Critical and Historical Investigations (2019) and ThePalgrave Handbook of Theatre and Race (2020) with different aspects of her research. Her academic interests cover Middle Eastern contemporary theatre cultures, and puppetry and public sphere theories. Her PhD thesis looks into how contemporary theatre in Turkey is shaped by the traditional performance forms of Turkey, specifically the shadow puppetry form known as Karagöz. As of the oral historiograpy aspect of her PhD research, she will conduct in-depth interviews with women puppetteers/puppet makers of Turkey who have innovated the theatre field of the country through their creative juxtapositions of traditional and international puppetry techniques on modern stages.   


Manuela Ochoa

is an artist and a Humanities PhD student at Concordia University. She holds a Master's degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in History and Theory of Contemporary Art. She is the co-founder of the digital projects Oropéndola, arte y conflicto (now part of the Museum of Memory of Colombia) and Mirlo Podcast. Manuela was co-curator for the exhibit Feliza Bursztyn, Elogio de la chatarra at the Museo Nacional de Colombia and producer for BBC Radio’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul (In the studio).

Her research explores the possibilities of podcasts in the Colombian post-conflict scenario and their participatory potential so that the listening experience is not passive and unilateral but rather transformative and empowering.


Nisa Remigio

is an oral history performer, cultural facilitator and a PhD student with the INDI department. Her research explores themes of identity and sense of belonging, memory and place, walking as art, and performing in non-traditional performance spaces. Her PhD thesis, Santana Airfield, the cows pl(ai/ne)s: linking place, identity and memories through performance, asks how an artistic, oral history-based audio walk be used as a tool for connecting locals, visitors and immigrants with a place and engage them as participants in public debates concerning local development projects, and what role can a facilitated post-walk discussion play in this outcome.

Nisa is presently working on Decolonizing my walk: revisiting my Québécois Appalachian Trail hike in search of Indigenous stories, an arts-based research/creation sensorial and digital map set addressing the absence of references to Mi’kmaq presence on the Appalachian Trail official guide.

Thesis title: Santana Airfield, the cows pl(ai/ne)s: linking place, identity and memories through performance.

Supervisory committee:  Luis Carlos Sotelo-Castro (Principal), Warren Linds, Sébastien Caquard


Koby Rogers Hall

Koby is an artist, writer and social practice facilitator dedicated to dialogical arts practices, archiving as cultural activism, and public interventions for political engagement. She has facilitated durational multi-stakeholder arts activist projects with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal, the Politics & Care project, and the tactical media Living Archives with the collective PreOccupations. Her performance interventions have been seen in theatres, warehouses, artist-ren centres, street demos, and desert landscapes across the Americas. She currently teaches in the departments of Theatre and School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia. 

Her PhD in Humanities supports her ongoing research-creation in migrant justice in social arts practices, with considerations for performance in conflict zones, critical curatorial strategies and trauma in social movements. Koby continues building on her multi-year relationships with im/migrant worker-led campaigns, arts activism and migrant justice organisers across the continent. She integrates this with her commitment to radical mothering, collective care practices, and community liberatory projects. 


Veronica Mockler

is a socially engaged artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal. She is currently a student researcher at Concordia University in the Acts of Listening Lab. Marginalized and working-class knowledge is at the centre of her practice in social pedagogy, non-fiction media art, oral history, and performance art. Her work has taken shape in  exhibitions, publications, festival screenings, public and community spaces, conferences, and workshops in Uruguay, Germany, Scotland, the North of Ireland, the United States and Canada.

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