Imagining Digital | Deeper Lecture: Yanira Castro

Dec 7, 2022, 6:00 pm EST

$15 – $20


Early Bird Price Through August 31: $15
General Price: $20

For her Deeper Lecture, Castro is spinning from the root of the word, lecture: from the Latin electus: “to gather, collect, pick out, choose.” She is imagining “lecture” as a collective gathering, as a collection of people rather than on the focus on a single orator. And she is taking the gesture towards depth as an invitation to delve into our senses–as a celebration of profusion and multiplicitous embodiment.


Yanira Castro is a Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist living in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, NY) and making work under the moniker, a canary torsi. Working at the intersection of performance, installation, social practice, and technology, she forms iterative projects in response to site and community. Her work is rooted in communal construction inviting the public into co-creation.

Her work has been commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, ISSUE Project Room and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has toured nationally including to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Vermont Performance Lab, The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Bates Dance Festival, The Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, SPACE Gallery, The Yard, and the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. Castro has been commissioned to create new works at Bates College (ME), Barnard College (NYC), The Wooden Floor (CA), Keene State College (NH) and Island Moving Company (RI)

Castro has received two NY Dance & Performance Awards (aka Bessies) in 2020 for Last Audience commissioned and presented by New York Live Arts and in 2009 for Dark Horse/Black Forest presented by Performance Space 122 in the lobby restroom of The Gershwin Hotel. Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College. In 2017, she received an honorary doctorate in the arts from her alma mater.

We encourage you to join this digital event in real time to participate in discussion and artist Q&As! However, if you are unable to join us at the time of the event, the full recording will be made available to all attendees 48 hours after the live event. Patrons will have access to that recording for 10 days via Gibney’s Vimeo account.

The Deeper Lecture series, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa features talks or other interactive discourse events designed to acquaint Gibney’s community of artists and audiences with the most provocative, influential, and inspiring minds at work in the arts, humanities and activism.

Photo by Josefina Santos.