Artist Statement

How is the City your studio? "Every day I wake up, knowing that somewhere that day, someplace in the city, I’m going to make a dance. Every day I may not make it to my studio at Mana, but I’m going to make it down 21st Place in Pilsen or State in the Gold Coast. Approximately a year ago, without permission, often trespassing as I captured my dances on video, I began a daily ritual that has continued today and into Chicago. This city is as much where I ask questions and take risks as where I perform."

Featured Artist Portrait by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux Chicago

I recognize the body as artistic subject, an object of inquiry and an object for manipulation. I am invested in image-making, public performance, and text-based systems for movement. My vocabulary starts in the joints and creates a cross section of rapid action and sculptural movement. Through time-intensive projects, my work investigates personal narrative and the psychological gestures embedded in the body. I create improvisation projects that subtly intersect with social practice, and I collaborate with artists of all disciplines while bringing work to public sites, private homes, galleries, stages, and the internet.
Window seats, color, buildings, spontaneous conversations, Meg Stuart, dinner parties, my parents, children, swimming, language, home… I’m inspired by getting lost, by the questioning that comes when you don't know what's next, by the search to find out where you are and where you're going. I'm excited by the fact that I see the world with fresh eyes each time this happens, and I'm always learning that there’s so much more to learn. I’m also inspired by disappointment, failure, and embarrassment—the challenge behind those experiences, the necessity to recover, rally and reinvent oneself.
What's Next?
I see this microresidency at Defibrillator as the first experiment in a larger expansion of the Neighborhood Dances project.  So, what’s next is more workshops, more dancers, more neighborhoods, more cities. I will be in residence at High Concept Labs this Fall, hosting workshops and rehearsals, developing the archive of movement vocabulary, location data, and other cataloged information from each of my own 300+ dances and those of others. The archive will serve as a repository for raw material from which to tease out new directions for publication and performance.
Victoria Bradford is an American artist and choreographer, born in Louisiana, living in Chicago, and developing work under her company A House Unbuilt. Bradford is a High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist, and her work has been produced in conjunction with the MCA Chicago, Chicago Artists Month, Open House Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition, Design Cloud Gallery, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, and Sullivan Galleries, among others. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art / Sculpture from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio / Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.