Karen Christopher is a performer and collaborator with Goat Island performance group and has traveled across the USA and Europe performing collaboratively devised performance works since 1989. Goat Island has been a Chicago-based group whose work is characterized by a rigorous physicality and a poetic use of image, body, and text. The work is part collage, part performance installation, part dance, part theatre. Emphasis is on combinations, culminations, and the live experience that audience and performers undertake together.
Karen is interested in expression that accesses both the mind and body of the spectator, speaking on a kinetic as well as an aesthetic level. Work outside of Goat Island has included collaborations with Greg Allen of the Neo-Futurists, Lucky Pierre, Michael Thomas and David Kodeski, Mark Jeffery, and Mark Booth.
She is also a video maker and has taught part-time in the film department of Columbia College Chicago.
She has taught at the Goat Island Summer Schools in Britain (Glasgow and Bristol) and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Goat Island Winter Schools at New Territories (Glasgow), and at regular performance workshops with Goat Island throughout the USA and Europe. She has also taught performance devising with Berlin-based dancer Litó Walkey.
from artist statement:
I am interested in the kind of negotiation that is part of the collaborative creative process. With the meeting of more than one mind comes the possibility of surprise and misunderstanding—the resolution of which brings new clarity or opportunity for inspiration and unexpected solutions. The result of collaboration involves materials from separate minds who see differently and must find a way to draw a connection between each other. This interaction heals the rifts between our differences. The better we become at collaborative methods, the more we bring the highest ideals and potential toward interaction with the world around us.