Colin Self

Colin Self was born in 1987 in Portland, Oregon. He lives and works in Berlin and Brooklyn. Self graduated in 2010 with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A composer, choreographer, and performance artist, Self often works in and with interdisciplinary collectives, using the voice, the body, and digital technologies to explore gender, communication, our relationships to the biological and the technological, the potential for social transformation, and the spaces between and across binaries and boundaries. The processes of building community, kinship, and care are central themes to much of Self’s work: he has been one fifth of the drag collective Chez Deep since 2012; he has performed as part of an electronic music trio with Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst since 2014; he organized the alternative vocal workshop Xhoir since 2014; and he co-wrote and performed in the experimental opera The Fool with artist Raúl de Nieves in 2017.

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In a new film from our New York Close Up digital series, artists Raúl de Nieves and Colin Self collaborate on the creation of their chamber opera, The Fool, staged at The Kitchen last year.