Staff Profiles

Dr. Brian Lobel

Senior Lecturer
Brian Lobel creates performances about isolated bodies and the dilemma of community and interactivity. After having cancer as a young adult, he became fascinated by unique bodily experience and how it is conceived, discussed and witnessed by others, leading directly to his current performance practice and his recently completed PhD research at Queen Mary, University of London, entitled Playing the Cancer Card: Documentation, Illness and Performance.
Brian has shown work in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums, forests to marketplaces. Performances include Cruising for Art (Victoria & Albert Museum, BFI, Forest Fringe, Latitude Festival), Purge (ANTI Festival - Finland), Carpe Minuta Prima (Brighton Festival, Compass Festival - Leeds, Pulse - Ipswich), Hold My Hand and We're Halfway There (Sadler’s Wells, Shunt, and with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York), and BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer (in over 70 cities internationally and published by Routledge in Understanding Disability Studies and Performance Studies, 2010). Brian has received a Wellcome Trust Arts Award for Fun With Cancer Patients, a grant from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation for Carpe Minuta Prima in 2010, a commission from motiroti for Purge in 2011, and a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England for a national tour of BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer in 2012.

In 2012, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer was published by Oberon Books and a collection of his video work (entitled Cancer Cancer Cancer Cancer Cancer) was published by the Live Art Development Agency. Brian has also published articles for Contemporary Theatre Review, PAJ and Performance Research and is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Brian is very excited to join the faculty of University of Chichester in September 2012.