The mission of Urban Research Theater is to forge new interdisciplinary, international, intersectional solidarities through critical embodied practice. Since 2004 it has served as an umbrella organization for artistic projects created by Ben Spatz and associates.
Ben Spatz (they/them) is a nonbinary scholar-practitioner working at the intersections of artistic research and critical theories of embodiment and identity. They are a leader in the development of new audiovisual and embodied research methods, publishing across scholarly writing, video essays, and video art. Ben is Reader in Media and Performance at University of Huddersfield; founding editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research and the Advanced Methods imprint from Punctum Books; and author of What a Body Can Do (Routledge 2015), Blue Sky Body (Routledge 2020), and Making a Laboratory (Punctum 2020).
Nazlıhan Eda Erçin
Agnieszka Mendel, Judaica Project Team (2017)
Sióbhán Harrison, Artistic Associate (2014-2016)
Jennifer Parkin, Artistic Associate (2014-2015)
Karoliina Sandström, Guest Artist (2014)
Susan Oetgen and Peter Sciscioli, Guest Artists (2013)
Margot Bassett, Guest Artist (2012-2013)
Massimiliano Balduzzi, Associate Director (2008-2012)
Malgosia Szkandera, Guest Artist (2011)
Michele Farbman, Artistic Associate (2006-2009)
“Badawczy Teatr Miejski” (2004-2005): Ania Boratyn, Bartek Bulanda, Kasia Donner, Daniel Jastrzebski, Marek Konopczak, Monika Kuszewska,Izabela Mlynarz, Barbara Pawlic,Malgorzata Przedzak, Szymon Struzik, Izabela Walkowiak, Beata Zalewska.
Urban Research Theater was founded in 2004 in Wroclaw, Poland, as ‘Badawczy Teatr Miejski‘. Since that time it has organized several hundred private and public events in the United States, United Kingdom, Poland, and elsewhere.
Previous phases of work can be traced back through 15 years of websites:
• Urban Research Theater 2016
• Urban Research Theater 2012
• Urban Research Theater 2009
• Urban Research Theater 2008
• Urban Research Theater 2007
• Urban Research Theater 2006
• junk river productions 2004
• junk river productions 2003