Dr Chris Braddock, artist and writer, is Professor of Visual Arts at AUT University, Auckland. He co-leads the Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes and the Art & Performance Research Group. He is author of Performing Contagious Bodies: Ritual Participation in Contemporary Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and editor of Animism in Art and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His performance and sculpture was included in Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art curated by Amelia Jones in Montréal (2013). In 2015 his performance, Repeating Silence, with livestream was selected for ‘Performing Mobilities’ in Performance Studies International (PSi#21) curated by Mick Douglas and David Cross. Key research terms include: animism, contagion, material trace, ritual, silence, spirituality, the body and performance.