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Greg Manuel

Greg Manuel is a researcher and sound artist from far Northern California. In the wake of the catastrophic megafires that swept through the region in 2018, Greg’s research asks how local rhythms of human and nonhuman life might respond to profound and repeated disturbance. As rural landscapes reorganize themselves under the pressures of global climate change and decades of land mismanagement, fires burn differently and demand new forms of reckoning. Greg’s work zooms in on the modes of improvisation, memory, and performance through which fire-disturbed communities grapple with the volatile landscapes that surround them. Alongside performance studies, Greg’s interests include the environmental humanities, affect theory, plant studies, science studies, process thought, and rural geography. Greg holds a B.Mus. in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.