Philip Wesley Gates is a director, performance maker, and writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. Deploying queer, choreographic, and participatory strategies, his work proposes alternative possibilities and modes of relation — relation, in particular, to the spaces we inhabit, to the social and political structures we operate within, to the data generated by and about us, and to the others we share time and space with during the course of a performance and beyond.
Current projects include Nearest Neighbors, a research and performance collaboration with visual artist Jamison Edgar exploring big data and the queer archive; A/B Machines, an original stage work collaged from texts by Andy Warhol; and TERMINER, an algorithmic performance using the Salem witch trials to interrogate the intersections of gender, technology, and power.
Philip has directed and performed at venues including HERE, Ars Nova, La MaMa, the Wild Project, the Brick, the Tank, the Bard Fisher Center, and the MIT Media Lab’s Hacking Arts Festival. He has been invited to research and practice at the Banff Centre and La MaMa Umbria, and as a critical writer has covered festivals including American Realness, zürich moves!, Tanz im August, and TBA. Philip teaches performance to undergraduates and will complete the MFA in Directing at Carnegie Mellon University in spring 2019.