Jane Taylor


Andrew W. Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance
Convenor of LoKO

Professor Jane Taylor, who is the newly appointed Andrew W Mellon Chair of Aesthetic Theory and Material Performance, has a history of scholarly as well as creative work within these domains. She has written several plays for puppets, working with artist William Kentridge and Handspring Puppet Company, as well as a recent puppet play for Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt – a work dealing with the early history of neurology. She has written a novel on transplants, and most recently has completed a monograph on William Kentridge’s production of The Nose, for the New York Met. (This study explores the subject/object relation, as well as the aesthetic experiments associated with Soviet Constructionism).

Related Research Platform


Laboratory of Kinetic Objects

LoKO is a new initiative, funded in large measure by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, that engages with the development of the Arts of movement.

Related News


KINESIS: Of Moving and Being Moved

Between July 6th and July 10th 2019, the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects (LoKO) at the CHR hosted a colloquium on Subject/Object relations, in an ongoing exploration of Animation, Animism, Thing Theory, the Subject and the Object, Puppetry Arts and performance.

Kronos: Southern African Histories 44

Missing and Missed: Subject, Politics, Memorialisation (Special Issue)

Pan Troglodyte to travel to the Université Paris

Professor Jane Taylor to present performance/lecture in November

Pan Troglodyte

A Performance by Jane Taylor, Tony Miyambo, and Terry Norton at the Centre for the Less Good Idea

Report of the Activities of the Chair of LoKO in the second quarter

LoKO (the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects) is immersed in a busy cycle of making and thinking.

Publication: Jane Taylor

William Kentridge: That Which is Not Remembered 

New Work by Ukwanda Puppetry Collective and LoKO

The CHR's artists in residence, the uKwanda puppetry group, is in rehearsal, working with director Thando […]

Report of the Activities of the Chair of LoKO in the first quarter

The most recent very significant threshold to note is that the Greatmore building in Woodstock, which will house the Laboratory of Kinetic Objects, has finally…

New Book by Jane Taylor: William Kentridge Being Led by the Nose

Jane Taylor