Emily Orley is a London-based artist, researcher and educator, whose work includes performance, video, installation and hybrid modes of writing. She is interested in exploring ideas to do with memory, maintenance and enchantment, as well as the un-fixing of time, heritage and place. Always open to new forms of experimentation, she is endlessly inspired by lively discussions, new encounters, and unlikely assemblages.
As a practitioner-researcher, she is a firm believer in breaking down the false binaries that separate practice and theory, making and thinking and writing about making. At the moment, Orley works an Associate Lecturer at the Wimbledon College of Arts, is on the editorial Board for Creative Critical, and also has the privilege of teaching English as an Additional Language to women in her local community. Until recently she was Reader in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton, where she worked for 17 years. Long-term collaborators include artists Katja Hilevaara and Elinor Brass. She has degrees from the Wimbledon School of Art and Cambridge and Roehampton Universities and trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris.
Imagination is what makes us absolutely free and, by extension, absolutely responsible.