Bryan Markovitz works at the intersection of performance, science, and material culture. Through Brown’s Open Graduate Education Program, he is also completing a secondary masters degree in Cultural Anthropology.
His dissertation topic focuses on the theatricality of replicas and facsimiles in the present-day conservation of cultural heritage, where the scientific logic of an experimental system interacts with the aesthetic semblance of theatre. What happens, he asks, when digital replicas allow us to merge reality with fiction, the past with the present, and the one with the many? His case studies include the scientific restoration of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, the precision-manufactured facsimiles of Egyptian tombs by Factum Arte, and the burgeoning world of agent-based modeling in archaeology.
Bryan has a professional background in directing experimental performance and designing exhibits for museums. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from Brown University, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University. Prior to returning to academia, Bryan worked at ESI Design in New York City. In 1997, he co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon-based performance and media ensemble.