Every house has a door was formed in 2008 by Lin Hixson, director, and Matthew Goulish, dramaturge, to convene project-specific teams of specialists, including emerging as well as internationally recognized artists. Drawn to historically or critically neglected subjects, Every house creates performances in which the subject remains largely absented from the finished work. The performances distil and separate presentational elements into distinct modes – recitation, installation, movement, music – to grant each its own space and time, and inviting the viewer to assemble the parts in duration, after the fact of the performance, to rediscover the missing subject. Works include Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never. (2009) in response to the work of Yugoslavian filmmaker Dušan Makavejev, Testimonium (2013) a collaboration with the band Joan of Arc in response to Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony poems, and the on-going project 9 Beginnings based on local performance archives.
Matthew Goulish is dramaturge and occasional performer for Every house has a door which he co-founded in 2008 with Lin Hixson. His books include 39 Microlectures – in proximity of performance (Routledge, 2000), The Brightest Thing in the World – 3 lectures from The Institute of Failure (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and Work from Memory, in collaboration with the poet Dan Beachy-Quick (Ahsahta Press, 2012). He was awarded a Lannan Foundation Writers Residency in 2004. He received an honorary doctorate from Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth in 2007, and shared a Foundation for Contemporary Art fellowship with Hixson in 2014. His essays have appeared most recently in Art Journal, The Drama Review, and the books Support Networks, in the Chicago Social Practice History Series (School of the Art Institute of Chicago/University of Chicago Press, 2014), Performing Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Beckett and Musicality (Ashgate, 2014). He teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lin Hixson is director of Every house has a door, a performance group she co-founded in 2008. She was director of the performance group Goat Island (1987 – 2009). She was awarded the United States Artists Ziporyn Fellowship in 2009, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts fellowship in 2014. She received an honorary doctorate from Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth in 2007. She has received fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council, and the Chicago Dancemakers’ Forum. Her writing has been published in the journals Poetry, The Drama Review, and Performance Research; and included in the anthologies Live – Art and Performance; Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History; and (with her drawings) Manifesto Now!: Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics. She is co-curator of performance at Chicago’s Sector 2337. She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in 1980. She is Full Professor of Performance at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.