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T Braun

2021 – Present – PhD Student in the Humanities, Concordia University  


2015 – MFA, Interdisciplinary Art, Montclair State University


2011 –BFA with Honours, Studio Art, University of Manitoba


T Braun is an interdisciplinary artist who creates virtual worlds, drag performances, and interactive installations that challenge binary notions of gender. Their Ph.D. work explores the rich intersections of queer embodiment and VR, a concept they call Virtual Queerality. They are collaborating with trans and non-binary communities in the social VR platform VRChat to build a web VR archive where gender non-conforming people can share their stories, explore new means of virtual embodiment, and envision speculative futures.

Presentations of Research-Creation


2023   Collaborative World Building: Co-creation and Social Engagement in Art and Art Education | Angewandte University of Applied Arts | Vienna, Austria | Presentation: Participatory Research and Collaborative Practices in Social VR


2023   Inhabiting the planet: Challenges for media, communication, and beyond, organized by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) | Lyon, France | Presentation: Virtual Queerality: Building Speculative Futures Through Virtual Reality


2023   Art Forum lecture series | Montclair State University | Montclair. NJ | Presentation: Welcome to VRChat


2022   Scenographies of Site-Writing & Critical Spatial Practices Across the Americas, organized by Hemispheric Encounters | Concordia University | Montreal, QC | “Queer Digital Practices” Panel Presentation: Building Speculative Futures Through Virtual Reality 


2022   9th Emerging Ethical Scholars Symposium, organized by The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling | Concordia University | Montreal, QC | “Subversive Practices” Panel Presentation: Virtual Queerality: Conducting Field Work in Queer Social VR


2021   The New School for Social Research’s Anthropology & Design Conference | The New School | NYC, NY | Presentation: dermis: An Interactive VR Archive of Skin Stories


2021   De/Reconstructing Gender Through Visual Art, Public Lecture | Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art | Winnipeg, MB


2021   Brighton Digital Festival: Subverting Archives and Digital Spaces | University of Sussex | Brighton, England | Presentation: Embracing the Glitch in Queer Virtual Embodiment


2021   Institute of Visual Communication Digital Conference: Artists at the Digital Border | Institute of Visual Communication | Beirut, Lebanon | Presentation: Virtual Queerality: Liminal Digital Queerness



Selected Exhibition + Performance History


2022   Villain Edit | Club Cumming | Manhattan, NY

2022   Metaternity | Practice Gallery | Philadelphia, PA

2022   Mythos | The Diving Bell | Montreal, QC

2022   Confluence: Tradition in Contemporary Art | Sichuan Arts Institute | Chongqing, China

2022   Pink Lines: Enacting the Translocal | Queer Summer Institute | York University | Digital Cabaret

2021   Life is Drag | The Cell Theater | NYC, NY

2021   Exponential Festival | The Brick Theater | Brooklyn, NY

2021   In 7 Experimental Video Residency and screening | Gardenship Art Center | Kearny, NJ

2020   Memories of the year 2030 | Walker Art Center |  Minneapolis, MS

2019   Lupercalia | Talon Bar | Brooklyn, NY

2019   SalON! | Vital Joint | Brooklyn, NY

2017   Crossing the Line | Eastern Mennonite University | Harrisonburg, VA

2016   Who From Below video installation | Catharine Clark Gallery | San Francisco, CA

2016   Ecohack 2016: The Temple of Taste and Remembrance |  presented aboard SWALE: floating edible food forest | Brooklyn, NY

2015   Out of the Ash | Glasshouse LifeArtLab | Brooklyn, NY

2014   Nuit Blanche 2014: Reheading | La Petite Mort Gallery | Ottawa, ON

2013   My Winnipeg | Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art | Winnipeg, MB


Publications + Press


2023. Protopian Glitching in Social VR | Cronos Journal | Queer/cuir Constellations and transmedia circulations in the Americas: Aesthetic Practises and Performative Dimension 


2021   Virtual Queerality | Take Shape Magazine | Cyberspace Issue | January 2021.


2019   Ridgewood-Based Canadian takes on American Politics through Drag Performance | Bushwick Daily | October 25, 2019.


Art Collectives + Curatorial Work


2022 – Co-curator for The Coop: A HEN Hangout | Hemispheric Encounters

2019 – 2021 Drag/Genderf*ck Curator at The Brick Theater

2017 – 2021 Member of AWFUL Wrestling performance collective

2015 – 2020 Founding member of Asylos performance art collective

2015 – Co-founder of sacra performance duo (with Ayodamola Okunseinde)