Francesco Gagliardi is a performance artist, historian of performance, and filmmaker based in New York City. He has been working internationally as an actor, director and performance artist for over a decade. In 2000 he translated, directed, and performed in the rst Italian production of Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights. Programs of his work were recently presented in Los Angles (The Wulf, December 2008), Berlin (Miss Micks, January 2009), Torino, Italy (quindicifebbraio, June 2009), and New York City (Ontological-Hysteric Theater, September 2009). He is currently working on a series of invisible performances of mental tasks, and on a video series exploring the performative aspects of translation. He is writing about the photographic documentation of performance art in the 1960s and 70s, and researching the work of Stuart Sherman. He holds a BPhil from Oxford University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Turin.