Oraison H. Larmon is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Their academic interests revolve around archives, records, and bodies within the context of visual art performance. Through archival studies and performance studies, Larmon’s research examines how bodies as records enact broader archival discourses.
Previously, Larmon worked in the archives at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University. They helped to establish the physical archive and library at the institute, comprising performance art materials from across the Americas.
Larmon also worked as an assistant curator at Bobst Library, assisting with appraisal and preservation for the permanent collections in the Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library.
They are co-curator with Martha Wilson of Franklin Furnace: Performance & Politics (2018). This online collection represents the historical, cultural, and political legacy of Franklin Furnace Archive. Other curatorial projects include the event Performing the Archive (2013), the full-scale exhibition Desperate Archives (2014), and the performance program for the Radical Archives Conference (2014).
Larmon is the author and editor of Franklin Furnace: Performance & Politics (HemiPress, 2018). Their research addressing the practical, theoretical, and methodological challenges of archiving performance art has been presented at The New School, Pratt Institute, and New York University, among other institutions. Recently, Larmon was awarded a fellowship from the University of California, Los Angeles, to conduct oral histories with artists who archive performance through embodied recordkeeping practices.