Ms Gabriella Daris

Research project: Radical Instruction: Yoko Ono's Instructionalization and Counter-Institutionalization


This research project provides a historico-ontological art-critical account of Yoko Ono's art to argue that it at once maintains a resistance to established modes of artistic autonomy and sustains its critical social function. Examined within the context of the post-war political climate, artistic debates and socio-historical grounds of the 1960s, which Ono rebelled against through a unique re-working of modernist art, in tandem with the ontological break and linguistic turn of the time, the research explicates how Ono problematized formal, structural and ontological characteristics of traditional media, on the one hand, and utilized traditional social mediations on the other, to question the notion of authority in the institutional and social context of art and redefine the art and economic system's notion of production and distribution. In doing so, the project theorizes Ono's method of ‘instructionalization' as a method of dialectical reversal and a practice of critical reflection and individual, institutional and societal reform to demonstrate its significance as a model for an ontological analysis of Conceptual Art.


I am an art and dance historian, critic, and curator. Formerly an art, dance and film critic at Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters, I publish broadly across academic and curatorial readership on the intersection between art, philosophy and psychoanalysis. Solo exhibitions I have curated include YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR... (2019); Liliane Lijn: Early Events, Five Narrative Sculptures (2017); Gustav Metzger: Dancing Tubes Interventions (2015), and Yoko Only: P.J. van Sandwijk's Photographs of The Plastic Ono Band (2014 & 2013). I am the convenor of the 1st Yoko Ono International Symposium (University of Cambridge/Anglia Ruskin University, 2019). To date, my research and curatorial projects have been supported by the Henry Moore Foundation; Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; Emily Harvey Foundation and British Society of Aesthetics.

Areas of research interest

  • Early German Romanticism
  • Frankfurt School
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Philosophical Art Criticism
  • Conceptual Art


  • MRes in Humanities & Cultural Studies, The London Consortium, University of London
  • MA (Hons) in Dance Writing & Criticism, University of Chichester/Sadler's Wells Theatre
  • BA (Hons) in the History of Art & Literature, Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence, Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor Certificate, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Certificate, Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
  • Advanced Certificate in Classical Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)

Funding or awards received

  • Waseda University - Visiting Research Fellowship (2022)
  • Kingston University GRS - Activity Fund (2021)
  • Kingston University GRS - Activity Fund (2020)
  • Henry Moore Foundation - Curatorial Grant (2019)
  • British Society of Aesthetics - Travel Stipend (2018)
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation - Curatorial Grant (2018)
  • Emily Harvey Foundation - Visiting Research Fellowship (2018)


Daris, Gabriella (2017) Liliane Lijn: Early Events, Five Narrative Sculptures. Edinburgh: Summerhall. 16pp. ISBN 978-1-9998109-0-0 (print)

Daris, Gabriella (2017) ‘Liliane Lijn's Fragments of Memories and The Fragmented Body'. Dispatch Feminist Moving Image, 6.08.17 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2017) ‘Anagnosis of Hysteria: Bibliothèque/Amphithéâtre/Shrine Charcot'. Performance Research (On Libraries) 2 (2), pp. 122-129. ISSN 1352-8165 (print)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Interview with Jean-Jacques Lebel: A Trip with the Beat Generation at Centre Pompidou'. Blouin Artinfo, 4.07.16 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Interview with Lucinda Childs on working with James Turrell and Philip Glass'. Blouin Artinfo, 04.01.16 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Cannes Review: Stèphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer'. Blouin Artinfo, 24.05.16 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Cannes Review: Kirill Serebrennikov's The Student'. Blouin Artinfo, 16.05.16 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Preview: Mapping Dance: The Scores of Anna Halprin at Museum of Performance + Design San Francisco'. Blouin Artinfo, 15.03.16 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Yoko Ono's Sky Piece to Jesus Christ at MAC Lyon'. Blouin Artinfo, 10.03.16 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Holy Corners Golf Club: Golf balling as foreplay'. Performance Research (On Game Structures) 21 (4), pp. 134-136. ISSN 352-8166 (print)

Daris, Gabriella (2015) ‘Concerning the spiritual in Jaakko Mattila's art' = ‘Über das Geistige in der Kunst von Jaakko Mattila'. Jaakko Mattila Made in Japan 2, Tokyo: youkobo art space, pp. 2-3. ISBN 978-4-9908274-1-0 (print)

Daris, Gabriella (2015) ‘Women Atlas', ‘In memoriam, Dame Zaha Hadid'. Global Women Project by Jennifer White Kuri. Los Angeles, U.S.A.: Artists Corner, pp. 2-8, pp. 304-305. (print)

Daris, Gabriella (2015) ‘Preview: Yoko Ono: From My Window at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo'. Blouin Artinfo, 01.11.15 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2015) ‘Review: The Melomania of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in "Bartók/Beethoven/Schönberg"'. Blouin Artinfo, 23.10.15 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2015) ‘Review: Decoding The Phantasmagoria of Wayne McGregor's Tree of Codes'. Blouin Artinfo, 15.09.15 (online)

Daris, Gabriella (2014) ‘The veil of ignorance or unveiling Yoko Ono's Cut Piece'. Scene: Critical Costume, Special Issue, Vol. 2 (1-2), pp. 133-145. ISSN 2044-3714 (print)

Daris, Gabriella, ed. (2013) Tarik Berber: Heterotopias of Time. London, U.K.: Square Knot. 23pp. (print)

Daris, Gabriella, ed. (2013) Kinetica Art Fair. London, U.K.: Kinetica Museum Press. 91pp. (print)

Emmanuel Rhoidis (2013) [1866] Pope Joan: The Female Pope, trans. Daris, Gabriella, Collete, Charles Hastings and Melville, Antony. London, U.K.: Atlas Press/The London Institute of Pataphysics, 63pp. ISBN 13:978-1-900565-19-6 (print)

Conference papers

Daris, Gabriella [Convenor], Osborne, Peter [Chair] (2019) YOKO ONO: LOOKING FOR…, 1st International Symposium on Yoko Ono, Downing College, University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, U.K., 3 October 2019.

Daris, Gabriella [Invited Talk] (2019) ‘Yoko Ono's Concept of Change'. Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, U.K., 19 October 2019.

Daris, Gabriella (2019) ‘The body of Christ qua the body of the cathedral: decoding the conceptual space of Michael Clark's Five Wounds', 21st International Congress of Aesthetics, 22-26 July 2019, Belgrade, Serbia.

Daris, Gabriella (2017) ‘Theatres of Air: Staging Metaphysics. Rousseau, Artaud, Klein, Ono', Theatricality and the Arts Symposium, University of Lancaster, UK, 23-24 September 2017.

Daris, Gabriella (2017) ‘Pausing the Dying or Posing for Death? Deciphering the Hieroglyphs in Evgenii Bauer's The Dying Swan', Death & the Maiden Conference, University of Winchester, U.K., 21-24 July 2017.

Daris, Gabriella (2016) ‘Breathing Space: Void and the Corporeality of Air in the Work of Gustav Metzger', 42nd Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, U.K., 7-9 April 2016.               

Daris, Gabriella (2015) ‘Dancing Tubes Interventions: Gustav Metzger and the Pythagorean Veil', Performance Studies international #21: Aural Lighthouses Symposium, Santozeum, Santorini, Greece, 19-20 May 2015.

Daris, Gabriella [Invited Talk] (2014) ‘Cut Piece: Yoko Ono and the Veil of Ignorance.' Housmans Radical Booksellers, London, U.K., 26 April 2014.

Daris, Gabriella [Invited Talk] (2012) ‘Danse Macabre: The Red Shoes versus Black Swan.' British Film Institute, London, UK, 29 January 2012.

Daris, Gabriella (2011) ‘Mother Earth Mediations: Turning Landscapes into Bodyscapes in Ana Mendieta's Silueta Series', Imagining Spaces/Imagining Places Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, 24-26 August 2011.