Kenneth Collins (born 1975) is an American artist who works in performance, film, and sculpture. He is best known for his work with Temporary Distortion, a contemporary art and performance collective he formed in New York City in 2002 to explore the tensions and overlaps existing between the practices of visual art, theater, cinema, and music.
He continually works across disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums, and works for the stage that have been shown in over 25 cities in Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States.
Essays discussing his work have been published in American Theater Magazine, Chance Magazine, Yale’s Theater, NYU’s The Drama Review, Queen Mary University’s Contemporary Theatre Review, UCSD’s TheatreForum, and others. His work is also examined in the books: Every Leader is an Artist, Media Archaeology and Intermedial Performance: Deep Time of the Theatre, Theatre Today, Performance & Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field, and Utopii performative: Artisti Radicali ai Scenei Americane in Secolul 21 (Performative Utopias: Radical Artists on the American 21st Century Stage). Collins’s plays and writing on the arts have been published in Chance Magazine, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Yale’s Theater, and UCSD’s TheatreForum.
Kenneth has spent the past eight years studying meditation and compassion-based practices with a variety of teachers, as a part of his focus on integrating the contemplative arts into contemporary performance. He has served as a volunteer at Tibet House US and The Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in New York City. He will also be certified later this year to teach mindfulness meditation by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through a two-year training program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices. His teaching certification will be awarded through the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley.