Paul Couillard has been working as a queer artist, curator, and performance art scholar since 1985. He has created well over 300 performance works in 26 countries, often with his husband and collaborator, Ed Johnson. Paul was the Performance Art Curator for FADO from 1993 until 2007, and is a founding co-curator of 7a*11d. His main areas of interest include site-responsiveness, building community, and addressing trauma through explorations of our bodies as shared vessels of sensation, experience, knowledge and spirit. He is the editor of the monograph series Canadian Performance Art Legends, and has been a lecturer at McMaster University and the University of Toronto Scarborough. He recently completed a doctorate through the York Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. His dissertation Rethinking Presence with a Thinking Body: Intra-active Relationality and Animate Form offers a meditation on presence from the perspective of a thinking body, integrating insights from continental philosophy, popular neuroscience, and interactive performance art practices.
Duorama (Paul Couillard & Ed Johnson)
Starting with Duorama #114 presented in the context of the Rhubarb Festival (where it is rumoured Paul and Ed met for the very first time), FADO hosts a total of six new Duorama performances between February and September.
Happy 20th Anniversary to US!
SHUT UP is a series of 10 outdoor performances dealing with the themes of incarceration and wrongful imprisonment – literally, the state of being ‘shut up’.
Trace Elements by Paul Couillard
The twelfth and final performance in the TIME TIME TIME series.
Performance event presented as a satellite event of Le Lieu’s Rencontre internionale d’art performance et multimédia.
Regarding Affect: Wind Doesn’t Blow Branches by Mimi Nakajima
Mimi Nakajima’s performance Wind doesn’t blow branches was
presented as part of FADO’s International Visiting Artist series (2002) in conjunction with the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.