© Paul Couillard. Duorama #129 (performance with Ed Johnson), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, 2020. Photo Fausto Luna.
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.
A Score of Scores
In this series, 10 artists perform the interpretation of a performance score, written for them by an artist of their own choosing.
10 artists. 10 score writers.
A score is an old term for 20.
A score of scores.
Partners in life and art, Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson have worked together on the performance art series Duorama since 2000.
Between February ad September, FADO hosts seven new Duorama performances, 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).
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.
Everyday life words in progress’s over-the-shoulder perspective and discourse with objects
Everyday life words in progress’s hybrid, process-oriented structure offers a useful model for considering some basic questions related to performance art methods, dialogues, and audience expectations, particularly around using the artist’s body as a “material” in an artwork, and how this can differ from traditional performing arts approaches.
Article by Paul Couillard
Remembering Tari Ito
Tari Ito was a Japanese performance artist, organizer, and activist whose work was featured in events across Asia, Europe and North America. She died earlier this year after a ten-year struggle with ALS—an enormous challenge for an artist whose practice was so intensely focused on body movement. She was greatly loved and respected, and many of us mourn her passing.
Memorial text by Paul Couillard
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.
Article by Paul Couillard
Eyewitness Account: Appreciating The Chakras by Linda Montano
Linda Montano’s performance Appreciating The Chakras was one in a 12-month series of durational performance art works by artists from the UK, US and Canada.
Eyewitness Account by Paul Couillard
Five Holes: Touched
Five Holes: Touched is the second in a series of performances dealing with the five senses. For Touched, artists are using the nooks and crannies of Symptom Hall to create performance installations that explore aspects of touch and our attitudes surrounding it.
Curatorial Statement by Paul Couillard