b. 1972, Canada
Shannon Cochrane is a Toronto-based performance artist. Her work has been presented in museums, galleries and festivals across Canada and in twenty countries around the world. Shannon’s practice is mainly concerned with performing the tension between process and strategy, and context and perception. Kinks include problematizing authorship and just about anything that leans on repetition. She’s also a Form Queen who is deeply committed to humour.
Over the last 25 years, Shannon has contributed to the development of a national performance art ecology through curating, programming, producing, fundraising, advocating and supporting performance artists and their work for a variety of artist-run organizations and independent platforms. Shannon is a founding member, co-organizer and co-curator of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (established in 1997 in Toronto). She has been the Artistic + Administrative Director of FADO Performance Art Centre since 2007.
In Silent Dinner, a group of 13 people set up a rudimentary kitchen and then prep, cook and eat a dinner in shared silence, without communicating in their language of origin, in front of the attending audience. The performers are a mix of Deaf, hearing and one CoDA.
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’.