Warren Arcand lives and works in Vancouver, where his artistic output includes performance art, film and video, theatre and text based work. He has taught performance art at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design; was the Artistic Director of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, and also ran a video post production company, where he worked on or was associated with dozens of projects, from loops for installations to feature length documentaries; and has worked in broadcast television.
His past performance pieces include Six Gun Sufi (cowboy ballads and sexdeath mysticism); Surgery (hermaphrodism as a metaphor for Abo identity); Flamingo Killer (a ‘based-on-a-true-story’ performance featuring a suburban kid and his grisly abreaction to behaviour modifying drugs); and Superchannel (audience members received wireless headsets giving them access to 7 channels of selectable audio where they could mix their own ‘soundtrack’ for Warren’s simple performance task of ‘making eye contact’).
The Bush Inside: Cheryl L’Hirondelle Undresses ‘Nehayiwin’ with êkâya-pâhkaci (Don’t Freeze Up!) at the Toronto Free Gallery
Essay by Warren Arcand about the 2008 performance, êkâya-pâhkaci: “L’Hirondelle’s work is guided, informed, expressive of, illustrative of, translation for, involved in, and engaged with Nehayiwin, which may be roughly translated as ‘Cree world view.'”