Shannon Cochrane

Performance for Repeating Loop, Grim Museum, Berlin Germany, May 16, 2012

Photo by Laura Gianetti


Shannon Cochrane is a Toronto-based artist and performer. Her performance work has been presented in galleries, at theatre and performance art festival events in Toronto, Montréal, Halifax and Vancouver, and internationally in China, Chilé, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. Shannon is a founding member, co-curator and organizer of the 7a*11 International Festival of Performance Art, is currently the Artistic + Administrative Director of FADO Performance Art Centre, and is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Total Art Journal, an on-line magazine focusing on performance and live art practices.

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In my performance work I strive to engage reflexively with the audience, strategically with humour, and methodically with material to create situations and images that are concerned with the formal presentation of art action, the aesthetics of social interaction, and the investigation of authorship, repertoire and the archive in the practice of performance art itself. Recent performances include Performance for Prepared Invisible Table (2011), an action collage created using a table setting for 10 people, repetitive household gestures and the body to illustrate invisibility, and to mimic fleeting images remembered from performance and the everyday in a series of actions that appear and disappear in the exact same moment. Performance for Repeating Loop (2012) is a conceptual performance in three sections presented to the audience in reverse order, starting from the end of the performance and finishing at the beginning. This performance is a formal investigation of repetition in performance art, and an attempt to crate a live action in which the audience is forced to project their own mental image of the “proper” version of the performance onto the actual one they are experiencing.

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