Shannon Cochrane is a Toronto based performance artist. Her 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, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. Shannon is a founding member, co-curator and organizer of the 7a*11 International Festival of Performance Art (www.7a-11d.ca), is currently the Director of FADO Performance Art Centre (www.performanceart.ca), and is a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Total Art Journal (www.totalartjournal.com), an on-line magazine focusing on performance and live art practices.
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. My most recent performances are collages created using everyday materials, gestures, and the body, to illustrate invisibility, and trace objects and map phenomenon that are not actually there. The intent is to mimic fleeting images familiar from performance and remembered from the everyday, in a singular action or series of actions that appear and disappear in the exact same moment.