Shannon Cochrane

Live performance Performance for Triple Decker (solo) (2014)

 Shannon Cochrane, Performance Festival Performance (Lecture) (2011). Photograph by Joan Casellas.

Shannon Cochrane, Performance Festival Performance (Lecture) (2011). Photograph by Joan Casellas.


Shannon Cochrane is a performance artist based in Toronto, Canada. In her performance work she strives 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. Her 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. Cochrane is the current Artistic and Administrative Director of FADO Performance Art Centre and is a founding member, co-organizer and co-curator of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK 2014, Cochrane presents the live performance Performance for Triple Decker (solo) (2014) and participate in a roundtable. In Performance For Triple Decker (solo), an everyday ritual repeated in a cycle of trios projects time as both stretched and compressed. Meanwhile, the action repeats and literally eats itself, in a representation of the unavoidable process of degeneration that both necessitates and accompanies the nature of the performance itself. Lastly, Performance for Triple Decker (solo) offers a conceptual proposition, where the discourse about the artwork is disseminated at the same time the performance is being created.


Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre.