Lou Sheppard, A Strong Desire: Syntactic Movement, performance documentation at Audain Gallery, October 9, 2019. Photo: Rachel Topham Photography Ltd.

Performance: A Strong Desire: Syntactic Movement by Lou Sheppard

Wednesday, October 9, 6pm
Audain Gallery

This performance prefaces the opening of Relations of Responsibility, at the Audain Gallery, which will follow from 7 – 9pm.

Lou Sheppard translates the criteria for gender dysphoria from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders into dance. A Strong Desire: Syntactic Movement moves between languages — that of the diagnostic text and that of the movement score — foregrounding Sheppard's capacity to exert agency, through performance, on these otherwise static forms.

Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation-based practice. Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi'Kmaq territory / Nova Scotia.