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Bill Shannon - President's Speaker Series OCAD University

Toronto, ON
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President's Speaker Series: Bill Shannon
6:30pm, Wednesday September 18, 2013

Bill Shannon was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1970. In 1975 he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he spent the remainder of his childhood and adolescence. In 1992 Shannon attended the The Art Institute of Chicago, earning a BFA in 1995. In 1996 Shannon moved to NYC and immersed himself in the art, dance and skate cultures of Brooklyn and Manhattan while expanding his performance work to multimedia video installations, group choreography and the theater arts.

Over the past two decades Shannon’s installations, performances, choreography and video work have been presented nationally and internationally at numerous venues, festivals and events including, Sydney Opera House, Tate Liverpool Museum, NYC Town Hall, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Holland Festival, Amsterdam, Temple Bar Dublin, Kiasma Museum Finland, Hirshhorn Museum and many more.

In 2005 Shannon moved his family back to his childhood home of Pittsburgh Pa to participate in his extended families urban farming project, Wild Red's Urban Farm. Shannon, as of 2011, performs publicly on a project by project basis while also working on a book project, video installation and other new media and green materials projects. Shannon continues the evolution of his technique of dance on crutches via spontaneous street skating sessions through the city to local spots with smooth tip surfaces.

This presentation is part of the Festival of the Body, which continues on September 19, 2013 from 4:30pm to 9pm at various OCAD University campus locations - Butterfield Park, the Great Hall, Learning Zone and OCAD U’s Auditorium.
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