ABOUT THE ARTIST
PEI-based musician and performance artist Russell Louder has been hailed by VICE as “the Performance Artist Putting Eastern Canada’s Electronic Scene on the Map.” Russell Louder, age 21, is a genderqueer interdisciplinary artist based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Russell’s practice has naturally grown from durational and process-based roots of performative research. An autodidact— – their education continues to be a self-directed and self-funded pursuit, paired with the deep influences of their mentors and collaborators.
Their performance work is informed by both classical and contemporary physical theatre methodology, incorporating mechanisms of drag, costume, music, sound, movement and visual art. Through these vehicles, realms of eros, queer identity, celebration, objectification and abstraction are explored. Russell is also a multi-instrumentalist. They are currently signed to Montreal label: Unfulfillment Records and will be releasing an experimental 12″ vinyl EP in the coming winter.
Food for Thoughts: Humble Pie
Presented by Eyelevel
Victoria Park Cultural Pavilion
Thursday, September 21, 2018 - 11am - 2pm
For this talk, the artist will be making whipped cream as they engage in a discussion with attendees about their practice and critical examinations of whiteness and white supremacy. Following the discussion, Russell will stage a performance in response to several recent instances of white artists using the trauma of people of colour as subjects in their work, without being held responsible to these subjects or their histories, and, inevitably, conjuring more trauma for the depicted communities. Russell will read from a manifesto compiled of quotes from these artists as they respond to accusations of racism and cultural appropriation. Each time they recite the words I, Me, or Mine,Russell will be pied in the face with a plate of whipped cream.
For the first hour, the artist will make whipped cream with the attendees. Their performance will be held in the second hour. There will be a sandwich bar on site for attendees. This event will take place at the Cultural Pavilion in Victoria Park. The space is wheelchair accessible and there are two gender neutral bathrooms onsite.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:20pm - 2am
A cluster of maritime freakies transform Baba’s Lounge into the deepest depths of your dreamiest dreams. Wear your weirdness. Costumes encouraged. Curated by PEI-based musician and performance artist, Russell Louder. Be in the Glam Cave.