The Performance of Everything | Workshop with Lauren Marsden

Sat 28 Jul 2018 3–5PM

As part of the exhibition currently on view at Access Gallery, Feathers, Ether, Sand, Speech, artist Lauren Marsden is offering a one-time workshop, which will briefly explore the histories and techniques associated with performance art and its documentation. During the workshop, participants will discuss a range of contemporary art practices that use movement, drawing, photography, voice, and text to embody and record performance, and will be guided through a collaborative and hands-on exercise in performance documentation.

No prior experience necessary. All are welcome. Space is limited, so please RSVP at

Feathers, Ether, Sand, Speech is on display from June 16 – August 4, 2018. Curated by Whitney Brennan and featuring works by Elizabeth Milton, Lauren Marsden and Sydney Southam


Lauren Marsden is a Trinidadian-Canadian artist, teacher, and editor. Her work studies the nature of performance and explores the ways a performative act can be documented and re-circulated, often in relation to contentious and complex sites and landscapes. She experiments with directorial and script-writing techniques that interweave performance and site, allowing one to inform the other within the production of films, videos, gifs, and photographs. At the core of her practice is a fascination with collaboration and improvisation across disciplines, and she has worked with many creative professionals, including actors, dancers, voice artists, costume makers, a court illustrator, a police sketch artist­, and an auctioneer. She has presented her work at galleries and film festivals in Canada, the United States, Italy, Mexico, and Trinidad & Tobago. She holds an MFA from the California College of the Arts and currently teaches at Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in the fields of media arts, performance art, and critical writing. She is the editor of Decoy Magazine, an arts publication based in Vancouver, BC.