Mikiki Burino

Festivals: M:ST 9 Biennial | September 7 - October 7, 2018.



Saturday, October 6 | 9:00 PM | Theatre Junction Grand (Flanagan Theatre)

I fuck up. I want to fuck up. I mean I don’t want to fuck up, but I am drawn into it. So let’s explore that. NSA is both a theoretical study of fucking up and a somatic process of Authentic Movement that pulls lyrical elements from a deeper, unconscious place into a performance of ritualized instructions. This project is concerned with the complexities of bodily and mental self-ownership, the impacts and residue of sustained duration on self-efficacy, reflecting a disillusionment with the politic of radical social change and finding solace within acts of self-containment and interpersonal and self-reflexive connection in the now.


Mikiki (b. Black Duck Siding, Newfoundland 1978) is a performance and video artist and queer community activist of Acadian/ Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Newfoundland living in Toronto. Their work has been shown in artist-run centres, public galleries, performance festivals and self-produced interventions throughout Canada and internationally. They were past director of both Eastern Edge Gallery and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary. Mikiki has worked across the country as a sexuality educator in public schools with the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and as a bathhouse atten­dant, Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess, a Gay Men’s Outreach Worker, Harm Reduction Worker, and an HIV tester.


Photos courtesy of Mike Tan.