Ryan Danny Owen

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


Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow

Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow is a durational lip-syncing performance to the solo record, Mr. Bad Guy by Farrokh Bulsara, better known by his stage name, Freddie Mercury. Known for his flamboyant stage persona and his exten­sive vocal range, Mercury is remembered as an immortal icon. Before his death in 1991, due to complications from AIDS only a few days after publicly acknowledging his HIV status, it was requested by him that his final resting place remain a secret even to his close family. Despite continu­ous public efforts to find Freddie’s grave, its location has remained a mystery to this day. During this performance the artist lip-syncs the record and performs for the audience, however the music isn’t played from speakers but instead plays only in the headphones of the performer. The sound leaks from the headphones changing the booming energy of the music into a whisper. Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow challenges the silence of the memorial and ac­tivates as a temporary monument, questioning the duality of a cover, as in to re-perform or re-record as well as to protect or to conceal.



Ryan Danny Owen’s work responds to questions of identity, loss, desire, and emotion through the use of performance and various media, including music, found photographs and pornography. He examines his body existing within the context of queer genealogy and challenges the idea of coming after. His work is an act of cruising through a queer time and enacts a radical potential to deny the end of a timeline and curve it into a circle. Their work has been presented across Canada including IKG LIVE 2 and at Toronto Artscape Gibraltar Point. Later this year he is presenting an experimental residency project, Come Find Me, at Calgary Arts Commons exploring the queer present, past, and future of Calgary.