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Leigh Kotsilidis is a poet and intermedia artist who creates experimental participatory theatre, performance art, installation, scientific study, poetry, and stop-motion animation. Generally interested in knowledge production and how we arrive at meaning in the face of a dominating discourse of uncertainty, Kotsilidis uses prevalent scientific theories and understandings as her starting point. Through the reframing of the familiar—whether via visual, written, or aural—Kotsilidis strives to provoke new, informed, and critical ways of thinking about the intersections of science, nature, and humanity, as they relate to the choices we make in our personal lives and as citizens.
Throughout Kotsilidis's career, she has carried out several key projects at the intersection of literary and intermedia arts and science. She has written two books of poetry, Hypotheticals (Coach House Books, 2011) and Some of Us May Live (forthcoming); as well as created participatory installation and performance artworks, Lady Into Fox, Rare Birds, and Real Time, among others. She has also made work in collaboration with poet, Linda Besner; filmmaker, Carlos Ferrand; and media artists Amy Chartrand and, most recently, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Her solo and collaborative works have showcased at the Red Path Museum and Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montreal; SummerWorks and Canadian Stage in Toronto; HEK (Haus der Elektronischen Künste) and Wilde Gallery in Basel, Switzerland; Untitled Art Fair in Miami; Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco; and at the Louvre in Paris.
Also passionate about community-building she creates, directs, and curates projects focused on shaping unique experiences that generate safe spaces for open dialogue and meaningful relations. Currently, these projects include General Audience and Rocket Science Room.
Kotsilidis lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) on unceded Kanien'kehá:ka territory. She holds an MFA from Concordia University in Studio Arts, Intermedia (2013), and a BA with Honours from York University in Anthropology and Creative Writing (2005).