Paul Couillard has been working as an artist, curator, and performance art scholar since 1985. He has created well over 300 performance works in 26 countries, often with his husband and collaborator, Ed Johnson. Couillard was the Performance Art Curator for FADO from 1993 until 2007, and is a founding co-curator of 7a*11d. Recurrent areas of research include site-responsiveness, building community, and addressing trauma through explorations of our bodies as shared vessels of sensation, experience, knowledge and spirit. He is the editor of the monograph series Canadian Performance Art Legends, and has been a lecturer at McMaster University and the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. His dissertation offers an interdisciplinary recuperation of presence from the perspective of a thinking body, integrating insights from continental philosophy, popular neuroscience, and interactive performance art practices.