Conor Wylie is a performer, writer, and director creating experimental theatre. He lives and works in Vancouver, BC, located on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied traditional lands of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) nations.
Alongside Nancy Tam and Daniel O’Shea, he runs A Wake of Vultures, a performance collective working across sonic, visual, and theatrical disciplines. Conor regularly collaborates with Theatre Replacement, Hong Kong Exile, and many members of Vancouver’s esteemed Progress Lab consortium.
In recent years, science-fiction and videogame aesthetics have figured prominently in his works. He co-wrote and performed Visitors from Far Away to the State Machine with Hong Kong Exile, about two aliens on an erotic honeymoon to Earth, performed live on webcams and featuring animations inspired by several generations of videogame graphics. He also collaborated on Theatre Replacement’s MINE, a cinematic performance investigating mythical, pop-culture, and personal stories of mothers and sons, performed in the sandbox videogame Minecraft. His works have played across Canada at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, The Cultch, Music on Main, Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver), Uno Festival (Victoria), Summerworks (Toronto), and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Yukon), and toured around Iceland, the UK, and Hong Kong.
In 2017, he was selected as the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist by Marcus Youssef. In 2019, he was chosen as the Siminovitch Prize Protégé by his dear mentors James Long and Maiko Yamamoto. In 2021, Conor will join the writing team of a new videogame studio called sunset visitor 斜陽過客.
K BODY AND MIND
K BODY AND MIND follows a genetically augmented security officer named Kawabi who fights to protect her experimental body-share collective, The Grove, from a hostile entity that is colonizing their bodies and minds. Envisioned as a wild cyberpunk epic squeezed into a minimalist theatrical container, with dissociated but interlocking tracks of movement, sound, and visuals, like a radio-play overlaid on a silent film.
K BODY AND MIND is the second project to be commissioned for T/R’s COLLIDER Residency, a program built around PushOFF to foster artistic practice among Vancouver performance-makers.
K BODY AND MIND was initially conceived as an experimental performance, with dissociated but interlocking tracks of sound, light, and choreography, like a radio-play overlaid on a silent film. It blends the maximalist cyberpunk and anime aesthetics of films like Ghost in the Shell, AKIRA, or The Matrix, with the type of off-kilter minimalist performance seen in a Richard Maxwell play, or a David Lynch movie. It’s a strange and mesmerizing convergence, performed by two bodies in a 100-year-old theatre. A 3-episode miniseries version of K BODY AND MIND will be be available on kbodyandmind.com from March 6-14, 2021.
Photos by Daniel O’Shea