Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation based practice. They have exhibited work both in Canada and internationally, and have participated in residencies throughout Canada, in Europe and in the US. Sheppard’s artistic research reflects their background in critical theory and social activism. They are interested in languages, both as systems of notation and communication, as well as systems that structure and enact power. By looking to authoritative texts like taxonomies, environmental data, diagnostic criteria, and government policy, their work attempts to make these systems and structures of power legible. Using processes of metaphor, translation, semiotic shift, and close reading, their work is evidenced through written, graphic and visual scores. The performance of these scores often leads them to collaborate with communities and with other artists, including musicians, visual artists and performing artists.