Andie Lloyd [she/he/they] is a queer [asexual/pan-romantic] + disabled [EDS & CPS] interdisciplinary artist and community advocate. She was born a settler of Irish and Welsh heritage on the unceded territory of the Qayqayt people, on the shores of the south bend of the Lhta Koh (in Dakelth language, or the Fraser River), colonially known as New Westminster, British Columbia. She was also raised on and pays thanks to the traditional lands of the We Wai Kai people (colonially referred to as Quadra Island). She is currently based in Vancouver, on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Territories.
Andie's artistic practice revolves around decolonial leftist ideology and therefore the principles of freedom of speech, self-determination, sovereignty and democracy. She encourages her community to investigate and find understanding of the systems of oppression and exploitation in a holistic and integrated way and recognise that our fights, against colonisation, neoliberalism, mass surveillance, police brutality are universal. From Canada to Hong Kong to India to Guatemala, our liberation is bound with one another, and cooperation, collective uprising, translation and intersectional recognition is our only way forward.
While her primary medium is light [whether from a projector or the sun] — Andie works in a myriad of capacities, including as a technical director, production manager, digital platform consultant, lighting technician, visual artist, writer and new media artist. Andie loves working with open-source and small softwares, and primarily utilises Isadora, created by Mark Coniglio. She was trained by Sammy Chien, with the helpful influences of Remy Siu, Milton Lim and the Troikatronix Community.
Andie studied Theatre Production at Studio 58 in Vancouver, with a focus on lighting design and production stage management, and graduated in 2017. She proceeded to work with the internationally-recognised interdisciplinary company known as Chimerik似不像 from 2018-2020. While working with the Collective, Andie worked on several significant projects including:
The Great Leap (Arts Club Theatre Company, 2019), Telepresence: a VR concert experience (Nancy Lee & Kiran Bhumber, presented at ISEA 2019 in Gwangju, Korea), Inheritance: a pick-the-path experience (Alley Theatre, 2020) and Crossing Mountains and Seas 穿越山海經 (Orchid Ensemble, Sammy Chien, Aeriosa Dance, Chengxin Wei).
Most recently, Andie has collaborated with filmmaker Anthony Lee in an innovative live-streamed excerpt of Christine Quintana's play Selfie. She has worked in venue coordination, technical direction and producing roles with rice & beans theatre during their 2021 season, including the creation of Made In Canada: an agricultural song cycle, and yellow objects, an installation tribute to Hong Kong Democracy. Her and Anthony Lee are currently the Co-Digital Technologists at Progress Lab 1422.
Andie's first solo work, Sleep Here Tonight 今天睡在這裡, is a short one-person play about finding yourself in Asia, but not the fun way. It's a biographical re-telling of the playwright's first trip to Taiwan, and all the ups, downs, struggles and coincidences along the way. Framed as a travel advice vlog, we learn a little history about the island, what not to do, and how to make the most out of your first adventure alone.
Andie is currently writing a play where she'll get to sing karaoke for two hours straight (KTV: a love letter to the music of Taiwan & Hong Kong), and a film where she'll get to play mahjong with her friends for a few days on camera (mahjong 麻將).
They are extremely passionate about creating ethical, strong, kind and healthy working relationships and environments. They are striving to spread the mindset of mindful, empathetic and low-stress ways of working.
Hasta la victoria siempre.