Natalie Doonan is a multimedia and performance artist, writer and educator. Her work focuses on making things public, food and the senses, and the vitality of places. She creates polyvocal stories about the connections between taste and place, using immersive technologies and tasting events to encourage public participation. Her multimedia installations and performances use recordings of locals in a given place talking about their cooking and eating practices, alongside expert voices such as chefs, biologists, historians and food producers. Her methodology addresses timely issues of global concern by focusing on specific local foods with widespread connections to international trade, colonial-capitalism, and migration, as well as urban, forest and ocean ecologies.
Natalie is founder of the SensoriuM, a performance art platform that features artist-led tours and tastings. Her work has been shown in the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the LIVE Performance Art Biennale, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Montréal’s Elektra Festival and BIAN, Nuit Blanche and Art Souterrain. Natalie’s work toured Canada and Europe in 2015-2016 as part of Performigrations: People Are the Territory, a collaborative international mobile art installation. Her writing has appeared in Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, The Senses & Society, and the International Journal of Sustainability. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. Humanities from Concordia University, where she specialized in sensory studies, cultural geography and performance studies.