Artist Tony Allard
California State University, San Marcos
Tony Allard is a performance artist, writer, and teacher who works from a transmedia perspective. From 1989 to 1997 Allard taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 1997 Allard moved to San Diego where he now teaches at California State University, San Marcos.
Allard is currently working on a speculative/hybrid media project, entitled mutate or die. This project will chronicle Allard’s failed attempt in 1996 to get the writer William Burroughs’ DNA sequenced, and his current collaborative attempt with the artist, Adam Zaretsky, to once again engage Burroughs’ genetic material--this time in a speculative experiment to create a transgenic mutation.
Allard's past work has addressed such issues as the precipitous replacement of human vision with machine vision, and the use of new media as a hyper retrospection device to invoke cultural and personal myths, memories and histories. He has produced live radio and internet broadcast performances in Japan, Europe, Canada and the United States. In June of 2009, Allard was in residence at the Almost Perfect Residency program at the Banff New Media Institute in Banff, Canada. His most recent drawing and Internet-based installation, Drawing_in_the_Media_Stream_Belfast, was exhibited at the 2009 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), in Belfast Ireland.