Tony Allard is a performance artist, electronic media artist, writer and teacher. He taught performance and installation and related courses and workshops at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1989 to 1997. In 1997 Allard moved to San Diego where he now lives and works. He currently teaches digital media and theory courses at California State University, San Marcos, and has been a Visiting Instructor at the University of California, San Diego.
Allard 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 (BNMI) in Banff, Canada; he also served as a Peer Advisor at the 2010 Interactive Screen: The Makers, an annual new media summit held at the BNMI. In 2005, Allard collaborated with video artist, Kristine Diekman, on “Future_Gen”, a video and drawing installation in the Peter Paul Luce Gallery on the Cornell College Campus in Mount Vernon, Iowa. His most recent drawing and video installation, Drawing_in_the_Media_Stream_Belfast, was exhibited at the 2009 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), in Belfast Ireland. In 1996 Allard began making single channel video tapes which have been screened internationally. Some of these tapes include Corpse and Mirror, Ship of FooLs, and From Here To L.A.
Allard has done numerous performances in the United States, and he is currently developing a cinematic opera entitled “The Peoples’ Opera, ‘Wouldn’t you?’”. This project chronicles his efforts in 1996 to get the writer William S. Burroughs’ DNA sequenced and a more recent attempt to create a transgenic mutation/mutant with his DNA. Through the use of various operatic conventions, drawing, animation, video, audience participation and biological materials, the opera will engage the audience in speculating on the role that mutation will play in the survival of genomic diversity on this planet. Current developments in the project include sequencing Burroughs’ ‘beat scat’ DNA and completing a suite of songs, drawings and animations about the mutants that appear in Burroughs’ novels—particularly in Cities of the Red Night.