Deirdre Logue

For the past 20 years, the film and video work of Canadian artist Deirdre Logue has focused on the self as subject. Using ‘performance for the camera’ as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety.

Logue has been prolific and steadfast in her engagement with the moving image and has subsequently produced upwards of 60 short films and videos as well as some of this country’s most celebrated video art installations including Enlightened Nonsense (1997-2000), ten hand- processed performance-based works about childhood worries; Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes (2003-2007), twelve works that are reflections on aging, breaking down and reparation; and her commissioned project, Id’s Its (2012), an ambitious suite of thirteen installations exploring the richness of our malfunctions and the power of the abject. Diving deep into the unconscious, Logue’s recorded performances are a tangle of fragmentation, doubt, perversion, duration, symbiosis, sexuality, and psychic unrest. Uniquely located on the golden mean between excess and deficiency, self-liberation and self-annihilation, her works are at once unruly and uncanny.

Deirdre Logue holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Kent State University. Solo exhibitions of her lm and video work have taken place at venues such as Open Space, Victoria; Oakville Galleries; the Berlin International Film Festival; Beyond/In Western New York, Buffalo; YYZ, Toronto; and articule, Montreal, with exhibitions at A Space Gallery, Gallery 44, and Tangled Art + Disability (all Toronto) as part of her 2017 Images Festival Spotlight.
Logue has contributed over twenty- ve years to working with artist-run organizations dedicated to media arts exhibition and distribution. She was a founding member of Media City Film Festival, Windsor; the Executive Director of the Images Festival, Toronto; Executive Director of the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC); founding member of the Media Arts Network
of Ontario (MANO); and is currently the Development Director at Vtape.
She is a champion of artist rights and has held numerous board positions
with organizations such as Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) and the Independent Media Arts Alliance. Logue has been a member of the Independent Imaging Collective (the Film Farm) with Phil Hoffman since 1999 and directs the Feminist Art Gallery (FAG) with her partner and collaborator, artist Allyson Mitchell.

Artist Code: 612



2017, 01:00 minutes, colour, no dialogue

Shakey Planey

2017, 04:53 minutes, colour, English


2017, 01:29 minutes, colour, no dialogue

Nasty Catch

2017, 03:05 minutes, colour, no language

Home Office

2017, 03:33 minutes, colour, no dialogue

Healthy Place

2017, 16:37 minutes, colour, English

Double Double

2017, 05:14 minutes, colour, no dialogue

Clicks and Hisses

2017, 08:12 minutes, colour, no dialogue

Big Agnes

2017, 02:17 minutes, colour, no dialogue

Baby Lint Brush

2017, 02:30 minutes, colour, English

Ativan Drift

2017, 31:47 minutes, colour, English

(Art) Gallery

2017, 01:09 minutes, colour, no language

FAG Feminist Art Gallery Video

2014, 04:48 minutes, colour, English

Breakfast/Floss Forward

2012, 06:36 minutes, colour

Rubber Talk

2012, 05:18 minutes, colour

A Small Loving Hand

2012, 03:00 minutes, colour

Tiny Hooves

2012, 03:00 minutes, colour

Dual Lunch

2012, 11:44 minutes, colour

Eye Popper

2012, 00:58 minutes, colour

Flip Toss

2012, 11:11 minutes, colour


2012, 01:00 minutes, colour

Hobbs Obliques

2012, 08:00 minutes, colour

Velvet Crease

2012, 02:23 minutes, colour


2012, 01:13 minutes, colour

Crying with Colours

2012, 08:51 minutes, colour


2011, 04:30 minutes, colour


2011, 06:10 minutes, colour

Lady and the Tramp

2011, 02:24 minutes, colour

Rough Count

2006, 60:00 minutes, colour, English

Beyond the Usual Limits: Part 3

2005, 03:33 minutes, colour, N/A


2005, 03:48 minutes, colour, N/A


2005, 04:38 minutes, colour, English


2005, 01:38 minutes, colour, English

Beyond the Usual Limits: Part 2

2005, 05:20 minutes, colour, N/A


2005, 00:56 minutes, colour, English

That Beauty

2005, 01:16 minutes, colour, English


2005, 04:02 minutes, colour, English


2005, 01:40 minutes, colour, English


2005, 01:38 minutes, colour, English

Beyond the Usual Limits: Part 1

2005, 02:55 minutes, colour, N/A

Per Se

2005, 04:12 minutes, colour, English

Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes (Series)

2005, 32:05 minutes, colour, English

Untitled Human #1: Ride

2002, 07:00 minutes, colour / B & W, N/A


2000, 02:00 minutes, colour, no language

Milk and Cream

2000, 02:00 minutes, colour, no language

Sleep Study

2000, 02:00 minutes, colour, no language

Road Trip

2000, 01:00 minutes, colour


2000, 00:40 minutes, colour

Enlightened Nonsense (Series)

2000, 22:00 minutes, colour, English


1999, 01:00 minutes, colour


1998, 02:00 minutes, colour, no language

Critical Writing

Empty History: Un-Working Queer Progress
by Adam Barbu. Toronto: Vtape, 2019.
Super Queeroes
by Peter Knegt et al.
"Material Girls" Takes up Space at the Dunlop
by Lauren Fournier. Canadian Art, Apr 2, 2015.
I'm Not Myself At All
by Sarah E.K Smith.
Queer Women's Performance Symposium
by Laine Newman. Canadian Theatre Review, Winter 2012, v. 149.
Sarah Todd asks Deirdre Logue about catching and holding sneezes.:...
by Sarah Todd. Front, Winter 2011, v. 21, no. 4.
Looking for Love in all the Right Places: Deirdre Logue
by Tracy Tidgwell. No More Potlucks, Nov. 2011, no. 18.
Barns, Brits, and Birthrights: Philip Hoffman's All Fall Down:...
by Scott Mackenzie. POV, Winter 2009, no. 76.
Queering Sex and Love: Queer Here videos preache free love but...
by Leah Sandals. NOW, Jan. 17, 2008, v. 27, no. 20.
Queer View: Queer Here videos preache free love but make it really...
by Jon Davies. Xtra!, Mar. 27, 2008, no. 611.
Deirdre Logue: Beyond Her Usual Limits: Queer Here videos preache...
by Matthew Hyland. Deirdre Logue: Beyond Her Usual Limits, 2008. Oakville: Oakville Galleries, 2008.
TBA:07: Event Details: The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
by The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art., Aug. 2007.
The Anxious Images of Deirdre Logue: The Portland Institute of...
by Penny McCann. Art Star 3 Video Art Biennial, 2007. Ottawa: Galerie SAW Gallery, 2007.
Beyond/In Western New York 2007
by Clare Schneider and Holly E. Hughes.
The Super 8: Deirdre Logue
by Unknown. FILMPRINT - The magazine of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Nov. 2005, v. 25, no. 6.
Wong scores a highlight reel goal: Deirdre Logue
by RM Vaughan. The National Post, Nov. 26, 2005.
Reel Addictive
by Adam Nayman. EYE WEEKLY, June 14, 2001, v. 10, no. 36.
Parkdale Head Trip
by Kim Linekin. Now, June 14, 2001, v. 20, no. 41.
Logue's work heady stuff
by Jack Anderson. Leader Post, Oct. 25, 2001.
Dream weaving: Gallery A Go Go
by Kim Fullerton. Xtra!, Oct. 5, 2000, no. 416.
YYZ Artists' Outlet: Deirdre Logue, Enlightenment Nonsense; and...
by not specified. The National Post, Oct. 7, 2000.
The Enlightened Nonsense of Dierdre Logue: Deirdre Logue,...
by Karen Sandlos. LIFT, Sept. 2000, v. 20, no. 5.
Enlightened Nonsense: 10 Performance Films About Repetition About...
by Karyn Sandlos and Deidre Logue. transcription from interview, 2000.
Images of Intermedia: 13th Annual Images Festival of Independeent...
by Laura U. Marks. Afterimage, July 2000, v. 28, no. 1.
Man of the Year goes to Don McKellar: Lady in the Lake: Fluid...
by John Scully. NOW, Dec. 24, 1998, v. 18, no. 17.
The Festival That Rocks: Toronto's Images Festival of Independent...
by Barbara Mainguy. The Independent, July 1997.