Performances at The Quarry, Massachusetts, August 2013: Embedded and Reclaimed





Seeking to disrupt normative codifications of the body and its experiences,  and in particular the gendering of the body through relationships with objects and technology. How can the gendered body show its experiences? How can we move beyond prescribed identifications, and towards empathy with the flesh? How can we make strange the language of being in and representing the body? This work seeks to explore such questions, in a site responsive performance at the Quarry in Acton, Massachusetts.  Intervening in a masculinised site signifying, strength, progress and dominance over nature, through acts of wilfulness and resistance emphasising experiences a female body through material interactions.

With many thanks to Yin and Viktor at  Contemporary Arts International for their warm hospitality. 



Performance with Eleanor Lawler, Market Studios, Dublin 8th Nov 2013


Images: Matthew Nevin

Improvised performance with Eleanor Lawler exploring physicality, bodily presence and intersubjectivity, using strategies mirror, yield, response and resistance. 

Performance with Eleanor Lawler, The MART, Dublin. 6th Sept 2013


Continuing on from investigations in Boston and New York, this performance in collaboration with Eleanor Lawler marked the inaugural performance event at MART's new home in the firestation in Rathmines, Dublin. Furthering our explorations on tensions between the experiential body and the spectacular body, this performance focused on the heightened presence of the physicality of body through interaction. An improvisational performance in which manifested the physical properties of body, space and sounds through strategies of response and resistance to stimulus.

Katbot 900 @ The MART opening 4th Sept, 2013




Images by Aoife Giles

Supersaturated @ Panoply Performance Lab, New York, 1st Sept 2013











ImagesMiao Jiaxin

The second iteration of Super-Saturated with Eleanor Lawler @ Panoply Performance Lab, New York.  A durational, improvised performance exploring the relationship between body as flesh and body as image, object as 'thing' and object as symbol. Many thanks for Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle for being such amazing hosts. Thanks also to Miao Jiaxin and Daniel McKleinfeld for the fantastic documentation

Supersaturated @ Mobius 23 & 24 August 2013









Performance of Supersaturated in collaboration with Eleanor Lawler @ Mobius Boston


Super-saturated: A durational performance that seeks to explore the relationship between body as flesh and body as image in the context of media overload that arises through the digital: testing the boundaries between spectator and performing body through sensorial, evocative actions and phrases.

Fish, flesh, blanket, stiletto, stocking, splashing, splatting.

Lawler and Nolan’s performances diverge and interweave as they spill, smack, stink, slice, stretch, envelope and slide their way around themes of impurity and the sexualized body.  The interaction of the body with everyday objects, explored to the point of ‘overload’ through repetition make them heavy with cultural meaning.  The works seek to push the objects till they slip between ‘thing’ and ‘symbol’, in turn pushing and pulling the body between a visceral presence in the world and distanced performance.


Mobius has presented the work of thousands of artists over its 30-year history and is recognized as one of the seminal alternative performance spaces in the U.S. Founded by the renowned performance artist and professor of performance art at the Museum School, Marylin Ansem in 1977, it is key hub for international live art. As a non-profit, artist-run organization, its mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art. The members of the organization believe an effective strategy for supporting this art is to establish grounds that build relationships among fellow artists.

Super-saturated @Panoply New York 1st of Sept



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Irish Artists Katherine Nolan and Eleanor Lawler perform their way from Boston to New York.  Part touring program, part public disruption and part lurch into the unknown. These artists will undertake durational live art performances, public interventions and secret actions as they travel.

The project Super-SATURATED seeks to explore the relationship between body as flesh and body as image. Testing the boundaries between audience and performing body in the context of media overload that arises through the digital. The interaction of the body with everyday objects, and scenes, will be explored through actions to the point of ‘overload’. Inserting themselves in the various contexts within and between these cities, they hope to ‘get inside’ and beyond images of American culture, and in turn push and pull their bodies between a visceral presence in the world and distanced performance.

They may or may not be seen in such locations as: Mobius Inc, The Quarry and Jamaica Plain, Boston; Panoply Performance Lab and Times Square, New York.

You can follow their escapades via http://supersaturatedme.tumblr.com or twitter #supersaturated



event details

55 Norfolk St, Boston, MA
August. 23rd & 24th @7pm
Suggested donation $10
Katherine Nolan & Eleanor Lawler join Mobius artists, Mari Novotny-Jones, Joanne Rice and Sandy Huckleberry in two evenings of provocative performance.


104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY Sept 1st @ 8.15pm
A duo of durational performances by Katherine Nolan and Eleanor Lawler following Performance Art Open Space.