\Glitch Festival: Acts of Rebellion and Every Now and then I Fall Apart 29May -6 June

/Glitch Festival 2015 
Curated by Ciara Scanlan + Matthew Nevin of MART.
29th May – 6th June 2015 
PREVIEW May 29th @ 6PM 
Location : RUA RED & MART 

I am showing 2 new pieces of work at \Glitch as part of my current exploration of emotion, catharsis and authenticity in the digital age. Both pieces are video installations 

Empathy with the Flesh (2015) Video Still

Borrowing from ‘youtube tutorials’ and other viewer generated content, this video work seems to take the format of an instructional video -  instead offering material related ‘pointless’ sensory experiences. The work refers to compulsive viewing, that like ‘peeling a scab’ might elicit visceral experiences of disgust or satisfaction and relief. Employing affect, visual pleasure and displeasure the work aims to raise questions around how and why we invest our time, emotion and attention in the digital age. The referenced format of user generated content has more recently been co-opted for advertising purposes, particularly aimed towards children - for instance the highest youtube earner of 2014 reportedly earned $5million ‘just by opening toy packages’. This video installation aims to raise questions such as how are our experiences constructed through the type of imagery produced in hyper-mediatised late-capitalism? 

Every Now and then I Fall Apart (2015)

This piece explores the possibilities of emotional authenticity and alienation in the digital context, through nostalgic melodrama as both cathartic act and self-parody.  Through this piece I hope to raise questions such as: how are our experiences constructed and produced through our increasingly intense, intimate and pervasive relationship to popular media? Are authentic expressions and identifications possible in this context, or is our emotional investment constantly co-opted in­­ the digital economy?

Glitch Features: Adam Gibney, Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly, Bonnie Begusch, Brian Duggan, Cecily Brennan, David Stalling, Jonathan Mayhew, Katherine Nolan, Louise Brady, Marie Farrington, Mark Clare, Sam Jury, Stephanie Golden & Moya Clarken, Steven Maybury 

 Also featuring Homebeat, Square in the Circle and Jennie Taylor with more to be announced. 

Hold on, hold in let out, let go. 12 Henrietta 8th May 2015

I will be performing as part of Influences: Livestock off-site at no.12 Henrietta St. Built in 1730 by the wealthy political elite and later occupied as tenements, this Georgian Townhouse is resonant with the histories of its periods of grandeur and poverty.

Interior of no 12 Henrietta St

As well as the atmospheric and historic site, Artist’s have been asked to respond to the concept of Influence, as defined as ‘the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something, or the effect itself’.

I will perform this new work concerning ‘holding in’ and ‘letting out’,  often thought of as bodily states that enact the repression and catharsis respectively. It explores how emotional states and body states might influence each other: how our bodies are shaped by our emotions, and conversely how our bodies might shape our emotions. This work forms part of my current exploration of the desire for catharsis and questions around authenticity. 

Process Images for Hold in, hold on, let out, let go

Image credit: Wes Brandli

I am Breathing - MeinBlau, Berlin 5th May 2015

I will perform I am Breathing on the 5th May at MeinBlau Projecktraum, Berlin.

This is part of Sounding the Alarm: Theories of the Anti-sight II. Curated by Panoply Performance Lab Lab for Month of Performance Art Berlin

I  am Breathing, Video still. (2015) 

This live performance continues my exploration of tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body - states of inhabiting the body, and being an image - as an on-going concern of my practice. Through focus on, and manipulation of the act of breathing this piece seeks to call attention to the experience of being in the performing body. These concepts will be further developed in response to the dynamics  of the site, and the curatorial frame of this exhibition, which seeks to challenge the dominance of sight.

This piece has existed as both a live performance at Dublin Live Art Festival (2014), a performance to camera: 'anti-sight' piece

About Sounding the Alarm: Theories of the Anti-sight II

Performance artists, conceptual social workers, and performance-based spiritualists and scientists attempt to break through the sound barrier of cultural imperialism, violence, and hegemony. Doubting the fundamental conception that "seeing is believing" within a reality where forms of sight and what is seen are dominated by capitalist agendas, we develop sonic, sensual, and social interactions, disruptions, resistances, and reifications.

+artists from part I:

Collaboration with Lili Spain - Street Live Sept 26th 2014

Collaboration with Lili Spain as part of Street Live

As part of StreetLive International artists were coupled with local Dublin artists, and worked together in pairs to create unique live art responses to various localities within Dublin city which were showcased during Dublin Live Art Festival 2014

I had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Lili Spain, working in the Arbour Hill area of Dublin 7. The performance took the form of a ritual walk from Montpelier Gardens to a vigil in Ostman Place. The result was a very personal performance, with both of us with differing family links and relationships to the area.  

StreetLive collaborations aimed not only to create links between each pair of artists but also between the these artists and their chosen local community. Embedded through site and local knowledge, these performances aimed to offer people and groups from within these Dublin communities, an opportunity to experience live performance art in a new and more involved way.  

With Many thanks to Lili for the Collaboration and Aoife Giles for the sensitive documentation.


Image credit: Aoife Giles 

All our Labours Return to the Earth - Art Lot Dublin - 26th Sept 2014

Performance at the Art Lot Dublin

The Art lot is an outdoor exhibition space, a project that seeks to transform a derelict site at the junction of Harcourt Street and South Richmond Street. 

This piece was performed on a Friday 5-6pm as workers walked home, after the week's worth of 9-5. This piece was part of Dublin Live Art Festival at the Art Lot

Image credit: Francis Fay

I am Breathing - Dublin Live art Festival 25th Sept 2014

Live  - performance as part of Dublin Live Art Festival 2014, at the MART 

Through focus on, and manipulation of the act of breathing this piece seeks to call attention to the experience of being in the performing body. Through fluctuations in rhythm, depth and length, I try to find the space between breathing as voluntarily controlled and involuntary act.

Image Credit: Fiona Kileen

Drawing down the diaphragm, ribs expand outward and upward.
Air rushes in, past the lips.
a pause,
tightness in the voice box,
stuck in the throat.
Breath pushes up and brushes along the oesophagus. Feeling full, wide, tubular. Gushing out and around the nasal passages.
Chest slowly releases.
The final,

Central to this work is a struggle with questions such as: 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 piece continues my exploration of tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body - states of inhabiting the body, and being an image - as an on-going concern of my practice, which studies a shifting and twisting relationship to the self through the ever increasing prevalence of hyper-mediatisation.

This piece has existed as both a live performance and a piece to video.

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 such as mirror, yield, response and resist. 

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.