Silver Screen Shimmy (2009)

Silver Screen Shimmy, a two channel video piece, is a recording of live performance at the Galway Arts Festival as as part of MART's Open Door Policy

This saucy cabaret chick shows off her goods in Silkes shop window. Seduced by the lure of her black frills smalls and her red hot lips the viewer gets more than they bargained for.

Silver Screen Shimmy explores the screen as mirror and a slippery, elusive and distorting surface. This seeks to question modern forms of narcissistic display whilst still indulging the female subject's desire to razzle dazzle 'em.

The slippery surface of the screen starts to scupper her erotic performance, as if to communicates the danger of investment its shinny surface.As she slips down the screen she moves between erotic and wretched as she struggles to maintain what is left of the erotic pose. The female transcends from the classic narcissistic object to abject body, her desire to be looked at distorting her body through the contact with the screen.

The use of the dual screen contrasts the external spectacle with a more internal experience of the female performer. The two screens have a mirroring relationship to each other, their synchronicity materializing through the females movements. Yet an asymmetry between the two shots distances them, suggesting a mirror of misrecognition as well as narcissistic identification.

Silver Screen Shimmy at Visual Deflections

Images of Silver Screen Shimmy in installation and projection as premiered in Visual Deflections . This two screen video piece is a recording of live performance at the Galway Arts Festival as as part of MART's Open Door Policy

Silver Screen Shimmy explores the screen as mirror and a slippery, elusive and distorting surface. This seeks to question modern forms of narcissistic display whilst still indulging the female subject's desire to razzle dazzle 'em.

Visual Deflections Featuring Piplotti Rist

Press release for Visual Deflections a project that I have co-curated and featuring the premiere of my video Silver Screen Shimmy

Visual Deflections featuring Piplotti Rist

Curated by Eleanor Lawler and Katherine Nolan
Corbet Place: Sat 29th August 2009, 6.30pm till late

(Entlastungen) Pipilottis Fehler <(Absolutions) Pipilotti’s Mistakes>, 1988, video by Pipilotti Rist (video still). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Piplotti Rist’s pioneering video work has been aspirational for a generation of emerging artists. This event will screen a selection of these artists alongside Rist’s (Absolutions) Pipilotti’s Mistakes. Her influence is reflected in the concept of Visual Deflections, a homage to her use of disjuncture and distortion

The idea of Visual Deflections infers the interruption of the image through distortions of time, movement, light and space. It may also suggest a manipulation of assumptions and identifications that reverberate between the spectator and screen

The works will be shown as a screening from 6.30 Sat, and video installation will continue until Sun 11pm. The venue, Corbet Place , is part of the The Old Truman Brewery at the heart of Shoreditch’s vibrant creative scene. The brickwork of the club provides a stripped back aesthetic for the screening, which will be followed by music curated by Back to the Wood

Artists: Piplotti Rist, Clint Enns, Ted Sonnenschein, Tessa Garland, Katherine Nolan , Eleanor Lawler, Jonathan Gilhooly, Jan Hakon Erichsen, Ciara Scanlan, Victoria Melody, Anders Weberg, Theo Tagholm,Lisa Flynn, Hillary Williams, Mathew Guillford , Alan Magee, Jeremy Newman, Saskia Vermeulen, Angelo Picozzi , Liam Herne, Sarah Breen Lovett, Ella Bertilsson , Lia Chavez, Vanessa Daws.

Corbet Place
The Old Truman Brewery
15 Hanbury St
E1 6QR
Tube: Liverpool St
6.30 pm till late
Free Entry

New Performance Piece at Galway Arts Festival

This is a new piece performed live at the Galway Arts Festival as as part of MART's Open Door Policy The work developed around the idea of using the shop window as a 'screen'. The Screen acts as a two-way membrane, desires and fears being projected both from within an without. The female object within the screen slips from the classic narcissistic object to wretched, abject body, her desire to be looked at distorting her body through the contact with the screen.

Performance live: MART at the Galway Arts Festival 24-26 July 09

I will be performing a new, as yet untitled piece, as part of
MART's Open Door Policy at the Galway Arts Festival. Taking place on the evenings of 24,25 and 26 July in Silkes Shopfront, Sea Road, Galway (9pm approx).

This new work continues the transition of my practice from studio to live performance, and in this instance substitutes the display window for the camera as the object of the narcissist's attention. The desire to be looked at pushes the female body from traditional feminine object to the abject, contrasting these states as modalities of the spectacle. This begins to question modern forms of narcissistic display whilst still indulging the female subject's desire to razzle dazzle 'em.

Naughty Boy Live at SHUNT

You Are a Very Naughty Boy! LIVE performed June 2009 at SHUNT as part of an exhibition by MART platform for New Media, Performance and Installation artists.

This work transposed my performance practice from the the safety of the studio and an intimate relationship with the camera, to the potent uncertainty of the live moment. Thus the dialogue with an imagined viewer becomes a face-to face encounter with a live audience who become implicated in the performance through the live projection of the performance context which becomes mise-en-scene.

In this slightly ludicrous yet sultry performance, a vamp-like female in stockings and stilettos plays a game of punishing the male viewer for his desiring gaze. Initially seductive, her performance escalates into a hysteria that is simultaneously threatening and humorous. The promise of seductive performance descends into a hysteria that is both threatening and humorous.

Contrasting the live with the mediated, the work raises questions around the ethics of spectatorship and representation of the erotic female body. In particular the narcissistic motivation of the performer in her self-objectification, and the role of the viewer as both voyeur and image, trouble comfortable viewing.

Naughty Boy live at SHUNT in association with MART

I will be performing a LIVE version of my video piece You Are a Very Naughty Boy! at SHUNT on Wed 24th June until Sat 28th. The performance will take place in conjunction with a live feed through a projector, contrasting the live with the mediated. Beyond the safety of the studio and an intimate relationship with the camera, I hope that the performance will become a dialogue with the audience extending my exploration of the feminine as spectacle. Watch this space!

The SHUNT lounge is a members' bar deep in the tunnels under London Bridge Station, hosting performance, music, film, installation and a bar that is open late. Many of these events will be in the early stages of development and presented for the first time.

20 Stainer St
(entrance under London Bridge station)
Entry: £5 Weds & Thurs/£10 Fri & Sat
come early to avoid queues

The performance is part of a group show by MART a collective based across Ireland and the UK, that provides a platform for New Media, Performance and Installation artists.

Artists and work include:

LISA MARIE JOHNSON - The Parameters of the Gothic - PERFORMANCE
CIARA SCANLAN - The Narcissus dinner party - INSTALLATION / VIDEO
IVAN TWOHIG - Satellites of the Abstract Referential - INSTALLATION

La Cat Salon Friday 19th June 2009

My video You Are a Very Naughty Boy will be screened in the La Cat Salon at
The Back Loft this Friday 19th June. beginning at 8pm there is an eclectic mix of video, performance and music.

The line up:
Oil & Blood (old style acoustic American music)
Sean Dunne (theatrical performance)
Victor Feldman (voice performance)
Coco La Bouche (comedy sketch)
Katherine Nolan (video)
"Rooflanders" by Sven Werner (short film)
"Tango in D Minor" by maurizio usai (short film)
VIDEO ART in the alcove by:
Laura O'Connor
Daryl Slein
Seamus Bradley - 'Steady State No. 1'

9th 8pm
Entry €8/€5
The Back loft
La Catedral studios
7-11 St. Augustine Street,

Live at the Apollo

My work is being shown in The Apollo in Herne Hill. A group of local creatives have taken over the abandoned video store for a month of events showcasing art, film, music and performance provided by local talent and high profile artists.The local community has pulled together to support the venture.

My video work will be shown along side an eclectic mix of creative work, its position under the counter a tongue-in-cheek framing of its erotic nature as 'elicit'.

The story of the creation of the project has been published on-line by
Time Out .

The Apollo ,
19 Norwood Rd,
London SE24.
Opening 4th June 2009, 6pm
Runs until 4th July


In association with MART I will be performing/showing new work in SHUNT London on Wed 24th -27th June 2009.

SIMULTAN05 [Trans:position]

You Are a Very Naughty Boy! (2007) is also currently being shown as part of SIMULTAN05 [Trans:position] in Athens, Greece.

The SIMULTAN Festival is an annual festival for video, media art, experimental electronic music and a/v projects.

The festival wishes to sustain and to stimulate the creative ways of the most modern visions of perceiving and recording the cultural realities in contemporary art. It presents the current processes and the way in which technology and society give rise to new forms of artistic expression by using the new media.

Based on a different theme every year, the festival presents video art projections, live performances, installations, lectures.

This year’s edition runs under the theme Trans:position and will take place on 21-23 May, 2009, in Timisoara, Romania.

SIMULTAN05 | video

As in the previous years, the festival will present the most challenging and innovative video art works submitted for the competition program by artists from all around the world.More than 100 video works will be screened in the festival, which also includes hosted selections. Click here for the programme

SIMULTAN05 | music & sound

On the 22nd and 23rd, in the evenings, at the Synagogue will take place live concerts andsound performances.

Bernhard Gál [At]
eRikm [Fr]
Robert Piotrowicz [Pl]
Makunouchi Bento [Ro]
Tetsuya Hori [Jp/De]
Manami N [Jp/De]

For programme information visit

OPA 0.2 Second International Festival (On Performance Art)

15th-30th May 2009
Athens, Greece.

My video work You Are a Very Naughty Boy! (2007) will be shown in OPA 0.2 in Athens, Greece. It will screened daily daily at BIOS from 20-24 Μay in the section "Documented performances on Postproduction"

Following its successful first edition in March 2007, ΟPA festival (on performance art) is being established as a yearly event. The raising interest for the art of performance, the participation of young artists as well as historical figures of performance and the public and private institution’s, and media support have created a meeting point for the art of performance in our country and internationally. For two consequent weeks, artists and audience meet the most live art

Re-Think/ Re-use/ Re-make: Propositions and Possibilities on contemporary performance art. Based on Nicolas Bourriaud’s (French curator and theorist) book Post-Production

‘Since the early nineties, an even increasing number of artworks have been created on the basis of preexisting works; more and more artists interpret, reproduce, re-exhibit, or use works made by others or available cultural products. The material they manipulate is no longer primary. It is no longer a matter of elaborating a form on the basis of a raw material but working with objects that are already in circulation on the cultural market, which is to say, objects already informed by other objects. Notions of originality (being at the origin of) and even of creation (making something from nothing) are slowly blurred in this new cultural landscape’ (Bourriaud, 2005:7).

“Post-production” is a technical term from the audiovisual vocabulary that is used in television, film and video. It refers to a line of processes in recorded material: montage, use of other audiovisual materials, subtitling, voice-overs and special effects. In a line of activities connected with service provider industry and recycling, post- production belongs in a tertiary sector, contrary to the industrial or rural sector that produces primary material.