\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: