Talks + Events

Studio Talk: The Performance Collective

13 March 2013

Wednesday 13 March, 6pm.
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Studio Talks at TBG+S are free events in which member studio artists talk about their work in the familiar settings of their own studio. These events offer an opportunity for visitors to get a deeper understanding of how particular artists work and what interests and motivates them.

The Performance Collective invite you to a lively discussion about the work they have produced in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios over the past year, with a specific focus on Subject to Ongoing Change, their 14 day exhibition of live performance as part of Galway Arts Festival 2012. The discussion will focus on important aspects of the collective's process including the bringing together of distinct individual practices to collaborative work, as well as the nature and value of improvisation in creative practice. Chaired by Liz Byrns of the Fire Station Artists Studios. The discussion will have an open format and input is welcomed from all who attend. 

A slide show of images and sounds works will be presented alongside the discussion.


About The Performance Collective

The Performance Collective is a group of five leading artists in Irish performance art. The group initally was set up in 2007 by Michelle Browne, Alex Conway, Pauline Cummins, Frances Mezzetti, Dominic Thorpe and Amanda Coogan to support each others work through peer critique and workshops.We have since made work with numerous contexts and worked along side many performance artists, including members of Belfast based Bbeyond.

Currently the group are Michelle Browne, Alex Conway, Pauline Cummins, Frances Mezzetti and Dominic Thorpe. Central to our process of working is collective focus on exploring improvisation in the context of creating unique, collective, live performance artworks. We address key questions central to much contemporary visual art; collaboration, co-authorship, improvisation, context, display, the live and temporary. view for more

Artists Biographies

Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. Much of her work is performance based and she has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally most recently taking part in In Search of, Holland; Connection Performance Festival, Argentina & Chile; Labour, London Derry, Dublin; Quantified Self, Dublin; Transmuted International Performance Festival, Mexico; Trouble Performance Festival, Belgium.She has present solo exhibtions in the LAB, Leitrim Sculpture Centre and Newbridge Arts Centre. Michelle is currently artist advisor to the Dublin City Council design team for the Grafton Street Quarter.

Alex Conway, originally from the west of Ireland, is based in Dublin. He completed his MFA in 2008 at NCAD. He has shown nationally and internationally including, Varna Contemporary Bulgaria, URA Turkey, Right Here Right Now, Irish Performance Art, Dublin 2010, Fix 07 Belfast, Tulca Galway, Out of Site Dublin, Terminal Convention Cork and Excursions Limerick.

His practice involves strategies of improvisation that begin with an image or object and a response to space. His initial idea is only the starting point. It is most often the unexpected that becomes more important in his work.

Pauline Cummins  Her interest lies in performance and video work where she examines identity, gender and socio-cultural relations connected to different communities in society. Her examination of specific locations questions how the self is constituted and how people act within a group either chosen or determined in social situations such as work, education, prison, leisure time, or within the basic structure of the family.A selection of her video work was shown in 'Between One and Another' in Paris 2012 and she recently performed at the M:ST festival in Calgary, Canada

Frances Mezzetti is a Dublin based visual artist. Her work examines the connection of the human subject with the local environment. Her practise is mainly performance with sound and video installations.  She uses common materials and everyday actions, with the personal and local history of a given place. Her collaborative work has been with artists, national and International and an ongoing work Walking in the Way with Pauline Cummins investigating the construction of gender has been performed to date in six cities including Ireland the UK and Istanbul.

Dominic Thorpe is an Irish artist who works through live/performance based processes. Recent work includes performances at the Bergen Museum of Art Norway, the Guangzhou Festival of Live Art China, Performance Space London, and the Ballina Arts Centre Mayo Ireland. He has had solo exhibitions/performances at 126 Galway, the Court House Arts Centre Wicklow and as part of the Tulca Visual Arts Festival Galway. Much of his work sets out to explore the nature of masculinity in Ireland and includes a series of performances dealing with the incarceration and abuse of thousands of children over many decades at institutions run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the Irish state, and the subsequent treatment of those who survived.


Further Information

Rayne Booth
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