Studio 6 Open: Become what you rehearse. You deserve it

01 April 2017

Further Information

Become what you rehearse. You deserve it. is a performance and installation by artists Ciara Lenihan and Lisa Freeman as part of the Studio 6 Open programme.

Saturday 1 April 2017 | 8pm
Become what you rehearse. You deserve it.

Ciara Lenihan and Lisa Freeman
The Atrium, TBG+S (Entrance through the side door, Fownes St. Lower)
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Become what you rehearse. You deserve it. is a performance and installation which was developed during a two-month research residency at Barim Arts Centre in South Korea in August 2016, made possible through the support of the British Council and Arts Council of England Artists International Development Fund. The basis for this performance is an exploration of the global resonance of national heritage, political identity and displacement. Using the interconnected political pasts of Gwangju Korea and the Republic of Ireland as a substrate, Ciara and Lisa investigate the after effects and residue of political unrest.

Become what you rehearse. You deserve it. will create a cultural backdrop spread over three floors of TBG+S’ atrium, comprised of objects and materials derived from both country’s political turmoil. Within this space a sound piece will guide them (and the audience) through a choreographed performance that uses learned patriotic behaviour in the same context as slapstick comedy. Through these slapstick images, the work will explore the relationship between learned patriotism and the body’s objection.

Ciara Lenihan (ROI/UK) and Lisa Freeman (ROI) are graduates of Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design and founding members of Irish live art collective The Performance Caravan. Together both artists have grafted a unique collaborative practice that exists across the virtual platform of the Internet. Inspired by this they explore the cross section of audio-visual media and performance art.

Ciara Lenihan is a multi disciplinary artist working performance, video and sculptural installation. She is currently artist in residence at Northumbria University Newcastle Upon Tyne. She was awarded the Artist’s International Development Fund by The Arts Council of England and British Council in 2016 and the Artistic Development bursary by Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland in 2015. Recent performances include ‘Oh, sorry was I being shrill?’ in collaboration with Melissa Macpherson at Vane Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2017), ‘They had style. They had grace. Figurative sculpture; A History’ at Gallery North,Newcastle Upon Tyne (2016) and Alice Theobald and Atomik Architecture’s ‘It’s not who you are, it’s how you are’ at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2016).

Lisa Freeman is an Irish artist working across video, performance and installation. She recently participated in a residency in Venice, Italy in conjunction with the International Performance Association, funded by Kildare County Council Arts Act Grant (May/June 2016). Upcoming performances include Glitch at Rua Red, Dublin (May 2017) and Limitless at Draoicht Blanchardstown, Dublin (July 2017), other recent exhibitions & performances include ‘Dolphins Against Patriarchy’ at Livestock The Complex Gallery in Dublin, November 2016, ‘Homeland’ Damer House Gallery Tipperary, a two person exhibition ‘All Our Future Conversations’ at 126 Gallery Galway in December 2015 and a performance ‘Sacred Space’ as part of Dublin Live Art Festival, in November 2015.

Become what you rehearse. You deserve it. takes place as part of TBG+S’ Studio 6 Open programme and is curated by Roisin Bohan with support from Dublin City Council.