Ron Athey and Kira O'Reilly: Syncopations and Automatic Writing
17th December 2010
Ron Athey and Kira O'Reilly will present illustrated lectures about their current work, focusing on their recent performances in Outside AiR at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
Athey and O'Reilly will also be in conversation together, followed by a Q&A with the audience and a wine reception with the artists. Both artists presented performances as part of their AiR Project residencies in the Department of Drama at QMUL in 2010. Air Project is co-organised by Dominic Johnson and Lois Weaver, and supported by Arts Council England, East End Collaborations, Live Art Development Agency, Westfield Trust, LCACE and QMI Prospects Fund.
The event is FREE and all are welcome. No booking required.
Ron Athey has been a practicing artist since the early 1980s. In Athey's touring series such as The Torture Trilogy (1993-95) and Incorruptible Flesh (1997-2008), physical actions stand in as decoys for events too final to repeat: a deep piercing is the arrow in St. Sebastian’s liver, a scalpel cut becomes Philoctetes’ foul gash, a wound that never heals.
Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist; her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around the body. She is currently AHRC Creative Fellow in QMUL Drama.