Here and there: two works, ten countries (displaced)

Bartram, Angela and O'Neill, Mary (2015) Here and there: two works, ten countries (displaced). In: TaPRA Annual Conference 2015, 8th-10th September 2015, University of Worcester.

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In 2013 Bartram O’Neill performed "I, I am, I am here, I am speaking here" as part of Performa 1, Art Basel Miami (USA) and for The Body: Out of Time and Without a Place (Latvia). This was performed remotely, from the U.K. though two ‘bodies’ acting as channels and ‘puppets’ for the performers in the UK.

The work distances the performers bodies, despite their being ‘present’ as audience through Skype and mobile phone. It explores the possibilities, complexities and contingencies of this dynamic seeking to analyse what it is to be presented as ‘live’ when geographically distant.

The paper displaced the authors: one was in her living room whilst the other was at the conference, yet only one spoke. The text in Irish was delivered from the 'script' by the author in her home, whilst the other gave her role to a conference delegate at the start of the session. A role he had no idea he would take prior to walking in the room and meeting her invite. The author present at the conference documented the event from the back. Both authors answered questions afterwards.

Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
W Creative Arts and Design > W310 Musicianship/Performance studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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Deposited On:13 Jan 2016 15:48

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