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'Raking History'

Connolly, Robert Brian (2016) 'Raking History'. Kilmainham Jail, Dublin, Ireland [Performance]

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URL: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Art-2016/Future-Histories/

Abstract

‘Raking History’ Performance by Brian Connolly as part of ‘Future History’ Site-specifc Performance Art Event as part of the Dublin Live Art Festival in the Killmainham Jail to mark the 1916 Celebrations. May 2016. Site-specific durational performance as part of ‘Future Histories’, Curated by Niamh Murphy and Áine Phillips, who invited16 Irish artists to Kilmainham Gaol to respond to its iconic historical associations with the 1916 Rising. Invited Artists were asked to develop new performances, with relevance to and/or responsive to the Kilmainham Jail context and the specific history of the ‘Irish Rising’. The resulting performance lasted 6 hours. During the action the artist raked the gravel surface of the Exercise Yard in the Jail. While raking he uncovered hidden images of the Rising and of several Meteors and Comets. These had been hidden in the gravel by event staff before the artist performed in the space. During the performance, at specific times, the artist weeded the gravel and removed foreign bodies such as nails, glass, fragments of brick, plastic, etc. These items were placed on opposing chairs at the side of the gravel area. Circles were raked into the gravel, around a series of glasses, which had been filled with water. Under each glass was a photograph of one of the prisoners shot at Killmainham, after the Rising. During the performance the artist taped coppiced hazel to the legs of an upturned table with coloured insulating tapes. At the end of the performance this table was turned upright and stood up on the new extended legs. He then left the space.Future Histories formed part of the Arts Council’s ‘Art: 2016 Project’ to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. It was supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, through its Ireland 2016 Programme.

Item Type:Performance
Keywords:Future Histories Project, Ireland 1916-2016 celebration, Kilmainham Jail Performance, The Rising, Brian Connolly, Performance Art, performance Art reflecting on history, History Table,
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Space and Place
Art and Design Research Institute
Date:21 May 2016
Location:Kilmainham Jail, Dublin, Ireland
Events:
Event titleEvent locationEvent start dateEvent end dateDurationDescriptionMedia of outputEvent publisherEvent URLProps or artefacts, costumesChoreography/actionScript or supporting narrative or soundPost-performance evidence or display
Future Histories'Kilmainham Jail, Dublin, Irleand.21 May 201621 May 2016Event 12 Hours, Performance 6 hours.Niamh Murphy and Áine Phillips will curate a 12-hour live art and video event with 16 acclaimed Irish artists at Kilmainham Gaol to respond to its iconic historical associations with the 1916 Rising. The invited artists, from north and south of the border, who work in performance, live art and video will respond to the 1916 centenary, creating contemporary perspectives on our shared past, conflicts, crises and passions in relation to the Rising and its greatest monument, Kilmainham Gaol. The artists are Danny McCarthy, Brian Connolly, Debbie Guinnane, Helena Walsh, Sandra Johnson, Fergus Byrne, Francis Fay, Katherine Nolan, Pauline Cummins, Ciara McKeon, Dominic Thorpe, Méabh Redmond, Dr. Laura McAtackney, Michelle Browne, Alastair McLennan and Sinéad O’Donnell.Artists Performance, (Site-specific Performance & durational)Performance Art Live, Kilmainham Jail.http://www.artscouncil.ie/Art-2016/Future-Histories/Props & Artefacts: Rake, table, coppiced hazel branches, glasses, historic images of Dublin at the time of the Irish Rising, Images of those shot after the Rising, Images of Meteors & Comets, two chairs, Insulating tape of various colours, a sieve, ladders, atlas, two different boots worn by the artist, etc.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDLADA Screens - Future Histories and I’m Roger Casement: Online 6 June to TBC An evening with the Irish artists and curators Áine Phillips, Niamh Murphy and Fearghus O Conchúir acknowledging, celebrating and screening two films from major 2016 centenary projects, Future Histories and The Casement Project. After the screenings, Aine and Fearghus will open up a discussion on the impact of these 1916 centenary projects, and the role of performance, on the processes of commemoration and in relation to the shared histories of Ireland and Britain. Following the live launch, Future Histories will be available online for a limited time. This event is supported by Culture Ireland. Curated by Áine Phillips and Niamh Murphy, Future Histories was a 12 hour group performance in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin in May 2016. 16 artists from north and south of the border responded to the 1916 centenary, creating contemporary perspectives on shared pasts, conflicts, crises and passions in relation to the Rising and its greatest monument, Kilmainham Gaol. The artists were Danny McCarthy, Brian Connolly, Debbie Guinnane, Helena Walsh, Sandra Johnson, Fergus Byrne, Francis Fay, Katherine Nolan, Pauline Cummins, Ciara McKeon, Dominic Thorpe, Méabh Redmond, Dr. Laura McAtackney, Michelle Browne, Alastair McLennan and Sinéad O’Donnell. http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/whats-on/lada-screens-future-histories-and-im-roger-casement/
ID Code:37552
Deposited By: Mr Robert Connolly
Deposited On:25 Apr 2017 11:26
Last Modified:02 May 2017 07:46

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