Biographies

Ciara McKeon is a visual artist and curator whose practice focuses on live performance art. She has performed internationally, most recently at FUTURE HISTORIES as part of the Arts Council’s ART:2016 projects, Room, Nan Arts Festival in Thailand, Culture Night Talbot Gallery & StudiosLIVE COLLISION FestivaldeAppendixBUZZCUT festivalFirst Fortnight Festival and SPILL festival of performance. Recent works have looked in particular at human rights, migrant suicide, and urban regeneration. Improvisation and collaboration are integral to her practice and research. She is currently co-creating a new piece, ‘Low Lying’, set off-site in Dublin’s Docklands for Tiger Dublin Fringe (with Robbie Blake & Jessie Keenan).

Olivia Hassett completed a Masters of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2012. Hassett is the inaugural artist in residence in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Department of Trinity College Dublin. In 2015 Olivia Hassett and Professor David Taylor hosted Endo/ Exo, an exhibition of their collaborative project in Trinity College Dublin. Other one person shows include; In | Between, deAppendix, Dublin, 2014 (part of a three month residency), Somatic reassemblage, Newbridge Arts Centre, January 2014 and Anamorph, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, June 2013. Recent solo performances include Screened I, MART, Dublin, 2015 and Screened II, PAB Bergen, Norway, 2015. Olivia Hassett was awarded an artists bursary from the South Dublin County Council in 2014.

Mary-Jo Gilligan is based in Dublin and Oxford where she works as an artist independently and collaboratively. Work manifests in live events, performance, installations, workshops, publishing and exhibitions that create encounters and situations to explore how we relate to environments, bodies, architecture, and each other. Typically site specific and performative Gilligan’s engaging practice is deeply influenced by interests in public art, somatic practice, improvisation and relational processes. Since completing studies in the University of Ljubljana and NCAD Dublin, Gilligan has worked with the following commissioning bodies; Portlaoise County Council, Out Of Site, RGKSKSRG, Culturstruction and Dublin City Council. She has also undertaken residencies with Roscommon County Council, ID11 Netherlands, The Performance Corporation, VOID, Fís and Greenstar and IMMA. Recent activities include solo show Fathom and Span at Broadcast Gallery DIT and This Listening Field for Foaming at the Mouth, Phoenix Park Dublin.

David Fagan currently lives and works between Glasgow and Dublin. He is interested in time, distance and the human desire to overcome them and connect. This leads to the prominent use of consumer electronics such as televisions and phones in his work. These items play temporary host to often found live and recorded media. The works attempt to harness elements such as the familiarity of these devices, to create intimate experiences, patching together a feeling of presence in locations foreign to the viewer. Using inanimate systems to frame evermore- precise simulacra of human connection, he is aiming to understand the biological & emotional through the technological. I think when these attempts inevitably fail; they ultimately speak to a more fundamental questioning of one’s ability to connect to another. Recent solo exhibitions include I have nada so far but I remain optimistic curated by Aoife Power at Tactic in Cork and He saw the world and was left wanting curated by Emer Lynch

Anne Mullee is an independent curator, researcher, and art writer and based in Dublin. Her curatorial interests encompass intersection between ideas and the material, and ephemeral systems of somatic and embodied knowledge. Recent projects include the site-specific The Artists’ Armada in Dublin, as well as gallery exhibitions at MART (Dublin), Galway Arts Centre, and The LAB Gallery (Dublin). Ongoing work includes a writing project with Iranian artist Behzad Khosravi Noori and a documentary about artist-led spaces in Ireland.

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