Performance Master Class Workshop

Workshop
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Multiple Contributors
Saturday, October 20, 2012 — 10:00am - 5:00pm
CommunityWise Resource Centre
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M:ST 6's Performance art workshop, hosted by Pauline Cummins.

Pauline Cummins (Ireland) is an artist whose work explores the human condition from a feminist perspective. Her interest lies in performance and video work where she examines identity, gender and socio-cultural relations connected to different communities in the society. Her examination of locations questions how the self is constituted and how people act within a group either chosen or determined in social situations such as work, education, leisure time “social activities” or the basic structure of the family.

She was the first visual artist to work with prisoners in Mountjoy’s Women’s Prison in a scheme initiated by the Dept. Of Justice and the Irish Arts Council in 1986. She has had video installations commissioned for the Neo-natal unit, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, 1995 and with Firestation artist’s studios for ‘Inner Art’ where her video installations were shown in Confession Boxes 1997. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the
permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

She recently co-curated the exhibition Locus Suspectus — the hidden comes to light, with Canadian artist Sandra Vida , which showed Irish and Canadian performance based video work.

She co-curated Terms & Conditions — video and performance work 2007 with artist Aideen Barry, for the Mermaid Art Centre, Co. Wicklow. She will be part of the exhibition CHAOS at Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC, Canada in September 2010.

Pauline Cummins (Ireland) is an artist whose work explores the human condition from a feminist perspective. Her interest lies in performance and video work where she examines identity, gender and socio-cultural relations connected to different communities in the society. Her examination of locations questions how the self is constituted and how people act within a group either chosen or determined in social situations such as work, education, leisure time “social activities” or the basic structure of the family.

Pauline attended National College of Art, Dublin, during its turbulent years of Mao-influenced ‘continuous revolution’ and lockouts (1967–1970), which profoundly influenced her work strategies. She moved from painting to photography, performance, sound work and video installations, during the 80s. She was the founding chairperson of the Women Artists Action Group (WAAG), which from 1987–1991 organized exhibitions and conferences in Ireland, and promoted exchange and dialogue internationally.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art Dublin. She has recently renewed a strong commitment to performance that is collaborative, improvised, durational and live, working with The Performance Collective based in Dublin since 2009. She presented her new video work and performance, Sound the Alarm 4, in Victoria, in September 2010. She took part in Right Here Right Now Irish Performance Art in Kilmainham Jail in 2011, and plans 14 days of live performance with The Collective at the Galway Arts Centre, during the Galway Arts Festival in 2012.

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