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Performances – Care. Complicity. Critique.

June 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Live Performances on June 16th from 1-3pm. – See Tickets Below.

Seminar June 17th – 11am – 2pm

Performers: Lili Bernard, Michiko YaoTherese Bachand, Claire Apana, Sarah JuligMaya Gurantz, Cindy Rehm, Thinh Nguyen, Katherine NolanAmanda CooganMarjan VayghanDajin Yoon, Matthew Nevin, Tim Kline & Dean Robertson.

Care. Complicity. Critique. will be comprised of a series of performances by Irish and Los Angeles based artists, and a seminar discussing the modes of performance, politics and critique arising from their practices.

This programme aims to engage audiences with contemporary performance art by bringing together key Irish and American artists working in the field. Looking at their practices through the lenses of ‘care, complicity and critique’, the project will make a space for considering a range of ways of looking at and responding to local and global politics, through performance practice.

The concept of care, has been mobilized not unproblematically within feminist philosophy in areas such as the Ethics of Care (Gilligan, Noddings). Proposing a mapping of caring inter-relationships onto wider society on a global level can easily slide into a normative morality and compounding of gender stereotypes. And yet there persists a sense that ethical and empathetic inter-relations might offer a counteractive force to the dehumanisation that occurs through the use fear and terror by the alt-right as means of social control. In this way the idea of care has a kind of polemic value that might be reconsidered through performance.

The act of collusion is one that is in constant focus in the media in relation to the Trump Administration. However on a less obvious level, it is the manipulation of the subject through rhetoric in order to collude in their own oppression that allows the maintenance of power and control, and the status quo. This programme will also consider the role of complicity as a mode of both performance and critique.

Critique of institutions can be looked at as the scrutiny of systemic oppression by for instance drawing attention to the ways in which power operates, or by gathering and disseminating data to measure and reveal the depth and breadth of inequality in societal structures. Changing this structural oppression however is more difficult. How can performance mobilise such forms of critique?

Bloomsday Readings

James Joyce’s Ulysses features one of the great female voices of Modern literature, Molly Bloom. But what does it mean for that iconic female voice to have come to us through Joyce, a male writer? How can men be complicit in–accomplices in–the work of female equality? As part of Care. Complicity. Critique Performance Event at CIACLA on this Bloomsday , join a range of Irish & American male voices as they uplift Molly Bloom’s stream-of-consciousness narrative at this special event. Featuring Matthew Nevin, Tim Kline & Dean Robertson.

Curated by Dr.Katherine Nolan and the Association of Hysteric Curators 

Dr. Katherine Nolan

Dr. Katherine Nolan is an artist, lecturer and curator specialising in gender and new media. With a particular focus on tensions between the experiential and the spectacular body, her research investigates gender, identity and desire in the context of digital cultures. She has exhibited internationally in Europe, America and Asia and regularly curates with MART and Livestock. She is currently a Lecturer in Creative Digital Media in Technological University Dublin. Recent practice-based research projects include The Mistress of the Mantle. and Seducing the Machine


The Association of Hysteric Curators 

The Association of Hysteric Curators (AHC) envelops a fluid, evolving, trans-generational group of feminist who gather to discuss contemporary feminism and the historicity of the term.

We seek to explore notions of female protest and the presence of gendered articulations through a non-hierarchical structure based in dialogue and exchange. As we honor the lineage of feminist models, we dare to envision a future of human equality, knowing we must interrogate the customs of today in order to enable conditions for change. As a working model, we understand that democratic consensus is slow and laborious in comparison to the type of fast paced and often decentralized systems found today. The reduced pace of our methodology allows for ideas to ebb and flow through on-going conversations aimed at process over product.


Kindly Supported by Culture Ireland and the Government of Ireland: Emigrant Support Programme.


June 16, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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