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When I was 15 I used to go out running in the early mornings before school. I remember feeling very vulnerable and exposed as jogged/stumbled along, my glasses fogging up. i remember vaguely being shouted at and windows being rolled down and cars slowing down. And in my hugely naive childish 15 year old gawky clumsy spectacled teenage innocence not thinking that grown individuals would [...]

2022-09-16T08:25:54+00:00September 16th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized, writing|Tags: , , |

self aversion and performance art

'Post performance, as usual struck by the post action low, feeling bereft and ridiculous and sad. And mortal. Questioning the point of the whole thing. And why it has to be a performance with people watching. And which parts were for the performative nature of the whole thing and which parts were me. And if this mattered or changed the authenticity of things, as if [...]

2022-09-16T08:05:09+00:00September 16th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Mullaghmore Crawl- The weight of Expectation

I got the crawl done yesterday. 2 done 1 to go! Wasnt as bad as Id thought. Or rather Id been right in thinking it would be mentally easier than the tide map walk. I put some thoughts into my phone notes at end of the experience- i will copy and paste directly here- misspells and all-  and then revisit later. Notes on mullaghmore pilgrimage [...]

2022-08-24T22:19:06+00:00August 24th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Excerpt from Michaela Nash’ Essay for Seeing you seeing Me, Revision Festival 2022.

Not everyone needs genetic vulnerabilities, modern life and technologies alone don't agree with the old mechanisms of human bodies. Or rather they can be easily hijacked. Consider how fast food hijacks our natural cravings for salt, fat and sugar, which would have been rare to find and also stored up by our bodies to use during times of hunger. Or how social media gamifies our [...]

2023-03-15T13:34:05+00:00August 7th, 2022|Categories: writing|Tags: , |

CCC afterthoughts and how to feel productive

I was looking forward to this morning and catching up on admin I spent nearly 2 hours finishing up my expenses, earnings admin microsoft excel spreadsheet of doom stuff.. I updated my whiteboard to do board I sent invoices I wrote more emails off to try secure funding for the Negative space electrical box painting project And yet I feel like Ive been on the [...]

2022-06-14T10:15:15+00:00June 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Crop Circle Crawl

Crop Circle- what I've written previously in older posts: Another durational crawl. A field with long grass. crawling around in a very large circle, so that the crawl path leaves the grass underneath flattened temporarily, so as creating a pattern, similar to a crop circle. This crawled circle would be repeated as many times as possible. How to document: Once again record from 2 viewpoints, [...]

2022-08-08T06:53:28+00:00June 2nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

crop circle crawl

Field/canvas Did some research today into my crop circle crawl- we were supposed to film but it was raining, of course. Will try again tomorrow. Interesting experience to do some test filming and see what it was like to be on the ground, amongst the grasses. Insects flying up. Uneven ground underneath my knee pads. This field is literally 2 mins walk from my house. [...]

2022-05-30T12:11:26+00:00May 30th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Right NOw

Right Now- 26 April 2022 this Friday- chat with Alan re my practice Applied for Convergence- an open call for new performances in Milford House, Tipp, collab between Live Art Ireland and B Beyond. Have to co-ord and plan and trial my 3 land art pieces Thinking about the mural grants for Ennis- have 3 ideas- glor wall, eir boxes and veguns wall Negative Space- [...]

2022-11-18T09:57:01+00:00April 26th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|
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