Workshop with artist Kira O'Reilly

23 Jul 2018

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Dundee, United Kingdom


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Writing, drawing and physical workshop examining how bodies (not just human ones) are in relation to institutions.


When we begin to interact with spaces in ways that depart from convention, there are revelations both about those spaces/places, the bodies that are moving in, through and with them.

Through processes such as writing, drawing and working with our physicality, Kira O'Reilly and workshop participants will explore some of the spaces in Dundee’s School of Life Sciences in order to experience and examine how bodies (not just human ones) are in relation to institutions, and the kinds of ideas and knowledges that are produced within and with them. The workshop derives from ongoing research by Kira and her collaborator artist Jennifer Willet on the concept of the laboratory as a site to question the relationship between bodies and productions of knowledges.

Kira’s workshop will take place at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. This workshop is programmed as part of “Doing Science in a Gendered World” a collaborative project between LifeSpace: Science Art Research Gallery and the School of Life Sciences Athena SWAN Gender Equality Charter. Kira will also speak as part of the associated Artists' Talk. More info.

This is a free workshop and open to everyone.
Please sign up via email to: lifespace@dundee.ac.uk

When signing up to this workshop, please include your name and a line explaining why you are subscribing. Places are available on a first-come-first served basis. There are 15 places available for the workshop.

If you have any access needs please include details in your email. We have a small budget to support travel in Scotland if financing travel is a barrier to your participation in the workshop.

Kira O’Reilly is an artist based in Helsinki in Finland where she leads the MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance (MEACP) at Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki. She works mostly in performance, sometimes biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body, bodies and what that might mean in our contemporary times. Her art work is presented in visual arts, dance, performance art, live art and science, art and technology contexts.The publication Kira O'Reilly: Untitled (Bodies), edited by Harriet Curtis & Martin Hargreaves was published this year by Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books. 

Image: Kira O’Reilly and Jennifer Willet. Refolding (Laboratory Architectures). School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, 2010. Photography by Hugo Glendinning

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Kira O'Reilly


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