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Cathy O’Carroll
Bio

My practice is in performance scenography and lighting design. I have been an associate researcher with GradCAM since 2011. I am co-convener of the ‘Genealogies of Performance’ seminar group and a member of the ‘Digital Studies’ seminar group and the ‘Aesthetics’ research group’. Published work with this group includes ‘In Response to Bernard Stiegler: A Pharmacological Avant-Garde’, published in Imprint, Vol.3 2015, and ‘Turn, Turn, Turn: Civic Instrumentalisation and the Promotion of Autonomy in Contemporary Arts Funding’ published in the European Society of Aesthetics proceedings, 2015. I have a B.A in Drama and Theatre Arts (Goldsmiths College, London) and a M.A, in Art and the Contemporary World (N.C.A.D., Dublin).

Project

Title:  A Practice led, research informed interrogation of the interactive and inter relational potential of site based performance, through an exploration of the ‘amateur’ and a re-positioning of the spectator within the networks of the event.

Abstract:  My practice led PhD research seeks new forms of interactivity through a critical exploration of the ‘amateur’, leading to a re-positioning of the spectator, within the networks of site based performance. The ‘amateur’ domain includes individual and group artistic activity that is not legitimised by the institutions of art as professional. My research explores the effects of professional mediation on processes of knowledge creation within performance practice. This will be informed by an analysis of the models of interaction which scenography, the authoring of space, facilitates, developed in critical dialogue with Bernard Stiegler’s mobilisation of the ‘amateur’. The task of this project is to both establish the effects of the relegation of the ‘amateur’ domain on the networks of production, transmission and reception of the event and to discover potentially more ‘beneficent’ forms of interactivity engendering, new interrelationships through the scenographic process.

Research Outputs

Conference Papers

O’Carroll, C 2017 ‘When the Amateur Appears on the Scene: Leakage & Transgression between Memorial, Drama and Personal Testimony’ at PSi# 2017 Overflow (June 8-11). Hamburg: Performance Studies International

The Aesthetics Research Group (Doyle, J., O’Carroll, C., O’Hara, M., Vaughan, C.) 2018, ‘A Post-Digital Aesthetics of the Inhuman Gaze: Reflections on I See Birds Flying Over the White House’ at UCD, IRC The Inhuman Gaze (June 6-9), Paris

Performance

O’Carroll, C Mask-Track-Merge (2017) Performance, June 28th 2017, At the Research Pavilion in the context of 57th Venice Biennale (2017) for the event ‘Choreographic’ (GradCAM, Dublin and the Department of Art, Goldsmiths), Guidecca, Venice (June 27th -29th) http://art.gold.ac.uk/choreographic

O’Carroll, C Mask-Track-Merge (2017) Performance, October 1st 2017, At the Research Pavilion in the context of 57th Venice Biennale (2017) for the event ‘Digital Utopia’s of Access’ (GradCam, Dublin) Guidecca Venice ( September 28th -Ocober 1st)

O’Carroll, C Mask-Track-Merge (2017)Performance, November 21st 2017, (with the support of CCHS), at Valand Academy, Göteborgs Universitet for ‘The Camera as a Tool For Research: Network meeting and forum’ (Valand Academy), Göteborg, Sweden (November 20th-21st )

The Aesthetics Research Group (Doyle, J., O’Carroll, C., O’Hara, M., Vaughan, C.) October 1st 2017, I see Birds Flying Over the White House ( 2017) Research Poem, Performed at the Research Pavilion in the context of 57th Venice Biennale (2017) for the event ‘Digital Utopia’s of Access’ (GradCam, Dublin) Guidecca Venice (September 28th -Ocober 1st) https://aestheticsgroup.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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