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Performances - Care. Complicity. Critique.

CIACLA, Suite B1
Live Performances on June 16th from 1-3pm. – See Tickets Below.

Seminar June 17th – 11am – 2pm

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

This programme aims to engage audiences with contemporary performance art and the modes of political critique that they enact. Bringing together key Irish and American artists working in the field, the project aims to bring together and examine the modes of performance employed in their work. Looking at the practices through the lens of the ideas of care, complicity and critique, the project will make a space for considering a range of ways of looking at and responding to both local and global politics, and engage audiences through critical lenses

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 the ethics and morality of how we relate to one another and the value of empathy in inter-relations can offer a counteraction to the dehumanisation that occurs through the use fear and terror by the alt-right as means of social control. As such, can 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 dealings of 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 performance and critique.

Critique of institutions can be looked at as the scrutiny of systemic oppression through for instance drawing attention to the ways in which power operates or the gathering and dissemination of 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?