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 explored some of the spaces in Dundee’s School of Life Sciences in order to experience and examine how bodies (not just human ones) act in relation to institutions, and the kinds of ideas and knowledges that are produced within and with them. The workshop derived 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 took at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. This workshop was 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 also spoke as part of the associated Artists' Talk. More info.
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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 is of workshop participant Madeleine Brown.
We are grateful to the Learning & Teaching Undergraduate team in the School of Life Sciences at University of Dundee who worked with us to enable our temporary take over of a teaching laboratory and compliance with all Health & Safety rules including collaborative completion of risk assessments and decontamination of the laboratory prior to our workshop.