Kira O'Reilly (Book)

Untitled (Bodies)

The works of interdisciplinary artist Kira O'Reilly use the uncertain boundaries of bodies as the starting point for their enquiry. Specifically, O'Reilly asks what kind of societies become possible in collaborations across species, organisms and bodies, and she explores these questions through sustained and experimental engagements with politics, biopolitics, change (social, corporeal, chemical, reactive) and the complex relations between the human and the non-human.  

Category: Performing Arts
Series: Intellect Live

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The works of interdisciplinary artist Kira O’Reilly use the uncertain boundaries of bodies as the starting point for their enquiry. Specifically, O’Reilly asks what kind of societies become possible in collaborations across species, organisms and bodies, and she explores these questions through sustained and experimental engagements with politics, biopolitics, change (social, corporeal, chemical, reactive) and the complex relations between the human and the non-human.
 
This book is the first to offer an in-depth engagement with her many works across diverse formats. Bringing together writings by major artists and thinkers, such as Marina Abramović, Shannon Bell and Tracey Warr, alongside extensive documentation of the artist’s work from two decades of practice, the contributions engage with such topics as ideas of performance, feminist political aesthetics, biotechnical practices, image-making and the intersections of humans and animals. The book also includes interviews, archive material and O’Reilly’s own writings.
 

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Harriet Curtis is a teaching fellow in performance studies and liberal arts at King’s College London.

Martin Hargreaves is a writer, dramaturg, and performer.

Foreword

Marina Abramovc

Introduction

Harriet Curtis

Compost and Life

Tracey Warr

Women Performance Artists as Secret Priests

Linda Montano and Kira O'Reilly

Somehow I Need to Write the Visceral

Kira O'Reilly

Kira O'Reilly Techné of Anxiety

Shannon Bell

'Ocean-Deafened Voices Warning Me'

Amanda Coogan

We Keep Our Biologies Intimate

Kira O'Reilly

Sculpture is the Body: A Journey Through the Work of Kira O'Reilly

Rebecca Stevenson

Kira O'Reilly in Conversation with Franko B

Franko B and Kira O'Reilly

Since 1995

Rebecca French

A Momentary Cohabitation: Kira O'Reilly Meets Another Species

Rob La Frenais

Out of Balance

Doran George

Showwomen: Kira O'Reilly in Conversation with Marisa Carnesky

Marisa Carnesky and Kira O'Reilly

Dear Us

Fiona Wright

Writing Like This...

Fiona Wright

Untitled (Remembering)

Patrick Duggan

Syncope: I/We Medusa

Traci Kelly

What Does it Mean For You to Dance?

Doran George

Syncopal Actions and Falling States

Julia Bardsley

Syncopal Actions and Falling States

Helena Hunter

Falling Is Not So Pitiful: On Syncopal Actions and Falling States

Dominic Johnson

Further Reading

Contributor Biographies

Acknowledgements

Index

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