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Performance Collective

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Galway Arts Centre & Galway Arts Festival present

The Performance Collective
Subject to Ongoing Change  
14 days of live performance art
16-29th July 2012
Galway Arts Centre
Part of Galway Arts Festival 2012

Opening Reception 18th of July 6pm.
18th of July performance 10-11.30pm and 3 – 7pm
22 July dusk to dawn performance 10pm – 4am
‘Performance Art can be considered as both a context and a process. It is the practice of embodied thinking, experimenting with processes whose outcomes cannot always be predicted, in a context that is framed and contained within daily life…Operating on a human scale, the viewers are present in the same time and place as the artist, and witness the act of creation as it unfolds over real time. Both reach the actions completion in the same moment simultaneously.’ Margaret Dragu  
As part of the Galway Arts Festival The Performance Collective will present 14 days of live improvised performance art. The Performance Collective is a group of five leading performance artists from the visual arts in Ireland. They have worked together since 2007. Michelle Browne, Alex Conway, Pauline Cummins, Frances Mezzetti and Dominic Thorpe will present work that explores live improvisation and collaboration over time and in the presence of audience. Each day the group will perform for 4 hours with additional works dotted throughout the week. The work will be created and received in the same moment, as the artists perform together to explore action and interaction in a non-linear non-narrative form. The audience can experience the work at their own pace, and can come and go throughout the duration. This challenging new body of work that will be collaborative, improvised, durational and live, critically engages with how performance is presented in a gallery context and time structure.

The performance collective will also perform from Dawn to Dusk on Sunday 22nd of July from 10pm – 4am following the Macnas parade. Working with ideas of transformation and metamorphosis the artists will exploit the unique atmosphere of this time of the day.

The group is driven by the live experience and is dedicated to meaningful experience for artists and audience. Key to their work is authentic presence through performance, and how the relationships, energy and commitment of performers can generate real and intimate experiences between artists and audience. The Performance Collective creates vibrant collaborative work that challenges each member’s position as an individual artist while exploring the dynamics of working within a group. The Performance Collective has carved out a unique voice in contemporary visual art, presenting thought provoking, challenging work.
‘What has been worked out is a form that is as open and fluid as the shapes of our everyday experience but does not simply imitate them. I believe the form places much greater responsibility on visitors than they have before. The success of the work depends on them as well as on the artist’ Alan Kaprow on performance.

The Performance Collective have been working together since 2007 and have performed at The Broadcast Gallery, DIT, Catalyst Arts, Belfast and Temple Bar Studios Dublin.  For more information and an up to date timetable of performances go to www.galwayartscentre.ie www.theperformancecollective.com www.galwayartsfestival.com or follow us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Performance-Collective/333458340021641?sk=wall&filter=12

This exhibition was made possible through the support of Galway Arts Festival, Galway Arts Centre, Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, and the generosity of the public through Fundit.

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