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Performance Art in Ireland
A History
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ISBN 9781783204281
Paperback 288 pages
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Published January 2015
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Books by Aine Phillips
Books in Performing Arts

Edited by Aine Phillips
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Co-published with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA)
This book, the first devoted to the history and contemporary forms of Irish performance art in the north and south of Ireland, brings together contributions by prominent Irish artists and major academics. It features rigorous critical and theoretical analysis as well as historical commentaries that provide an absorbing sense of the rich histories of performance art in Ireland. Presenting diverse visual documentation of performance art practices, this collection shows how performance art in
Ireland engaged with – and in turn influenced and led – contemporary performance and Live Art internationally.
André Stitt, Karine Talec, Amanda Coogan, Anthony Sheehan, Danny McCarthy, Megs Morley, EL Putnam, Kate Antosik-Parsons, Helena Walsh, Michelle Browne, Fergus Byrne, Cliodhna Shaffrey, Áine Phillips
Áine Phillips is a performance artist and head of sculpture at Burren College of Art at the National University of Ireland, Galway.


Chapter titles
Áine Phillips
Chapter 1: Performing Political Acts: Performance Art in Northern Ireland: Ritual, Catharsis, and Transformation
André Stitt
Chapter 2: Bbeyond and the Art of Participation
Karine Talec
Chapter 3: Dublin and Performance Art: Twenty Years of Action, 1970-1990
Amanda Coogan
Chapter 4: The Development of Performance and Sound Art in Cork
Megs Morley Interviewing Danny McCarthy
Chapter 5: Plyphonic Resonance: Sound Art in Ireland
El Putnam
Chapter 6: Survey: Ireland South of the Border High Performance 1984 Issue 25
Anthony Sheenan
Chapter 7: The Development of Irish Feminist Performance Art in the 1980s and the Early 1990s
Kate Antonsik-Parsons
Chapter 8: Developing Dialogues: Live Art and Femininity in Post-Conflict Ireland
Helena Walsh
Chapter 9: Performance Art in Ireland in the New Mellenium
Michelle Browne
Chapter 10: Right Here Right Now
Cliodhna Shaffrey
Chapter 11: Fragments on the Performance Collective: Subject to Ongoing Change at the Galway Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Fergus Byrne
Chapter 12: Out of Ireland: Irish Performance Art Internationally
Áine Phillips
'Philips rightly foregrounds the importance of her work as a reference book for performance arts training and ‘a stimulus for future projects and the evolution of Live Art in Ireland and else - where’. Yet, with its timely exploration of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of arts practice, informed by intersecting political interests and influences, this volume also makes a major contribution to Irish studies and cultural studies more broadly.' – Siobhán O’Gorman, New Theatre Quarterly

'Walsh provides an extraordinarily thoughtful analysis of the term ‘post-conflict’ in an Irish performance context, deftly traversing fifty years of political struggles and negotiations from ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland to the investigations of clerical sexual abuse across the country (pp. 211–14). These are just two examples of the sense the book provokes that the vibrant, churning, frequently invisible history of performance art in Ireland is very much worth investigating. I fervently hope that Phillips’s volume and the names and works it brings to a wider audience for the first time pave the way for further exploration and analysis of these artists and their performance practices.' – Karen Quigley, Theatre Research International

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