A Lifeless Rib – Live-Art Performance
Friday 23rd September, 7pm, Central Arts, Waterford
Saturday 24th September, 1pm, The Art Hand, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford
‘Was I to have never parted from thy side?
As good have grown there still a lifeless rib.’
Paradise Lost, Book IX, l. 1154
Róisín Power Hackett is a visual artist and poet. She has an MA in Art in the Contemporary World (2013) and a BA in History of Art and Fine Art (2012)both from National College of Art & Design, Dublin. She has received the Arts and Disability Connect Training Grant (2015), the NCAD Access Programme and Kennedy Wilson Artist-in- Residence Award (2015) and the Artlinks Professional Development Award (2016). In October 2015 she held her first solo exhibition, as a Chinese jar at 12 Henrietta Street, Dublin. Interested in linking visual art and literature her practice includes paint, performance, print and text-based artwork.
A Lifeless Rib is a live art performance and discursive workshop that will take place at Central Arts in Waterford on Friday 23rd September at 7pm (and also at The Art Hand the following day)This event is a development of Róisín’s research on the imaginations connection to knowledge and her concern with gender inequality. A Lifeless Rib was influenced by Wallace Stevens’ poem Sunday Morning and by Michelle Foucault’s writing on knowledge. The performance is primarily a reading of a cut-up text using John Milton’s Paradise Lost. The cut-up text is a re-appropriation of western society’s perception of Eve.
A Lifeless Rib suggests that the only paradise we will experience is on earth and that religion, and thus the story of Adam and Eve, has been used as a means to stop people from questioning things in the world, has oppressed them and particularly has oppressed women. Róisín will create a multi-sensory experience including sight, taste and smell as a backdrop to this reading, which will include coffee, oranges and green cockatoos.
The discursive workshop, which will take place directly after the live art performance, will include coffee or tea and oranges, an opportunity to see the stage back drop in more detail as well as a discussion. The discussion will be based around short extracts from three texts – Paradise Lost by Milton, Sunday Morning by Stevens and The Order of Things by Foucault. The participants of the discussion will be asked to question and examine the production of knowledge and its relationship to imagination. The aim of the discussion is to reveal the mechanisms of knowledge production.
A Lifeless Rib is a free event. However it would be appreciated if those who wish to remain for the discursive workshop or attend The Art Hand event would book by contacting Róisín at email@example.com
A Lifeless Rib is supported by The Artlinks Professional Development Bursary