Mobile Encounters – Documenting the Early Years of Performance Art in Ireland
Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin
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The exhibition looked at the past thirty years of performance art in Ireland and features documents, artefacts and videos by Andre Stitt from the collection of the National Irish Visual Arts Library.
Stitt, Andre, The Keeper:documents, artefacts and videos by Andre Stitt, Mobile Encounters – Documenting the Early Years of Performance Art in Ireland, 12 December 2014 – 15 February 2015, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, Ireland
Mobile Encounters presents a selection of ephemera and artworks documenting the early years of performance art in Ireland. The exhibition is curated in partnership between the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) and IMMA. NIVAL is a public research resource that holds the world’s largest collection of documentary information on Irish 20th and 21st century art. An important objective of IMMA’s newly established Project Spaces is to consider how a museum engages with its collection, artists, curators and visitors. Drawing on both national collections, the exhibition traces the people, organisations and events that contributed to shaping a culture of ‘mobile encounters’ for performance art from the early 1970s to the late 1990s. The task of documenting an inherently impermanent artform such as performance raises critical questions about how recordings of ‘live action’ are invariably mediated. The residual traces presented in this exhibition are as much a visual and documentary record of what happened as an indicator of the gaps in collecting–they signpost what is not known about the history of performance art in Ireland and lead us to consider why. Mobile Encounters presents a selection of videos digitised from NIVAL’s Audiovisual Collection and ephemera from NIVAL’s Artist, Gallery and Subject files. A selection of posters documenting twenty five years of activity at various art centres in Ireland and abroad are presented alongside works from IMMA’s collection.