As part of the Galway Arts Festival The Performance Collective presented 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 presented work that explored live improvisation and collaboration over time and in the presence of audience. Each day the group performed for 4 hours with additional works dotted throughout the week. The work was created and received in the same moment, as the artists performed together to explore action and interaction in a non-linear non-narrative form. This challenging new body of work which was collaborative, improvised, durational and live, critically engaged with how performance is presented in a gallery context and time structure.
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.
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.