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Bealtaine At Home: LIVESTOCK: Viral - Reconnect by Olivia Hassett

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LIVESTOCK: Viral - Curated and produced by Francis Fay & Dr. Katherine Nolan presented in partnership with Bealtaine Festival 2021.

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The second in a series of three live streamed performance art events with leading artists Olivia Hassett, Day Magee and El Putnam, exploring the vulnerability of the human body as part of an ecology both human and animal.

The pandemic puts a focus on the body, highlighting our frailties, forcing us to question our assumptions about who and what is vulnerable. With social distancing as the new norm we are propelled to create new forms of intimacy, social relations and endurance.

The Return by Olivia Hassett

For this year’s Bealtaine Festival Olivia Hassett will share a new live artwork inspired by her experience of living in a body in a 5km world. Reconnect will explore the constraints and connections between her performing body and a sculptural installation specially constructed in her home studio.

Streaming live to Bealtaine Festival YouTube and LIVESTOCK Facebook - 7pm - each Sat 8,15 & 22 May, 2021.

Olivia Hassett, a Dublin based artist, creates live works, sculptures, and immersive installations. Her practice reflects her ongoing interest in collaboration and engages with scientific, medical and arts and health notions and methodologies. Central to Hassett's practice is her exploration of the human body and its potential to manoeuvre between and among ideas of strength and fragility, the grotesque, and the sublime. Drawing from notions of skin as a porous boundary between the inside/ outoutside and public/ private body her live artworks probe these constantly shifting liminal spaces.

LIVESTOCK We believe performance art facilitates a relationship between artist and audience, creating an intimacy and a space for dialogue between both parties. Established in 2010 at The Market Studios in Dublin's north inner city by Joan Healy, Louise Ward and Francis Fay, LIVESTOCK is an artist-led initiative supporting and promoting performance art, artists and their work. Joined by Eleanor Lawlor in 2012, LIVESTOCK became an important part of the Dublin Live Art Festival (2012 – 2017). LIVESTOCK has held showcase events in Belfast’s Blackbox and Limerick’s Occupy Space. The current LIVESTOCK curatorial team are Francis Fay and Katherine Nolan. www.livestock.ie

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