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Bealtaine At Home: LIVESTOCK: Viral - The Keening iv - Day Magee

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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 first of 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 Male Keening (vi) by Day Magee presented in association with Pallas Projects

Day Magee will perform a male variant of the Keening, having completed the cycle of patriarchal grief.

Day Magee is a genderqueer performance and visual artist based in Dublin. Since 2011, they have performed as part of live art organisations such as LIVESTOCK and the Dublin Live Art Festival, before pursuing a BA in Sculpture & Combined Media in Limerick School of Art & Design in 2017. During time in LSAD they staged group live art events, and by third year exhibited work: as part of Galway’s Tulca Festival 2019; group shows in Dublin and Manhattan; as well as being put forward for the Future Generation Art Prize 2020 by Pallas Projects Studios.

Day’s work concerns the subjectivity of a queer sick body: queerness navigated via fundamentalist Christianity; sickness as manifest in chronic pain; the body being the site of self-conception as well as the instrument of self-reproduction. Experience acts as the dynamo, and the ensuing emotional interiority is the well from which I draw. My life is a question, and my work is its answer.

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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