Tide Map- the first of 3 durational performance works

3 durational performance works for summer 2021

A trio of three durational, site specific, performance art works, in 3 outdoor locations in County Clare planned for June - September 2021. These works are a development of my performative practice, further exploring endurance based actions and the land.

The artistic intention of this body of work:

To explore further the relationship of the body with the action and with the site. To experience the actions of walking, crawling, pulling and dragging. How it will feel to complete the tasks- during and after- physical and mental. Whether a state of flow will be achieved. Highlighting the earth as we inhabit it now, as an act of documentation, and our relative insignificance but similarly the continuing desecration our human presence metes out on our environment. These works are a progression of sorts from a previous body of work; I Need To Be Ready.

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The first planned work is called Tide Map

This will be a durational performance lasting approximately 6 hours. 

The scheduled date and time for the performance is 4am (low tide), 30th June

The site for the performance is the Flaggy Shore, Co Clare

Description of performance:

This will be a time based work, based around the shifting tide. By walking along at the edge of the water as the tide comes in, over and back along the full length of the beach, the tide is mapped. This is done for as long as possible, staying at the edge of the water, ideally for the 6 hours of the incoming tide until the tide is fully ‘in’. The artist accompanys the sea as it travels in on its journey. The performance will be documented and possibly live-streamed. Audience have been invited to observe and participate by walking alongside the artist. 

Importance of the site:

The Flaggy shore beach is a contained beach, and quite a negotiable space to travel along, jelly fish and rocks allowing. The shifting tide line is visible as it travels up the beach. The full tide is very apparent as the water reaches the back wall of the beach. There is a back wall and above this, a parking area at the side of the road where you can park. This is where filming and documentation could occur.

The performative action: 

The goal is to complete 6 hours of performance, accompanying the tide over the 6 hours as it changes from low to high tide.

To consider: Energy never dies, it’s just shifted into another form. There are multiple elements in motion in the work: the earth is turning, causing the tidal shift of the ocean. The water is moving up and down the beach The artist is moving up and down in line with the tide. All are cogs in a larger mechanism.

The performance is:

An act of attendance,

An act of witnessing.

An act of accompaniment.

An act of endurance.

An act of observation.

Performances 2 and 3 will be described at a later date.