EMBODIMENT / Capture Performance Focus (CPF) : IRELAND

performative exhibition project in Vienna


curated by Helen Carey and Michaela Stock

Amanda Coogan, Laura Fitzgerald, Ann Maria Healy, Evelyn Loschy, Veronika Merklein, Lilo Nein, Dominic Thorpe, Suzanne Walsh

Duration of the exhibition: 7.9. – 31.10.2019

7.9., 17 h               OPENING PARTY with performance8.9. – 12.9.           performance program with performance, lecture,  talk

WHERE: galerie michaela stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Vienna

Helen Carey, Director of Fire Station Artists’ Studios / FSAS in Dublin was invited to curate the first edition of the performative exhibition series Capture Performance Focus / CPF in Vienna at galerie michaela stock in autumn 2019.

The project EMBODIMENT brings young Irish artists of the Fire Station Artists’ Studios to Vienna in collaboration with Austrian artists. The exhibition highlights an inter-cultural dialogue. The central enquiry of the exhibition is around being in the world, and the different ways people inhabit space both conceptual and temporal, manifesting cultural differences and similarities.  Ideas explored include how contemporary art explores the shifting of what might be stable ideas for nationality, for gender and how history and experience makes meaning fluid.

With artists from Austria and Ireland, the exhibition project CPF including multimedia works such as performance art, drawing, photography and video, as well as talks, will take place over 8 weeks. The selected Irish artists are connected to Fire Station Artists’ Studios, which is one of Ireland’s largest and oldest studio institutions over the last 20 years.

In addition to the planned exhibition EMBODIMENT in the two gallery spaces and in the basement of galerie michaela stock, there will also be an interdisciplinary programme with lectures and workshops by art critics and art historians, including international commentators such as Andrej Mircev or Stef van Bellingen, to cite just a few.

An exhibition catalogue and a video with documentation and results will be presented in November in Vienna at Vienna Art Week (VAW) and at the end of November in Dublin at FSAS.


7.9 – 12.9.  multi-day performance program  Saturday, 7.9.          17h OPENING PARTY with performance18h Performance / Amanda Coogan19h Performance / Dominic Thorpe

Sunday, 8.9.       16h Performance / Dominic Thorpe 17h Performance / Suzanne Walsh 18h Talk / Giovanni Morbin Forme di Comportamento20h AFTER HOURS Barbatti fine food

Monday, 9.9.        18.30h Meet & Greet Reception with Drinks & Snacks supported by Embassy Ireland19h Performance / Amanda Coogan20h Performance / Veronika Merklein Gleichgewicht21h AFTER HOURS Barbatti fine food

Tuesday, 10.9.18h Talk / Andrej Mircev: On Archives Performance and Socialism                                19h Talk / Marko Markovic DOPUST / Days of open Performance                                                Wednesday, 11.9.     18h Talk / Lilo Nein & Suzanne Walsh19h Performance / Dominic Thorpe20h Performance / Amanda Coogan21h AFTER HOURS Barbatti fine food

Thursday, 12.9.          18h Talk & Guided Tour with Helen Carey19h Performance / Suzanne Walsh 21h AFTER HOURS Barbatti fine food

Friday, 27.9.               10 – 13h: Gallery Breakfast (viennacontemporary) Stef van Bellingen

Sunday, 17.11.          11-14h: catalogue presentation and brunch (VAW) in Vienna, Bf2

Saturday, 30.11.        catalogue presentation in FSAS / Dublin

Contribution / Talks:

Stef van Bellingen (curator, director WARP, Belgium)

Giovanni Morbin (artist and professor of performance, University of Verona, Italy)

Marko Markovic (artist, director of DOPUST Festival, Split, Croatia)

Andrej Mircev (curator, professor, University of Berlin, Germany)

Christiane Krejs (curator, former artistic director of Kunstraum NÖ, Vienna, Austria)

Supported by: Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Embassy Ireland, Wien Kultur, District Wieden, Vöslauer, Ströck, Bildrecht

CAPTURE PERFORMANCE FOCUS / CPF Performative practice has always been closely interwoven with experimentation and research into new forms. Without a doubt, working conditions have changed significantly in recent years as a result of social, political and, above all, technological developments. The process of artistic work itself is increasingly coming to new forms of collaboration, exchange and documentation. Furthermore, the conditions of performances as a product have been renegotiated and critically questioned.

CAPTURE PERFORMANCE FOCUS (CPF) focuses not only on live performances from just one country, but also on interdisciplinary lectures and workshops as well as their documentation and archiving via various media. In this way, performance art opened up to a field of exploration of creative work processes with a focus on a different country each year in the exchange of collaborations and experimental practices, as well as in the development of discourses and fields of research.

The first edition of CPF introduces the art scene from Ireland. The CPF consists of several parts: performance, exhibition, lectures, artist talks, and workshops. The aim of the performative exhibition series is to show developments and changes in performance art and to compare them with Austrian and other European tendencies.