In collaboration with Jesse Jones as part of In the Shadow of the State
How do we remember and transmit what has gone before, even the oppression, from the large, monumental recording of history to the ephemera of the everyday? How can this act of remembering exist in the future and serve to think us through the crises of the present?
This active archive does not deal with the objects of the past, it anticipates future, ideologically obsolete material. We select and process items from everyday experience, naming them as evidence of the current, late-capitalist oppression of women. Objects are identified, stamped, and placed back in circulation. The archive is an active critique.
This work is presented through a workshop / demonstration format, which focuses on the development of a post-patriarchal archive. Workshop participants are welcome to bring materials to be stamped. (Artefacts recently stamped include products such as 'feminine hygiene spray' and printed materials such as legal documents and contemporary fashion magazines.) Increasingly there is a thematic focus to the lectures, such as the construction of "feminine hygiene" or the nature of patriarchal time.
Crisis Aesthetics, Crisis Politics, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, March 2015
Still, We Work, NWCI touring exhibition at Callan Workshouse, Kilkenny, June 2015
Console-ing Passions, International conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, Dublin, June 2015
Still, We Work, NWCI touring exhibition at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, October 2015
Idle Women, Lancashire, October 2015
Bodies Politic, symposium of the Casement Project at Maynooth University, February 2016
Ulster Festival of Art and Design, March 2016
Women's Studies outreach programme, UCD / Loreto College Crumlin, May 2016
Hospitable Bodies, symposium of the Casement Project at the British Library, London, June 2016
FLak, Mixing Feminism, Legality and Knowledge seminar, Queen Mary University of London, July 2016