An Post GPO Witness History
Public Art Commissions 2016
24 April-2nd May 2016
Two Performances of Mother Operated on Successfully Today took place on Monday 25th April.
Performance rehearsal, GPO Courtyard 24th April 2016 photo credit Ros Kavanagh
This artist project explores the associative links between the forgotten metaphor of the stormy petrel and the forgotten history of the revolutionary women couriers of 1916. Our research delved into the metaphor of the stormy petrel and the folklore associated with the world’s smallest sea bird now more commonly known as the storm petrel. In the 19th century the symbolism attached to this little bird is of a radical revolutionary, heroic in the face of extreme danger and an ‘announcer of the storm’.
Devised by artists Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Hand and movement director Libby Seward Performers: Libby Seward, Lucy Rowell, Orla Ryan, Kaija Kennedy, Una Maya Kennedy, Augustine O’Donoghue, Alanna O’Kelly, Frances Mizetti Duggan, Ceara Conway, Pauline Cummins, Natasha Bourke.
Installation | Performance | Book | CD
Artists Orla Ryan, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Hand
24 April- 2 May, 9.00-5.30, daily
Sound installation in the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre Courtyard. Features an ‘Acoustic Radar’ and ‘Flare Horn Rig’, sound sculptures based on World War 1 listening devices. Fabricated by Lawrence O’Toole.
Future presentations in 2016:
Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi.
Invited by Pham Phuong Cuc, Curator of the contemporary exhibition space at the Women’s Museum. Supported by Culture Ireland and Dept Foreign Affairs as part of the Ireland 2016 International Programme. Irish Ambassador to Hanoi is H.E. Ms Cáit Moran and Second Secretary of Political and Economic Affairs is Chiara Popplewell.
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow.
Invited by VISUAL & Carlow Arts Office 2016 Programme, Director of VISUAL Ann Mulrooney, Carlow Arts Officer Sinead Dowling.
Carlow Institute of Technology (Wexford Campus), Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow County Council Arts Office, Artlinks Ltd.
An Post/GPO Witness History Public Art 2016