Approved: 12.02.2014

Laura O Connor

Artist, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 12.02.2014

My work deals with the representation of women on screen and in contemporary culture, specifically how bodies are controlled and monitored through neoliberal narratives of empowerment and individuality. My practice consists of durational, live and online performances and installation, using digital manipulation such as green screen technology and feminist performance art strategies such as repetition,

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Artist Statement

My work deals with the representation of women on screen and in contemporary culture, specifically how bodies are controlled and monitored through neoliberal narratives of empowerment and individuality. My practice consists of durational, live and online performances and installation, using digital manipulation such as green screen technology and feminist performance art strategies such as repetition, parody, alter ego and failure. I have exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in a group show in Los Angeles and a solo exhibition at the Ballina Arts Centre. I am also co-founder and organiser of WANDA: Feminism and Moving Image, an annual festival in Belfast, www.wandabelfast.com. I have taught on BA courses in a range of topics in both theory and studio practice. I have a PhD with Practice from Ulster University.

CV & Education

 

                 www.lauraoconnorart.com

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

 

2018                        PhD in Fine Art, Ulster University

2016                        Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

2009-2011            Masters in Fine Art (MFA), Ulster University

2004–2008            Sculpture and Combined Media BA (Hons), Limerick School of Art and Design

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2018            Uncomfortable State, Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

2016            On the Internet everybody knows you’re a girl, QSS Gallery, Belfast

2015            Simulations, Interfaces & Performativity, PSSquared Gallery, Belfast

2013            The Pensive Spectator, TransArt, 61 College St Gallery, Cavan

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES

 2019           

Urgencies, CCA Gallery, Derry-Londonderry

2018           

Lovely weather (for this time of year), Performance, Cavan

Acts to Objects, LACE Gallery, Los Angeles

2017           

Performance Weekend, Townhall, Cavan

Glitch Festival, RUA RED Gallery, Dublin

Belfast Film Festival, performance, Black Box, Belfast           

2016           

Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, Ulster University, Belfast

RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

This Frontier so Familiar so Strange, ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham

2015           

Livestock at FIX15, performance festival, Platform Arts, Belfast

Two For Many, Array Studios Group Show, Townhall Cavan

RUA Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

Film Free and Easy, Primary Gallery, Nottingham

I’ll sing you a song from around the town, performance with Amanda Coogan, RHA Gallery, Dublin

The Beauty Parlour, Culture Night Belfast

Live Stock, Performance night, MART, Dublin

Remote Photo Festival, Regional Arts Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal

Indecency, Trans Art Cavan

2014          

Performing the self, performing the other, Dublin Live Art Festival @Art Lot, Dublin

2013           

Members Show, Array Studios Belfast

Belfast late night art, PS2, Belfast

2012           

Trans Art Cavan Festival, Cavan

A (brief) History of Looking Project, Culture Night, Belfast

Television, Tactic Gallery, Cork

 

 

LECTURING / WORKSHOPS

 

Visiting Lecturer in Video Art on Photography with Video BA (Hons)

Belfast School of Art

Ulster University

Apr 2018 – May 2018

 

Part-Time Seminar Leader/ Tutor in Art History & Theory BA Fine and Applied Arts

Belfast School of Art

Ulster University

Oct 2015 – Jan 2016

Green screen and performance module co-ordinator on Sculpture Lens-based BA (Hons)

Belfast School of Art

Ulster University

Feb 2015 – Apr 2015

Artist in Residence & Workshop co-ordinator

PS Squared Gallery & New Lodge Arts

Aug 2013 – Sep 2013

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING/ARTIST TALKS

2015           

Performance technologies, performance pedagogies, Talk and panel discussion, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Dublin Live Art Festival

Remote Photo Festival, Talk and panel discussion, Regional Art Centre, Letterkenny

Belfast Exposed women’s day talks, Belfast Exposed Gallery

Thursday lecture/artist talk, Ulster University, Belfast

 

AWARDS & FUNDING

 

2013-2016                     Department of Employment and Learning (DEL), PhD Scholarship.

2017, 2013 & 2011        Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP) Awarded by the                                                 National Lottery and the Northern Ireland Arts Council.

2013                             Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Awarded by the Cavan Arts Office.

2010                             Tommy McLoughlin Award Funding for up and coming Cavan artists                                             awarded by Cavan Arts Office and McLoughlin family.           

 

 

CONFERENCES

2018                       

Creative Practice Symposium

Film & Screen Media department, University College Cork

2015                       

Feminism & the Body in Performance: Current Practices,

2-Day symposium, MART Gallery, Dublin

Console-ing Passions 2015 International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism, Dublin

Aesthetics and the Feminine Conference, Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) & Philosophy Department University College Cork

 SIBEAL Irish Postgraduate Feminist and Gender Studies Network 8th Annual Conference, University of Limerick

 

SELECTED REVIEWS & PUBLICATIONS

 

2017            Review of Uncomfortable State, In:Action blog by El Putnam

2016            International Sculpture Center Blog, Interview ‘In the studio with Laura O’Connor’                        by Dorothy Hunter

                    www.vileine.com, Article ‘Selfie: beauty rituals, not only heavy for mermaids’ by                             Sietske Roorda.

2014            Abridged 0 – 37: Torquemada magazine, cover image

2012            Jane Fonda, Live Art & Videotape in Physical Stuff Made Strange, Printed Project                          15,  by Alistair McLennan in article by Aine Phillips, edited by Vivienne Dick

2011            In View, Aesthetica Magazine, review Fiona Lovely, issue 39 Spring.