Introduction to Wild Swans Performance Art
During the initial lock-down, Wild Swans in conjunction with Bbeyond invited ten artists to collaborate in the project ‘Forgotten Places’, which took place in Girona, Spain and Fanad, Co. Donegal in August 2020 and resulted in ten new performance art works which were filmed and edited as a video.
‘Forgotten Places’ explores our sense of place and space and the artist’s specific responses to site, place and memory of a space, to examine how we create from primal spatial experiences and how we embody feelings and images.
The artistic process began online with discussions between the artists and with a film maker. This process continued for several months on a weekly basis. Each artist developed a short a text related to their performance to be published as a digital document accompanying the video documentation of the performances.
The selected artists represent a variety of different approaches to performance art and their work will be brought to a wider audience through the screening and presentation of the video at the Regional Cultural Centre Co. Donegal and in Girona, Spain, as well as a Q & A with the artists online
This will take place on the 24th September at 18 30h when the video documentation of Wild Swans will be screened via Zoom from the Cultural Centre and the artists and the filmmaker will be available for a Q&A session with the audience.
Wild Swans was founded by artists Bernadette Hopkins Co. Donegal, Ireland and Denys Blacker, Girona, Spain as a performance art exchange project between Spain and Donegal, supported by Bbeyond Performance Art, Belfast. We thank Creative Ireland and Donegal County Council for funding the project and also Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal for their support and facilitation in bringing the work to a wide audience.
Wild Swans and Bbeyond aim to make Performance Art in Donegal more accessible to a wider audience and to support artists who want to develop and experiment with performance art in their practice.