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Brutal Silences (2011) by Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh

Brutal Silences (2011) by Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh

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Brutal Silences is a Study Room Guide featuring selected performances from eleven artists who interrogate and interrupt the silences that exist in Ireland. It explores the use of repetition, cycles and duration to explore the legacies of secrecy and purity entrenched in Irish culture.
Two Irish live artists have created this Guide: Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh.

To coincide with recent developments in Ireland about the Magdalene Laundries, the following links also provide further context to the Study Guide and up-to-date information about the current politics around the Laundries:

http://www.magdalenelaundries.com/news.htm
Justice For Magdalenes (JFM) contains all the latest information and news articles as well as resources on the Magdalene Laundries and the campaign to gain the women justice.

http://www.paddydoyle.com/a-history-of-neglect/
Paddy Doyle's 'A history of Neglect' outlines the history of the Industrial and Reformatory schools but also shows recent press releases, articles and information on the issues with the Redress Board.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0614/magdalene.html
Following expected announcements on 14 June 2011 the cabinet in Dublin ran out of time to discuss the Magdalene Laundries.
Brutal Silences is a Study Room Guide featuring selected performances from eleven artists who interrogate and interrupt the silences that exist in Ireland. It explores the use of repetition, cycles and duration to explore the legacies of secrecy and purity entrenched in Irish culture.
Two Irish live artists have created this Guide: Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh.

To coincide with recent developments in Ireland about the Magdalene Laundries, the following links also provide further context to the Study Guide and up-to-date information about the current politics around the Laundries:

http://www.magdalenelaundries.com/news.htm
Justice For Magdalenes (JFM) contains all the latest information and news articles as well as resources on the Magdalene Laundries and the campaign to gain the women justice.

http://www.paddydoyle.com/a-history-of-neglect/
Paddy Doyle's 'A history of Neglect' outlines the history of the Industrial and Reformatory schools but also shows recent press releases, articles and information on the issues with the Redress Board.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2011/0614/magdalene.html
Following expected announcements on 14 June 2011 the cabinet in Dublin ran out of time to discuss the Magdalene Laundries.

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Brutal Silences
Parachute
by Aideen Barry.
 
A Live Art Development Agency Study Room Guide onLive Art in IrelandByAnn Maria Healy and Helena Walsh
 
2
Table of Contents
 Introduction to Guide -
p. 3.
 
Ann Maria Healy (AMH) and Helena Walsh (HW)
Interrupting Cycles of Silence: The Study Guide in Context -
p. 6.Helena Walsh
 
Silent Interventions
Amanda Coogan:
Medea 
(HW) - p. 11.Áine Phillips:
Redress 
(HW) - p. 13.Dominic Thorpe:
Redress State: Questions Imagined 
(AMH) - p.14.Helena Walsh:
Invisible Stains ( 
HW) - p.17.Áine O
ʼ
Dwyer:
Horseplay 
(HW) - p. 20
Staining
Aideen Barry:
Whatgoesaroundcomesaround 
(HW) - p. 22.Aideen Barry:
Black Ice 
(AMH) - p. 25.Michele Browne:
Rite of Passag 
e (HW) - p. 26.Chrissie Cadman:
The Laundries 
(HW) - p.29.
Pure Labour
Amanda Coogan:
Yellow 
(HW) - p. 33.Amanda Coogan:
Yellow Re-performed 
(AMH) - p. 36.Ann Maria Healy:
Out of your mind and into your body 
(AMH) - p. 39.Helena Hamilton:
Brought Forth By Birth (Notetoadistantgod)
(AMH) - p. 41.
Moving Forward in Circles
Aideen Barry:
Flight Folly 
(HW) - p. 43.Victoria McCormack:
If you don 
ʼ   
t know where you are headed then you are bound to end up where you 
ʼ   
re going 
(AMH) - p. 45.Áine Phillips:
Red Weight 
(HW) - p. 47.
Study Room Resources on Live Artists Featured in the Guide -
p. 49.
 Study Room Resources on Live Art and Irish Culture -
p. 55.
 
 
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Introduction to the Study Guide
 
This Study Guide is about endurance and duration. It is about repetition, cycles ofstruggle, containment and oppression. It is about abuse, violence and power. It isabout penance and the search for purity. It is about beauty, a beauty that is attimes frightening. It is about live artists who perform the brutal silences of Irishculture.Two Irish live artists have compiled it: Ann Maria Healy and Helena Walsh. HereAnn Maria and Helena introduce their approach to the guide.
Our Approach to the Study Guide
We were initially invited by the Live Art Development Agency to work on a studyguide based on female live artists working within an Irish cultural context. Inapproaching the guide we primarily decided to focus on explorations of Irishculture within our respective live art practices. We each choose performancesthat we would like to discuss in the guide. There were many crossovers not onlywithin our choices, but within the key themes we felt compelled to explore. Inparticular, we were both interested in the use of repetition, cycles and duration tointerrogate the silences that exist in Irish culture. This has become one of thecentral themes within the performances we chose. While the performancesdiscussed here capture our shared interests, this guide also allows for thedifferences in our vantage points. Ann Maria
ʼ
s writing focuses on performancesthat are resonant with her explorations of cycles, purity and silence in herpractice. Whereas Helena draws upon her explorations of the moral restraining ofwomen in relation to the legacies arising from Ireland
ʼ
s Magdalene Laundrieswithin her practice. The combination of our writing enables insight into some ofthe issues being dealt with in live art in an Irish context while simultaneouslyoffering a grounding of these issues within a broader historical context.Our individual writing on the performances we chose is combined in the guidewithin themed sections:
Silent Interventions
,
Staining
,
Pure Labour
and
Moving Forward in Circles
. These themes reference some of the key issuesrelevant to Irish culture that we feel live artists as responding to. The themesframing each section also allow for the diversity in our explorations. In framingthe performances in the guide so as to allow for multiple interpretations we hopethe many rich crossovers and dialogues between the performances may emerge.In the following accounts we each offer insight into the motivations driving ourexplorations in the Study Guide in relation to our individual live art practices.Following this Helena briefly outlines the context the study guide interacts with inthe section
Interrupting
 
Cycles of Silence.
 

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