Preview of In / Between : 21st May
In / Between : site specific installation by Olivia Hassett at deAppendix
MAY 22nd – JUNE 27th June 2014
Preview and opening event: Wed 21st May 6.30 – 8pm. Olivia Hasset in conversatiowith Professor David Taylor, TCD.
Closing Event: Wed 25th June 6.30pm – 8pm Between you and me solo performance by Olivia Hassett followed by a public talk with Dr. Tina Kinsella.
Gallery hours : 11am – 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday by appointment.
In / Between marks, for Hassett, the culmination of a three month residency at deAppendix. This site specific performative installation draws directly from Hassett’s preoccupation with metaphorical and phenomenological notions of skin as a porous, liminal boundary between public and private aspects of the human body. Squatting in the hybrid space of deAppendix, In / Between is aptly located to consider shifts in a patients sense of self (mostly imperceptibly) as they move backward and forwards between the outside/ inside and the public/ private areas within a GP’s surgery. By colonizing the door handles of Amaranta Family Practice (see detail image above), In/ Between induces patient-participants to become active protagonists as they move through the installation to access the GP facilities.
Occupying a liminal space between animation and inanimate objecthood, various elements of In / Between will go through transformative processes mediated by the artist’s performing body and enviornmental factors. The nature of these elements will shift back and forth acrross the tenuous boundary seperating active, embodiment and the alleged passivity, of an acquiescent, inanimate, state. For Hassett these processes are reminiscent of the ongoing shifts and transformations of humanitys skin and / or self-identity.
The first part of Between you and me will be performed during ON THE SPOT., a performance event curated by pre form in RUA RED, Tallaght on the 7th of June.
Olivia Hassett practice regurlarly develops site specific phenomenological installations. These are composed of various interconnected sculptural elements and materials that engage with the architecture of space. Hassett uses strong colour and adds medical devices to the sculptural elements as a means to explore notions of the abject body and its potential to be simultaneously grotesque and sublime. Hassett completed a Masters of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2012. Recent exhibitions include two one person shows; Somatic reassemblage, Newbridge Arts Centre, January 2014 and Anamorph, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, June 2013. Group exhibitions include Penumbra, TACTIC, Cork, February 2014 and Circulation, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin, August 2013. Collaborative performances include Between Us, Glass Box, The LAB, Dublin, April 2014, Culture Night, RUA RED, Dublin, September 2013. Upcoming events include Underline at Occupy Space in Limerick, June 2014. Solo and group performance at part of ON THE SPOT in Gallery I, Rua Red, June 7th 2014. Hassett as part of performance group pre form was awarded the Dublin City Council Incubation Space Award. Most recently she was awarded an artists bursary from the South Dublin County Council.
Complete list of exhibitions, performances and collaborative projects can be viewed on www.oliviahassett.com
Professor David Taylor holds the position of Professor of Materials Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. His field of expertise is Biomedical Engineering: the application of scientific principles to the study of the human body. The public talk will delve into notions and outcomes from the interdisciplinary project that both he and Olivia Hassett have been involved in since 2013. Some elements from the project will form part of the installation in deAppendix.