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Kira O'Reilly - untitled (bodies)

Kira O'Reilly - untitled (bodies)

O'Reilly, Kira; Hargreaves, Martin, editor; Curtis, Harriet, editor

The works of interdisciplinary artist Kira O’Reilly use the uncertain boundaries of bodies as the starting point for their enquiry. Specifically, O’Reilly asks what kind of societies become possible in collaborations across species, organisms and bodies, and she explores these questions through sustained and experimental engagements with politics, biopolitics, change (social, corporeal, chemical, reactive) and the complex relations between the human and the non-human.   This book is the first to offer an in-depth engagement with her many works across diverse formats. Bringing together writings by major artists and thinkers, such as Marina Abramovic, Shannon Bell and Tracey Warr, alongside extensive documentation of the artist’s work from two decades of practice, the contributions engage with such topics as ideas of performance, feminist political aesthetics, biotechnical practices, image-making and the intersections of humans and animals. The book also includes interviews, archive material and O’Reilly’s own writings.   Publication Forum (Finland) lists this book as a Level 2 publication, where ‘the highest-level publications are directed as a result of extensive competition and demanding peer-review’. For Intellect’s full listings in this catalogue, please click here.

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London ; Bristol : Live Art Development Agency ; Intellect 2018
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Harriet Curtis and Martin Hargreaves
ISBN: 1783208325, 9781783208326
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 318 p. : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 22 x 25 cm.
Series: Intellect live
Subject: O'Reilly, Kira Criticism and interpretation.; Performance art.; Live art.; Human figure in art.; Art and Design.
Alternative Title: Untitled (bodies)
Series Title: Intellect live.


  1. Foreword
  2. Marina Abramovc
  3. Introduction
  4. Harriet Curtis
  5. Compost and Life
  6. Tracey Warr
  7. Women Performance Artists as Secret Priests
  8. Linda Montano and Kira O'Reilly
  9. Somehow I Need to Write the Visceral
  10. Kira O'Reilly
  11. Kira O'Reilly Techné of Anxiety
  12. Shannon Bell
  13. 'Ocean-Deafened Voices Warning Me'
  14. Amanda Coogan
  15. We Keep Our Biologies Intimate
  16. Kira O'Reilly
  17. Sculpture is the Body: A Journey Through the Work of Kira O'Reilly
  18. Rebecca Stevenson
  19. Kira O'Reilly in Conversation with Franko B
  20. Franko B and Kira O'Reilly
  21. Since 1995
  22. Rebecca French
  23. A Momentary Cohabitation: Kira O'Reilly Meets Another Species
  24. Rob La Frenais
  25. Out of Balance
  26. Doran George
  27. Showwomen: Kira O'Reilly in Conversation with Marisa Carnesky
  28. Marisa Carnesky and Kira O'Reilly
  29. Dear Us
  30. Fiona Wright
  31. Writing Like This...
  32. Fiona Wright
  33. Untitled (Remembering)
  34. Patrick Duggan
  35. Syncope: I/We Medusa
  36. Traci Kelly
  37. What Does it Mean For You to Dance?
  38. Doran George
  39. Syncopal Actions and Falling States
  40. Julia Bardsley
  41. Syncopal Actions and Falling States
  42. Helena Hunter
  43. Falling Is Not So Pitiful: On Syncopal Actions and Falling States
  44. Dominic Johnson
  45. Further Reading
  46. Contributor Biographies
  47. Acknowledgements
  48. Index