by Natasha Bourke
Sat 3rd Feb | 18:00 | St Peters
Longing for judgment day. Who are we. Where do we go. We are that distracted liminal dirt. Oscillating discordantly. Exiting as we enter. Dissident polyfiller. We are the existential indecisive infants of lost.
Stashed bones rumble aside and below. Souls disturbed disturb. Laissez faire violent acts of apathy vibrate walls and history speaks in cyclical time.
A drunken bureaucrat cartoon decides our twisted fate. A rancid puppet of joy and pain operated by that hidden uncanny force. But a figure of alluring sexless fruit with an enticing void of penetration and debauched entertainment. We comply. Wanting to believe our ignorance we soften to this absurd façade of theatrical senselessness on this temporal frozen set of luxurious narrowed perception.
To hell with it. To hell with us. This is the calling.
Purge, Cleanse and Dispose us of ourselves,
Without but a morsel of grace.
go-betweens is a site specific performance by multidisciplinary artist Natasha Bourke. It features Coneface, the artists main performance alter ego whose face is covered by a long, semi-transparent cone. Bourke uses this anonymised absurd figure to explore themes including transience, identity, institution, pathos & perception by activating thematically specific tableaux. This motif was originally designed to refer to filtration devices developed with age or a dissociative state caused by technological over- stimulation. Coneface continues to evolve, having appeared in numerous live and filmic events around Ireland, Italy and Sweden. Bourke is currently working on an experimental feature length film called Concrete Keys built around Coneface. This performance will be both spectral and playful in feel with elements of movement, performer transformation, audience promenade, light, projection and sound.
Natasha Bourke is a Cork-based Interdisciplinary artist of Irish/Dutch descent with an extensive movement & performance background. Bourke holds a 1st class honours BFA and her current practice incorporates analogue & digital lens-based media (film, photography & projection), installation, drawing, archive, light, live sound and performance (including dance, aerial-harness, swimming, clown, butoh, body weather) as languages to contemplate themes such as transience, identity, institution, pathos & perception.
Since 2014, Natasha has screened, performed and exhibited work at events and venues in Ireland & overseas including IndieCork, Deepfocus, Disappear Here & Cork International film festivals; EFS screening at Filmbase Dublin and Sonicvigil Cork; Dublin Live Art & Livestock Festivals, Dublin; Nest Performance festival, Kilkenny; K- FestKillorglan; Quarter Block Party festival, Cork Midsummer festival, St Finbarrs festival Elizabeth Fort, Pitch’d Circus Festival, Circus Factory Closing event, Midleton Arts Festival & Zolala, Cork; Sample studios, Triskel & Sirius Arts Centres, Wandesford and Lavitt Galleries, Cork; Greywood Arts official opening, Cork Culture night Guest Performing Artist 2014-16 at Black Mariah/Project space & Gulpd Café Triskel Arts Centre, Cork; Multiple performances & exhibitions at MART Gallery, Dublin; Studio 6 performance series at Templebar gallery; Vest & Page /IPA performance art event, Forte Marghera, Venice; Moving Bodies Festival in Dublin & Turin, Italy; Going SoloPerformance & Film festival, Sweden.
Concept, production, direction and body performance: Natasha Bourke
Sound: James Fortune, Natasha Bourke and Mick O’Shea
Projectionist and creative advisor: Maximillian Le Cain
Ball bearers/Rubbish men: Serge, Michael, Alex, Seamus
Puppet design execution: Leslie Burton and Michael (Pot and Kettle Puppets)
Additional thanks to:
Linda Cullen, Jessica Coogan, Sharon Downey, Cliff Dolliver, Cork Film Centre, St. Peters, Portafilter, Quarter Block Party and everyone else who supported the work.