Last Breath explores ideas of the ultimate great unknown – the experience of death and dying. The film draws on Brett’s ongoing research into Irish death rituals that explore the space between ‘life and death’, the ‘mind and body’, necromancy and the female supernatural.
A discussion follows with Brett and Patricia Lysaght, Emerita Professor of European Ethnology and Folkloristics, UCD, who explore the traditions, rituals and folklore imagination of the dying experience that is specific to Ireland.
Last Breath follows a residency undertaken by Brett at UCD’s College of Social Science and Law and a participatory project with palliative care and other healthcare staff.
Admission is free but booking is essential.
Marie Brett is a visual artist working in digital, sculptural and live events. Her practice responds to culturally shunned human behaviours and the lived experience of loss and trauma. A graduate of London University Goldsmiths College, Brett makes filmic, audio-sculptural, and event based pieces, for gallery and flux-off-site locations. Her work develops through socially engaged methods, particularly exploring an ethical and aesthetic relation to the politics of cultural production.View Artist
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