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Step Aerobic Class, University of Limerick

In conjunction with the Arts Office of the University of Limerick Sean Taylor from the IMMA artist panel is instigating a public art performance with the evening Step Aerobic Class at the UL Sports Arena. This class is a long established health & fitness facility for students of the University and the general public in Limerick. This particular class has been running for over 10 years and has a large regular public attendance (up to 150 participants).

Dorothy Cross, Ghost Ship, 1999, Documentation of Nissan Art Project in association with IMMA, 1999; two light ship models phosphorescent paint, and uv lights, DVD, 10 mins, looped 90 x 38 x 18cm, 2003, Collection Irish Museum of Modern ArtCecily Brennan, Melancholia, 2005, DVD, 10min 36sec, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase 2006Lu Chunsheng, Before the Appearance of the First Steam Engine, 2003, Video 35min 27sec, Dimensions variable, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase 2004


Taylor is undertaking a series of creative workshops based on introducing members of the UL Aerobics Class to contemporary film works from the IMMA Collection during their workout class times. The videos will be screened during class times to stimulate discussion about contemporary art practices with the group. 

The result will be the realisation of a new collaborative sound/performance art work based on the vocal/whistling instructions of the aerobic instructor, coupled with aerobic and fitness based patterns /movements. The finished artwork will be located within the existing workout routine, and will become a permanent feature of the group’s workout.

The performance will be documented by the filmmaker David Bickley and this documentation will be accompanied by a publication. The publication will include an interview with Sean Taylor by Karen Normoyle-Haugh. The publication will also include an introduction from Patricia Moriarty, Arts Officre, UL, Johanne Mullan, National Programmer, IMMA, and Mark Maguire, Curator, Education & Community, IMMA.

Film work by the following artists from the IMMA Collection will be screened for the purposes of the project; Cecily Brennan, Brian Duggan, Lu Chunsheng, Dorothy Cross, Ann Hamilton, Paddy Jolley, Caroline McCarthy and Isabel Nolan.