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IMMA is delighted to present a significant cross-disciplinary installation event Yes, But Do You Care? as part of an evocative body of work exploring the human right to make a bad decision, family care-giving and Ireland’s new capacity legislation. 

The piece, made by visual artist Marie Brett working with choreographer/performer Philip Connaughton and members of The Dementia Carers Campaign Network, combines dance and spoken word with drawing, sculptural and video elements plus sound and site response. Materials with metaphoric and symbolic significance were used, including a tonne of salt, timber housing and legislation extracts. 

Both artists have accomplished earlier series of compelling work that explore some of life’s more complex issues. Visual artist Marie Brett  (Last Breath, Day of the Straws, E.gress) has special interest to human experiences recurrently involving trauma, stigma or social (in)justice, and first met chorographer/performer Philip Connaughton (Assisted Solo, Whack!, Mamafesta Memorialising) when Brett was exhibiting and touring E.gress and Connaughton created a dance response to the piece. During Brett’s IMMA artist in residence, she researched how dementia and brain disease impacts on family carers, attended a Law Society human rights event questioning the complexity of Ireland’s new capacity legislation and family care giving. Brett then invited Connaughton and DCCN members into a process of collaboration as means to creatively explore these complexities, and as the project progressed, advisors in law, arts and human rights also folded into the process. 

To visit the ‘Yes, But Do You Care?’ website click here.


Artists Interview

In this interview, Dr Tara Byrne, Artistic Director of Bealtaine Festival and Arts Programme Manager of Age & Opportunity, asks Brett and Connaughton about their distinct motivations, conceptual ideas, collaborative methods for the piece. Dr Byrne asks about the artist's research, their ways of combining different aesthetic languages and how they continued work during a level 5 lock-down. This is an introduction to some of the behind-the-scenes thinking and actions that made this work possible.

Biographies

Marie Brett is a visual artist working across filmic, immersive sculptural installation and more recently live event, making work about profound human experiences recurrently involving trauma or social (in)justice. Regarded by many as a leading exponent of trans- disciplinary social arts practice, resulting artwork is located in both gallery settings and unusual off-site venues. Brett graduated from Goldsmiths, London University, with MA (distinction) and BA (1st class) degrees. She has artwork held in national and international arts collections and writings published in Ireland, the UK and Finland. Recent work includes an international global justice commission and exhibition at Brussel’s European Parliament; a live underground event in an ex-military coastal fort; and being lead-artist with Cork Midsummer Festival developing a work about trafficking and modern-day-slavery within a ten country platform.

Philip Connaughton is a choreographer/performer from Dublin. He trained at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. He was artist in residence at axis:Ballymun in 2012 and associate artist of Dance Ireland in 2013 and in 2014, he formed Company Philip Connaughton. His body of work to date includes, Mortuus Est Philippus; Tardigrade; Whack!!- in collaboration with Compagnie Kashyl; Extraterrestrial Events; Assisted Solo; Mamafesta Memorialising. He has also worked extensively on various productions in theatre and Opera. He is currently working on Yes, but do you care?, with visual artist Marie Brett and developing a new work with Phillip McMahon for THISISPOPBABY. He is a Project Arts Centre resident artist and an associate artist of THISISPOPBABY.


Acknowledgements

This work is supported by The Arts Council, CREATE, Bank of Ireland Begin Together Arts Fund in partnership with Business to Arts, MMA, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Dublin Dance Festival; with thanks to individual advisory panel members plus Axis: Ballymun, Felton McKnight Solicitors and Poetry Ireland.  


Helpline Details

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this piece and would like to get support, please contact The Alzheimer Society of Ireland National Helpline
1800 341 341. You can also visit The Alzheimer Society of Ireland website here.


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