Hi, I'm Fergus Byrne and I am curating 'Generation', a day of performance art that will take place at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon on June 15th. I am a performance artist with a broad understanding of the discipline. This shows in the variety of my work and also in previous curation which has made connections between dance and performance art at all times. This has mostly been evident in the Transversal events organised collaboratively with the dancer and friend Deirdre Murphy. These were successful cross disciplinary performance events at Block T, Fumbally Court with Dublin Dance Festival and The Chocolate Factory.
In 2012 I had a successful residency at The Dock. I began and ended with performance and in between became very familiar with the many spaces of this former courthouse building. One outcome of this time was the invitation to curate a performance festival for 2013. 'Generation' is that festival.
Generation presents eight performances, both group and solo, over the course of June 15th. Artists presenting work are Noel Arrigan, Kaspar Aus and Patrick Hall, Chris Doris, Hilary Gilligan, James King, Deirdre Murphy, Regan O'Brien and Paul Bloof and The Performance Collective. A lot of the costs have been covered, but with so many artists, we're still short. The money raised in this Fund it campaign is essential for all of the artists to realise their work to its full potential.
I have selected artists working in the west as well as others based in Dublin, where I work myself. I am looking forward to bringing this range of artists together in Carrick-on-Shannon. The Dock is a former courthouse renovated as an arts centre in 2005. Its many rooms - three galleries and a black box space - will host performances on Saturday June 15th. Audiences can enter for free and see all or part of the daylong event. In keeping with the live qualities of performance, further work will be made in the creation of rewards for funders.