Helen Kirwan announces Memory Theatre performance experiments

  • South East
  • combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, visual arts
  • Helen Kirwan


‘Memory Theatre’

performance experiments

Helen Kirwan will present a series of live experimental performances with the award- winning Dublin-based composer Tom Lane at Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, Venice, Italy on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October, 2019.

The performances are part of Kirwan’s ongoing inquiry into mourning, loss and memorial. They will complement Kirwan’s latest three-channel video work, perpetuum mobile, which was unveiled in May this year at the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Bembo during the 58th Venice Biennale.

During the performance, Kirwan will make seemingly endless marks on large panels using large pieces of charcoal. This act of futile repetition echoes the absurd processes which Kirwan believes are essential to the act of mourning. Simultaneously, the composer Tom Lane will respond to Kirwan’s mark-making, thus creating a spontaneous and improvised soundscape. Visitors will become immersed in a compelling, meditative experience as they watch the repetitions of the mark-making and hear the haunting sound.

Kirwan’s performative work often takes place in outdoor sites, forests and beaches. Earlier this year, to mark the unveiling of ‘perpetuum mobile,’ Kirwan conducted performances along the Grand Canal, where she attempted to empty the sea with buckets. The upcoming performance’s location, on the ground floor of the 14th century Palazzo Tiepolo, in a room at water-level that leads directly onto the canal jetty, echoes the idea of confluence that is present in Kirwan’s work.

Exhibition Details Date and Time:

VIP Preview: by invitation only
Wednesday 23 October 2019: 18:00 -21:00pm. For details, see invitation.

Public: performances Thursday 24 October 2019: 11:00-14:00 and 18:00 -21:00pm.
Note: on Thursday there will be several performances lasting forty minutes each with short breaks in between, but audience members are welcome to arrive and leave at any time.

Free Entry
Location: Palazzo Tiepolo Passi, Calle Centani, San Polo 2774, 30125, Venezia (Near Campo San Tomà and Palazzo Pisani Moretta, on the Grand Canal). How to get there: Actv lines- stop: San Tomà.