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The multidisciplinary performance practice of London-based artist Martin O’Brien uses physical endurance, pain, disgust, and sexuality to challenge common representations of illness. Inspired by an unrealized concept of poet and performance artist Bob Flanagan, Dust to Dust is an intergenerational collaborative performance between O’Brien and Flanagan’s partner and performance artist Sheree Rose.
This performance will be followed by a conversation between O’Brien, Rose, and Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
Dust to Dust includes music by David Lucien Matheke, and assistance from Toro Castaño, Sam Emery, Rafa Esparza, Michael MP Griffin, Grace Marie, Dulce Stein, and Albert Vitela.
Martin O’Brien is a London-based performance artist whose work considers existence with a severe chronic illness within our contemporary situation. Martin suffers from cystic fibrosis and his practice uses physical endurance, disgust, long durations and pain based practices to address a politics of the sick queer body and examine what it means to be born with a life threatening disease, politically and philosophically. O’Brien’s work has been funded and commissioned by the Live Art Development Agency, Arts Council England, ArtsCatalyst, Midlands Art Centre, and the British Council, and he has presented in the United Kingdom, the United States, and throughout Europe. He was artist-in-residence at ]performance s p a c e[, London, where he is now an associate artist, and is currently an Artsadmin Bursary Artist. O’Brien was awarded a PhD at the University of Reading and is a visiting lecturer at several universities in the United Kingdom. He has published on his own work and on others and has been written about in several books and journals including Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability and the forthcoming Performance and the Medical Body.
Sheree Rose is a Los Angeles based artist whose films, videos, performances, and photographs have been shown at museums and galleries all over the world, including the Tate Museum of Modern Art in Liverpool, and the Jeu de Paume in Paris. Beginning in 1981 as the staff photographer for Beyond Baroque Literary Center in Venice, CA, Rose documented the growing music, literary, and art scene in Los Angeles, as well as the city’s BDSM community. Rose collaborated with her late partner, Bob Flanagan, in numerous art installations and projects including Visiting Hours, an installation presented at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 1992 and the New Museum, New York in 1994.
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