The Performance Project is an essential part of the “Specials” of Liste – The Young Art Fair in Basel. Curated by Silke Bitzer, the Performance Project presents alternating performances daily. This year there were performances by Nezaket Ekici, Ryan McNamara, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Saskia Edens, Dawn Kasper, californium248, and Aideen Barry.
VernissageTV taped Aideen Barry’s performance titled “Flight Folly”. On the basis of earlier works dealing with the theme of flying, which the artist drew from her experience with weightlessness gained during a research fellowship in astronaut training at NASA, Aideen Barry has developed a work specifically for LISTE entitled “Flight folly”. The performance cites historical notions of fairs or world expositions and how experiments in flight were commonplace at those venues. Aideen Barry’s performance was supported by Culture Ireland.
Aideen Barry’s artistic focus deals with the notion of the “Uncanny”. In her works she examines our perceptions and creates images on the border between the truly perceivable and pure imagination: in-between spaces, heterotopia – as Foucault called them – whose otherness allows a reflection on the realities.
Aideen Barry: Flight Folly (Performance) at Liste 15 – The Young Art Fair. June 20, 2010.
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Aideen Barry (born in 1979 in Cork, Ireland, lives and works in Belclare, Tuam/Galway. Aideen Barry is a recipient of the 2010 Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards, and is currently working on a project funded by the 2010-2011 New Works Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.
She is working in the mediums of performance, film, musical composition, drawings and animation. She recently was awarded funding from the Arts Council of Ireland’s Projects: New Work Award towards he creation of a new work filmed in Zero Gravity whilst on a residency at Kennedy Space Centre, NASA.
Barry teaches part-time in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, The Galway Film Centre and also has lectured in several art institutions including NUIG Galway, Limerick School of Art and Design, Sligo Institute of Technology and The Burren College of Art on their MFA programme. She lives and works in Galway in the West of Ireland.