The Arts Catalyst London: Martin O’Brien performance

Martin O'Brien, Mucus Factory, 2011
Martin O’Brien, Trust me, I’m an Artist. Mucus Factory, 2011. Commissioned for Access All Areas: Live Art and Disability, 2011. Copyright Manuel Vason and LADA (Live Art Development Agency)

The first in a new series of Trust me, I’m an Artist performances, Martin O’Brien shows his work.

In this new durational performance, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst, O’Brien turns his attention to the fear of contamination associated with the sick body. In doing so, he highlights recent acute public anxiety around the risk of infection and the surge in depictions of the zombie in popular culture.

The traditional sci-fi figure of contagion – the zombie often reflects environmental, political, or societal concerns, all of which are referenced in O’Briens new piece. O’Brien’s performance will be followed by a discussion with a specially convened ethics committee of Prof. Karen Lowton (Department of Sociology, University of Sussex), Dr. Gianna Bouchard (Department of Music and Performing Arts, Anglia Ruskin University), and Lois Keidan (Director, Live Art Development Agency), chaired by Prof. Bobbie Farsides (Brighton and Sussex Medical School).

The White Building
Unit 7, Queen’s Yard
White Post Lane
E9 5EN

3-6pm Performance by Martin O’Brien (free access)
6-7pm Break
7-8.30pm Panel discussion and Q&A (booking required, tickets: £5)

This event is commissioned and produced by The Arts Catalyst in cooperation with SPACE c/o The White Building.
The project ‘Trust Me I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art/Science Collaboration’ is led by artist Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with Professor Bobbie Farsides in collaboration with the Waag Society.