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TRANSACTIONS II: Performance Art on The Greenway @Boston (Day 2)

  • Rose Kennedy Greenway Boston, MA USA (map)
  Sinéad Breathnach-Cashell : Untitled performance - 10th year celebration of Bbeyond Performance Monthly Meetings; Custom House Square, Belfast, N. Ireland, June 2018 Photo by Jordan Hutchings

Sinéad Breathnach-Cashell : Untitled performance - 10th year celebration of Bbeyond Performance Monthly Meetings; Custom House Square, Belfast, N. Ireland, June 2018
Photo by Jordan Hutchings

Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd,
Noon to 5:00 pm
as part of an exchange with Bbeyond of Northern Ireland

TRANSACTIONS II: Performance Art on The Greenway continues the international exchange between two prominent experimental artists’ groups, Mobius Artist Group in Boston and Bbeyond in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Bbeyond artists Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Brian Connolly, Frances Mezzetti, Pavana Reid and Dominic Thorpe will come to Boston and join Mobius artists Margaret Bellafiore, Jimena Bermejo, Sara June, Milan Kohout, Mari Novotny-Jones and Tom Plsek, to perform exciting new works specifically created for The Rose Kennedy Greenway. These free performances will take place from noon to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd.  Maps with locations of performances will be available onsite.

Organized by Mobius members Marilyn Arsem and EL Putnam with Bbeyond members Brian Patterson and Siobhan Mullen, Transactions II is the first event of its kind on the Greenway, building upon the success of this unique creative exchange. In May of this year, seven Mobius artists (Marilyn Arsem, Jimena Bermejo, Daniel DeLuca, Milan Kohout, Mari Novotny-Jones, Sandrine Schaefer and Anna Wexler) travelled to Belfast, where they presented original performances in public spaces throughout the city in Transactions I, as part of the annual Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

Mobius will also host a panel discussion with the artists on performing in public in our respective countries, on Monday, September 24 at 7pm.  It will take place at Assemblage, the FPAC Space at the Envoy, 70A Sleeper Street, Fort Point, Boston. Admittance is free.

This exchange, which emphasizes Boston and Belfast’s relationship as sister cities, provides opportunities for artists working at the helm of diverse experimental practices in live performance to learn from each other, share audiences, and work across national and cultural contexts, while building connections through the creation of new works.

This event is supported by a Live Arts Boston grant through the Boston Foundation, travel support from Culture Ireland and the University of Ulster, and support to Bbeyond from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Additional funding for Mobius, Inc. comes from the Tanne Foundation, Oedipus Foundation, Metabolic Studio, the Boston Cultural Council, and generous private support.

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BIOGRAPHIES OF ARTISTS:

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Margaret Bellafiore (Boston) grew up on an island (Staten) in New York harbor. She now lives on a narrow peninsula with a bay at the end of her street and a river at the top.  She studied Biology for her undergraduate degree at St. John’s University and later received a Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Concerned about environmental issues, she recently completed a training developed by Al Gore to become a Climate Change Leader. She has made work with recent returning war veterans about their experiences, and most recently she has made work about fracking and global warming.  She is a member of the art faculty of Bridgewater State University.

Jimena Bermejo (Boston) holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. She is interested in human physicality and behavior. Social issues, memories, and music inspire her work. Identity, race and power fuel it.  In recent years, she has created intimate relationships with audiences, using video and sculptural elements to enhance the interaction.  Most recently, she has shown her work at The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, N. Ireland, The Judson Church in NYC, Distillery Gallery in South Boston, Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also has performed with many other local choreographers. She is Director of the Dance Program at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and is currently on the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell (N. Ireland) investigates ways of engaging people in creative expression through co-operative play. This kaleidoscopic practice includes interactive installations; drawing; performance and curating. In 2007 she received a BA in Fine and Applied Art and was awarded the Deans’ Prize from the University of Ulster.   Over the past ten years she has participated in international exchanges in Canada, Chile, China, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, the UK, Uruguay and USA. Her work has been exhibited in alternative spaces, national museums and international festivals. Sinéad is currently based in Pollen Studios and works as a curator for Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive. As part of the LCUK Talent Pool Sinéad is developing live cinema projects using archive footage.

Brian Connolly (N. Ireland), born in Ballymoney Co. Antrim in 1961, was awarded an M.A. in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1985. He has been working as a professional artist ever since. As an artist much of his past work has evolved out of a series of dialogues with the specifics of place, location, context, or site. He has created Interventions, performance art works, install-actions, installations, and public art, in a wide range of places both locally and Internationally, including churches, monasteries, castles, city streets, squares or alleyways, market places, parks, a river source, beach, funeral parlor, as well as art galleries & museums. He is currently an Associate Lecturer in Fine & Applied Art, Sculpture, at the University of Ulster, Belfast.

Sara June (Boston) is a performance artist whose work is rooted in body-based forms. Sara has been performing as a dancer/choreographer and performance artist since 1991. Since 2006, she has performed with sound artist Max Lord on large-scale conceptual projects and in collaboration with many members of the experimental arts’ communities of Boston, NYC, and internationally. Sara approaches performance as an opportunity to develop and test new movement languages and create visual and emotional environments that challenge perceived boundaries of self, species, and consciousness. Her influences include Japanese and American experimental performance, particularly Butoh and body weather, contemporary movement improvisation, somatic practice, and yoga.

Originally from The Czech Republic, Milan Kohout (Boston) received there an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and was an independent artist in the "Second Culture," later becoming a signatory member of Charter 77.  He was forced to leave in 1986 due to his political art activism. Resettling in Boston, he received his diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1993.  In Boston he has created works (both collaborative and solo) focusing on the subject of human rights and political critiques of both totalitarian capitalism and communism, and fundamentalist religions. He has participated in international art exchanges and festivals around the world including China, Croatia, Taiwan, Czech Rep, Poland, Cuba, and Thailand.

Frances Mezzetti (Ireland) graduated in NCAD 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Sculpture. Her work examines the connection of the human subject with the local environment, using common materials, everyday actions, and the personal and local history of a given place.  Collaboration with other artists is a mark of Mezzetti's practice. She was one of 20 artists who performed in the Right Here, Right Now live event that took place in Kilmainham Gaol in November 2010. The ongoing series of performances, Walking in the Way, in which gender construction is explored, was created and performed with Pauline Cummins in Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh. In 2011 she graduated with an MSc in Art Psychotherapy from Queen Margaret University, Scotland.

Mari Novotny-Jones (Boston) has been a member of the Mobius Artists Group in Boston since 1980. She holds an M.A. in independent studies from Lesley University, Cambridge Mass. Her original performance work includes both solo and collaborative pieces. She has participated in various Mobius art exchanges in Macedonia, Croatia and Poland, and has also shown work across the USA, and in China, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Italy, Thailand, Transylvania and Belarus. She is a recipient of a 2000 Tanne Foundation Artist Award for excellence in the arts. In 2001, she was awarded an Emerging Artist/ Humanitarian Fellowship from the Boston Cultural Council for her performance and teaching work. She is currently on the faculty of the Theater Department at Bridgewater State University.

Trombone explorer Tom Plsek (Boston) has been stretching trombones and our concepts of them for years, and has performed throughout the USA, as well as in Croatia, Germany and Ireland.  His compositions include pieces for ensembles and solo trombone that often incorporate improvisation, technology, and performance art.  Tom has performed with such artists as Jerry Hunt, Malcolm Goldstein, Phill Niblock, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Joe Morris, Marjorie Morgan, and with the Outsider Quartet. He is Chair Emeritus of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America for which he has given many presentations about the use of technology with brass instruments.

Pavana Reid (N. Ireland), born 1963 in Thailand, moved to Northern Ireland in 1988, during the political troubles. She began her art education from a night class to a degree in Fine & Applied Art from the University of Ulster, in Belfast. She entered into performance art as a way to express and examine her own shifting identity, using her body to convey her emotional feelings and sense of belonging. She has continued to develop her work in performance, working with wide range of subjects and situations. She has participated in many national and international art events.

Dominic Thorpe (Ireland) is an Irish visual artist working primarily through performance. He has shown and performed work widely internationally and in Ireland, including at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Performance Space UK, the Ulster Museum and SASA Gallery Australia. He has completed a number of commissions and residencies including at the Nordic Arts Centre, the Fire Station Dublin and the Humanities Department, University College, Dublin.  Dominic is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Ulster Belfast UK.


DOCUMENTATION: Jordan Hutchings (N. Ireland) is an artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated from the University of Ulster in 2006 with a BA in Fine and Applied Art. While maintaining and developing his practice in documentary photography he has also begun to exhibit his personal art work in Belfast art galleries.  Meanwhile, he has been actively documenting live art in Belfast for a decade. Most notably he has been the primary photographer of Bbeyond events since 2009, as well as providing documentation to a number of Belfast-based galleries.

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