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Be-Wilderment (Nature Drag) - Performance by Kira O'Reilly
posted by Erich Berger on 7 May 2017

During the openig of the SPLICE exhibition, Helsinki based artist Kira O'Reilly will perform Be-Wilderment (Nature Drag).

The opening is on Friday 19 May at 5–7 p.m. at the Oulu Museum of Art.

The performance starts outdoors at 5:45 p.m. and continues at the art museum, more information at the opening.

Rather than indulge in questionable polarities of artifice and nature, this work seeks to perform a version of nature as a performance, a kind of drag; glity, glamorous, glittery and most definitely post-natural. Drag in performance traditionally refers to cross dressing, and gender when viewed from the perspective of social construction is then also seen as a performance of kinds. This artwork plays with puns; the literal drag of the dress’s fabric is made of plastic, scale-like sequins, plastics whose origins are in the petrol chemical industry, materials whose material ancestry links to carbon, the organic – the natural. Glitter, with its twinkling biomimicry of scales, minerals and natural affects. The salmon of knowledge, interspecies kin, embodying on our ambivalent relations to the wild and the unwild, and our states of bewilderment, be-wilderment. And knowledge, what knowledges might be explained or learnt with and from this salmon body?

Kira O’Ŕeilly (IE/FI) is an artist and leads the MA program for Ecology and Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. Her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing.