23.10.2018 - 03.11.2018
Becky O’Brien is a London based choreographer and dance artist, originally from Ireland. Her creative work varies from performance art to choreographed dance work. She explores themes of gender, identity and sexuality, using a queer/feminist approach. In her performances, O’Brien uses her body as a political force to question the construction of her own identity and where her female body lies in relation to art and to society.
As an artist, she is interested in creating work for new online communities and the possibilities of real-time technology and social media combined with live physical performance. Her work on cam sites has explored using the internet as a medium, not only to perform to new audiences, but also to create work that allows these online cultures, and the new languages, sexualities and humor that develops online, to become performative themselves.
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A socially engaged artist, O’Brien is a member of “CUNTemporary Collective” (Arts, Feminism, Queer), where she is head editor of a monthly newsletter documenting various queer and feminist events across London, as well as helping to produce a regular trash performance art nights and conferences.
O’Brien is also a member of the “We Are The Wick” artist collective based in Hackney Wick. WATW is an art project focused on protecting the community based around the area.
In 2016 O’Brien was granted a residency at The Island art space in Bristol to develop work on Chat Room, and in 2018 spent one week in Invererne, Scotland creating original work on a residency there.
O’Brien has recently completed a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music and Dance, prior to that, she studied at Kingston University, HZT Berlin and Sallynoggin, Dublin. She has taught classes and workshops across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Norway.
Becky O’Brien and Jake Williams presented their audio-performance Chat Room at SomoS’ Un_Becoming group show, October 31st 2018.
Becky O’Brien homepage