My research institutes conversations between artistic practice and process, psychoanalysis, affect theory and gender theory to explore the intersections of subjectivity, aesthetics, ethics and politics.
I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin and Fellow at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), Dublin. Currently I lecture in critical theory and visual culture at the Dublin Institute of Technology and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. I am also Visiting Lecturer on the MA Art + Process in Crawford College Cork, as well as teaching and undertaking thesis supervision on the MPhil in Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin and the MA in Sexuality Studies, Dublin City University.
Funded by an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, my Ph.D was completed at the National College of Art and Design. Examined by Professor Griselda Pollock, this doctoral thesis concerned the artistic practice and psychoanalytic theory of Bracha L. Ettinger. Placing Ettinger’s theory and art practice in conversation with Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of “flesh” and Jacques Lacan’s concept of Other jouissance this doctoral research proposed two ethico-aesthetic ontological concepts: Matrixial Flesh and Jou(with-in)sense of Becoming-Non-life in Life (Ettinger).
I was Conceptual Director of ‘Umbilical’, a multimedia collaborative performance work weaving Butoh Dance, original musical score and digital media. This piece received its premiere in Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, November 2011.
Recent publications include:
‘Liquidities — Transactive Border Spaces and Threshold Structures (Between the Harbour and the Sea)’, Performance Research, Volume 21, Issue 2 – ‘On/At Sea’, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, co-authored with Dr. Silvia Loeffler, IRC Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Geography, Maynooth University, 2016.
‘The Problematics of the Erotic: Negotiating Between Private Intimacy and Public Exposure in Artistic Performance’, Performance Ireland, Irish Society for Theatre Research, Special Volume: ‘Gender, Sexuality, and the City’ 2016.
‘Sundering the Spell of Visibility: Bracha L. Ettinger—Abstract-Becoming-Figural, Thought-Becoming Form’, commissioned essay in artist’s book My Heart Wound Space edited by Griselda Pollock for exhibition of Ettinger’s artworks at 14th Istanbul Biennial, 2015.
‘Sticky Subjects—From Crypt to Transcrypt: A Response to Dragan Kujundžic’s Frozen Time, Liquid Memories (1942-2012)’, InterKulturalnost, 2015.
Aesthetic Othereities: The Philosophies of Bracha L. Ettinger for Queer Aisthesis Series edited by Michael O’Rourke, Punctum Books, 2015.
‘Painting the Feminine into Ontology: On the Recent Works of Bracha L. Ettinger’, commissioned catalogue essay, Medusa-Butterfly, exhibitions of artworks by Bracha L. Ettinger, Museo Leopoldo Flores (Toluca, Mexico)/Galería Polivalente (Guanajuato, Mexico), 2014.