MARTIN O'BRIEN (UK)
Live performance It's Good to Breathe In (This Venice Air)
Martin O'Brien, It's Good To Breathe In (This Venice Air). Performance at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Alexander Harbaugh.
Martin O'Brien is an artist whose performance work draws upon his
experience of suffering from cystic fibrosis. His work is concerned with
physical endurance, disgust, long durations and pain based practices in order
to address a politics of the sick queer body and examine what it means to be
born with a life threatening disease, politically and philosophically. He has
performed throughout the UK, the US, Canada and Europe, both solo and in
collaboration with the pioneering performance artist Sheree Rose.
At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, O'Brien presents the live performance It's Good to Breathe In (This Venice Air). Venice is the city of water. We need water to live but in water
there is always the possibility of death. People often say that dying of cystic
fibrosis feels like drowning. Martin says he's always been shit scared of this. This performance is part of Martin's ongoing series of works
that respond to the specific locations in relation to his sick body. It's Good to Breathe In (This Venice Air) is an improvised performance with the 2008 B-movie Shark in Venice as the backdrop. Martin will use a series of
objects and his body to explore water as a place of death, his own disease and
the nature of human mortality. This will happen over the length of the film.
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