Aoibheann Greenan is an Irish, London-based artist working across moving image, live performance, installation, sculpture, costume and drawing. Her multimedia environments elicit the subliminal mechanisms underlying our increasingly designed experiences. Coercive methods of choreographing attention and producing affect are redirected towards new and often bizarre situations, including a never ending unboxing video and an erotic LARP-opera. Strange loops emerge between consumer culture, biological processes and archaic references.
Greenan’s work has been presented at The Starr Cinema, Tate Modern; DRAF, London; Raven Row, London; KW institute, Berlin; Import Projects, Berlin; IMMA, Dublin; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin; EVA International, Limerick; The RHA, Dublin. Her work has been selected for New Contemporaries 2021 and Film London’s Selected 11 Touring Program.
The Perfect Wagner Rite is a contemporary gesamtkunstwerk based on the German composer Richard Wagner’s 'Ring-cycle operas'. Greenan’s point of departure is the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw’s 1898 pamphlet 'The Perfect Wagnerite' which posits itself as the lay person’s guide to the Ring-cycle. Greenan filters Shaw's reading of Wagner’s work through the fetishizing gaze of the contemporary tourist in Berlin, eliciting a parallel between cultural and sexual voyeurism. Significant motifs and librettos are modified with references to club culture, BDSM, Bavarian folk art and Weimar era cabaret. Six performers and five musicians activate the exhibition in a LARP-inspired operetta and gameshow, accompanied by a live-streaming pornographer. The central structure of the set is a full-scale replica of Bernard Shaw’s famous rotating writing hut, repurposed as a peep show and changing room for the performers.
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6. Der Vogel
8. Rhinemaidens Mask
12. The Daddy
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