Fading Out of Dead Air (Transmissions for the Necropolis)

Martin O'Brien

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Past Event

This event was on Thursday 14 December, 11am - 9pm

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Fading Out of Dead Air (Transmissions for the Necropolis)
Martin O’Brien

Performance | 14 December | 11am – 9pm | Free, no booking required

Due to a faulty lift, the Creative Studio is only currently available via stairs. This is a third floor space and there are two landings to rest on the way up. We apologies for the inconvenience caused.

A scratchy sound of white noise emanating from a small radio fills the dark room. A faint voice comes through. It sounds like nothing from this world, as if death itself was speaking. 

Somewhere else, sickly patients lay in hospital beds in hell. They don’t understand why they are still sick. They listen to the hospital radio, but it doesn’t play their favourite songs. Instead, they listen to the sounds of a life once lived.   

Drawing inspiration from hospital radio and stories of ghosts heard through analogue technologies, the final instalment of Martin O’Brien’s trilogy explores the human desire to communicate, and record. In a strange and eerie landscape, O’Brien shuffles around, recording and playing half heard voices and unholy sounds. The durational performance-installation is open throughout the day from 11am-9pm. 

Content Warning
Please be aware that this performance will feature nudity, sexual content, BDSM practices and a discussion of death.

This event is not suitable for those under the age of 18.   

About Martin O'Brien

Martin O’Brien is an artist and zombie. He works across performance, writing and video art. His work uses long durational actions, short speculative texts and critical rants, and performance processes in order to explore death and dying, what it means to be born with a life shortening disease, and the philosophical implications of living longer than expected. He has shown work throughout the UK; Europe; USA; and Canada, and is well known for his solo performances and collaborations with the legendary LA artist and dominatrix Sheree Rose. His most recent works were at Tate Britain in 2020, and the ICA (London) in 2021. He is winner of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Visual and Performing Arts 2022. He is writer in residence at Whitechapel Gallery throughout 2023. Martin has cystic fibrosis and all of his work and writing draws upon this experience. In 2018, the book ‘Survival of the Sickest: The Art of Martin O’Brien’ was published by Live Art Development Agency. His work has been featured on BBC radio and Sky Arts television. He is currently senior lecturer in Live Art at Queen Mary University of London.