Project Residency: Sinead Keogh

Events, Ormond Studios 2016, Residency

Ormond Studios are pleased to award emerging artist Sinead Keogh the first ‘Project Residency’, a new addition to our programming.

This award entails a fully subsidised short-term studio space, technical support and PR to enable the development of a piece of work, leading to a specific exhibition or commission. This residency offers time, space and equipment in order to bring a specific piece of work to fruition. It specifically targets artists who are several years out of their formal art training, who are engaged in their practice, but do have the means/opportunities to hold a full-time studio.

Keogh will be developing a video art piece for the Bram Stoker Festival 2016.

Statement of work:

Dracula (Love never dies)
Inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula and made specifically for The Bram Stoker festival in Dublin, this expressionist dance film piece depicts a romanticised and gradually progressing relationship between the characters Mina and Dracula. The piece generates a deeply romanticized gothic energy inspired by the Irish post punk band The Virgin Prunes and their live homoerotic interactive performances together. The fact that they were doing this at a time where Irish society was unwilling to accept gay love reminded the artist of how important Stoker’s work was during his time in integrating queer theories between the characters Jonathan and Dracula to the mainstream public. The choreography follows Mina being tormented by the constant presence of Dracula, who follows her even into her dreams in his pursuit for her affections. It is revealed that Mina is the one with the power to possess Dracula as the dance between them unfolds.

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