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Pure Resilience is a video installation capturing a fight against the continual drive to condition and curate the malleable mind. From within the confines of fitness machinery, contracting muscles coated in aerodynamic lycra promise minimal wind drag. Polluted psychological air flow particles float strategically, striving for mind commodification. A voice speaks to the viewer in an instructional tone, describing how one can navigate their body and adapt physical behaviors to an unbalanced environment. In an effort to reformulate the relationship between mind, body and environment, endurance practices are presented as a means to gain control.
Ciara O’Kelly (Dublin, 1995) has a background in sculpture and visual culture. She creates large-scale sculptures incorporating various mediums, which often includes video, performance and text. Her work is concerned with controlling neuroplasticity, de-conditioning the over-performing body and cultivating resilience through endurance practices.
Megan Hadfield & Margaux Koch Goei