From 28 February until 5 May 2013, an installation of Orla Barry’s Mountain is part of the exhibition entitled Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio, at Bozar in Brussels. On the 27th of February, an ongoing performance of Mountain (free of charge) will be presented from 7pm till 9pm at Bozar in the framework of the Performatik Festival.
Mountain, the new work of Irish artist Orla Barry, takes as its starting point the premise that every sentence that we utter is an improvisation. In this performance, that is never the same on any night, Barry has worked with 57 words, an actor, a dancer and a musician to devise a work in which chance, fate, and a little witchcraft play equal roles. Barry, now shepherdess as well as artist, uses her new knowledge of primal materials and customs. She connects this to her longstanding interest in language, playing with different forms of text production such as speech, monologue, interview, poem or song to create a series of intentionally unplanned crossovers between text, meaning and performance.