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Past Exhibition

Cut Throat

Rachel Tynan

September 07 - October 27 2012

Cut Throat crosses the divide between art and medical science, challenging the conventions of both worlds and prompting conversation about how people live with Myalgic Encephalomyalgia (ME) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Cut Throat is an attempt to make visual the impact of living with long-term illness, using the analogy of the freedom of the bird as an axis for the investigation of the physical limitations and vulnerability of the human condition.

Supported by Dublin City of Science 2012, this exhibition at The LAB pushes Tynan’s work beyond the fixed manifestations of installation with an explorative performance from contemporary dancer, Rachel Ensor, whose opening night performance will be filmed and screened throughout the show. The exhibition will also encourage discourse between the artistic, scientific, and medical community through a series of talks focusing on arts and health practices.



Rachel Tynan
Rachel Tynan (b.1985) recently completed an MA at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) specializing in textiles and examining the psychological, physical and emotional effects illness has on the human body through textile imagery juxtaposed with fragile glass. The work has evolved through collaborative art making, studio practice, dialogue, case studies and consultations with a focus group to examine life with ME/CFS. www.racheltynan.ie

Rachel Ensor
Currently with NeoBallet, dancer Rachel Ensor trained in Ireland and has toured extensively throughout Europe, performing in Cats, Phantom of the Opera and Dirty Dancing.


About Dublin City of Science 2012

The Dublin City of Science 2012 programme was developed to mark the honour of hosting one of the most prestigious international science events, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2012, the largest general science event in Europe, taking place in Dublin in July 2012. Over the course of the year, the city will host a celebration of science with over 160 events and activities that cross the worlds of art and culture to entertain the public and bring science to life. The range of science related events include; photographic and art exhibitions, several theatre pieces, film festivals, tours, street performances, large-scale interactive installations, public talks, and a fashion show.

ESOF 2012/Dublin City of Science 2012 has been brought about thanks to the support of The European Commission, IBM, Intel, Janssen, Science Foundation Ireland, Forfás, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Eirgrid, Dublin City Council, Marine Institute and the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation. Full details can be found at http://www.dublinscience2012.ie/

About Innovation Dublin 2012
Cut Throat is part of Innovation Dublin 2012, which takes place across Dublin from Oct 15th -26th. The festival demonstrates Dublin’s capacity to inspire, interact and innovate. www.innovationdublin.ie


Talks at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Gallery Talk 1: Visualising long-term illness: Artists’ Talk. 15th October at 6pm
This chaired discussion will bring together artists working in this domain in light of Rachel Tynan’s research and resulting exhibition Cut Throat.

Gallery talk 2: Curating Arts and Health. 24th October at 6pm
The second chaired discussion relating to the exhibition will question the context for this work needing to be made, how it is curated, and how it is presented to the public.

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