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About the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP)

“CAPP - supporting the development of collaborative arts across Europe”

The Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) is an ambitious transnational cultural programme focusing on the dynamic area of collaborative arts. Read more...

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CAPP Practice and Power, Create, Dublin (2018). Photo: Joseph Carr.
CAPP Practice and Power, Create, Dublin (2018). Photo: Joseph Carr.

In June 2018, Dublin was host to a four-day, major transnational event exploring questions of negotiation, exchange and representation in contemporary collaborative arts practice.

Artists across the world are engaging with diverse constituencies to develop projects that seek to influence and expand the possibilities for greater participation and agency across artistic, cultural and socio-political spheres. Practice and Power considered this paradigm shift towards collaborative processes and methodologies within the arts.

An international community of artists, participants, community activists thinkers, policy makers and programmers gathered in Dublin for this major event, which was the culmination of a series of public Staging Posts held at key points across the Collaborative Arts Partnership Project (CAPP) partner network over 2017/2018. Practice and Power marked the final and most significant dissemination moment for CAPP. Attendees were immersed in the field through workshops, discussion events, networking opportunities, launches, and keynote talks.

For those of you who weren't able to join us, and for all of those who were there and would like to re immerse themselves, in the coming weeks and months, we will share media – audio recordings, videos, and images, from Practice and Power, on this page.

Image credit: Abigail Deniston and Nina Klaff.
Image credit: Abigail Deniston and Nina Klaff.

“In the Renaissance, the body was conceived as a book.
I invite you to open this book and see for yourself”

Create and Live Collision are delighted to announce that a digital artwork as part of I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT, a Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP) commission to Prof. Anna Furse, is now live. This digital artwork was workshopped and tested during Practice and Power, a CAPP conferencing event held in Dublin, June 20 – 23 2018. is a commissioned digital artwork and immersive digital experience that steps beyond the parameters of traditional artform conventions to innovate and expand the theatre space, and transfer it into new experiential online, virtual and augmented experiences of live performance. I AM NOT A PIECE OF MEAT presents research and production materials - text, video, medical art, sound scores, still images and ‘out-takes’ from the performed work. However, Instead of representing documentation, the digital artwork endeavours to generate a digital interface that is interactive and experiential, investigating the parameters between dissemination, live performance and remote critical engagement.

The viewer is invited to embark on a journey and enter the realm of Renaissance European Anatomy Theatres, contemporary dissections labs, myth and taboo - the world of THE ANATOMY ACT. The spectator is drawn into a meditation on the reality of the body in life and death, the status of the cadaver, and the moral and ethical issues surrounding our attitude, past and present, to the parsed and opened body. The artwork includes a series of commissioned writings from artists, scholars, cultural critics, anatomists and curators as well as new writing by Furse herself, accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack composed and performed by world-renowned saw-player David Coulter.

Prof Anna Furse pictured at Practice and Power (CAPP/ Create), June 2018. Photo: Joseph Carr.
Prof Anna Furse pictured at Practice and Power (CAPP/ Create), June 2018. Photo: Joseph Carr

This digital artwork is the last of three projects that have involved veteran theatre and performance writer and director, Prof. Anna Furse. Within her overarching project THE THEATRE OF OUR BODIES, this new online work both archives and extends the research and development into the production of her performance lecture ANNA FURSE PERFORMS AN ANATOMY ACT: A SHOW AND TELL that was commissioned by CAPP and Create in 2016 and premiered at LIVE COLLISION INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL in November 2016. In this project Furse worked with anatomists both in Trinity College Dublin and at Kings College London.

More information on Prof Anna Furse and the commission.

I Am Not A Piece of Meat credits:
Conceived and written by Anna Furse
Graphic Design / Web Development Dave Darcy
Title Sequence Kilian Waters
Sound Composition David Coulter
Digital Producer and Creative Consultant Lynnette Moran
Research Assistant Nina Klaff
Administrative & Production Assistant Natasha Eves
Commissioned by Create Ireland, CAPP

Mick O’Dea painting from the Martin Folan collection at Paveé Point, on loan to The Hugh Lane Gallery. Photographer: Joseph Carr.
Image: Mick O’Dea painting from the Martin Folan collection at Paveé Point, on loan to The Hugh Lane Gallery. Photographer: Joseph Carr.

Seamus Nolan’s work, Traveller Collection, a CAPP commission, investigates the idea of archive, deconstructs ideas on ‘heritage’ and engages with communities of place and of interest, involving Traveller activists and archivists. Artist Seamus Nolan, working with Paveé Point, representatives from the Travelling community and researcher Dr Eve Olney, is engaging in an ongoing collaborative process with cultural practitioners, Traveller activists and collectors in an exploration of what a Traveller collection or a Traveller specific museum might be and how it would be managed and maintained by Travellers.

Image credit: Hablarenarte.

Create are pleased to offer a number of bursaries for attendees of Practice and Power

These bursaries entitle the successful applicant the opportunity to attend Practice and Power, 20-23 June 2018. Successful applicants will each receive an All Access ticket* as well as €150 (international/ national) or €20 (local) to go towards travel costs. 

Image credit: Playing up, Seraphina Neville.
Image credit: Playing up, Seraphina Neville.

Practice And Power is a major transnational festival exploring questions of negotiation, exchange and representation in contemporary collaborative arts practice happening 20-23rd June 2018. This four-day event welcomes an international community of artists, participants, community activists, thinkers, policy makers and programmers to Dublin, for the most significant dissemination moment of this four-year European project, Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), featuring 9 partners across 6 countries. In addition to workshops, discussion events, and networking opportunities, Practice and Power will showcase a selection of CAPP projects, share learnings from the CAPP research process and launch the CAPP project publication.

And we want you to be part of it!

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