Wild Swans was founded by artists Bernadette Hopkins Co. Donegal, Ireland and Denys Blacker, Girona, Spain as a performance art exchange project between Catalunya and Donegal, supported by Bbeyond Performance Art, Belfast. Wild Swans and Bbeyond aim to make Performance Art in Donegal more accessible to a wider audience and to support artists who want to develop and experiment with performance art in their practice.
For the first project ‘Forgotten Places’, ten artists were invited to collaborate in the project which took place in Girona, Spain and Fanad, Co. Donegal (August 2020) and resulted in ten new performance art works which were filmed and edited as a video. ‘Forgotten Places’ explores our sense of place and space and the artist’s specific responses to site, place and memory of a space, to examine how we create from primal spatial experiences and how we embody feelings and images. The artistic process began online with discussions between the artists and with a film maker. This process continued for several months on a weekly basis. Each artist developed a short a text related to their performance to be published as a digital document accompanying the video documentation of the performances. The selected artists represent a variety of different approaches to performance art and their work was brought to a wider audience through the screening and presentation of the video at the Regional Cultural Centre Co. Donegal and in Girona, Spain, as well as a Q&A with the artists online
This took place on the 24th September 2020 at 18 30h when the video documentation of Wild Swans was screened via Zoom from the Cultural Centre and the artists and the filmmaker will be available for a Q&A session with the audience.
Thanks to Creative Ireland and Donegal County Council for funding the project and also Regional Cultural Centre, Donegal for their support and facilitation in bringing the work to a wide audience.