Tremolo, 2012, Photography by Dean Goodwin
Maeve Brennan – London, United Kingdom
Ruth Ewan – London, United Kingdom
101 - Rainbow Cinema, Market Square – Cinema 3
80 Front Street East
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
From the age of twelve Maeve Brennan studied classical piano. Despite being an accomplished pianist she
suffered from such extreme nervousness that her performance was impeded, at times shaking so much that
she could not control the placement of her fingers. However well she had rehearsed, performing before
a live audience would consistently induce this physical reaction, highlighting a separation between intention
and physical control (mind and hand).
In a series of live piano recitals throughout the night Brennan will negotiate this disparity and its
evolution, as she repeats each piece. The artwork will call into question various expectations of the
performer and of performance in general – finding interest in the awkward and real qualities of
the mistake and its potential to rupture an otherwise familiar format. The recital may take an unpredictable
and uneasy course but it promises to be a performance without histrionics, embracing the inconsistency
and liveliness of an anxious performer.
Artist Biography: Ruth Ewan's collaborative and participatory projects often explore the idea
of music as an agent for social change. Her work has been shown in venues including Tate Britain London,
ICA London, New Museum New York, CAAC Seville and Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe. Maeve Brennan's work
investigates sites and figures of social and political poignancy, developing intimate and subjective
relationships to broader historical narratives. She studied at Goldsmiths, U of London and was the recipient
of the 2011 Hamad Butt Memorial Prize.