Tate Britain Course

Performing the Body in Pain

​Martin O'Brien, Photography: Tim Fluck

Explore the politics, aesthetics, practices and representations of pain in contemporary art and performance

Spring-boarding from the exhibition Aftermath: Art in the wake of World War One, this four-week course will be led by artist and scholar Martin O’Brien. His practice uses physical endurance, hardship and pain based practices to challenge common representations of illness.

Course Structure

Seassion One

Introduction: Performing Pain/Representing Pain

Session Two

Pain as Resistance: Pain, Performance, Protest

Session Three

Painful Pleasures: BDSM and Ritual Pain in Art and Performance

Session Four

Living with Pain: Medicine, Pain, and Representation​

Biography

Martin O’Brien is a performance artist and scholar and lecturer in Drama at Queen Mary University of London. His practice and research are concerned with performance and representation of illness and disability. His professional performance work considers existence with a severe chronic illness within a contemporary situation. His practice uses physical endurance, hardship and pain based practices to challenge common representations of illness. He completed his PhD at the University of Reading and has published on his own work and the work of other artists in books and journals.​

Tate Britain

Duffield Room

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Dates

29 June 2018 at 18.45–20.45

6 July 2018 at 18.45–20.45

13 July 2018 at 18.45–20.45

20 July 2018 at 18.45–20.45