• Audiovisual border fictioning (of the body & territory): the Eile project, AV body conference, Huddersfield University.

      McCloskey, Paula; Vardy, Sam; university of Derby; Sheffield Hallam University (2018-06-12)
      The presentation Audiovisual Border Fictioning (of the body & territory) film and talk about The Eile Project (an investigation of borders using art research methods) was presented AVBODY body conference in June 2018. The AVBODY symposium "brings together practitioner-researchers working with digital media, dance tech, screendance, screen studies, experimental performance, performer training, visual anthropology, and other fields to examine relations between audiovisuality and embodiment in the contemporary moment." This international conference allowed us to present The Eile Project to a wide artist, research audience. We gave a presentation and showed the Eile film Territories of Eile. The presentation and film are attached/link.
    • Eile Project: Art and Spatial Research UK/Irish Border (2016 – ongoing)

      McCloskey, Paula; Vardy, Sam; University of Derby, Sheffield Hallam University (2016-07)
      ‘Eile’ (2016-ongoing) is a project by a place of their own (artist duo Dr Paula McCloskey and Dr Sam Vardy. http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623443), that investigates the UK/Irish border and its complex entanglements of colonialism, border-imperialism and geopolitics. The project develops, and enacts, the situated concept/method ‘border-fictioning’ as a resistant practice to colonial nation-state borders, through site-responsive performances on the border, and digital audio-visual films and texts. The research asks how an art and spatial practice on the UK/Irish border can develop the concept and method of border-fictioning, and how it reveals alternative histories, contemporary experiences, and anti-colonial imaginaries that are resistant to nation-state borders. The research is situated in border research (e.g: Anzaldúa, 1987, Walia, 2014) and in literature that explores ‘fictioning’ as an art-practice method (e.g. Burrows and O’Sullivan, 2019; O’Sullivan, 2017; Shaw and Reeves-Evison, 2017); as well as drawing on personal experience of the UK/Irish border. ‘Eile’ involves McCloskey and Vardy conducting a series of experiments along the border, each incorporating elements of site-responsive performance and installation, mapping, walking, and the production of images and audio-visual artworks. The site-responsive performances are experimental, working to create encounters with a fictional character ‘Eile’ (meaning ‘other’ in Irish), who touches, walks, lies, makes structures, sings or keeps vigil at the border sites; the performances are recorded and edited into short films. Border-fictioning is postulated as an original form of study, articulating new methods of analysis, and artistic, geopolitical and philosophical conceptualisations of borders. It contributes to research and practice that resist the nation-state border and position the border-as-fiction, making a significant contribution to the potential of border-fictioning as method. The work contributes to art and geopolitics research, border studies, urbanism/architecture studies, performance studies, and Irish studies. The research has produced two short films (The Territories of Eile, 2018, EILE/LOBSTEREile/Lobster, 2019) 2 peer-reviewed articles , and has featured in exhibitions in the UK and international screenings (UK/Ireland/US), 5 conference papers, and an interview with the curatorial research platform Performing Borders, 2019 see https://performingborders.live/interviews/a-place-of-their-own-march-2019/). Alessandra Cianetti co-founder and curator of Performing Borders states: ‘Paula McCloskey’s long-term engagement with the Irish border is a fundamental, intergenerational, experimental approach to change. The work played an important role in transforming ideas about how borders can be explored and reimagined to create a communal future in these times of division. The project communicated connections, created awareness and a greater understanding among participants by instigating a much-needed artistic dialogue around nation state borders. Getting people to think deeper and differently about human interactions and the landscape and bringing people together from diverging backgrounds.’ Alessandra Cianetti, 2020.
    • Emilie Taylor's beating the bounds: a citical essay.

      McCloskey, Paula; University of Derby (Bosse and Baum Gallery., 2018-11)
      A critical essay of Emilie Taylor's 'Beating the Bounds' exhibition exploring materiality and maternity.
    • Family activist network performance

      McCloskey, Paula; University of Derby (2014-01)
      FAN is a group of 35 or so adults (academics and artists) and children, based across the UK (Cambridge, Chichester, Edinburgh, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Norwich and Sheffield). FAN was formed to consider family life and climate change through a variety of art activist formats. Since its formation in 2014 FAN have exchanged slow mail correspondence, created a reading group This Changes Everything (Naomi Klein 2015), held recruitment events (Two Degrees festival, Artsadmin, London 2015), protested together (Time to Act, London, 2015; D12 Redlines in Paris for COP21, 2015), engaged in creating family performances showcase (Plas Caerdeon, Wales 2016), commissioned a science lecture about James Watt and the onset of Anthropocene Epoch (Glasgow Green, 2016), engaged in a themed discussion on Future Scenarios (2016), visited the site of the Happisburgh footprints, created Photo Books of FAN encounters (2015 – ongoing) and debated on FAN email list (2015 – ongoing). 'a place of their own' has been a member of FAN since 2014 and participated in all its performances and events, please see website links for more information.
    • Family Entanglements

      McCloskey, Paula; Vardy, Sam; University of Derby (2018-11-02)
      ‘Family Entanglements’: As the collaborative arts practice ‘a place of their own’ we were invited to deliver a performance 'Lab' at the Social Art Summit – an Artists-led 2-day conference Sheffield, 1, 2 November 2018. For this Art Council funded conference, over two-days artists from around the country, as well as international speakers came together to share practice, showcase work and explore what it means to be making art through social engagement right now. As one of 8 ‘labs’ we ran a session called ‘Family Entanglements’, the invitation for participants read as follows: ‘As a reflection of their own family practice they will facilitate collective activities based around string games and Cat's Cradle, whereby delegates will explore critical themes including: Radicality in the family and your practice; home as a site of arts practice; maternity as practice; alternative futures, new intergenerational relations and making different forms of kinship. The lab sought explore the research questions of ‘how living with and raising children might offer ways to think about alternative futures in the face of economic, social and environmental crisis? and how the 'family' might be a site of resistance to dominant ideologies?’
    • Reflections on belongings and becomings; art, maternity and family activism.

      McCloskey, Paula; university of Derby (2017-05)
      An invited artist talk entitled 'Reflections on Belongings and Becomings; Art, Maternity and Family Activism' as part of AirSpace Gallery Soup kitchen Artist Talks. Here I talked about the entanglement of Art, Maternity and Activism, returning to the research questions: If maternity is taken to be a thinking apparatus, a concept, an encounter, as well as a lived experience what new insights might emerge from arts practice and art writing that explores the complex entanglements of ‘maternity’ (in its broadest sense) and art? as well as Can the 'family' be a site of resistance to dominant ideologies and of imagining collective alternative futures, through different kinds of collectivity, by thinking beyond 'family' to kinship/more than human/non-biologically based conceptions?