This Is Offal

This Is Offal

© Mary Reid Kelley

Exhibition

Mary Reid Kelley

“This Is Offal”
Uncertain Places. Eine Nachtausstellung

Artist Talk with Mary Reid Kelley, Patrick Kelley and Ellen Blumenstein as part of “How to Frame” on 9 July, 15:00 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Upper Foyer

A pun-filled work of existentialist feminist horror, “This Is Offal” by Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley ghoulishly enacts Camus’ philosophy of the absurd as a counter to suicide. As the organs liver, heart and brain argue over what happened at night in the pathology room, they also deny any hope of a rational, unified explanation for the most tragic and motivationally complex of human actions. Mary Reid Kelley, born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1979, often produces her videos in collaboration with her partner Patrick Kelley. “This Is Offal” is their first work for a live audience, debuting at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

By Mary Reid Kelley

Performance and set design Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

“This Is Offal” is commissioned as part of Corpus, network for performance practice, and is produced by Playground (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum, Leuven) and co-produced by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs.

Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), CAC (Vilnius), KW (Berlin), If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Playground (STUK & M, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London). Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. www.corpusnetwork.org

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union