Kira O'Reilly

Artist and Lecturer in Helsinki, Finland

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I am based in Helsinki where I work in performance, photography, installation, biotechnical practices, and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body, bodies and what that might mean in our contemporary times.

My art work is presented in visual arts, dance, performance art, live art and science, art and technology contexts. I also teach, mentor, give talks and offer workshops across these interdisciplinary fields and implicate practices such as martial arts, architecture, ecology, sound and music.

I collaborate with humans of various types and technologies and non-humans of numerous divergences including mosses, spiders, the sun, pigs, cell cultures, horses, micro-organisms, bicycles, rivers, landscapes, tundras, rocks, trees, shoes, food, books, air, moon and ravens.

Current projects include TICK TALKs with Laura Beloff and a new work for the Martin O'Brien curated Last Breath Society.

In 2017, the lavishly illustrated book
Kira O'Reilly: Untitled (Bodies), Edited by Harriet Curtis & Martin Hargreaves was published by Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books

I am a Buddhist and practice the Tibetan Nyingma lineage, Aro gTér.'m particularly passionate about sKu-mNyé, a series of psycho-physical exercies from Dzogchen Long-dé and I teach them when I have the opportunity. I fundraise on a voluntary basis for Drala Jong, our Nyingma Retreat Centre in Wales.

Image: Kira O'Reilly, Be-wilderment (Nature Drag), 2017, Photo credit Taija Jyrkäs. Commissioned for SPLICE Re-Examining Nature, Oulu Museum of Art, 2017