Artist and Lecturer in Helsinki, Finland
I am a Helsinki based artist where I currently lead a pilot MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance (MEACP) at Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki.
I work mostly in performance, sometimes 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.
Now out, this lavish publication
Kira O'Reilly: Untitled (Bodies), Edited by Harriet Curtis & Martin Hargreaves and published by Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books
Find out more about MAECP at Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki here: http://www.uniarts.fi/en/maecp
I am a Buddhist and practice the Tibetan Nyingma lineage, Aro gTér. http://arobuddhism.org/I'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. http://arobuddhism.org/community/sku-mnye.html
I am also an MMA fan, sometimes I train a little BJJ.
Image: Kira O'Reilly, Be-wilderment (Nature Drag), 2017, Photo credit Taija Jyrkäs. Commissioned for SPLICE Re-Examining Nature, Oulu Museum of Art, 2017