Public feeling

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Video documentation by Jenny Brady, 2019, 10:53 minutes

Public feeling (2019) by Sarah Browne is an artwork about health and austerity, shaped by fitness culture and choreography. This public artwork, rather than being staged as an exhibition or a play, takes the form of a series of fitness classes in Tallaght and Clondalkin Leisure Centres. Each class — a circuit class titled FALLOUT and an aquafit class titled RESILIENCE is delivered by a working fitness instructor, and accompanied by a scripted soundtrack. There are no spectators and no recording, only participants, who are invited to move and sweat in rhythm with spoken language. A selection of everyday objects replace typical exercise equipment.

Sarah writes about the project for RTÉ Culture here.

Lynn Ruane's commissioned writing for the project, featured in The Irish Times, here.

Staged performance documentation by Miriam O' Connor. Instructor: Gareth Francis
Staged performance documentation by Miriam O' Connor. Instructor: Eleanor Young
Staged performance documentation by Miriam O' Connor. Instructor: Gareth Francis
Staged performance documentation by Miriam O'Connor. Instructor: Gareth Francis
Rehearsal documentation by Miriam O' Connor. Instructor: Eleanor Young
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Location research photographs by Miriam O'Connor & Sarah Browne
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Writing by Colm Keegan, Lynn Ruane, Sarah Browne

Producer: Aisling O'Brien. Production assistant: Hillary Dziminski

Sound design & composition: Bee Akkerman

Strength & conditioning coach: Gareth Francis

Aquafit instructor: Eleanor Young

Videographer: Jenny Brady

Photographer: Miriam O'Connor

Public feeling by Sarah Browne was commissioned by South Dublin County Council through IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME and funded under the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Per Cent for Art Scheme