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.