Independent Artist, Curator & Choreographer
As a rural based independent artist-curator-choreographer, Maria Kerin creatively engages with heritage and landscape through enactive embodiment and somatic, multi-temporal performativity. Since first creating a dance piece in Fine Art, DIT, ’98, Kerin has been developing an intra-disciplinary arts practice, interwoven with artistic, choreographic and curatorial processes, informed by an MA in Contemporary Dance, UL ’06 and year 1 of PhD, UL, 2015, researching decision making through somatic principles.
In a creative co-aligning through The Future is Domestic (2008-2013) Post Domestic; The Future is the Forest, (2014- 2018), facilitating peer-to-peer sharing through ethical states of receptivity, deep listening and the multi-temporal body in Ireland, Estonia, Finland and Sweden, community building with Outrider Artists, Ankor, and Raft, led Maria Kerin to being invited as lead Irish artist/curator with Karum-Creevagh, a Swedish-Irish trans-disciplinary Art & Archaeology group, 2016 onwards, building ‘Experimental Heritage’ as a new field of study.
Researching with Rachel Sweeney since 2019 in a post site-specific turn, virtually and in residencies, building communities of knowledge in a slow but urgent devotion to radical change with The Floating Village, commissioned by Waterford Arts, 2021 and Ode to Lickeen Lake, commissioned by Water Conservation Ireland. 2021.
Presentations on the intersection between dance disability and public interventions in the UK, the historical erasure of Irish dance in Australia, and the fostering of transnational academic and artistic dialogues through technology. Mollenhauer’s presentation argues that although Irish dance currently enjoys a measure of civic prominence, its contribution to the archive of Australian dance practice is “missing”. […]