A new multimedia performance from internationally exhibited artist Michael O'Mahony.
Michael O’Mahony’s performance is a multimedia work combining video, writing and music. The video work features footage of objects such as his sister’s childhood My Little Pony toy and his retired psychiatrist father’s lecture tapes; found in his parents’ house in the spring lockdown of 2020.
Accompanying the video are readings of O’Mahony’s writings, which are informed by his interest in psychotherapy (which he has experience of as a client and a student, having studied introductory courses in psychodynamic psychotherapy). The readings take the form of a chain of associations, covering topics such as speculations on family dynamics and the meaning of a recurring dream of a childhood game console.
The readings are interspersed with O’Mahony’s pop songs, made using Vocaloid, a virtual voice synthesizer; which are at once heartfelt and synthetic. The result is a detailed exploration of O’Mahony’s psychology, the nature of memory and the emotional attachments we make to ‘the made world’.