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A body is a body is a body

Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay


View this work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toTOxzyoM9w

External links

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Artist's biography

Cat McClay and Éiméar McClay

Contributors

Cat McClay - Director
Éiméar McClay - Director

Synopsis

'A body is a body' centres around a written text combining personal memories of a queer sexual experience with Catholic prayers and eschatological imagery. The text appears in the form of subtitles over a 3D-modelled animation, which features a mixture of iconographic and iconoclastic imagery associated with Catholicism. Through this work, we explore the historically fraught relationship between queerness and the Catholic church.

Concept & Technique

Conceptually, 'A body is a body is a body' focuses on the cultural, social and political influence of the Catholic church, particularly in Ireland. Through this study, it questions the persistent link between the Irish state and the church. This is reinforced by an exploration of the potentiality of magic and witchcraft as queer and anti-capitalist symbols of resistance, through which it imagines a futurity predicated on a radical break from the dominant logic of late capitalism. The work harnesses eschatological imagery (disastrous weather, fire, etc.) to invoke the idea of end times associated with capitalism, and attendant premonitions of catastrophic or redemptive futures.

Screenings

2021 - 17th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
Details
Title

A body is a body is a body

Year

2021

Genres

Animation, Cultural Commentary, Narrative

Topics

Emotions, Human Relations, Humankind, Politics, Philosophy

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Duration

00:12:02

Original formats

4K, 3D animation

Screening formats

Digital 4K

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Yes

Supported by Kildare County Council, the Arts Council of Ireland and Visual Artists Ireland.
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