Poems of Sťamas Cain
     
TABLEAUX

MOUNTAINS

ALBUM 2015

WAR REQUIEM

SCENARIUM

THE PRAIRIE

ALBUM 2010

HORSE NETTLE

LA GUERRA

CLOCKWORK

BANGKOK

TURTLES

REFRACTION

BIRD'S FOOT

POEMS 1980

COMMENTS

RÉSUMÉ

CONTACT

 

SEATURTLES, a performance
by Sťamas Cain

Copyright © 2002 by Sťamas Cain

Performed at dawn
on August 10th, 2002
by Mary Roe O'Neill at the
sea-level megalith of Creevykeel in
County Sligo, Ireland

Visual Images created by J. Doroff Tanner
Copyright © 2002, by J. Doroff Tanner



PROLOG

Séamas Cain: "The thickness of words is the skin of my artwork.
Poetry and theater – and I mean by that a radical theater and poetry
of displacements and inventions – is for me the necessary language
or counter-language for everyday life. My performance and poetry
images never quite take form into completed figures or tableaux,
but are involved in a process of never-ending becoming. My images
are displayed not as things to be joined together but as things that
unfold into one another, that mediate each into the other. My work,
which is typified by procession, is precisely what it is to witness
something, with what the rights and wrongs of that act are. My
artwork emerges out of a history – and struggle – of images,
conventions, and meanings, not out of some more abstract
'self.' A single simple gesture is divided already in its meaning.
Works of art are caught up in, rather than simply explaining,
the current task of self-criticism, as much framed as framing.
My artwork is not an account of what it means but of how it means!"

Mary Roe O'Neill: "I will speak the words of the performance-work
SEATURTLES. Then – ritually, throughout Creevykeel – I will guide
the audience in a hunt for seaturtles!"

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FIVE SCENES : OF "SEATURTLES"