March 14

Report to an Academy (2016)

Sarah Browne


Report to an Academy draws from the Kafka story of the same title, exploring the contemporary academic environment as a neoliberal workplace. Where in Kafka's story, an ape delivers an address to a gathering on his transition into human life, this video features an octopus who speaks of her motivation to escape and transform herself from human material in search of new forms of articulacy and agility.

Sarah Browne is an artist based in Ireland. She is particularly concerned with how socially-engaged art projects can develop methodologies that are not solely discursive, in order to address non-verbal, bodily experiences of knowledge and justice. Recent solo exhibitions include: Report to an Academy, Marabouparken, Stockholm, 2017; Hand to Mouth at CCA Derry~Londonderry and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2014: and The Invisible Limb, basis, Frankfurt, 2014. In 2009 she co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale with Gareth Kennedy and Kennedy Browne, their shared collaborative practice. She is currently artist in residence with University College Dublin College of Social Sciences and Law.