The UCD (University College Dublin) Art In Science programme is a process based residency where artists of any discipline can develop their practice through close engagement with scientific practice. The Parity Studios are situated within the UCD school of physics allowing the artists and scientists contact on a daily basis.


I was one of 3 artists (along with sound artist David Stalling and visual artist Sofie Loscher) chosen for this programme. As my practice has been to incorporate the laws and theories of Physics for several years (entanglement, gravity, dark matter/energy, quantum mechanics), I chose to investigate these ideas further by sitting in on lectures, dialoging with the scientists and using several sites on campus to create work. Although the residency is focused on process and there is no pressure to create new work, I was so inspired by my surroundings and the people I encountered that several works emerged (and continue to develop) through these relationships.

Welcome Disturbances


Still of the video work 'Spin/Span/Spine'

Welcome Disturbances was an exhibition and programme of related events, in partnership with Dublin City Council (The LAB) featuring the work of Mark Cullen, Emma Finucane, Cindy Cummings, Fred Cummins, Sofie Loscher, Siobhán McDonald, Meadhbh O'Connor & David Stalling. I viewed the long exhibiton period (30 January-11 April) as an opportunity to continue evolving my work - Spin/Span/Spine - as three part process:


  1. A trio of video works (created with the iPad app 'Explain Everything') with professor Padraig Dunne: 'Principle of Least Action', 'Dynamic Equilibrium & Newton's Second Law' and 'Interactive Dance/Dancing Physics'. These were inspired by an ongoing conversation with Professor Padraig Dunne that continued throughout my residency in the UCD College of Science. Our meetings covered a wide range of theories, equations and methodologies in physics and how they relate to the way I conceptualize and create choreography. The collaboration also allowed me to delve deeper into the lectures of the great physicist, Dr. Richard P. Feynman. In particular, our discussions stimulated questions about the visual and aural language we use to describe our individual processes. More often than not these questions generated more questions than we could ever answer in any one meeting so these videos are one way to give shape and substance to the ideas that emerged through our conversations.

  2. A series of choreographic experiments on a pedestrian street nearby to the exhibition space that consisted of a written choreographic score for the participants to perform through and with the public during the busy lunch hour.

  3. An Improvised performance with sound artist David Stalling


In July 2014, I had the great privilege to participate in the TEDx UCD forum. My presentation was called 'The Intelligence of The Body'.

A Brief History of Contemporary Dance

As the first performing artist on the residency, I came to the realization that the scientists I was dialoging with had little or no frame of reference for my work. Inspired by this challenge and a desire to stimulate collaborations with them, I created a performative lecture entitled 'A Brief History of Contemporary Dance', performed in a lecture hall of the O'Brien Centre for Science (May & October 2014).


ABHOCD is a performative lecture that traces a historical line from the origins of Contemporary Dance in the late 19th century to the present. Through the use of spoken text, photographs, video clips and live demonstrations, my goal was to enlighten the audience by illuminating the lives and practice of dance makers who were (and continue to be) essential to this art form. The structure is designed along a specific trajectory in order that the audience can relate the lineage and development of contemporary dance to the dancer in front of them telling the stories.

Strange Attractor

D McCarthy/C Cummings/A Kelly
Cindy Cummings & Mick O'Shea