until Thursday 30th September

These offerings are presented as part of PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK, our 10th anniversary programme.

This month we present documentation of Regimes of Hardship 3, the  final performance of a trilogy of actions undertaken by Martin O’Brien in 2012, and of Horizon, an action performed by Carlos Martiel in Folkestone Harbour at WAKE Festival in 2017.

︎︎︎ PSX: a decade of performance art in the UK

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Martin O’Brien

Regimes of Hardship

Martin O’Brien with Sheree Rose, Regimes of Hardship 3, 2012.

Regimes of Hardship was a trilogy of performances shown during a three month period (one each month). Images and materials were developed from one work to the next.

“#3 was made in collaboration with Sheree Rose. It was framed by a contract stating that I would submit to her for the duration of the work. The actions included turning me into a food sculpture, keeping me in bondage, and ended with cake being served off my body.”
- Martin O’Brien

Martin O’Brien is an artist and zombie. He works across performance, writing and video art. His work uses physical endurance, long durations, and pain based practices in order to examine what it means to be born with a life shortening disease, and to live longer than expected. He has shown work throughout the UK, Europe, USA, and Canada. This has included at Tate Britain, Spill Festival of Performance (both London), Kapelica Gallery (Ljubljana), Performatorium Festival of Queer Performance (Regina), Venice Week of Performance Art (Venice), In Between Time Festival of Contemporary Performance (Bristol), Grace Exhibition Space, Abrons Art Centre (both New York) and as artist in residence at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives (Los Angeles). Martin has cystic fibrosis and all of his work and writing draws upon this experience. In 2018, the book Survival of the Sickest: the Art of Martin O’Brien was published by Live Art Development Agency. He is currently lecturer in Performance at Queen Mary University of London. He recently surpassed his life expectancy and is enjoying life as a zombie.

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Carlos Martiel


Carlos Martiel (born 1989, Havana) lives and works in New York and Havana. He graduated in 2009 from the National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro,” in Havana. Between the years 2008-2010, he studied in the Cátedra Arte de Conducta, directed by the artist Tania Bruguera. Martiel’s works have been included in the 4th Vancouver Biennale, Canada; 14th Sharjah Biennial, UAE; 14th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Liverpool Biennial, UK; Havana Biennial, Cuba. He has had performances at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), USA; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Italy; Robert Miller Gallery, USA. He has received several awards, including the Franklin Furnace Fund in New York, USA, 2016; “CIFOS Grants & Commissions Program Award” in Miami, USA, 2014; “Arte Laguna” in Venice, Italy, 2013. His work has been exhibited at The São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP), São Paulo, Brazil; The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba; among others. His works are in public and private collections such as The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami; Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Martiel, Horizon, 2017. 

"I sit on a leaky boat on the sea. When the boat sinks I go swimming to the nearest shore."
- Carlos Martiel

Image: Ash McNaughton, Salvage, 2019. Photo by Manuel Vason.