The Parachutist A Non- Combatant Aesthete – a video installation documenting a series of performances in small towns, villages, cities and rural locations along a route from the south east coast of Ireland at Wexford to the north west at Co Mayo.
Bill Beirne currently lives and works in New York City. For more than three decades Beirne’s conceptual art has examined public space, communication, interactivity and sociological concerns through public performances.
Beirne has exhibited extensively since the early 1970s at institutions including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; the National Center for Contemporary Art in Kaliningrad, Russia; TV Gallery, Moscow; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; the Sculpture Center, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and Artists Space, New York among many others. In addition to lecturing at museums and galleries around the world, he has been a Visiting Artist and Artist in Residence at Colgate University, New York University, MIT, Pratt Institute, University of New Mexico, Buffalo University and Indiana University at Perdue. In 2009 Beirne was commissioned by Madison Square Park for their first performance based video installation, Madison Square Trapezoids with performances by the Vigilant Groundsman. He is the recipient of an artist’s fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts.