Tremble Tremble is a immersive video installation that was first exhibited in 2017 in Venice as the National representation of Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Commissioned by
Tessa Giblin, It has since travelled to ICA Singapore, Project art Centre Dublin and Talbot Rice, Edinburgh. It is currently showing in Guggenheim Museum Bilbao until March 2020.
Tremble Tremble considered the Irish national pavilion as the site of an alternative Law. With a practice that is grounded in film and performance, Jones has created an artwork she describes as a ‘bewitching’ of the judicial system. In each location the work adapts to the specific historical micro climate of the witch trials, accumulating, performance, gestures and artifacts as part of it's ever expanding form, she aims to delve into role of the supernatural and ritual as a feminist mythological force.
Its title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)”. The work emerged from a rising social movement in Ireland which called for a transformation of the historic relationship between the church and the state. In this time of change, Jones returned to the witch as a feminist archetype and disrupter who has the potential to transform reality. Tremble Tremble imagines a different legal order, one in which the multitude are brought together in a symbolic, gigantic body, to proclaim a new law, that of In Utera Gigantae.
Tremble tremble takes as it's starting point the ways in which the law transmits memory between generations and over time. Her research weaves between an archaeological dig of a 3.5 million year old female specimen, to the suppressed voices of the witch trials of the 16th century Europe, the symphysiotomy trials, and abortion legislation in Ireland today. The new world order to be found in Tremble Tremble churns testimony, published statements and new lyrics into a towering bodily incantation. Jones has collaborated with theatre artist Olwen Fouéré, and sound artist Susan Stenger, who have together creating an artwork that extends across the pavilion and galleries as an expanded form of cinema.
Performer and Artistic Collaborator, Olwen Fouéré; Sound Design and Composition, Susan Stenger; Production Manager & AV Programmer, Aaron Kelly. Originally commissioned by Tessa Giblin, Director of Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh for the Pavilion of Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale, an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council of Ireland, supported by Dublin Port Company, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and produced by Project Arts Centre.
A book has been published in English and Italian, featuring writing by Silvia Federici, Tina Kinsella, Lisa Godson, and Tessa Giblin. Designed by Åbäke, with photography by Ros Kavanagh, Tremble Tremble / Tremate Tremate is co-published by Mousse Publishing and Project Arts Centre.
Installation Venice 2017
Installation ICA Singapore 2017
Installation Project arts Centre 2018
Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh 2018
Manuel Cirauqui and Jesse Jones, Guggenheim Bilbao