The starting point for Cunningham's work is an observance of or meditation on quotidian existence in an attempt to penetrate its 'sameness' and through this, glimpse the ever present live nature of reality. The nature of this practice is rooted in performance based video. In these works, the camera is set at a fixed point avoiding meta narratives and allowing an uninterrupted conduit from viewer to performance. From there a dynamic dialogue is set in motion between surface, performer, material and reflected scene, all in ongoing negotiation. These video pieces are designed to bridge the gap between perceived reality and a sense of objective fulfilment. In this sense their purpose is non aesthetic as they aspire to arrest the viewer with the bare essence of their functionality. They seek to formalise the performative act and imbue it with meaning or resonance. Originally from Dublin, Feargal Cunningham is now based in Cork city. He holds an MA (First Class honours) in Art and Process and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, is a member of Cork Printmakers and the Backwater Artists Group where he was featured in their anniversary publication "Backwater Twenty - 10".