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‘A Public Mosaic’ – An experimental collaborative project of work by NCAD MA, Art in Contemporary World & UCD MA Architecture students

Image credit: James Kennedy, Gatewalls, UCD, 2011

This collaborative process began with a series of discussion between UCD and NCAD students at Newman House opposite St. Stephens’ Green, Dublin. Over a period of weeks people worked in groups to develop an experimental collaborative process between visual arts, literature, sound, video, and architectural working methodologies. There was no set remit; it was open ended, debatable, and constructive as a work in progress.

NCAD and UCD became a mini collective in their approach to this project which manifested itself naturally through conversation, random dialogue, research, presentations and now finally at 126.This collaborative working group now have the opportunity to develop this project within the artist led experimental space. Contemporary Art offers the platform to represent this plurality through visual art, writing and architecture. Here collaborative strategies such as psycho geography, social play, appropriation, literature, music, intervention are employed to critique our sense of the public park, our sense of what a public space is. Visual artists often use this space in their practice while architects design and plan it. Through this embrace of common collaborative strategies can the combination of art and architecture find a new voice or discover the opportunity for a new world within our modern living?

126 is Galway’s first artist-led exhibition space. A non- profit organization, 126 was established in 2005 by local Artists in response to the urgent need for more non-commercial gallery spaces in Galway. 126 has developed a reputation as an organization, which supports traditionally unrepresented artistic projects. Because 126 is a non-profit, publicly funded gallery space, it is able to make decisions on an artistic rather than an economic basis. As such, 126 is gaining recognition and support as a place of cultural innovation in Ireland and is becoming an integral part of Galway’s cultural fabric. 126 is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Galway City Council and its membership.

Exhibition: 24 June – 2 July

Opening reception: Friday 24th June, 7pm – 9pm

All welcome.

An interview with Bice Curiger

An interview with Bice Curiger, the Director of the 54th International Art Exhibition “ILLUMInations”, Venice Biennale 2011.


Seeing Through Objects: an ACW-led group discussion at the 2011 Venice Biennale

This discussion will build on the recent series of presentations on the subject of ‘What is an object?’ lead by the MA Art in the Contemporary World in response to Richard Tuttle’s exhibition Triumphs at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Spring 2011. It also follows from a previous MA ACW session at the Irish Pavilion at Venice in 2009 and organised with the MA: Art and Process at Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Led by Francis Halsall, Lucy Dawe Lane and Declan Long.

Where: Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale

When: Sat. June, 4th, 2011, 11am-12.15pm

What kind of object is Corban Walker’s Please Adjust?

For the Irish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Corban Walker has created a large-scale sculpture composed of 160 inter-connected open-framed stainless-steel cubes. As the exhibition statement describes, it is an art object in which many elements ‘combine to form a fragile structure that supports itself, though one alteration could destroy the existing configuration and create a new one’. Whilst appearing fixed, Please Adjust is also precarious, and though physically transparent it is, also, quite deliberately, not ‘clear’.

Using Please Adjust as a context, this discussion will explore multiple theoretical and historical approaches to definitions of, and encounters with, objects. What is at stake here is identifying the focus of aesthetic attention; in other words, how do theories of objects impact on the theories, practices and experiences of art?

The multiple, transient, performative and dematerialized forms that art objects have taken after modernism and since the late 1960′s demonstrate how the problems in defining what an object is are exemplified in the context of art. This historical moment is still with us. At the very least it is now taken for granted that an art object is not definable as a discrete, material thing that is independent from its situational and historical context(s).

However, relatively recent discussions of what Graham Harman has called both Object Orientated Philosophy and Speculative Realism offer the promise of ‘adjusting’ how objects are considered within contemporary art discourse. As Harman has claimed, ‘the dithering agnosticism of recent philosophy, its obsession with tedious questions of human access to the world, can be replaced by a high rolling metaphysics of objects. The spirit of the archive can be replaced by that of the casino’. (from Towards Speculative Realism , Zero Books, 2010). This means not only to address how art as a practice of object making constructs complex, relational objects but also how such objects might engender and demonstrate certain forms of thinking about the world.

All are welcome to attend this discussion. Please get in touch if you would like to participate.

Contact: Francis Halsall (; Lucy Dawe Lane (; Declan Long (; twitter: @declanlong).

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of Corban Walker, Eamonn Maxwell, Emily-Jane Kirwan and Jennifer Marshall in the staging of this event.

The Irish Pavilion at Venice is located at the Istituto Santa Maria della Pieta, 3703 Calle della Pieta, Castello. Calle della Pieta is mid-way between Piazza San Marco and the Arsenale, off Via Riva degli Schiavoni.

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