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Luke Gibbons The Memory of Forms: Image, History and Irish Art

Public lecture series 2011-12

Luke Gibbons
The Memory of Forms: Image, History and Irish Art

6.30pm Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Lecture Room G6, School of Art Design and Printing
Dublin Institute of Technology, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

Luke Gibbons is Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His publications include Gaelic Gothic: Race, Colonialism and Irish Culture (2004), Edmund Burke and Ireland: Aesthetics, Politics and the Colonial Sublime (2003), The Quiet Man (2002), Transformations in Irish Culture (1996), and (with Kevin Rockett and John Hill) Cinema and Ireland (1988). He is currently preparing Joyce’s Ghosts: Ireland, Memory and Colonial Modernity for publication.
This talk will discuss the Irishness of Irish art in terms of form rather than representation, contending that the most important aspects of a work’s relation to its culture lie in aesthetic qualities often considered as lying outside history, or beyond questions of power and politics.

All are welcome to this free event.
To secure your place, please book by email:

in|discussion a forum on contemporary issues and current research in typography, art, design, material culture, critical theory, pedagogy, philosophy, society and technology. Updates on the lecture series at:

Exhibition: Hidden Currents

We’d like to invite you to the Launch of PrettyvacanT Dublin’s new exhibition ‘Hidden Currents’.

It takes place on Thursday 2nd February from 6-8pm and I’ve attached an e-invite for you.

‘Hidden Currents’ is an exhibition by Niamh Heery uncovering the near-invisible movement of commodities across the great oceans of the world. The exhibition continues until Saturday 11th February and is open 1-6pm (Closed Monday).

Set up in 2009 PrettyvacanT Dublin repurposes vacant properties as temporary exhibition spaces for artists.

Hope to see you there.


Louise Marlborough
PrettyvacanT Dublin


Critical Bastards Magazine: Call for Submissions

Critical Bastards Magazine is a month handmade A5 magazine. The magazine is dedicated to reviewing visual art exhibitions and public art in cities across the island. Critical Bastards is also a dedicated forum for the discussion of contemporary art issues. The magazine is made by artists who wish to engage with art viewing on an active level. Print editions are available in Belfast, online editions are available on

We are seeking submissions for Issue 7 around the theme of “Contemporary Art Criticism in Ireland”. Any article should be approx. 500 words and can be a review of an exhibition/event/art organisation, an interview, or an exploration of a visual art issue. Creative writing is always welcomed. The submission deadline for this issue is February 15th. Articles should be typed and sent as a pdf and word document to Articles will be selected on their fitness for inclusion in each issue. Writers will be informed of their inclusion before the release date.

Jake Bourke, Critical Bastards Co-ordinator



The learning model of the Computer Clubhouse is based around construction – that is learning by doing, building and demonstrating. The Computer Clubhouse is equipped with state of the art hardware and software to facilitate creative learning and artistic practice. This makes the Computer Clubhouse an ideal setting for third level students to share their expertise and gain experience in project management and working with young people.

Each mentor is asked to work with young people one day a week from 4:00 – 6:30 for a period of 6 months. If you would like to volunteer as a mentor, Coordinator Gina Brocker can offer you a great deal of support, training and reference letters.

for further information please contact

Gina Brocker


SWICN Computer Clubhouse

Rainsford Street, Dublin8, Ireland

Phone: +353 1 4536674

Mobile: +353(0)833721746

Exhibition: Panto Collapser

The Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Opening: Thursday 26th January 2012: 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues until 31st March 2012

Panto Collapser is a solo exhibition from Australian artist Mikala Dwyer. ‘An exploded and bewitched house with a floating roof’ – is how she describes it, an exhibition that marks the first time her work will be shown in Ireland. Continue reading…

Exhibition: None Went Mad None Ran Away

The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
Opening: Saturday 21st January 2012: 5-7pm
Exhibition continues until Saturday 18th February 2012

None Went Mad None Ran Away is a group exhibition curated by Rowan Sexton. It features work by Peter Burns, Mark Clare, Jessica Conway, Niall de Buitlear, Gabhann Dunne, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Barbara Knezesic, Clare Langan, Mark McGreevy, Maria McKinney, Fiona Mulholland and Sharon White. Normal opening hours of the Rubicon are Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm or by appointment.

Transitive Relationships

LCGA – Limerick City Gallery of Art

16th January – 4th March 2012

Transitive Relationships

Lucy Andrews, Ramon Kassam, Emmet Kierans, Kevin Kirwan, Bea McMahon, Laura McMorrow, Mark O’Kelly, Magda Marysia Wieckiewicz

Transitive Relationships takes the experimental format of inviting two established Irish artists to nominate the participation of three emergent practitioners. Bea McMahon and Mark O’Kelly have selected the best emergent practitioners from the East and West of the country; Lucy Andrews, Kevin Kirwan, Magda Marysia Wieckiewicz, Ramon Kassam, Emmet Kierans and Laura McMorrow.
The initial selection parameters associated with media, demographic, gender and geography shifted as the process progressed and the current artworks in the exhibition were selected. Further tentative relationships have emerged between the artworks.

The fears and anxieties suggested by some of the artworks are perhaps associated with a zeitgeist of the national mood and our current tenuous economic position. Threads of interests include abjection, sinister undertones, apocalpytic threatenings, materials poised on a moment of change and a process based interest. Curated by Dr. Pippa Little

Selected Stories Part Five: Four is to Three

Wed 18th 8pm
Screening / Live Score of
The Poorhouse Revisited

Thurs/Fri 19/20th 12-6pm
Looped Screening of
The Poorhouse Revisited
and selected works

Fri 20th 6.30pm
Screening: Poorhouse (1996)
Informal talk
The Poorhouse Revisited

Four is to Three (Selected Stories Programme Part Five)
What are the stories we choose to tell, and what do these choices tell us about ourselves?
Four is to Three is a series of screenings and talks based around works that utilise, challenge and subvert a shared cultural and historical memory that has increasingly become framed in the technical and narrative apparatus of the moving image.
The show takes as it’s main focus a major new work by Michael Higgins, The Poorhouse Revisited, and opens with a unique performance-based screening of the film. Four is to Three concludes on Friday, January 20th with a rare opportunity to see the original version of Poorhouse (1996) and an informal round-table discussion with Michael Higgins and the writer and playwright Michael Harding, on whose work the original film was based.
The Poorhouse Revisited (2011, 16mm, 63mins)
In the time of Ireland’s Great Famine, an elderly gravedigger revisits a traumatic event through the decaying visions of his fragmented dreams.
In 1996 the half-hour IFB/RTÉ period drama entitled Poorhouse was broadcast. Directed by Frank Stapleton and based on a short story by Michael Harding, the film is set during the time of Ireland’s Great Famine. The plot concerns the relationship between an elderly gravedigger and a young woman. Powerfully evoking a cultural memory of hardship and loss from 150 years previously, the film slipped into obscurity in a forward-looking era.
Years later the discarded film rushes were discovered outdoors on the Ringsend Peninsula, Dublin – literally unearthed – by film-maker Michael Higgins. The scattered reels of decayed 16mm material consisted of some 120 minutes of slated scenes, re-takes and camera tests.
Restored, re-worked and re-edited, the corrupted frames now resemble fragments of memories distorted through exposure to time and its natural elements. Through the layers of cracked emulsion images struggle to re-surface and find a place on screen, as memories for a new audience.
Given a new life by Higgins’s painstaking work and a disquieting score by Brian Conniffe and Suzanne Walsh, the gravedigger’s visions emerge from beneath a harsh new layer of archeological detritus, their pathos accentuated by their delicate state of fragmented survival.
As part of the Joinery’s Selected Stories series, The Poorhouse Revisited is presented here for the first time. In a unique event that elaborates on the randomness of the film’s rediscovery and physical decay, it will be screened to a live, improvised performance by Brian Conniffe, Diarmuid MacDiarmada and Suzanne Walsh.
For more information about the film, see
The show will also feature films by Rouzbeh Rashidi, Christopher O’Neill and Sylvia Schedelbauer. Each of these distinct artists works in the area of ‘found footage’ films, creating uniquely authored visions by reworking visual material from a diverse range of sources.
Through context and montage, these three film-makers weave darkly atmospheric, seemingly abstract visions – films that prompt the viewer to seek out and find new layers of meaning in the reworked archival frames.
We are particularly excited to present the work of Sylvia Schedelbauer. A leading light amongst those currently working with archival footage, her work has won numerous awards, including the German Film Critics Award: Best Experimental Film (2008) for False Friends, which screens as part of Four is to Three alongside way fare (2009).
‘False Friends and way fare rely on a hypnotic, subconsciously suggestive combination of images, ones that can evoke semi-tangible meanings upon close, repeat inspection (e.g., Freudian “dream-work”), but in the actual viewing are slippery and terse, drawing only traces of their denotative meaning from the mind before their disappearance.’ (Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope)
Michael Higgins is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Dublin. He has completed 5 feature films and numerous short films. His work involves a range of both digital and analog technologies concerning people’s perception of time and reality.
Brian Conniffe is a cross-genre, experimental musician who has worked with a long list of collaborators including Nurse With Wound, notable for a style that fuses the darkest psychedelia with disquieting ambience. Suzanne Walsh is a visual artist and musician, whose practice involves musical collaborations with various artists as well as her own solo artistic work, which cross over between art and music worlds. Within music she is interested in playing with the concepts of both how music is written and performed as a vocalist, and exploring the boundaries between musical styles. Together their work states inspiration from a wide range of non-musical sources, including the film work of Derek Jarman, Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger.
Curated by Tadhg O’Sullivan.
Four is to Three is part of the Selected Stories Programme curated by the Joinery and supported by the Arts Council.
The Selected Stories Project is a five-part project curated by the Joinery from this September to January of next year. The project will be made up of five individual shows and will include talks and screenings, bringing together a range of artists, curators and writers whose work engages with, and challenges perceptions of ‘the real’. The project will culminate in a publication of essays, writings and interviews by invited writers Rebecca O’Dwyer and Sean O’Sullivan.

All humans Do

Opens: Friday Jan 20, 2012, 6-9pm.

White Box, 329 Broome St, New York, 10002.

12 Irish artists: David Beattie, Aleana Egan, Mark Garry, Bea Mc Mahon,
Locky Morris, Fergus Feehily, Tamsin Snow, Dennis Mc Nulty, Rhona Byrne,
Brendan Earley, Niamh O’Malley & Kevin Kirwan.

Curated by Aoife Tunney & associate curator Chris Fite-Wassilak.

Show runs until February 21, 2012 and returns to The Model, Sligo in April

Curatorial Panel members for All humans do

Gavin Delahunty, Head of exhibitions & displays, TATE Liverpool. Seamus
Kealy, Director, The Model, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sligo. Caoimhin Mac
Giolla Leith, critic & curator. Declan Long, Course director, Art in the
Contemporary world, NCAD, Dublin.

Supported by Culture Ireland

For more information:

Hanging in the balance of order and chaos – Irish times review of Isabel Nolan’s recent solo show ‘A Hole into the Future’

Recent review of Isabel Nolan’s exhibition, A Hole into the Future , at The Model in sligo by Gemma Tipton in The Irish Times.

Isabel Nolan is a Dublin-based artist who also teaches on the MA Art in the Contemporary World course in NCAD.

There is also a new publication on the artist’s work from 2005 to the present, Intimately Unrelated. Includes essays on Nolan’s work with contributions from philosopher Graham Harman, critic, writer and ACW course coordinator Declan Long, Séamus Kealy and Isabel Nolan.

A Hole into the Future is at The Model, Sligo until February 12th

Event: Synergetica Studiolab

Thursday 19th January 6pm: The Science Gallery

To mark the end of their current exhibition, Surface Tension, the Science Gallery are hosting an event called SYNERGETICA STUDIOLAB on Thursday January 19th at 6pm. SYNERGETICA STUDIOLAB will couple lectures with live performance and an installation to examine the future of water as a powerful source of clean energy, and in particular how we can learn from the processes by which it is naturally harnessed.
Continue reading…

Event: Project Arts Centre – Walk’n'Talk

Before the close of the current exhibition, The Last of the Red Wine (the
prequel/sequel), there will be a Walk ‘n’ Talk event this Thursday 12th from 6pm – 8pm in the gallery of Project Arts Centre. Two young artists/art students will host these short rolling mini-tours with small groups and one-to-ones, ongoing throughout the evening. The Walk ‘n’ Talks are an informal take on the classic Gallery tour and aim to encourage more conversational encounters with contemporary visual art.

The Walk ‘n’ Talks are free and all are welcome. Questions at the ready. Further information can be found here.

The Project are also currently looking for young artists and students to host upcoming Walk ‘n’ Talks on their next exhibition, Mikala Dwyer’s (Aus) Panto Collapsar (opening January 26th). Anyone interested in being a host can get in touch with Rachael Gilbourne at this address –

Fragments – Vanya Lambrecht-Ward

The Market Studios Unit H
corner Mary’s Lane and Halston Street, Smithfield , Dublin 7

Opening reception: 6pm – 8pm Thursday 12th January 2012.
Exhibition continues: 13th – 15th January, Daily from 12-6pm.

Over two years new work developed alongside conversation, research and writing as part of the Masters Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD. Endless debate and a wealth of information do not always result in cohesion but mostly presents a multitude and unending stream of ideas and opinion. The Exhibition is centred on our built environment, our encounter with it and perceptions of it.

We know we cannot merely reduce spaces to geometric equations and expect to receive an outcome that tells of the fundamental nature of the room, or the sum of parts. In the same way that we cannot eliminate the ephemeral from a picture or only consider the mortar and bricks that demarcate the voids that we inhabit. Nor can we just speak of the surfaces, the temperature, the mood or the function of the space, and never do all these elements meet simultaneously.

Fragments is a culmination of thinking around photography, materiality, memory, perceived reality and the making of space. Consisting of a series of fragments and possibility in the form of Text objects, photographs as matter and stuff as ideas.

The Swimming Naked Prophecy

‘Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.’
(Warren Buffett)

The Swimming Naked Prophecy at The Higher Bridges Gallery
Opens Friday 6th January 2012 @ 8pm

In this economic low tide 25 Irish-based artists where invited to respond to legendary investor Warren Buffett’s renowned observation. Buffett’s metaphorical citation offers a humorous mental image of the serious repercussions of careless speculation, one befitting Ireland’s current economic situation with bank bailouts, disappearing billions and severe fiscal crisis.

The Swimming Naked Prophecy is a group drawing exhibition initiated by Mermaid Arts Centre in Co. Wicklow and featuring new work specifically made for the exhibition by twenty five contemporary Irish-based artists. The exhibition offers a range of responses by the invited artists to Ireland’s current social, economic and political circumstances, the recent economic crash and the current mood in Ireland.

Invited Artists:
Aideen Barry / Stephen Brandes / Alan Butler / Mark Clare / Felicity Clear / Róisín Coyle / Culturstruction / Jennifer Cunningham / Clodagh Emoe / Fiona Hallinan / Seán Hillen / Jesse Jones / John Jones / Vera Klute / Sam Keogh / David Lilburn / Sean Lynch / Brian Maguire / Bea McMahon / Tom Molloy / Teresa Nanigian / Isabel Nolan / Sorcha O’Brien / Saskia Vermeulen / Dominic

Warren Edward Buffett is an American investor, industrialist and
philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful
investors in the world. He was ranked as the world’s third wealthiest person in 2010 according to Forbes Magazine.

Exhibition Runs until Sat 28 January 2012
The Higher Bridges Gallery is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday
Opening speech by the Chairman of Fermanagh District Council Councillor
Thomas O’Reilly
*Admission Free
Further details are available from:

Diane Henshaw
Arts Officer
Fermanagh District Council
Town Hall
Co Fermanagh
BT74 7BA

“Hack The City” – Open Call For Proposals

Closing Date: Friday 20th January

The Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin is seeking proposals for a major exhibition and series of events entitled Hack The City that is due to take place this Summer in Dublin. This is Science Gallery’s flagship exhibition for 2012 and it aims to “rethink our cities from the ground up through the spirit and philosophy of the hacker ethos – to bend, mash-up, tweak and cannibalise our city systems, to create possibilities, illustrate visionary thinking and demonstrate real-world examples for sustainable urban futures”. The aim of the show is to “ask how we can make the city work better for us, and feature a mix of hackers, makers, doers, data nerds, hobbyists,artists, scientists, tech geeks, activists, engineers and DIY urban planners”.

They are looking for a variety of different types of submissions including installations, experiments, events and performances. The closing date for submissions is Friday January 20th and there is funding available for approved applications. Full information can be found here.

Call Opens: Monday 5 December
Call Closes: Friday 20 January
Exhibition duration: 22 June 2012 – 07 September 2012
Festival dates: 11-15 July 2012

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