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Space Of Appearance – MA ACW at the Joinery

Space of Appearance is a two-day event of discussion, performance and exhibition concerned with examining the value of objects as artworks and the thought processes that such examinations might provoke. Space of Appearance refers to Jan Verwoert’s use of the term to describe moments where a group might convene with “shared intuitions…to make something appear…and create a moment of artistic and intellectual significance”. This one-off event will open up the decision-making processes that inform an exhibition at the Joinery and, in Verwoert’s terms, allow participating individuals to address the issue “together in ways not solicited by the usual structures of authority”.

From 7pm on Thursday 7th February, a live event will see a group of participants convene to whittle thirty-two objects down to one via five fast-paced rounds of discussion. This is a BYOB event and the rounds will be interspersed with various readings and screenings throughout the evening. On Sunday 10th February, between 12pm and 9pm, there will be a series of short exhibitions incorporating the selected object, during which various curatorial approaches will be tested out within the space.

Space of Appearance marks the culmination of a collaboration between postgraduate students from Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, independent curator Vaari Claffey and the Joinery.

Jan Verwoert (2006). Lessons in modesty: the open academy as a model. Metropolis M.

John Mullarkey “How To Behave Like A Philosopher”

John Mullarkey
(Professor in Film and TV, Kingston University, London)
2pm-4pm Friday 1st February 2013
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD, Dublin

Newly formed art/theory collective D.U.S.T. (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) and MA ACW join forces to present John Mullarkey (Professor in Film and TV, Kingston University, London) at NCAD at the beginning of February. Mullarkey will be delivering a talk entitled “How To Behave Like A Philosopher”, the abstract of which is below. While he is in Dublin, he will also be doing a talk at DIT on the Wednesday of the same week. Full details of that can be found on the VAI site.

In this talk I outline one way in which Laruelle’s non-standard philosophy might be introduced – through philosophical behaviourism. Images of ‘posture’ are common throughout Laruelle’s work, with the seemingly literalised use of ‘orientation’, ‘stance’, ‘gesture’, and ‘comportment’ being prevalent in his writings. Such allusions might bring to mind ideas from Ryle, Wittgenstein, Dennett, and even the early Merleau-Ponty, whereby the conscious intent of philosophers (the world each creates) is eliminated in favour of the shared behaviour, or style of thought, they manifest. Yet this would be a philosophical behaviour without ‘behaviourism’ – the overdetermined philosophy of what behaviour is (which is usually reduced to one or two variables). By expanding the notion of behaviour beyond these limits – that is, rendering it non-standard – it can be seen that the concept of philosophical ‘decision’ (the key structural invariant for philosophy, according to Laruelle) is neither intellectual nor voluntary, but a matter of orientation or posture as regards the Real. That said, what non-standard philosophy may ultimately teach, is less a new thought about the Real, or even just about philosophy, but a different category of behaviour as regards other behaviours – a re-orientation that renders behaviour indefinite.

Wine Soak no.7: Ligvine Strikes Again

In our seventh installment our correspondent Jakob Ligvine Kreek reluctantly attends the opening of the annual Turner exhibition in the National Gallery but finds some solace in the spiritual works of James Hennessy.

It was a dreary January evening that turned quickly cold and exceptionally wet when a curator friend of mine telephoned and invited me along at short notice, as a plus one, to the opening of the annual Turner exhibition in the National Gallery. I was immediately trawling through my bag of excuses over the phone as I looked out at the rivulets of water running down the dark window panes of Ligvine HQ. The last thing I wanted to do was to wrap up in my rain coat and head out, splashing through the grey puddles on the water sodden January night, until he mentioned the Hennessy cocktails. “What’s that?” I said to him, “Hennessy! I’ll be right there.” Continue reading…

Art House Presents: Salon d’Exploration

Art House present a collaborative exhibition with ‘La Cat Salon’ in the Back Loft. The following is taken from their website:


AT THE BACK LOFT, Saint Augustine Street, Dublin 8.

Opening: 6pm -10pm Wednesday 13th February

continuing til the 20th of February

‘Salon D’Exploration’, is a collaborative initiative between ‘La Cat Salon’, the in-house programme of La Catedral Studios/The back Loft and Art-House, a group of seven fine artists recently graduated from NCAD and DIT which aims to establish an art studio in Dublin.

The Back Loft is a multi-disciplinary space in what was a Victorian textile factory for the Saint Bernard Brand. During the 80s it was also a warehouse space used to store rental televisions and it was hence nicknamed “Telly building”.

Most of the work in the Salon’s exhibition is site specific since explores the architecture and the history of the ‘Back Loft’ building. The artists use a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, embroidery, photography, projection and video work. One of the artists will be collaborating with Eamonn Kennedy who’s doing a PhD on the Physics of nanoscale imaging and its application to cancer research.

This exhibition will also feature the ‘Back Loft’ Café, a recently built-in charming cafe- saloon created with reclaimed materials and inspired by art deco’ style, where members of the audience will be invited to leisure and mingle whilst sampling creative delights during the Salon’s rich calendar of satellite performances.

As part of the Salon, Art House will also host a number of events including a poetry performance night, music and a series of curator and artist talks. A list of these events and a calendar will be available at,, and

The Artists:

Ian Nolan

Ruth Kerr & Eamonn Kennedy

Steph Gallagher

Nollaig Molloy

Amanda Doran

Aisling Ní Chlaonadh

Dona Stankune

curated by Róisín Power Hackett,

whose currently doing an MA in Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD

Projection 27 / Experimental Film Club

Projection 27 / Experimental Film Club presents Ruins and Entropy Part I
Irish Film Institute / January 30th /6.30pm

EFC and IFI present the first of a two part programme curated by Aoife Desmond. Ruins and Entropy Part I focuses on two seminal film works by Robert Smithson;Spiral Jetty 1970 and Mono Lake 1968-2004 ( made with his partner Nancy Holt). These two stunning films document Smithson’s working process, his major land sculptureSpiral Jetty, and informal site visits with friends to the alkaline Mono Lake in North America. Smithson’s critical writing on entropy and ruins are a huge influence on art and theory since the 60′s. This programme takes Smithson’s projects as a starting point and explores their relevance for a new generation of filmmakers, who explore and critique the contemporary landscape.

Dr Francis Halsall (co-director, MA Art in the Contemporary World) will introduce this programme.

For more details go to:
To book tickets go to:

Call for Submissions: The Joinery Programme Spring 2013

The Joinery is currently inviting proposals from artists or artists’ groups for the 2013 Spring Gallery Programme. Successful applicants will be invited to rent the space for one or two weeks. During this time the selected artist(s) will be invited to use the gallery space to explore his or her practice within the context of a public art/project space and will produce work for a public event. Selected artists will have the opportunity to work with both the Joinery and invited curators.

Interested artists should send a full, detailed proposal, a bio or statement, along with good quality images or video to Miranda at Please write ‘Submissions Spring 2013′ in the subject box.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 1st February, 2013.

Visual Art Intern at ‘the joinery’ 2013

The Joinery is seeking an intern / gallery assistant for the 2013 programme.

The Joinery is a not-for-profit, DIY contemporary art and project space in Stoneybatter that has been in operation since early 2008.

We are looking for a motivated, energetic, efficient and very ‘hands-on’ individual to work on all areas of the gallery programme on a part-time basis. The gallery assistant will work closely with artists and the gallery director in a busy and vibrant environment.

Please note, unfortunately this position is currently unpaid.

Please send a CV along with a letter of application to Miranda at: Include the subject line as ‘visual art intern 2013′.

Deadline for applications 18th January

Turn To Red

The inaugral exhibition by the FLOOD project, curated by Paul McAree, is still running at Unit 3, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1 and continues until the 26th of January. It features work by Suzanne Treister, Jim Ricks, Sean Lynch, Maryam Jafri and Stephen Gunning. Full details below:

FLOOD announces its first exhibition in Dublin, Turn To Red, with artists Stephen Gunning (Ireland), Maryam Jafri (USA/Pakistan), Sean Lynch (Ireland), Jim Ricks (USA/Ireland), and Suzanne Treister (UK)

Taking it’s lead from Killing Joke’s 1979 song Turn to Red, which sought to document the spirit of the atomic age, this exhibition features artists whose work on the one hand reflects a heightened sense of awareness of the social and political dynamic within which we live, while on the other uses an economy of means and an awareness of materials influenced by the subject matter.

Stephen Gunning’s Mayday, a video work shot in Paris in 2011, documents the May Day political demonstrations in Place de la Nation. The square is the assembly point for other street parades and causes that are present today, namely those which have been external to France, such as the Kurds, Tamils, and Africans, particularly from Tunisia and Morocco. Perhaps witnessing recent changes across North Africa and the Middle East to bring democratic change to their countries, the day became less about labour-related changes than about celebrating human rights in general.

Maryam Jafri’s Nogales pairs a single 35mm slide-image of the walled town of Nogales, divided along the US/Mexican border, with an audio recording of Ronald Reagan’s famous speech at the Berlin Wall in 1987, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Twenty years later, Reagan’s own country, is erecting a border wall to keep out ‘illegal’ immigrants from Mexico and Latin America. The result is a series of divided towns, with family members, neighbourhoods and entire communities cut off from one another.

Sean Lynch’s The Bandits Live Comfortably in the Ruins is a presentation of archival news footage of the 1989 demolition of Rank’s Mills, the mainstay of the local Docklands industry, in Limerick. Farcically, repeated attempts with dynamite to blow up the concrete structure failed, as the building remained standing. This attempt is played out over and over again in this format, as a structure that seems to defy its own destruction.

Jim Ricks’ The Man With The Golden Gun is a specially created installation based on the media reportage of the death of Gaddafi. Ricks has recreated the drainage tunnels where the dictator was found and shot, re-presenting the location as a stage set. By openly imitating art and life through available means and materials he explores the grey area between flattery and theft, while re-wiring history into a new narrative.

Suzanne Treister’s Hexen 2.0 looks into histories of scientific research behind government programmes of mass control, investigating parallel histories of counter-cultural and grass roots movements. Hexen 2.0 charts, within a framework of post-WWII U.S. governmental and military imperatives, the coming together of diverse scientific and social sciences through the development of cybernetics, the history of the internet, the rise of Web 2.0 and increased intelligence gathering, and the implications for the future of new systems of societal manipulation towards a control society.

FLOOD is a project curated by Paul McAree. FLOOD is based at the James Joyce Street location until May 2013, during which time it will present 3 exhibitions. Previous projects include a commissioned publication by artist Kevin Atherton, and projects with Theresa Nanigian, Terry Atkinson, and Flávia Müller Medeiros.

Inaugral D.U.S.T Event with Anthony Paul Smith

D.U.S.T. (Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) is a theory/art collective recently founded by Michael O’Rourke, Paul Ennis and Fintan Neylan. Their first event takes place this week and features Anthony Paul Smith of LaSalle University. Smith is an expert on French philosopher Francois Laruelle, and will be delivering a talk entitled Faux Amis? Francois Laruelle and the Speculative Turn which will explore the relationship of Laruelle’s thought to the speculative realism movement.

The event takes place between 2pm and 4pm on Wednesday January 9th at Flatpack Gallery and Studios at 32 North Brunswick St, Dublin 2. Admission is free and no booking is required.

By the way, it seems that the talk has already attracted some controversy with Graham Harman taking issue with the premise of the abstract and then Anthony Paul Smith responding in kind. Hell hath no fury like a philosopher scorned.

Misery Hill

Exhibition launch: Thursday January 10th from 6pm.
After party: Kennedy’s bar, George’s Quay from 9pm.

Exhibition runs: Daily from 2-6pm 11th to 15th January.
Location: Kings of Concrete, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

A screening of Smith’s 2010 piece how this works will take place on Saturday 12th January from 5pm.

Misery Hill is an exhibition of recent work by Laura Smith & Rob Murphy, recent graduates of the MA ACW programme at NCAD, which brings together video, sound and text. The work responds to questions about the nature of corporeal and social life and considers the limits and the significance of human agency.

Room One
buzz kill : Rob Murphy
Murphy’s installations are reminders of the inherent weirdness of objects; their subterranean baffle and our ‘stuckness’ at them.

Rob Murphy graduated from IADT Dún Laoghaire in 2011 with a degree in Visual Arts Practice. Murphy is co-director/founder of artist run Flat_Pack Gallery & Studios in Smithfield and took part in its inaugural exhibition Your Cruelty in September 2012.

Room Two
they have idealistic notions of being : Laura Smith
Working in moving image, Smith’s practice explores the difficulty of assessing contemporary political realities. Through a combination of narrative, documentary and staged actions, her vignettes consider the existence of personal contribution to the political.

Laura Smith graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010 with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art. Smith’s video work The alternative is…, was selected for exhibition in EVA International Exhibition in Limerick in 2012. More recently, Smith exhibited The alternative is… for the Radio Joinery programme in the Joinery gallery, Dublin 7.

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