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What is Marxism and Critical Theory?

Saturday 25 May, Lecture Room, IMMA Off-Site at NCH

NOTE: Updated Schedule Below

Programme Details

What is Marxism and Critical Theory? at NCH | IMMA +

“More than 150m have been slaughtered in his name. His genocidal disciples include Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot – and even Mugabe… Yet yesterday, Karl Marx, founder of communism-progenitor of socialism and hater of the capitalist bourgeois classes, was announced the greatest philosopher of all time in a BBC Radio 4 poll.”The Daily Mail, (2005)

Programme Details

Saturday 25 May, Lecture Room, IMMA Off-Site at NCH

Talk: 12:00noon – 1:00pm | What is Marxism and Critical Theory?

An Introduction to Marxism and Critical Theory, presented by Declan Long and Francis Halsall, Lecturers, MA, Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD.

Panel Discussion: 1.00pm – 2.00pm | Panelists include: Mark Curran (artist), John Molyneux (socialist and activist blogger on Marxist theory and art), Declan Long and Francis Halsall, (Lecturers ACW, NCAD). This panel discussion considers the renewed interest in Marxist theory and its manifestations and relevance for contemporary art theory and practice.

This discussion will draw on some of the central ideas addressed in the Intelligence Squared debate, Karl Marx was Right to be screened afterwards. To engage with the content of discussion we advise attendees to view this debate in advance. Please see details below.

This introduction talk will be followed by a screening of Intelligence Squared’s debate Karl Marx was Right and a panel discussion to consider the renewed interest in Marxist theory and its manifestations and relevance for contemporary art theory and practice.

Screening: 2.00pm – 3:45pm | Karl Marx was Right. A debate from Intelligence Squared* titled Karl Marx was Right, see Intelligence Squared, live broadcast on Tuesday 9 April 2013,

*Other topics in the What is Theory? Series will include Psychoanalysis; Feminism; Formalism/ Structuralism; Deconstruction; Phenomenology; What is an Object? and more. They will be led by staff from MA ACW (NCAD) who are experts in these fields and experienced in introducing complex ideas to a general audience. The aim of the series is to familiarise participants with the main theoretical coordinates for thinking and speaking about art today.

*Intelligence Squared is a forum for debate and discussion. Founded in London in 2002, their events take place in various venues throughout London, hosting key figures in politics, journalism and the arts. Online, is a hub for all of their online content including video, audio and their archive of written debates. All new events are posted free to watch on YouTube. Soon, all past events will also be free to watch online.

Booking is essential. If possible please have your online ticket available for efficient admittance on the day. Free tickets are available online at

‘Ailliliú Fionnuala’

Bog magic realism play about the Shell Corrib gas project runs for two nights in Cork, with post show discussions:

Camden Palace Hotel, Camden Quay Cork, 8pm Thur-Fri 23-24 May. Tickets €8, €5 conc.

Ailliliú Fionnuala,

written and performed by Donal O’Kelly,

directed by Sorcha Fox, designed by Robert Ballagh.

Ambrose Keogh works for Shell. When the Tunnel Boring Machine he named Fionnuala sinks into the bog in Erris Co. Mayo, he is magically confronted by Fionnuala of the Children of Lir. Fionnuala puts a geas on him – he’s bound to tell all he knows about sinister attacks with possibly murderous intent on local opponents of the project such as Willie Corduff and Pat O’Donnell. During his ordeal, Ambrose meets his primary school classmate, Malachy Downes, an anti-pipeline activist, and echoes from the past resound.

“I saw Willie Corduff shortly after he was attacked by masked men in the Shell site at Glengad in April 2009, and I know how close he came to death. That’s when I decided to write this play. Crimes such as this can’t be let happen with impunity in a functioning democracy” says O’Kelly.

Writer and actor Donal O’Kelly’s award-winning solo plays include Catalpa, Joyced! and Bat The Father Rabbit The Son. Other plays include The Cambria, Jimmy Gralton’s Dancehall, The Adventures Of The Wet Señor, Vive La, Running Beast, Operation Easter and Asylum! Asylum!

“Cuts a swathe through Shell/State propaganda, allowing audiences to access the truth of what’s happening in North Mayo” Hot Press

“O’Kelly performs superbly” Sunday Independent

“A stirring piece of theatre” Irish Theatre Magazine

“Highly entertaining while packing a punch” Exeunt Magazine

Further info or for interview: 086 2116956 or 087 6734773

After Former West

Report, reflection and discussion on the Former West congress

Goethe-Institut Dublin
Monday 20th May 2013 6:00pm

This event in the Goethe Institute will present a set of reports, reflections and discussions by four attendees of the Former West congress – Ciara Hickey, Barry Kehoe, Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll and Hugh McCabe – all of whom are either current or former students on the MA Art in the Contemporary World course at NCAD. The major themes of the congress will be presented and discussed such as art production, the role of the archive, technology and infrastructure, and dissident knowledges. The event will be chaired by Georgina Jackson. Continue reading…

Speculative Criteria: A Conversation Between Paul J. Ennis and Steven Shaviro

Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought presents:

Speculative Criteria:
A Conversation Between Paul J. Ennis and Steven Shaviro

Thursday 23 May 2013, 6pm-8pm
Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre
National College of Art and Design, Dublin

This conversation between Paul J. Ennis (co-founder of the Dublin Unit for Speculative Thought) and Steven Shaviro (Wayne State University, USA) will range over such topics as Whitehead’s process philosophy, panpsychism, Quentin Meillassoux’s thought, the films of Lars Von Trier, neurophilosophy, Kant’s critical aesthetics, Graham Harman and relations, correlationism, among others. This dialogue will not only provide a snapshot of Shaviro’s recent and current work but will also open up a number of important questions relating to speculative realism and continental thought more generally.

Steven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Cinematic Body (1993), Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism (1997), Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), and Post-Cinematic Affect (2010). His work in progress involves studies of speculative realism, of post-continuity styles in contemporary cinema, of music videos, and of recent science fiction and horror fiction. He blogs at The Pinocchio Theory:

‘The Founding Phant’

Please join us on Saturday 4th May during the Riverfest celebrations for the preview of The Founding Phant curated by Paul Quast and Joan Stack.

Preview: Saturday 4th May, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 5th – 18th May 2013

Alan Magee | Alan Phelan | Anitra Hamilton | Bryan Moore | Caroline Doolin | Darya von Berner | Deirdre Power | Kristian Smith | Levin Haegele | Oisín O’Brien | Padraig Robinson | Róisín McArdle | Sarah Lundy | Tara Woods-Moran | Vanessa Donoso López

The latter end of Georgian Limerick consisted of a series of spectacles aimed to inspire reverence, curiosity and wonder in the population of the city. Huge renovations had restructured the city’s geography; state of the art technologies had begun to be utilised for development; ancient defensive walls had been declared obsolete, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures were visiting the city.

Patrick Street, where the Ormston House gallery is situated, served as a show-site in order to allow the citizens of Limerick to see, for the first time, many exotic animals and “fierce creatures” brought to the city by merchants and travelling showmen. Two hundred years ago this year, the “Sagacious Elephant” was one such creature to temporarily reside at the corner of Patrick and Ellen Street which became the venue thereafter for many more exhibitions and events to visit the city…

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Image: detail from Freedom of the City (2013) by Deirdre Power. Photo by Dermot Lynch.

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