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A FAIR LAND: MA ACW at The Irish Museum of Modern Art (2016)

Submitted by on March 17, 2016 – 7:04 pmNo Comment

MA Art in the Contemporary World (ACW) at National College of Art & Design, Dublin is pleased to announce the details of their forthcoming collaborative seminar series with Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Lead by Declan Long and Francis Halsall and ACW students these discursive seminars will focus on themes related to the IMMA/ Grizedale Arts residency, studio and summer events program until the title A Fair Land.

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A Fair Land/ A Far Land

Mondays 4, 11, 18, 25 April and 9th, 16th May, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm IMMA, Studio 5
Lead by MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

This seminar series begins from 3 conceptual starting points:
(1) a concern with imagining or navigating territories that are ‘beyond knowledge’
(2) an interest in ways that metaphors of geography shape our thinking and behaviour
(3) the aesthetic, ethical and political potentials and risks of utopian thinking.

These MA ACW seminars are open to the public to ‘listen/join in’ but participation is conditional on attending all seminars.

1. Out there, Thataway; what lies beyond?
2. Sarah Glennie on Grizedale at IMMA
3. Hippie Modernism: Alternative Systems
4. A Phenomenology of North: geographical and bodily systems
5. Science Fictions: Outer Space & Inner Space
6. Green and Pleasant Lands: Irelantis and Utopias

The Politics of Participation: Public Spheres

Fridays 15, 22, 29 April and 6 May, 11:00am – 1:00pm IMMA, lecture room
Lead by MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD

This series of seminars focuses on the theme of ‘public spheres.’

They are open to the public to ‘listen/join in’ but participation is conditional on attending all four seminars.

Participants will discuss some key issues and theories, relevant to contemporary cultural discourse relating to: participation; social organization and political agency. We’ll be asking what makes a public, and how this happens.

Topics include:

1. The Aesthetics of Relations, Networks and Systems
2. Museums/ Galleries: Public Spheres vs. Mausoleums
3. Public Sphere(s): Private and Public Identity
4. The politics of aesthetics/ the aesthetics of politics

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