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Picasso on the Radio

Francis Halsall discusses Picasso in an hour long radio program for Newstalk which can be heard again here

A public seminar on the Žižek and Badiou debate

Philosophy in the Present

A public seminar on the Žižek and Badiou debate

Fri 16th Dec. 2011. 11.30am to 1.00pm: The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Organized by MA Art in The Contemporary World in collaboration with The Hugh Lane Gallery.

This is the last in a series of special seminars, exploring themes arising from the exhibitions Civil Rights etc., DISTURBANCE and Tim Robinson: The

These seminars are free and open to the public, although places may be limited and should be booked in advance.

The discussion, lead by Francis Halsall/ Declan Long (NCAD) will use the following text as its starting point: Badiou & Žižek, Philosophy in the Present, (Polity Press, 2009).

For more information contact: Jessica O’Donnell: ( at The Hugh Lane or Declan Long and Francis Halsall at NCAD.

Systems Seminar: The Prince and the Wolf

After a shorter first meeting the Systems seminar group will begin in earnest on Nov. 2nd (2011) at the Gradcam building, (just off Thomas St.) and the next sessions this calendar year are Nov. 23rd, Dec 14th.

The general starting point of the seminar was “systems” thought of in connection with phenomenology, technology and the body. This has now expanded to include debates related to Speculative Realism/ Object Orientated Philosophy.

Specifically: as agreed, the key text this year will be the Harman and Latour debate in The Prince and the Wolf

We’ll begin discussing this text at the next session and take things from there.

Further information and discussion will be channeled through the blog:

I’d be most grateful if you could pass this on to anyone who may be interested – all are welcome.


Portrait of Space

Portrait of Space

9 – 11 September 2011

‘Portrait of Space’ brings together a group of artists, curators and theorists to participate in a ‘living’ project concerned with the politics of space. Participants will add to and change the environment through installation, performance, intervention and presentation, but also through the interweaving of group discussion. The project is an open process, inviting the public to come and go, to take part in discussions, timetabled events and view the works displayed.

The participants are: Loukia Alavanou, Ruth Barker, Rebecca Birch, boyleANDshaw, Clodagh Emoe, Paul Goodwin, Francis Halsall, Saoirse Higgins, Jefford Horrigan, Jesse Jones, Thomas Kratz, Fiona Marron, Niamh McCann, Padraic E. Moore, Garrett Phelan, Andrea Phillips, Stephen Rennicks, Martina Schmuecker, Jan Verwoert, Laura Wilson, Mick Wilson.

Dublin Contemporary Review

Declan Long discusses Dublin Contemporary on Arena, RTE Radio 1

Disavow at The Joinery, curated by ACW student

Ella Burke, Elaine Reynolds & Francis Wasser

curated by Enagh Farrell and Magda Marysia Wieckiewicz (ACW)

The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin
17th – 22nd August 2011

Opening reception Wednesday 17th August, 6 – 8pm.
Open daily 12pm – 6pm.

According to Peter Hallward, “while we never choose the circumstances in which we make our own history, some circumstances are more provocative than others.” On paper, Ireland’s bailout by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last November could be considered the most provocative in recent Irish history. The bailout, negotiated by the Irish government, was hailed as the country’s darkest moment by the media. Public discontent became apparent through the small marches and protests that occurred after the economic decision of the ruling minority was put into place.

This exhibition will strive to highlight and critique the reasons behind social inertia that can exist in society and will investigate what might be considered an insufficient response and reaction to recent events.
Ella Burke has exhibited at the Chicago Loop Alliance (2011), The Lab, Dublin City Council Galleries, (2011) East Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia (2010), Amharc Fhine Gall VII at Draoícht, Dublin (2010), and IMOCA, Dublin (2010). Burke is the recipient of a Graduate Award 2009 by the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art. She recently graduated with an MFA from The National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Upcoming exhibitions include Dublin Contemporary 2011.

Elaine Reynolds (b.1985) studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Reynolds is a founding member of the artist-led initiative The Good Hatchery in Co. Offaly, Ireland. In September 2011 she will commence an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, London.

Francis Wasser (born 1988) is a Dublin based artist currently studying an MFA at the National College of Art and Design. He has exhibited recently at Occupy Space (Limerick), Basic Space (Dublin), Radical Love, MFA/ADW Interim (Dublin), SETUP NL (Netherlands), Today Art Museum (Beijing).

[1] Peter Hallward: “The Politics of Prescription.”

Writing: Drawing and different mediums

Some people asked about the paper I gave at the Lismore, Gerard Byrne event. Here is a longer version of the work in progress. drawing.pdf
Posted By: Francis Halsall (  Date: 09/30/2010 1:36 pm

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