Archived entries for Francis Halsall

ACW Events April 2019

1) ACW is delighted to welcome Dan Adler as this year’s ACW/ IMMA fellow.

During his time in Dublin Dan will lead a seminar on the Assemblage and what it means for thinking about both making and writing about art.

Dan will deliver a public lecture on the artist Isa Genzken and the Berlin Aesthetic on:
Thursday, 18th April, 6pm at the Goethe Institut, Merrion Square, Dublin. ALL WELCOME

2) Adrian Duncan discusses the influence of art, architecture and Berlin on the writing of his debut novel Love Notes from a German Building Site (The Lilliput Press 2019)

Tuesday 16th April, 6pm at the Goethe Institut, Merrion Square, Dublin. ALL WELCOME

In the book, Paul, a young Irish engineer, follows Evelyn to Berlin and begins work on the renovation of a commercial building in Alexanderplatz. Wrestling with a new language, on a site running behind schedule, and with a relationship in flux, he becomes increasingly untethered. Set against the structural evolution of a sprawling city, this meditation on language, memory and yearning is underpinned by the site’s physical reality. As the narrator explores the mind’s fragile architecture, he begins to map his own strange geography through a series of notebooks, or ‘Love Notes’. Paul’s story will speak to anyone who has known what it is to be in love, or exiled, or simply alone.

Both of these events are part of “Common Denominator: Art in the Contemporary World” at the Goethe-Institut Irland, a two-year programme of exhibitions, events, seminars and workshops in collaboration with Masters Program, Art in the Contemporary World at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

3) ACW Scholarship Deadline approaches

Every year ACW offers 1 MA scholarship to incoming students worth full tuition fees. It is are awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students.

To be eligible for consideration for one of the Scholarship awards applicants should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. Please refer to Postgraduate Admissions for application procedures.

Priority deadline on applications to all postgraduate programmes for 2019 – 20: 30th April. All applicants are encouraged to submit their application by 30th April. Only applications received by 30th April will be considered for an MA scholarship award. (The 30th April deadline does not apply to PhD Studentship awards.)

After 30th April, NCAD will operate a rolling closing date for postgraduate applications. Applications will be reviewed on receipt, and offers will be sent also on a rolling basis. Applications will continue to be accepted until a programme is full. Applications will remain open only if a programme has open places remaining, so please plan to submit your application as soon as possible.

Please contact the Admissions Office for further information

4) Dublin Digital Radio, Podcast – new episodes coming soon.
A show about art ideas and some other stuff too. In Episode one, we discuss artist Liam Gillick, the satisfaction of aesthetic disappointment, modesty in the age of capitalism and spectacle, and much more.

Listen again here:

Further Information

MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary World
Visual Culture is concerned with the spectrum of human creativity: art, design, architecture, advertising, film, media and aesthetics. We interrogate social theories and practices of visual culture and seek meaningful connections between history, theory and practice.
The MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary World is a taught programme that examines contemporary art practices and their critical, theoretical, historical and social contexts.
The course offers an opportunity for focused engagement with the varied challenges of today’s most ambitious art, bridging the relationship between theory and practice by creating exciting study options for artists, curators and writers.

MA Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time 90 ECTS credits/Taught Masters/Visual Culture Pathway

MFA Duration: 2 years 120 ECTS credits/Theory-Practice Pathway

Find out more or apply for a place on the MA / MFA Art in the Contemporary world:

Programme Contact:
Dr. Declan Long,
Dr. Francis Halsall,
Dr. Sarah Pierce,


Dan Adler is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History at York University in Toronto. Adler’s areas of research include the history of art writing, modern and contemporary sculpture, German modernism, and the development and reception of the conceptual art movement. His other books include the monograph Hanne Darboven: Cutural History 1880-1983 (Afterall Books/MIT Press, 2009). He co-edited (with Mitchell Frank) German Art History and Scientific Thought: Beyond Formalism (Ashgate Press, 2012) and co-edited (with Janine Marchessault and Sanja Obradovic) Parallax: Stereoscopic 3D in Moving Images and Visual Art (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press, 2013).

A former senior editor of the Bibliography of the History of Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, he regularly contributes reviews to Artforum. An alumnus of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, he co-curated (with Lesley Johnstone) a Liz Magor retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, which traveled in 2017 to the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; the Kunstverein in Hamburg; and the Musée d’Art Moderne et contemporain in Nice, France (the accompanying catalogue, Liz Magor: Habitude, was published by JRP Ringier).

His other curatorial credits include the exhibitions “Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty”(2014) held at the Art Gallery of Ontario and “When Hangover Becomes Form: Rachel Harrison and Scott Lyall” (2006), held at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE).

Adrian Duncan is a Berlin-based Irish visual artist who originally trained as a structural engineer. He is an alumnus of the NCAD MA Programme Art in the Contemporary World.
His short-form fiction has appeared in The Stinging Fly, gorse, The Moth, The Dublin Review and Meridian (US), among others. His feature film Flying Structures on Irish engineer Peter Rice, co-directed with Feargal Ward, premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival 2019.

BAUHAUS EFFECTS: A conference in Dublin, organised by NCAD, UCC, UCD and the Goethe Institut Dublin

BAUHAUS EFFECTS: A conference in Dublin, organised by the National College of Art and Design, University College Cork, University College Dublin and the Goethe Institut Dublin

7-9 February 2019

More details:

Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Heike Hanada, the architect of the Bauhaus Museum currently under construction in Weimar

Prof. Irit Rogoff, one of the initiators of the transdisciplinary field of Visual Culture and founder of the department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Call for Papers

As the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus approaches, we seek contributors to reflect on the legacy and resonances of the innovative artistic, architectural, design and teaching practices developed there.

Bauhaus Effects aims to assemble an interdisciplinary collection of papers that analyse the repercussions of the legendary Bauhaus school in the hundred years since its inception, considering the ways in which the broad range of practices — including material analysis, models of pedagogy, textile and wallpaper composition, theatre staging and costume design, photography, and interior systems – have transformed everyday experiences from the 1920s to the present day.

Bauhaus innovations and models of thought continue to resonate within the contemporary built environment, from chair construction to skyscraper design, from interior spaces to urban topographies, warranting a thorough, methodologically diverse studies of its effects a century after the school was founded.

Bauhaus Effects aims to investigate the continuing impact of the Bauhaus on an impressive range of contemporary practices across the globe. We propose that the Bauhaus was not just a radical art school but in fact initiated a fundamental paradigm shift in design culture whose import is ripe for assessment a century on.

We welcome papers from a wide range of perspectives, including urbanism, city and regional planning, architecture, drama and theatre studies, art school pedagogy, photo history, art history, contemporary art practice and theory, design history, corporate design and diaspora/exile studies.

Bauhaus Effects and Contemporary Art

We especially welcome proposals for contributions that relate to the practice and discourse of contemporary art. Given that this will be one of many conferences happening across the EU for the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus – for this particular contribution to the conference we feel at liberty to bypass those hegemonic legacies of the Bauhaus that might lead to historical or nationalist claims being celebrated without being problematized.

Hence, the contribution to the conference from the School of Visual Culture will be a strand in the programme that will consider the legacies of the Bauhaus in the context of contemporary art. We will interrogate alternative geographies and ways of working, thinking more about inhabitations of discipline and “school” such as the artist-teacher, radical pedagogies, student bodies, and so on.

Please submit a 300-word abstract and a 50 word biography by 1 July 2018 to:

Kathleen James-Chakraborty:

Francis Halsall:

Sabine Kriebel:

Artist Talks | Steve McCullagh and Simon Mills

June 29 – June 30

Jun 29 at 4:30 PM to Jun 30 at 7 PM

Platform Arts Belfast
1 Queen Street, BT1 6 Belfast

Platform invites you to join us for an afternoon of discussion with the artists’ of our current exhibition and guest speakers.

Starting at 4.30pm

”Chaâba Valley, Safi Morocco.
Safi is famed for its ceramic production and over 100 workshops and kilns were built in the valley. Despite practicing in this environment for several generations the community has now been relocated to a new studio complex in another part of the city.”

Artist Simon Mills will host a discussion on his photographic work and installation in relation to the process of documenting not only the physical landscape of ‘the valley’ but the cultural, economic and political landscape of the region itself.

Simon Mills is a Belfast based documentary photographer. As well as exploring making processes and communities, his work also examines land use and our changing relationship with the landscape.

*Interlude with refreshments and discussion*

Starting 6pm

”Life on land is a multi format exhibition comprising of a series of large photographic prints and a sculptural installation of living mudskipper fish. The prints miscommunicate their subject: the sea. Wave ripples and singular reflections of light are obscured, as if the body of water is distilled down to its prototypical component. McCullagh’s artworks address the phenomenology of space and the subjectivity of perception studied through the photographic medium. Highlighting perceptual manipulation the works question the way we perceive things through direct interaction, expanding analysis and given contexts.

Presented by Platform Arts artist Steve McCullagh will discuss the development of his current Exhibition Life On Land with Dr. Francis Halsall, writer and Co-Director of the MA Art in the Contemporary World at The National Collage of Art Dublin and Dr. Ruby Wallis Artist and MFA Lecturer at Burren College of Art, Galway.”

Anticipation: Actualisation, performance event at the NCAD Gallery

Anticipation: Actualisation
Wednesday 21 March,
Performance 5 – 6 pm,
Panel Discussion 6 – 7 pm

Anticipation: Actualisation is a three part performance art based event happening at the NCAD Gallery, followed by a panel lead discussion curated by ACW student Sara Muthi and Dr. EL Putnam as part of in:Action, the Irish Live Art Review.

This tripartite event is organised by in:Action consisting of Dr. EL Putnam and Sara Muthi at the NCAD Gallery in collaboration with a wide range of artists, scholars and writers specialising in performance practice. This event aims to delve into the complex relationship between the performing body and specific materials, acting as a critique of the body’s dominance in performance art discourse.

Performers include: Paula Fitzsimons, Leann Herlihy , Ciara McKeon, Rachael Rankin
Panelists include: Dr. Hilary Murray , Dr. Sarah Pierce, Nigel Rolfe
Writers include: Jack Beglin, Tara Carroll, Jesse Hopkins, Dr. Francis Halsall

The event is designed as an experiment without a predetermined conclusion though there are three designated outcomes; a one hour live performance by practicing artists, a one hour discussion panel in the Harry Clark Lecture theatre following the live event and three written responses to be published on in:Action ( one month later. The inevitable uncertainties that are anticipated to occur between the gaps of the designated outcomes will make up the points of interest for the discussion and writing.
In:Action — Irish Live Art Review contains reflections and responses to live art created by Irish and Irish-based artists. Posts are gathered from invited guest writers as well as an ongoing open call. in:Action was developed by Níamh Murphy and EL Putnam, along with Sara Muthi as current editor and contributor. It acts as a site to cultivate discourse and a public platform for practitioners, curators, writers, and aficionados to share ideas about performance art in Ireland.

Dr. EL Putnam is an artist, scholar, and writer that lectures in Art Theory and History at Dublin Institute of Technology. Her performances explore the gestural interplay of the body with digital media. In addition to be the founder of in:Action, recent and upcoming publications include a survey of Irish sound art in Áine Phillips book,Performance Art in Ireland: A History (Intellect Press and Live Art Development Agency, 2015); a paper in the journal Performance Research that investigates national citizenship, performance art, and motherhood in Ireland (2017); and an examination of ageing and the female body through performance art in Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Sara Muthi is a Dublin based writer & curator. Working primarily within concepts of performance art & its ontological aspects, she studied Fine Art Painting & Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design. She is currently doing her MA in Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD. In addition to being managing editor forin:Action she had previously assisted in the curation of The Anti-Room (Artbox Gallery, 2015) while recent independent work include an accompanying essay for Homo Ludens (Man At Play) (2018) exhibition for Black Church Print Studios and curating The Public Diary (2018) for First Fortnight Festival 2018.

Rising From the Hill | Group Exhibition at NCAD Gallery

Rising From the Hill
Group Exhibition at NCAD Gallery
7th to 8th December
Reception on Friday 8 December, 4pm

Rising From the Hill takes the form of a process-based exhibition stemming from a six week long residency at Cow House Studios and collaboration with Art in the Contemporary World Masters Program in which artists were asked to explore and respond to the local environment and beyond. The artists in residence present their process, sketches and responses to a sense of place and connections to the environment of County Wexford, Ireland. Through on-going research, readings, material explorations, site visits and conversations with local residents of County Wexford the artists have focused on how society and human existence have shaped and defined the landscape.

The exhibition, curated by Francis Halsall and Kelley O’Brien will showcase the works of Artists in Residence, Angela Jeradi, Rowan Lear, Charlotte Lagro, and Martina O’Brien.

More information can be found at:

NCAD Gallery
100 Thomas St, Dublin 8
T: (01) 636 4390

Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts

Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts
Autumn Residency programme at Cow House Studios
30 October – 10 December 2017

Participating Artists: Angela Jerardi, Charlotte Lagro, Martina O’Brien, and Rowan Lear
Residency Curators: Kelley O’Brien & Dr Francis Halsall

Cow House Studios is thrilled to announce Angela Jerardi, Charlotte Lagro, Martina O’Brien, and Rowan Lear as the recipients of their 2017 Autumn Residency. With the generous support of Wexford County Council & The National College of Art & Design, Cow House Studios presents Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts, a 6-week residency that will explore and develop methods of giving aesthetic forms to real-life, situations. This residency was conceived in the spirit of meaningful exchange between practice and theory and as an outcome of ongoing collaborative projects between residency curators, Francis Halsall and Kelley O’Brien investigating social relations through the lens of systems.

You can read more about the residency, curators and participating artists on Cow House Studios website…

Image: Rowan Lear, She gestured meaningfully with the pistol, (2016-continuing), performance, video, images, drawings and décollage, exploring technological gesture, gendered labour, and the relationship between the body and the apparatus. Above: Hands ‘remembering’ the gestures of photographing with different cameras.


Paper Visual Art Journal will host an event at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, to discuss some elements of the recent work by British filmmaker Adam Curtis, particularly his 2016 essay-film Hypernormalisation. We have invited Alice Butler of the Irish Film Institute, Francis Halsall of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and independent filmmaker Tadhg O’Sullivan (The Great Wall) to contribute to this discussion. The major focus of the talk will be the content and form of Curtis’s argumentation in this film and how this form of argumentation has evolved from earlier works.

This event has been kindly supported by the Arts Council.

Eventbrite link here.

An audio recording of the conversation will be made available on the PVA website subsequently.

Áine Mc Bride, Habitat HQ

Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 24, 2017

This off-site project will take place in the concourse surrounding the Edmund Burke Theatre on the lower floor of the Arts Building, Trinity College. Subtly responding to the materials, forms, motifs, and imagery in this active thoroughfare, Áine Mc Bride has produced a new body of sculptures that will temporarily inhabit this space.

While the brutalist architecture of this institutional environment can be stark and unstimulating, it is each day enlivened by the students and visitors who find space here to eat, relax, and study. The group of works that will furnish the concourse refer to the functionality of the surroundings but are formally reduced to a point where it is clear that they cannot serve a practical purpose. Partly a pragmatic decision, made in light of the objects being located in a busy public area, it also circumvents any potential for the pieces to be regarded as ornamentation, obscuring their role as either sculptures or utilitarian objects. This ambiguity emphasises how the nature, or an idea, of a place can be hard to define or rationalise when its intended function is displaced by how it is used.

Artist’s Talk

At 6pm on Friday, March 24, Áine Mc Bride will talk to Francis Halsall about the ideas and research interests that helped to form the work in this project. The talk will take place in the concourse area where the sculptures are located.

Please visit the Gallery for details of how to access the off-site exhibition. The Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Arts Building will be closed on Friday, March 17, and Sunday, March 19. This project has been supported by the Trinity College Visual and Performing Arts Fund.

Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts

Cow House Studios Autumn Residency, 2017

With the generous support of Wexford County Council & The National College of Art & Design, Cow House Studios presents Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts, a 6-week residency that will explore and develop methods of giving aesthetic forms to real-life, situations. In particular, participants will respond to the local environment of Cow House Studios, in the rural Irish countryside of Wexford. Participants will be encouraged to use ideas, strategies, and metaphors of “systems” to consider the complex relationships between this local context and larger global systems such as economics, telecommunications, meteorology and so on.

This residency was conceived in the spirit of meaningful exchange between practice and theory and as an outcome of on-going collaborative projects between Francis Halsall and Kelley O’Brien investigating social relations through the lens of systems. This means to uncouple systems from individual humans and think of them, instead, as complex interactions of people, architecture, things, communications, and environments. In other words, individuals are not separate from their environments, but rather, an integral part of them.

Through structured conversations, readings, and site explorations residents will articulate different methods for aesthetically “mapping” the historical and contemporary context of Irish relations with global and social systems of power. Residency participants will be invited to develop a proposed project to be presented as both a visual record of research and development through a collaborative exhibition at the gallery at National College of Art & Design, Dublin and a published catalogue documenting the processes of the participants, visiting artists, academics and organisers.

The 6-week studio residency will be accompanied by a series of discussions and dinners led by Francis and Kelley as well as many visiting artists, curators, and academics. 4-6 individuals engaged in a variety of aesthetic practices will be selected to participate via open call process. Successful applicants will come to Rathnure and reside at Cow House Studios from October 30th, through December 10th, 2017.

Practitioners whose practices have strong conceptual and theoretical grounding are encouraged to apply; visual artists, performance artists, filmmakers, writers, architects, designers, thinkers, etc.

During the course of the residency, participants will have time to work independently on their proposed projects, experiment with new processes for exploring, understanding and mapping systems, work collaboratively to produce an exhibition (at NCAD, Dublin Dec. 2017) and subsequently a published outcome to serve as a platform for critical discussion on the interconnectedness of social systems and environments.

Read about the programme details and application process on Cow House Studios website…

Symposium: Intentionality and the Human

Intentionality and the Human: A One Day Symposium (run in association with the University of Newcastle and the British Society for Phenomenology)

Admission Free

About the Symposium

The aim of the symposium is to explore the phenomenological theme of intentionality. Contributions will address intentionality both as a feature of complex systems (vegetal, mineral and otherwise) and as an embodied and embedded character of human intentionality, and to examine how these two aspects of intentionality impact on conceptions of human ‘judgment’ and possibly perpetuate aspects of contemporary economic and political modes of control.


Dr Francis Halsall (National College of Art and Design, Dublin)
Dr Tony O’ Connor (University College Cork)
Dr Sinead Murphy (University of Newcastle)
Prof David Cooper (University of Durham)

Time and Venue

Saturday 10th December 2016
10:00 – 16:00

For a map showing the location of the venue please visit:

The Clore Suite,
The Great North Museum
Barras Bridge,
Newcastle upon Tyne

More Information

Please contact Sinead Murphy for more information at:

Introduction to Systems Theory & Cybernetics

Location: Bluecoat
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016
Time: 6.00 PM
Tickets: £3/£2

Dr. Francis Halsall, an academic, art writer and course director of Art in the Contemporary World at National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin leads a beginners guide to systems theory and cybernetics.

Systems theory argues that no matter how complex or diverse the world, we can always identify underlying types of organising principles or ‘systems’. Applying equally to the organic and machine, the physical and the virtual, systems theory most often focuses on complex self-regulating systems that we might term ‘cybernetic’.

Halsall will explore the cultural and social effects of these systems of information, control and feedback which form part of the research for Dennis McNulty’s new Biennial commission Homo Gestalt, itself a work of multiple interconnecting and intercommunicating parts – an installation at Bluecoat, a time limited promenade performance and an iPhone app

For more information view Francis Halsall’s research profile online, or visit his blog.

Longtable discussion with Prof. Willem Boshoff and Dr. Francis Halsall (Dublin) on the Willem Boshoff Archive

Date: 13 July 2016
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Place: Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, University of the Free State
Enquiries: Prof Suzanne Human,

In a conversation led by Dr. Francis Halsall from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland, Willem Boshoff’s digital archive will be discussed. The archive is a major source of Boshoff’s artistic output and the product of many years of intensely disciplined and wide-ranging research and documentation in three main areas – botany, language and music. The digital archive was recently donated to the University of the Free State and may be consulted at the Department of Art History and Image Studies. Large parts of it will also be made accessible on the University website at The playful, informative, artistic and sensory processes involved in the production and performance of the archive will be unravelled as part of a range of interconnected networks and systems.

Other participants:
- Ivan Vladislavic, author of Willem Boshoff (2004)
- Dr Katja Gentric whose doctoral dissertation at the University of Bourgogne (2013) is on Boshoff’s work
- Helene Smuts, arts education writer and publisher
- Masters’ student on Boshoff’s archive, Josef van Wyk
- Prof Johan Rossouw, philosopher and author

Systems>Networks – Photography and the Legacy of Conceptual Art

03 Jun 2016: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Photography was integral to conceptual art, as document and language. Assumed to be flat and inexpressive, its use is often revisited as a matter of aesthetics. What is less often addressed is the role of photography in conceptual art’s deployment and critique of systems, whether aesthetic, philosophical, technological, social or political. In the data flows that make up contemporary culture, systems have become networks, the image is central to the dissemination of information and affect, and art practices have continued to engage with and intervene in this changing reality. This symposium will investigate the legacy for photography of this crucial aspect of conceptual art.

Keynote Speakers:
Francis Halsall
John Hilliard

Emma Charles
Peter Liversidge
Karen Newman
Daniel Rubinstein
Paul Tebbs
Duncan Wooldridge
Carey Young

Esther Teichmann
Anne Williams

9.30am Coffee
10am Symposium
5.30pm Symposium ends/Reception

Anne Williams:
Esther Teichmann:

Please RSVP:
Anne Williams:

Image © Ana Escobar

Questioning Aesthetics Symposium

Questioning Aesthetics Symposium, Dublin 12-13 May 2016, Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Professor Maeve Cooke
School of Philosophy
University College Dublin

Professor Michael Kelly
Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford UP)
Philosophy, UNC Charlotte

Dr. Francis Halsall
National College of Art and Design, Dublin

Dr. Danielle Petherbridge
Irish Research Council (IRC)/Marie Curie Research Fellow
Barnard/Columbia University and
University College Dublin

Our two-day symposium explores questions relating to the potential for social critique and transformation in aesthetic (and related) practices and experiences, focusing on the interplay of minds and bodies. The symposium begins with presentations of an excerpt from This Situation by the celebrated artist Tino Sehgal and of Sufi whirling; it continues with reflections by invited philosophers and theorists, who will address the topic in panel discussions under several headings.

Generously sponsored by the Irish Research Council, The Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation, UCD-NCAD Seed Funding, The Goethe Institute, Dublin, UCD School of Philosophy and The National College of Art and Design

Thursday, 12 May: Transformations in Situations: Moving Minds in Bodies

9.45am: Welcome by Maeve Cooke

10am-12.30pm: Tino Sehgal’s This Situation meets Sufi “Whirling” (Leaders: Descha Daemgen and Naïma Ferré)

12.30pm-2pm: Break

2pm-3.10pm: Panel Discussion, Transformations in Situations – Moving Minds in Bodies
Chair: Declan Long

Descha Daemgen, Decided Forms: Tino Sehgal and the Freedom of Prescribed Criticality
Katalin Makkai, How to do Things with Words: This Situation and Conversation
Naïma Ferré, Sufi Whirling

3.10pm-3.30pm: Break

3.30pm-4.40pm: Panel Discussion, Art – as Act, as Reparation, as Transformation
Chair: Maeve Cooke

Ciaran Benson, The Power of Acts
Katherine O’Donnell, Touching Trauma: A Weak Theory of the Power of a Reparative Response to Testimonies of Trauma
Anita Chari, Sensation, Subjectivity and the Arts of Embodied Attention

4.45pm-5.55pm: Panel Discussion, Moving Together – in Situations
Chair: Francis Halsall

Fred Cummins, Speaking in Unison and Collective Intentionality
Joe Dunne, Dancing Minds and Bodies
John McGuire, On the Poverty of Student Life: Revisiting Situationism in the wake of Black Lives Matter

Friday 13 May: Transforming Art: The Power of Aesthetic Constructions

9.45am-10am: Welcome by Michael Kelly

10am-11.10am: Panel Discussion, Aesthetic Spaces and Practices – of Normalization and Critique
Chair: Michael Kelly

Dorothea von Hantelmann, The Art of Liberal Government
Ruth Sonderegger, Normalizing as opposed to Social Critique in the Field of Art
Danielle Petherbridge & Luna Dolezal, Questioning Social Encounters in the Work of Marina Abramovic: Performance Art as Embodied Critical-Reflexive Space

11.10am-11.30am: Break

11.30am-12.40pm: Panel Discussion, The Power of Art Works – Perception, Judgment,
Chair: Maeve Cooke

Tim Mooney, Body and Movement in the Painting
Carmen Dege, The Communication of Taste, the Sublime, and Aesthetic Truth
Jonathan Owen Clark, Art and Historicity

12.40pm-2.10pm: Break

2.10pm-3.20pm: Panel Discussion, Experiencing Art – Attunement, Shock, Estrangement
Chair: Francis Halsall

Rita Felski, In Sync: Art and Attunement
Brian O’Connor, Aesthetic Shock
David Roden, Dark Posthumanism

3.20pm-3.40pm: Break

3.40pm-4.50pm: Panel Discussion, Aesthetic Representation – and Beyond
Chair: Tom Stott

Caitríona Leahy, Examining Kleist’s Marionettentheater
Annie Hanlon Performing Radical Feminist Aesthetics in Popular Music
Francis Halsall, Thinking the Unthinkable: Aesthetics and Hans Blumenberg’s Absolute Metaphors

4.50pm-5.10pm: Concluding discussion (Moderator: Maeve Cooke)

5.10pm-6.15pm: Reception hosted by the Goethe Institute, Dublin

Co-Sponsored by The Irish Research Council; UCD-NCAD Seed Funding; Goethe Institute, Dublin; The National College of Art and Design;UCD School of Philosophy; and the Transdisciplinary Aesthetics Foundation

What is Phenomenology? Francis Halsall & Declan Long

What is Phenomenology?
Francis Halsall & Declan Long
Sat 16 April, 12noon, Lecture Room, IMMA

Dear friends,

Continuing with the talk series What is…? This discussion introduces the theoretical framework of phenomenology as a concept to explore the structure of consciousness, aesthetics and our experiences of the contemporary art object. This talk is in collaboration with the MA programme, ACW at NCAD.

Tickets are free. Booking is required.

Image Credit: ‘Opera no. 34′, 1940 Watercolour on Paper, Carol Rama

Research, scholarship and study opportunities: Art in the Contemporary World, Dublin

The National College of Art and Design is delighted to announce two opportunities in Dublin, Ireland.

(1) “Medium/ Platform/ System”
ACW research and teaching residency in collaboration with The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

MA/ MFA Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art & Design, Dublin in collaboration with the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), is now inviting applications for its autumn (2016) research and teaching residency.

This residency is open to writers, artists, curators, educators and other practitioners who have published writings in the field of contemporary art. It will begin around Oct. 2016, and have a duration of up to five weeks.

The selected applicant will be provided with a residential space at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and will receive a stipend. During this time they will be expected to deliver presentations on their own research interests in the context of the Art in the Contemporary World’s Master’s programme, as well as lead a number of seminars and conversations relating to the research residency’s theme “Medium/ Platform/ System”

For more details on Art in the Contemporary World contact Francis Halsall and Declan Long:

Please go to for more information about the IMMA studio programme. Further information about the research residency can be found HERE

Deadline for applications:  Monday 30th May, 2016

(2) Postgraduate scholarship for MA studies:

Following the successes of the two Master’s programmes offered by the faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student in either the MA Art in the Contemporary World or the MA Design History and Material Culture. The scholarship will be awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non-EU students.

For more information (including application procedures) on these opportunities and the research environment in the Faculty of Visual Culture at NCAD, visit:

Deadline for scholarship applications: April 29th 2016

You may also contact the programme directors:

Declan Long, / Francis Halsall, (Art in the Contemporary World)

Anna Moran, (MA Design History & Material Culture)
Other enquiries:

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

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.

For more details contact: or

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

Art Writing & the Diagram

A talk by Niamh McDonnell followed by a conversation with Francis Halsall on critical theory toolkits for art writing
Hosted by the MA Programme, Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD, Dublin

Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre
Friday 20th November 2 – 4pm

All welcome

Diagram comes from the Greek diagraphein, ‘to mark out in lines’: dia ‘through’ and graphein ‘write’. A diagram shows the appearance, structure or workings of something and can range from a 2D drawing to a 3D multimedia work.

This talk looks at how the diagram can be used in art writing to experiment with ways of showing the process of the material inscription of the text in a process of writing ‘through’ rather than ‘about’ the artwork. The diagram presents a framework for generating different possible structures for displaying the text on the basis on applying different logical principles to describe its elements. In the diagram the description of the abstract, visual typographic quality of the sign sits next to the description of the sign that functions as part of a semantic text. This play with the logic of description that proposes different forms of receptivity to the sign can be found in the approach to structural composition in the Constructivist graphic art of the early 20th century. The composition juxtaposes text with image on different scales and angles and addresses the viewer as a reader who participates in making connections between elements that are described in terms of different registers. It simulates how the moving image scripts the viewer’s process of reading that constructs narrative sequences.

This example of the diagram in Constructivist graphic art provides the starting point for the talk to explore how other applications of the diagram in design history can inform art writing experiments that respond to the artwork by speculating about its potential engagement of the viewer as a reader. The talk will focus on a particular project that used the diagram to think about ways of structuring the display of a series of blog posts that responded to diagram artworks while they were being produced for exhibition ( This art writing online addressed the reader in terms of how they would determine the structure of the text and the space of engagement with it by choosing the combination of texts to read and the order of reading them. The talk will also consider how this principle of address was applied in the curatorial approach to displaying the diagram artworks, demonstrating how the diagrammatic approach makes it possible for the activities of art writing and curating to compliment one another in terms of exploring ways of producing responses to the artwork that involve the viewer/reader as a participant.

Niamh McDonnell is an art writer/curator based in Belfast. She is Associate Researcher at Belfast Exposed where she is working on developing its photographic archive. She is also working on projects that use the diagram to structure the process of collaborating with artists to produce diagram artworks in response to archives. Niamh completed a PhD in philosophy based on the diagram in the work of Gilles Deleuze at Goldsmiths University, London.

Art World Systems: Network, Medium, Platform

Francis Halsall, Kris Cohen, and Johanna Gosse in Conversation

Friday, November 6th, 5:30 PM
DXARTS Media Lab
Raitt Hall 207
The University of Washington, Seattle

This event is sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities, and hosted by the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington.

In this public exchange, art historians Francis Halsall (National College of Art and Design, Dublin), Kris Cohen (Reed College) and Johanna Gosse (Columbia University) will discuss the art world in terms of systems. They take as their starting point three recent books on the state of the contemporary art world: Pamela Lee’s Forgetting the Art World (2012), David Joselit’s After Art (2012), and Lane Relyea’s Your Everyday Art World (2013).

After brief introductions of each text, the speakers will embark on a conversation tackling issues such as the art world’s embeddedness in a networked, global system and shifting conceptions of the artistic medium, from specific materiality to technical support to platform.

Questions they consider will include: what specific forms of knowledge does art continue to offer as its historical definitions, categories, and criteria have transformed, and often, faded into obsolescence, much like the technologies it would critique? To what extent should art and art discourse, as resources for getting our bearings in the present, mesh with and respond to technological change? How are the interconnections between art and technology inevitable within networked life, part of the very structure of destablizing change; and if they are inevitable, and if art and technology are not opposed but forced together in the medium of history, where does critique begin and what shapes should it take?


Out There, Thataway – Public Seminar and new playlist
Public Seminar

Saturday 19th September, 12pm – 2pm *NOTE CHANGE TO EARLIER TIME*

Francis Halsall and Declan Long, Paul Ennis, Ayesha Hameed

Join us on Saturday 19th September at NOON for a public seminar further exploring ideas around ‘territories beyond knowledge’ that run through our current exhibition, Out There, Thataway. The seminar will begin with a curators’ talk/tour with with Francis Halsall and Declan Long, who will introduce the themes and starting points of the exhibition.

Philosopher Paul Ennis will discuss the nature of speculation beyond the limits of human knowledge as found in contemporary philosophy where the questions of territory, the elsewhere, and solitude come to the fore through rare moments of aesthetic flair.

Artist and academic Ayesha Hameed will present a series of sounds and images she has been collecting in an assembly called Black Atlantis – a project that looks at the Black Atlantic and its afterlives in contemporary illegalised migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space. Using Walter Benjamin’s concept of the dialectical image she will examine how to think through sound, image, water, violence and history as elements of an active archive; and time travel as an historical method. A majority of these elements will be presented in unlikely pairs, juxtaposed with one another and Hameed will trace what residues these pairings leave.

More information about the seminar speakers can be found here. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Seats are limited so please contact us at to book your place.

New Out There, Thataway playlist:

Out There, Thataway is accompanied by a series of specially commissioned playlists which are released weekly and are available online and in CCA’s library space. The latest playlist is compiled by art historian and critic Nuit Banai, who received her PhD in Art History from Columbia University before joining the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2007. Since 2014, she is Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at the University of Vienna. Her research interests focus on the post-war and contemporary construction of new publics through the visual arts, especially in Europe and the Middle East. Her book on Yves Klein recently appeared as part of the ‘Critical Lives’ published by Reaktion in London (2014).

You can listen Nuit’s selection here on CCA’s SoundCloud account, where you can also find other Out There, Thataway playlists compiled by Lane Relyea, Associate Professor and Chair of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and the Editor-in-Chief of Art Journal; Francis Halsall, Out There, Thataway co-curator, academic and writer; and artist Jonathan Mayhew.

New playlists will be released every week during the run of the exhibition, which ends on Saturday 26th September 2015. Out There, Thataway is curated through dialogue between Francis Halsall, Declan Long, and CCA, and includes work by Stephen Brandes, Nathan Coley, Aleana Egan, Fergus Feehily, Kevin Gaffney, Rana Hamadeh, and Merlin James.

Copyright © 2004–2009. All rights reserved.

RSS Feed. This blog is proudly powered by Wordpress and uses Modern Clix, a theme by Rodrigo Galindez.