Location: Auditorium Van Abbe Museum
Time: 14:00 – 17:00
Convened by: Vaari Claffey with Sam Keogh
Presenters: Vaari Claffey, Joseph Noonan-Ganley, Sam Keogh, Dr Tina Kinsella, Our Table – Michelle Darmody Lucky, Seamus Nolan, Grace Weir
Accompanied by Sarah Grimes on drums
With thanks to Culture Ireland
Resistance is Fertile is a multi-platform project which proposes the development of a set of counter-pragmatics for cultural production designed to generate altered modes of operation in situations of emergency or where resistance is required. It looks to provoke strategies which are not mimetic of currently normalised ‘pragmatics’ but which disrupt, queer, oppose or reconstruct them.
The project proposes and problematizes Ireland as the site of a cultural ‘safe house’ to provide shelter for those practices and practitioners that are threatened by current or impending political or cultural conditions. This forces the necessity for some self-examination on behalf of the hosting country.
This first iteration, ‘Refuge in Fauxtopia’, begins this process by looking at the history of shelter in Ireland as that of a kind of ‘false-friend’. In linguistics, a ‘false-friend’ is a word or expression that has a similar form to one in a person’s native language, but a different meaning.