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PROGRAMME APR—JUN 2014
Project Arts Centre
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR’S WELCOME Spring has finally sprung and I am delighted
Now, Veronica will create an installation,
to present our season from April – June;
performance and action in our Space Upstairs.
jam packed with the best dance, music, performance, theatre and visual art.
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We have some fantastic music as part of
CoisCéim Dance Theatre brings their wonderful Swimming with My Mother back to Project in April and I am delighted to welcome
our programme this spring with new work from
Catherine Young and her production of Woman
jazz trio Pinto, who will take up residence in our
Stood Regardless. Project is a real home for
Cube space. I am thrilled to welcome back our
dance in Dublin city centre and one of my
music ensemble in residence, Crash Ensemble,
favourite festivals we welcome to the centre
with a new concert – Free State 8. This concert
each year is Dublin Dance Festival. This year’s
will be guest curated by composer Raymond
programme will present some extraordinary
Deane and features new work by some of
works from artists across the globe, including
Ireland’s most exciting young composers.
a major collaboration with Bealtaine Festival.
I am honoured to welcome Peter
Eva Kotátková and Dominik Lang’s
Sheridan back to Project. Peter cut his
Wasteland continues in our gallery space.
theatrical teeth here and I am really looking
These incredible artists have played with
forward to hearing the stories about his
our expectations, creating an enthralling
career and life in the theatre in Break a Leg. Theatre artist Veronica Dyas has been on an extraordinary journey for the last couple
space in our gallery. In the first of a series of ‘interruptions’ to our gallery programme, academic, curator and writer Maeve Connolly
of years, giving up her belongings, her home
will curate a series of screenings exploring
and going out into the world with the wish
contemporary art and media. In May we will
of Love & Abundance & Joy. With Here &
open a major solo show by American artist
Barbara Bloom; featuring new work designed
a unique collaboration featuring music by
site-specifically for Project Arts Centre, this is
Altan’s Martin Tourish and video design by
a unique opportunity to experience the work
comedian Kevin McAleer.
of this incredible artist. This will be a truly
Live Collision is a unique opportunity to
immersive experience, turning our gallery
meet new artists who are breaking boundaries
space into a set, all inspired by the painting
with performance. Director Lynnette Moran
The French Diplomat’s Office. One of my great interests is new writing and the development and presentation of new plays. To that end I am pleased to introduce two new plays to you this season
is putting together a fantastic programme for 2014, and we look forward to sharing the work with you in April. In Orla Barry’s Mountain, three performers play with words, meaning and
The Separation by Richard Molloy and Girls
performance; creating a thrilling world which
& Boys by Dylan Coburn Gray (which was
you just don’t want to leave. I am delighted to
one of my highlights from last year’s Dublin
welcome her back to Project with this magic
work. Dick Walsh, in a presentation of two of
This season we are also delighted to be
his works in partnership with Pan Pan Theatre,
presenting experimental work by some of our
brings his unique style of theatre to Project
most inspiring artists; I am delighted to be
for the first time – not to be missed!
presenting works by Oscar McLennan, Orla
I hope you will join us for some of
Barry, Dick Walsh and to welcome back the
these fantastic events and I look forward to
Live Collision International Festival. Fresh from
welcoming you to Project in the coming months.
his premiere at the Adelaide Festival, Oscar McLennan brings us Kiss of the Chicken King;
Cian O’Brien, Artistic Director
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On Foot – Project Arts Centre is a large blue building situated behind the Olympia Theatre and opposite the Clarence Hotel.
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EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Photo: Bauner Rasmus
KISS OF THE CHICKEN KING Oscar McClennan Performance
WOMAN STOOD REGARDLESS Catherine Young Dance Dance 4 & 5 April p16
26 April – 3 May p24
BREAK A LEG Peter Sheridan Theatre 28 April – 10 May p26
and Seán Carpio
LIVE COLLISION INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
4 & 5 April
23 – 26 April
PINTO Robin Fincker, Simon Jermyn
SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER
BOYS AND GIRLS
CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Dylan Coburn Gray
8 – 12 April
12 – 17 May
FREE STATE 8 Crash Ensemble
DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL
21 – 31 May
HERE & NOW Veronica Dyas Performance / Installation 13 – 18 May
THE SEPARATION Richard Molloy Theatre 2 – 14 June p36
A DANGERMAN & SOME BAFFLING MONSTER Dick Walsh Theatre 17 – 21 June
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TV MUSEUM: THE MINI-SERIES
20 & 21 June
Begins 17 April
VISUAL ARTS WORKERS FORUM 2014
Eva Kot’áková and Dominik Lang Visual Art 7 February – 14 April
9 May p54
CORPUS BOOK LAUNCH. DENNIS MCNULTY, IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY CONLON Dennis McNulty Talk 8 April p50
THE FRENCH DIPLOMAT’S OFFICE Barbara Bloom Visual Art 9 May – 29 June p56
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Photo: Maria Falconer
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Catherine Young Dance
WOMAN ST REGARDLE
If your life shattered and crumbled, how
4 & 5 April
would you get back up?
8pm €15 / €12
Woman Stood Regardless was inspired by choreographer Catherine Young’s work with a group of remarkable women from a Kerry-based women’s support service. Four raw and tender female dancers weave universal truths through personal
Suitable Ages 12+
stories, seeking hope in chaos. Deafening silence and pounding percussion drive
Choreographer – Catherine Young
relentless, edgy dance. Woman Stood
Composer – Michael Fleming
Regardless looks for the cracks to let in
Lighting Design – Stephen Dodd
Costume – Ann Hickey Cast – Deirdre Griffin, Ivonne Kalter, Lucia Kickham, Mariam Ribon
Catherine Young Dance was founded in 2011. As a dancer and choreographer, Catherine has worked extensively in
There will be a post-show panel
Ireland, Europe, the USA and Africa. Her
discussion following the performance
choreography is heavily influenced by her
on Friday, 4 April entitled “Learning
explorations of African dance and yoga
from experience – seeing resilience
and has a strong sense of physicality. Her
at the heart of life”.
work is thoughtful, inspiring and touches deeply. Catherine has presented work at the Dublin Dance Festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival among others and has been Kerry’s Dance Artist in Residence since 2006 (supported by the Arts Council, Kerry County Council & Siamsa Tire). She is also co-curator of Tocht International Dance Festival, artistic director of Kerry Youth Dance Theatre and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Limerick in African dance.
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PINTO Robin Fincker, Simon Jermyn and Seán Carpio
Based in Toulouse, New York and Dublin
4 & 5 April
respectively, this week long residency
(Open Rehearsals 31 March – 3 April)
at Project Arts Centre will allow a rare
opportunity for them to devise a set of new
(Open Rehearsals 6 – 8pm)
music, culminating in two concerts in the
€15 / €12
Cube on Friday and Saturday evening. Each member of the trio is indep endently recognised for their multi-faceted work, operating across many genres. With this open residency they will aim to create a broad concert experience, one that
Pinto – “the imaginary equine carrier of
is generated not only from their varied
an imaginary friend, created to help an
interests, but also from a direct interaction
imaginary hero” – are an improvising trio
with the visiting audience during the week.
formed by saxophonist /clarinetist Robin
The group will host these open rehearsals
Fincker, guitarist /electric bass player
in the Cube from Monday 31 March to
Simon Jermyn and drummer/guitarist/
Thursday 3 April, 6 – 8pm, allowing regular
vocalist Seán Carpio.
audience interaction, feedback and short performance opportunities in order to prepare for two concerts.
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CoisCéim Dance Theatre
SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER
A stage duet embodying the relation
8 – 12 April
ship between a mother and son and
their mutual love for swimming and
€16 / €12
dancing, performed by choreographer
Matinee 12 April (3.15pm, €10)
David Bolger and his mother Madge. In this intimate dance, shared pasts intertwine and build gently like a rising tide. Life stories are told with humour to the sultry tones of Nat King Cole.
“… gently disarms you, warms you with its affectionate humour and beguiles
Swimming With My Mother was presented in Dublin, Paris and
you with the mood of shared reverie.”
Edinburgh and was Winner of Best
Production Award at the Limerick Unfringed 2011 and received an Argus
“… this already highly successful
Angel Award at Brighton Festival 2012.
and award winning show is, as
It premiered as a work-in-progress at
the Nat King Cole song in the
Project Arts Centre Cube as part of
show says, Unforgettable.”
the Dublin Dance Festival 2010.
The Edinburgh Guide
Photo: Maria Falconer
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FREE STATE 8
Be the first to hear what’s happening in
contemporary classical music in Ireland.
8pm €20 / €18
Crash Ensemble and Project Arts Centre present Free State 8. The most vibrant music from Ireland’s up and coming composing talent, performed by the country’s leading contemporary music ensemble. Crash Ensemble’s annual open
“Crash Ensemble, an Irish new-music collective with international cachet
submission concert from new Irish composers is guest curated by composer
and considerable chops.”
Raymond Deane. Featuring a special per-
formance of Passage Work by Raymond Deane with Soprano Sylvia O Brien.
“Massiveness and impact are character istics that the Crash Ensemble rarely lack.”
The Irish Times
Barry O’Halpin: Lethargarian Bebhinn Nic Dhomhnaill: Dimensions
Crash Ensemble is Ireland’s leading
Elis Czerniak: Rotate
music ensemble; a group of world-
Chris McCormack: Question for Piano Trio
class musicians who play the most
Dermot McDermott: Chivaree
adventurous, ground-breaking new
Sean Clancy: Fourteen Minutes of Music
music of today. Crash Ensemble are
on the subject of Greeting Cards
currently music ensemble-in-residence
Raymond Deane: Passage Work
at Project Arts Centre.
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KISS OF THE CHICKEN KING
A pioneer in the early stand-up comedy
26 April – 3 May
clubs and experimental theatre, Oscar
(No performance Sunday 27 April)
McLennan keeps his audiences brilliantly
off-balance as he ranges from funny to
€15 / €12
sad, angry to disturbing and everything else in between. An outcast, offbeat figure weaves his unsteady way through early 1980s London where the drums of war are beating, flag waving patriots are waxing their cars and it is not advisable
REAL DEAL – ALL TICKETS 28 APRIL JUST €10
to be swimming against the tide. Based on his book of the same name, Kiss of the
Writer – Oscar McLennan
Chicken King brings together four deeply
Lighting – Noelia Ruiz & Michelle Barry
original Irish voices in a genre-crossing
Set – Noelia Ruiz
collaboration of music, poetry and theatre.
Music – Oscar Mclennan & Martin Tourish
Featuring acclaimed musician, Martin
Creative Consultant and ‘Ghost In The
Tourish, as well as new visual projections
Mirror’– Olwen Fouéré
by Kevin McAleer with Olwen Fouéré.
AV Projections – Kevin Mcaleer & Oscar Mclennan
Born in Glasgow in 1955, Oscar
Costume, Photos And Backing Vocals –
McLennan has been based in Dublin
since 1988. He is best known as a writer
Production Co-Ordinator And Visual
and performer of multi-media theatrical
Design – Noelia Ruiz
monologues, and has also published two novels, El Bastardo Tranquilo (Pepitas de Calabaza 2005) and Kiss of the Chicken King (Livewire Press, 2011), along with numerous short stories. He has also worked as curator/artistic director on various multi-media live events, such as GET UP (shortlisted for Fringe First, Dublin Fringe 2002), and BACK UP (winner of best female performer, Dublin Fringe 2003). He is also a singer, musician and songwriter, having played alongside Anna Manahan in her show Seven Stages of Anna.
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A new show from acclaimed playwright
29 April – 10 May
and director Peter Sheridan based on his
recent memoir, Break A Leg, which tells
€15 / €12
the story of his life in the theatre, and
Preview 28 April
delving deeply into Sheridan’s life, as well
Matinees 3 & 10 May (3pm)
as the wider culture and politics of Ireland in the 1960s and 1970s. The theatre, seen through Sheridan’s eyes, can do much more than entertain; it is a vehicle of social change. Honestly
REAL DEAL – ALL TICKETS 28 APRIL JUST €10
blending social history with memoir, Sheridan’s story is delivered in a gutsy,
“Essential viewing.” The Irish Times
fresh style that captures your attention from the first moment, as he returns to his Project Arts Centre roots.
“A witty, incisive show.” Joe Duffy
Peter Sheridan is a writer, theatre director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director.
K A LEG
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Lynnette Moran presents
LIVE COLLISION INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Cube & Offsite Locations
Established in 2009 by Lynnette Moran
23 April – 26 April
Festival Director & Founder, Live Collision has
8.15pm (Double Bill Performances)
grown a reputation as an exciting curatorial
€15 / €12 & Free
model of live art and as a platform for
Full festival programme available online
radical performance makers, bringing some of the most exciting national and international artists to Dublin with challenging works that encourage audiences to experience live performance in fresh new ways. With a vibrant programme of dynamic
LIVE COLLISION FESTIVAL PASS – ALL THREE NIGHTS
live contemporary performance, screenings,
DOUBLE BILLS IN PROJECT – CUBE FOR JUST €30! (BOOK
talks, work in the public realm, installations,
BEFORE 16 APRIL)
digital interactive performances and live streams.
Live Collision International Festival is a festival of live art performance. A
Artists include: Blast Theory, Laurence Payot,
kaleidoscopic adventure throughout Project
Third Angel, Jesse Jones, Amanda Coogan,
Arts Centre and across the city into hidden
Vaari Claffey (Gracelands), Veronica Dyas,
locations, secret exchanges, public addresses,
Anna Furse (Athletes of the Heart), Liadain
covert identities, unknown callers, collective
Herriott, Francis Fay, Adam Fearon, Feidlim
actions and moments of perfect isolation.
Cannon (Brokentalkers), Ayo & Oni Oshodi,
Live Collision is for the culturally curious and a curious culture; blurring
Rich Walsh & David Wall, Martin Sharry, Study Room (Live Art Development Agency),
the edges of the performance space between the real and the imagined;
Live Collision International Festival is
suggesting alternative experiences through
supported by Arts Council’s Festival and
adventure seeking, provocation and simple
Events Scheme, Dublin City Council, Project
acts of the imagination.
Arts Centre, Create, Dublin Fringe Festival’s
Live Collision is questioning what
Fringe Lab, Culture Ireland, British Council
are our obligations to act on our politic,
Ireland, The Workman’s Club, The Lir and in
cultural expectations and our sense-of-self?
2014 we welcome new partners The Library
How do we consider those actions in relation
Project, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Pop
to our city, to public space and our cultural
Up Happenings and Science Gallery.
gatherings? What are the consequences and how do we devise the outcomes?
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Dylan Coburn Gray
BOYS AND GIRLS
“If you want brave new writing,
13 – 17 May
here is your salvation.”
€13 / €10 / €8 Preview 12 May
“Impossibly eloquent and beautifully composed” Irish Theatre Magazine “Profoundly funny, beautifully constructed and hardhitting”
Suitable ages 15+ (contains strong
language and sexual references) DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS (or do, REAL DEAL – MAY 12 – 2 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 1
but it might scar them for life).
Written and Directed
Emerging from the Irish spoken word
by Dylan Coburn Gray
scene, this play paints the Dublin
Lighting Design by Ilo Tarrant
nightscape in pyrotechnic verse; 4 intercut voices muse, tease, and rant
Performed by Ronan Carey,
in an ever-escalating rhythm.
Sean Doyle, Maeve O’Mahony and Claire O’Reilly
It’s quite dirty, quite funny, quite mental, and a bit sad. (Seriously, don’t bring your kids.)
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DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL
Photo: Michel Nicolas
21 – 31 May
A feast of the hottest dance from around
€10 – €22
the globe awaits you this May – Dublin Dance Festival, Ireland’s leading dance event, is back! This landmark 10th Festival promises to inspire and delight with outstanding artists from home and abroad showcasing the best of international and Irish dance. Seven diverse shows take will take to the Project stages this May. We cannot wait to share the full Dublin Dance Festival programme details with you on April 3rd. In the meantime, we can assure you that you will be spoiled for choice with stunningly beautiful international shows featuring strident and subtle artists, an evocative piece of documentary dance-theatre, two works by leading Irish dance and theatre companies inspired by a literary great and a dance extravaganza that will have you laughing and dancing in your seats. So make a note in your diary – full Dublin Dance Festival programme details will be announced and on sale from April 3rd. Dublin Dance Festival will take place in venues throughout the city from 20–31 May. www.dublindancefestival.ie
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HERE & NOW
Space Upstairs Installation: 13 – 17 May
“27th November 2011: arrive in Santiago de Compostela with my school bag.
11am – 6pm
Everything is different now. Return to a
(with morning meditation at 11.30am)
house that was never really my home,
Performances: 15 – 17 May
realising I bought it in fear. I was aiming
for a different life then. 1 of 62,970
Walk to the Sea: 18 May
residential mortgage holders in arrears*,
100k negative equity. I let it all go, all of my things, out into the world to be used, valued. Gifting with the words Wishing you Love & Abundance & Joy, learning to wish that for myself too. 27th November 2012: hand the keys
Suitable ages 16+ (contains some nudity)
to an estate agent and become a landlord.
anymore). Pop psychology won’t help
(I don’t believe in private ownership AGENDA (screening & discussion)
us now and ‘The Market’ god can’t solve
with Conor Madden, artist – 15 May
everything. They’ve blocked the view to
Post PROJECT DOWNSIZE: a response
now. We deserve more. J’essaie, I’ve been
to Gifting (discussion) with Sorcha Kenny,
the sea, someone else lives in my home
artist – 16 May *Now 136,564 Residential Mortgages in Project HERE & NOW
Arrears of 90 days or more, Central Bank
with Dr. Karen Quigley, lecturer in
of Ireland 4th March 2014.
Drama & Theatre Studies – 17 May Veronica Dyas is a freelance theatre practitioner and facilitator. HERE & NOW is a creative research project, started in 2012, which explores how we live now through the lens of housing, homelessness, spirituality and the practice of walking.
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A new play by Richard Molloy
4 – 14 June 8.15pm
On a Friday night in Dublin, Stephen
€15 / €12
Hanrahan ushers a young female
Previews 2 & 3 June
colleague in from the summer rain to
Matinee 14 June (2.30pm)
what was once his marital home. He’s ready to work his magic. But Stephen’s estranged wife and wayward daughter are about to crash back into his life, casting a history of repressed truths and painful secrets into the light.
Suitable ages 14+ (contains strong
Set in the build-up to Ireland’s
language, sexual references and
historic divorce referendum of 1995,
The Separation is an unsettling – and uproarious – journey into the dark
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heart of a disintegrating Dublin family.
POST SHOW DISCUSSION – MONDAY 9 JUNE
The Separation is directed by Simon Evans whose work in London includes an acclaimed production of The Silence of the Sea at Trafalgar Studios and a revival of Thom Pain at the Print Room, as well as residencies at the National Theatre, the Bush Theatre, and the Donmar Warehouse.
Dick Walsh Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre and Project Arts
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A DANGERMAN & SOME BAFFLING MONSTER
Two new one act plays by Dick Walsh
18 – 21 June
that explore anecdotes under theatrical
conditions. Come, learn things you never
€15 / €12
knew before (a lot if things!), that will
Preview 17 June
change your view of the world forever.
Matinee 21 June (3pm) A Dangerman A homage to that social misfit; to that guy you know, who you try to avoid. He could talk for hours. But never listen back. He’s hard to take seriously, isn’t REAL DEAL – ALL TICKETS 17 JUNE JUST €10
he? But what if we do? This is your
Written and Directed by Dick Walsh
and from a distance.
chance to explore social terror up close Performed by: Shane Connolly, Kyle Hixon and Rick Seery
Some Baffling Monster Three men live on a farm. Three
“I thought he might actually kill us.” Irish Times
generations. When cows start to die, antagonisms emerge and a fight begins. This play explores anecdotes
“Experimental culchie theatre”
in the context of a familiar story.
Simon Doyle Dick Walsh Theatre was formed in 2013 “It’s a risky strategy but Dick Walsh
to develop experimental theatre with
takes no prisoners”
an emphasis on form. He has produced
two plays to date: A Dangerman, which has been performed in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Edinburgh, and Some Baffling Monster, which featured as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2013.
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Language shapes our structured world,
20 & 21 June
but every sentence we utter is an
improvisation. That is the starting point
€12 / €10
for Irish visual artist, Orla Barry. She has worked with 57 words, an actor, a dancer and a musician to devise a work in which chance, fate, and a little witchcraft play equal roles. The wheel of fortune stops on a
Suitable ages 15+ (contains strong language and sexual references)
word and this creates various impromptu scenarios, whichfollow different random orders for each performance of the work.
REAL DEAL – MAY 12 – 2 TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 1
Using forms of text production such as speech, monologue, interview and poem,
Written and Directed by Orla Barry
Barry creates an ellipsis between text,
Performed by Derrick Devine,
meaning and performance.
Marcus Lamb and Einat Tuchman Barry’s work focuses on meaing as well as on visual deconstruction and displacement of language. She researches the semantics of her mother tongue and its cultural imbedding and implications. Her work crosses a wide variety of media, evoking non-linear narratives and undercurrents of emotion. A co-production of Playgroundfestival / STUK kunstencentreum Leuven, If I Can’t Dance, and Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam. Supported by Culture Ireland and cofunded by the European Union. Toured to Bozar Brussels, Performatiek festival, Brussels, and The South London Gallery.
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Curating in the gallery of Project
is one of the reasons curating can
Arts Centre seems to me full
be such a critical practice â€“ it can
of fresh potential every time
destroy the reception of an artwork to
we embark on the journey; the
over-mediate, over-describe or poorly
gallery is a blank canvas, a
install it, and it can aid tremendously
tabula rasa in which to imagine
to build a frame, platform or lens
environments and experiences
for a work that is subtle, insightful,
anew each and every time we
working with the work. Writing
approach the installation.
about the exhibitions we present
The act of undergoing an artistic
uniquely with each project we work
experience can be tremendously
on. As a curator, you are in the deeply
is so challenging and approached
rewarding and moving, or it can be
privileged position of being with an
equally deflating and depressing.
artist: in the studio, hearing about
Artworks arenâ€™t just static things to
their motivations, research, their hope
be observed, considered and left
for a work. Being entrusted with this
behind â€“ they act upon you, they
insight is one thing, but turning what
have a beginning, a middle and an
you know into a piece of writing that
end, whether they take the form of a
both gives insight into the artwork
painting, a sculpture or a gesture. The
for the audience and helps the artist
action is located in the shift we make
build the kind of experience they wish
as spectators from the encounter
to create is something else. Very few
at the beginning, to the departure
contemporary artists work in direct,
at the end, and the raft of different
didactic, linear ways. Their works
compelling thoughts, emotions and
often traverse concepts rather than
responses in-between. Undergoing an
mount them, or splice together shards
experience of art is a personal thing,
and different perspectives in research
and autonomy in that experience
rather than argue a direct line. An
is a very enabling aspect of it. This
artist we are presenting in the gallery
this season, Barbara Bloom, uses the term ‘visual innuendo’ to describe the element of her work that creates an imaginative leap in the mind of spectators. It is that space of interpretation, where spectators encounter a work full of their own life experience and story that is so exciting, that is the part of the encounter that we
at Project Arts Centre try to nurture and enliven. As an organisation that works with many different types of artists – visual, dance, performance, music – we also stage our exhibitions and events in three very different spaces (two of the them black, one of them white), spaces that inevitably embody various modes of engagement, politics of staging, and implied meaning behind conventions of display. In the visual arts we try to disrupt conventions and thus undermine the more hierarchical connotations of the white cube (or indeed museum rarefication) where we can. To disrupt or destabilize can mean to reverse, to exaggerate or to
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mimic, but the sum result is to try to enable a more autonomous experience for viewers of contemporary art – supported, in many insightful and subtle ways, but ultimately allowing the artworks to happen upon you, be experienced, be undergone. Tessa Giblin Curator of Visual Arts
WASTELAND Eva Kot’áková and
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Gallery 7 February – 14 April 11am – 8pm Admission Free
An exhibition of newly commissioned work, and an exciting first time collaboration between Czech artists Eva Kot’átková and Dominik Lang. Both artists are stimulated by observations and histories of institutional activity – be they institutions of education, psychiatry, or art. Kot’átková and Lang’s new installation brings together the mutually hospitable threads in their practices, and has built onsite, following an intensive IMMA Production Residency, a fragmented collage of an urban park in transit. With warm thanks to the Irish Museum of Modern Art and gallery Hunt Kastner in Prague for supporting this unique and artistically groundbreaking exhibition between two celebrated contemporary artists.
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CORPUS BOOK LAUNCH DENNIS MCNULTY IN CONVERSATION WITH MARY CONLON
Project Arts Centre Bar
The border between fictional or projected
futures and reality is becoming more and
more difficult to precisely determine. The next version of the internet, which is referred to as the Semantic Web, is being designed to be navigated by machines, and The Internet of Things promises us a
Project Arts Centre invites you to join us in
world where all objects will possess and
celebrating the launch of Dennis McNulty’s
be able to communicate some kind of
new artist’s publication project, Corpus, on
awareness of their place in a hierarchy of
Thursday 8 April at 6pm. The event will
matter. Processes like Machine Translation
feature a conversation between McNulty and
and Sentiment Analysis, which are part of
Mary Conlon, writer, Curator and Director of
the Artificial Intelligence jigsaw alongside
Ormston House, Limerick.
technologies such as Machine Vision and Deep Learning systems, have been slowly
Dennis McNulty is an artist whose work
leaking into the present for a number of
is generated through an investigation of
embodied knowledge in relation to other
These and other shifts in the human/
forms of knowledge, often in the context of
machine relationship form the backdrop to
the built environment. Beginning with detailed
Corpus, a two volume artist’s publication
research of various kinds, and informed by
project by Dennis McNulty. The word ‘corpus’
his studies in psychoacoustics, the works
means ‘body’ in Latin, but it also refers to
often take hybrid forms, drawing on aspects
a large and structured collection of texts.
of cinema, sculpture, sound and performance.
Large corpora (the plural of corpus) form the basis contemporary Machine Translation algorithms, such as Google translate. The volumes of McNulty’s project are entitled Corpus and Organs. The former comprises a diagrammatic translation of every review of the movie The Fountainhead on amazon.com, each of which is generated algorithmically, while the latter presents a series of texts as an accompaniment and contextualisation. Corpus is co-published by Publication Studio Vancouver and Project Press and funded by an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award.
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TV MUSEUM: THE MINISERIES Maeve Connolly
Gallery Continues throughout 2014
marking the public launch of TV Museum, which will be available to purchase at a reduced launch price for the duration of the evening, in association with Darklight Festival 2014.
TV Museum: The Mini-Series is a four-part
Screenings: 3 – 10 July
lecture and screening programme created
General Idea’s, Blocking (1974) and Pilot (1977)
by writer, lecturer and researcher, Maeve
Lecture: 9 July
Connolly. Structured around various
5.30 – 7pm, Pilots and Pageants
characters, plotlines and situations drawn
This lecture focuses on televisual temporality,
from Connolly’s forthcoming book TV
exploring the role of the pilot, the pageant
Museum, the series explores and extends
and the episode in contemporary art.
ideas central to her ongoing research on contemporary art and media. Unfolding over
Screening: 16 – 21 September
a year, the programme will configure these
Stuart Marshall’s Distinct (1979)
ideas as a parallel narrative, intersecting
Lecture: 17 September
with TV Museum’s analysis of art and
5.30 – 7pm, The Situation of the TV Studio
television. Project Arts Centre is delighted
The lecture explores the material, social
to collaborate with IADT, Dun Laoghaire
and institutional form of the TV studio
to present this exceptional body of work
and its significance for a range of artists
throughout 2014. The publication, TV
since the 1970s.
Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television, has been kindly supported by
Screening: 15–22 October
an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award.
Shana Moulton’s Feeling Free with 3D Magic Eye Poster Remix (2004)
Screening: 17 – 26 April
Lecture: 22 October
TVTV’s TVTV Looks at the Oscars (1976)
5.30 – 7pm, The Artist and the Actor
Lecture and Book launch: 23 April
Several scenarios involving artists and TV
5 – 7pm, Critics, Collectives and Cable TV
actors are explored, forming the basis for a
Focusing primarily on the figure of Michael
discussion of labour, affect and agency.
Shamberg, critic, activist and TV producer, this lecture explores the rise and fall of
Tickets for lectures are free but limited, with
‘guerrilla television’ collectives in the 1970s.
advance booking opening strictly two weeks
Following her lecture, Maeve Connolly
prior. Entrance to continuous screening
will be in conversation with Sarah Glennie
program is free.
(Director of Irish Museum of Modern Art)
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VISUAL ARTS WORKERS FORUM 2014
9 May 10.30am – 5.30pm
Project Arts Centre is proud to present the 3rd conference of the Visual Arts Workers Forum. Designed to engage and give a platform for debate for workers across the visual arts – artists, writers, curators, educators, funders, gallerists, shippers, framers to name a few – the VAWF is a day packed full of stimulating debate, presentations and networking. Key issues for the 2014 forum include a session devoted to the case for artistic leadership, a session aimed at accounting for the visual arts’ contribution – artistically, structurally and economically – and a session devoted to supporting good governance. The forum is ticketed, including lunch, and booking in advance is essential.
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THE FRENCH DIPLOMAT’S OFFICE
Gallery 9 May – 29 June 11am – 8pm Admission Free
The French Diplomat’s Office is a site-specific installation of a key work by this significant American artist, and the first time Barbara Bloom has shown in Ireland. The French Diplomat’s Office is an exploration of painting, set-design, décor, narrative and – in this installation designed specifically for Project Arts Centre – theatre. Barbara Bloom is an artist known for her literary allusions, the resurrection or reinterpretation of found and treasured objects, and what the artist calls ‘visual innuendo’, infusing the stories and scenarios we can know and imagine to inhabit objects, artefacts and artworks. You are welcome to join us and the artist for the opening of this exhibition on Thursday, 8 May from 6 – 8pm.
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