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PROGRAMME APR—JUN 2014

Project Arts Centre


APR—JUN 2014

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

Fringe Festival).

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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In person 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Monday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm

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By phone +353 1 8819 613. Monday – Saturday, 11am – 7pm Groups Group rates are available for many of our performances for groups of 8 people or more. For more information call and ask for Kate O’Sullivan or email kate.osullivan@projectartscentre.ie

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O’CONNELL ST.

CAPEL ST.

HOW TO FIND US ABBEY ST.

ORMOND QUAY

BACHELORS WALK

On Foot – Project Arts Centre is a large blue building situated behind the Olympia Theatre and opposite the Clarence Hotel.

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FLEET ST. TEMPLE BAR CENTRAL BANK DAME ST.

GEORGE’S ST.

PARLIAMENT ST.

EAST ESSEX ST.

WESTMORELAND ST.

RIVER LIFFEY ASTON QUAY

TRINITY COLLEGE

Bus – Take any bus that runs to Dame Street and either enter Temple Bar via Parliament Street and take a right onto East Essex Street or enter Temple Bar via Eustace Street or Sycamore Street and take a left onto East Essex Street. LUAS – Take the Red Luas Line to Jervis stop. Cross the River Liffey into Temple Bar using the Millenium Bridge. Take a right onto East Essex Street and Project Arts Centre is on the left hand side of the street. Parking Offer A special €5 parking rate is available from Fleet Street car park, simply present your show ticket when paying.


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EVENTS AT A GLANCE

Photo: Bauner Rasmus


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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

Music

Live Collision

4 & 5 April

Performance

p18

23 – 26 April

PINTO Robin Fincker, Simon Jermyn

SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER

p28

BOYS AND GIRLS

CoisCéim Dance Theatre

Dylan Coburn Gray

Dance

Theatre

8 – 12 April

12 – 17 May

p20

p30

FREE STATE 8 Crash Ensemble

DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL

Music

Dance

17 April

21 – 31 May

p22

p32


HERE & NOW Veronica Dyas Performance / Installation 13 – 18 May

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p34

THE SEPARATION Richard Molloy Theatre 2 – 14 June p36

A DANGERMAN & SOME BAFFLING MONSTER Dick Walsh Theatre 17 – 21 June

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p38


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MOUNTAIN

TV MUSEUM: THE MINI-SERIES

Orla Barry

Maeve Connolly

Performance

Film

20 & 21 June

Begins 17 April

p40

p52

WASTELAND

VISUAL ARTS WORKERS FORUM 2014

Eva Kot’áková and Dominik Lang Visual Art 7 February – 14 April

9 May p54

p48

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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PERFORMANCE

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Catherine Young Dance

WOMAN ST REGARDLE


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Space Upstairs

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

the light.

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”.

STOOD ESS

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


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Cube

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

Performances 8.15pm

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


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Cube

A stage duet embodying the relation­

8  – 12 April

ship between a mother and son and

8.15pm

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

Herald Scotland        

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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Crash Ensemble

FREE STATE 8


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Space Upstairs

Be the first to hear what’s happening in

17 April

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-

Washington Post

formance of Passage Work by Raymond Deane with Soprano Sylvia O Brien.

“Massiveness and impact are character­ istics that the Crash Ensemble rarely lack.”

Programme

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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Oscar McLennan

KISS OF THE CHICKEN KING


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Space Upstairs

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

8pm

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

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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

Erica Peroni

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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Peter Sheridan

BREAK


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Cube

A new show from acclaimed playwright

29 April – 10 May

and director Peter Sheridan based on his

8.15pm

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

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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


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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?

www.livecollision.com


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Dylan Coburn Gray

BOYS AND GIRLS


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Cube

“If you want brave new writing,

13 – 17 May

here is your salvation.”

8.15pm

Irish Times

€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

Meg.ie

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


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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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Veronica Dyas

HERE & NOW


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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

8pm

for a different life then. 1 of 62,970

Walk to the Sea: 18 May

residential mortgage holders in arrears*,

12.30pm

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.

Post-Show Events:

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,

trying.”

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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Pixilated Productions

THE SEPARAT


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Cube

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,

threatened violence)

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

TION

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.


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Centre present

A DANGERMAN & SOME BAFFLING MONSTER


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Cube

Two new one act plays by Dick Walsh

18 – 21 June

that explore anecdotes under theatrical

8.15pm

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

Herald Scotland

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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Orla Barry

APR—JUN 2014


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Space Upstairs

Language shapes our structured world,

20 & 21 June

but every sentence we utter is an

8pm

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.

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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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CURATOR’S NOTE


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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 – 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 aren’t just static things to

their motivations, research, their hope

be observed, considered and left

for a work. Being entrusted with this

behind – 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

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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


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WASTELAND Eva Kot’áková and

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Dominik Lang


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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


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Project Arts Centre Bar

About Corpus

8 April

The border between fictional or projected

6pm

futures and reality is becoming more and

Admission Free

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

years now.

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


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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


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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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Barbara Bloom

THE FRENCH DIPLOMAT’S OFFICE


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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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