Daily Archives: February 23, 2015


VAN Jan/Feb 2015: ‘History is Always Unfinished Business’, by Jonathan Carroll

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Jochen Gerz at ‘Jochen Gerz: Participation, Commemorative and Public Space’, 14 – 15 November, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, organised by the Goethe-Institut with IMMA, photo courtesy of IMMA

Art in Public

HISTORY IS ALWAYS UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Jonathan Carroll reports on an intense weekend (13 – 15 November) focusing on socially engaged / public art practices, which included a live streaming of the ‘Creative Time Summit’ 2014 from Stockholm at the Hugh Lane Gallery and Fire station Artists’ Studios, and the two-day symposium ‘Jochen Gerz: Participation, Commemoration and Public Space’ at IMMA.

Never mind creative time, what about getting the actual time to see a cluster of public art events all taking place in Dublin over a matter of days? It was as if all the institutions were beefing up their yearly outputs with end-of-year cramming. I put my bicycle in the boot of my car to allow me to zip between venues for the overlapping talks at the Hugh Lane and Fire Station, which related to a live streaming of the Creative Time Summit from Stockholm on (14 – 15 November). I also followed some of the Creative Time Summit on my laptop at home. This year, themes included “the challenges of migration, the growth of extreme nationalism and xenophobia, the uses of the public sphere, the fluid line between surveillance and our interpersonal selves, and, finally, how these challenges are met by artists who are re-imagining the public realm” creativetime.org. (more…)


VAN Jan/Feb 2015: ‘Attentive Festivalisation’ by Rebecca O’Dwyer

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Ingo-Giezendanner, GRRR, Eva International 2014, Kerry Group former Golden Vale Milk Plant, North Circular Road, Limerick, photo Eamonn O’Mahony

REBECCA O’ DWYER, WINNER OF THE 2014 VAI / DCC ARTS OFFICE CRITICAL ART WRITING AWARD PROPOSES THAT BY ASSERTING ‘PLACEBOUNDNESS’ TO THE PLANNING AND DEPLOYMENT OF LARGE-SCALE FESTIVAL-TYPE PRESENTATIONS OF VISUAL ART, OFFERS A MEANS TO NEGATE THE DRAWBACKS AND AUGMENT THE POSITIVES OF THESE NEAR UBIQUITOUS PHENOMENA OF OUR ‘CONTEMPORARY’ CULTURAL LIFE.

Festivalisation, insomuch as I understand it, involves a specific kind of process or set of tendencies: it outlines a movement whereby singular events become exploded into a multiplicity of forms and platforms. Certainly it bears some relation to the art critic Peter Schjeldahl’s pejorative term ‘festivalism,’ which he uses to evoke a contemporary tendency prioritising temporary spectacle – particularly installation art – within large-scale exhibition making (1). This, he describes as ‘festival art’: “environmental stuff that, existing only in exhibition, exalts curators over dealers and a hazily evoked public over dedicated art mavens” (2). Here, permanence is sidelined in favour of ambitious but temporary projects: artworks, which are always already on the point of leaving. (more…)


Visual Artists Ireland Members: Get your vote in…

opportunitiesVisual Artists Ireland is delighted to announce a new award for visual artists working in Ireland. The award is not a financial reward. Instead, it is designed to be recognition by artists of one of their own. This can take the form of acknowledgment of a particular artist’s practice or their service to the visual artists’ community.

You must be a current member of Visual Artists Ireland to nominate somebody. BUT, you can nominate any artist currently working on the island of Ireland. They don’t have to be a member of Visual Artists Ireland.


There is a two stage process:

  • The Call for Nominations from Visual Artists Ireland’s members with a small paragraph to explain their reason for proposing the artist.
  • A short list will be made of visual artists with the most nominations. This will be published with the accompanying texts (without your name) explaining the nominations and opened to VAI members for voting.

The presentation will be made at Get Together 2015 on May 15th in IMMA.

You must have your membership paid and up to date, and VAI membership number to be able to put forward a nomination

http://www.tfaforms.com/364436


VAN Jan/Feb 2015: ‘Better to Come’ IMMA Director Sarah Glennie Interviews Turner Prize Winner Duncan Campbell

Career Development:
BETTER TO COME
IMMA DIRECTOR SARAH GLENNIE INTERVIEWS TURNER PRIZE WINNER DUNCAN CAMPBELL.

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Still from ‘It for Others’ 2013, 16mm film and analogue video transferred to digital video 54, courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, Istanbul / London

Duncan Campbell (born Dublin, 1972), a graduate of Glasgow School of Art (MFA) and the University of Ulster (BA) is the winner the 2014
Turner Prize – for his contribution to Scotland’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014, the film It For Others. He was announced as the winner on December 1st. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor presented the £25,000 prize to him at a ceremony at Tate Britain in central London. (more…)


VAN January / February 2015

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Cover Image. Nom Nom Collective, Ropey Smurf , paint and ink on repurposed album cover.

5. Roundup. Recent exhibitions and projects of note.
5. Column. Jonathan Carroll. Fag Ends.
6. Column. Linda O’Keefe. Socio-sonic Textures.
7. Column. Mark Fisher. A Time for Shadows.
8. News. The latest developments in the visual arts sector.
8. VAI News. Research, projects and campaigns.
9. Regional Focus. Visual arts resources and activity in Wicklow.
12. VAI Event. Belfast Open Studios. A profile on the Belfast Open Studios event.
14. MAC International. Archives & Time Machines. Hugh Mulholland interviews Mairead McClean, winner of the inaugural MAC International Award.

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