At a time of much discussion about the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising and the foundation of an independent Ireland, a timely symposium on the work of German artist Jochen Gerz – now living in Sneem, Co, Kerry – looks at how people, places and art might be brought together in a meaningful way.
Participation, Commemoration and Public Space: German artist Jochen Gerz in an Irish context takes place on November 14th and 15th at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin. Organised by the Goethe-Institut in co-operation with IMMA, this two-day conference will examine works by the exceptional German artist Jochen Gerz – creator of transformative public artwork spanning 50 years in Germany, France, England, Italy and Ireland – and look at how contemporary artists in Ireland and beyond might address the contested and often controversial context of commemoration.
The work of Jochen Gerz is as relevant to city policy makers, politicians, urbanists and architects as much as to artists and the art community. But where Gerz really stands out is his artworks’ appeal to the general public. “Jochen Gerz questions our preconceived ideas of us and others and thus opens spaces for a transnational form of commemoration”, explains Mechtild Manus, director of the Goethe-Institut in Dublin and continues “Also, through the active participation of citizens in the creation of his art works he generates a social empathy which is essential for our democracies.”
Organised by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with IMMA, Participation, Commemoration and Public Space: German artist Jochen Gerz in an Irish context is supported by the National College of Art & Design, the German Foreign Office, the French Mission du Centenaire and the French Embassy.
The symposium opens on Friday, 14 November at 6 pm at IMMA with a talk by Jochen Gerz himself about his participatory work he often terms “public authorship”. This is followed by a conversation with Declan Long, Co-Director of the masters programme “Art in the Contemporary World” at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. In the spirit of Jochen Gerz’ art the audience is invited to join the conversation. Most of the speakers at the symposium on Saturday, 15 November, have themselves actively participated in one or several public art works by Jochen Gerz. Each will speak from different angles: as art historians, curators, philosophers, sociologists or civil servants. Speakers include Söke Dinkla, Marion Hohlfeldt, Guido Meincke, Philippe Mesnard, Renate Petzinger, Jonathan Vickery, Pat Cooke, Jenny Haughton, Lisa Moran & Ray Yeates.
Participation is free, but booking is essential as places are limited. Book here: http://bit.ly/11mIx9Z