28 – 29 March
National Sculpture Factory, Albert Road, Cork
The National Sculpture Factory is pleased to announce the two-day event, Burn Down After Reading by Second Culture Press, a weekend of talks, music and discussions, exploring the value of independent initiatives.
Moving away from the ‘quantifying’ value mechanisms of economics, in favour of a more experiential approach, the project seeks to look at how the independent cultural sphere is not only crucial to creative processes, but also a form of civic engagement, providing and encouraging the reflection necessary for any kind of democratic society we might aspire to.
The weekend also serves as the official launch of Second Culture Press, a new independent publisher, presenting a series of publications featuring contributions from initiatives from around the world, developed by NSF Im/Plant Taf Hassam, together with writer Janine Armin and designer Marius Jopen of the design activist group The Foreign Legion.
Opening on Saturday 28 March at 6.00pm, the evening begins with a presentation of Second Culture Press publications, followed by talks with special invited guests: writer and activist Fred Dewey (US) on rethinking public space; scholar Jiří Kocian (CZ) on Charter 77 and musicians of the underground in former Czechoslovakia; and artist and independent curator Megs Morley (IRE) on the history and present situation facing artist-led initiatives in Ireland. The evening opens and closes with music by The Azorean Project (Unknown).
On Sunday 29 March the factory is open from 12:00pm–7:00pm functioning as a café and reading lounge where visitors can come and take time with the books. A series of talks and reading groups run in parallel, concluding with the official Ireland launch of Fred Dewey’s The School of Public Life (Errant Bodies Press, 2014) at 5:00pm.
All events are free and seats will be available on a first come first served basis. Limited capacity, there is no booking for this event. For both days there will be a free café & bar, donations welcome. All events will be held on the Factory floor so dress appropriately (it may be cold).
For further info please see www.nationalsculpturefactory.com