DAS Studios, Belfast, UK & Ireland Residents’ Talks – Wednesday 18th May

6:00pm – 6:30pm: Sarmen Almond

6:30 pm – 7:00pm: Fionnuala Doran

7.00pm – 7.30pm: Ciaran Hussey

Sarmen Almond

Sarmen is a Mexican musician, singer and performer. She completed her MA in Sonic Arts leading her to found St’art moveS project, looking for the interdisciplinarity in performance: new media, voice and choreographic theatre. The result of her DAS residency is a performance piece called Hidden Faces, which uses video and audio in relationship to the performance’s topic: violence. A social piece and an exploration in this human – new media field. Hidden Faces will be performed in the Brian Friel Theatre on the 7th May 2011, 19:45. http://www.wix.com/SarmenFemme/sarmen

Ciaran Hussey

Ciaran’s work revolves around the psychological effects that contemporary capitalist society has placed upon its practitioner and the illusion of freedom & choice that’s scripted by regulators in suits. The development of paper-thin representations dreamed up by advertising agencies and production companies and consumed by capitalist society, has caused a sense of numbified emptiness, repetitiveness, alienation, and a general lack of apathy. We have developed an agitated sense of expectation, as we await some form of salvation, in the guise of commodities, services, fame and celebrity, that will deliver some solace, but instead are left with a niggling dissatisfaction and a constraining feeling of being cheated. Ciaran received a first class honours degree in fine art (printmaking) in 2008 from Limerick School of Art & Design, and a distinction in a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Ulster in 2010.

Fionnuala Doran

For her residency at Digital Arts Studios, Fionnuala has been developing her project for Multiples, a joint initiative between Catalyst Arts and the British Council. She plans to create three separate compilations of comics and drawings, entitled Portmanteau, with each volume being numbered chronologically in the order they are produced. Each publication will have a unique theme tying together the various stories and drawings: Portmanteau 1 will be themed around Venice, the second will be themed around magic.

Volume 1′s short story is inspired by the swashbuckling adventure of Herge’s The Adventures of TinTin and Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. The drawings and setting are taken from the extensive archive of photographs compiled by the artist while working in Venice during 2009′s International Biennale of Art. The artist has been developing her digital drawing and illustration skills through the Digital Residency. Fionnuala Doran was born in 1984 in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. She graduated in 2007 with a BA in Fine Art from the University of Ulster and currently works from Flax Art Studios, Belfast. Fionnuala has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, most recently ¿@#!*$, Catalyst Arts and Mainland at the E:Vent Gallery, London.  Her idiosyncratic drawing based practice spans fine art and illustration, and she is currently working with Catalyst Arts and the British Council on Multiples, a retail exhibition and pop-up shop which has so far toured to PS2 and the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

All DAS talks are free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the Digital Arts Studios on 02890 312900 or at office@digitalartsstudios.com / http://www.digitalartsstudios.com/talks/

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