TULCA Festival of Visual Arts’ Programme for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture present: UnSelfing; a programme of exhibitions, performances and encounters with visual art taking place in Galway and across the country, this year. The programme takes as its theme Iris Murdoch’s concept of ‘UnSelfing’; the idea that in order to find truth, it is necessary to seek outside of one’s self; to be attentive to the world, to be curious about the people, places and ideas that surround us.
UnSelfing/Arrivals is a dynamic launch event featuring a newly commissioned performance by Isadora Epstein entitled Weather Gods. This performance will take place on a moving train, travelling between Galway and Gort, highlighting UnSelfing’s theme of interior and exterior journeys.
UnSelfing/Arrivals will begin with a gathering at Ceannt train station in Galway. Attendees will board the 1.45pm train and be treated to Weather Gods, a new show by Isadora Epstein which combines a mythological weather report with a train trip on the Great Western Railway. Epstein’s performance will be accompanied by musicians Davy Kehoe, Daniel McAuley and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh. On arrival in Gort, guests will enjoy a reception and the official launch of TULCA’s 2020 UnSelfing programme at Gort Library, with performances and readings from Iris Murdoch and speeches followed by transport by bus back to Galway city at 5pm.
Official Programme Launch
Isadora Epstein is an artist based in Dublin. She has had recent performances at: the RHA, IMMA, the Hugh Lane, NCAD Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Ormston House and KuVa Exhibition Lab, Helsinki. She is a recipient of the Art Council’s inaugural Constance de Markievicz Award 2019.
Davy Kehoe is a composer and sound recordist based in Dublin. He is best known for his collaborations with Brendan Jenkinson and Morgan Buckley and his releases on the Wah Wah Wino record label, Short Passing Game (2017) and The Pilot (2019). He has had recent performances at the Project Arts Centre, The Douglas Hyde, and Cafe Otto, Paris.
Daniel McAuley is a singer, composer with Dublin-based group Cloud Castle Lake. He has composed for film, theatre and ballet and performed in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, Other Voices and across the US.
Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh is a viola player who takes influence from improvised, traditional and early music styles. She has played with a variety of musicians and groups which include Woven Skull, Circuit des Yeux, Josephine Foster and Alasdair Roberts and Irish improvisers David Lacey, Aonghus McEvoy and David Donohoe. Her first solo recordings were released on Fort Evil Fruit under the title Oreing.
Image: Isadora Epstein, Weather Gods