The morning session of the VAI / AICA presentation at Get Together 2014 is ‘Art in a Time of Transition’, a panel discussion focused on the notion that we are now living through a time of change.
Is the present typified by socio-political, economic and environmental crisis? How does current art practice, mediation, curating, criticism and collecting reflect upon this geo-cultural turmoil? What are the alternatives to neo-liberal blandishments that posit consumerism and capitalism as the eternal order?
UK art historian / theorist Paul Wood – a noted critic of the ‘global contemporary’ – together with critic / artist James Merrigan and curator / director Cliodnha Shaffrey will offer thoughtful discourse on urgent these questions. Critic, writer and academic Declan Long will chair the discussion.
Paul Wood is Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Open University, England. He has published widely in the field of modern and contemporary art, and is co-editor, with Charles Harrison and Jason Gaiger, of the landmark three-volume collection ‘Art in Theory: An Anthology of Changing Ideas’. His most recent publication is ‘Western Art and the Wider World’ (Wiley 2014)
Clíodhna Shaffrey, Director TBG+S, Dublin has over 20 years experience working in the arts in Ireland. Most recently she has been Visual Arts Advisor to the Arts Council Ireland (2011 – 2014). Curatorial projects include: ‘Unbuilding’, County Wicklow; ‘BodyCity’, Dublin Docklands Authority; ‘Artist-as-Traveller’; and ‘TRADE’ Leitrim County Council. From 2009 – 2011, Shaffrey worked as part of a team to establish www.publicart.ie. Shaffrey was Arts Officer for Cavan (1990 – 1994) and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (1994 – 2000).
James Merrigan is an artist and art critic. Merrigan has written for Circa, Fugitive Papers, Occupy Paper, Visual Artists’ Newsletter, A-N Magazine, Aesthetica. Merrigan’s online journal endeavours to “free up the editorial etiquette and standard frameworks for art criticism that one usually works within as an art critic”. www.billionjournal.com
Critic, writer and broadcaster Declan Long is Course Director (with Francis Halsall) of the MA Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD. Long is a reviewer for Artforum, Source Photography and RTE radio and television. In 2013 Long was a member of the judging panel for the Turner Prize.
AICA Ireland is the Irish wing of the International Association of Art Critics. www.aica.ie
Events at Get Together 2014