This dynamic and diverse exhibition showcases the work of 16 Irish artists and their vision of Ireland in 2116. Media used covered a whole gamut of possibilities (which is quite fitting, considering the subject matter!), ranging from painting and drawing to installation and video. The work itself varied from representative to conceptual while all sitting comfortably together in the space. This is a show that deserves a re-visit to enable one to sit with the works in solitude, allowing their narrative to speak to you. This is especially true of the spectacular meditative video installation by Ailbhe Ni Bhriain
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On a crisp sunny saturday morning I ventured up to Dublin to visit the Grace Weir exhibition in IMMA. I was struck by the aesthetics and concerns of the work, and how there is a cross-over in terms of the lines of inquiry which are quite similar to my own. The work took many forms, including video, audio, sculptural, experimental print, installation and interactive pieces. I found it incredibly inspiring, and slightly disconcerting in that she has covered many of my concerns! Guess I have to find my own slant to the topics!
When I alighted from the Gallery, I was greeted by the most beautiful light of the setting sun. To me, they look almost astronomical in nature, which was quite fitting, considering I had just absorbed myself in the work of Grace Weir!
Situational Reading – 15 March 2016
The session kicked off with Helle explaining her reading from the Whitechapel series. We then went on to discuss the basics of putting together a bibliography and after a quick chat with Peter, the ‘artist in residence’, we discussed our reading for today, which was Museums on the Move. We actually stayed in our studio for this one. What follows are bullet points of the discussions etc
Helle – Exhibition (whitechapel)
- Martin Beck – The Exhibition and Display = Display is an active occupation rooted by ….
- Display – can be still or a movement
- movement that is making the form in the exhibition
- Helle recommends this as a good source of research for exhibitions
- Pause 2002 = why choose this title for an exhibition – about time and duration and emptiness and rupture.
- The placing of Pause = was in a park (pavilion)
- Books – FORTY (surname), Adrian, Objects of Desire; Design since 1750, London: Thames & Hudson, 1986
- Don’t put page no in bibliography unless ….
- ibid = same thing again (ie – same book, different page)
- 5 spacing for main body of text. Quotes more than 3 lines – separate block indented from BOTH margins
- extra info can be put in footnote – NOT counted as word count
- Put the date of the edition you are reading
- Harvard style = parenthetical referencing – this WILL count as your work count
- Columbia style – for internet referencing
- up – if you don’t have a page no esp. for internet
- Lucy is going to email us the full document on bibliography notes
Museums on the Move – reading
- Authors Daniel Birnbaum and Hans Ulrich Obrist – been around for years. Big deal in the art world
- Jackie – non white cube – Venice opera house = what is this? – is it work on stage?
- Lucy – how did the artists who participated think about it….it is so weird that it is almost radical.
- Lucy – 4 artists in the 1960s who turned their practice into a performance. Made work while the audience sat and watched. Then they said that there was no show – non-exhibition – Daniel Buren, Tarounie, Mosie,Montea. Collectively known as BMBT – non exhibitions
- Helle – museum as a bridge, plastic process…etc etc
- Manuela: Critic of what a classical museum is, there and static – He wanted a place a lot more flexible, more movable
- Topology of Terror
- Utopian idea – the best museum is a museum with nothing in it = process – Lucy
- Why is there a move away from traditional model
- Jackie – they tried to de-commodify themselves but end up commodifying in the end
- Lucy – odd sort of dynamic between the utopian idea and ultimately commodification
- Itinerant curator – no static collection or space that they are dedicated to
- Problem with putting a philosopher in charge of an exhibition! = nothing!!
- Manuela: constant rotation of shows – You get a sense that it is a Museum, because of the building but the fact that there is a constant rotation of shows = becoming a more flexible and dynamic place – people are attracted to the constant change. Access = getting better.
- Lucy – a very well known contemporary artist advise museum and make radical event. Get away from ‘object’ = commodity
- Olafur Eliasson – his ideas are incredibly rich but only a fraction gets done
- Max – his concepts of time/interaction = facinating
- Pompidou – you want the building to do something that will make people will interact it with it differently – Olafur Eliasson was trying to do the same
- Is having ideas enough?
- Whole idea = be more inclusive and interactive
- Jackie – the data of who comes into the exhibition= measure of its success… gauging how much it worked
- Helle – we view the art, but the art looks at us
- Jackie – would love to see a bookies in a gallery – break down barriers or a racetrack inside or outside a gallery – something to do while you are waiting for your race
- Mark Roleberg – Real work of art – Racehorse = its name – art can be where ever you put it!!!
- opposite of static exclusionist = the utopian model
- 2005 – What if, an exploration of Public Space by Cork Community Artlink – I explained how the public interacted with this very dynamic exhibition
- Jackie – 2014 – her collective – open research practice – had a meeting place to talk about the concepts – a place to read/talk – quiet interaction – People thought ‘This is a weird performance piece…’
- What am I meant to do in here? Some contemporary art and museums can turn people off – they don’t want to appear stupid or ignorant
- Jackie: The White Cathedral
- Helle – 2005 – They made an insurance office as an art piece – people liked it – there was a curiosity about the film – they could not get insurance = ironic
- Robert Morris – Body Space….. – had to close it after a day because of insurance issues – people kept hurting themselves – art = supposed energy
- Linda – James Turrell (light) – someone died in one of his shows – after people to sign a waiver
- Lucy – James Turrell – wonderful sense of ambiguity – no sense of edge – pleasant place to be.
- Linda – has to be there to fully appreciate it, you can’t get the full experience from a still in a book etc
- Lucy – experiential art – sometimes you have to be in the mood.
- Jackie – Turbine hall – is a place to allow different modes of connection
- Various parameters – type of spaces, will of curator
- Osmotic institution – aware of what is happening outside of the walls
- Is it possible for a gallery to have an effect on the world
- Jackie – it can change how you interact with the city – public art.
- Lucy – Galleries – designed as empty spaces to be filled… art immediately put into ‘storage’
- Rosemary – the fact that an exhibition was so ‘far out there’, it forced her to research more = changed her experience of contemporary and conceptual art
- Manuela – go to an exhibition without any preconceived ideas – there is always something that is unique and informative… She has to dedicate at least a few minutes to each work, even if she didn’t like it, just out of respect to the work of the artist – the whole process… from selection… to invites etc
- Max – interesting in museums – they don’t want what is being viewed to be’disturbed’ – Art pieces with cordoned off areas = what happens if you enter the ‘no – go’ zone… being in very busy exhibitions – how do you navigate – go against the tide!
- Manuela – everybody with their phones – not interacting
- Tomas Struth – photographer of how people interact in exhibitions
- Lucy – the expectation of museum spaces
- Lucy – utopian models still there, not given up on them yet
- Linda – Grace Weir exhibition- final video was the instillation of the show – museums are bringing the process out to the wider audience
- Vicky – As part of the Cork mid summer festival, she and some of her neighbours will be hosting artwork in their house. Residents will be brought to galleries to interact with art. Her house will then be open to the public to view the art for 2 days.
- Lucy – Conceptual art and aesthetics …… catalogue for the Boole exhibition – Pythagoras theory on the floor.
- VNA, TATE library. aaaarg, art therory . monoscope, ubuweb = websites for downloading PDFs, experimental stuff.
Experiments with photographing through lenses
Photographing in the Photography Studio with controlled light
Capturing Natural light
This work felt like a visual and aural representation of the musings of the artist, Richard Proffitt, and his deep inner pysche. In a very honest and confident way, he presented us with installations loaded with ritualistic meaning and drawings that have a doodle feel to them, which were scratched into blackened tayto bags. He recited a prose that had a universal appeal about the struggles of the lineal stage of life.
5 of us masters students banded together to buy his record, and I was more than thrilled when I unpacked it back in the space. The vinyl itself is a thing of beauty, etched into a transparent disc. The compositions are intriguing and meditative and transportative.
A whirl wind of activity and an emotional roller coaster – is the best way to describe my first 6 weeks on the MA:AP. I have been stretched and challenged in ways that I was not expecting and finally am re-engaging that part of the brain that has laid dormant for so long! I feel like I am playing catch up with a lot of the contemporary art scene and am doing my best to sift through it all in a way that best informs my practice and line of inquiry.
The best analogy that I can give is that it is like when you pack for a journey – you ram everything that you can into your suitcase, then you wait a day and go through it all again to make a selection that actually suits your destination….. that is what it is like for me at the moment – I am ramming my ‘suitcase’ full of all the ‘just in case I need them items’ but must begin the selection process before I get weighed down by it all!
I am exhausted and thoroughly enjoying every minute!!! I can see the change in the way in which I approach my work. I am beginning to ‘think bigger’ and more adventurously. I still have my little panic attacks and moments of doubt, but from this maelstrom a definite line of inquiry is beginning to emerge …. I think!!!
Lucy – Situational reading – 8th March 2016
These are the notes that I jotted down from today’s session with Lucy
Linda – Whitechapel reading = Memory, Documentary, Moving Image
- Swirling image
- Collective journey in the cinema
- Interaction with light
- a filmmaker can take you into an experience, painter can only show you one frame
- Seeing through someone else’s eyes – cinema
- Chris Doyle – cinema
- Emanuel Bellsky – cinema
- Zhange Dong – Chinese contemporary artist = Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee final piece (mirror piece) – mutating sound structure – 4 walls of mirrors moving onto different directions – reflective, refractive surface – transporting = LOOK THIS UP FOR MY OWN PRACTICE
- How light is behaving within a space – cameraman always searches for this
- Collective sense of experience
- The misfortunates/The shittiness of things 2009 – Belgian movie
- Being surrounding by loud noise can take you out of yourself
- Beam of light and colour – cinema experience
- Anthony McCall – making art out of the projector being and smoke, almost sculptural – Cones of Light – light!!! peepholes transporting = LOOK THIS UP FOR MY OWN PRACTICE
Art in the Knowledge-based Polis = The required text
- Situating his practice
- Wake up call – Trying to broaden the curriculum – becomes part of the curriculum
- the system of art is a form of critic in itself
- Jackie: The system is telling me to question the systm
- Helle: when you become part of a system, you have to accept a system
- Artist – are you inside or outside?
- If you stay outside the system – is it possible to have a voice
- underlying this – Foucault philosophy
- Jackie: Artist is about questioning the situation you are in
- Jackie: Its fulfilling its own role and validates itself – complicated reading
- Art/Science divide – set of competitive restraints in the university system
- Art practice – loose form of research – knowledge production – looking at new ways at what we are doing
- Taking on a curriculum based system = can be too restrictive
- one of the best ways of researching is by talking about stuff – this has become the norm in art practice today
- caveat – warning or caution; admonition
- been a rash of exhibitions about education – has been become decadent
- After Easter – start thinking about thesis
- 1000 words at end of semester for Lucy proposal
We then ventured to the Elysian, where after a look around several of the spaces, we settled down to read Michel de Certeau ‘Walking in the City’ in the lounge of the show house apartment.
What follows are snippets of the notes that I took at this discussion
- Foucaultian overview – visual
- Certeau = would have known of/been part of the Situationist movement
- TheSituationist International (SI) was an international organization of social revolutionaries made up of avant-garde artists, intellectuals, and political theorists, prominent in Europe from its formation in 1957 to its dissolution in 1972.
The intellectual foundations of the Situationist International were derived primarily fromanti-authoritarian Marxism and the avant-garde art movements of the early 20th century, particularly Dada and Surrealism. Overall, situationist theory represented an attempt to synthesize this diverse field of theoretical disciplines into a modern and comprehensive critique of mid-20th century advanced capitalism. wikipedia
- Panoptic structure of power
- Everybody is watching you! (in an urban setting)
- The theory of everyday practice – demonstrate how things work and power distributions
- New York: City of the grid – how can this be subverted. It seems so clinically ‘practical’ but people have formed strong attachments and their identity is wrapped up in their surroundings
- When you are walking, you are always displaced – and you are journeying to name, not a place
- Lucy is going to email us the essay about the Eiffel tower as a comparison to this text. Paris’ streets were based on population control and military access. They destroyed the original city in order to do this = power and control
- Walking at street level = in opposition of looking down… it is a city you cannot see (the bigger picture of)
- pedestrians use phatic noises to comfort fellow travellers
- Walking is a kind of conversation/language
- Matriarchal model – mother and child – the city has become the mother
- Desire Lines – term used for when people cut through a corner of grass as a short-cut