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(((O)))

Date

31st August - 1st September 2013

 

Curators

Lee Welch and Teresa Gillespie

 

Participants

David Beattie, Jessica Conway, Simon CumminsDaniel FitzpatrickPaul HallahanSarah Forrest & Virginia HutchisonDragana Jurisic, Marion Kelly, Kevin KirwanSerena LeeJonathan MayhewLuke McCreadieRob MurphyLiam O'Callaghan, Helena O’ConnorMichael O'RourkeSeoidín O'SullivanLucy PawlakSusana PedrosaPmRGKSKSRG, Eoghan RyanTim Stott, Senjia Topcic, Marysia Wieckiewicz

 

Blog

See here for a record of the exchange leading up to the event.

 

About

(((O))) has evolved out from an ongoing dialogue between Lee Welch and Teresa Gillespie. Without the aim or desire to reach conclusions or answers, the dialogue is primarily an act of being open to dialogue. It is a playful and improvisatory process that resists an economy of trading utilitarian information. Akin to a dust ball being tossed back and forth collecting a diversity of matter as it grows, the form emerging is closer to a generative assemblage than a sequence of articulations. Currently a verbal and virtual exchange without a physical home or public face, the idea of (((O))) is to temporarily locate its process, build a hearth and invite a selection of guests to affect and expand its resonance.

(((O))) will be a 2 day event bringing together a group of artists, curators and theorists. Each participant will be invited to share something of their preoccupation, whether a work of art, a text, a performance, a video or another form of contribution. Through the duration of the event, including preludes and postscripts, and partaking in the process of sharing what each offers, the participants will collaborate in the formation of a temporary community; in the formation of (((O))).

(((O))) will be playfully serious and seriously playful in its desire to provide alternative ways of meeting, sharing and engaging. Rather than an event with a binding theme, (((O))) will be choreographed around a variety of situations through which participants, audience and art works encounter one another. These playful situations will endeavor to promote openness; a willingness to affect and be affected, creating a hybrid space of flux. In some cases these situations will be provided through the work of participants, but they will also be dispersed between and the contexts for talks, performances and works. Beyond choreographed situations, (((O))) will emerge through the process of what happens when it happens, which is to say that it seeks to be open to the indeterminacy of the encounters. Yet, as one selects guests for a dinner party, we are selecting our guests in relationship to each other with the hope of dynamic interactions.

(((O))) will use the unusual setting of Clonlea Studios as a stage for diverse and communal actions. In moments it may be akin to a playground, a health farm, a seance or perhaps a fantasy utopia.

   

 

Portrait of Space

Date

9th September - 11th September 2011

 

Curators

Rose Lejeune and Teresa Gillespie

 

Participants

Loukia Alavanou, Ruth Barker, Rebecca Birch, Sally-Ginger Brockbank, boyleANDshaw, Clodagh Emoe, Paul Goodwin, Francis Halsall, Saoirse Higgins, Jefford Horrigan, Jesse Jones, Thomas Kratz, Fiona Marron, Niamh McCann, Pádraic E. Moore, Garrett Phelan, Andrea Phillips, Stephen Rennicks, Martina Schmuecker, Jan Verwoert, Laura Wilson, Mick Wilson

 

About

Portrait of Space was an exhibition-seminar. It brought together a group of artists, curators and theorists to participate in a project concerned with the politics of space. A concern that was addressed through the frameworks by which art is made, displayed and disseminated.

Over three days, Portrait of Space inhabited the indoor and outdoor spaces of Clonlea Studios. The aim was to produce a dynamic space where audiences, participants and works could meet in a communally constructive manner. Participants were invited to add to and change the environment through installation, performance, intervention and presentation, but also through the interweaving of group discussion. The context of the venue, content of the work and modes of presentation all fed into the debate, promoting a swing between active participation and critical engagement. The project was an open process, inviting the public to come and go, take part in discussions, timetabled events and view the works displayed.

Portrait of Space asked how we understand and describe space; how we navigate, interrupt, produce and reproduce its multiple forms. It was an investigation into possible ways of re-negotiating the gap between object and subject, making and speaking; between artist, art work and audience. How can we evade the hierarchy of one or the other and engage in the relationship between them? How can we give space for their differences while acknowledging similarities and interdependence? Portrait of Space sought to emphasise the extent to which politics of space are implicated throughout the art making and presenting process, and the importance in re-imagining those politics for contemporary practice.

  Documentation Click here for documentation.
  Blog http://portraitofspace.wordpress.com

 

(((O)))