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ART: 2016: The Arts Council’s programme as part of Ireland 2016

Willie Doherty

3 September – 19 October 2016
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
Opening Reception: Friday 2 September, 6–8pm

‘Loose Ends turns our attention to the passage of time and its powerful, corrosive effect on our hopes, beliefs and sense of identity.'  Kerlin Gallery

Loose Ends is a new commission by Willie Doherty that considers how people, places and events associated with the 1916 Easter Rising are remembered and imagined today. The work explores if a residual response to these events continues to be played out and how the voices and actions of one generation resonate in the unconscious of another. Filmed on Gola Island, Donegal and Moore Street, Dublin, Doherty uses the camera to examine the material evidence of how these places look today, 100 years after the events of 1916. The use of a slow and extended zoom brings the viewer closer to the surface of existing architectural structures and the surrounding urban and rural contexts, while a voiceover explores the fraught relationship between fiction and reality.

Loose Ends is commissioned by Donegal County Council / Regional Cultural Centre in partnership with Nerve Centre, Earagail Arts Festival, Kerlin Gallery and Matt’s Gallery.

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John McLaughlin Architects and Gary A. Boyd

8 September – 1 October 2016
St. Peter’s Church, Cork

Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. The exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916–2016. Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intersession in the everyday lives of its population.

Making Ireland Modern is a Touring Project as part of ART: 2016. It was originally presented as Infra Éireann – Making Ireland Modern at the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland and the Arts Council.

More information: www.makingirelandmodern.ie


Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones

The Touching Contract
23, 24 and 25 September 2016, 6pm
Pillar Rooms, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin

Throughout 2016, artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones have been developing In the Shadow of the State across Ireland and the UK. The project investigates the role of the nation state in the regulation of the female body, tracking the everyday institutions of the state, including the home itself.

The next iteration of the project The Touching Contract will explore the qualities of how we encounter the touch of the State every day, with and without consent. Staged in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, the first lying-in hospital in the British Isles, The Touching Contract examines the intimate gesture of touch as a site of contact with the State through an immersive performance work.

Engaging with the audience directly, The Touching Contract proposes a kind of hypersensitivity to touch, as a way of dramatizing usually unfelt political realities. The performance will feature a newly commissioned soundscape by Alma Kelliher, and a legal score developed by the artists with legal academic and activist Mairead Enright.

This event follows on from Of Milk and Marble, the first public performance of the project staged in Derry in February. In July, Browne and Jones presented The Truncheon and the Speculum, a live ‘telefeminist’ broadcast from Liverpool at part of the Liverpool Biennial. The final public event in the series will take place in London in December 2016.

In the Shadow of the State is a co-commission of Artangel and Create.

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Preview: 27 / 28 September 2016
World Premiere: 29 September 2016
Runs to 16 October 2016
Venue: 85/86 Upper Dorset Street

These Rooms, an important new collaboration between ANU and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, is an intimate and immersive live performance that cross pollinates contemporary dance, theatre and visual art. The work is based on a historical incident which took place on North King Street, Dublin in April 1916. Drawing audiences into the events of one hundred years ago, These Rooms explores the 1916 rebellion from the perspective of civilians whose homes and lives were violated by the conflict with devastating consequences.

These Rooms combines eye witness testimonies from thirty-eight women, with the recently released findings of the government inquiry which followed, and investigates questions of dignity and trauma, belonging and dispossession. It is a fearless and embodied physical performance, which focuses on the effects of conflict on ordinary people's lives and reaffirms the role of art in negotiating history.

These Rooms is co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions.

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