Saturday 15th September, 12pm – 5pm
A Smart Talk’s Event, MART, Rathmines, Co. Dublin
Light lunch, tea and coffee included. Admission Free.
‘Representations are not rooted in a world that gives them meaning; they open of themselves on to a space that is their own, whose internal network gives rise to meaning. And language exists in the gap that representation creates for itself… until the connection between language and representation is broken, or at least transcended, in our culture, all secondary languages will be imprisoned within the alternative of criticism or commentary.’* Visual representations often find their meanings through language and this link between language and representation must break so that language can become creative. This linkage and breakage between visual representation, language and meaning will be expressed by the artists in this series of talks/performance lectures. This process of creating and dissolving meanings echo, ad infinitum in the chamber of discourse. The artists talking or performing are from different creative backgrounds. An open and interdisciplinary strain runs through their practices, eager to absorb influences from a myriad of sources. Ad Infinitum is curated by Ruth Kerr and Róisín Power Hackett.
*Michelle Foucault, The Order of Things (1966)
A Play on Painting – Billy Dante has previously represented Ireland at the 2015 ELIA NEU/NOW Festival for emerging artists in The Netherlands. His work is part of multiple private and public collections, with solo shows and group shows across Ireland. Dante has a MA in Interaction Design from NCAD and a BA Fine Art from CIT, Crawford College of Art and Design. His work explores the mirrored effect of art as life and life as art, fascinated by the spectacle and theatricality of every aspect of our existence. Through the blending of different points of reference, Dante’s practise develops a unique language of expression and in this the viewer feels lost and found all at the same time. The viewer picks up on moments of recognition, but these moments are fleeting and quickly dissolve into the hum of experience.
Kwoo Review – Caoimhe Lavelle organises spoken word events & club nights around Dublin – a hula-hooping, poet DJ who draws comix and writes about music. Caoimhe’s first solo exhibition was at Ranelagh’s Art Centre, March 2017. Exhibited/performed at BBC Radio Four, Film, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Kilkenny Animated Festival, February 2018. She worked on the team of Body Battleground collective of artists challenging prejudices towards diverse, queer, trans and disabled bodies with an exhibition in A4Sounds on July 2018. Her enthusiasm for subculture, music, performance and comix has many different forms and inhabits bodies of work of various mediums and methods.
Well, you tell me… – Ruth Kerr graduated with a BA in Fine Art, Painting from NCAD in 2012 and completed a research-led masters at IADT in 2016 specialising in virtual reality applications, visual arts practice and scientific digital imaging techniques. Having completed a diploma in Software Development, Ruth now works in the IT industry. Her work is mainly concerned with technology and machines from a neo-materialist perspective. In 2017 Ruth exhibited her work involving developing a Unity environment of laser point scanning data at the University of Dundee in an exhibition titled ‘All watched over by machines of loving grace’ exhibiting alongside artists Tom Sherman, Miyu Hayashi, and Willy Lemaitre. Ruth is facilitating an audience engaged performative drawing piece
Once upon a time there was a company–a journey from seed to stage – Mairéad Folan is the Artistic Director of Galway-based theatre company NoRopes. She has been a bilingual freelance theatre practitioner since 2005. Mairéad was one of the artists in residence on Druid’s FUEL programme in 2017. She recently was awarded a New Work award supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland. Mairéad has also recently been appointed onto the Irish language national theatre’s, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe.
WWW Wolves, Wilderness, Woman – Holly Delaney, while having studied sculpture, now communicates through the language of paint. She likes to spend her time researching elements of nature and works intuitively out of the knowledge she attains. Holly tries to encourage respect for our natural environment and looks for symbols of divinity in the everyday. She lives and creates under the same roof in Maynooth, Co Kildare. Holly Delaney will give a talk and hold a ceremony.
Féile an Buile Suibhne – Róisín Power Hackett has a BA in History of Art and Fine Art (2012) and an MA in Art in the Contemporary World (2013) both from NCAD. Róisín’s solo exhibitions/performances include Don’t Spoil the Story (2018), A Lifeless Rib (2016) and as a Chinese jar (2015). She has been awarded a Dublin City Council Community Grant (2018), the Waterford County Council Artlinks Bursary (2017&2016), the Kennedy Wilson NCAD Access Studio Residency (2016) and the Arts + Disability Connect Training Grant (2015). Her practice is interdisciplinary combining live-art and literature. Róisín presents a performative lecture on a curatorial idea for a performance art festival.
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Thank you to MART for hosting and supporting this event