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40th EVA International Platform Commission
I have received a Platform Commission for the 40th EVA International—Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. More details have been announced on e-flux.
EVA is pleased to announce the selected artists for the Platform Commissions programme of the 40th EVA International—Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art: Sarah Durcan, Phillip McCrilly, Sharon Phelan, Frank Sweeney, Cliodhna Timoney, and Amna Walayat. Pádraic E. Moore described the process of selection as follows: "The quality of all shortlisted submissions is a testament to the incredibly high standard of visual art being produced in Ireland today. The final selection demonstrates some of the ways that the theme of citizenship can be interpreted and reflects manifold but complimentary artistic approaches. I look forward with anticipation to seeing how these projects evolve over the coming year."
Project Studio at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
I am deligthed to have been awarded a Project Studio at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios for 2022.
Project Studios are aimed at artists developing exciting emerging practices. The artists were awarded their studios by a selection panel including a current TBG+S Studio and Board member, and established curators based in Ireland and internationally, following an open submission application process. The artists will begin their studio tenure over the coming months. Each of the awarded artists share an acute connection to some element of the world that, as a whole, encompasses a wide range of vital concerns in contemporary life. Their exciting practices encourage expansive thinking that offers alternative ways of perceiving familiar subjects. We look forward to welcoming them all into the TBG+S community.
Talk at DATA event in A4 Sounds
12/11/2021I am speaking about my film People enjoy my company and collaborative project no_matter_here at the DATA 67.0 Event in A4 Sounds, Dublin.
Paul O’Neill will also be discussing his ongoing research on the physical and corporate infrastructures of the internet in Ireland.
WHEN: Thursday November 18th 2021, 19.30 – 21.30
WHERE: A4 Sounds Gallery, St Joseph’s Parade, Off Dorset Street – Dublin 01
ADMISSION: Free – due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation spaces are limited and booking is required.
Tickets available here
‘People enjoy my company’ at IMMA
28/09/2021A special version of my film ‘People enjoy my company’ has installed at the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of the Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now: Chapter 2 Anthropocene exhibition. The show is open now and running until Sept 2022 in The Garden Galleries.
Prints from the collaborative no_matter_here project have also been installed in the same room feat. artists Aoife O’Toole, Coilín O’Connel, Michelle Doyle, Gary Merrin & Anthony O’Conner
The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now traces urgent themes across a 30-year period as they impact the personal, the political and the planetary, and prompts thinking about the effects of globalisation today in the Irish context as we respond to global crises from COVID-19 to Climate Change and the Black Lives Matter movement. The exhibition explores ideas of bodily autonomy, conflict and protest, the Anthropocene era, and digital technologies, through the rich holdings of the IMMA Collection and Archive which represent a diverse history of artistic responses to these themes.
Screening at Transmediale HKW Berlin
06/07/2021My film ‘People enjoy my company’ will screen on the 20th of July as part of the ‘out of doors’ programme at Transmediale Festival Berlin.
The screenings will take place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin is Germany's national center for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary arts. Tickets can be purchased here.
Taking place across HKW’s Westgarten, transmediale out of doors brings together film, music, performance and talks that engage with the aesthetics and politics of refusal. By addressing opposition to state power, apolitical interfaces and network bias, over five evenings the programme explores the forces of refusal that tie to tenderness, care, joyful dissent, late nights and dirt.
Agitation Co-op review in Totally Dublin
no_matter_here at Brightening Air
no_matter_here launches today at Brightening Air. The web zine and digital exhibition is a collaboration between myself and Cóilín O’Connell featuring artwork and writings from Michelle Doyle, Roo Honeychild, Eva George Richardson McCrea, Gary Merrin, Anthony O'Connor, Rachel O’Dwyer, Paul O’Neill and Aoife O’Toole.
Presented as part of Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh, a nationwide, ten day season of arts experiences brought to you by the Arts Council. To see the full Brightening Air | Coiscéim Coiligh programme, visit www.brighteningair.com
DJ FREE TIME + KEITH DAVIS LIVE @ DHG
The Douglas Hyde Gallery is delighted to present the first of a new series of Music Sessions with an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries through music. The programme supports and commissions new work, inviting artists to create new and fun engagements through music.
7pm - Friday April 23rd
Tune in on Dublin Digital Radio or on the temporary signal 108FM if your in the Portobello area
(Shout outs in the ddr. chatbox)
The piece is first in a series of works relating to the film ‘People enjoy my company’, screening in June 2021 and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.
Thanks Pirate.ie, Radio Retro, Rhythmirl Youtube channel and Radiowaves.fm for archival material.
Arts Council Collection
My film with Eva Richardson McCrea and the Dublin Dockworkers Preservation Society has been purchased for the Arts Council Collection: Collection of the Arts Council of Ireland.
The Collection was established in 1962 and is one of the most important National Collections in the Country. All of the pieces were collected while the artists were working, rather than a Museum where works are collected retrospectively. The Collection tells the story of modern Irish art as it developed over fifty years
Artist Talk at IMMA Archives Live
Archives LIVE, presented by IMMA and aemi, comprises a series of live streamed public dialogues that reflect on the significant role played by the archive and museum collection in artist moving image culture, both in generating new work and as an overarching structure that supports the conservation of existing moving image practice. Special guests taking part in this session include acclaimed artists Helen Cammock, Onyeka Igwe, Frank Sweeney and others.
Audio recording of the discussion:
Made Ground at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
‘Made Ground’ (2019) will be screened as part of Agitation Co-op group show at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in January 2021 alongside artists Michele Horrigan, Catriona Leahy, Laurie Robins, Libita Sibungu, Forensic Architecture and Melanie Smith.
This exhibition unsettles historical, political, cultural, archaeological, industrial, and agricultural narratives from a local to global scale. Often relating to the land and landscape (what it is formed of, who controls it, who can access it, what is its value). In an Irish context, this relates to historical colonial rule and fragmentation of the landscape, the current housing crisis, the Irish border, and the tensions around it reprised by Brexit. Taking an international perspective these fissures are strained by the global economy, the threat of war and mass displacement of populations. The invited artists work collaboratively with researchers, writers, musicians, publishers, and activists, emphasising the importance of collective action in response to deep-rooted structural opposition.
Wexford Documentary Film Festival screening
‘All I beleive happened there was vision’ (2020) has been selected for at Wexford Documentary Film Festival in September 2020. It screen under the ‘Artist as Activist’ short film programme.
‘All I believe happened..’ launches aemi online
My film ‘All I believe happened there was vision’ (2020) will launch the new aemi online exhibition space with a commissioned text from Rebecca O’Dwyer. The film will screen from the 22nd of July until the 1st of September.
Frank Sweeney’s film All I believe happened there was vision emerged from a period of research with the National Folklore Collection at UCD and incorporates both archival and shot material. Taking the form of a travelogue, the film seeks out a mythical Irish otherworld by way of the more overtly contemporary spaces that now, at least in part, define our image of the Irish nation state: data centres, housing projects and financial centres. All I believe happened there was vision was funded by St. Patrick’s Festival and was initially due to screen as part of this festival in an exhibition at A4 Sounds in Dublin, but the arrival of Covid-19 prevented this from taking place. aemi are delighted to premiere the film, along with a commissioned introductory text by Rebecca O’Dwyer, as the inaugural exhibition of our newly launched online platform.
Residency at Science Gallery
Awarded a Rapid Residency at Science Gallery.
Art-science collaborations play a unique role in public engagement, but how do you facilitate transdisciplinary collaborations when you can’t get groups together, can’t meet in person – can’t even go to the office or the studio? Faced with this challenge, Science Gallery Dublin piloted a virtual residency programme, which supported artists to collaborate with expert researchers on developing a new project or idea over 5 weeks. Due to an overwhelming response, plus support from the Provost’s Academic Development Fund, we were able to support 18 proposals.
Best Soundscape at the Irish Theatre Awards
I have been nominated for Best Soundscape at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards for my work on It was easy (in the end). A THEATREclub and Abbey Theatre co-production in 2019.