November 2nd Official launch of TULCA 18: Syntonic State

Invitation: Official launch of TULCA 18: Syntonic State

Friday 2 November 2018 | 8-10pm

TULCA Festival of Visual Arts warmly invite you and your friends to the official launch of Syntonic Statecurated by Linda Shevlin. Please join us from 8pm to officially launch the festival in TULCA Festival Gallery at Fairgreen House.

All welcome.

Launch Reception | 8pm
TULCA Festival Gallery, Fairgreen House

Performance by Aoibheann Greenan | 9pm
TULCA Festival Gallery, Fairgreen HouseAfterparty | 10pm
Biteclub Electric Galway

NOVEMBER 9TH TRANSFORMATIVE MEMORY CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 9TH

 

TRANSFORMATIVE MEMORY CONFERENCE

TRANSFORMATIVE MEMORIES

Friday 09 November 2018 | 18:00 – 21:00

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance
National University of Ireland Galway,
University Road, Galway

Adm: free. Places limited

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The world and the experience of the contemporaneous are inextricably linked to a past that not only makes identity, tradition and individual or collective tastes but also shapes the urban landscape, which evolves through a transformative and dynamic interaction with time and history. Memory, with subtle reframing, can collapse a narrative or make it re-born. Even in an iconoclastic form, as black lives matter movement proved, or the more and more media-relevant character of street art as defining a neighbourhood identity, our visual culture resonates with images from a consistently re-worked cannon.

Within this framework, the role of curators, artists and academics dealing with memory, has great significance. Disrupting the mechanisms of memory, offering other narratives, examining the risks and limits of nostalgia. This event critically examines these functions of contemporary arts practice as a means of problematising, transforming and reinvigorating public spaces, both physical and virtual.

This unique event hosted by the Discipline of Italian, the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUIG is the result of a partnership between MUSE Florence, TULCA and NUIG.

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NOVEMBER 10TH NOSTALGIC LISTENING CLUB WITH MARK GARRY

NOVEMBER 10TH

 

NOSTALGIC LISTENING CLUB WITH MARK GARRY

 

7 – 9pm

The Mechanics Institute, Middle Street

Adm: free. Places limited

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 We only hear what we listen for.

John Cage

 

Listening Club is a night of musical listening and sharing. Hosted by artist Mark Garry, you are encouraged to bring along music you adore and want to share with other folks.

Listening Club was a weekly group activity initiated by Mark and musician Sean Carpio in 2009. On a Wednesday evening at Mark Garry’s studio, listening club participants were invited to bring music they felt was significant, progressive, interesting or that they simply just loved to listen to collectively within the club.

For the Nostalgic Listening Club Mark & Sean are inviting you to the Mechanics Institute to do the same. You can briefly introduce the piece of music if you wish and the group will collectively listen to it.

Group listenings have existed in the United Kingdom for over 80 years in the form of Recorded Music and Gramophone societies and The Federation of Recorded Music Societies has been active since 1936.

To participate in Listening Club please bring along music in any of the following formats; Vinyl 7” or 12”, Gramophone 78’s,Tapes, CD’s or Mp3/Digital players.

The only condition of participation is that the music cannot be streaming from the internet. 

 

Mark Garry’s practice stems from and is informed by a number of diverse fields of research. These inform his interest in observing and engaging with the many mechanisms that influence and effect how one navigates the world and the negotiation of defined space. In particular the complexity and subjectivity inherent in these navigations.

His practice is multifaceted and incorporates a variety of media, mechanisms and material interests. These include drawing,film making, photography, sculpture, sonic sculpture, performance and collaborative music projects. In many cases a number of these elements are combined in a singular exhibition situation to form installations. This practice is both research based and process driven. While there are consistent materials and methodologies he responds to a new set of conceptual criteria with each situation/opportunity.

Mark has a specific interest in music as a cultural identity and has made 9 musical releases to date. Most recently an album entitled A Winter Light.

Mark has held exhibitions at museums and art venues in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia and was one of the artists who represented Ireland at the 2005 Venice Biennale.

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NOVEMBER 11TH MINISTRY OF NOSTALGIA: AUTHOR OWEN HATHERLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. DECLAN LONG

NOVEMBER 11TH

 

MINISTRY OF NOSTALGIA: AUTHOR OWEN HATHERLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH DR. DECLAN LONG

12.30pm

O’Donoghue Centre, Cappa Villa, University Rd

Adm: free. Places limited

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Owen Hatherley’s latest book Ministry of Nostalgia is a stimulating polemic against a suite of aesthetic and political motifs united under the term, “austerity nostalgia”. For Hatherley, austerity nostalgia is exemplified by the fetishisation of mid-century Danish furniture; by the coveting of the ex-council flat over the suburban maisonette; by the design aesthetic of home goods. Austerity nostalgia’s influence is observable in fashion & pop culture, while British cuisine at the hands of Jamie Oliver has also fallen under it’s mesmeric spell. According to Hatherley, austerity nostalgia also informs political narrative. Both “Red Tories” and “Blue Labour” activists have woven these symbols of nostalgia into a retrospective vision of English radicalism in an attempt to appeal to that chimerical entity, the English “white working class”. A proposal for the establishment of an English parliament to be based in York, the anthem of which would be “Jerusalem”, was, according to Hatherley, simply one of many attempts to rejuvenate the left by constructing an image of historical common-sense solidarity that never truly existed.

The author will discuss this and other works in conversation with Dr. Declan Long.

 

Owen Hatherley writes regularly on aesthetics and politics for, among others, Architectural Review, Dezeen, the Guardian and Prospect. He is the author of several books, most recently Landscapes of Communism (Penguin 2015), The Ministry of Nostalgia (Verso 2016), The Chaplin Machine (Pluto 2016, based on a PhD thesis accepted by Birkbeck College in 20111), Trans-Europe Express (Penguin 2018) and The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Repeater 2018). He is the culture editor of Tribune.

 

Declan Long is co-director (with Francis Halsall & Sarah Pierce) of the Master of Arts program, Art in the Contemporary World, at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He is a regular contributor to Artforum and Frieze and recently published the book Ghost-Haunted Land: Contemporary Art and Post-Troubles Northern Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2017).

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NOVEMBER 11TH HYPERNORMALISATION by ADAM CURTIS

NOVEMBER 11TH

 

Film screening

HYPERNORMALISATION

by ADAM CURTIS

WITH AN INTRODUCTION by CONN HOLOHAN

5pm

O’Donoghue Centre, Cappa Villa, University Rd

Adm: free. Places limited

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We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed – they have no idea what to do.

Adam Curtis’ film Hypernormalisation is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them. Curtis argues that what has happened is that all of us in the West – not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves – have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us we accept it as normal.

Archival material is edited seemlessly giving a constant stream of varied, stunning visual information that shows a world reacting to societal control through a staunch sense of self, focusing on some of the biggest events of the last 40 or so years.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Conn Holohan.

 

Adam Curtis is a British film-maker, known for documentaries on “power and how it works in society”. His documentaries often focus on less-explored sides of 20th and early 21st Century history, often discussing political and philosophical movements and ideas that were in play behind the scenes of mainstream media and political theatre.

 

Dr. Conn Holohan is a lecturer in film studies at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and Course Director of the BA in Film & Digital Media.

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NOVEMBER 16TH STATUS & SENTIMENT: Linda Shevlin

NOVEMBER 16TH

 

2pm

STATUS & SENTIMENT

A guided walk with curator Linda Shevlin

 

As an expansion on the curator’s tour of Tulca venues, take a walk through the historic city environs that host TULCA.

Meet at 2pm at the TULCA Festival Gallery, Fairgreen

 

Adm: free. Places limited

 

NOVEMBER 18TH GRUTS BUFFET: THE DOMESTIC GODLESS

NOVEMBER 18TH

 

6pm

Sheridans, 14 Churchyard St.

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GRUTS BUFFET

THE DOMESTIC GODLESS

MIND MEITHEAL

DEIRDRE O’MAHONY

 GRAIN 1-4

SADHBH GASTON

(NOV 2 – 18)

Adm: free. Places limited

To mark the conclusion of Syntonic State, TULCA in partnership with CERERE present a newly commissioned event by The Domestic Godless. Inspired by the theme of Cereal Renaissance in Rural Europe (CERERE), Gruts Buffet will explore the culturally and historically entangled relationship between society and food, elucidating ironies, complexities, and contested narratives from distinctive heritage varieties. With their irreverent disregard for current fashions and culinary trends, The Domestic Godless will explore and experiment, challenging norms and provoking new understandings of taste, presentation, histories and cultural values of cereals combined inventively with other foods.

 

Social interaction with the audience is instrumental to the praxis of The Domestic Godless. The audience will be active participants in discussions of how the heritage cereals have been utilised, catalysing further discussions and reflections with actors using their own lenses and perspectives to re-interpret and re-apply. Along with the general public, other attendees will include invited guests & representatives of 13 CERERE partners from across the EU, members of CERERE’s Mind Meitheal by commissioned artist Deirdre O’Mahony, including agronomists, farmers, social scientists, policy makers, heritage NGO representatives, historians, chefs, food processors, and artists. With members chosen from an interrogative process employed by O’Mahony among people passionate about heritage cereals, the Mind Meitheal approach serves to amplify the inspiration provided by The Domestic Godless in generating new, cross-sectoral imaginings for heritage cereals renaissance.

 

For the duration of Syntonic State, artist Sadhbh Gaston’s fabric banners and cross-stitch embroideries, Grain 1-4, will be installed outside Sheridans. Accompanying each piece is a diptych articulating the seed’s lifecourse and interactions with human suppliers, cultivators, harvesters and processors.

 

The Domestic Godless were founded by artists Stephen Brandes, Mick O’Shea and Irene Murphy under the Cork Artist’s Collective banner at the exhibition Artists/Groups at The Project Arts Centre, Dublin in 2003.

Since then, it has been their mission to explore the potential of food (its taste, its presentation, its history and its cultural values) as a vehicle for irreverent artistic endeavour and experimentation. Through recipes, installations and public presentations they employ food as both a concept and a medium through which to convey humour, empathy and other qualities that distinguish art from purely craft.

 

Sadhbh Gaston uses stitch to examine agriculture and labour. Interrogating ideas through the time and extreme focus inherent to the medium. She worked with the exhibition SKIN/NAKH/ODA in both Cork and Estonia. She is currently working out of Sample Studios in Cork.

 

 

Deirdre O’Mahony’s art practice is grounded in collaborative engagements with rural publics and contexts, examining ideas of sustainability, food security and rural/urban relationships through food-based projects. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she received Arts Council project awards and bursaries, international residencies and fellowships.

 

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, CERERE connects scientists with practitioners and involves farmers, food scientists, sociologists, agronomists and many others interested in heritage cereals. Led by Áine Macken-Walsh, the Irish partner in CERERE is Teagasc, Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority. A central missionof Teagasc in CERERE is to broker innovation between diverse actors in how the renaissance of Ireland’s heritage cereals is imagined and practiced.

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TULCA TALKS

 

The Centre for Creative Arts & Media, GMIT will host a talk by a Syntonic State exhibiting artist every Monday for 5 weeks.

No booking required, but capacity is limited so please arrive early to avoid disappointment

 

 

Location: The Yellow Room, GMIT, Monivea Rd.

 

NOVEMBER 5th

2pm

Bassam Al-Sabah

 

NOVEMBER 12th

2pm

Aoibheann Greenan

 

NOVEMBER 19th

2pm

Conor McGarrigle

 

NOVEMBER 26th

2pm

Dennis McNulty

 

DECEMBER 3rd

2pm

Jesse Jones