Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Gnomon, 2011

Gnomon, 2011

A momentary obstruction is created – twice a day, at midday and at another point before sunset. An actor closes the window blinds one by one, from left to right. Then the actor walks to the other end of the room and opens the blinds one by one, from left to right.

‘Gnomon’ takes place between two spaces. The duration of ‘Gnomon’ is dependant on the space it takes place in and how many window blinds there are. It can take place with just one window blind. ‘Gnomon’ can take place more than twice a day, but it must take place on the hour during the hours of daylight beginning at midday.

Presented at 'Portrait of Space', Clonlea Studios, Dublin - 9th-11th September 2011

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Portrait of Space, Dublin

Portrait of Space
9th - 11th September 2011

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

Over three days, Portrait of Space inhabited the indoor and outdoor spaces of Clonlea Studios, a suburban idyll south of Dublin City. The aim was to produce a dynamic space where audiences, participants and works could meet in a communally constructive manner. Participants added to and changed 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 that 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, to 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.

Participants will be invited to share, discuss and debate, as well as eat and relax together for the duration of the project. Each participant will bring a work; whether a static work of art, talk, paper, performance, video or some other contribution. Each will act as a catalyst for group discussion to tackle common and conflicting concerns that emerge. Some works will be installed ahead of time and will remain in situ for the duration of the weekend while others will be part of a scheduled series of events.

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

Curators: Teresa Gillespie and Rose Lejeune



Where: Clonlea Studios, 28b Sydney Ave, Blackrock, Co. Dublin