/Glitch Festival : ‘Risk Assessment’
RUA RED & MART Galleries
May – June 2016
Ireland’s leading Digital Arts Festival that brought together artists utilising media and technology, hosted in two Dublin based galleries. RUA RED Gallery Tallaght & The Mart Gallery Rathmines.
/Glitch Festival 2016 was hosted in two Dublin based galleries. RUA RED Gallery Tallaght & The Mart Gallery Rathmines. Curators Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin devised a risk based curatorial outline for an exhibition format with parameters, which the participating artists could work within or destroy. The festival focussed on live durational events and collaboration between digital and live processes.
The curators chose predominately female participants, performers and visual artists to make work exploring the notion of danger and risk within art making and society. The participants produced live experiential artworks and performances that evolved over the week of the festival. The curators created a stage for the artists to react to: a gallery ‘under construction’. Machinery and objects associated with building industry occupied the space ready for alteration, interaction and modifying their mechanics, aesthetics and behaviours.
The artworks were designed to react and interplay with this spectacle, andcreate interactive ‘dangerous & reactionary’ artworks, utilising engineering and arduino programming to enhance the user experience and interaction with the audience. The echoes of the collapse of the construction industry in Ireland created a society in fear of a repeat bubble already forming in the city. A hesitation to taking risks has meant many suburban and rural towns lay dormant, producing a culture of a ‘people in waiting’. For /Glitch 2016 the curators wanted to challenge this fear and become cultural risk activators, inviting artists who work under this umbrella to push the ‘safety’ of the gallery into a challenging experience for artists, curators and audience.
As part of our 2017 programme – Destroy These Walls – MART filmed interviews with some of the participating artists.
They discussed their process, the effect of the exhibitions on our gallery space, and their response to our programme.