MART @ PQ 2015 – Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space The curators of MART; Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan are delighted to be curating Ireland in this year’s PQ Festival in Prague.
Ireland at PQ 2015 : Activating Affective Atmospheres
On the themes of weather and technology, Matthew Nevin and Ciara Scanlan (MART) have curated a sensory, participatory environment working alongside Composer: Tom Lane | Visual Artists: Brian Duggan and Stephanie Golden | Critic/Historian: Siobhan O’Gorman and Producer: Noelia Ruiz.
Activating Affecting Atmospheres
An augmented space. A monument to madness.
On the themes of weather and technology, Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan (MART), have curated a participatory environment working alongside Visual Artists: Brian Duggan and Stephanie Golden | Composer: Tom Lane |Critic/Historian: Siobhan O’Gorman and Producer: Noelia Ruiz.
Human consciousness has transformed the world it occupies more than it has humanity itself. The power to observe our own mortality is fraught with anxiety, leading to urgency concerning making one’s mark. But, this has also stirred us to become makers / creators of new ‘things.’ The opposable thumb began our evolution towards a refined mind that can craft and mould structures and objects that aid our existence. As we gradually turned away from biomimicry and moved towards the Industrial Revolution, we made a potent choice: to use rather than adapt to nature. Our intimate connection with our environment has for centuries been a source of inspiration, but to what extent does our performance as makers require disruption, disturbance and even destruction?
In this installation the curators have created a construct to observe and produce the audience as ‘activators’ who directly affect the atmosphere. The installation consists of a simple mechanism that graphs the pressure exerted by the room’s atmosphere, as well as the temperament of a sound composition below; this awaits activation from the participants within the room. By triggering this paper-rolling mechanism, the audience begin their own short-term documentation of the atmospheric changes within the space during their visit. This captures the hydrostatic pressure caused by the weight of a marker, activating a temporal movement and recording, while calculating a specific vibration range and length of time.
Through such encounters, we prompt questions regarding the role of technology in the shared affective atmospheres central to both weather and scenography. Two large projections, in conjunction with the central structure and a soundscape, use a range of technologies to synthesize sensory experiences of weather, which are co-created by participants and atmospheric elements. As such, the installation aims to probe the interrelationships of weather, technology, atmosphere and collective affect. Placing the visitor as a performer, it features elements of the weather and of its disruption/disturbance. The project aims to examine the audience’s shared experiences through changes in atmosphere and one’s place in space.
In addition to engaging with the public, this work incorporates multiple disciplines in order to facilitate our audiences’ inhabitations, interactions and performances within an in-door, technologized sensory environment. While some visitors may become responsible for the analysis of our ‘weather’, others may respond viscerally to its disturbance. As such, we wish to promote shared sensory experiences that are both distinctive and transient, created anew each time through the diverse actions of our participants. Although the collective experience is central to our work, convergent and divergent activities / emotions point also to the agency of individual participants and their active roles in engaging with, responding to and shaping the atmosphere. We hope to stimulate consideration of how human behaviour and technologies influence space and weather, reassessing what it is to hold power over weather. – Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.
Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan are co-directors of the Irish-based visual arts organisation MART. As a curatorial partnership, they have curated over 50 exhibitions nationally and internationally. As artists and cultural producers, they are advocates for the arts, facilitating the collaboration and creation of sustainable opportunities for artists from different disciplines. www.mart.ie | www.ciarascanlan.com | www.matthewnevin.com
Brian Duggan is a visual artist who lives and works in Dublin. He trained in sculpture, and his work utilises installation, text, video, sound, print and publishing, and stone and glass sculptures. He is represented by balzer projects in Basel. – www.brianduggan.net
Stephanie Golden is a Visual Artist based in Dublin. Her work is installation based, incorporating elements of animation, sculpture, sound and light. www.stephaniegolden.org
Tom Lane is a composer and sound designer based in Dublin. www.tom-lane.com
Siobhán O’Gorman is a scenography theorist, theatre critic and performance historian. She is currently Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2015) at Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. www.tcd.ie/Drama/staff/ | www.facebook.com/PerformingSpace
Noelia Ruiz is a Producer & Social Media Manager with Pan Pan Theatre. She is also a theatre-maker & academic researcher (PhD) www.panpantheatre.com | www.facebook.com/PerformingSpace
Freedom of Movement
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani
Curated by Deirdre Morrissey supported by Directors Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.
The exhibition is kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland, an IMMA Production Residency, Goethe Institut Dublin and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
Opening reception: Thurs 24 August 6pm – 8pm
Exhibition continues: 25 Aug – 22 Sept 2017
Gallery Open: Tues – Sat, 1pm -6pm
The MART Gallery’s curatorial vision for 2017 is to select artists who work under the parameters of risk and political agitation, creating powerful, informative and experimental work. We are delighted to present ‘Freedom of Movement’ an exhibition of film work by renowned German artists Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani.
MART first introduced the work of Fischer & el Sani to Ireland in 2014 when the artists presented film works ‘Narita Field Trip’ and ‘Spelling Dystopia’ in an exhibition curated by Barry Kehoe. Both pieces were created when the artists were Associate Professors at the School of Art and Design in Sapporo City University in Japan and explored tensions that arise between the forces of globalisation and specific local narratives.
Always keen to build upon established relationships with international artists, MART has invited Fischer and El Sani back to Dublin for the presentation of two recent film installations ‘Identity’s Rule of Three’ (2015) and ‘Freedom of Movement’ (2017) These films pose questions on various aspects of human identity and society, the limits of geographical, artistic and social structure, and race relations.
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani are visual artists and directors who have worked collaboratively since the 1990s and both live and work in Berlin. Through their work they have explored narratives in various sites around the world juxtaposing hidden histories with the lived experiences of contemporary society and questioning cultural perspectives
Fischer & el Sani have participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Seoul Media City Bienniale (2014, 2012), Aichi Triennale (2013), Curitiba Biennale (2013), the Istanbul Biennale (2007), the Gwangju Biennale (2008, 2002, 1995), the Sydney Biennale (2002), Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002), Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999).
Their solo shows have been hosted by, among others: Maxxi Museum, Rome (2017), K21 – Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2016), MART, Dublin (2014), Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães, Recife (2013), the Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Berlin (2012), the Austin Museum of Art – Arthouse, Austin (2012), the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art (2010), the Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2010), Kunsthaus Glarus (2009), the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2007), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (2005), Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (1998)
HD, colour, stereo, 20 min., 2015
An animated film that seizes the highly controversial debate around the planned presentation of ethnological collections in the reconstructed Berlin City Castle as an opportunity to envision a different future. Playful and yet serious, it explores questions of authenticity and identity of the individuum, art, architecture and society.
Identity’s Rule of Three is a collaborative work of Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani and Bertold Stallmach.
3 channel video installation, HD, 9:45 min, 2017
Evoking the Olympic marathon from Rome 1960, in which the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila conquered the African continent’s first gold medal, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and a symbol of an Africa that is freeing itself of colonialism, Fischer & el Sani have recontextualised amidst Rome’s rationalist architecture, a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to their “freedom of movement”, also understood as the possibility of being welcomed in another country.