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Impromptu Workshop

Impromptu:  Market Studios 

Fri 24th Aug

Impromptu: Live Performances developed through an all day workshop

A small group of artists with a variety of experience, approaches and positions in relation to live art and performance, devised and presented their performative explorations that evolved from the days workshop.  Foster an interesting dynamic to both share and break out of the processes of own practices and allowing things to happen, the aim of the workshop was to build an environment of trust and experimentation, that can then lead into an… evening of ‘actions’.

Participating Artists: Donna McLoughlin, Eleanor LawlerKatherine Nolan, Paula Fitz.

The exchanges between the artists and their practices structured the event, but there was one aim:

to create something live – to explore where we feel the edges and boundaries of our practices are, and to move beyond them:

live in the sense that anything could happen,

live as being present in the moment

live as an energy

live as a response

live as fluid

live as the unplanned moments that happen

live as a dialogue

This event was kindly supported by Market Studios and MART

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 An exhibition of video art from www.mart.ie, curated by Sarah Lundy

Tactic, Cork.

12-23 September 2012

Curators Note:

The concept for TELEVISION: An Exhibition is based on Canadian theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) studies on media theory and its impact on society, specifically the medium of Television and the notion of media as content in his 1964 book ‘Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man’.

In this work, McLuhan coins the phrase ‘the medium is the message’ by which he proposes that the media itself primarily confers content of its own characteristics rather than the content which is transmitted through it. He uses a light bulb as example of this treatise by demonstrating how the bulb itself and its function provide the content of the experience, and that despite being a medium without actual content it produces social affect in terms of environment. When applied to television as a medium then it is the characteristics of the medium and not the content that communicates with the viewer. His 1967 work ‘The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects‘ is a play on the term ‘the medium is the message’ and proceeds to divulge how our sensory and cognitive faculties are manipulated and seduced by the medium and how the viewer identifies with it rather than what it transiently transmits by way of programming content.

Artist’s use of electronic media, specifically video art and video installation which became prevalent in 1960s & 1970s, demonstrates their adaptation of creativity and concepts to new technologies of expression and media for the dissemination of ideas. Audiences dulled by the generic proliferation of TV output are given relief from this through artists’ moving image works, and set free from the plodding punctuation of typical plot arcs and narrative. Arts constant battle for audience share in the face of ever expanding alternative outlets for entertainment means that these moves by artists into utilizing new mediums of expression are necessary in order to maintain Arts stance as a viable experience as well in order to question such progressive societal sensations.

If McLuhan’s theory stands however, it has knock-on repercussions for not only artists use of technological media but artists obsession with appropriation, found items and transformed objects. Considering the term ‘the medium is the message’, this overrides the availability of technology and objects to be imbued with alternative meaning and impact through altering context, content etc as the format remains the message.

TELEVISION: An Exhibition refutes this whilst leaving the final say to the audience. Composed entirely of moving image work in a series of multi-TV screenings, projections and video installation, the validity of content over medium is made evident in terms of artists distinct use of mediums, whilst paying respect to the medium as vehicle for content.

Following from McLuhan’s expostulation that the prevalence of television has created a connected consciousness, TELEVISION: An Exhibition considers the use of the medium of moving image in terms of ‘the collective’-MART being a collective of new media artists.

Finally, TELEVISION: An Exhibition also endeavours to open discourse on the role of the contemporary art curator within the scope of new media and its frequent metaphysicality. It questions the challenges this presents to the curator in the transferred the onus of occupation of space from the traditional responsibility of the artist now to the curator, and the ever shifting tide-line between the artists and curators input into the display of individual works when work exists in digital dimension independent of physical form and how application of form can alter both the aesthetic and conceptual impact of same.

Sarah Lundy is an independent curator and artist based in Clare.

List of Artists:

Margaret O’Brien, Darragh O’Callaghan, Lorraine Neeson, Adam Gibney, Adrian Duncan, Aoife Giles, Barry W Hughes, Ciara Scanlan, Eoin O’Dowd, Gavin Campbell, Laura O’Connor, Ruth Le Gear & Nina Hynes, Tonya McMullen, Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen, Emily Boylan, Ciaran Hussy,Coleen Keough, Jessica Fenlon, Joan Healy,Jonathan Mayhew,Louise Marlborough & Olive Barrett, Laura Fitzgerald,Mary Dempsey, Rebecca Kinsey,Vanessa Daws


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The Big Picture

The Big Picture

4 – 6 August 2011

RUA RED, Tallaght

The Big Picture space in Tallaght was an Interactive Information centre intended to showcase the future of South Dublin’s ambitious architectural vision. This development floundered and the utopian vision perpetuated in the space is in stark contrast to the reality.

But the space is still there, with latent potential for new and creative outcomes. Now is the time to reactivate the space and for 3 days and nights, 6 artists are taking over with a series of performances and interactive installations.
Over the 3 days the public were invited for free to take part in this extravaganza of performance, sound, music, interactive instruments, touch screen technologies altered with animations and projections as the Big Picture comes to life by an innovative group of Artist’s who have worked over a period of months the unused and untapped resources of the Big Picture.   Photographs: Aoife Giles and Melissa Conlon.

Artists: Jane Cassidy, Melissa Conlon, Ed Devane & Brian-Michael Thornton,Chris Flynn, Shane McKenna and Killian Redmond (Redmonk)
Curated by:  Aoife Giles & Ciara Scanlan.



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Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City

Rua Red, Tallaght

16 July – 6 August 2011

Two Group Exhibitions of Visual Artists working with MART.

Curated by: Aoife Giles & Ciara Scanlan

Assisted by: Matthew Nevin

Photographs by: Aoife Giles

SHOW 1 in Gallery 2 at Rua Red as part of Glitch Festival.

Show Runs July 16 – August 6 , Mon to Sat, 10am – 6pm.

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre Tallaght, Dublin 24

Artists: Debbie Jenkinson, Nicky Teegan, Colleen Keough, Eleanor Lawlor, Darragh O’Callaghan, Emanuel Rohss, Emma Wade, Ane Sagatun, Laragh Pitman, Darragh O’Callaghan.

SHOW 2 at The Big Picture as part of The Glitch Festival

Dates: 4th – 6th August
Thurs & Fri, 5pm – 11pm Sat, 12 noon – 11pm
For three days, six artists are taking over the Big Picture space with a series of performances and interactive installations that play with the underused resources of the Big Picture’s big screens.
Artists: Chris Flynn, Melissa Conlon, Shane McKenna, Killian Redmond, Jane Cassidy and Ed Devane.
—-“Freedom is the consciousness of necessity” Marx

In this time of socio-political upheaval are we on the precipice of a new way forward? Now more than ever artists have the power to step out side the system and utilise their power to transform the cityscape, whether it through intervention, subtle takes overs or insertion into the public consciousness. Freedom of the City references the medieval concept of “free status”. The recipient enjoyed privileges such as the right to trade and own property, and protection within the town. This tradition is especially popular in America-a place of Irish immigration to present day. MART are embarking on a 3 city tour with ‘Invite or Reject’ an exhibition exploring the preconception of Irish immigrants of the ‘American Dream’ versus the too often reality of rejection. The juxtaposition of the the US tour and the ‘Freedom to the city’ is poignant. Ireland being a relatively young independent state where ‘freedom’ is a powerful word in its history. The current economic crisis has placed our identity under scrutiny as we question our “Free Status”. The ‘Freedom to the City’ show in Rua Red is the ‘Homebase’ for the USA tour. The Artworks here are rooted in our right to stay,and to leave, our right to excel and our right to Freedom of The city!

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Invite or Reject

Invite or Reject

June, July & August 2011

New York, Chicago and Los Angeles 

‘Invite Or Reject’ supported byImagine Ireland; an initiative by Culture Ireland.

‘Invite or Reject’ was an ambitious new exhibition curated by MART’s Ciara Scanlan and Matthew Nevin. MART www.mart.ie, is a non profit art organisation based in Ireland and our primary aim is to educate and promote Art to the public; Art in the sphere of New Media, Installation and Performance.

The exhibition consisted of 5 leading Irish Artists work shown in world renown contemporary art galleries in the heart of 3 of most influential cities in the US: New York, Chicago and LA. We have asked artists to submit work that is challenging yet irresistibly welcoming for American audiences to interact and communicate with the art works. This exhibition shall showcase some of Ireland’s leading and emerging visual artists and highlight the strength of our work in the international contemporary art scene.

MART’S ‘Invite or Reject’ refers to the duality of understanding and miscommunication that existed when Irish people first immigrated to America. It is a preconceived notion that Irish people are welcoming and hospitable. It was common for the Irish to be rejected and treated as second-class citizens for the early part of 19th centaury. The current political and social climate in America means it is difficult to gain an entry visa to work there which leaves it now as more of a holiday destination to Irish in stark contrast to history. Through the Art we will showcase we hope to breakdown stereotypes, interact and engage the audience. Many of the artworks are physically interactive and can be added to by the public. The Art works ‘Home’ will be in the gallery, but we want to move outside the gallery space, have a presence on the streets, within the public domain and have satellite branches of work that enter the city.

Artists: Ella Burke, James L Hayes, Sofie Loscher, Matthew Nevin, Nicky Teegan, Ciara Scanlan, Benjamin Gaulon, Joan Healy, Colleen Keough, Margaret O’Brien, Stephen Woods, Adrian Duncan, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Gibney, and Tony Kenny

MART is proud to announce that this project is part sponsored by Culture Ireland’s strategic focus on promoting Irish Arts in the US in 2011.

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