May 24th – August 16th, 2009
Medium Religion opens at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery on Saturday May 23rd following its successful exhibition at ZKM in Germany. A public talk by internationally renowned philosopher Boris Groys and iconoclastic curator Peter Weibel, the curators of the project, opens the show in Sligo in a former church.
Medium Religion is a multi-layered project which tackles contemporary representations of religion and religiosity. Taking an unusual focus on how religious thought is disseminated, Medium Religion provides comprehensive insight into the reproduction and significance of contemporary and ancient religions, and how they currently manifest themselves, above all in geo-political hotspots such as in the Middle East, as well as in Asia, Russia, the USA and South America. As a series of artist projects, film screenings, discussions, tours and forums that centre on representations of contemporary ideological and socio-political realities, the large-scale project Medium Religion provocatively enters sideways into the contemporary world of religions.
Alongside the exhibition is a range of Education Programming, Artist Commissions, and Music Programming that exemplify the Model Niland’s inclusive, multi-disciplinary activities. The exhibition will be shown in the Model Satellite space at Castle House in central Sligo, a temporary space while the main building undergoes a major redevelopment.
This project is produced by ZKM – (Center for Contemporary Art and New Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany, and includes a publication including scholarly contributions, and a public forum on the subject of contemporary art and religion produced by The Model Niland in collaboration with Goethe Institut.
Opening Talks: Saturday May 23rd, 5 pm, Canis Major, Clarion Hotel Chapel, Sligo
Opening Reception: Saturday May 23rd, 6 to 9 pm, Model Satellite, Sligo
Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo
Ingrid and Oswald Wiener
Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye
Maxim Kononenko, Natalia Struchkova, Alexey Naumenkov, Timur Yudin,
Alexei W. Schtschussew,
Gregor Schneider/Natalia Schmidt,
Public Curator Tours will be scheduled throughout the exhibition.
On June 20th in Sligo, a symposium will be presented to look at subjects and problematics of religion and religious practice today, with an international focus. More information is available at www.modelart.ie
The Model Niland gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Sligo and Borough County Council and the Goethe Institut, Irland, and the cooperation of ZKM, Germany.
The Model Niland is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, which will see it grow by a third in size, introduce new artists studios, include a new performance space, and expand to a suite of new galleries. Works are to be completed in the winter 2009. To support us, please visit our website.