April 21, 2010 - The Model - Art, revolution and a sleepover
April 21, 2010

Art, revolution and a sleepover

Meatballs / Tribute to the Group of Seven
Plexiglass, cans, grill
32″ x 48″ x 27″
Courtesy of Diaz Contemporary

Art, revolution and a sleepover: The Model returns
The Mall


The Model re-opens May Day with the vibrant exhibition “Dorm.” Twenty-two international artist collectives will transform the building into an unprecedented, all-encompassing art project. With a nod to the political events of May 1968, histories of art collectivism, and as a parody of an art fair, the building will be filled with exhibitions, concerts, screenings and performances all aimed at the social imagination.

The Model’s recent redevelopment has produced a marvellous and culturally iconic building to be shared with the nation. The Saturday opening night of Dorm will include a Public Sleepover Project (PSP) where people can register to spend the night within The Model. As an inventive partnership with the Sligo Institute of Technology, guests will bed down on innovative sleeping apparatuses designed by design students.

The PSP will include a special project from Thierry Geoffrey/Colonel and a musical performance from Pallas Contemporary Projects.

Before the PSP, artist and radio DJ Donal Dineen (Today FM) will stage live performances from musicians of the Box Social in Dublin. Projections provide for a multi-sensory performance, involving musicians from Catscars, Hunter/Gatherer, School Tour and including Patrick Kelleher, who made waves in 2009 with his album You Look Cold.

As for the exhibition that runs until July 4th, the artist collectives present projects in the gallery including installations referencing pagan traditions; projects involving political activism; a collaborative photo and performance project with the local military; complex video projections; participatory projects that involve the public, local government and cats; sculpture that confronts audiences with international issues; collaborations between Irish and Northern Irish artists; and elaborate, playful constructions in the gallery that invite the viewer within.

The Sunday following the opening will include screenings and talks by artist collectives as part of a free public forum on art and collectivity.

For more information,contact Emer McGarry at emer.mcgarry@modelart.ie

The Model
The Mall


071 914 1405
Hours: Tues-Fri 11-5:30, Thurs open to 8pm, Sat/Sun 12-5

The Model acknowledges the support of the Arts Council, Sligo Local Authorities, and Goethe Institut Irland.

Dorm Schedule:

Saturday May 1st 6 pm, Opening, Performances, PSP

Sunday May 2nd 4-6 pm, Public Forum: Collectives on Collectivity

Saturday May 29th 2-5 pm, Symposium: Collectives and the Politics of Art

Dorm Artists

AES+F (Russia)
BGL (Canada)
Critical Art Ensemble (USA)
Dexter Sinister (USA)
Evas Arche und der Feminist (Germany/Netherlands/USA)
Factotum (Northern Ireland)
Fastwürms (Canada)
Freee (England)
126 & Catalyst (Ireland/Northern Ireland)
Ganghut (Scotland)
Gelitin (Austria)
General Idea (Canada)
Hello Operator (Ireland)
IRWIN (Slovenia)
Laibach (Slovenia)
monochrom (Austria)
Pallas Studios (Ireland)
RAQS Media Collective (India)
Reactor (England)
Thierry Geoffroy/Colonel (Denmark/France)
Urban Subjects (Canada/Austria)
Wochenklausur (Austria)

Documentation Archive & Screenings: Co-Curated by Megs Morley

Dorm is also accompanied by a new publication, “anti-catalogue,” which takes on cultural discourse with local, national and international resonances.

The Model is distinctive in Ireland as a centre for contemporary culture led by the contemporary visual arts, housing a major art collection of national importance, producing an innovative contemporary music programme, and hosting the region’s most significant film programme – all of which are mediated through an integrated education programme. The Model is recognised internationally for its standards of excellence and innovation.

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