‘Re : Public’ and ‘Critique of Archival Reason’

‘Re : Public’ and ‘Critique of Archival Reason’

European Artistic Research Network (EARN)

Still from Igor Grubić’s
‘East Side Story’
DVD installation (2008)
Courtesy the artist

January 28, 2010

Arts Research: Publics and Purposes

Re : Public‘ and ‘Critique of Archival Reason‘, two distributed exhibitionary moments in a unique trans-European experiment in arts research, open in Dublin in February 2009, before touring in Europe throughout 2010.

Re : Public‘, at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios opens February 4th includes works and participation by Igor Grubić : Owen Hatherley : Peter Liversidge : Aisling O’Beirn : Dennis McNulty : Nina Power : Robert Anderson : Mark Hackett : Sandra Johnston : Mark Orange : Simon Sheikh : The Thamesmead Archive : Robert Porter : Leigh French : Neil Gray : Dan Shipsides : Seamus Nolan : Dead Public : Amanda Ralph : Linda Doyle (CTVR-TCD) : MA Art in the Contemporary World (NCAD) : MA Art in Public (Ulster) : Fold : Variant : Tech.Know : Experimental Aesthetics : Event and more…. The exhibition is curated by Daniel Jewesbury and runs to March 13th.

Critique of Archival Reason, at Royal Hibernian Academy, opens February 18th, featuring work by Sean Snyder : Shoji Kato : Herman Asselberghs : Cecilia Gronberg : Jeremiah Day : and Irene Kopelman. The exhibition is curated by Henk Slager and runs to March 13th.

Who for? What for?

Critique of Archival Reason‘ cuts against the grain of much recent exhibition practice within artistic research that has tended to use the display of archives as a key tactic. These new works will in different ways play with, contest, and cut against these conventions of archival display, re-asserting the role of art practice in interrupting business-as-usual and challenging those bureaucratic orthodoxies that might threaten to co-opt artistic research.

Re : Public‘ turns the gallery at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios into a forum where the ‘public’ can meet with a range of artists and thinkers to reconsider the troubled relationship between art and society. The project aims to look again at preconceptions concerning ‘publicness’, and to debate whether there is even anything left that we can really call ‘public’. After the fiasco of the property crash, participants have been invited to look again at the role played by architecture and urban planning in the construction of physical public space. In a world controlled by globalised markets, loyal to no nation, we ask if we still talk of meaningful democratic participation by ‘the public’? Even if we can, is there any room, or any need, for the contributions of artists?

This network of exhibitionary moments accompanies the conference Arts Research: Publics and Purposes. In the cross-relationship and interaction of these exhibitionary moments as they evolve, they generate a space of enquiry for contemporary arts research. This project is co-organised by the European Arts Research Network and GradCAM-Dublin with Centrifugal.

Keynote Speakers: Anton Vidokle (17/2/10) and Ute Meta Bauer (19/2/10)

Schedule of Events:

4/2/10 ‘Re : Public‘ launch event Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin. Closes 13/3/10

18/2/10 ‘Critique of Archival Reason‘ launch event, RHA Gallery Dublin. Closes 13/3/10

15/2/10 – 19/2/10 Arts Research: Publics and Purposes conference, GradCAM, Dublin.

This project is in part funded by the EC-EACEA Culture 2000–2007: ‘Artist as Citizen’ project. The project has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation.

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