Damien Flood (IRL), Veronica Forsgren (SWE),
Tom Watt (IRL), and Sarah Baker (USA)
Galway Arts Centre, 47 Dominick Street, Galway
30 May – 4 July 2015
Responding to the imagined ‘recall’ of an idea or a situation, this group exhibition troubled the meaning of the displaced, misfiring ‘product’; whether real or imagined, and explore the credo of material culture (gone bad).
The predominately new work shown in this exhibition spans installation, video, paintings, objects, drawings and performance, each in its own way considering the implications of a system gone askew, where accepted norms break down, transform and reorder themselves into that which may no longer function as initially intended.
The collective ideations around the temporal world challenge the viewer to confront their own relationship with the object- product, the apparent crux of 21st century Western society.
The Artists' Armada
A site-specific curatorial project at Grand Canal Dock & Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre - Saturday 25th July 2015.
Artists + Works:
Seoidín O’Sullivan / Floating Dialogues; Carl Giffney, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch & Ann Maria Healy / Bravo Seratonin; Barry Lynch & Conor Stafford / Skiff; Mark Redden, Rosie O’Reilly, Des Moriarty & Cumann Currach Ath Cliath / Currachs; Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair / Swandown; Kathryn Maguire / ‘Us’ Again; Gareth Kennedy / Fan Nóiméad’ (Wait a Minute)
The Artist’s Armada was a curatorial project that united works by artists from Ireland and the UK working with boats, rafts and watercraft; whether building, sailing or otherwise engaging with the element of water as voyagers and explorers.
It took place at Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, a confluence of waterways serving the interior and coastal areas of our island nation. The Artist’s Armada offered an intersection for ideas to collide and exchange, sparking new dialogues and reclaiming this site for artistic endeavour. Here the artists will formed a flotilla of watercraft – the ‘Armada’- and gathered for informal and structured discussion.
This once industrial watersmeet was reimagined as a space
for the interchange of ideas around travel, the convergence of cultural norms, and the elemental environment of water. Audience members and spectators were able to interact with the works while talks and screenings took place at partner organisation Waterways Ireland Visitor’s Centre, an award-winning floating structure housed at the Dock.