Thu May 26, 2011

ACW at Venice Biennale

Seeing Through Objects: a group discussion in the context of Corban Walker's exhibition at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

Organised by MA Art in the Contemporary World, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland and MA: Art and Process, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork. Lead by Francis Halsall, Lucy Dawe Lane and Declan Long

Irish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Sat. June, 4th, 2011, 11am-12.15pm

What kind of object is Corban Walker's Please Adjust?

For the Irish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Corban Walker has created a large-scale sculpture composed of 160 inter-connected open-framed stainless-steel cubes. As the exhibition statement describes, it is an art object in which many elements 'combine to form a fragile structure that supports itself, though one alteration could destroy the existing configuration and create a new one'. Whilst appearing fixed, Please Adjust is also precarious, and though physically transparent it is, also, quite deliberately, not 'clear'.

Using Please Adjust as a context, this discussion will explore multiple theoretical and historical approaches to definitions of, and encounters with, objects. What is at stake here is identifying the focus of aesthetic attention; in other words, how do theories of objects impact on the theories, practices and experiences of art?

The multiple, transient, performative and dematerialized forms that art objects have taken after modernism and since the late 1960's demonstrate how the problems in defining what an object is are exemplified in the context of art. This historical moment is still with us. At the very least it is now taken for granted that an art object is not definable as a discrete, material thing that is independent from its situational and historical context(s).

However, relatively recent discussions of what Graham Harman has called both Object Orientated Philosophy and Speculative Realism offer the promise of 'adjusting' how objects are considered within contemporary art discourse. As Harman has claimed, 'the dithering agnosticism of recent philosophy, its obsession with tedious questions of human access to the world, can be replaced by a high rolling metaphysics of objects. The spirit of the archive can be replaced by that of the casino'. (from Towards Speculative Realism , Zero Books, 2010). This means not only to address how art as a practice of object making constructs complex, relational objects but also how such objects might engender and demonstrate certain forms of thinking about the world.

This discussion will build on the recent series of presentations on the subject of 'What is an object?' lead by the MA Art in the Contemporary World in response to Richard Tuttle's exhibition Triumphs at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Spring 2011. It also follows from a previous MA ACW session at the Irish Pavilion at Venice in 2009.

All are welcome to attend this discussion. Please get in touch if you would like to participate.

Contact: Francis Halsall (; Lucy Dawe Lane (; Declan Long (; twitter: @declanlong).

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of Corban Walker, Eamonn Maxwell, Emily-Jane Kirwan and Jennifer Marshall in the staging of this event.

The Irish Pavilion at Venice is located at the Istituto Santa Maria della Pieta, 3703 Calle della Pieta, Castello. Calle della Pieta is mid-way between Piazza San Marco and the Arsenale, off Via Riva degli Schiavoni. ;

Posted by: Francis Halsall on May 26, 11 | 2:45 pm | Profile

Thu May 05, 2011

MA ACW Rebecca Solnit seminar at NCAD

Seminar with acclaimed writer Rebecca Solnit, 11am, Room 203 Harry Clarke House.

Rebecca will discuss aspects of her recent work on community and catastrophe in relation to current challenges facing Irish society.

For further information on Rebecca's work see [url=]

Posted by: Declan Long on May 05, 11 | 5:32 pm | Profile

Adrian Duncan exhibition in Belfast

'How the Mighty Have Fallen'

5 May to 4 June 2011

Opening reception: Thursday 5 May, 6pm to 8pm.

Artist Gallery Talk: Wednesday 18 May 2011, 2pm.

Posted by: Francis Halsall on May 05, 11 | 2:29 pm | Profile

Wed Apr 13, 2011

MA Art in the Contemporary World: Call for applications

An intensive postgraduate programme of seminars, events and projects, interrogating the key conditions, contexts and practices of contemporary art, at the National College of Art and Design
Closing date for applications: 28 April 2011

Current course team
Dr Francis Halsall/ Declan Long / Dr Paul O'Brien / James Armstrong / Georgina Jackson / Glenn Loughran / Bea McMahon / Emma Mahony / Isabel Nolan / Philip Napier / Anthony Hobbs / Siun Hanrahan / Professor Kathleen James Chakraborty (UCD Art History) / Kevin Donovan (UCD Architecture)

External Assessor: Vivian Rehberg (Parsons School of Art & Design, Paris; Contributing Editor, Frieze Magazine)

Recent contributors and collaborators
Kenneth Anger / Shumon Basar / Lynda Benglis / AA Bronson / Katrina Brown / Gerard Byrne / Duncan Campbell / Phil Collins / Lynne Cooke/ Elena Filipovic / Dan Fox / Maria Fusco / Liam Gillick / Mark Fisher (k-Punk) / Massimiliano Gioni / Elizabeth Magill / Jeremy Millar / Larry Miller (Fluxus) / Simon O'Sullivan / Susan Philipsz / Andrea Philips / Walid Raad / Kathrin Rhomberg / Irving Sandler / Andrea Schlieker / Norbert Schwontkowski / Paul Seawright / Polly Staple / Mick Wilson / David Toop / Irish Museum of Modern Art / Irish Film Institute / Hugh Lane Gallery / Douglas Hyde Gallery / Kerlin Gallery / Lismore Castle Arts / Ireland at the Venice Biennale / UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy / UCD School of Architecture

Contact Dr Francis Halsall or Declan Long :;;
Application deadline April 28th 2011

Posted by: Declan Long on Apr 13, 11 | 9:34 am | Profile

Mon Mar 07, 2011

Simon O'Sullivan, Discussion and Seminar

In Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Thurs. 10th March 4.30pm, there will be a public discussion and seminar with Simon O'Sullivan

All are welcome to join this free public discussion on O'Sullivan's thought and work. He will give a presentation on his practice which will be followed by a response from Alice Rekab, an artist and writer.

Simon O'Sullivan has written extensively on contemporary art and philosophy and in particular Deleuze and Guattari. He is Senior Lecturer, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London and the author of many books including, Art Encounters: Deleuze and Guattari.

This is the 3rd in a series of public events staged by MA ACW in the context of the current Richard Tuttle exhibition.

On Friday at 11am there will be a MA seminar lead by Declan Long and Francis Halsall (both MA ACW) on themes that emerged in Thursday's discussion.


Posted by: Francis Halsall on Mar 07, 11 | 2:31 pm | Profile

Mon Feb 21, 2011

Paul Seawright and Colin Graham in conversation

Kerlin Gallery in association with MA Art in the Contemporary World at the NCAD, Dublin Presents:
Paul Seawright in conversation with Professor Colin Graham, NUI, Maynooth

Friday 25th February 2011, 5 - 6 pm, at the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Followed by Paul Seawright, Volunteer, opening 6 - 8pm, The Kerlin Gallery

For more information see:

Posted by: Francis Halsall on Feb 21, 11 | 11:51 am | Profile

Fri Feb 18, 2011

Public Discussion and Seminar: What is an Object?

The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin

Please join us for discussions which look at how the question, 'What is an Object?' might be answered from different artistic, philosophical and theoretical perspectives.

Public Discussion: 4.30pm. Thursday 24th Feb. 2011

Participants will include:

Noel Fitzpatrick

Hermeneutics, phenomenology and intentional objects
(Noel is Research Coordinator, Fine Art, D.I.T)

Tim Stott

Systems, play and objects
(Tim is a writer and lecturer, D.I.T)

Isabel Nolan

What does it mean to try and make a new thing?
(Isabel is an artist and is represented by the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin)

Seminar, 11.00am, Friday 25th Feb.

On Graham Harman's Circus Philosophicus; Object Orientated Philosophy and the occult strangeness of things, lead by Francis Halsall and Declan Long (both NCAD). Reading for the seminar will be provided on Thursday.

What is an Object? is the third in a series of public events staged, by MA ACW, in the context of the current Richard Tuttle exhibition, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

Posted by: Francis Halsall on Feb 18, 11 | 1:57 pm | Profile

Wed Feb 09, 2011

Perspectives on Postminimalism

Public Discussion and Seminar: Perspectives on Postminimalism

4.30pm Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Thurs. 10th Feb.

Participants will include:

Emma Lucy O Brien, (Visual, Carlow), on Michael Warren

Rebecca O Dwyer, (Dublin-based artist, curator and writer) on Fergus Feehily

Declan Long (NCAD/ Art in the Contemporary World) on Isa Genzken

Francis Halsall (NCAD/ Art in the Contemporary World) on Martin Creed

All are welcome to join this free public seminar which is one in a series of public events staged, by MA ACW in the context of the current Richard Tuttle exhibition.

We look forward to seeing you there, Francis and Declan

Posted by: Francis Halsall on Feb 09, 11 | 4:10 pm | Profile

Fri Jan 28, 2011

Body as Liminal Site: A Film Screening and discussion with the filmakers

The body as a Liminal Site, A Film Screening of ITU (2007) and Panel Discussion between artists John Wynne and Tim Wainwright and Francis Halsall.

Monday 7th Feb. 2011, 6pm to 7.30pm, Harry Clark Lecture Theatre, National College of Art and Design.

Photographer Tim Wainwright ( ) and sound artist John Wynne ( ) spent a year as artists-in-residence at the Royal Brompton & Harefield. During that year ITU (2007), a collaborative work between the artists, was shot in the intensive treatment unit of the hospital's heart transplant department.

Seating for this event is limited so it is advisable to come early.

This event is part of Liminality, a project by Ciara Mc Mahon, located the NCAD Gallery Dublin from Friday 4th until Saturday 12th February 2011, 10am - 5pm daily.

Liminality is funded by the Arts Council through the artist in the community scheme, managed by Create, the National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts.

Further information about other events taking place as part of Liminality can be found at or at

Posted by: Francis Halsall on Jan 28, 11 | 10:07 am | Profile

James Brooks at 126 Gallery

J a m e s B r o o k s
Staged & Screened

4 Feb - 26 Feb 2011
3 Feb - Private view
126 Gallery
Galway, Irela[nd

Posted by: Francis Halsall on Jan 28, 11 | 10:04 am | Profile

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