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Summer Nights 2017 > Sunset Birth - The IMMA Summer Party

Before Dark | Sunset Birth - The IMMA Summer Party 2017

You are invited to join us a for a series of interactive workshops and screenings, talks and tours and live performances from yoga and interactive dance workshops, healing histories and astral physics to talks and tours about medicinal herbs and mediumship, each exploring the history and wonder of IMMA’s grounds and the skies above.

Entry ONLY with valid IMMA Summer Party 2017 Ticket.

Curated by Sophie Byrne, Assistant Curator, Talks and Public Programmes, IMMA.

7.30 – 8.30PM / IMMA Main Building / EXHIBITION
As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics take this opportunity to visit this landmark group show featuring modern masterworks and landmark contemporary art works by Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Cameron - many being shown for the first time in Ireland - and new commissions created specifically for this exhibition by Linder, Matt Copson, Stephan Doitschinoff, Alan Butler and others

7.45 – 8.15pm / FORMAL GARDENS / LOWER
Artist’s Voice: Sunset Birth with Linder Sterling & Aidan Storey
Artist and curator of Sunset Birth, Linder Sterling is joined in conversation with author and spiritualist, Aidan Storey to discuss their collaboration. This talk explores shared ideas of mediumship, spiritual healing and the sacred, in the work of Linder and little known surrealist, writer, artist & mystic Ithell Colquhoun - the inspiration behind this this year’s Summer Party.    

8.15 – 8.45pm / FORMAL GARDENS / LOWER
IMMA’s Healing Histories: Flows in Therapeutic Space

Join Ronan Foley, Cultural Geographer, Maynooth University, as he draws from therapeutic landscapes and new ‘blue-space’ research, to introduce the healing history of IMMA’s site and its proximity to St. John’s Well. Holy wells were the settings for traditional spiritual performances and rituals and are gaining popularity as healing sites. This field talk explores the flowing relationships between wells and wellness in and at the edge of the city and considers the place and value of such liminal healing sites in the contemporary urban world.

IMMA’s Historical Medicinal Gardens / WALK
Walk with herbalist and forager Aaron Foley and explore the healing properties of seasonal herbs, plants, flowers, within the historical context of IMMA’s medicinal gardens. A treat for the palate, mind and body, this walk will introduce you to the abundance of edible and medicinal plants that grow all around us.
Curator’s Voice: As Above, So Below / New Art at IMMA / TALK
Rachael Gilbourne, Exhibitions IMMA will introduce the artworks and projects that were created specifically for the exhibition As Above, So Below at IMMA, including Koo Jeong A’s work in the Gardeners Cottage and Stephan Doitschinoff, whose work is presented on the courtyard entrance to the Main Galleries.
8.15pm & 9pm / FORMAL GARDENS / UPPER
Yoga & Synergy Dance Interactive Workshops
Across two 30mins workshops Danielle Vierling, Synergy Dance Facilitator, and Julian Arranz, Polarity Therapist, invite you to explore spiritual feelings & mind-body connectivity through movement and dance. Exploring how to balance conceptual divisions of shadow/ light, earth/ heaven, female /male to unite the body as one - this workshop offers an embodiment experience where science meets spirituality and creative expression arise. No special clothing required.

8.15pm & 9pm / FORMAL GARDENS / UPPER
Interactive Making Workshop: Building Universes / Gazing At Stars
As the evening sun falls to dusk, grab a crayon and join physicist and educator Dr Shane Bergin (UCD/ City of Physics) in exploring the celestial wonders of stars and galaxies, through an interactive experiment that challenges participants earthly perceptions of time, light, distance and travel. This workshop will be repeated across two 30minute sessions.

8.15pm - 9.15pm  / GARDEN TERRACE STAGE
Spokenword & Performance
Drawing on how occult, mysticism, and magic shaped W.B Yeats poetry and theories of history - today’s artists and poets will experiment with double narratives, creative energies and the power of the word - spanning the literary, lyrical, musical and performative. With MC Maureen Kennelly, (Director, Poetry Ireland) who will open with a few words on the medium of the spoken word; Traditions & New Sensibilities.

Deirdre Mulrooney - A Vision
W.B Yeats, Magic & the Occult; writer/journalist and broadcaster gives a short talk on intersections between music, poetry, love, history & fate.

Suzanne Walsh – The Language of Birds
An artist performance experimenting with poetic/fictional truths through song, music and aural mysteries, exploring conscious and unconscious worlds and human/animal divides.

Abby Oliveira - Dandelion
Performance poet, writer, founder of The Poetry Chicks, will perform powerful word poems on the human condition, transformation and overcoming adversity by looking within.

Stephen James Smith - Dublin You Are
Renowned spoken word artist/founder of LINGO Festival will perform poem works on Dublin’s failures and successes and Ireland's evolving cultural identity.
9.30pm & 11.30pm / SCREENING LOUNGE / LECTURE ROOM / Courtyard
Connected to As Above, So Below - A special screening of a secret cult classic film to be announced on the evening!

About the Artists and Speakers

Linder Sterling is a widely celebrated artist whose work brings together languages of graphic design, popular culture, high fashion and fine art in the production of photomontage, performance and installation. She has had solo exhibitions and retrospectives at major institutions at Tate St Ives, Hepworth Wakefield and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville Paris. Linder questions roles of gender identity and commodification in society, her feminist imagery has received world-wide recognition. Her photomontages are included in As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics and Linder also exhibited at IMMA’s Primal Architecture 2014.

Aidan Storey is Angelic Healer, Reiki Master/Teacher, Author adopts a powerful but compassionate approach in his work and using his Psychic gifts, his expertise as an Angel Therapist and a Spiritual Healer, helps people to understand their own spiritual identity. Through his unique synergy with the Angels and Spirit Guides, he uncovers the real problems that prevent people taking their journey to enlightenment and fulfillment.Aidan, as a healer, sets out to find the root cause of an issue. He moves through each problem layer by layer, taking it apart until he reaches the core issue. Once the real problem is identified, the Angels allow him to guide his client towards healing. Aidan provides not only a set of answers but also the information to progress along a spiritual Path that will work for you.Aidan has become established as one of the leading Psychics, Angel Therapists® and Angel Readers (including Angel Cards) in Ireland. His reputation as a gifted Spiritual Healer is also recognised in the United Kingdom, Europe and the USA. Aidan's book, Angels of Divine Light, reached the best-seller list in Ireland.

Ronan Foley is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at Maynooth University and started work here in 2003. I currently teach courses on GIS and Health Geographies at undergraduate level. I am the course leader of the MSc. in GIS and Remote Sensing and also teach on the MA Geography course. My research is primarily in the area of health geography, with significant publications on therapeutic landscapes, healthy blue space and health care services while I also research on historical and cultural geographies. I have been a PI or Co-PI on a wide range of funded research including current projects funded by the  Environmental Protection Agency and the UK's Economic and Social Research Council. Prior to my arrival in Maynooth I worked at the University of Brighton from 1988 to 2003 and I have also taught at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2015 and as an occasional lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. Foley R. (2013) 'Small health pilgrimages: Place and practice at the holy well'. Culture and Religion :  Foley, R;Kistemann, T (2015) 'Blue space geographies: Enabling health in place'. Health and Place.

Dr Shane Bergin is a physicist and an assistant professor in science education at UCD¿s School of Education. Shane's research focuses on teaching and learning in physics and both in formal settings like lecture-halls or labs and also in more informal settings (like a metro train). In recent years, Shane has been awarded several fellowships to support his research. These include Marie Curie Actions and support through Science Foundation Ireland's SIRG programme. Dr Bergin was awarded a BA(Mod) in Nanoscience from Trinity College Dublin in 2003 and a PhD for his research with carbon nanotubes in 2008. Shane is the founder of City of Physics a campaign to spark physics conversations around Dublin based on physics posters, art and projections dotted around the city. This follows DARTofPhysics a similar campaign on Dublin's DART train  in 2013. Shane received awards for public engagement in science from the European Commission and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for this work. In 2015, Shane began a collaboration with the National Concert Hall - blending STEM subjects with music for primary school audiences and  is interested in science education - both formal and informal processes.

Christine Danielle Vierling, studied an M.A. in International Communications & Conflict Resolution, certified Polarity Therapy (integrated intuitive energy healer), SynergyYoga/Dance teacher, Intuitive Development Expert and Guide, as well as public presenter and facilitator of events, including blessing ceremonies and sacred rituals. In her practice as an intuitive Tarot/astrology reader and teacher, she has been featured on RTE television, Dublin City Fm (103.2) Radio (several times) and in several national publications including Women's Way, IMAGE magazine, the Evening Herald and for Network Ireland Magazine. Christine Danielle is based in Dublin, Ireland serving clients and students worldwide. Gives Yoga/Dance, Healing, & Intuitive Sessions to Encourage the Heart & Inspire a Beautiful Life.

Julián A. Arranzis a Polarity Therapy Professional from Madrid, a member of I.P.E.A. (The International Polarity Education Alliance) and a member of A.E.T.P. (Spanish Polarity Therapy Association). After three years of training and practice in Polarity Therapy his goal is to teach how to discover and to connect with the deepest, authentic and higher-self to live a life full of meaning and purpose; providing the tools and knowledge necessary to become responsible of your health and wellness.  Julián studied History of Philosophy and Science in Complutense University in Madrid, is Professor of Arts, Creativity and Techniques for personal development. Furthermore he is Contemporary Visual Art Artist and author of the book "Art, pleasure and technology". 

Maureen Kennelly is Director of Poetry Ireland. Maureen has worked with a wide number of arts organisations in recent years. She was Primary Curator with the Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival for 2012 and 2013, Programme Director of the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Galway for 2009 and 2010 and curator of the All Ireland Performing Arts Conferences held in Belfast and in Derry for the past two years.She was previously director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, artistic director of the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, and she has also worked with Fishamble New Writing Theatre Company, Druid Theatre Company, The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Irish Youth Choir. In March 2011, she was creative producer of DublinSwell, staged at the Convention Centre, Dublin as the first major celebration of the UNESCO City of Literature designation.She is a member of the boards of Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Barabbas Theatre Company and The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon. She was appointed to the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland earlier this year.

Deirdre Mulrooney is a writer, broadcaster and dance historian. She is author of Irish Moves – an illustrated history of Dance and Physical Theatre in Ireland”, and “Orientalism, Orientation, and the Nomadic Work of Pina Bausch” (her PhD). As well as her ongoing freelance journalism for top Irish publications, Deirdre has contributed to several books on theatre, dance, and to RTE Sunday Miscellany Anthologies. Deirdre’s most recent radio broadcast was the first ever radio documentary on Mrs. WB Yeats.  Featuring Olwen Fouere as George Yeats; Pat Laffan as WB Yeats; Ingrid Craigie; and David Heap, intertwined with exclusive interviews with poet John Montague; Caitriona Yeats; Biographer Ann Saddlemyer; Professor Margaret Mills Harper; and former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, Mark Patrick Hederman, “Georgie’s Vision” premiered on RTE Lyric FM at 7pm on September 30, 2017.

Suzanne Walsh is a transdisciplinary artist, based in Fire Station Studios in Dublin. She works with text, audio, writing and performance around the topics of the performativity of language, animal/human relations and questions on consensus reality. Writing forms one strand part of the practice, both in the form of essays and fiction but also interventions and spoken-word performances in a gallery/lecture-hall context. She has a background in acting and theatre which she utilises within performances.  Music/sound forms the other strand of her practice, from singing and instrumentation to improvisation and experimentation with performances and recording. Drawing and installation is also used occasionally. Suzanne also has an editorial practice, including the magazine Critical Bastards. 

Abby Oliveira is a performance poet/writer/performer based in Derry. She has performed poetry throughout the UK and Ireland since 2006, and has been a solo performer since 2012. She has performed at countless events and festivals, including at Lingo festival, Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Dublin Book festival. She has also supported artists such as Scroobius Pip and Polar Bear.. Co-founder of The Poetry Chicks, she was Belfast Poetry Slam champ in 2006, finalist in the BBC4 Slam 2009, finalist in the Glastonbury Festival Poetry Slam 2009, the Ulster Slam champ in 2010, finalist in All-Ireland Slam 2010.

Stephen James Smith has been a consistent front-runner of performance poetry in Ireland for several years. Fusing old traditions and new sensibilites, Stephen James Smith has won the acclaim of audiences at home and abroad, most recently performing as part of Glen Hansard’s Imagining Home concerts in Dublin and London. Stephen is a founder of LINGO Festival, Ireland’s only spoken word festival, and poetry curator of the annual First Fortnight Festival.  His ABSOLUTE Dublin Fringe play Three Men Talking About Things They Kinda Know About (2011), co-written with Colm Keegan and Kalle Ryan, was shortlisted for the Bewley’s Little Gem Award.  While, Arise and Go!, his debut album with musician Enda Reilly, was selected by Hot Press as one of the best albums of 2011.

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