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Art | Memory | Place Programme
Art | Memory | Place is a year-long programme of talks and events taking place over the course of 2015-16 in the context of the ‘decade of centenaries.’ Focusing on artists whose work addresses themes relating to memory and place, the purpose of this programme is to broaden and deepen the current discussion about the subject of remembrance and commemoration and to take account of such work.
Many artists are creating work that is concerned with memory and the past but does not necessarily take the form of a memorial or a commemorative gesture. Such work may arise out of the imperative of the artist rather than in response to an event or a public commission. Artists, critical writers and researchers are also articulating their ideas about the significance and meaning of such practice. The purpose of this programme is to broaden and deepen the current discussion about the subject of remembrance and commemoration to take account of such work.
The Art | Memory | Place programme was launched in October 2015 and the will run throughout 2016, focusing on the role of art and artists whose work addresses the subject of memory.">
Institutions of Memory: Documentary, Time and the Archive
Witness and Re-membering
Collections and Inclusivity
The seminars are open to the public – the only requirement for attendance is to read through the suggested material in advance of seminars. Click here for further information and details of suggested reading material.
Artists and Place: Susan Gogan and Beth O’Halloran
The theme of the city of Berlin is a tentative thread that ran through these very different presentations reminding us of the need to hold in mind both the particularity and universality of our experiences of and relationships to place.
Art | Memory | Place: Artist Talk
Sue Rainsford responds to Niamh O’Malley’s Memorial Gardens
Niamh O'Malley, Memorial Gardens, 2008
Made in 2008, while participating in IMMA’s Artist Residency Programme, Memorial Gardens by Niamh O’Malley is an installation comprising footage taken at the National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, Dublin, projected onto oil on etched-primed aluminium.
Sue Rainsford is an arts writer and researcher based in Dublin and Vermont.
Deranging Memory – Institutions and Proclamations
Gerry Kearns is a human geographer who works at the intersection of political, historical and medical themes. He is the author of Geopolitics and Empire (Oxford University Press 2009) and is a co-editor of Spatial Justice and the Irish Crisis (Royal Irish Academy 2014). He is working on a project called The Geographical Turn in Irish Culture (Irish Research Council) and another about the place of the Proclamation in Irish Civil Society (Irish Research Council). He is professor of Human Geography at Maynooth University and a member of the Geographical and Geosciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.
Sinéad Hogan – Aesthetics | Ressentiment | Non-place
Sinéad Hogan, Lecturer, IADT ARC MA, introduced the work of Jacques Derrida in relation to a politics of statements, trauma and impossibility. Taking as its prompt the theme of ‘remorse’ addressed in Hong-An Truong’s film The Measure of Remorse, 2009, the focus of the talk was on the radical impossibility of an apology. In doing so, this discussion explored some of the points of connection between Statecraft, a research project by IADT: ARC and IMMA’s Art | Memory | Place: Artists’ Films presented in the Project Spaces, 23 Feb – 5 April 2016.
Artists Conversation | Maya Schweizer & Maeve Connolly
Maya Schweizer and Maeve Connolly (IADT, ARC) discussed the role of film as collective modes of remembrance and memorialisation in Schweizer’s film Der sterbende Soldat von Les Milles (The dying Soldier of Les Milles) 2014.
Artist’s Talk | Hong-An Truong Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known
Artist Hong-An Truong discussed a range of projects that draw on the life and work of writer Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking (1998), which brought international attention to the military atrocities committed by Japan against China during World War II. Exploring the limitations of language in relation to trauma, this talk explored Truong's ideas of memory and remorse as it relates to her recent work.
Watch Hong-An Truong discuss her film works A Measure of Remorse, 2009, and Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known, 2016, presented in IMMA’s Project Spaces in 2016.
Hong-An Truong: 23 February - 13 March 2016
Featured Films include:
Gallery Discussion | Shot at Dawn, a psychoanalytic response
Dr. Ian S. Miller (clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst) responded to Chloe Dewe Mathews' exhibition Shot at Dawn focusing on the subject of trauma and the emergence of psychoanalytic techniques in response to early manifestations of trauma during World War One. In discussion with MA students from IADT’s ARC programme. http://arciadt.ie
This event included a range of presentations by postgraduate researchers responding to the themes of art, memory and place. The purpose of this seminar was to provide a forum for researchers exploring these themes within academic settings so that they might have a broader reach and wider application. For example, Dr. Lisa Foran considered memorialisation in terms of the ‘Politics of the Future’ and what we decide to forget. Some researchers focused on particular sites of memory such as Steven Nestor who talks about the city of Cassino in Italy, destroyed during World War II, in terms of a ‘martyred’ city; while Martina Cleary considered the photograph as a site of mnemonic return. Several presentations focused on the work of particular artists whose work is concerned with memory such as Sue Rainsford’s study of the work of Scottish artist Susan Philipsz in terms of ‘Fragmentation and Embodiment;’ Joseph Murphy’s exploration of the work of Irish artist Willie Doherty and Kerry Guinan’s focus on the work of Polish artist Artur Zmijewski.
PANEL 1 |Theory
PANEL 2: Remembrance and Forgetting
PANEL 3: Place
PANEL 4: Archive/Media
A full programme including abstracts of the research presented is available to download here (Adobe.pdf file).
Andreas Huyssen, Media of Memory in Contemporary Art
Andreas Huyssen, (Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, New York), discussed transnational art practices involving the history of European modernism and contemporary artists who deal with difficult pasts focusing on the work of Doris Salcedo, William Kentridge, and Nalini Malani.
You can listen back to his talk here.
Ann Rigney, Centenaries: what are they good for?
Keynote lecture by Professor Ann Rigney (chair of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht) and Director of the Utrecht Forum for Memory Studies, opened the Art | Memory | Place programme on Saturday 24 October 2015 with the question: Centenaries: what are they good for? She challenged some of the assumptions about historical memory and the rituals and traditions constructed around commemorative practice. This contribution was particularly timely, in the context of the decade of centenaries.
Artists Shane Cullen, Cecily Brennan and Chloe Dewe Mathews provided responses to these themes drawing on their own practice and experience. Chloe Dewe Mathew’s exhibition Shot at Dawn was on show at IMMA from Oct 2015 to March 2016. This session will be chaired by Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create.
Read curator Lisa Moran's blog on the Art | Memory | Place programme
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