LCGA Events

Free Events for "Trompe Le Monde"

Wednesday 2 March - Saturday 5 March 2011
Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick

Wednesday 2 March 2011, 4pm
“Horror Hardly Happens”
Mary Conlon in conversation with James Merrigan.

Over the last three years, James' work has dealt with the obsessions and addictions inherent in the so-called ‘dark’ aspects of culture.  A recent film work titled GOTH-HEAD, exhibited at Occupy Space, could be viewed as a sort of identity label for his art practice which has utilised the ‘cliché’ to re-form cultural beliefs, identities and interpretations of place, with humour and potential fear from a filmic perspective.

James Merrigan is a mixed-media and video installation artist based in Dublin.  He was awarded the Irish Residential Studio Award at Red Stables for 2011.  He received a BA in Fine Art at IADT (2004), a MFA at NCAD (2008) and was awarded the NCAD Graduate Award (2008).  He has exhibited throughout Ireland and is a published writer on art. Most recently selected by the Director of the RHA, Patrick T. Murphy, for a solo show at Roscommon Arts Centre, March 2011. Current projects include the creation of an online art criticism journal called +BILLION-.  In 2012 he will have a solo show at the LAB, Dublin.

Thursday 3 March 2011, 8pm
Six Memos and Videogram present “Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe”, a Les Blank film and “Gypsy Soul Disco”, a Nicky Larkin film.

"Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" (1979)
Yes, German film director Werner Herzog really does eat his shoe to fulfill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Morris -- boldly exemplifying his belief that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of. Inspiring.  Screened with kind permission of the director Les Blank, for further information

"The Gypsy Soul Disco" (2010)
MART is a non-profit art organisation with bases in Ireland and the UK.  In the summer of 2010, they took their touring group show 'An Instructional' on the road, visiting five European cities over the course of two months, reaching an audience of over 10,000 people in the process.  "The Gypsy Soul Disco" is an experimental documentary charting their journey across Europe, giving a behind the scenes insight into the challenges shared by this eclectic group of artists; in a unique mix of personalities, culture and soul.  Directed by Nicky Larkin.  Produced by Matthew Nevin & Ciara Scanlan.

Videogram Limerick was set up October 2010 by artists Alan O Keeffe and Joanna Hopkins out of their love of film and desire to showcase Irish and international film and film-makers.  Dedicated to enticing people away from their solitary TV screens, the aim of the film screenings is to show work followed by a conversation between the creator and an engaged audience.  Screenings are held in The Project Space, Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick city.

Friday 4 March 2011, 4pm
Carnegie Reading Circle on the theme: “Heroes or Villains”.

Please join us for the Carnegie Reading Circle at Occupy Space on Friday 4 March from 4-6pm.  This is an informal, social event where guests are invited to read to the group a text or extract from a text on the theme of "Heroes or Villains".  Guests are encouraged to be as creative as they please with their choice.  Previous texts have been selected from a wide variety of sources such as scientific texts, poetry, hacking guides, historical documents, fictional writing and personal correspondence.

Refreshments will be served.

Saturday 5 March 2011, 3pm
Alpha Omega Workshop facilitated by Helen Horgan and Mary Conlon.

A workshop devised by Jessica Foley of The Writers' Workshop (Dublin) in response to the work of Helen Horgan in "Trompe Le Monde".  The workshop will focus on the two main dichotomous building structures used in the work "The Horse's Mouths": the Alpha "A Frame" (or triangular form), which is a strong landed building structure, and the Omega (boat Hull shape) which has to float. The dichotomy rests between land and sea, lightness and weight, structures of movement and structures of inertia. Participants will gain some new skills and new ways of thinking about text, art and translation.

All events will be held at Occupy Space, Thomas Street, Limerick.  Admission is free.  As places are limited, booking is advised:

“Trompe Le Monde” is a polyphonic response to Calvino’s Multiplicity lecture featuring five artists with distinct artistic practices: Juan Fontanive, Dana Gentile, Helen Horgan, James Merrigan and Michael Murphy.  Their re-evaluation of the lecture from the historical vantage point of this millennium is the starting point for the exhibition.  Each artist interprets the lecture differently and while they share recurring motifs, the works reveal the lecture to be more than a formula for aesthetics.  Connections are made philosophically and conceptually, offering the exhibition as a method of knowledge in itself.  Just one manifestation of a myriad of potential outcomes, “Trompe Le Monde” unspools Ariadne’s thread through the labyrinthine complexities of our time – through the artists’ aspirations to weave a vision of the world.  “Truth is not born nor is it to be found inside the head of an individual person, it is born between people collectively searching for truth” (Mikhail Bakhtin, Dialogic Imagination). In the exhibition, stylistic variety and analytical consistency compose the counterpoint to Calvino’s lecture on the combinatorics of contemporary experience.

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