Current Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane houses the foremost public collection of contemporary art in Ireland; the gallery also has a dynamic temporary exhibitions programme often encompassing the permanent collection. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 23:16:53 +0000 Point Blank en-gb Seamus Nolan: Traveller Collection at the Hugh Lane Seamus Nolan: Traveller Collection at the Hugh Lane

22 June - 23 September 2018

In 2017, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts came together for the first time  to commission a significant  socially engaged artist’s project in Dublin.  The call for submissions was made through CAPP the EU Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme,  a transnational partnership with Spain, Ireland, U.K Hungary, Finland and Germany and co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Following submissions from artists from all of the CAPP partners, Irish artist Seamus Nolan’s proposal was successful. One of Ireland’s foremost artists working in collaborative arts practice, Seamus Nolan’s project sees him investigating the idea of archive, deconstructing ideas on ‘heritage’ and engaging with the Traveller communities in Ireland  and Traveller activists and archivists. Seamus Nolan’s exhibition at the Hugh Lane comprises of archival material that forms the Irish Travelling People: a Resource Collection and which is  borrowed from the Special Collections of Ulster University. This remarkable collection was originally created and built up by Aileen L’Amie during her time at the Ulster University. Also on view are paintings by Mick O'Dea from the Martin Folan Collection at Pavee Point; stainless objects including cups and jugs made by Tinsmith James Collins; and handmade paper flowers made by the women of the Primary Healthcare Project at Pavee Point.  The Street Singer by Jerome Connor was loaned specially to Pavee Point on 21 June as part of CAPP Power and Practice roundtable taking place that day

A series of films on Traveller culture selected by the artist are also on view in gallery 10.


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Doireann O’Malley: Prototypes Exhibition extended to 30 September.

Doireann O'Malley's film Prototypes brings together transgender studies, science fiction, bio politics, psychoanalysis, AI, and experimental music. She skilfully ties these to phantoms of modernist utopias, epitomized by the post-war architecture of Berlin, which serves as a dreamlike scenography for the main, protagonists' ghostly actions.
- Jury Statement, Edith Russ Haus fur Media Art Stipendium, 2016.

Prototypes is a multi-screen film installation by Berlin-based Irish artist Doireann O’Malley.

Prototypes I focuses on female to male gender transition and the intra-actions of bodies, objects and drives. It is set in The Interbau Project, a modernist architectural housing project built in Berlin in the height of the cold war.

Prototypes II & III follow a further exploration of trans embodiments with trans female protagonists, going further into computer generated dream landscapes.

The combination of film, CGI (computer-generated imagery) and Virtual Reality which O'Malley is developing in relation to the construction of trans bodies and subjectivities is an interesting layering of contemporary forms and complex identities in the digital age.

The work is the result of a collaborative methodology. Part one comprised research, reading and writing sessions with the main protagonists. These included Jungian dream analysis sessions with the psycho-analyst Andrés Ocazionez and Social Dreaming workshops with gender psychiatrist Eva Sophie Philipps. Monologues were written in workshops exploring trans subjectivity with the protagonists.

O’Malley’s work is a result of this exploratory methodology which generates new forms of knowledge, drawing on a wide range of feminist perspectives within queer theory, psycho-analysis, quantum physics, genetics, cybernetics and systems biology.

Prototypes I was made with the kind support of Stiftung Kunstfonds, Edith Russ Haus Stipendium: Lower Saxony Grant for Media Art, Xposed Film Festival Production Prize and 25P Cine Support. Prototypes II will be filmed in Berlin in spring 2018. Both parts will be shown as a five screen installation at The Hugh Lane in summer 2018.

For more information on the artist see

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