Monday, February 27, 2012

DIY Media and Object Hacking Workshop with Cliona Harmey & Saoirse Higgins

DIY media and object hacking workshop FEB 24th and 25th (1.5 day session) in partnership with VAI  Professional Development Training 

This hands-on workshop session will explore a range of DIY & hardware & object hacking approaches to media art practice. It will discuss the ethos and history of hacking devices, media and objects. Using a mixture of everyday cheap electronics, opensource tools (arduino) and found materials participants will create and work with sensors/switches in order to control motors/lights/media (sound & video clips). The workshop will be accompanied by a basic resource site with links to additional resources (books, websites, suppliers etc).


Cliona Harmey is an artist and lecturer. She is particularly interested in the histories & artifacts of communication technologies (flags, semaphores, computers, camera etc). Recent work often combines sculpture with newer technologies (networked live data/ cctv camera feeds etc). She studied sculpture at NCAD, Hdip Computer Science at UCD and has a MA in Visual Practices from DLIADT. She is based in Dublin and works at the Media Dept at NCAD. Recent projects include “Quantified Self” at The Lab Dublin, Unbuilding, eMobilart International Media Residency.

Saoirse Higgins is an artist from Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse is interested in revealing some of the connections between our visions of the world we live in, our expectations for the future and the technology we use to help us with this. She explores the contested spaces of public-private, man-machine, man-nature. Her work is process-driven and has a scientifically influenced, playful approach. Saoirse shown her work at festivals and galleries such as Montreal Film and New media festival, Transmediale, Siggraph, Exit Art and Location One gallery, New York. She has held residences at e-Mobilart Lab, Disonancias in Spain, Location1 gallery in New York and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is also a member of the international artist group The Grafting Parlour.

Both Cliona and Saoirse are artists who have worked together before and are generous in their interatctions and collaborations with others.  Both work in academic and other learning settings. Cliona has been part of Blackletter artists collective which provide information and other services to artists peers.

Here are further links to work by Cliona and Saoirse.

Both Cliona and Saoirse have recently produced new work for the exhibition Quantified Self, below, at The LAB Gallery, Dublin City Council

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The History of North Clare in 100 Objects


Wednesday February 15th  at 8pm in the Gallery

The history of North Clare is encapsulated in all kinds of objects from the High Crosses
 at Kilfenora to the lowly creamery can left abandoned at Lismorahan.

So far in the series we have had a wonderful cross-section of historical times through a
 presentation of stone age axe heads – traditional bilingual stories – school roll books
 – a wheel barrow an old brehon law text – fishing nets – needle work and craft objects

An interesting feature has emerged of how important local ballads are in recording and 
transmitting local history of events and characters.

This meeting will have a particular emphasis on letter writing 
and the importance of communication and the post in our story.

History is lying and dying all around us
if only the walls could speak”

All welcome

Monday, February 13, 2012

Re/Imagining Birth

Re/Imagining Birth
 An exhibition by

 Martina Hynan                                   
in the Red Couch Space
FEB 17 – MARCH 15, 2012

Official opening: Feb 18th at 4pm

This work imagines how birth was seen through the eyes of women in Ireland before medical intervention became the norm.  It engages with the empowering possibilities associated with early birth traditions and weaves renewed connections across cultures.   Re/Imagining Birth is part of my on-going work on the visual culture of birth in Ireland that I began in 2008 with Keeping Mum, Community Art Project and am pursuing through my PhD research at UCD.
The viewer is invited to gaze upon ancient traditional birth spaces taken from Sheela-na-gig imagery and the Mandorla tradition.  A Mandorla is made up of two separate circles coming together to form an almond-shaped symbol of birth.  The word mandorla is taken from the Latin for almond.  This balanced sacred space has provided women with a powerful way of visualizing birth.  My work seeks to continue this ancient tradition into the future.
Martina Hynan

Sunday, February 12, 2012



An exhibition of photography by Carol Kennedy and Ilsa Thielan


Official opening : Saturday February 18th at 4 pm by Marie Connole, artist

Two artists, Carol Kennedy and Ilsa Thielan, join forces in a stunning exhibition of
photography in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from Saturday the 18th of February
to Thursday, the 15th of March 2012. Both follow their intuition to capture the essence
of moments precious to them.

Ilsa Thielan’s exhibited work is a homage to the people of the Sahara, who she met when travelling to the Festival au Desert about 65 kilometers beyond the legendary town of Timbuktu way out in the vastness of the Sahara. Under a scorching hot sun she camped with them capturing unforgettable moments of desert life and friendship. With her camera she works in a gentle way as if part of her body, her tool, her paint brush. Her portraits radiate a vibrant, passionate energy as well as a lovely spirit. Ilsa’s desert scenes have a mystical remoteness like her camel rider “He came from afar” or her camp “at the edge of the night” where a lone tree reaches out to tents and camels in haunting twilight. Poetry she wrote in the desert accompanies the exhibition.

And there are Carol Kennedy’s nocturnal moonscapes creating an amazing contrast to the colourful Saharan scenes. Though Carol’s fascinating photographs are taken in Ireland, the  same cold moon is moving through the night sky in the Sahara. Carol captures the essence
of the ephemeral moment one has to respond instantly to or loose it, her camera merely acting
as an extension of herself. There are the fine branches of a tree touching a full white moon as if  gently stroking a gem stone, or the moon is mysteriously partly hidden in the dark of a landscape. Carol captures glimpses of nature at night in her photographs weaving through the exhibition like another kind of poetry.

The exhibition is opened by artist Marie Connole on Saturday, 18th of February, 4 p.m. Everybody welcome! It runs until 15th of March 2012 in the Courthouse Gallery, Parliament Street,  Ennistymon, Co. Clare. Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 - 4 p.m.