Women of the Star Project
The Centre of Attention
The question of the exhibition is a matter of interrogating the perceived tension between, on the one hand, the autonomy of practice within established artworld systems and, on the other hand, the instrumentalisation of practice through policy imperatives operative within the public funding and commissioning of the arts.
a Breaking Ground exhibition and conference curated by Aisling Prior
With: Santiago Sierra, Hiraki Sawa, Cecily Brennan, Jota Castro, Minerva Cuevas, Jeanette Doyle, Matthieu Laurette, Janice Feighrey, Stephen Gunning, Jesse Jones, Nevan Lahart, Ken Meehan, Mark McGowan, Theresa Nanigian, Women of the Star Project, Seamus Nolan, Adam Chodzko, Hugh O'Neill, Abigail Reynolds, The Centre of Attention
Using the unique setting of the old and now unused swimming pool in Ballymun, the Art in the life World exhibition reflects on and extends the themes of the conference. A disparate range of local, national and internationallly renowned artists are brought together in Dublin to occupy, challenge and provoke in this changing part of the city.
Conference: 'ART AND AUTONOMY?'
28 and 29 February 2008 Civic Centre, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Prof Tony Bennett, JJ Charlesworth, Daniel Jewesbury, Lu Jie, Maria Lind, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Ailbhe Murphy, Tone Olaf Nielsen, Tim Stott and Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto, Dr Mick Wilson
The question of 'Art in the Life World' is a matter of interrogating the perceived tension between, on the one hand, the "autonomy" of practice within established artworld systems - independent spaces, galleries, art journals, fairs, public museums, private collections - and, on the other hand, the "instrumentalisation" of practice through policy imperatives operative within the public funding and commissioning of the arts - e.g., agendas rooted in regeneration, creative cities marketing, cultural tourism, and urban area identity construction and re-branding. 'Art in the Life World' seeks to problematise this crude opposition by inviting speakers to examine these issues from a number of different perspectives. The conference questions the agency of artists, curators, audiences, commissioners and other players within the changing contexts and dynamics of contemporary market, policy, funding, and discursive frameworks. It seeks to map the diversity of competing strategies and the kinds of critical contest at work in contemporary practice. Using the unique setting of the old and now unused swimming pool in Ballymun, the Art in the life World exhibition reflects on and extends the themes of the conference.
Breaking Ground, the percent for art programme for Ballymun Regeneration Limited, was launched in Ballymun in February 2002. To date Breaking Ground has launched some of the most significant, diverse and challenging public art projects in the history of the State, and as such is widely recognised as the flagship for contemporary public art projects in Ireland.
Breaking Ground has commissioned a huge variety of contemporary art projects, from permanent bronze works such as Andrew Clancy's Cathode / Anode located outside the main civic building in Ballymun, to large scale temporary projects such as Seamus Nolan's Hotel Ballymun.
Breaking Ground is committed to being a continual and progressive resource within the local community. Breaking Ground is also keen to create intelligent debate and discussion about contemporary art, challenging perceptions about what can be achieved within communities. As such Breaking Ground has 2 key aims: to bring attention nationally and internationally to projects organised within Ballymun; and to expand and enrich the lives of communities through experiences with contemporary art.
Old Swimming Pool
Ballymun - Dublin
Wednesday to Sunday 1 to 6pm