Saturday 24th, September, 2011
Where We’re At: Opening Night of Creative Campus 2011
On September 16th, 2011, 6 – 8pm artist participants who had been working on Creative Campus 2011 celebrated the opening of their exhibition Where we’re at. Work created over the summer long programme was displayed in the Big Picture, a technology-based community information centre run by South Dublin County Council.
The participants were mentored by support artists Matt Green, Joan Healy and Stuart Sloan and were invited to use the resources available in the Big Picture, particularly the technologies it contains, and to explore the site’s physicality, use and significance. Work created involved mixed-media installation, animation, video, sound and performance art.
Where we’re at speaks of many things: where we’re are at in terms of the physicality of this building and the geographical area of Tallaght, but also where the artists are at in relation to the development of their practice, and even where we’re at as a society in our current socio-economic and political development.
The processes involved in creating work have promoted interesting debates on how to develop a positive future for the numerous vacant buildings in the area surrounding Tallaght’s Cultural Quarter, near the Tallaght LUAS stop.
Artist participants who took part:
Sara Amido is a 2011 Fine Art graduate from the National College of Art and Design. The Lisbon born artist deals with mediation and translation; interpretation and misinterpretation; language and text. saraamido.com
Jake Bourke is a student in the National College of Art and Design’s Sculpture and Combined Media course. His practice is centered around the nature of human experience in relation to contemporary technology.
David Collier is a Mechatronic engineering graduate currently studying for a Masters in Music and Media Technology in Trinity College Dublin. His interests include music, film and the interactive arts. davidcollier.ie
Maggie Connolly is a multimedia artist and arts administrator currently living and working in Dublin. Her practice is mainly through lens-based media, and is concerned with topics such as perception and reality, personal experiences and research into social engagement.
Sinead Curran‘s work explores the relationship between cinema and architecture, with particular focus on modern architecture. Tension is created between the architectural space used in cinema and the real space. This film explores cinema’s capacity to function in a similar way, to describe the fictional utopian dream of what Tallaght was meant to be. The film is shot in unused spaces in Tallaght, casting a character in a failed utopia. Imagined futures are built upon images informed by cinema’s past and derived from our present, along with the stories that have shaped our own cultural evolution. Influence has been taken from from early 1900s and 1970s sci-f films, particularly the work of HG Wells and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Terence Erraught. terenceerraught.com
Shane Finan graduated from Sligo I.T. with a degree in Fine Art in 2008. He has since worked as an artist, events manager, promoter and curator. He recently completed a residency programme in Iceland, and has upcoming shows in New York and Beijing. He has shown nationally and internationally and has been instrumental in the establishment of gallery spaces and festivals in Sligo. He works primarily with paint and mixed media installation.
Eillis Murphy is a multimedia artist who uses print, sculpture, collage, book art, photography and drawing, combining these elements to form installation pieces.
Niamh O’Doherty is an Irish artist currently living and working in London, England. She graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2010. Niamh is an interdisciplinary artist concerned with capturing one version of reality and conveying it onto an audience in a way they can associate with it on a personal and intimate level.