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The Limerick Spring Festival of Politics and Ideas 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

Art in Uncertain Times

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The Limerick Spring is very excited to host a series of talks followed by a panel discussion entitled ‘Art in Uncertain Times’ with Kerry Guinan, Vukasin Nedeljkovic, Eve Olney, Executive Steve, Dara Waldron and Fiona Woods.

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Kerry Guinan

Kerry Guinan is an artist and researcher based in Dublin. Through interventions, performances, and experiments in the public sphere, her work critiques art's role in the neoliberal economy. Recent projects include Presenting the Cultural Quarter, an intervention and solo exhibition in A4 Sounds, Liberate Art, a performative candidacy in the Irish General Election 2016, and 'The Impact and Instrumentalisation of Art in the Dublin Property Market', a publication investigating art's effect on Dublin property values.

Vukasin Nedeljkovic initiated the multidisciplinary project Asylum Archive.

Asylum Archive is a platform open for dialogue and discussion inclusive to individuals who have experienced a sense of sociological/geographical ‘displacement’, social trauma and violence. It is an act of solidarity to bring a different perspective on the life of people who came to Ireland to seek protection. Asylum Archive’s objective is to collaborate with asylum seekers, artists, academics, civil society activists and immigration lawyers, amongst others, with a view to creating an interactive documentary cross-platform online resource, critically foregrounding accounts of exile, displacement, trauma and memory.  

Dr Eve Olney

Dr Eve Olney is an independent academic and media practitioner who explores her subjects through experimental ethnographic research. Her research interests involve challenging normalised knowledge and value structures by conceiving alternative methodological approaches to understanding archives and archival knowledge. Recent projects include: Working on Seamus Nolan’s CAPP commission project, exploring archival framing of ‘notions of representation in relation to Traveller past and heritage’. - Inhabiting the Bageion: architecture as critique (Athens, October, 2017), an exhibition of art, architecture and activism that included collaborative workshops of Collective Design and Production. -Ongoing research practice project in collaboration with Athenian-based urban activist group Urban React. - UnaGanaGuna (2017 - ) a collaborative project collecting personal histories of women born in Ireland. Teaching includes the M.Arch programme in CCAE (2014-2017) and External Examiner for Sligo IT Contextual Studies in Fine Art. Other research topics include the complicity of Art/Architecture in legitimating neo-liberal ideologies and rationales.

Executive Steve

Few names have been as synonymous with the fortunes of Jungle and Drum & Bass music in Ireland this past decade as Executive Steve's. After first cutting his teeth in a variety of venues during the mid 2000's, he eventually threw his hat in with the Reach crew in Traffic, then stuck around when Traffic became the Twisted Pepper to become a resident at Bodytonic's prestigious MUD night, while running his own night Tribe alongside his friend and musical brother Bonz. A label of their own - Ancient Ways - along with rave reviews on Resident Advisor brought a spate of well-received Irish festival appearances in its wake, as well as performances overseas in Poland, France, and Germany. He then turned his hand to curating a now-legendary series of parties named DRANK, which broke convention by programming R&B, Grime, Footwork, Reggae, Dancehall, Ghettotech and Jungle on the same lineup with an emphasis on unadulterated fun and the potential for genre cross-pollination. He has appeared in several documentaries about electronic music in Ireland including "Underestimated" and "Notes on Rave in Dublin". After nearly a decade now as the host of the long-running An Fuaim show on Raidio Na Life 106.4FM he can also reasonably legitimately claim to be one of the most enduring voices in Irish electronic music radio.

Dr. Dara Waldron

Dr. Dara Waldron teaches at Limerick School of Art and Design in Critical and Contextual Studies. He is the author of Cinema and Evil: Moral Complexities and the "Dangerous" Film and the forthcoming New Nonfiction Film: Art, Poetics and Documentary Theory (Bloomsbury, 2018). His main area of research concerns the relationship between fiction and non-fiction in film specifically. Dara is also interested in the relationship between poetics and politics in film media and contemporary art (issues that are addressed in the article 'The Utopian Promise: John Akmofrah's Poetics of the Archive,' published by the Open Library of the Humanities in February 2017). Dara also writes the experimental arts column Art Encounters for    

Fiona Woods

Fiona Woods is a visual artist whose practice crosses critical inquiry, artistic intervention and international research collaborations. She works with elements of critical spatial practice, collaborative practice and aesthetics to generate objects, images, discursive events and performative actions. Public space, social situations and the institutional site of art are used as circuits for the production and distribution of works that explore ideas of public interest or what we have 'in common'. Woods is a Fiosraigh Scholarship PhD researcher at Dublin Institute of Technology. 

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018 from 14:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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