Artist Talk: Sibyl Montague  with Jonny Dillon and Sarah Pierce

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Artist Talk: Sibyl Montague with Jonny Dillon and Sarah Pierce

Artist Sibyl Montague will be joined by archivist Jonny Dillon and artist Sarah Pierce to talk about Claí na Péiste Claí na Péiste .

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Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 5-9 Temple Bar DUBLIN 2 Dublin Ireland

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  • 1 hour
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Join exhibiting artist Sibyl Montague in the gallery for a conversation with Jonny Dillon. TBG+S studio artist Sarah Pierce will give an introduction and moderate the conversation. Jonny Dillon, archivist at the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, developed research with Sibyl Montague for her current solo exhibition Claí na Péiste (Worm’s Ditch).

Claí na Péiste (Worm’s Ditch) is an exhibition of new work by Irish artist, Sibyl Montague at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios. The film work accumulates culturally symbolic references to the pig in Irish folkloric storytelling, everyday life and contemporary ecology. Montague employs a range of traditional and digital animation in this film installation, with hand illustration, CGI, and puppetry. The film’s narrative focuses on inter-species relationships and human connections to animals as both product and kin. Referring to early-Irish legends that tell of journeys of growth and transformation, Montague ushers us through models of quantum entanglement, or wormholes. These references to echtrae (adventures) and immram (voyages) to otherworlds of Tír na nÓg (Land of Youth) and Magh Meall (Plain of Joy), inform the dreamlike pacing and structure of the film.

Sibyl Montague's practice explores transdisciplinary forms of usability, making assemblage-based works that combine vegetable, textile, digital and 'poor' material sources; hacking commodity goods and media. Presented as 'tools' or series of assembled objects of use, her work focuses on disruptive, intimate and generative processes of making that aim to remediate and reroot mass material to its base as extractive, sentient and ecological.

Jonny Dillon is an archivist at the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin. He is a research editor for the National Folklore Collection’s online platform Dúchas.ie, and produces and hosts the Collection’s podcast Blúiríní Béaloidis. He composes electronic music under the pseudonym Automatic Tasty and writes fingerpicking, instrumental, acoustic guitar music under his own name.

Sarah Pierce is currently a studio artist at TBG+S. Since 2003, she has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project, characterised by forms of gathering in historical examples and those she initiates. The processes of research and presentation that Sarah Pierce undertakes demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural work and a continual renegotiation of the terms for making art, the potential for dissent and self-determination. Sarah Pierce works with installation, performance, archives, talks and papers, often opening these up to the personal and the incidental in ways that challenge received histories and forms of making.