Artists Residency Programme 2019
Aodhán Rilke (IRL)
1 July to 20 July, 2019
During this inaugural critical writing residency at Uillinn Aodhán hopes to develop two writing projects, both of which take up the theme of the nature of collaboration in the artistic sphere.
The first, ‘Plus One’, is in partnership with this year’s West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry and is simply a series of open invitations to attend a ticketed event in Aodhán's company as guests of the festival. ‘PlusOne’ is something of an experiment for him in ‘live writing’ and may take any form of response we decide or as suggests itself. The idea is to take the playful constraint of blogging as a prompt for a stimulating ‘real world’ exchange.
The second, ‘Elective Affinities’, is an opportunity to connect with a community of interest at Uillinn in a more considered way, with an eye to building on the relationships and connections that form. Writing here is in service to an ongoing critical dialogue and his residency would be research towards a possible text about an artist currently in residence or, perhaps, on an area of mutual interest and inquiry. Aodhán would be especially interested in exploring creative affinities and interrelationships between media.
Born in Dublin, Aodhán Rilke is a visual artist and art writer, living in West Cork. In his studio near Inchigeelagh he offers occasional drawing workshops and hosts a regular life drawing session. A graduate in Fine Art from IADT, Aodhán has an M.Phil in Art History from TCD and his approach to creative process is informed by both strands of study and marked by a strong interest in the history and theory of drawing. As part of an informal studio network of artists, he has been involved in independent group exhibitions in non-art spaces in Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny. He has also written exhibition texts for the Molesworth gallery in Dublin and, most recently, an essay to accompany Patrick Redmond’s end-of-residency exhibition in 2018 at the Periphery Space in the Gorey School of Art.
Seán Gallagher (USA)
26 July to 17 August, 2019
For his residency at Uillinn, Seán Gallagher will continue with two series of work - portraiture in landscape as well as depictions of seascapes. The portraits are images of students at Central Connecticut State University who face particular challenges, based on race, ethnicity, and religion, which are enacted in the rendering of surrounding ground in which they stand. The seascapes, also symbolic in nature, are part of a series entitled These Wine-Dark, Warming Currents which references the global challenge of climate change. Seán will continue with this work, as well as landscapes/seascapes near Skibbereen, using the opposite palette of those ocean images. Seán Gallagher's recent work includes Emerging, a series portraying individual students from Central Connecticut State University, “emerging” or becoming, within a thematically and aesthetically linked context or background and A Child in Song, images depicting children absorbed in the act of singing.
Micheál O'Connell (UK)
1 July to 31 August, 2019
We are pleased to announce that Micheál O'Connell (a.k.a. Mocksim) was awarded a residency here at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre for two months this summer. His residency will coincide with Skibbereen Arts Festival, to which Micheál had made a contribution in 2017 with a presentation as part of the Artificial Intelligence | Artificial Stupidity event organised by art manoeuvres at Uillinn that year. His interest in the, often invisible, mundane bureaucratic mechanisms that surround us, made strong connections with Sheelagh Broderick and Michael Holly (art manoeuvres) and co-presenter Jennifer Redmond, all artists in residence at Uillinn at the time. We look forward to seeing how Micheál will build on the relationships and connections that he has formed in West Cork and link this to his work in the UK during his residency here from 1 July to 31 August. Micheál was recently awarded an Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice (DYCP) grant partly to support his residency at Uillinn. In his own words. here are further details about his interests and intentions during the residency:
‘I describe myself as a systems interference artist.
Since exhibiting photographs taken by traffic wardens in a series called Contra-Invention in 2010 I have initiated many similar hacks. I found it was possible to access courier company ‘point-of-delivery signatures’ (the ones you make on those tracking devices when a package arrives). These were then compiled into a book, a slideshow, a poster was printed, and other material created for exhibitions. The title Missing You was chosen because packages often arrive at the wrong time or are misdelivered. Despite all the technology, the system is dysfunctional.
Later I discovered that the supermarket self-checkout machines, being rolled out in many areas, could be used to buy nothing. Hundreds of the resulting zero-transaction receipts were collected and exhibited in various ways. More recently I sent money flowing unnecessarily around bank accounts, used a mobile handset as speed-camera, and created symphonies through simultaneous use of sat-nav applications while driving between destinations. The found materials, digital ready-mades so to speak, are presented directly with little embellishment (for example PODS or A0 Zero Receipt Poster). When the opportunity arises, physical objects connected with everyday functional systems are retained and exhibited too (Housing for instance). Also methods are shared in the form of instructions or ‘tutorials’ (How to Buy Nothing is a popular example). Lastly elements may be incorporated into more abstracted performances (a recorded live stream of one such is Banky) or the short looping films I terms simupoems (see Navigating). The latter often employ 3D modelling and animation tools, physics engines or algorithmic sequences.
My work has been presented in project spaces, and established locations such as Matt’s Gallery and the Whitechapel Art Gallery (in London), Lighthouse (in Brighton, UK) and Wandesford Quay Gallery (Cork). Contra-Invention had been invited to Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles, was subsequently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and part of From Here On at Arts Santa Mónica, Barcelona.
As well as developing new work during the residency period at Uillinn, in the same spirit as the initiatives described above, I want to perfect a method for date-specific online broadcasting I have been developing. I am a member of the following, ABC Artist's Books Cooperative, The London Group, APEC Artists' Studios and The Cybernetics Society and I am interested in strengthening and maintaining links between partners, groupings, collaborators and other artists in Britain and Ireland (whatever happens post-Brexit). I would like to invite individual artists to critique my approach, with me giving them feedback if desired. Lastly, I may organise some walking tours around Skibbereen to discuss everyday items of interest such as signage, shop-front imagery, road markings, retail machinery, parked cars and delivery vehicles.’
19 August to 17 September 2019
For his residency at Uillinn, David Bickley will continue his exploration of landscape and mythology through the lens of immersive film and audio. Using the River Ilen as a narrative thread, his intention is to weave a story based on fragments of local folklore and a mythological motif. The resultant work will be available to be shown as an immersive installation and he also intends to present some of the elements created in a live performance format.
Anglo Irish artist, filmmaker and musician David Bickley (b. 1961) audio visual works/installations are abstracted, largely process led adventures mainly on themes of nature/landscape but also with points of reference to mythology and symbolism. They rely heavily on texture and mood and tend to sacrifice the topographical in an attempt to capture the spirit of the places depicted using memory or feeling. Other works are digitally manipulated landscapes designed to evoke a sense of animation and accelerated time-scale. His practice incorporates film, music, video, immersive environments and sound art. David graduated from WSCAD with a BA in film in 1983. Past exhibitions of his work have included Gallery of City Museum of Aveiro, Portugal; Haun Tie Art Museum, Beijing, China; Common Ground International Touring Exhibition; Lewis Art Gallery, Jackson Mississippi; Centre For Creative Practices, Dublin; Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; Glucksman, Cork; The Big Chill Festival,Eastnor, England; County Hall, Cork; Eisge, Carlow; The Dock, Leitrim; and Darklight, Dublin. David Bickley lives and works in Cork, Ireland.
Cross Species Kinship
Michele O’Connor Connolly and Janice McEwen
28 October 2019 to 3 February 2020
Meeting two years ago on a public art project in Cork, Michele and Janice quickly came to realise that although they have very different backgrounds and experiences, they share many interests. Michele is a West Cork local artist interested in marks made by humans in the landscape and works through oral culture, folk tradition and critical research and has a deep interest in the politics of society and the navigation of civilization through time. She explores the tension between urban and rural living/existence and the navigation of civilization finding pathways through time with a historical and archaeological reference. Janice has spent many years in the Northern Territory of Australia where her work focussed on the dingo and the different ways it is regarded by Aboriginal and settler culture. She also supported a number of Indigenous artists and communities through community cultural development programs. She became convinced that the way in which Aboriginal people care for country and everything that lives within it has important lessons for us all as we face the challenges of global warming and the extinction of species.
In their conversations these two artists discovered a really interesting crossover and significant similarities between indigenous cultures from Australia and Irish ancient beliefs and from these conversations their Cross Species Kinship project was born.