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Sources of Good Stuff / Affective Things, entanglements of a connected home
« on: December 02, 2017, 01:37:36 PM »

In the Internet of Things (IoT), not only people will interact with objects, but also Things with other Things, creating more complex material landscapes. However, IoT interactions so far are mostly mobile phones just used as remote controls (e.g., open windows, starting laundry cycles, etc.).

With Affective Things, we want to explore more complex interrelationships between Things. We investigate how objects affect others in their temporal and spatial proximity, and how interactions could be carried and moved through the house by Things.

On the other hand, we want to explore to which extent will Things be able to understand our behaviour from their limited perspective. With a series of everyday objects that collaboratively try to understand what is going on around them, we show some fictions and frictions of Things to Things.

The project is a collaboration between Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccardi and The Incredible Machine, made possible through a Design United demonstrator grant.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 18:30 to 19:30
In advance of our February 2018 exhibition FAKE which looks at everything from biomimicry to forged documents, scandals to substitutes, curator Oron Catts joins us for a talk on the transformation of life forms that have been intentionally manipulated by humans into cultural objects.

This talk will probe this point in time, when biology is becoming an engineering pursuit, life becomes a raw material, and the biotech industry is aiming to develop consumer products; capturing the public imaginary with fantastic stories of hope and horror ushered by the new biological age. In the context of the up and coming FAKE exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin, Oron will explore how the different social contracts of science, engineering, art and design are been exploited to generate different narratives of the new ecology of the made and the grown.

Oron Catts

Oron Catts is the Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia and a Professor at Large in Contestable Design at The Royal College of Arts, London. Oron Catts is an artist, designer, researcher and curator who is consider as a pioneer in the field of biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, at The University of Western Australia. Under Catts’ leadership SymbioticA won the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007),the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008.

Events / Transmediale - Berlin
« on: September 14, 2017, 10:02:19 PM »
transmediale is a Berlin-based festival and year-round project that draws out new connections between art, culture, and technology. All activities of transmediale aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and politics as saturated by media technologies. In the course of its 30 year history, the annual transmediale/festival has turned into an essential event in the calendar of media art professionals, artists, activists, and students from all over the world. Since 2011, transmediale also has an all-year ongoing activity, including a residency program. These activities provide a sustainable structure of feedback, research, and reflection that interacts with the annual festival.


« on: August 14, 2017, 05:31:25 PM »

This public seminar explores the future of work in our society, particularly in more socio-economically disadvantaged communities. A diverse group of contributors will explore issues under 2 headings – Modes of Production and Modes of Exchange. This event is free but please register here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/after-the-futureof-work-tickets-36909723978.

The seminar on the 25th of August from 10.00 – 3p.m. at Robert Emmet CDP offices on Usher Street.  It is a key element of a wider exhibition “AFTER THE FUTURE…”, which seeks to create a public discussion around the future of work and new modes of exchange emerging within this shift. This is also an opportunity for the Robert Emmet CDP to reflect on an increasing employment gap emerging in the current economy, and its implication for future generations.

Modes Of Production (10 – 12)
10.15 – 11.00 Understanding Digital Labour – 
Dr. Kylie Jarrett. Department of Media Studies (Maynooth University)
11.00 -11.30 Training our replacements: the kind of problem big data is. – Dr. Conor Mc Garrigle. Department of Fine Art (DIT)
11.30 – 12.00 Income inequality and the future of unionisation
 – Dr. Eoin Flaherty. Department of Social Studies and Law (UCD)
12.00 – 12.30 Discussion

12.30 – 1.15 Lunch
Modes of Exchange (1 – 3)
1.15 – 1.45 The Contributory Economy
 – Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick Head of Research and Dean of GradCAM (DIT)
1.45 – 2.15 Dis-creating Work – David Erixon. Head of Innovation – Ulster Bank.
2.15 – 2.45 MODE : D – Dr. Glenn Loughran. Department of Fine Art ( DIT)
2.45 – 3.00 Discussion and Close

Sources of Good Stuff / Critical Art Ensemble
« on: August 06, 2017, 09:44:04 PM »

(CAE) is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specialisations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and the New Museum in NYC; the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; the ICA, London; the MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the London Museum of Natural History.

The collective has written 7 books, and its writings have been translated into 18 languages. Its book projects include: The Electronic Disturbance (1994), Electronic Civil Disobedience & Other Unpopular Ideas (1996),Flesh Machine: Cyborgs, Designer Babies, & New Eugenic Consciousness (1998), Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media (2001), Molecular Invasion (2002), Marching Plague (2006), and Disturbances,(2012).

Sources of Good Stuff / The New Aesthetic
« on: July 30, 2017, 05:11:44 PM »

Reading List / FoundFutures: Chinatown (2007)
« on: July 29, 2017, 11:34:43 PM »
Published on Dec 3, 2007 
Final Report submitted to the Mayor and Honolulu Arts Alliance. This report summarizes the activities of FoundFutures (Jake Dunagan and Stuart Candy), and many other collaborators and participants, in the Fall of 2007 to provoke and engage citizens, business owners, and leaders in a wide-spread and inclusive community futures initiative.


Sources of Good Stuff / Rhizome: Net Art Anthology
« on: July 27, 2017, 10:14:52 PM »

This two-year online exhibition will present 100 artworks from net art history, restaging and contextualizing one project each week.
Devised in concert with Rhizome's acclaimed digital preservation department, Net Art Anthology also aims to address the shortage of historical perspectives on a field in which even the most prominent artworks are often inaccessible. The series takes on the complex task of identifying, preserving, and presenting exemplary works in a field characterized by broad participation, diverse practices, promiscuous collaboration, and rapidly shifting formal and aesthetic standards, sketching a possible net art canon.

Events / Dinner at Robby's: 7:30pm
« on: July 24, 2017, 06:36:00 PM »
Food ready between 7:30 and 8pm.

The address is: 28 St Joseph’s Place, Upper Dorset Street.

Events / Exhibition: Presenting the Cultural Quarter - Kerry Guinan
« on: July 19, 2017, 08:51:53 PM »

Presenting the Cultural Quarter

‘Presenting the Cultural Quarter’ is an exhibition documenting a recent intervention into the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter by artist Kerry Guinan. Launched in 2013, the Parnell Square Square Cultural Quarter is a semi-private D.C.C. development which promises ‘renewal and growth’ in the area. In this exhibition the motives and implications of such a cultural strategy are subject to interrogation.

Guinan creates public interventions that challenge art’s complicity in neoliberal capitalism. Her work frustrates interpretation of fact from fiction by appropriating the aesthetics of institutional authority. She is the recent author of ‘The Impact and Instrumentalisation of Art in the Dublin Property Market’ and has developed a significant research practice in the intersections of art and property speculation.

Kerry Guinan is a recipient of the A4 Artist in Residence Programme 2017. The  programme was established to offer selected artists the time, space, and facilities needed to develop their professional practice in a supportive environment, while furthering the mission of our studio through projects that focus on social and political issues relevant to Dorset Street and surrounding areas.

For further information:
Website: kerryguinan.art
Contact: kerry.guinan@gmail.com


Exhibition Opening
Thursday 20th July
7pm – 10pm

Q&A with the Artist
Saturday 22nd July
7pm – 8:30pm

General Opening Hours
Fri : 12pm – 6pm
Sat: 2pm – 7pm
Sun: 2pm – 5pm

Find Us
A4 Sounds Gallery
St Joseph’s Parade
Off Upper Dorset Street
Dublin 1

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