There are no mountains made of gold, but we can certainly imagine one and, as the argument goes, once we’ve imagined one it exists. So it’s a paradox. The Golden Mountain is a puzzle. It’s about what we believe is real and what we think we know. It’s about how, in the course of denying something exists, we simultaneously conjure it up. It speaks to the power of representation and imagination to transform our ‘realities’ or maintain the status quo.
TULCA is a multi-venue, artist-centered festival of contemporary art that works with Irish curators to present innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of contemporary visual art. TULCA Festival champions Galway city and county as central to the contemporary visual arts community and as a hub for artists, audiences and culture. We promote the development and exhibition of the contemporary visual arts culture through a national and international network of artists, audiences, curators and art critics.
Curator TULCA 2013
Towards A New Working Class: The Glaucous Aquatic Gleam 2012
Moby Dick curated by Angela Cockaygne and Philip Hoare
read by China Mieville
screening in Aquatopia Nottingham Contemporary, Tate St Ives
Artist’s books, printed matter and ephemera
The Happy Hypocrite / The Coelacanth Journal / The Meteor
/ Her Eyes And My Voice / The Ur- Phenomenon / Ladies
of the Press / Josh Blackwell / Milly Thompson / Colophon /
Young Fresh and Relevant / Da Thirst / Er Chen / Speaking
of Destruction / AA / The Paper / Marc Camille Chaimowicz
/ POST/ The Modernist / Simone Forti / Mulitple
Possibilities / Ed Atkins / Kayak / Joe Crowdy/ X marks the
Bokship / PARADISE / Isabel Mallet / Khadija Carroll / 2HB /
Duval Timothy / Bella Pace / Brighid Lowe / Justified /
computer class / Arthur Prior / Barbara Zanditon / Eugenie
scrase / silk handkerchiefs / Patrick Coyle
TODAY the 2nd of June Myatt’s Field Park is holding a free Big Lunch with produce from their greenhouse, music on the bandstand and a plant sale
Sun 2nd June 10am-6pm
Mon 3rd June 10am-2pm
Tues 4th June 10am-2pm
Weds 5th June 10am-3pm
FREE PUBLICATION WITH EXHIBITION
The Ur-Phenomenon Esther Leslie and Melanie Jackson 2013
novel forms and new materialities
‘Novel Forms & New Materialities’ explores the radical transformations to our material world provoked by contemporary science and technology. It asks how engagement with new forms and modes of material performance promises to conjure into existence unseen materialities, narratives and possibilities. An evening of presentations, film extracts and discussion follows an afternoon creative writing workshop. Please book tickets separately for afternoon workshop and evening talk.
Talk 7-9pm (bar opens 6.30pm)
Science writer Philip Ball sets the context and considers what cultural,sociological and scientific factors have enabled these technological advancements, and our changing relationship with materials in this new “invisible era”.
Artist Melanie Jackson and writer Esther Leslie have been collaborating on an investigation into the impulse for transformation and novel forms. Contemporary science re-imagines biological and chemical function as an engineering substrate, a complex fully programmable animate object, opening up a potential for us to “grow” any form. Goethe’s idea of the Urpflanze – a primordial plant that contains within itself an infinity of potential forms – recurs startlingly in the present moment when matter, from the molecule up, is coerced to adopt fantastical forms and exhibit new behaviours. They will present readings and extracts from a forthcoming film essay and exhibition The Urpflanze (Part 2).
Afternoon writing workshop 4-6pm
‘Using Biological Themes to Engineer New Fiction’, with Rachel Rodman
Rachel Rodman demonstrates how existing literary works can be recreated using techniques from molecular biology. In this workshop, we will explore metaphors comparing texts and organisms, and examine how “genetically” altered works can serve as starting points in the composition of new fiction.
Limited places £8 (£5 students/unwaged). Early booking recommended.
Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture
A Supplement by Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie
The Global Contemporary
ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012
Globalization as a phase in the geo-political transformation of the world is at once a transformation of art – of the conditions of its production, and possibilities of its diffusion and dissemination and presence. At the same time, artists, and above all the institutions of art, are faced with the questions as to the extent to which the concept global can and must be thought – and how this reflects back on its own methods of working. The Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989 examines the way in which globalization, both with its pervasive mechanisms of the market and its utopias of networking and generosity, impacts upon the various spheres of artistic production and reception. A critical analysis of the key institutions of the art world seeks to illustrate the manner in which globalization has both shaped and itself become a theme in artistic production that intentionally creates and reviews its own conditions of possibility. WithThe Global Contemporary. Art Worlds After 1989 ZKM | Karlsruhe, imagines itself as a utopian factory a place in which local experiences of time subvert the unity of the new universal time.
The Ur-pflanze (Part One)
29 April – 20 June 2010
The Drawing Room
55 Laburnum Street
London E2 8BD
Tel 020 7729 5333
Launch event Saturday 8 May 2010
Discussion and drinks 2.00–4.00pm
Corner of Sydney Row & Mardyke Ferry Road
Bristol BS1 6UU
Viewable online from 19 April
A Series of Chapbooks
|HOST: THE STRANGER BOUND EDITION 2009
Sharon KivlandArtwords Press 200916 x 16 page books B&W reproductions. ISBN 978190644120312 x 21 cm English text. SoftcoverTransmission: Host is a series of chapbooks derived from an annual lecture series organised by Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Each week a host selects, presents, and looks after his or her guest. A critical engagement between host and guest is assumed. There is an ethics of hospitality, of making the stranger welcome. A host has a standard of conduct, and historically, hospitality has been seen as a code, a duty, a virtue, and a law. In this second series, each host invited a guest who was a stranger. Stranger’ implies one who is not known, but also incorporates the foreigner, or indeed, the odd/eccentric/uncanny. Following Jacques Derrida, the stranger is one who is irreconcilably ‘other’ to oneself, but with whom one may co-exist without hostility, to whom one must respond and to whom one is responsible. The stranger reminds one of the other at the heart of one’s being.Contributors:Breda Beban and David Cotterrell, Caroline Bergvall and Nick Thurston, Gordon Cheung and Lesley Sanderson, Tom Dale and Rose Butler, Wouter Davidts and Jaspar Joseph-Lester, William Hunt and TC McCormack, Nancy Hwang and Michael Corris, Melanie Jackson and Becky Shaw, Marko Mäetamm and Sharon Kivland, Jeremy Millar and Andrew Sneddon, Pil & Galia Kollectiv and Michelle Atherton, Olivia Plender and Hester Reeve, Snæbjörnsdóttir & Wilson and Chloë Brown, John Timberlake and Julie Westerman, Lee Triming and Gary Simmonds, Guido van der Werve and Carol Maund