Category Archives: 2015

Seachange TULCA Festival of Visual Art

Participating artists

Ann Maree Barry| Rhona Byrne| Mark Clare| Carol Anne Connolly| Colin Crotty| Culturstruction| Christo| Jason Deans| Michelle Deignan| Caroline Doolin| Angela Fulcher| Tue Greenfort| Martin Healy| Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet| Allan Hughes| Brian King| Barbara Knezevic| Clare Langan| Nevan Lahart| Richard Long| Ruth Lyons| Maggie Madden| Maria McKinney| Dennis McNulty & Ros Kavanagh| Ailbhe Ni Bhriain| Seamus Nolan| Seoidin O’Sullivan| Owen Quinlan| Oswaldo Ruiz| The Canary Project| Anaïs Tondeur & Jean Marc Chomaz| Michael John Whelan

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Richard Long Kilkenny Limestone Circle,1991 Limestone 400 cm diameter Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art Purchase, 1991

Hy-Brasil film Screening

George Bolster| Adam Chodzko| Shezad Dawood| Otolith Group| Werner Herzog| Tadhg O’Sullivan| Laura Smith

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Clare Langan, Floating World, 2015, Ruth Lyons, Afterings, 2014, Maria McKinney Abyssals, 2014

The future of the global environment may very well be the most pressing political priority of our time. This exhibition seeks to illuminate issues of climate change and our place in the changing landscape while, at the same time, examining the language associated with climatologists’ future projections–language often evocative of science fiction rather than science fact. Through a combination of the real and the imaginary the exhibiting artists create a collective call for a sea-change, literally, in our current climate policies.

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Barbara Knezevic conglomerations, constellations, 2015

Climatic shifts could engender large-scale environmental transformations leading to a cycle of entropic social and ecological upheaval ultimately threatening human’s long-term survival. In fact, one could easily imagine that our western lifestyle is being turned back upon us now with cataclysmic results.

Remote Painter Balor’s Mega Baalistic Gall Stones, 2015 private collection of ancient Irish Stones and artefacts

What’s more, carbon emissions contribute to the world’s already deplorable social and economic inequality. It creates a kind of geography of vulnerability, which is vastly different between countries and social classes–as is the international response to the situation.

Barbara Knezevic animal, vegetable, mineral, 2015

We especially, as island dwellers, are vulnerable to the rising sea levels caused by warming. According to one estimate, by the middle of this century 200 million people may become permanently displaced due to the effects of the rising sea, especially heavier floods and more intense droughts.

Brian King Cloon Project (record of an environmental sculpture project at Cloon, Co Wicklow),1980

This is the starting point of TULCA 2015. At its conceptual core it focuses on the legendary island Hy-Brasil: an island, noted on maps as early as 1325, which the Genoese cartographer Dalorto placed off the west coast of Ireland. Mythologised through oral history and written accounts, Hy-Brasil was said to be inhabited by a highly advanced society, although it could only be glimpsed through the fog every seven years. It was only omitted from sailing charts in 1865 when its location could not be verified.

There are different hypotheses on the existence of this island, and the debate continues as to whether it is fact or fiction–for instance, a raised bank off the Atlantic coast is thought to mark the site of the island which sank like the legendary Atlantis. The ways in which the myths associated with this island reflect the changing landscape of our environment form the central line of inquiry of this exhibition.

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Edward Morris / Susannah Sayler Water Gold Soil (American River Archive, doc. 2), 2015

We have entered an epoch of the anthropocene; climate change offers huge challenges to our societies and is a major test of our capacity for collaboration, imagination and resourcefulness. Art creates a platform for conversations to illustrate and encourage imaginative responses to both the history and future of the climate debate.

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Seoidín O’Sullivan Orchard System, 2015 Apple trees, platforms & mirrors Dimensions variable

Into the Silence of the Night

Lee Welch
Lee Welch

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Lee Welch (USA/Irl) , Ruth Proctor (UK), Sarah Jones (UK),  Dimitra Xidous (Gr),  Ella De Burca (Irl), Sally Rooney (Irl), Claire-Louise Bennett (Irl), Dorit Chrysler (Aus)

June 24th, 2015

In the Silence of the night is a line taken from Etel Adnan’s novel Sitt Marie Rose; the style of writing is a mixture of conversations, news bulletins, monologues, and interviews. The series of performances engages with this idea of open forms of expression, through spoken word, live art, sculpture and music. They evoke the lyrical fluency and the abstract nature of forms of expression within a culture of language where words are the primary form of expression. The performances and the artworks are arranged to create a specific response through meaning, sound and rhythm.


Ruth Proctor
Sarah Jones
Sarah Jones