There is No Alternative – Ormston House



Ormston House, in partnership with 126 Gallery, has launched a joint call for submissions to members of both organisations for an exhibition opportunity at 126 Gallery in Galway this October

In preparing submissions, we invited our members to read the following texts co-authored by Davies, Dillemuth & Jakobsen which are available online for free:

There is no alternative #1: //
There is no alternative #2: //

There is No Alternative has been the fifth edition of Primary Resource, an umbrella project initiated by 126 Gallery following the 126 FOOTFALL research on artist-led organisations in Ireland. The outcome of this open call has been Alternate Route, By In/Form Art Collective.


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“In the story politicians, intellectuals and artists are standing at a bus stop without realising that it is in fact, the final stop.” – Francis Fukuyama

What if, as Fukuyama stated in his 1992 book, The End of History and The Last Man, we are at the very last stop? Having travelled past many possible destinations, movements and political ideologies, not only may we have come to the end of history, we might have been languishing in cyclical boredom, perceiving a comma where in actuality lies a full stop?

in/Form Art Collective has created an interactive installation which uses Fukuyama’s analogy in direct response to the research and issues presented by 126 FOOTFALL: Articulating the Value of Artist-Led Organisations. As the fifth and final installment of the Primary Resource project, Alternate Route seeks to facilitate an interstice; a reflective space, a gap or break in something generally continuous, in order to reassess from where exactly it is we wish to depart and where it is we wish to arrive.



About in/Form Art Collective:
in/Form Art Collective duo Gianna Tomasso and Suzi Coombs are primarily concerned with the intersection between art and socio-political action. Seeking effective and creative ways to generate discourse, in/Form combine intervention, research and performance in order to explore ideas, concepts and visual languages. For further information, please visit


About Ormston House:
Ormston House is a cultural resource centre in the heart of Limerick City. We opened in 2011 to address a gap in the ecology of project spaces in the city – to support emergent practices and to provide the opportunity to develop challenging and experimental work. We strive to build and strengthen partnerships with artist-led organisations and to develop a network for cultural exchange and participation. Ormston House is run on a voluntary basis by students and recent graduates of Limerick School of Art & Design.


Information on Ormston House membership:
Information on 126 Gallery membership, click here.
Information on the FOOTFALL research: click here