“Tactical Magic” curated by Kerry Guinan

Preview: 3- 6 pm, Friday November 1st
Runs: 2nd – 17th of November 2019

Martina O’Brien at 126 Artist-Run Gallery

126 is pleased to once again host TULCA with “Tactical Magic” 2019 edition curated by Kerry Guinan. Join us for the preview this Friday, 1st of November, 2019 from 3 to 6 pm. 126 will be the host venue for Martina O’Brien, O’Brien is a current member of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin and holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland.

Her interdisciplinary practice stems from an underlying interest in perceptions of time, the earth sciences, futurology and divination. Over the last number of years, her work has examined measurement technologies and data-driven practices of quantification such as climate modelling and, as an extension of this, how ways of describing the world through computational structures impacts on our relationship with nature.

Fifty-Two Years from Monday gives physical form to extreme weather trajectories, as forecasted by The Irish Centre for High End Computing to affect the island of Ireland from 2070 to 2099. The artwork is constructed as a series of metapatterns (a pattern of patterns). The weather forecasts in question are based on the outputs of high-resolution climate models and plotted in MATLAB, otherwise known as Matrix Laboratory – a multi-paradigm,
numerical computing environment. These future predictions are simulated in thread by the artist, by plotting the geographically coordinated path of each projected storm. The artistic process deliberately bypasses the systems of orientation and classification that usually underpin complex representational models. Mixing machine and hand stitching, the artist rendered the networks of lines on paper, stripping the source material of its coded information.

The creative stimulus for Fifty-Two Years from Monday is rooted in the career and scientific achievements of Lady Ada Lovelace, a nineteenth century English mathematician and writer who advanced the initial comparisons she made between weaving, enumeration looping and patterns in algebra, to become the first computer programmer. Originally exhibited in 2018, the work’s title referred to the commencement date of the first prefiguration incorporated in the series.

Peripheries explores advancements in technological aids that connect the present and the foreseeable future. The video opens with 41 significant projected storms predicted to affect Ireland between the years 2040 – 2060 and continues on to profile the geographical schedule of events associated with 6 separate forecasted storms. The storm projections in the artwork are based on the output of an ensemble of high-resolution climate models. These models simulate changes in the atmosphere and oceans, as greenhouse gases – such as CO2 – increase and are expressed in terms of Global Positioning System datasets.

Various interpretations of climate, through vast timescales, are introduced in Peripheries. The work inquiries into contemporary concerns about long-term futures and alludes to the ancient world’s arbiter of truth, the Oracle.

Kindly supported by The Arts Council of Ireland’s Project Award (2017).

Artist Biography: Martina O’Brien

Martina O’Brien is a current member of Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin and holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland. Her interdisciplinary practice stems from an underlying interest in perceptions of time, the earth sciences, futurology and divination. Over the last number of years, her work has examined measurement technologies and data driven practices of quantification such as climate modelling and, as an extension of this, how ways of describing the world through computational structures impacts on our relationship with nature.

Selected recent exhibitions and residences include Quotidian, Illuminations Gallery, NUI Maynooth, 2019; Resonances III | Datami, commission by The European Commission, EU Joint Research Centre, Italy, 2019; Sirius Arts Centre, Artist in Residence, 2019; Monitoring Changes in Submarine Canyon Coral Habitats, Artist in Residence in association with Parity Studios & The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience, UCD, Ireland, 2019; The European Centre for Medium-Range Forecasting, UK, Artist in Residence, 2019; EUCIDA
Digital Artist in Residence, Espace Multimédia Gantner, France; At Some Distance in the Direction Indicated, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, 2018; Recent awards include an Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary, 2019; Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Awards, 2019, 2017; Creative Ireland Bursary Award, 2018; Arts Council of Ireland Project Award, 2017 & Kildare County Council Arts Act Awards, 2019, 2017 & 2016.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
www.martinaobrien.com
E: martinalobrien@gmail.com

Curator Biography; Kerry Guinan

Kerry Guinan is an artist, researcher, and curator based between Limerick and Dublin. She holds a BA in Fine Art & Art History from the National College of Art & Design, 2014. As an artist, Guinan performs ambitious interventions to examine the sociological function of art in the contemporary. These interventions take place both inside and outside the gallery context in a range of private and public spaces.

Between 2013 and 2016 Guinan curated and exhibited with a nameless collective of six artists to subvert rationalist authority through art practice. This included large-scale exhibitions in an 8,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Dublin 8 (2013), Platform Arts, Belfast (2016), and Hotel Maria Kapel, the Netherlands (2016). She has also curated ‘Minus One,’ an exhibition exploring masculinity in an underground car park in Dublin 8 (2013), and exhibited her first solo show, ‘Presenting the Cultural Quarter,’ at A4 Sounds, Dublin in 2017. Guinan has developed several provocative public artworks in Slovenia (An Experiment in Value, 2015), Galway (126 © Kerry Guinan, 2014), Offaly (Freedom of Entry, 2013), and an Irish General Election (Liberate Art, 2016). Her most recent public work Presenting the Cultural Quarter (2017) led to an artistic confrontation with an Garda Síochána.

A researcher in the sociology and philosophy of visual art, Guinan has contributed papers to a number of academic environments, including the National University of Ireland Maynooth (2018), Trinity College Dublin (2017), University College Dublin (2017), and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015, 2016). She is the author of The Impact and Instrumentalisation of Art in the Dublin Property Market, published with support from Fingal County Council in 2016. Guinan was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland’s prestigious ‘Next Generation Bursary Award’ to support her practice in 2018. A member of Fingal County Council’s ‘Buildings and Public Places’ Artists Panel, she has also been supported by Fingal Arts Office in 2018, 2016, and 2014.

“I would like to offer my deepest thanks to the Board of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts for inviting me to curate this exceptional festival. Like TULCA, I believe very firmly in art and in artists. My aim for TACTICAL MAGIC is to explore the nature of this belief by asking ‘is art magical?’ Ireland is currently redefining its relationship to religion and spirituality and I would encourage the people of Galway and beyond to engage with the festival to find the thrilling magic that survives the everyday.” Kerry Guinan, TULCA Curator