PLATFORM ‘18 Featuring 21 Young and Early Career Artists

February 21, 2018

PLATFORM ‘18 is both an exhibition and a series of performances showcasing the work of twenty-one young and early career artists who have been invited to explore the gallery as a playful, experimental, creative space as well as a place to show. Using a wide range of visual forms, film, music, dance, food and live art, the viewer is invited to engage with these art makers as they explore and interrogate their ideas and practices. What makes PLATFORM ‘18 distinctive, dynamic and eclectic is that it includes work by individual artists and collectives; works-in-progress and finished works; work across a range of media; and work exploring contemporary life and culture and experimenting formally within and between disciplines.

PLATFORM ‘18 is less a destination than a journey. It features the work of art as ‘process’ as well as ‘finished object’. In terms of subject matter and formal concerns it offers insights into the preoccupations of a new generation of artists.

PLATFORM ’18 Exhibiting Artists:
Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske, Emma Brennan, Mark Buckeridge, Gum Collective (Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O’Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O’Brien, Sofya Mikhaylova, Stephen Lau); Lisa Freeman, Louis Haugh, Landing Collective (Aliina Lindroos & Moran Been-noon); Eve O’Callaghan.

PLATFORM ’18 Performing Artists:
Robbie Blake, Mark Buckeridge, Cian Coady & Mia DiChairo, Lisa Freeman.

PLATFORM ’18 Researching Artists:
Robbie Blake, Sarah Farrell.

Performance PLATFORM ‘18:
7pm Ground Floor Gallery
03.04.18 - SAVE THE DATE
Featuring new performance work by Robbie Blake, Cian Coady &
Jessica Kelly Hannon, Lisa Freeman, Dublin 15 Youth Theatre and

PLATFORM ’18 is one of Draíocht’s new artist development initiatives which supports emerging artists, curators and cultural creatives to explore their current practice through research, studio space, exhibition, residencies, performance and public engagement.

Exhibition runs 21 February - 31 March 2018.
Draiocht's Galleries are open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Admission Free.

Curated by Sharon Murphy

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Mark Buckeridge
Concert Series @ Draíocht (2018)

Concert Series is a series of pop concerts placed within the context of a contemporary art gallery which are produced & manufactured in Buckeridge’s studio at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. The materiality consists of an arrangement of pre-recorded digital MIDI files clashed with Buckeridge’s analogue ‘live’ vocals. Concert Series deals with ideas of temporality, affect and communal understanding. The process of developing Concert Series is fluid and adaptable and is presently being refined as part Buckeridge’s MFA studies.
Mark Buckeridge (b.1991, Dublin), lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art in 2013 and is currently studying for an MFA at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. His work focuses on live performance, painting, drawing and is heavily influenced by his background in music.
Recent exhibitions and performances include: solo show Touring Rock Landscapes at Pallas Projects, Dublin, 2016 and group shows at De Punt, Amsterdam, 2017, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, 2017, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, 2016 and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2016.

Robbie Blake
a signaling (2017)

This performance piece explores ideas of connectivity, intimacy and vulnerability through the voice. Created for Tonnta vocal ensemble, the score asks each performer to choose a song that is personally significant to them. Wearing eyemasks and ear-plugs, they then enter a state of semi-isolation that distances them from their singing colleagues. The piece presents an untraditional performance mode for music. With it, Robbie is also examining the material with which to make musical performance; in this instance, it is the autobiographical. Woven around these personally-chosen songs, the performers sing newly-composed melodic fragments. They echo from performer to performer, in a wash of vibrant sound. Robbie Blake b. 1989 is an artist and composer working across many contexts of performance. Their work is fuelled by curiosity and carried out with sensitivity. Robbie is the artistic director of Tonnta, a music company and new-music vocal ensemble that champions new Irish music. With Tonnta, Robbie leads experimental collaborative projects with dance artists, visual artists and composers to create exceptional new music. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin where they studied music and philosophy, Robbie also holds a diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and an MA from the University of York. Recent and upcoming presentations include Town Choir in collaboration with Canadian company Theatre Replacement (Vancouver, 2017), a durational performance in Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane (2017), and new music theatre work as part of Home Theatre (Ireland) at Draíocht (2018).

Cian Coady & Mia DiChairo
Disrupting the Flow (2018)

DISRUPTING THE FLOW is a new dance work made especially for Draíocht’s Gallery. Performed within a matrix of floor line drawings it explores ideas of time, temporality and presentness. Dealing also with the ephemerality of performance the visual markings act as a record and a memory of a once animated space. This piece explores a linear, yet warped, flow of time and the yearning to escape time’s influence. Cian Coady, born in Dublin, began dancing at the (later) age of 18. Since then, he has performed with Dublin City University / national intervarsity competition and has taken on several collaborative dance projects incorporating singing, filmography and photography. Cian is a member of Dublin Youth Dance Company and has performed in the Irish Youth Dance Festival, Dublin, Unanimous in Belfast, and Noise Moves. He has performed in Berlin, Rimini, and Scotland. He also works as a choreographer. Mia DiChiaro is Dublin-based dancer and arts administrator interested in inclusive dance practices. She is a graduate of New York University where she developed a concentration in “Performance and Arts Activism”. She is currently serving as the Mischief Coordinator for General Mischief Dance Theatre (New York, USA) and dances with Dublin Youth Dance Company.

Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske

This work was made in the context of our Incubate Studio Residency at Draíocht (2017). During the residency we audio-recorded stories and memories of people who live and work in the local area. The project evolved around the idea of cultural identity where collective memory and oral history was in focus. BACK AND FORTH THERE AND BACK is inspired by the material gathered and from the every-day experience of being in Blanchardstown. Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske are a multidisciplinary artist collective based in Dublin since 2000s. They are interested in the beauty of the every-day experience of time passing. Interviews and conversations with people in relation to specific communities or places are the foundation of their methodology. They are currently investigating the concept of home exploring historical, political, social, cultural contexts where collective memory and oral history stands in focus. Together they construct non-linear narratives that drift between fact and fiction, past, present and future. These narratives become the catalyst for developing installations that are exploring the relationship between time and memory, place and identity. The artists started to collaborate during their postgraduate studies on the MFA; Art in the Digital World Programme at NCAD, Dublin (2015). Currently they are artists in residence at NKD; Nordic Artist’s Centre in Dale, Norway. The artists wish to thank Corduff Community Centre, Hartstown Community School, the Institution of Technology Blanchardstown, Phoenix FM’s podcast ‘Africans in Ireland’, Draíocht’s Dublin 15 Youth Theatre.

Eve O’Callaghan
Copy, 190x240cm, oil on linen, 2018 (POA)
Word, 190x120cm, oil on linen, 2018 (POA)

These paintings act as colour cards or samples in oil paint. They function on the basis of an interaction between black and other, brighter, colours, so that what we see is light and dark based on the amount of light each colour reflects. Where the Indian Yellow and Ultramarine Blue pigments seen evoke something of sunlight, beauty and nature, black is the colour of technology, printed material, information and censorship. The large format, pure colour and exposed canvas speak of the basic materials of a long history of painting but the flat surfaces of the works appear as if they could have been printed rather than painted. Instead of the pages of a book or a sheet of paper, these large-scale, abstracted forms become a vehicle for visual – rather than readable – information. Eve O’Callaghan is a Dublin-based painter. Her practice is concerned largely with the history of painting, colour and abstraction. O’Callaghan graduated from NCAD in 2017 with a degree in Fine Art Painting and Visual Culture. She was shortlisted for the RDS Visual Art Awards in October 2017 and has been resident in the RHA School Peer studio since September 2017.

Landing Collective
Can You Hear The Birds From The Water (2017)
In collaboration with Dolex Laxer
Topography (2017)

Made from our lived past, current environment, and future aspirations, our identity is influenced by how we understand ‘home’. The project is led by the belief that it is important to examine ‘home’, a vastly misused term, as a conflicted concept for migrants, and this approach to the subject matter is part of what puts Landing in the political art scope. The visuals and motion aim to convey this complex cultural relationship between humans, homeland, migration, and water. The struggle between water’s necessity and the fear of it, the view of the new entities water delivers onto the land, its locals, and its culture, and a reference to water as a source of life and evolution. Finnish mythology and its water dwelling creatures have given the work its aesthetic and symbolic nuances.
Aliina Lindroos and Moran Been-noon are collaborators on an on-going project entitled Landing. Lindroos, whose practice is rooted in dance and performance, is originally from Finland and now lives between Dublin and Berlin. Been-noon is an Israeli Dublin- based new-media artist and curator. Both are migrants out of choice, and interested in exploring the meaning of a home, and the relationship between this term and one’s physicality and identity by drawing on choreography, video, installation and multimedia performance. They are particularly interested in exploring the psychological processes of ‘acculturation’ experienced by migrants. The project’s solo debut was in Eight Gallery in Dublin in 2016, and since their creative outcomes have been included in group exhibitions in Belfast, Berlin, and Austin TX.

Louis Haugh
Remnants, Looking North. 53°13'32"N, 6°18'47"W. (2017) POA

This work is a silver-gelatin photographic installation from my ongoing research, Alien Architecture. In 1907 celebrated botanist Augustine Henry gave expert advice to an Irish governmental committee. His advice was to replant Ireland’s previously deforested landscape with alien (non-native) coniferous trees. This advice was contrary to the proposed plan to replant using native broad-leaf species. More than 100 years later this legacy is made visible through the forestry industry dominating Ireland’s landscape. The original alien samples sent from Alaska are housed in the Augustine Henry Collection in The National Herbarium, Glasnevin and in themselves can be seen as a blueprint for Ireland’s landscape today. Alien Architecture is an ongoing response to both Henry’s advice and to the alien specimens found in the collection. The work presented as part of PLATFORM 2018 made at an area of recently logged land in Wicklow overlooking Dublin asks how we form relationships to our national landscape when it is dominated by industry.
Louis Haugh is a visual artist based in Dublin. A graduate of IADT, Haugh specialises in analog and historic photographic processes and currently works form his studio at The Darkroom, Stoneybatter. Haugh’s practice is founded on his strong photographic foundation and incorporates audio, video and text. Other recent work includes a public art commission by the Grangegorman Development Agency; One Hour Archive (OHA), a community based art project looking at the oral histories and lived experiences of older residents of the Stoneybatter/Grangegorman area.

Emma Brennan
Heed, to the mound (2017)
video triptych
running time: 35 mins

This video installation depicts a performance in which I move a mound of dough, equivalent to my own body weight, across the gallery space. Emma Brennan is a visual artist whose practice is focused on the use of performative methods to engage with the viewer. At the core of her practice is an interest in how we as a society perceive and assign value. In particular, she is interested in questioning the relationship between producer and consumer and more specifically on that relationship in terms of the artist and the viewer. Her recent work, made in the context of the Draiocht’s incubate studio residency, has been an exploration into these ideas, with specific investigations into the value of the intangible self.
Emma Brennan is a 2016 graduate of the National College of Art and Design Dublin, curating and exhibiting in numerous group and solo shows during her time there. She has also participated in a number of live art festivals including Livestock and the Dublin Live Art Festival, as well as curating the inaugural NCAD Live Graduate Performance Showcase in 2016. Brennan is currently working on expanding this piece and bringing it to a live audience with a proposal for the Dublin FRINGE festival 2018. The artist is happy to announce that as a result of her incubate residency she will work as assistant curator to Sharon Murphy at Draíocht for 2018.

GUM Collective
Within this site-specific installation we wanted to create a framework bringing together the disparate qualities in our work and to place them in contrast to one another allowing them to interact in a casual way. The wooden beams provide a central pivot from which the artworks can interact, mirroring a sense of community between the artists and the overlapping elements of their practice. GUM Collective is a group of Dublin based visual artists. Formed in 2013, the group began from a shared background in printmaking. Since then the group have developed multifaceted practices in a range of different mediums. Their practices are underpinned by the community ethos that their shared studio environment provides, unified through shared interests, studio and experiences. The connection between each artist is a subtle flow of corresponding themes, visuals and mediums that transcends individual ideologies.
Artists include: Aaron Smyth, Aimee Gallagher, Alex DeRoeck, Ciara O’Brien, Ciaran Gallen, Sadbh O’Brien, Sofya Mikhaylova, Stephen Lau.
GUM Collective select exhibitions include: More Than One Maker (IMMA), GUM (Royal Hibernian Academy), how to grow (blackmoon) (The Complex), Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area (Studio 6 Temple Bar Gallery + Studios), Distorted Perspectives (Letterkenny Regional Arts Centre), Leg Over Soil (MART Gallery), LIMBO (Argus House).
GUM has also been awarded residencies in The Royal Hibernian Academy, Black Church Print Studio and most recently The National Gallery of Ireland.

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