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IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin
20th January 7.30pm – 9.30pm. £8

Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
13th February 2.30pm – 4.30pm. £8

Royal Hiberian Academy, Ely Place, Dublin
20th February 1.30pm – 3.00pm. £8

National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin
10th March 2.00pm – 3.00pm Free

The Mechanics of Communicating Contemporary Art Practice:

– Maurice O’Connell’s two year enquiry into way in which artists and their infrastructure communicate their practice to their invited  audiences; Auditing the language, contexts and environments which artists choose to present their practice.

– Using models of presentation, language, body language and neuro linguistic programming, this talks series proposes that there are huge impediments to accessing art and artist based on simple misunderstanding and a form of ‘dyslexia’. The transmissions are heard but unfortunately the disruption surrounding communication prevents truly good understandings of the ‘art’ itself.

– Looking at how artists find language to describe their creative processes. The gaps that exist between what is actually said and what is meant to be heard. Which is more important to understand the Artist or their Art?

Maurice O’Connell emerged in the early 1990’s with a performative role of the artist in the public realm, acting as an artist in order to address misunderstandings as to social function of the artist. With projects throughout the UK, Europe and USA the focus of this work and subsequent roles has been a “disrupted understanding of the work, the audience and the agency of art”.

Maurice is currently Creative Associate with theatre company Novemberclub as well as maintaining a range of professional roles as cultural activist, community development and social enterprise.

*Image courtesy Maurice O’Connell

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