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After Completion was a ritual performance devised by artist Monica Flynn in response to content from the LFTT Library and was held at Highlanes Gallery Drogheda on October 5th, while The Library was on residency there. In the artists words…

After Completion involved 9 performers in a ritual action exploring our innate instinct to bear together.  The piece was developed in response to my interest in accounts of mysticism within the LFTT Library.  My thanks to artist Helen Horgan and Aoife Ruane and staff at the Highlanes Gallery for the opportunity to realise this work and to my fellow performers: Irene Bagnall; Catherine Barragry; Vivienne Byrne; Jessica Foley; Joan Healy; Aoife McKeon; Deirdre Morrissey and Grainne Rafferty. Read More

DSC_4312On Friday the 5th of October we held a talk in The Library about the projects history so far. The talk was very well attended and there was a lot of questions from the audience. It was one of the first times I became aware of how much the project could mean to the public. In casual conversation with other art practioners there was often the belief that I may have taken on something potentially useless and/or antiquated. The response from the public began to show a very real interest in the heritage of the collection. Sometimes this concern for preservation went to the extreme and there was expressions to the effect that the books might better be kept in a more stable and controlled environment, away from the touches of (artists and the publics) grubby hands. Of course with a traveling library this isn’t possible, or probably even necessary. The librarian at Dublins Marshes Library (the countries oldest) told me she encourages the public to handle their ancient tomes without gloves, bare handed, since the older books (pre 1900’s) are actually made of sturdier stuff than those made by contemporary processes. In any case, nothing, not even a library, lasts forever.

P1040908The Legs Foundation for the Translation of Things (LFTT Library) 21 September – 7 November 2012, The Irish Cement Room Opening, Culture Night, Friday 21 September at 7.00pm In September 2012, The LFTT Library spent six weeks on residence in Highlanes Gallery Drogheda. Highlanes director Aoife Ruane had come across the Library during the summer at The Drogheda Arts Festival (see related posts) and was excited to see how it would work in the historic site of Highlanes Gallery. Also of interest was the parallel relationships of The LFTT Library collection and the Drogheda Municipal Collection which is housed at Highlanes Gallery.

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The Alternative Life Drawing Workshop held by Sally Timmons of Commonplace Studios. (2012) with Edel Robinson

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Pauric McQuinlan of Rapscallion folk and ballad band.

Join us for tea and some soulful banter!  The Legs Foundation for the Translation of Things (LFTT) is a flexible, international art collective formed in 2009. It gathers together art, writing, music and performances inspired by the LFTT Library Collection whose books range from the 15th to the 21st Century. Covering poetry, Irish folklore, philosophy and the mystical, the library is a cosy haven for anyone interested in all aspects of the human spirit. Currently at a secret location, artists Helen Horgan and Vivienne Byrne welcome those interested in visiting this lively time capsule to e-mail them at- thelfttlibrary@gmail.com.

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P1040141Over May bank holiday weekend 2012 The LFTT Library opened it’s doors to the festival goers of the Droichead Arts Festival. This was the celebratory culmination of a six months residency at the family home of Drogheda based artist Vivienne Byrne. As usual the LFTT subverted the conventional library form by creating a  lively, vibrant, discursive (and noisy) space. Both strangers and friends had the chance to peruse the collection at their leisure, enjoy a spot of ceol agus craic and exchange valued words over a nice cup of tea.

We were delighted to have The Rapscallion Folk and Ballad Band wake up the bookworms with a bang on a fine sunny Saturday. Thanks to Pauric McQuillan, Jim McQuillan, Paul ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, Stuart Heslin and Cian Reay. Also thanks to local classical guitarist Emmett Fallon who managed to turn each tune into a legend with his fine portrayal of the characters behind each of the works.

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broadstone01In the summer of 2011 The LFTT Library was provided with its first official residency at Broadstone Studios, Dublin. Working between a ground floor studio space and the large dining hall of the historic 1840′s Art & Crafts building at 22 Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, a number of artists were enlisted to help ‘edit’ the library. This was a timely and somewhat absurd process which added to the shape of the archive and introduced us to its character, while clarifying little.

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IMG_0180Installation work by visual artist Méadhbh O’Connor made on occasion of the LFTT Library Residency at Broadstone Studios in October 2011. The work was installed in The Library in reference to Jorge Luis Borges’ short, allegorical story ‘The Library of Babel’ in which the universe is composed of an infinite number of interlocking hexagonal galleries, each housing twenty shelves of books. The books contain every possible ordering of just a few basic characters: 22 letters, spaces and punctuation marks, which leads to the frantic, cultish and chaotic efforts of the Universe’s inhabitants to decipher meaning from the books. For The LFTT Library Broadstone Residency, Méadhbh installed a passageway of hexagons out of creeper vine to lead visitors into the LFTT Library, marking it as one room of possible arrangements of language and meaning from Borge’s allegorical universe. The work remains installed at Broadstone Studios.
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