In March 2015 Japanese artist Masae Watanabe came to work with the LFTT Library at The Guesthouse in Cork. Masae previously studied Artistic Anatomy at The Tokyo University of The Arts, finishing her laboratory work in 2009 she currently works as their education research assistant. In her research she examines life forms at a molecular level, observing physical and psychological patterns that suggest previously unknown connections between man and animal, creature and plantlife.
During her residency Masae’s work took a visual anatomical approach to the psychology behind stories from celtic mythology, in particular the subject of the ‘Merrow’ or mermaid in W.B Yeats ‘Irish Fairy Stories’. Fusing symbolic form extracted from the story in the manner of a ‘Rorschach’ inkblot with a diagrammatic narrative style of layered transparencies; extracted keywords and elements are superimposed in space, producing the effect of a miniature stage or operating theatre of the mind. Read More
Work in progress by artist Joanna Kidney – part of “The Tellurometer Project’ on resident in The LFTT Library at The Guesthouse in Cork 2015-2015. http://www.joannakidney.com/
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
The 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.
In 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.
July 13 2011. I’m really delighted with all the work we got done this evening and a
really great start to the project. Many thanks to all who attended.
For those that weren’t able to make it we have started to devise
idiosyncratic categories of division for the library such as “gravity
defying” “obnoxiously dogmatic” and “on singing”. We have 25
categories to date and feel free to suggest more, we have app5000
books in all so up to 100 categories would be feasible.
Categories so far; 1. Beautiful Illustrations. 1a. Books with Decorative panels. 2. Dedications. 3. Books with remarkable foreign objects inside them. 4. Door-stoppers. 5. Inheritance Books. (Empty) 6. Happy Books. (Empty) 7. Dogmatically Offensive Books. (one book) 8. The Sublime. 9. Exotic Places. 10. Books We Like The Colours Of. 11. Hideous Books. (Empty) 12. Books about Singing. 13. Anti-gravity Books. 14. Adventure Books. 15. Books On Arguing. 16. Poetry. 17. Literature. 18. Important Men. 19. Art and Architecture. 20. About Translation. 21. Sex. 21a. Catholic Marriage. 22. Smelly Books. (Empty) 23. Ireland. 24. History. 25. The Fransicans. 26. Books With Great Covers. 27. Nature 28. Politics & Economics 29. Saints 30. Rejects 31. Science 32. Boring Religious Books 33. Window Books