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P1040129In November 2015 German artist Angelika Höger, who is currently overseeing a selection of the library at her studios at Artists Unlimited in Bielefeld, visited Cork for a solo show at the Sirius Arts Centre. While in Ireland herself and Helen Horgan presented some short films at The Guesthouse from their ongoing collaboration.

P1040151The image above shows a still from ‘Dunkirk'(left) a two-channel film piece Horgan made en route to Bielefeld. Below film maker Matthias Müller is pictured leafing through ‘The Art of Amusing‘ by Frank Bellow and John Grant (1890) (BLF203); a popular title with the Bielefeld artists who have formed a group to work with the book. This is one of a number of regular groups now meeting in The LFTT Library at Angelikas studio in Germany to work with the curated section of the library that remains there until spring 2017.

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CAROLYN-COLLIERFor the Guesthouse closing night artists in residence Inma Pavon and Carolyn Collier performed work from research they had been conducting with the library throughout the past year. Dancer and movement choreographer Inma Pavon has an interest in the act of writing with and through the body, using scriptural form as a way of developing ‘signature’ gestures that can be transformed live with increasing nuance. Pavon is currently pursuing a Phd in University College Cork on the uses of chance methods in group and solo choreography and lectures in the School of Music and Theatre. Visual artist Carolyn Collier, who completed her MA in Art and Process at Crawford College of Art in 2013 is interested in the body as architectural space, more specifically how the architecture or environment becomes a second skin for the performer, often replacing the self present body with a manifest trace of the act of research. Image above is of work by Carolyn Collier. (www.carolyn-collier.com)

INMA-01Inma Pavon led a ‘Group Spelling Performance’ based on Becketts ‘Quad’. The Libraries new in-house ‘Glochen-spiel’ (Bell-game) is courtesy of visual artist Barbara Wheeler-Connolly who has been collecting bells as travel souvenirs (mostly gifts) since the 70’s. She very kindly donated her collection to The LFTT in the hope that it would now have a more active life than its previous status as object of display in her home. The bell has a curious capacity to trigger sonic memories much in the way a postcard would trigger a visual one. Of course these bells are also very beautiful… http://wheelerconnolly.weebly.com/

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The spelling grid based on Becketts 'Quad'

The spelling grid based on Becketts ‘Quad’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPJBIvv13Bc

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MASAE-GUESTHOUSE-00In 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.

MASAE-GUESTHOUSE-PORTRAITDuring 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