For 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 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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In June 2015 The LFTT Library embarks on The LFTT Library Translation Tour, a 4,000km road-trip and practical exercise in cross-country re-interpretation. In collaboration with a number of artists including Angelika Höger (Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld Germany), Aga Tamiola (Berlin) and Carla Bertola and Alberto Vitacchio (Turin) The LFTT library will expand on it’s meaning potential by opening itself up to ‘foreign’ readings. How will a library soaked in Irish culture be perceived by these diverse cultural perspectives? Is it possible that an Irish audience might better approach The LFTT Library material as something ‘once removed’ from their own local history.
A specially curated selection of the library has been made for each location. At Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld, Angelika Höger has requested books from the natural sciences, gardening, practical instruction manuals and new age self help guides which together form a kind of cultural ‘how-to’. The project asks; How do personal and local differences effect this idea of the universal ‘manual’? How do we overcome such things as simple language barriers; are technologies like google translate enough to bridge the gap, or is something more like a real time conversation required? Is there really only one way of understanding ‘how-to’?
At the Schloss Summer Salon, The LFTT Library will collaborate with artist Aga Tamiola (PL) whose specialism is endangered languages and how the loss of indigenous language effect a cultures self perception. The project run by Yale University Alumni is part of a larger movement to revive salon culture as a sociable form of knowledge sharing. Aga Tamiola and LFTT Library director, Helen Horgan will engage the public in a series of prescribed actions which invite subjective deviation in ‘reading’ the LFTT Library books. Finally at The Room, Turin the renowned visual poets Carla Bertola and Alberto Vitacchio have made a selection including world dictionaries and writings on irish pilgrimages as well as foreign travel, to challenge the cultural problematic of material and linguistic ‘translation’ in a playfully literal sense.
The Schloss Warten, Brandenburg DE
Participants at each locations are invited to become part of ‘The LFTT Library Tour: Film in Translation’, the ongoing film document of the tour, by contributing ‘misreadings’ and ‘mistranslations’ stemming from the alien content of the newly re-contextualised books. Interested participants are invited to select from the library short texts which exhibit curious difficulties in understanding, whether stemming from language barriers or locally found confusions. These texts/confusions will be worked on and transformed together with the artists, becoming part of the narrative of the film as a document of ‘translation in action’. The LFTT Library leaves Cork on the June 6th 2015, more posts to follow. Kindly supported by Culture Ireland.
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 Helen Blake – part of “The Tellurometer Project’ on resident in The LFTT Library at The Guesthouse in Cork, 2015-2015. http://www.helengblake.com/biography.html
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/
Angelika Hoger ‘Laufzeitanalyse’ (Videoloop ca. 1 hour, part one and part two) (2008)
Angelika Höger (DE) is a german artist based in Bielefeld, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany who was on resident at The Guesthouse in collaboration with the library in October 2014. Höger works in kinetic sculpture and installation, often with found domestic objects; a practice she calls ‘Housewife Engineering’. Over an introductory drink Myself and Angelika had been discussing our ideal reading space and I brought her to a favourite cafe of mine in Cork, The Webworkhouse (www.webworkhouse.com). Most commonly frequented by travellers and local students, the Webworkhouse cafe provides a constant background hum of indiscernible foreign chatter that I find conducive to a good read. Angelika had expressed an interest in working with The LFTT library as an installation which I was of course interested in, as one of the primary reasons for the ‘new build’ of the shelving system would be to make the structure more malleable as building material. This initial intervention (although modest) instantly made visible further possibilities for alternative functions of the libraries modular architecture. The LFTT ‘Internet Cafe’ included cafe style seating; the photocopy station and lounge area; an international maps wall (to provide orientation) and the internet space itself – two pcs, which in place of streaming the information superhighway which is the world wide web were screening Angelika’s two part video work ‘Laufzeitanalyse’ in which one snail and a group of snails traverse a hamster wheel at a speed barely perceptible to the human eye, foraging on a piece of garden lettuce. Humourous, playful, and visually-philosophically succinct, this work was in keeping with subverting the expected function of the environment and its materials.
Helen Horgan Read More
Previously a resident at The Guesthouse, Polish artist Aga Tamiola later became involved in ‘Scale Factor’ after borrowing two books from the library on leaving; ‘Fishers of Men’ by Maxence van der Meersch and ‘Man’s Place in The Universe: A Study of the Results of Scientific Research in Relation to the Unity or Plurality of Worlds’ by Alfred R. Wallace. ‘Scale Factor’ was an exhibition of small works which travelled from Poland to The Guesthouse Cork for September 2014, curated by Tomasz Madajczak, Bartosz Nowak (Poland); Sharon McCarthy and Helen Horgan for the LFTT Library (Cork). The work as shown was a collaboration between Tamiola and The LFTT who interpreted the artists instructions for install from two to three dimensions. Read More