In 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.
The 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.
Photo by Jimmy Wheldon
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.
The Alternative Life Drawing Workshop held by Sally Timmons of Commonplace Studios. (2012) with Edel Robinson
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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
10th Sep 2010. The LFTT Library as mobile archival project began with the creation of a two person “Hermitage” at Multyfarnham Friary Library last November. The idea was to create a sociable and physically engaging response to a space usually associated with isolated reflection (the monks hermit/artists studio/scholars library). The aspect of mobility is very important to the LFTT regards keeping knowledge and information moving and in a constant state of interpretation. The idea of physical movement and the translation of ideas forms the basis of the LFTT.
The LFTT, with the kind help of Vivienne Byrne are bringing abstracts of the library to Bray Public Library garden for Culture night 2010. We will inhabiting the garden for the duration of the evening with a mobile-library-cum-warmly-inviting-cave. The LFTT collection, kindly donated by Multyfarhanham Franciscan Friary, includes items from the 16th through to the 20th century on subjects as wide as poetry, irish folklore, natural philosophy, and medieval mysticism. All are welcome on the night to browse, chat, drink tea and share in the illumination.