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As part of the IMMA Outdoors summer programme we are delighted to present a newly commissioned project, titled Y O U N G F O S S I L, with the collaborative arts practice Forerunner.

This new project will bring bespoke seating and convivial gathering structures to the grounds of IMMA and the RHK. Forerunner’s projects often play to the inherent use value, aesthetics and evolution of the materials and environments they work with.

Embodied in Y O U N G F O S S I L’s materiality and making-process is a prompt for wider discussions relating to the politics of housing, ecology, consumption and the environment.

From the millions of years it takes for fossilisation to the 25-year lifespan of modern dwellings, Forerunner’s work criticises notions of material permanence. Y O U N G F O S S I L will also function as a modest domestic space, constructed when all the seating and gathering structures are assembled together, and as such it holds a promise of future potentiality or entwicklungsfähighkeit. Y O U N G F O S S I L is built with a visionary adaptability to our current condition.

Forerunner was founded by Tom Watt, Tanad Aaron and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch in 2016.

This project is made possible with the support of the Public Service Innovation Fund.

About Forerunner

After graduating together in 2011/12 and supporting one another in different projects over several years, Forerunner began to work together officially in 2016. Their collaborations include architecturally interrogating Fine Art and specific objects built for, or against a function. In their separate practices, they are interested in the history of art practices and the fabrication and creation process used or deemed usable as an artist. Combined, their practice presents an ambitious interrogation of objects, environments and uses. Working with everyday or commonplace materials lends the works a familiarity while allowing them the freedom to be re-examined in a new and unfamiliar context. This methodology often ends in work whose emphasis is on its production values, be they self-made or factory finished, and a focus on the work’s overall coherent composition.

Over the past two years Forerunner’s work has begun to encompass an interest in Arte Util and a desire to quietly upgrade or criticise by fixing. The artists commonly refer to their exhibitions as tests; tests for the real world, tests for a future context and opportunities to try a different material or technique.

Recent projects include the Future and stuff, TULCA 2020; Architecture of Change, VOID, Derry, 2018; Museum of Mythological Waterbeasts, Ormston House, Limerick, 2018; Misplaced Concreteness, 2018, Grizedale Arts, 2018; Brute Clues, Project Arts Centre, 2016. Permanent commissions exist in Dublin, Belfast, The Lake District, Paris and Japan.

See artist website  here.


Public Service Innovation Fund