IMMA’s 2022 programme presents a major exhibition by The Otolith Group called Xenogenesis; a vibrant IMMA Outdoors programme with new artist commissions by Navine G. Khan-Dossos and Em’kal Eyongakpa; a four-day Eco Event celebrating people, place and planet, and an international research conference examining the theme of Self-Determination, presented as part of Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries Programme. IMMA’s 30th Birthday exhibition, The Narrow Gate of the Here-and-Now, continues throughout 2022 in four themed exhibitions that explore the past three decades.
Opening on 7 July, The Otolith Group: Xenogenesis, brings together a significant selection of works by The Otolith Group, the London-based artist collective founded in London in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodow Eshun. Curated by Annie Fletcher, Director of IMMA, this exhibition is the final venue of its international tour and features a cross-section of key works produced between 2011 and 2018. The exhibition reflects the artists’ ongoing commitment to creating what they think of as ‘a science fiction of the present’ through images, voices, sonic images, sounds and performances which work to create forms of life that announce a devotion to an aesthetic of discrepant abstraction, post-cinematic blackness and post-lens based platformalisms. The Otolith Group’s pioneering artworks which include post-cinematic essay films, videos and multiple screen installations, address contemporary social and planetary issues, the disruption of neo-colonialism, the way in which humans have impacted the earth, and the influence of new technology on consciousness.
The Otolith Collective, The Otolith Group’s long-standing curatorial and research platform, will also enact the Department of Xenogenesis (DXG) at IMMA, DXG is a time space for convening public online and offline discussions, performance, screenings and exhibitions with artists, filmmakers, theorists and musicians. The DXG builds upon the exhibition and has developed throughout the tour.
From May the Museum will be turned inside out as the vibrant IMMA Outdoors programme activates the 48 acres of the museum’s site, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, through artist commissions, performances, talks, workshops and tours. This year IMMA Outdoors will focus on the environment and includes a new site-specific installation by British artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos and an immersive sensory installation by artist Em’kal Eyongakpa, a commission by IMMA and Eva International. A new series of IMMA late nights will begin in May and run throughout the summer. We are also thrilled to announce the return of IMMA’s much loved Summer Party in July. This outdoor summer programme will culminate in a four-day Eco Event celebrating people, place and planet in September.
In the Autumn IMMA is hosting an international research conference to mark a century since the formation of the Irish Free State centered around the theme of Self-Determination. Titled 100 years of Self-Determination and taking place from 10 to 12 November, this conference will delve in how this rhetorical term dominated the discourse of emergent democracies and freedom movements beginning in the interwar period of the early 20th century and how it resonated both nationally and internationally. It will focus on the role of art and visual culture in formulating the imaginary of the Irish state that emerged in the aftermath of the First World War. It will situate this work within a global context of artistic responses to emerging nation states and independence movements in this period. This conference is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.
IMMA places Engagement & Learning at the core of our programme. In 2022 the programme explores themes relating to the power of creative and political imagination to build a more liveable and just world together; embodied borders, decolonising methodologies, time-travel and self-determination. We will continue to deliver our successful Art & Ageing, IMMA Talks, Family, Youth, Third Level and Residency Programmes.
The IMMA International Summer School 2022 will take place online from 20 June for three weeks offering public talks, seminars, discussions, reading groups and workshops focusing on the theme of self-determination.
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