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Through modes of thinking, making, writing and publishing, contemporary artists and writers consistently respond to other artists. The tool of the ‘response’ has also become a familiar curatorial device and lens, for galleries, museums and archive programming, to reassess or recontextualise the work of artists considered canonical, ground-breaking, revolutionary or lesser known. Through the creative reflections of artists, we have the chance to gain insight to educate, celebrate and agitate new readings of artworks, the archive or models of practices from the past, asserting their relevance within the context of the now.

The IMMA project CHROMA exemplifies this programming approach, devised in response to the exhibition, Derek Jarman: PROTEST!. Similarly, the Freud Project IMMA Residencies have been awarded to contemporary artists to study and respond to the work of Lucian Freud, while the Samuel Beckett Research Centre at the University of Reading has awarded several Beckett Creative Fellowships to artists, writers and musicians to respond to Beckett.

To explore ideas and methodologies of the ‘response’, IMMA is collaborating with the Samuel Beckett Research Centre at the University of Reading and the School of English, Trinity College Dublin, to share the work of several different artists and writers who have actively responded to the work of others. Join us for an evening of exploration with live responses comprising of short talks and performances taking in art, writing and archival contemplation’s. Presentations by Laura Fitzgerald (artist), Ashley Taggart (writer), Joanna Walsh (writer), Emma Wolf-Haugh (artist) and Suzanne Walsh (artist/writer). Other contributors include Dr Julie Bates (School of English at Trinity College Dublin) and Steven Matthews (Professor of Modernism at Reading University, UK).

This event is presented in the context of CHROMA and is organised in collaboration with the Samuel Beckett Research Centre at the University of Reading and the School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

About Participants

Laura Fitzgerald is an Irish emerging artist based in Inch Co. Kerry and London and was recipient of the Freud Project IMMA Residencies award. Through a humorous lens Laura Fitzgerald points to problematic and absurd aspects within complex political and personal situations. Her work reveals both the difficulty of proposing a solution and is yet interested and driven by a multiplicity of options or proposals for new imaginative states. Fitzgerald is curious about the similarities drawn through the act of portraiture, whether of landscape or of a person, and how these attempts at portraiture often penetrate the inner world of oneself, the artist. Fitzgerald graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2013 and since then has received a number of professional development awards in Ireland and the U.S. Her work has been shown at screenings and in exhibitions in London, Ireland and New York and she is a recent recipient of the 16 x 16 next generation bursary from the Irish Arts Council which is supporting the production of a new body of drawings, videos and text pieces. See more details here

Ashley Taggart, is Lecturer/Assistant Professor School of English, Drama and Film at UCD. Taggart works primarily in the field of contemporary drama and playwriting, with a special interest in the influence of science, new technologies and evolutionary theory. His early research focused on how evolutionary concepts were assimilated into later 19th and early 20th century theatre, concentrating on Strindberg, Maeterlinck and Beckett. Since then, he has worked in film, TV and radio drama See more details here

Joanna Walsh’s writing has been published by Dalkey, Granta, Salt and others. Her books include Fractals, Hotel, and Vertigo. She writes criticism for the Guardian, the New Statesman, and the National (UAE) and is fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine. She also runs #readwomen, described by the New York Times as ‘a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers. She has edited a collection of essays by contemporary writers, ‘Under the Influence’, to be published by gorse in early 2020. See more details here

Suzanne Walsh is a writer and artist from Wexford, currently based in Dublin. She often collaborates with other musicians, filmmakers and artists as an actor/performer and singer, and moves between the worlds of literature, music, and visual art. She has published essays, reviews, and poetry in publications such as Critical Bastards, Circa, Fallowmedia, gorse journal and Winter Papers. Recent performances/shows include ‘Winter Papers’ exhibition in Engage Studios Galway, ‘Embodiment’ exhibition in Galerie Michaelastock in Vienna, Between.Pomiędzy literary festival in Warsaw and ‘Post-Opera’ exhibition in TENT Rotterdam.

Emma Wolf Haugh is a visual artist and educator based in Dublin and Berlin and current participant on the IMMA Residency. Working across disciplines she weaves together installation, performance, publishing and collaborative workshop techniques. Haugh is interested in re-orienting attention in relation to cultural narratives and develops her work from a working class-queer-feminist questioning of what is missing? A continued engagement with club culture and dyke aesthetics informs the collective making of temporary, autonomous spaces. Emma Wolf Haugh has worked with: The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2017); The Universität der Künste Berlin (2017); IADT Dún Laoghaire (2017); NCAD, Dublin (2015); Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (2018); Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne (2018) and Gasworks, London (2017). Selected projects include: Colomboscope Interdisciplinary Arts Festival, Sri Lanka (2019); Sex in Public, nGbK, Berlin (2018); Miraculous Thirst how to get off in days of deprivation, Galway Arts Centre (2018); Poverty of Vision, ROSC 50 Artist Research Commission, IMMA (2017) and Having A KiKi, Queer Desire & Public Space, editor, published by PVA (2016).
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Other contributors include:

Dr Julie Bates is Assistant Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. Her first book, Beckett’s Art of Salvage, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. Essays on Beckett have been published or are forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016), Journal of Beckett Studies (2019, 2022), Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui (2020), the Oxford Handbook of Beckett Studies (2021), and she has written a study of contemporary Irish essayism for The New Irish Studies (Cambridge University Press, 2020). She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Word & Image on the artist Louise Bourgeois. Her current book project is a study of the dynamic between place and practice in the artist’s books of the writer and artist Erica Van Horn.

Steven Matthews is Professor of Modernism at Reading University, UK, and Director of the Samuel Beckett Research Centre. His books include Irish Poetry: Politics, History, Negotiation: The Evolving Debate, 1969 to the Present (Macmillan, 1997); Yeats as Precursor (Macmillan, 2000); Les Murray (Manchester University Press, 2001), and Modernism: A Sourcebook (Palgrave, 2008). His T.S. Eliot and Early Modern Literature appeared from Oxford University Press in 2013, and Ceaseless Music, a critical-creative reflection on Wordsworth’s The Prelude, in 2017 (Bloomsbury). He has published two poetry collections – Skying (Waterloo Press, 2012) and On Magnetism (Two Rivers, 2017). His edition of Beckett’s Philosophy Notes, with Matthew Feldman, is due from Oxford University Press in 2020.