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Summer at IMMA presents a wide variety of artistic performances across the magnificent grounds of IMMA. From captivating artistic performances, including dance and music, to insightful readings there is something for everyone to enjoy. Contemporary visual artists include Alex Cecchetti, Mark Cullen, Lisa Freeman, Irina Gheorghe, Maria Hassabi, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, and Frank Wasser.

July performances include Symphony of The Nowhere Belly – Prototypes for Cyborgs, an exhibition performance by artist Mark Cullen in collaboration with artist composer Tadhg Kinsella on Wed 3 July; a performance and book launch SPLIT by Frank Wasser on Sat 6 July; flr an evening event where artists, thinkers and workers present new work organised by Anne Tallentire & Chris Fite-Wassilak on Sat 22 July off-site in Kilmainham Mills; and White Out a performance by Maria Hassabi as part of the Take a Breath exhibition on 27 and 28 July.

Mark Cullen & Tadhg Kinsella 'Symphony of The Nowhere Belly – Prototypes for Cyborgs'
Wed 3 July
Open 6-8pm
Performance 6.30pm

Location: Gallery 1
Admission Free

IMMA is delighted to present Symphony of The Nowhere Belly – Prototypes for Cyborgs, an exhibition performance by acclaimed Irish artist Mark Cullen in collaboration with artist composer Tadhg Kinsella. This marks the premiere showcase in Ireland of Cullen’s interactive playable sculpture, The Nowhere Belly, within his broader international project, Prototypes for Cyborgs.

By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs. Donna Haraway, “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.

Cullen’s ongoing body of work exists as inter-related chapters forwards and backwards in time, presenting a posthuman exploration of transhumanism, vertical capital, and neofeudalism. Through this narrative, The Everything Vault and the counterforces of the Chthulucene, embodied by worm-like forms of The Nowhere Belly, engage in a profound struggle.

The Nowhere Belly is cybernetic reworking of the Celtic chthonic deity Crom Cruach after the 2000AD comic  ‘Slaine’ story by Pat Mills. Cullen has translated Crom into a many headed worm deity fashioned from subterranean infrastructure – a prototype cyborg after Rosie Badroitti and Donna Harraway. The key tenet of their work is to challenge the position of humanity in the world as the ground of subjectivity and importance, and to reframe it in the context of interconnection and bleed between species and their artefacts.

Frank Wasser 'SPLIT'
Sat 6 July
Performance 2-3pm
Book Launch 3-5pm

Location: Lecture Room
Admission Free / Booking required (booking link will be available shortly)

SPLIT is a new version of a performance by Frank Wasser which has been derived from two bodies of work, his recently released book and his doctorate research.

Wasser’s doctorate research asks pertinent questions about the unstated conventions and regulations of art education, exhibition making and what constitutes artistic research.

SPLIT (Zero Hour Fragments), a short artists book, which was recently published by Ma Bibliothèque, takes the form of a series of distractions collating the sparse written fragments of a zero-hour contractor and associate lecturer seeking agency through the acts of writing and making. Initially it was written on a smart phone between 2013 and 2018, while the writer (the worker) worked zero-hour contract jobs in universities, museums, and art institutions in London. Both bodies weave together a tapestry of observations, fictions, and confabulations from inside the institutions sustaining, controlling, and propagating the flow of capital and culture through living bodies.

This new performance takes the form of a fragmented, interrupted monologue, where the subjects try to grasp a space of mediation between the making of an artwork and the politics produced by that making and distribution.
About the artist
Dr. Frank Wasser is an Irish artist from Dublin. He has exhibited and lectured internationally, including Tate Modern, Jerwood Arts, London, and the University of Oxford. Wasser currently teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research follows an investigative preoccupation with class, colonialism and contemporary and historical governing structures in art institutions.

flr - A sound-based test centre organised by Anne Tallentire & Chris Fite-Wassilak
Sat 22 July
6.30pm sharp! 
Location off-site Kilmainham Mills

Location: Off-site – Kilmainham Mills
Address: Kilmainham Ln, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 N9X7
Free, All welcome, Booking essential spaces limited (Booking link will be available shortly)

Motunrayo Akinola

Ross Hammond
James Merrigan
Claire Murphy
Aisling O’Beirn
Alice Rekab
Suzanne Walsh 

flr is an evening event where artists, thinkers and workers from a range of backgrounds are each given up to seven minutes to present new work. flr aims to provide a simple, intimate platform for testing what attention is and can be. 

flr is a one-off companion event to hmn, a quarterly project co-organised by Fite-Wassilak and in London, UK, since 2015. For further details click here.  

This is an outdoor event so please wear appropriate clothing or bring an umbrella! 

About the participants:

Motunrayo Akinola is a multimedia artist who uses familiar domestic objects to create spaces which question society’s framing of contemporary issues. After graduating from Royal Academy Schools, Akinola recently completed a residency culminating in his solo show Knees Kiss Ground at South London Gallery (2024).  

Ross Hammond works with performance, installation and moving image to examine spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation and ideas of place in connection to our own histories or cultural legacies. These have taken many forms: dressing as a deceased relative, wearing the collective uniforms of thirty-six recently redundant colleagues at once, and remaking and removing the walls from his childhood home. 

James Merrigan emerged as both an artist and art critic during the 2008 financial crash amidst an efflorescent blog culture. He cut his critical teeth as an independent, with a DIY back catalogue including +billion-journal and Fugitive Papers. Small Night Projects is where he now edits, screen-prints and exhibits art and text projects for publication and exhibition in collaboration with other artists and editors. 

Claire Murphy is a visual artist and filmmaker from Ireland based in Cork. Her current practice explores women’s bodily autonomy and the flawed care system and looks at systems of compassion as a catalyst for healing and systemic change. 

Aisling O’Beirn is a Belfast-based artist exploring space as physical structure and a political entity by making and animating forms relating to observed and theoretical structures being studied by contemporary astronomers and physicists. Her interdisciplinary work explores the relationship between art, science and politics through sculpture, installation, animation and site-specific projects. 

Alice Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. Working across film, sculpture, performance, print and installation, they deftly consider the making of one’s own belonging through the prisms of the body, the family and the nation state, exploring associated joy and trauma. 

Suzanne Walsh is an artist and writer working with performance, audio, and text. They have an interest in non-human worlds, and in creating rifts through which new meanings and realities can emerge. They also publish essays, art-writing, poetry, and fiction in publications including gorse journal, Fallowmedia, Winter Papers and Paper Visual Art Journal. 

About the organisers:

Chris Fite-Wassilak is a writer and critic, a regular contributor to art publications and the author of other writings on cheese, dry cleaning, speech bubbles and abandoned sculpture parks. 

Anne Tallentire is an artist who employs concepts such as itinerancy and residue in relation to urban environments. Her work juxtaposes action, objects and image using a range of media such as video, text, sound, performance and photography.