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Dwelling In Time - Ground Up Artists Collective

D w e l l i n g  I n  T i m e   -   Creative Solidarity

A presentation of research from a recent residency on Inis Oírr

The Red Couch Space

August 14th – September 3rd.

Dwelling in Time GUAC

 The title for the residency theme, Dwelling In Time, arose from the collective’s consideration of the essay Creative Intelligence by Fiona Woods that had been commissioned by Ground Up Artists. Through a series of meetings in 2014, this text served as a blueprint to explore the theme of “dwelling” and what it spoke to in terms of a collective practice which connected with the individual interests of the artists involved. The word “dwelling” can suggest place, habitation, or home. As a verb it is more active, in calling up ideas about living, a sense of conscious decision, or staying with whatever is in focus. It also suggests time, reflection and waiting with slow patience. The latter option is one that does not come so easily at this time of ever increasing acceleration, speed and instant gratification, with its intolerance of slow returns.
Entering the second decade of the collective’s existence there is an acceptance of natural rhythms and the knowledge of the true time of reproduction. With that in mind GUAC made the conscious decision to uphold a slow, durational processes, this has been the experience of many of the Ground Up Artist’s practice.
During the residency at Aras Éanna art centre on Inis Oirr, the collective’s presence on the island was strengthened through Ground Up Artist’s involvement with various groups and individuals.  Meeting the layers and significance of language from the social, historical, political and economic perspectives of this Gaeltacht rural area was supported by an interest in building relationships and connections with the local people and community groups. Dwelling in Time has allowed both artists and the island community a chance to open up spaces for reflection, conversation, serious and playful considerations of issues which affect all, on and off the island.
Artists participated in and supported some island community groups while entering into the vernacular of the island through speaking Irish and meeting some of the realities of island life which could be considered in the light of contemporary environments, on the larger island, or “mainland” of Ireland. The considerations of time, and the opportunity of a durational experience offered the participating artists the possibility of encounter.
The collective was joined by groups with specific interests from outside of the island, MA candidates from Social Practice and Creative Environment programme in Limerick’s LSAD, collaborative team Kanelli & Smit from Freysland, and their project, EBB & FLO, was ongoing over ten days.
The Ground Up Artists wish to continue to develop a collective practice into the future. Possibilities for visits to Freysland and further invitations to engage in critical solidarities with communities, who are open to sustained engagement with their rural and agri-cultural concerns, bringing into visibility works which are part of a continuing development of a new rural aesthetic and practices which reflect the radical changes that are as much part   of the rural as they are of the urban[1].

[1] For further reading see Ian Hunter’s Essay: Rethinking The Rural: The Wilder Shores of Contemporary Art. A decade of Country Hits. Jap Sam Books. 2014


Dwelling In Time

Curated by Barry Foley

Barry is a native of Tipperary but has now based himself in the unique landscape of the Burren in Co Clare. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has works in Private Collections both in Ireland and Europe, has worked as Exhibitions Curator Assistant at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, under the guidance of Curator Helen Carey and has curated a number of shows in recent years relating to rural community, land and nature.

‘Heritage’ is perceived as this mythical creature, an entity, in a time and a place that exists just beyond our reach. On the face of it, it appears that rural Ireland and her traditions have been lost, irrevocably changed, hastened by time and the recent economic crisis. If you were to look, to engage, you might just find something wonderful but you won’t just stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be engaged, to be explored, rediscovered anew and to be shared.'

In conversation with Pat O’Mara, Orchard Manager at Irish Seed Savers.

Our connection with the landscape and all she holds has been a long established historical theme. More recently the various cycles of boom, bust, geopolitics and labour have further highlighted this symbiotic relationship and our growing dependence on the land in a world of ever decreasing resources. GUAC’s recent residency has been the embodiment of such research within a rural community.