About Urban Explorer
A durational socially engaged arts project based in Skibbereen. Plans for 2016 include;
What You Seek is Here St Johns Eve 23 June 2016. A sound procession animating the town of Skibbereen and linking Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre with the Rock a wild promontory in the centre of Skibbereen. Four routes were planned from different assembly points traversing the town and approaching the Rock through four rights of way - one of which had become totally blocked and had to be reopened (twice)
Dark Matter: What's missing in art and politics in an enterprise culture, Greg Sholette in conversation with Katherine Waugh. Wednesday 27 July at 2.30 A discursive event during Skibbereen Arts Festival situating the work within a wider trajectory of expanded arts practices and suggesting cultural redundancy can be retooled as resistance. A reading group has been established to discuss related material prior to this event. Attendance at the Fire Station Summer school on Performative Curating: Social & Political Consequences will precede this work.
Walking Tour will trace alternative routes through Skibbereen spatially and proprioceptively (Oct-Dec 2016). In preparation for this work I will participate in a 2-day professional development project led by Stephen Hodge DIY13 T(r)ipping points: the architect-walker and the destabilised city.
Skibbereen Community Family Resource Centre is the anchor partner for the project with support from Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Cork ETB and Friends of the Rock.The current phase of the project is supported by an artist in the community project realisation award. The initial phase of the project took place in the weeks prior to and during the Skibbereen Arts Festival 2015 with the support of a residency at West Cork Arts Centre. The second phase involved research through the Autumn of 2015 supported by a Create artist in the community research & development award.
Weather was wetter than forecasted so we opted for a shorter route that would include visiting a nearby geocache adjacent to the old Skibbereen railway station. We walked a circuit through the Avenue, past Glencurragh Wood and stopping by 2 second hand shops on the way. As we approached we noticed a woman poking around the area of the geocache and guessed she was after the same thing. Killahangil logged us there before we even got home. Before we went … Read More
Lots of ideas at Skibbereen Luncheon Club, Carrig Loop, Lissard, Glencurragh Loop, Grotto Loop, Derry’s Loop – even a loop taking in all the bars in Skibbereen. It was very wet so we went for a shorter walk in Glencurragh and were totally surprised to find a fairy trail running through the little wood adjacent to the avenue – it really brightened up a very wet and windy afternoon for us.
This Autumn why not consider participating in workshops to develop Walking Tours of Skibbereen. What would your walking tour look like? Whether you know Skibbereen as a native or not, there is always a different way of seeing what is around you. Each workshop is stand-alone and you are welcome to attend any or all of them. The first three are from 10am-1pm on 13th and 20th October and 2nd November at Skibbereen Town Hall. More dates will be announced … Read More
Video of citizen documentation of What You Seek is Here at the Rock in Skibbereen on 23 June 2016 & shown at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre yesterday as part of the Dark Matters presentation. Edited by Neisha Azzopardi and made possible by Reddy O’Regan Nick Murphy Susy Cremers Miranda Daly Lorelie Tomko Teresa O’Sullivan Michael Stephens Caz Jeffreys Anja Bakker Justine Foster Finola Finlay Pamela Marshall Alison Glennie Acapellabella West Cork Claire O Neill Michael Holly Lauren Guillery Robert Harris
Tomorrow’s talk is nearly booked out at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre. We will be doing a live audio broadcast from 2:30 – 4:30 courtesy of Clonlineradio.com. Gregory Sholette in conversation with Katherine Waugh should be more than interesting. A short video of What You Seek is Here will precede the discussion as well as a short introduction setting the context within the Urban Explorer Arts Project ongoing in Skibbereen.
Penultimate meeting of our spatially distributed reading group this morning discussing chapter 7 of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture. In this chapter Sholette turns to the work of Tactical Media group Critical Art Ensemble to highlight practices that retool the everyday as sites of resistance. The Unnameable, as the chapter is titled, points to a people yet to come, the Dark Matter of the art world. Artist, academic, author and activist Gregory Sholette will be in conversation … Read More
The journey from Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre thru Main St, North St & Windmill Lane to the Rock (thanks Alison Glennie)
At the top of the Rock featuring harpist Anja Bakker (thanks Reddy O’Regan)
Drop in Community Arts Workshop in Skibbereen on Tues 21st June from 10am – 1pm at Skibbereen Community & Family Resource Centre, Heron Court (in Fields car park) We will make basic percussion and wind instruments for St Johns Eve parades to the Rock. Bring recycled cans, cardboard cylinders, bottles if you can. The workshop is free of charge, children are welcome but must be accompanied.
Draft image & text Did you know that the motto for Skibbereen is What You Seek is Here? Quod Petit Hic Est. This is the inspiration for a community based, family friendly arts event. On St Johns Eve 23 June 2016 the ringing of the Town Hall bell at 7pm will signal the beginning of something new: a sound procession to animate the town of Skibbereen. People are invited to parade from different assembly points (see map) to the four … Read More
Impediments to moving ahead are being eliminated and the date for What You Seek is Here is set. St Johns Eve 23 June @ 7pm. This is the date originally intended and I am trying to figure out how I side tracked. Meeting at Liss Ard we framed the invitation and the schedule of things to happen in advance. Then we popped into Skibb CFRC to check dates and now we are good to go on 23 June. Interesting to … Read More
Exploring expanded art practices as redundancy or resistance? This reading group will meet weekly on Thursdays online beginning with work by artist and author Gregory Sholette who will be appearing at Skibbereen Arts Fesival this summer. Please contact me to get involved for more information click here
Its not easy to get started again after the long break. Its fantastic to get the support of the artist in the community scheme, but in the intervening time between research phase and now we have got out of the habit of meeting. Summer brings with it lots of urgency to do things in the garden, in and on the sea and with other groups. So myself and Nick went to Lissard today to try out walking in procession singing/chanting … Read More
Core group participant biographies being collected ; Lorelie Tomko was born in New Jersey and raised in Seattle. She has lived in several US States also in Mexico, Kenya, Italy and Wales. While living in Wales she trained to be a spiritual healer and feels privileged to use this ability to help others. For over 25 years she has been active in theatre in Kenya, Italy, Wales, Washington and California. Now living in West Cork she is an avid hiker, … Read More
When is an event participatory and when is it not – when is an event like a conference and when is it not – lots of semantics this week and we struggle to make ourselves understood to ourselves and each other. Pictured above is one of the access points to the Rock, that needs clearing to open up the right of way again. With the help of some guerrilla gardeners we should be sorted.
Talking tech this week – Nick brought Ableton’s Push pad-based controller to create and perform music, with loads of instruments & effects, so hoping to develop somethings specific for the arts centre with this technology – discussed documentation and social media to capture participant experiences to be edited into a single short film – will establish a Facebook page to hold content and mediate work prior to the event – It’s hard to establish way of communicating in between meetings … Read More
Week 8 and we had another walk through. The sun was shining this morning and there was nowhere better to be than at the top of the Rock looking out over the town across to the Uillinn Arts Centre and the surrounding hinterland. The area is so large we gave names to particular places to help identify them to ourselves when working out our plans. Doctors Hill, Telecom Lane and Windmill Lane are access points. Well Lane, Fire Pit, Famine Memorial, … Read More
Week 7 was important for us. We decided that we can continue to work together as a group after the research phase is complete. The experience of having spent 6 weeks meeting in different sites, discussing diverse artistic practices and processes gives us a shared field of reference and a language for discussing our artistic ambitions. Next week we will try and pin down those ambitions more specifically – a process that will be both iterative and generative. This week we … Read More
Getting gritty today. We went to see an exhibition by Suzy Cremers and the sets for her interactive performance Underworld. Afterwards we had a very ‘disciplined’ discussion using Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. It was a real pleasure to focus on the work of one member of the group. An intriguing, challenging, eye opening and brave day for all of us I think.
This morning we visited the Masons hall in Skibbereen which has been recently completely restored. The ornate and detailed decoration of the Lodge holds its history and current practice; the tools of masonry carry moral instruction ‘I will strive to love and care upon the level and by the square” on a brass square dating back to 1597; and astronomical information used to indicate time of day and time of year by rod and plumb-line. Dermod O’Brien made us welcome in Lodge no 15 and gave … Read More
Finished off the Create performance resource today at Uillinn and reviewed some of the audio recordings made at the Rock during the Summer. Then went to see a plaque I had never noticed before on Bridge St. It commemorates the Clerke sisters who are described as astronomers, scientists and writers, an unusual occupation for their gender and times as they were born just before the famine in 1840 & 42. It was so easy being in the arts centre compared … Read More
We met in the Board Room on the top floor of the Sutherland Centre, currently the home of Cork ETB, formerly the site of West Cork Arts Centre & in previous times a Bank. Technology let me down and Michele O’Connor Connolly Digital Humanities Masters student & artist came to the rescue. Michele gave a presentation on Jesse Jones Prosperity Project. This was followed by a jaunt to the Rock via Doctors Lane (pictured above). Taking a break next week … Read More
Reddy took this photo while we were in Skibbereen Courthouse – looks like we are in a church. As well as going through material related to Context and Audience in the pack, Mary Jordan came in to talk about Tania Bruguera the artist that she had selected to contribute to the Urban Explorer archive of favourite artists. It was a very apt contribution given Brugueras interest in social justice and previous tangles with the law. We enjoyed exploring the space and … Read More
Great buzz today – there was a real sense of excitement and anticipation. The technology – mostly worked and the conversation flowed. This post responds to a request for references to the work we looked at & discussed …enjoy! Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan Brokentalkers & Sean Millar Silver Stars Louise Lowe ANU Productions Laundry Helene Hugel Helium Infant Imaginings Dylan Tighe Stomach Box Productions The Trailer of Bridget Dinnegan Bob Cilman & Jidith Sharpe Young@Heart Chorus The Road to Nowhere … Read More
*** MASONS HALL & SKIBBEREEN COURTHOUSE confirmed as venues *** Starting on 1st October there will be weekly discussion group to explore the possibilities for a community led arts project in Skibbereen next year. We will be considering contemporary art projects made by communities for communities. Each week we will meet in a different part of Skibbereen and discuss specific art projects.. We will talk about the very practical elements of making a community-led art project. The collaborative arts performance pack … Read More
Day 5 and last day for contributions to the Urban Explorer archive of favourite living artists. Todays selection is diverse ; Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Charles Tyrell, Leonard Sheil, Andy Holden, Marie Cullen. Thanks to all the contributors, I enjoyed meeting you. The conversation we have started will continue … somehow, someplace, sometime.