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.
Stroll Skibbereen 31 Jan 2017
We followed the pedestrian river route taking a detour to Abbeystrewery graveyard, where over 9,000 people were buried during the famine.
Stroll Skibbereen Jan 24 2017
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
Stroll Skibbereen Jan 17 2017
This week we our route was a post truth tour. We each had to say something along the way that could have been true or false.
Stroll Skibbereen 10 Jan 2017
Today we decided to walk around Skibbereen looking at what appear to be vacant buildings & sites – these photos are just a small selection of the current vacancies
Walking Tour 25 Nov 2016
Linked in with the Personal Development Group running at the Sutherland Centre and repeated the Glencurragh Wood walk
Walking Tour 11 11 2016 Glencurragh Loop
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.
Walking Tour 11 – 11 – 2016
On Friday the older people in Skibbereen Luncheon Club will create a Walking Tour. Meet at Cara house at 3pm to walk the route.
Walking Tour 2 – 11 – 2016
Public Parks & Public Art – Again visiting places I had never been. Two parks – one without any name and plenty of statues commemorating O’Donovan Rossa & Cannon Goodman alongside plaques and random street furniture and of course the river Ilen.
Walking Tour 20 -10 – 2016
Take me to the River. Starting at North St we explored alleyways and porches trying to take us to the river Ilen. And approached the bridge that is blocked from both sides. The question is who dunnit?
Walking Tour 13 Oct 2016
Two graveyards and a community garden – cycles of growth and death. Beautiful walk in sunshine.
Walking Tours of Skibbereen
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
28-07-2016 What You Seek is Here Video
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
27-07-2016 Dark Matter
Gregory Sholette & Katherine Waugh at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre today. It was intense, provocative and rigorous. The live audio broadcast did not work – but we have the recording and will broadcast it as soon as possible.Apologies for any inconvenience.
26-07-2016 Dark Matter
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.
Urban Explorer 07-07-2016
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
Urban Explorer 27-06-2016
Skibb Arts Festival Brochure is out. Dark Matter: What’s missing in art and politics in an enterprise culture is scheduled. Greg Sholette in conversation with Katherien Waugh Weds 27 July at 2:30pm at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre
Urban Explorer 24-06-2016
The journey from Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre thru Main St, North St & Windmill Lane to the Rock (thanks Alison Glennie)
Urban Explorer 23-06-16
At the top of the Rock featuring harpist Anja Bakker (thanks Reddy O’Regan)
Urban Explorer 20-06-2016
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.
Urban Explorer 19-06-2106
Michael Stephens made a great job of combining text & map into one comprehensible unit – lots of interest – hope the weather holds
Urban Explorer 16-06-2016
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
Urban Explorer 03-06-16
Meeting at the Town Hall on Friday were a group of brilliant musicians mashing Claptons Cocaine with the Pogues Irish Rover. Some of them already knew the Rock some didn’t – but all welcomed the opportunity to get involved in plans for 23 June – pending other life commitments.
Urban Explorer 02-06-2016
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
Reading Group starts Thursday 26th May
Join a spatially distributed reading group via online communication platforms. We will start with Dark Matter: Art & Politics in the Age of Enterprise & Culture (2010) by Gregory Sholette. All you need is an Internet connection.
Reading Group starts 26-05-2016
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
Urban Explorer 13-05-2016
Clearing the right of way to the fourth entrance to the Rock on High St (lower) in dappled sunshine and great company.
Urban Explorer 12-05-2016
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
Urban Explorer 03-03-2016
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
Urban Explorer 25-02-2016
Reddy spent some time taking photos today as a resource to the project online. We have reserved the website domain urbanexplorerproject.com and the Facebook name Skibbereen Urban Explorer for use in the next phase
Urban Explorer 17-02-2016
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.
Urban Explorer 10-02-2016
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
Urban Explorer 04-02-01
Quod Petis Hic Est – What You Seek is Here
Urban Explorer 28-01-01
Working as a group getting things down on paper is tough – so we projected the text onto the wall and took it apart moved cut and pasted until we were happy with the summary project description.
Urban Explorer 21-01-01
Small group today – focussing on translating ideas into words so that we can communicate with people who we hope will translate those words back into their own creative ideas – bit of a loop going on there.
Urban Explorer 14-01-2016
Coming out of a closet near you soon
Collaborative Arts Week 8
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
Collaborative Arts Week 7
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
Collaborative Arts Performance Pack Week 06 Ballydehob Social Club
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.
Collaborative Arts Performance Pack Week 05 Masons Hall Skibbereen
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
Collaborative Arts Performance Pack Week 04 Location | Duration | Documentation
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
Collaborative Arts Performance Pack Week 03 Form
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
Collaborative Arts Performance Pack Week 02 Context | Audience
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
Collaborative Arts Performance Pack Week 01 Artist
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 [email protected] Chorus The Road to Nowhere … Read More
Urban Explorer Discussion Group Starts 1st October
*** 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
End of Residency at West Cork Arts Centre
Taking down the provisional archive today and packing up my stuff. Its been a great experience here. I can only say good things about the studio and the staff. I have lots to think about after 6 weeks of research. Urban Explorer is still a work in progress – lots more to do yet.
Open Studio – Who is your Favourite Living Artist ? Day 5
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.
Open Studio – Who is your Favourite Living Artist ? Day 4
Intense and lively conversations this morning and another 5 diverse living artists get added to the Urban Explorer archive; Carmel Madigan, Fujiko Nakaya, James Turrell, Peter Brook and Sarah Walker. Last day tomorrow 10am – 1pm in Studio 3 🙂
Open Studio – Who is Your Favourite Living Artist ? Day 3
Day 3 brought all female artists to the Urban Explorer archive; Lee Bontecou, Camille Souter, Tania Bruguera, Marie Connolle, Catherine Weld and Alice Maher. Only two more days to complete archive contributions. Studio 3 is open from 10am – 1pm on Thursday 13th & Friday 14th August.
Open Studio – Who is your Favourite Living Artist? Day 2
The archive is growing. Day 2 of the Open Studio brought discussion about Jesse Jones, Tracy Hanna, Damaris Lysaght, Banksy & Samy Molcho. We will do it all over again on Wednesday 12th August 10am – 1pm in Studio 3, Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre
Art in the Anthropocene reading group starts Tuesday 18th October
Join a spatially distributed reading group via online communication platforms. On four successive Tuesdays we will discuss selected chapters from Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies Edited by Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, and other sources. The reading group is timely concluding prior to National Digital Week which will feature a discussion at the Ludgate, Skibbereen organised by DIT & Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre
This was a series of interventions carried out as part of Skibbereen Arts Festival 2015. There were three strands
1. Unscheduled Random Light Experiments
2. Live at the Rock Lunchtime Events
3. HearHere online audio map