9 April 2021, Friday, 6 pm
In the first of the series of talks to be held as part of the exhibition, Tempo Incognito: On Flows, Rhythm and Movement, Louise Manifold & Rosella Baldi, Nikolaus Gansterer and Fiona Reilly will talk about the thinking and creative processes behind the works in the exhibition.
Louise Manifold (Galway) & Rosella Baldi (Neuchâtel) – Influencing Machines
Artist Louise Manifold and historian Rosella Baldi will have a conversation about the creative process around Manifold’s video installation Escape Wheel which was conceived as an opera performance for the Jaquet-Droz Automata. The three celebrated androids were created between 1768-1774 by the clock and watch makers Pierre Jaquet-Droz and his son Henry-Louis. Named the Musician, the Draughtsman and the Writer, each automaton performs a creative activity through a mechanical cycle. Baldi will highlight the significance of the androids as Enlightenment automata, highly polysemic objects crossing the fields of aesthetic, technical and scientific knowledge. In their smallest forms, automata were often decorating objects of virtue, watches and clocks. Built on a larger scale, they were regarded as a technical prowess and a powerful instrument for the understanding of the human body.
Louise Manifold is an Irish visual artist who works conceptually with film, photography, sculpture and text. She is interested in the sentiments we attach to outmoded objects once they cease to maintain their original function and how technology of the past still haunts our experiences of a digital age. Her work draws on found and archival material, ranging from physical objects and ephemera to word of mouth testimonies, which she adapts into moving image and installation works. Louise Manifold is currently assistant lecturer in digital media at GMIT CCAM Ireland and also lectures at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media at NUI Galway Ireland.
Rosella Baldi is an historian whose her research work is mainly related to the 18th century and embraces the history of botany and horology. As a doctoral student, Baldi worked on a Swiss National Science Foundation research project on the Jaquet-Droz workshops at the University of Neuchâtel. Between 2015 and 2016, she held the position of associate curator at the International Museum of Horology in La Chaux-de-Fonds (MIH). In this position, she was the head of the museum’s study centre “Institut l’Homme et le Temps”. She was also in charge of the library collections, the most renowned European collection for the horological history and technology. Currently, she is collaborating with the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Neuchâtel on the research project “Botanical Legacies from the Enlightenment” and she is working for the Swiss Institute for Art Research on Swiss artistic estates (SIK-ISEA, Zurich).
Nikolaus Gansterer (Vienna) – Figuring the Ephemeral
Nikolaus Gansterer will introduce his practice of expanded drawing and notating temporal phenomena. The artist is concerned with translating processes of thought and perception (both conscious and subconscious) and examines the act of drawing as a tool for communication. He applies a unique performative grammar, in which the flow of his observations in relation to his environment manifest as captivating live drawings, diagrams and arrangements.
Nikolaus Gansterer is an artist living and working in Vienna, Austria. He is co-founder of the Institute for Transacoustic Research. Since 2007 he is teaching at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. As an artist, performer, and researcher Nikolaus Gansterer is deeply interested in relational field between drawing, thinking and action. In form of installations and performances he traces the translatability of phenomena of perception into an artistic environment. In his transmedial work, he focuses on mapping ephemeral and emergent processes unfolding their immanent structures of interconnectedness, questioning the imaginary threshold between nature and culture, art and philosophy.
Fiona Reilley (Dublin) – The Department of Time Keepers
The Department of Time Keepers was a participatory research project commissioned by Common Ground, Dublin. A pseudo Government Institution, The Department acted as a site for public thinking about the topics of time, labour and value. Visitors participated in the Department through conversation, workshop activities and bureaucratic procedures. Fiona Reilley will present the details of the project and do a live reading of the “Declarations of Time Spent Forms”, which were filled out by participants documenting their activities in a 24-hour period.
Fiona Reilley is a multidisciplinary artist from Dublin, Ireland. She has exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Arts Council of Ireland Next Generation Art Award (2016), and an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award (2019). Fiona’s work is driven by research and chance encounters alike. She works using a combination of performative and event based actions, and the production of objects. Site, context and circumstance are of fundamental importance in her practice and her works often emerge in response to personal and social situations. Play, experimentation and repetition are tools she regularly employs.
Talks will be online and held in English.
Please register through this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvd-yqqDwpEtTgU4ICIxteV2Zl4tQ4Xnh_