This one day symposium will elaborate on the themes addressed by the exhibition NSK Folk Art Rising 1916-2016 and their broader social and cultural impact in relation to the period of commemoration in Ireland and the precarious state of the European Union. Artists and invited guest speakers will discuss the role of the contemporary nation state, the aesthetics of memorialisation in relation to place (both real and imagined) and the relationship between artists/artist’s collectives to the current climate of globalization.
Friday July 1, 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
The Lecture Hall, Burren College of Art
9:30 Coffee & Registration
10:00 Welcome & Introduction (The Organising Committee)
10:15 Mapping a State in Time (Borut Vogelnik (IRWIN) in discussion with Conor McGrady)
11:00 Artists Forum 1: NSK Aesthetics & Appropriation (Lili Anamarija No, Haris Hararis, Avi Pitchon, David K. Thompson)
12:00 Dissolve the People and Elect Another (Michaele Cutaya)
1:45 A History of Stone, Origin & Myth (Megs Morley)
2:30 Financial Intervention: Currency Crisis and the NSK State (Charles Lewis)
3:15 Artists Forum 2: 1916, The State and the Collective Imaginary (Sz.Berlin, Shane Cullen, Conor McGrady & additional participating artists).
4:00 Film Screening: Generate the State (Dir: Johnny Gogan)