Culture night 2012
Dreams of Freedom
Conversations on Aesthetics, Ethics & European Democracies
8/9 March 2013

On Art & Public Space, Aesthetic Resistance, Social and Political Transformation, Demonstration, Democracy and European Hybridity.

A 2-day symposium, hosted by the National Sculpture Factory to coincide with the United States Of Europe exhibition being held at the Crawford Art Gallery.
Exhibition & Symposium being held at
Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork City.

Free and Open to all. Seating is limited and will be
served on a first come first served basis.

10:00 – 1:00
Artists’ use value in the age of social and political unrest.
This session will involve a number of the United States of Europe artists and will be chaired by curator Anna Bitkina (Russia)
USE Artists
Anna Konik (Poland)
Maria Lusitano-Santos (Portugal)
Kennedy Browne (Ireland)
Reinigungsgesellschaft (Germany)

1:00 – 2:00

2:00 – 3:15
Uncommon Grounds: Art in a Borderline Democracy.
Augustine Zenakos
Zenakos - Journalist, editor in chief of UNFOLLOW magazine. Formerly an art critic and occasional curator. Co-founder of Athens Biennale and co-director (until 2011)

3:15 – 3:30 COFFEE

3:30 – 5:00 Common or UnCommon.
(Presentations + Panel)
Liz Burns - ‘ The act of troubling’
Curator of the visual arts programme for the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, Dublin.
Rosie Lynch - ‘Locating Enclosures, finding critical points in a community context’
Curator and co-founder of Commonage, a community based organisation in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, which provides a critical platform for contemporary art and architecture in the public realm.

Panel Discussion.

Liz Burns IRosie Lynch IAugustine Zenakos IDaniel Jewesbury

10:00 – 11:15
Art, the Public Sphere and Social Transformation
Dave Beech
Beech is an artist in the collective Freee, teaches at Chelsea College of Art in London. Forthcoming exhibitions include the Istanbul Biennial 2013.

11:30 – 1:00
Propositions for a Future State.
Daniel Jewesbury (N. Ireland) - Being Public in the Retail-Park
Artist, writer, lecturer. Curator of re:public (2010); currently working on a new psychogeography of post-conflict Belfast with Dr. Robert Poter.
Stephanie Feeney (England) – The Future State
Visiting Research Fellow dept of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, UL; co-founder of Future States, a creative research collective that explores cultural responses to crises, using Ireland as a paradigm for global trends.
Anthony Haughey. (Ireland) - Contesting Citizenship: Collaboration and Dialogue
Anthony Haughey is an artist and lecturer/researcher in the School of Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

1:00 – 2:00

2:00 – 4:30
The E.UProject – The right to have rights.
(Presentations + Panel)
Dr. John O’Brennan (Political scienctist, NUIM) ‘The European Union in a time of crisis: multiple and inter-locking vectors of ‘democratic deficit’ and why legitimation matters’
Dr. John O’Brennan - Director of the Centre for the Study of Wider Europe and of the European Studies programme in NUI Maynooth. He has published extensively on European integration issues and has written numerous articles on Ireland’s relationship with the E.U.

Dr. Agnes Czajka (Sociologist, UCC)
‘Notes on the Arab Spring: Enacting Citizenship and Staging Democracy’
Dr. Agnes Czajk - lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UCC. Her research interests include contemporary social and political thought, continental political philosophy and refugee and minority politics.

Panel Discussion.
Dave Beech IDr. John O’Brennan IDr. Agnes Czajka
Augustine Zenakos IAnthony Haughey

For futher information please see

As part of the USE exhibition we will be screening
Jean Charles Hue's The Lord's BMW
at the Triskel Christchurch, Tobin St, Cork
Friday 8th 8:30pm

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