Fri 21 Nov.–Sat 6 Dec. 2014
Seminar: Fri 2 –Sat 22 Nov. 2014
‘I build my time
In gathering fruits
And throwing out all that is bad
The Shakers called America The Land of Zero, a tabula rasa onto which they could build a new society. The conceit of such a landscape allows us to identify a moment of stillness within the ‘amorphous stew’1, which is the present, an artificial nothingness, a chosen moment within which one can examine new forces temporarily held at bay, through lecture, installation, and discussion. The Land of Zero isa radical school within a school, a hybrid of research within ‘showing’2, a two-day seminar set in a composite installation in process. It is a place of questioning and examination on a threshold between MA:AP of the Cork College of Art & Design, other practitioners, and the public realm.
The Land of Zero opens a space as a sculptural action for discussion within showing.
This investigative form is achieved throughout the duration of the project with four distinct layers in process.
the establishment of a spatial strategy,
the showing of three artist’s work,
the insertion of the two day seminar within this space frame,
a final layer of works, including MA:AP, curated by Pluck Contemporary Art Gallery, Cork.
Aisling O’Beirn/Proton Dancing (Zagreb 2013), Angus Woods/Home and Homelessness: Speculations on the Language of Utopian Thought, Anthony Haughey/Moderator, Bill Albertini/"Manhattan Monopoles”, Clive Murphy/site specific installation, Dr Ed Krčma/Utopia Zones: Some Problems in Art Now (via Joseph Beuys), 2014, Maud Cotter/An Introduction to The Land of Zero, Sigune Hamann/Changing Perception of Images, Pluck Gallery of Contemporary Art/The Land of Zero, a response, Padraig Spillane/Survival Strategies with Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin and Pluck Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cork,
Maud Cotter, curator.
1.Flusser, Vilém, The Shape of Things, A Philosophy of Design, (London, 1999), p. 22
2. Ray Monk, Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Duty of Genius, (London, 1991), p.142