Constituting Reality: Does The Medium Make The Memory?

April 4, 2010

Who,What,Where,When,Why and How, 2009.(Rod Dickinson in collaboration with Steve Rushton.)

On Sunday the 21st of March, The Open Office For Words took place at Kunsthuis SYB, Friesland.

The speakers were:

Laura Basu (A Doctoral Candidate working in the project The Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance: An Intermedial Perspective).  Basu spoke about memory and media in relation to the concept of memory dispositif, referring both to Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. As her case study Basu used the historical figure of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly to investigate how cultural memory is formed through constellations of various representations across various media. She identified the three categories of medial, temporal and political as crucial elements in the process of cultural memory (and thus also identity) formation.

Steve Rushton (Writer and Editor). In his talk They Came To See Who Came, Rushton talks about media events in relation to Who What Where When & How , his collaborative work together with Rod Dickinson. Describing contemporary media as a feedback loop, Rushton shared examples of various media events, illustrating the process of how these fold back onto themselves creating narratives of reality. “Simply through their performance, certain media events can have an effect in the world” Rushton spoke, demonstrating further how media masters reality.


A Certain Capacity For Occupying Space

March 6, 2010

A Certain Capacity For Occupying Space

My latest work A Certain Capacity For Occupying Space, can be seen at Kunsthuis SYB, Friesland, until the end of March 2010.

A Certain Capacity For Occupying Space

February 18, 2010

A Certain Capacity For Occupying Space is the title of my project I am working on whilst being the artist in residence at Kunsthuis SYB in Friesland.

During my residency I focus on issues concerning how acts of memory produce reality by their very performance and utterance. How do acts and recalls produce cultural memory through their mediation and aestheticization. One of my main questions is: Does the medium make the memory?

For More Information: Please visit Kunsthuis SYB

‘Multiplicities and Urban Textures’ -reader

February 1, 2010

The following bibliography is a list compiled of the texts that were brought to The Open Office For Words by participants at Multiplicities and Urban Textures (31.01.2010) at ADA, Area for Debate and Art. This list is entirely accidental and fortuitous.

-Without and Within, Mark Pimlott,

Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas

The Arcades Project; Walter Benjamin, (ed. Howard Eiland, Kevin Mc Laughlin),Harvard University Press,

-City, Rediscovering the Centre, William H. Whyte

Flesh and Stone, The Body and The City in Western Civilization, Richard Sennett

Modern Times, Modern Places: Life & Art in The 20th Century, Peter Conrad, Thames &Hudson, 1998.

-The Atlas of Experience, Louise van Swaaij, JeanKlare, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999.

-Autoidentity, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, 2002.

The Most Important Buildings of The Twentieth Century: Airport,(ed. Steve Bode, Jeremy Millar ), 1997.

Amsterdam, Ed Van Elsken, Van Hokkema & Warendorf, 1979.

-Interfering; A Collection of and About Contextual Interventions in Urban Space, (ed. Hieke Pars, Iris Schutten), 2003.

Weegee; Naked New York, Neues Publishing Company, New York, 1997.

The Man of The Crowd, Edgar Allan Poe in Art in Theory 1815-1900, Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

On The Crowd in The City, Friedrich Engels in Art in Theory 1815-1900, Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

-The Art of Flanerie, Victor Fournel in Art in Theory 1815-1900, Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

Image Contributions:

-Ellen van Vollenhoven

Multiplicities and Urban Textures

January 28, 2010

Announcing the theme for the month of January 2010:‘Multiplicities and Urban Textures’

January’s Open Office For Words looks at the city and the urban environment in terms of how they can be  read and understood by looking at modes of reading the city and the multiple uses and meanings of urban spaces.

SpeakersTaina Rajanti (Doc. Pol. Sci, Head of Research at Pori School of Art and Media, Helsinki University of Art and Design) will talk about Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project now and in the last century. Rajanti will focus on the new arcades i.e the semi-public commercialized urban spaces, and people’s need to occupy those spaces, to use them and abuse them for their own practices, and how it is possible to introduce new meanings, ways of reading and uses to those spaces.

Frans-Willem Korsten (Prof. dr. Erasmus University, Leiden University) will talk about modes of reading the city, specifically the possibilities of broadening sensibility and the multiplication of worlds, instead of the vectorization of the urban world. In relation to this, Korsten will consider the principal difference between reading the urban environment as a narrative or as a poem.

You are cordially invited to search through your resources and to see whether you perhaps might have something to contribute to the above themes. Books, journals, research papers and images related, whether from the field of arts or science are all welcome, as are art-works, documentaries and interviews in a dvd-format.

It is preferable to notify The Open Office for Words in advance of your participation.

About The Open Office For Words:

The Open Office For Words is a cross-disciplinary reference library that comes into being for a few hours every month. Its premise is to function as a momentary culmination and dissemination of knowledge, made possibly by the collective act of sharing ones texts, whether part of a literary or theoretical tradition, or indeed texts in the larger sense of the word; including any work whether visual or written. The intention of The Open Office For Words is to facilitate the pooling together of resources in a friendly, semi-intimate space and to create a situation which will allow for chance meetings and conversations between people across different disciplines interested in similar subjects, as well as for quiet reading.

Practical information:

Date: Sunday the 31st of January, 2010.

Time: 13.00 – 15.00

Place: ADA, Area for Debate and Art

Bree 93 B

Rotterdam 3074 BD Rotterdam


Kitchen Lecture at Het Gemaal

January 6, 2010

The Winter Garden

December 14, 2009

ADA at Het Gemaal / 30.12.2009 – 4.01.2010

Shaw Gardens (August 1915)

Between 30 December and 3 January ADA will create a winter garden in ‘t Gemaal as part of the exhibition Florida organised by Tent.

People are invited to view the surrounding botanical display and to use the garden for coming together, meeting, talking, relaxing and reflection. The garden in ‘t Gemaal forms a thematic point of departure for a number of activities.

On all days a diaporama can be viewed and listened to in the garden. The diaporama consists of a series of slides by Matts Leiderstam (Gothenburg, 1956), and is accompanied by an audio recording of a lecture by him. Leiderstam researches the complex relationship between landscape and seeing and the genre of landscape painting. He adopts different roles by researching (art-) historical documents, copying paintings and looking through historical, optical instruments. In his work Leiderstam brings together these different gazes, asking us to look at well-known landscape images anew. In his lecture, Leiderstam will talk about these issues in relation to recent work, amongst which is the project Grand Tour.

The Winter Garden programme in ‘t Gemaal:

Saturday 2 January 2010 | 17.30 – 20.30
17.30 Kitchen Lecture, a performance by Deirdre M. Donoghue, hosted by P for Performance.
The performance is accompanied by a meal.
19.00 Interior Arcadias. A lecture on video by artist/designer/writer Mark Pimlott on the architecture of interior public spaces.

Sunday 3 January 2010 | 15.00 – 18.00
15.00 The Symbolics of Swimming Pools in Classical Cinema. A presentation of research by video artist Margo Onnes.
Coffee Break.
16.00 Poetrying, an open poetry reading organised by artist duo SKART and Maja Bekan for P for Performance. To participate with your poems please send your name, date of birth and 2 poems to: pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com
17.45 Music for the Plants. A ‘garden concert’ specially composed for plants byGerwin Luijendijk.

‘Kitchen Lecture’

December 14, 2009

Kitchen Lecture / P_for_Performance

As part of ADA’s, (Area for Debate and Art) program at Het Gemaal, I will show/perform my newest work entitled Kitchen Lecture, hosted by Maja Bekan and her ongoing project P_ for _ Perfromance.

Whilst preparing dinner for her family, Deirdre M. Donoghue presents the viewer with a talk on the history of gesture studies and her own research interests evolving around language, gesture and becoming. All at once she prepares meatballs and mashed potato, presents visual material, and is interrupted by her children walking in and out of the kitchen, at times demanding her attention, at times joining in in the activities.

By setting herself this physically demanding task of giving an artist’s-talk while preparing her family a meal, she makes transparent the conditions of the artistic production of many female artists. Rather than separating the two different roles; the role of an artist and the role of a mother, she allows them to collapse together in the video performance entitled Kitchen Lecture.

Platform, (Vaasa, FI)

December 14, 2009

Platform presents

An artist talk & book presentation & screening programme
Friday 20.11. 20.00 at Ritz

Resonant Bodies, Memories, Voices
Presented by Deirdre M. Donoghue and Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir

Acts of Memory / Muistityöt

December 14, 2009

Acts of Memory

November 28, 2009 – December 22, 2009

Poriginal Gallery

Eteläranta 6,

28100 Pori

Tel: +358 2 621 1093

The exhibition Acts of Memory explores the agency of memory production in relation to the construction of identity and the creation of autobiographical narratives. Referring to both imaginary and actual spaces and the passage of time, the exhibition investigates the production, consumption and affects of memory. Some of the works will be produced in situ, for example Donoghue’s performance piece Performing Memory and a reading table consisting of texts selected by the artists from the Pori Art Museum’s archives and the artist’s own bookshelves.

Opening: Friday 27th November 2009, 6-8 p.m.

The project is supported by Nordic-Baltic Mobility Program.