Create Networking Day 2013 Contributor Biographies:
Matt Adam’s first passion was theatre. Acting credits include The Ghost Of Oxford Street directed by Malcolm McLaren for Channel 4. He studied English Literature at University College London and co-founded Blast Theory in 1991 with a group of friends who worked at the Renoir Cinema in Bloomsbury.
Matt helped found the New Work Network. He co-curated the Screen series of video works for Live Culture at Tate Modern in 2003 and curated the Games and War season at the ICA in London in 2003. He has had residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Banff New Media Centre in Canada and Arnolfini in Bristol. He was a mentor for Crossover from 2003 to 2011.
He has taught widely on performance, new media and interdisciplinary practice at institutions such as the Royal College of Art, the Australian Network for Art and Technology and Pace University in New York. He has contributed to research by Ofcom, the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and has co-authored over a dozen papers with the University of Nottingham. Matt has given talks at the Sorbonne, the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taipei, Stanford University and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney among others.
He is a Visiting Professor at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. He is a member of the South East Area Council for Arts Council England and is on the Board of Trustees for Lighthouse.
Rachel Anderson is a creative producer based in London UK. She works part time as Producer- Collaborative Projects at Artangel.
Rachel supports the development of short and long term working relationships between artists and a wide range of communities, groups and individuals, she develop projects that place emphasis on their shared process.
Rachel joined Artangel in 2007 where she works as Producer, Collaborative Projects. She develops site-specific works with artists in collaboration with a broad range of people. Projects include Did you kick the foot that kicked you? By Ruth Ewan which involved the co-ordination of a hundred musicians along the City of London commuter routes, The Museum of Non Participation by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler and Smother by Sarah Cole, developed with young parents and culminating in a performed installation in a three sided house in Kings Cross. March 2012 saw the culmination of a three year project with Mark Storor who worked with gay prisoners and prison officers across the UK to develop a tender subject - a live devised performance in a dis-used cold storage unit below Smithfield meat market.
Rachel was previously Education and Outreach Manager at the South London Gallery where she established a programme of on and off-site artists' collaborations with the local community. Before this she managed the Queensbridge Youth Project in Hackney where she set up the Childrens Fund Local Providers Network and worked with Immediate Theatre to develop the Queensbridge Community Arts Partnership.
Rachel produces projects that manifest in a range of different sites and situations and in varying forms including film, installation, performance, literature and public interventions. She work predominately in London and the UK as well as managing International projects and partnerships.
Dr Susanne Bosch is an artist and lecturer. Susanne works predominantly in public and on long-term questions, which tackle creative arguments around the ideas of democracy. Recurring themes in her practice are surviving, money and work, as well as migration, societal visions and participation models. She works collaboratively and individually and formally use site- and situation-specific interventions, installations, video, audio and drawing.
Bosch’s work is frequently developed site specifically to actively seek the participation of the general public, often times in the form of discussion and dialogue. She uses dialogical formats and methods such as writing, speaking and listening as well as workshops, seminars and Open Space conferences.. Susanne achieved a PhD about her public artwork in 2012. From 2007-2012, she developed and led the Art in Public master programme at the University of Ulster in Belfast together with Dan Shipsides. She works predominantly in public and on long-term questions, which tackle creative arguments around the ideas of democracy. She is a trained Open Space facilitator (2008) and trained in conflict analysis and - management (2004). Susanne works internationally on exhibitions and projects. She is currently living in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Berlin.
Michelle Browne is an artist and curator based in Dublin. She studied Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Much of her work is performance based and collaborative. She has performed and exhibited both nationally and internationally recently taking part in IETM, Project Arts Centre; Risk Lab, Science Gallery; Connections Performance Festival, Cordoba, Argentina and Santiago Chile; Subject to Ongoing Change with The Performance Collective, Galway Arts Centre; Labour, London, Derry, Dublin; Quantified Self, Dublin; Transmuted International Performance Festival, Mexico;Right Here Right Now Irish Performance Art Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin; Trouble Performance Festival, Belgium, The National Review of Live Art, Scotland; European Performance Art Festival, Poland.
In 2009 she was commissioned to make Mind The Gap, a participative public art project, for The Absolute Dublin Fringe Festival. In 2011 she presented solo shows in The LAB, Dublin, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge and Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton.
Michelle is the founder of OUT OF SITE, a festival of live art in public space in Dublin running from 2006-2008. In 2009 she curated Vital Signs, an exhibition of arts and health in context for the Arts Council and Create and she was the 2010 curator of TULCA a season of visual art in Galway. She has written for Circa Art Magazine, Visual Artists News Sheet and Create News.
Michelle is currently Artist Advisor to the design team of Dublin City Council's Grafton Street Quarter Improvement Scheme and board member of Black Church Print Studio.
The CCP Ireland is co-funded by the European Commission and the Arts Council, which houses its offices. Although based at the Arts Council the priorities and objectives are defined by the Commission. The role of the CCP Ireland is to provide practical information, advice and technical assistance and support to those applying for funding under the EU Culture Programme 2007–2013.
It does this by: providing assistance to people applying for funding through the Culture Programme 2007–2013; hosting information seminars and networking events throughout the year assisting people to work trans-nationally across Europe and establish connections and partnerships; helping interested parties engage in collaborative projects with colleagues elsewhere in Europe and beyond.
Claire Feeley is the Producer for Situations (UK), responsible for curating and project managing Situations projects in the UK and internationally. She works closely with artists from early research and concept development though to delivery, responding to the ideas and issues that inform contemporary art practice in the public realm. Prior to joining Situations, she worked at the Serpentine Gallery as project organiser for the 2012 Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei and the 2011 Pavilion designed by Peter Zumthor. She was also assistant curator for exhibitions, working on solo presentation by artists including Rosemarie Trockel, Thomas Schütte, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Lygia Pape, Anri Sala, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mark Leckey, Nancy Spero, Philippe Parreno and Klara Lidén. As co-founder of tillwehavebuilt.com, a curatorial group that works with artists to produce new works at architectural sites across the UK, she has realised commissions with artists including Becky Beasley, David Raymond Conroy, Richard Healy, Mary Hurrell, Simon Martin, Ursula Mayer, Dennis McNulty, Francesco Pedraglio and Cara Tolmie She has edited several publications on art and architecture, including Peter Zumthor’s catalogue for the 2011 Pavilion, which was awarded the DAM Architectural Book Award.
The Museum of Non Participation is a fictional museum by London-based artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler. For the duo, the term “non participation” is a useful device for questioning and challenging current conditions of political involvement and resistance. How does one participate in or withdraw from political realities, individually and collectively? What social spaces support or deter such actions? And how can art represent, facilitate, or intervene in this process? Made up of film, sound, text, and performed actions, The Museum of Non Participation serves as the conceptual platform from which to address these questions. Recent works include The Exception and the Rule (2009) which navigates the border between UK, India and Pakistan. An Artangel Interaction commission which included a month long public-programme behind a Bethnal Green barbers (2009) and a collaboration with the UK's largest circulating Pakistani broadsheet: The Daily Jang (The Daily Battle). The film work Deep State (2012) a science fiction inflected protest "training film” which was nominated for the Jarman Award 2012. Whilst Hold Your Ground is a sister video inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, the piece dissects the ‘semantics’ of the crowd, and the resulting performative Speech Act. Conceived for the site at Canary Wharf this work calls forth the struggle to turn ‘fugitive sounds’ into speech addressing a public predominately in transit. Mirza and Butler have recently completed their first major US exhibition: The New Deal at the Walker Art Centre (2013) and they are active members of the collective: Implicated Theatre. Implicated Theatre is an experimental workshop exploring the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. The group involved in the project has come together through the close working relationship of the Centre for Possible Studies and the Migrants Resource Centre.
Brad Butler and Karen Mirza are also the co-founders of no.w.here, an artist-run space for moving image practices. no.w.here’s role as a cooperative environment is related to the centering of Mirza & Butler’s own practice upon collaboration, dialogue and the social. As an artist run platform no.w.here has supported the production of many artist works, run multiple workshops and critical discussions and actively curated performances, publications, screening events and exhibitions.
Niamh McCann trained as an Actor at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London (2003-2006). Niamh began her career at the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and has continued to work consistently with some of the leading theatre companies in the U.K and Ireland inclusive of Royal Shakespeare Company, The Lyceum Edinburgh, The National Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre 503, Rough Magic, ANU Productions, The Gate Theatre, The Abbey Theatre and many more.
In addition to her performance work Niamh has been heavily involved in leading and facilitating training and workshops with companies including the RSC, The National Theatre, Guildhall, The University of Exeter, CREATE and The Abbey Theatre.
Last year Niamh was appointed Artist in Resident at The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. As part of her residency she worked with a group of non-professional Actors on a weekly basis teaching and facilitating the group in a diverse range of skills for performing.
Niamh was also appointed as the key facilitator for the Fast Track to Dance programme, a collaboration between Project Brand New & Dublin Dance Festival. And in April 2013 Niamh became a key member of Live Collision International Festival, working as a Producer and Artist on the annual Festival. Niamh is currently working on The Prosperity Project with Jesse Jones and will be part of a performance collaboration at The Convention Centre Dublin as part of the project in 2014.
In addition, Niamh provides bespoke consultation and workshop sessions for people looking to develop their voice for performance and presentation enviroments, as well as exchanging skills for presentation and performance contexts.
Michelle Moloney has a background in counselling and worked extensively as a facilitator and trainer in West Cork with a diverse range of groups. Her interest in relationship-building and conflict transformation led her to Northern Ireland in 2007 where she undertook a Masters in Reconciliation Studies with Trinity College Dublin. Following this, she embarked on a Ph.D in conflict transformation, based at the Art College, University of Ulster, Belfast where she conducted in-depth research on the role of community oral history archives in conflict transformation with particular emphasis on the relationship between group process and the delivery of a product. Michelle currently works as an independent researcher, facilitator and trainer.
Eve Olney is a cultural theorist and media practitioner whose practice involves exploring cultural themes through the employment of sound, photography and video as both investigative tools of inquiry and modes of representation. Her film-practice led PhD project involved conceptualising conventional archival techniques within an experimental ethnographic film practice using film as an archival method. She is currently exploring similar experimental film practices in a project in which she ethnographically explores The National Sculpture Factory in Cork as a living archive. She works within photography, audio and video. Eve studied Photography and Film at Napier University before working as script reader/editor as well as production manager and production co-ordinator on short films. Her doctoral project (DIT) located within documentary practice, visual ethnography and cultural studies presents a critical analysis of an ethnographic encounter with a private music collector, Rodney McElrea, and his collection and explores alternative approaches to conceptualising the idea of the archive and archival knowledge through multi-media art practice.
Hilary O'Shaughnessy is an artist, researcher and creative technologist based in Dublin. Her work sits at the intersection of technology, performance and design.
She has worked on stage and screen with many companies in Ireland and created new works with her company Playgroup. She has worked on stage and screen with many companies in Ireland and created new works with her company Playgroup. Their show Berlin Love Tour, based on her life in Berlin toured in 2012 after being nominated for Best Actress (Irish Theatre Awards, Fringe Festival Awards), Best New Writing, and Best Off Site work and hailed by the Irish Times as one of the best shows of 2011.
Hilary created an agency of play, Make and Do, from a research bursary into interactivity and theatre. She has designed what she calls outsider games for exhibitions, festivals and agencies including We -The Resistance, a hardware RFID based game of stealth for GAME at the Science Gallery and Run The World, a quantified-self inspired game about personal data for Dublin City Of Science. Hilary has completed a Masters Degree in Interactive Media. Her research focused on the creation of a new methodology for creating digital games based on theatre training methods. Hilary is currently artist in Residence at Project Arts Centre in conjunction with Dublin City Council and the Arts Council. Her residency is based around the idea of cultural acupuncture as a stimulus for city based creativity that is not limited to artists.
Dylan Tighe is an actor, writer, musician and director. He holds a BA in Spanish and Italian from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College London. Work includes: No Worst There is None at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2009 which won Best Production at the 2009 Irish Times Theatre Awards, was nominated for Best Director and Best Sound Design; The Trailer of Bridget Dinnigan- a version of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba created with and featuring 11 Irish Traveller women; Journey to the End of the Night based on Dylan’s personal diary of a journey on the Trans-Mongolian Express; Medea/Medea (Gate Theatre London, recipient of the 2009 Gate/Headlong New Directions Award). Most recently Dylan has created RECORD, an on-going project which consists of an album, a theatre performance and a series of talks. A radio version of Record for RTÉ was nominated for the Prix Europa Radio Prize 2013.
This event is supported by the European Cultural Contact Point.