Cumann: An Audio Map Of Limerick by Michael McLoughlin

Talk and Panel Discussion, Limerick City Gallery of Art and Create

Date: 28 Sept
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: Limerick City Gallery of Art

Create in partnership with Limerick City Gallery will programme a talk and public discussion on the thematics and issues raised by Cumann An Audio Map Of Limerick, by artist Michael McLoughlin in collaboration with local groups and networks. Speakers will include Una McCarthy, Director of Limerick City Gallery, Ailbhe Murphy, Director of Create, Michael McLoughlin and Alice Feldman, School of Sociology UCD.

Over the last number of months, Michael McLoughlin has recorded audio conversations and made connections between people in the city, representing society in its broadest sense. This artwork acknowledges friendships, bonds and connections between communities of interest in Limerick, within its surroundings and explores the potential relationships between them.

Michael McLoughlin practice includes soundwork, drawings, sculptural objects, video and installations. Cumann: An Audio map of Limerick is a series of multi-channel spatial sound installations and drawings in Limerick City Gallery of Art central to which is a 91 channel sound work in the South Gallery creating a forest of suspended speakers that accurately map and recreate stories and conversations by groups of people from all over Limerick.

McLoughlin has made recordings with a wide variety of groups including; Adapt House, Landsdowne Active Retirement Group, Limerick Roller Derby, The Social Democrats, Limerick LGBT, St Mary’s Park Men’s Shed, Contact Studios, Ormston House and Shannon Rowing Club.

Further details on booking will be available here shortly

Cumann Panel Bios

Alice Feldman is a lecturer in the School of Sociology at University College Dublin. She uses arts-informed, participatory and decolonial methods to explore the marginalisations, collective action and social change, and to situate understandings of contemporary migrations within wider global histories of colonialism and diasporic entanglements. Closely related projects focus on the politics of ‘research-creation’ and the intersections of knowledge, aesthetics and pedagogy in the contexts of socially engaged art and research practices. Over the past two decades, she has worked in a variety of research, advisory and volunteer capacities with many civic organisations and other agencies in Ireland involved in anti-racism, interculturalism and integration work.

Michael McLoughlin was UCD College of Social Science & Law Artist in Residence in 2015, where he has begun a critical social and institutional analysis of ethics, art-making and knowledge production in the contexts of participatory arts practice. This year he has made site specific audio work in Drogheda (Cumann, Droichead Art Centre, & as part of Beyond the Pale, Highlanes) and in Dublin (Rest Here, UCD Sutherland School of Law & Ocean Wonder Resort Revelations, Portrane). His artists book of drawings, I am here because I know you will be too was published by Dublin City Council in 2014. Michael McLoughlin has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally. 

Una McCarthy is Director/Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA). A native of Charleville, Co Cork, Úna McCarthy has worked as Head of Festivals with The Arts Council since 2004. Úna has worked in arts management since the early 80s in Ireland and the UK. Prior to joining The Arts Council, she held positions as Director of the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo; Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and the Old Museum Arts Centre in Belfast.

Ailbhe Murphy is Director of Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. She has over twenty-five years experience in collaborative arts practice. Her work has traversed a wide range of situated practice, including community development, new neighbourhoods, urban regeneration processes and institutional networks where questions of agency, knowledge production and representation have always been central. Since 2007 she has been a member of the interdisciplinary platform Vagabond Reviews, which combines socially engaged art and research practice.

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