3 hours from here, Andrew Cross, 2004.

venue: Draíocht
date: Wednesday, 6 September 2006
time: 4.00pm

Create and Critical Voices 3 present Suburbs and Cities:
Artists’ Responses to Changing Urban Landscapes.

Acclaimed writer Iain Sinclair, theatre director Lisa Goldman, sound artist and theatre maker Graeme Miller and photographer /film maker Andrew Cross discuss how their work is informed by the changing urban landscapes of Europe and the US.

Chaired by journalist and critic Gemma Tipton, Suburbs and Cities explores how artists respond to and engage with the specifics of place including the intangible qualities of location – history, desire and identity. The panel of invited artists will show examples of their work, sharing insights into their specific practice and drawing connections between and across art disciplines. Suburbs and Cities will shed light on how artists can be effective voices of dissent and collective celebration.

A bus will be available from Nassau St, Dublin (beside the Nassau St entrance to Trinity College) at 3pm to take audiences to the event. A recent work by Andrew Cross will be shown en route.

The event will be followed by a wine reception.

Suburbs and Cities is kindly supported by Draíocht.

speakers

Gemma TiptonGemma Tipton is an independent writer and critic of contemporary art and architecture. Based in Dublin, she contributes regularly to art and architectural publications, panel discussions, lectures, radio and television programmes in Ireland and internationally. Reviews, features and interviews are published in The Irish Times, Art and Architecture Journal, Artists Newsletter, Irish Arts Review, CIRCA, Fuse, Irish Museums Journal, Selvedge, Apollo and VANS. She has been manager of CIRCA Magazine and editor of Contexts. Gemma has also been a judge for the Museum of the Year Awards, and for the AIB Prize. Gemma is the editor of Space: Architecture for Art, an investigation of the architecture of contemporary art galleries; and author of Home, a study of contemporary memorials. In 2001 she was awarded the Arts Council’s Critic’s Bursary in Contemporary Architecture Writing. She writes catalogue essays, has had a series of exhibitions of her own work, and has worked as an independent curato

Iain SinclairIain Sinclair was born in Cardiff in 1943. He has lived in (and written about) Hackney, East London, since 1969. His novels include Downriver (Winner of the James Tait Black Prize & the Encore Prize for the Year’s Best Second Novel), Radon Daughters, Landor’s Tower and, most recently, Dining on Stones (which was shortlisted for the Ondaatje prize). Non-fiction books, exploring the myth and matter of London, include Lights Out for the Territory, London Orbital and Edge of the Orison. In the ‘90s, Iain wrote and presented a number of films for BBC2’s Late Show and has, subsequently, co-directed with Chris Petit four documentaries for Channel 4; one of which, Asylum, won the short film prize at the Montreal Festival.

Andrew CrossAndrew Cross began working as an artist in 2000, initially in photography and more recently video, following a successful career as a curator. Alongside two major publications of his photography (Some Trains In America and Along Some American Highways) his work has been exhibited internationally to critical acclaim. In 2004 he completed An English Journey, commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella. His only previous video work was short-listed for the Becks Futures prize. He is currently developing a film project about the geographical centre of North America.

Lisa GoldmanLisa Goldman is Artistic Director of Soho Theatre, London. For the last 10 years she ran her own company the Red Room. Her recent work includes writing and directing Hoxton Story (site specific); directing Bites (The Bush); Animal (Soho theatre and national tour) and The Bogus Woman (Bush, Traverse, national and international tour ; BBC Radio 3 Sunday play – Scotsman Fringe First Award, Manchester Evening News Best Actress); Hanging (BBC Radio 4 Friday play) all by Kay Adshead; Playing Fields by Neela Dolezalova (Soho Theatre); directing short films My Sky is Big (NFT1) and Snakepark (First Light project); curating Going Public (a performed debate at the Tricycle); setting up Artists Against the War in 2001; producing Stitching (Traverse & Bush, national & international tour, Time Out Live Award – best off-West End Production 2003) and The Censor (Royal Court Duke of York’s Time Out Award best fringe production1997) both by Anthony Neilson.

In 2005 she wrote and directed a groundbreaking walkabout performance, Hoxton Story, which The Guardian described as ‘the bastard child of fashionable verbatim theatre and today’s many life-is-shit council estate plays. It has absolutely no manners, and is all the better for it… in weaving stories, it reveals truths… the divisions between art and life blur, in a show that is rooted in the community and probes the very nature of community itself.’

Graeme MillerGraeme Miller is a theatre maker, composer and artist. Emerging from the influential stage work of Impact Theatre Co-operative in the 1980s, a group he co-founded, his own work embraces a wide range of media. With the idea of being "a composer of many things that may include music", he has made theatre, dance, installations and interventions which often share a sense that they are structures made from fragments of actuality, composed into resonant landscapes.

Stage works include Dungeness: The Desert in the Garden, based on testimonies, images and objects gathered from this headland in South East England, and his award winning production A Girl Skipping which toured internationally over several years. Sound installations include The Sound Observatory, a portrait in sound of the City of Birmingham made in 1992; Listening Ground, Lost Acres, Created with artist Mary Lemley, a commission by Salisbury Festival and Artangel in 1994 charting a network of walks over 100 square miles around Salisbury; and most recently Overhead Projection, an array of sonic telescopes re-naming the stars. Lost Sound, his recent film with John Smith, documents the secret life of a small neighbourhood of East London through images, sounds and retrieved music of lost recording tape found in the streets. Current projects include Linked, a three mile long semi-permanent sound installation in East London incorporating the voices, memories and testimonies of people who used to live where the M11 link road now runs.