Exhibitions Project Arts Centre presents


  • 18 July 2014-13 September 2014 11.00am - 8.00pm

With artworks and performances by Karl Burke, Dina Danish, Dan Graham, Krõõt Juurak, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Meggy Rustamova. Curated by Kate Strain.

The Centre For Dying On Stage #1 brings together a number of artworks and performances, through installation, painting, sculpture, photography, and a lively programme of events. This exhibition is a response to an online archive which collects and collates instances of deaths that have occurred in a public performance setting.

The Centre For Dying On Stage is a research body that generates new artistic undertakings, anchored to notions of disappearance and performativity. The Centre’s online archive collects and collates instances of deaths that have occurred in performative settings in the public domain.

This exhibition at Project Arts Centre marks the centre’s first iteration, bringing together a selection of artworks and performances to explore that moment when the viewing body moves from passivity into action. In the gallery, The End, a work by Christodoulos Panayiotou, stands as a static temporal testament to an event long-passed. Paused and immovable, it announces its own presence with graphic clarity and, in so doing, marks the absence of another. In contrast, Dina Danish’s deadpan diptych – Stop, Sun! Continue, Sun! – gradually animates the slow fade-in of the future, with the artist instructing the performance of solar elements outside of its frame. In Meggy Rustamova’s image series, Green black out, monochrome pictures are pasted to the present, recalling unknowable moments of infinite potential, now lost in the sludge of human error. The entire situation is sliced in half by Karl Burke’s Taking a Line – a spatial perambulation in mild steel. This work conveys a sculptural presence so keenly felt that it choreographs movements around its own physical stature. And all the while, the sense of stillness is punctured by the scratched sound of Dan Graham’s voice – invoking the audience: observing and articulating their every move; calling their faraway presence into being.

As part of the exhibition, the gallery will play host to a series of weekly performance events, taking place every Thursday from 24 July–28 August inclusive. During these informal evenings, the space will be transformed into a veritable dive bar, where visiting artists will host events, performances, lectures and screenings, serving aptly constructed cocktails. Your attendance is hotly anticipated.

Dive Bar* Programme:

Thursday 24 July, 6-8pm
Death in the Afternoon, an introductory evening to The Centre For Dying On Stage

Thursday 31 July, 6-8pm
Omnipresent, a sculptural sound installation by artist and musician Karl Burke

Thursday 7 August, 6-8pm
The Place of the Grave, a lecture performance by artist and choreographer Krõõt Juurak, in collaboration with Alex Bailey

Thursday 14 August, 6-8pm
Interrupted black out, screening and performance by Belgium-based artist Meggy Rustamova

Thursday 21 August, 6-8pm
A Simultaneous Poem, wherein Dina Danish orchestrates a Press Conference for Charlie Chaplin, Theo van Doesburg, Kurt Schwitters, the ridiculously good-looking Letterist International, and everybody else

Thursday 28 August, 6-8pm
The Obituary, a series of readings and YouTube screenings selected and presented for The Centre For Dying On Stage

Events are free but ticketed, with limited capacity. Tickets will be released two weeks before each event – to ensure a spot at the bar, we advise advance booking by speaking to our box office on (+353 1) 881 9613.

For more information email: gallery@projectartscentre.ie

And check our Facebook page for event updates www.facebook.com/PACVisualArts

Special thanks to Krist Gruijthuijsen and Grazer Kunstverein, initiators of the research project The Centre For Dying On Stage.


Artist Biographies:

Karl Burke (b. Sligo, Ireland, 1974) lives and works in Dublin. He graduated with a diploma in Fine Art followed by a degree in Interactive Multimedia from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire. Solo exhibitions include Taking a Line at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, 2011 and Method C at King John’s Castle,  Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2010. Burke has recently shown at the The MAC, Belfast as part of the two person exhibition with Maud Cotter in The Air They Capture Is Different, 2013 and in group exhibitions including The empty set at Maria Stenfors, London, 2013; Into the Light, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, 2012; Time out of Mind, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2012; Conquested, Temple Bar Galleries + Studios, Dublin, 2011 and Nothing is Impossible at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburg, 2010. Burke also produces music under the name Karl Him and has produced a number of soundtracks for theatre, working with Dublin based companies Loose Canon and Brokentalkers.

Dina Danish (b. Paris, France, 1981) currently resides in Amsterdam. Her work combines conceptual art’s preoccupation with language and structure with an interest in humor, misunderstanding and superstition. Danish’s recent solo exhibitions include Four Friends Fought Furiously For The Phone at De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL; Double Bubble Gum, Doubles Bubble at Galerie Barbara Seiler, Zurich and Re-Play: Back in 10 Minutes at SpazioA, Italy. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Kunsthall Oslo, de Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam, Beirut in Cairo and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Most recently, she performed with de Appel Arts Center at the Stedelijk Museum and performed Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonata at the Cairo Pavilion of the Amsterdam Biennial. Danish studied in both Cairo and San Francisco and has taken part in various artist residencies including the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Spinola Banna in Italy, AIR Dubai and PiST/// in Istanbul.

Dan Graham (b. Illinois, US, 1942) lives and works in New York. He has published numerous critical essays, and is the author of Video-Architecture-Television (1980). His work is represented in the collections of numerous major institutions in the United States and Europe, including Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Gallery, London. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; Kunsthalle, Berne, Switzerland; and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; and has been represented internationally in group exhibitions at Documenta 7, Kassel, Germany; Art Institute of Chicago; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; P.S. 1, New York; Marion Goodman Gallery, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, among other institutions. In 2009, the first North American retrospective of his work Dan Graham: Beyond was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. Following which, it travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Models and Beyond, Graham’s most recent large scale solo-show took place in 2014 at de Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2014.

Krõõt Juurak (b. Tallinn, Estonia, 1981) is a choreographer and performer whose work, which comprises of performances, presentations, texts, workshops and mood shifts, challenges fixed definitions of choreography and performance. She graduated in dance and choreography from ArtEZ, Arnhem in 2003 and obtained an MA in Fine Arts from the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam. She has presented her work in a variety of forms at venues including Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, 2014; Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, 2013; Venice Biennale, 2013; Mindaugas Triennial, Contemporary Art Center, Villnius, 2012; ImPulsTanz, Vienna, 2012; de Appel Boys School, Amsterdam, 2012; CIAP Hasselt, Belgium, 2011; Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Innsbruck, 2010; Kunsthalle Wien project space Karlsplatz, Vienna, 2010; Tallinn Art Hall, 2009 and deSingel, Antwerp, 2008.

Christodoulos Panayiotou (b. 1978, Limassol, Cyprus) lives and works between Paris and Limassol. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Casino Luxembourg; CCA Kitakyushu; Camera Austria, Graz (all 2013); Rodeo, Istanbul; Centre d’art contemporain de Bretigny; Museum of Contemporary Art St. Louis (all 2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Norrlands Operan, Sweden (both 2011); Kunsthalle Zürich; Cubitt, London (both 2010) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2009, among others.  Recent group exhibitions include: The 8th Berlin Biennale; If Not Always Permanently, Memorably, Spike Island, Bristol and The Magic of State, Beirut, Cairo. In 2011, he received the Future of Europe Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig and in 2005, he won the 4th DESTE Prize from the DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Athens. Panayiotou has been an artist-in-residence at CAPACETE, Rio de Janeiro, 2011; IASPIS, Stockholm, 2009 and at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2008.

Meggy Rustamova  (b. Tbilisi, Georgia, 1985) lives and works in Brussels and Ghent, Belgium. She obtained her MA in Fine Arts at KASK School of Arts in Ghent and studied for a year at Universität der Künste in Berlin. She also  completed a two year post-academic residency programme at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. In 2014, her work was presented in the group exhibitions Out Of Character, curated by Stijn Maes at CAB Art Center, Brussels; Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, curated by Cis Bierinckx Fribourg, Switzerland and Een onvervalste leugen curated by Frank Maes at Emergent, Veurne (all 2014). Further recent exhibitions and projects include; (dis)Location, Kaaitheater, Brussels; Coup de Ville - Attracted by Another Level, curated by Stef Van Bellingen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; Perpetual Travellers curated by Pieter Vermeulen in SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin and screenings at Wiels, Beursschouwburg and Q-O2 in the frame of Performatik Kaaitheater, Brussels (all 2013).