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Dates: 24 Jul - 24 Jul

Show Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

With special guests Kevin Atherton, Rachel-Rose O’Leary, CIRCUMSTANCE allowing and Sue Rainsford

Dive Bar events are free and unticketed; everyone is welcome to attend.

On this evening, artist Kevin Atherton will discuss the work of Dan Graham, as he experienced it, as a live event in 1975. Writer and researcher Sue Rainsford will perform a material encounter with Ernest Hemingway’s Death in the Afternoon. Also present at the Dive Bar, René Daumal (reincarnated as a shredder), will present his lecture On the Nature of the Beyond (facilitated by Rachel-Rose O’Leary, CIRCUMSTANCE allowing). The evening will feature an ongoing performance by Dina DanishElizabeth’s Birthday is on the third Thursday of this Month (part of the artist’s tongue-twister series), and a soundtrack constructed by Emer Lynch. The delicious Hemingway-inspired cocktail Death in the Afternoon will be available at the bar for €5.

This event is running as part of the exhibition The Centre For Dying On Stage #1, curated by Kate Strain. Every Thursday a recurring Dive Bar will transform the gallery into an informal social space for performance, exchange and encounter.


Kevin Atherton (b. Isle of Man, 1950) is an artist and fine art educator with an ongoing interest in the relationship between the virtual and the fictional. Based between Dublin and Kilkenny, until recently he held the post of Head of the Department of Postgraduate Pathways in the Faculty of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). He has exhibited in museums and galleries through out Europe and North America, most recently he staged a farewell performance as part of ‘Three Heads’ at NCAD Gallery, 2014. In 2012 he participated in ‘Remote Control’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2009 his video installation ‘In Two Minds – Past Version’ was included in ‘The Studio Sessions’ at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Also in 2009 his video work was included in ‘Changing Channels – Art and Television’ at the Museum of Modern Art Vienna, and at Tate Britain in ‘Rewind and Play’. Since the early eighties he has carried out over a dozen large-scale public sculpture commissions throughout Britain and Ireland including in 2009 ‘Another Sphere’, a surveillance sculpture, in Ballymun. In 2010 he completed a PhD in the Faculty of Visual Culture at NCAD.

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.

Sue Rainsford is a writer and researcher concerned with notions of allegory, textuality, the overlap between literary and visual arts, and reading as practice. Her work investigates the materiality of text and the novel as artefact. A graduate of TCD and IADT, she is currently writing her debut novel Follow Me To Ground which employs magic realism and psychoanalytic imagery, and for which she was awarded the Arts Council Literature Bursary Award.

Rachel-Rose O’Leary  (b. Dublin, Ireland, 1990) recently graduated with a BFA from IADT. She was awarded VAI Graduate Award for IADT and was featured in the July/ August edition of the VAN. Rachel has an ongoing interest in pataphysics and the writings of leading pataphysician René Daumal, and is excited to meet him personally at the closing event of The Centre For Dying on Stage.

CIRCUMSTANCE allowing (b. Dublin, Ireland, 2013) is a collaborative practice involving Niamh Forbes and Aoife Mullan, both of whom recently graduated with a BFA from NCAD. Circumstance Allowing acts as a notational meeting point between individual visual arts practices in an attempt to create works which, due to an exact set of circumstances, and a precise meeting of minds occurring at a particular moment in time, can become more than the sum of their parts. Niamh and Aoife recently exhibited as part of Shred! curated by Michelle Doyle in Steambox studios, and have an upcoming exhibition in Basic Space in August 2014.

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.

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