A book to accompany Jesse Jones’ exhibition Tremble Tremble, Ireland at Venice, the national representation of Ireland at Venice Biennale is available to purchase now from our bookshop at the special producers discounted price of €8 (RRP €18).
The book, published in English and Italian, features the writing of Silvia Federici, Tina Kinsella, Lisa Godson, and Tessa Giblin. Designed by Åbäke, with photography by Ros Kavanagh, Tremble Tremble / Tremate Tremate is co-published by Mousse Publishing and Project Arts Centre.
About Tremble Tremble
Ireland at Venice, the national representation of Ireland at the 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, presents Tremble Tremble by Jesse Jones.
Jesse Jones has considered the national pavilion as the site of an alternative Law. With a practice that is grounded in film and performance, Jones has created an artwork she describes as a “bewitching” of the judicial system. Tremble Tremble is presented in the Arsenale with Commissioner and Curator, Tessa Giblin, Director of Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh.
The title is inspired by the 1970s Italian wages for housework movement, during which women chanted “Tremate, tremate, le streghe sono tornate! (Tremble, tremble, the witches have returned!)”. Jones’ new work emerges from a rising social movement in Ireland which calls for a transformation of the historic relationship between the church and the state. In this time of change, Jesse Jones returns to the witch as a feminist archetype and disrupter who has the potential to transform reality. Tremble Tremble imagines a different legal order, one in which the multitude are bought together in a symbolic, gigantic body, to proclaim a new law, that of In Utera Gigantae.
“Did I disturb ye good people? I hopes I disturb ye, I hopes I disturb ye enough to want to see this, your house, in ruins all around ye! Have you had enough yet? Or do you still have time for chaos? Hah? More?”
Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council. It is produced and supported by Project Arts Centre, and the Pavilion Production Manager is Aaron Kelly. Principal Sponsor: Dublin Port Company. International Partner: LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Production Partner: Institute of Art, Design + Technology (IADT). Proudly supported by CIT Crawford College of Art & Design; Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art and University of Edinburgh; South Dublin County Council and Rua Red; Dublin City Council; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and the patrons of Ireland at Venice 2017 and Project Arts Centre’s Visual Arts: Emma and Fred Goltz, Jennifer and Adrian O’Carroll, Ronald A. Christaldi, Monica Flood, the Kerlin Gallery, Donall Curtin, Jonathan Ellis King, Sue Raethorn, Gearóid Faherty and Martin Mackin.
Tessa Giblin is Director of Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. She was Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 2006-16 where she first commissioned Jesse Jones’ The Spectre and the Sphere. She was Guest Curator of the steirischer herbst festival exhibition, Graz in 2015, where she presented the group exhibition Hall of Half-Life over four venues. At Project Arts Centre she curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Riddle of the Burial Grounds which toured to Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp in 2016. Commissioning has long been a hallmark of her exhibitions, which has included the following artists: Núria Güell, Eva Kotatkova, Dominik Lang, David Claerbout, Celine Conderelli, Barbara Bloom, Mikhail Karikis, Peter Galison & Robb Moss, Sam Keogh, Hadley + Maxwell, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Niamh O’Malley, Mikala Dwyer, Aurélien Froment, Geoffrey Farmer, Jeremy Millar, Sarah Browne, Ulla von Brandenburg, Lara Almarcegui, Mario Garcia Torres, Ceal Floyer, Jennifer Tee, Mark O’Kelly, Katya Sander, Ruth E. Lyons, Garrett Phelan, Rosa Barba, David Maljkovic, Sung Hwan Kim, Gerard Byrne, Simon Boudvin, Seamus Nolan and Jesse Jones. Tessa Giblin lives and works in Edinburgh with her family. She was raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she attended the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts.
Silvia Federici is a long-time activist, teacher, historian and writer. In 1972 she was one of the founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Campaign for Wages For Housework in the US and abroad. She is the author of many essays on political philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, and education. Her published works include Revolution at Point Zero (September 2012); Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004).
Dr Lisa Godson is Director of the MA Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and formerly Tutor and Fellow at the Royal College of Art. Her research and publications focus on material culture including architecture and design, particularly in relation to ritual, religion and body techniques. Past and forthcoming publications include her monograph How the Crowd Felt: Ceremony and Memory in post- Revolutionary Ireland and the coedited volumes Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World; Making 1916: Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising; Design Learning in an Age of Austerity; The Secret Lives of Objects; Architecture and Religion since 1945.
Dr Tina Kinsella is Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies (Art) at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT). Her research and publications institute conversations between psychoanalysis, philosophy, affect theory and feminism to explore the performative possibilities of artistic practice. She is particularly interested in asking and responding to questions such as: “what kind of thinking is artistic practice?”, “what kind of knowledge might artistic practice transmit or produce that language may be resistant to?”, “how might artistic practice aid the invention of alternative political and social imaginaries?”
åbäke is a London-based design studio behind which lurk Patrick Lacey, Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Ståhl and Maki Suzuki. Active since 2000, the Royal College of Art alumni count clients like the British Council and the Serpentine Gallery, and collaborations with fashion designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela, artists such as Ryan Gander, Johanna Billing and Martino Gamper, and bands such as A Camp, Air and Daft Punk. Åbäke is a Swedish word for a large and cumbersome object and the collective is also responsible for meta-design projects: the dialogical digital platform for architecture Sexymachinery, 2000–2008; the relational culinary events of Trattoria, 2003–; the publishing project Dent-De- Leone, 2009–; the propaganda for the imaginary Victoria & Alferd Museum, 2010–; and the spy agency Åffice Suzuki, 2010.
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