We are proud to have worked with artist Jaki Irvine on 20 Years and 2 Metres from Vada, a new Visual Arts Commission that, through the lens of our current condition, revisits and reflects upon the two decades spent in the big blue building, that opened on the 12th June 2000.
To celebrate its opening in 2000, Jaki Irvine curated the inaugural exhibition, Somewhere Near Vada. Spread out over all three floors of the new (empty and unfinished) Project building, the exhibition consisted entirely of moving image works by James Coleman, Adam Chodzko, Anneke A. de Boer, Zoe Walker, Tacita Dean, Bas Jan Ader, Fishli & Weiss, Marcel Boodthaers, and Gary Hill. There were additional screenings of the documentary Not For Sale: Feminism and Art in the USA during the 1970’s by Laura Cottingham. The show marked the first public encounter with the new space, including what were to become the non-public offices, backstage and utility spaces that currently make up the building.
Twenty years later, after two decades of change and in the midst of this strange and unsettling time, Jaki Irvine presents 20 Years and 2 Metres from Vada, a new audio piece that takes us on an imaginary tour around the building, bridging past and present through a sonic folding of time and space.
20 Years and 2 Metres from Vada, audio, 17 minutes
Commissioned and produced by Project Arts Centre in 2020.
Sound excerpts from Gary Hill: Why Do Things Get in a Muddle (Come on Petunia) 1984; Tacita Dean: The Story of Beard, 1992; Adam Chodzko: Nightvision, 1998; Anneke A. de Boer: Black Pianino (1997); David Fischli & Peter Weiss: Der Lauf der Dinge [The Way Things Go](1987) and conversation excerpts with Lívia Páldi.
Curator of commission: Lívia Páldi, Curator of Visual Arts, Project Arts Centre
‘Somewhere Near Vada’, 2000, Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Installation set in the Cube for Gary Hill: Why Do Things Get into a Muddle (Come on Petunia), video, 12 minutes, colour, sound, 1984.
Photo and courtesy Jaki Irvine.
David Fischli & Peter Weiss: Der Lauf der Dinge [The Way Things Go](1987)
© Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Jaki Irvine currently lives and works in Dublin and Mexico and is a regular artist advisor at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.