Alessandra Giacinti

Alessandra Giacinti

the ghost floor

Lockdown Residency

April 2020

rome, italy

Alessandra Giacinti

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in April 2020 we moved all our activities online. We invited artists living in countries affected by the pandemic to share with us their experience and coping mechanisms by means of a Blog and Instagram Takeover. At Art Arcadia we don't do escapism.

As Italy entered its fourth week of lockdown, we started our journey in Rome, where Alessandra Giacinti lives with her young family. 

Alessandra Giacinti studied at Accademia di Belle Arti Rome and Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and she has exhibited internationally. 

You can find out more about her work on her website http://alessandragiacinti.com

Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.  

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Abridged

Abridged

in abridged ergo

Lockdown Residency

April 2020

derry, Northern Ireland

Abridged

So why are we using Google Earth as the basis of this residency? Because all artistic activity is abridged by something, by social, economic, political, religious forces or even by just luck. Sometimes this turns it into something wonderful. Sometimes it just destroys it. We’re just going to see where malediction and a corporation lets us go. The rest is all talk.

Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council. 

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Ciara Finnegan

Ciara Finnegan

public service broadcast

Lockdown Residency

may 2020

heemstede, netherlands

Ciara Finnegan

 A brief interruption to our Lockdown Residencies with three pertinent and entertaining Public Service Broadcasts:  A Guide to Covid-19 Protocol  Ciara Finnegan is a visual artist from Northern Ireland who has been living and working in The Netherlands since 2008. She is also the director of The Dollhouse Space, a non-profit, experimental, bilocational contemporary art space with a virtual presence here: www.thedollhouse.space and a physical presence in her home in Heemstede, North Holland. Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage site and kindle funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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Adam Sébire

Adam Sébire

in the lighthouse

a modern-day marooning

Lockdown Residency

may 2020

utsira, norway

Adam Sébire

Adam Sébire is an Australian artist-filmmaker and PhD researcher. Whilst filming in the melting Arctic, borders suddenly snapped shut: behind him in Svalbard and ahead of him in Greenland.  

On 9 March 2020 Adam found himself marooned en route: on a small, rocky, windswept island in the Norwegian North Sea called Utsira.  Locals let him quarantine in the isolated lighthouse keeper’s quarters which seemed an archaically apt place to ride out the Covid-19 storm.

From 14 May Adam will be posting photographs and small video vignettes for Art Arcadia from his solitary existence in the lighthouse station.  A cultural signifier of rugged isolation, the lighthouse has offered a rich mythology ever since Pharos but as Adam discovers as his isolation wears on, the mesmeric qualities of the lantern’s beams rely on darkness and light in unequal measure.

As documentary filmmaker & photographer, Adam’s works have been shown widely, in international film festivals, museums and TV broadcasts.  Since a shoot on Tuvalu for Film Australia in 2003 Adam's work has gravitated towards climate change.  
He jumped streams to the video art world in 2013; some of Adam’s Arctic video art can be found here  

Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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Peter Richards

Peter Richards

unreliable recognition: an in-screen phase

Lockdown Residency

June 2020

Belfast, Northern ireland

Peter Richards

Peter Richards is an artist, curator and father, based at Flax Arts Studios, working at the Golden Thread Gallery, and living off the Shankill Road, Belfast. So far, throughout lockdown Richards has continued to work in the Gallery and has embraced being a part of his son’s home schooling. His studio practice has, until now, been temporarily suspended.

Prompted by how much time he is now spending ‘in-screen’ in video calls, meetings, creating content for social media; and the convergence of invitations to participate in the Lockdown Residency and the recent video exhibition Stabilimento Ostiense; Richards has re-engaged with one of his earlier performance/video works Untitled: Live video interaction. In this work he referred to how when he looked in the mirror, he saw his reflection and considered whether he saw himself the same way that others did. The work acted as a platform to test how mediation was impacting on the way he performed his daily life. 

With his cursory morning glance at the mirror now having been superseded by the extended gaze at his in-screen representation, Richards finds his idealised image of self to be inadequate under the scrutiny. He now finds himself encountering an unreliable recognition. 
The first week of the residency will be focussed on ‘doing’ and the second week on ‘showing/testing’. 

Richards often engages with interactions between re-presentation, time and referencing. His works can be seen as artistic enquiries into subjects, such as: how understanding is formed and truth is subscribed to; how we each have the capacity to suspend disbelief in order to continue believing in our chosen truths. 
In 2018 Richards participated in The Dollhouse micro residency, (NL) www.thedollhouse.space. A programme that tests the role of scale, value, materiality and virtual worth in the art world today. Since the early 1990s he has presented work nationally and internationally, including Northern Irelands inaugural staging at the la Biennale di Venezia 51, The Nature of Things – The Long WeekendArtists from Northern Ireland. Further details about his artistic practise can be found at https://richardspeter.co.uk/
 
Please be advised activity across both weeks will be interwoven around parenting. 
Audience Warning the project will be explicitly and unavoidably narcissistic.

Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site, kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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Locky Morris

Locky Morris

always never ending

Lockdown Residency

June 2020

Derry, N. ireland

Locky Morris

Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site, kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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Alessandro Ragazzo

Alessandro Ragazzo

noise: a study on all and nothing

Lockdown Residency

July 2020

Marghera venezia, italy

Alessandro Ragazzo

Three months ago we started our Lockdown Residencies journey in Rome. As the lockdown easies off and we slowly settle into a new normal, we now return to Italy to conclude the Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies series with Alessandro Ragazzo and the noise and soundscapes of his field recordings.

Alessandro Ragazzo has been experimenting with sound since 1994. After years of digital practice and research on sound and the Romantic literature of the 1800s, he developed a naturalistic approach influenced by the texts of Raymond Murray Schafer on field recording and the concept of landscape; he then embraced the analogue approach, crumbling and disarticulating the soundscape. His practise makes use of mixers, distorters and everything that can be connected analogically, tape recorders, Walkman, mp3 players, microphones, plants and vanished moments continuously recording life and its noise.

In 2014 he released his album Strati. In 2015, Lagoon for the Portuguese label Green Field Recordings. In 2017 the albums Setola di Maiale and terra d'ombra. Ragazzo has been involved in multiple collaborations with the Luciano Berio foundation a Florence, Setup Art Fair in Bologna with the Area of Bustle project, soundproofing and live performance at the Taiwan pavilion Venice Biennale for Yang Maolin, and the Ascolto Osceno per Navi (2018) at the palace Roncalli in Vigevano for the meeting on the soundscape for FKL; in 2019 he performed at the MACRO art museum contemporary in Rome. In January 2020, he publishes Napoli with the SonoSpace for the Field Notes project, followed by Twin Landscape

Alessandro Ragazzo is on Soundcloud and YouTube

Art Arcadia Lockdown Residencies are in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council.

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Catherine Ellis

Catherine Ellis

Wishing Won't Make It So

Wishing Won't Make It So

Opens on Culture Night 2020 - Friday 18/09/20 | 7pm - 9pm

continues Tuesday 22/09/20 - Saturday 26/09/20 | 11am - 5pm

Catherine Ellis

Inspired by the fact that St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse was originally a school, Catherine Ellis decided to create a fictitious ‘school room’. Harking back to a time when school for many was something to be endured, not enjoyed, a notion now long dead.

The title of the work, Wishing Won’t Make It So, alludes to a darker narrative which is inspired from an eclectic source of reference material. Initial intentions referenced from The Dead School, by Patrick McCabe still infuse the exhibition.

 

‘Excuse me sir – you’re in the way.  I can’t see the blackboard’.

He did’nt think his teacher could ignore him.  That was what he thought.  

But that was where he was wrong………….

His teacher could be just as smart as Stephen when he wanted. 

The Dead School – Patrick McCabe

Twice destroyed by fire and re-built in the 18th Century the Old Schoolhouse and St. Augustine’s Church are now listed buildings. A conversation with the current caretakers confirmed that in more recent years the room was still being used as a Sunday School for children.

Catherine is interested in materials and objects and how our reading of such ‘stuff’ can be informed by its construction. Originally due to open at the end of the residency in March, the full-stop of the lockdown has allowed for new sensibilities to creep into the final exhibition.

Catherine Ellis was born in Derry, where she now lives and works. Process and materials are at the centre of Catherine’s practice. She is a Visual Communications and Fine Art graduate from University of Ulster, and works across media: Installation, sculpture, photography, video and sound. Referenced from literature, film, political and social contexts, her work explores material and the transformational potential within. She has exhibited locally and nationally.

Recent solo exhibitions include Elephants in the Room at Saldanha Gallery, Fort Dunree, Inishowen and So It Goes at Social Gallery, Derry. Most recent collaborative project with artists Amanda Walker, Steve Lewis and Janet Hoy, The Stone Tapes a sound installation funded by Derry City and Strabane Council for The Walls 400 Years Project. Group exhibitions have included work selected for the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

This project is in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and is kindly funded by Derry City & Strabane District Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Ireland Funds.

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