IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME, South Dublin County Council’s programme of public art from 2016-2019, has seen exciting, experimental art projects involving artists working with many varied communities across South Dublin County.

In order to mark the closing of this very dynamic programme, IN CONTEXT 4 - IN OUR TIME presented ASK THE DUSK on Saturday 30 November 2019, showing two new commissioned art works, Stockpile, a project by artist Fiona Hallinan that will feature creative seasonal refreshments and a live performance by musicians Davy Kehoe and Morgan Buckley and Furnish, a sculptural installation by artists Tanad Williams and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch.

Stockpile by Fiona Hallinan is a work that engages with the ritual of bonfires in South Dublin County, opening conversation about the subject in three forms, soap made using charcoal and detritus gathered from a local fire, the invited performance by Davy Kehoe and Morgan Buckley that will use field recordings gathered from the same site, and a snack and hot drink to accompany it.

Artists Tanad Williams and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch collaborated on the sculptural installation, Furnish, which was partly located in the front plaza of Rua Red in Tallaght. This work, Furnish, is a cement and steel sculpture containing a wood burning stove, which served the purpose of both warming the attending audience and providing a backdrop and focus for the sculptures and events by Fiona Hallinan. Within the Performance Space, a further installation of sculptures were presented under the thematic.

The event also marked the launch of a new publication documenting all of the artistic commissions by all ten artists, Sarah Browne, Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness, Veronica Coburn, Cathy Coughlan, Fiona Dowling and George Higgs, Dragana Jurisic, Nathan O’Donnell, Ciaran Taylor, which have taken place as part of IN CONTEXT 4 - IN OUR TIME. This full colour publication contains documentation of the eight IN CONTEXT 4 projects, all of which were ephemeral in nature, and features commissioned essays by writers Danny Denton, Ian Kilroy, Lynn Ruane, Joanne Laws, Kevin Breathnach and Martin Drury, with an introductory essay by Susan Tomaselli, entitled Ask the Dust - A Time Piece. The publication is available from the Arts Office, free of charge.

"The public willingness, to take risks and go on personal and communal journeys through context, place and time with artists, has been immense over these past three years", said Orla Scannell, Arts Officer, South Dublin County Council. "The programme has enriched the lives of many people who came together to create pubilc art works that have been shared so generously with family, friends and the communities of South Dublin County".

The art works and projects presented over the three years of the commission have taken the form of live interventions, songs, walks, dance and theatre pieces, publications, and performances. What they all have had in common is their engagement with a specific community of people, from teenagers to pensioners; formal and informal groupings of the citizens of South Dublin.

The Curators Aoife Tunney and Claire Power stated that "IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME is a programme that reflected on the role of the ‘artist in society’ and the idea of ‘artist as citizen’. Professional artists across many disciplines - architecture, music, theatre and visual culture - collaborated with diverse communities to present high-quality artistic outcomes in unexpected places. We hope that the legacy of the programme will hold meaning and memory for the people who were involved in or who witnessed some of its moments. Perhaps some of the communities of South Dublin County have caught a glimpse of how artists and public art projects can create a space where people can talk, see, think and express themselves in relation to the world around them."

Images: Kasia Kaminska

Artist Biographies

Andreas Kindler von Knobloch and Tanad Williams

Andreas + Tanad work together collaboratively on a variety of projects, the underlying theme of which is permanence. From architectural interventions to Arte Util to permanent installations and architectural commissions they are interested in material history as it affects human interaction.

Andreas Kindler von Knobloch is a pragmatic utopian. His multidisciplinary practice is focused on ideas of collectivity and participation through the creation of structures and situations that question our material and social relations.

Tanad Aaron works with philosophically engaged objects, dialogues and texts. Rooted in academic research and linguistic investigation, the final object is constructed so as to represent both its material reality and its theoretical conception. He is a multidisciplinary artist working with performance, texts, objects both in his solo practice and his collaborative projects.

Fiona Hallinan

Fiona Hallinan is an artist, researcher and co-founder of the Department of Ultimology, a project that explores the potential for transformative encounter through looking at that which is dead or dying. She is the creator of a number of collaborative works involving hospitality, food and education, including Fink’s, a project in the threshold of the Grazer Kunstverein art organisation in Austria, which responds to exhibiting works through producing powders, tinctures and meals for visiting artists and audiences using ingredients, knowledge and methods drawn from the surrounding environment. Her work has been shown at Kerlin Gallery, IMMA, Mother's Tankstation, Parsons Paris and Brown University.

Davy Kehoe

Davy Kehoe is an Irish producer from Dublin associated with the Wah Wah Wino label. He is best known for the enigmatic but exhilarating vision of electronic music that fills his debut album Short Passing Game, released in 2017. Kehoe will bring a live band to Krakow to perform his unique mixture of motorik rhythms and fourth world aesthetics.