10am-5pm Fri 5 July
Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland
The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Organised in collaboration with the research group Photography/Archives/Ireland, the symposium hosts a day of conversations with Photo-Historian Eléonore Challine, Alison Nordström (Senior Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, 2004-2013), and Marco De Mutiis, currently digital curator for Fotomuseum Winterthur.
The status of Photography has been far from stable in the museum environment. Photography’s changing and varied technologies, its ubiquity and potential for reproduction, has made it difficult to contain within discrete institutional boundaries. The prioritisation of the artefact and the ‘unique’ original has historically troubled the place of photography in the art museum, yet photographs are an integral part of the ecosystem of many museums, making a significant contribution that was until lately both invisible and unacknowledged. What then of a contemporary museum conceived specifically for photography?
To mark the inauguration of the first Contemporary Museum of Photography of Ireland, this symposium brings together photographers, artists, curators and researchers for a series of conversations about photography and the museum. A museum of contemporary photography might offer new approaches and possibilities in relation to the place of photography in the museum, curatorial strategy and scope, policies of collecting, exhibiting practices and knowledge production.
These possibilities will be explored by speakers and respondents including: Eleonore Challine, Alison Nordstrom, Sabine Kriebel (History of Art Department, University College Cork), Marco de Mutiis, Rachel O’Dwyer (School of Visual Culture, NCAD), Seán Kissane (Curator, Exhibitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art).
The Critical Academy offers a growing series of seminars around key aspects of contemporary Arts practice aimed at developing and strengthening key skills and mindsets, taught in participatory environments with clear and focused aims.
The Critical Academy opens up a new radical space to learn, research and examine contemporary art practices around Photography and their contexts, as much as the arts management and cultural policy that affect them.
The seminars look at very specific skills that are commonly considered secondary in the teaching of artistic practices, mostly focused on methodologies and theory. We consider these skills not complementary but fundamental for a sustainable practice and a wholesome life, and they contribute to a continuous self-development.
These relate to essential aspects and core values of a stable Arts practice, from daily administration routines, to competence in resolving grant aid paperwork, and understanding the importance of applied self-discipline; others refer to entrepreneurial matters, acknowledging both the artist’s output and the artist’s needs.