Talking about talking / Speaking through speech:
Lunchtime conversation with Celina Muldoon

21 February 2020, 1pm - 2pm

In collaboration with Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology’s MA in Art, Research and Collaboration, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have hosted a series of lunchtime conversations devised by MA students and artists Nic Flanagan and Lucy Tevlin, as part of our studio events programme.

This is the final event in the Talking about talking / Speaking through speech series which includes three lunchtime conversations with studio artists Martina O’Brien, Jenny Brady, and Celina Muldoon, as they come to the end of their Project Studio residencies at TBG+S.

This series is an opportunity to discuss the artists’ individual work in the setting of the studios, while considering a common thread, identified by Flanagan and Tevlin, in each of the various practices. The conversations consider how ideas of ‘community’, and fractions of verbal, visual and data communication, which connect individuals, emerge in their work. Interaction and collaboration with different, yet specific communities, are relevant to each of the artists’ current or recent works, such as young people (Celina), deaf/hearing-impaired people (Jenny), and citizen scientists (Martina).

These conversations will inform a responsive publication created by Flanagan and Tevlin following the series, which will be publicly available either online or in the gallery.

Celina Muldoon

Celina Muldoon is an artist based in Northwest Ireland. Identity, memory and surveillance are themes around which Celina Muldoon investigates relationships between socio-political structures and the body. Her work spans Live Performance, Film and Installation. She uses collaborative processes to test live performance methodologies in response to site and context. Her unique Live Installations and videos generate uncertainty through satire and wit. Critical triggers of Muldoon's live work rely upon audience participation and interaction. Audio and live installation elements work in tandem to manifest highly charged emotional experiences unfolding momentarily in real time.

With a particular focus on the intimate space and the analysis of the body as representation of political agency, her work is realised through sci-fi re-enactments of mythological narratives. Often what arises through her Live Performances is a deep emotional connection between participants and the audience. Her primary motivation is to cultivate moments of magic and fantasy. Within this surrealist environment she conjures human connection with the viewer and strives to promote a collective sense of tolerance, compassion and empathy.

Research projects include collaboration with the Dept. of Neuroscience in Trinity College Dublin. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in Bushwick Studios N.Y., Cyberarts Gallery, Boston and with Craw Festival Berlin. Her major multi-disciplinary work SIRENS has been funded by the Next Generation Award and the Artist in the Community Scheme Award from the Arts Council. Selected exhibitions include SIRENS for Live Collision, Dublin, 2019; SIRENS III solo exhibition in Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 2019 and SIRENS IV in Futures: Series 3; Episode 3, R.H.A. Dublin, 2019. She has completed residencies in Cowhouse Studios and Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig. Celina Muldoon was artist-in-residence at St. Vincent's GNS, as part of Creative Generations, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios arts-in-education programme funded by the Central Bank of Ireland.