Talking about talking / Speaking through speech:
Lunchtime conversation with Martina O’Brien

24 January 2020, 1pm - 2pm

In collaboration with Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology’s MA in Art, Research and Collaboration, we are happy to announce a series of lunchtime conversations devised by MA students and artists Nic Flanagan and Lucy Tevlin, as part of our studio events programme.

Talking about talking / Speaking through speech is a series of 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 will 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.

Martina O’Brien

Martina O’Brien is a Project Studio artist at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. O’Brien’s interdisciplinary practice stems from her intrinsic interest in perceptions of time, the earth sciences, futurology and divination. Over the last number of years her work has frequently examined measurement technologies and data-driven practices of quantification such as climate modelling and, as an extension of this, considered how ways of describing the world through computational structures affect the possibilities for our being, acting and thinking in the world. O’Brien was recently commissioned by the European Commission to collaborate with Earth scientists at the Joint Research Centre’s Crisis Management Laboratory, Italy in 2019.

Recent awards include an Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Bursary Award 2019; Arts Council of Ireland Travel & Training Award 2019 and 2017; Creative Ireland Bursary Award 2018; Kildare County Council Arts Act Awards 2019, 2017 and 2016; and an Arts Council of Ireland Project Award 2017. Further residency awards include Artist in Residence at Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC), Dublin, 2016; EUCIDA Digital Artist in Residence, Espace Multimédia Gantner, France, 2017; and Rising from the Hill: Local Systems in Global Contexts Residency, Cow House Studios, Wexford, curated by Francis Halsall & Kelley O’Brien concluding in an exhibition at NCAD Gallery, Dublin, 2017.

The next lunchtime conversation will take place on Friday 7 February, from 1pm - 2pm, with Jenny Brady.

Please note, the lunchtime conversations will be audio recorded.