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The Constellations Series: Creative Arts Practice Research in Context


Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, Trinity’s Creative Arts Practice Research Theme is pleased to partner with the Trinity Long Room Hub to offer The Constellations Series, a new programme of public events exploring the entanglement of creativity, artistic practice, and research.

The series will feature artist-researchers, particularly those who cross disciplinary boundaries, presenting their work and discussing their creative process. The programme for this term is below.

  • Wednesday, 26 April 2017 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Trinity Creative Challenge

Trinity Creative is committed to making space for creative expression, collaboration, interdisciplinary experimentation and creating platforms to explore and stimulate new developments in creative arts practice. In this Constellations Series event, we’ll be hearing from several artists who have participated in the Trinity Creative Challenge:

Clare Lymer- a visual artist working in collaboration with PhD Fellow Emer Hackett and Professor Joseph Keane of Trinity Centre for Health Sciences TB Immunology Research Group – will be speaking about Continuance, a work which explores the human experience of isolation suffered by TB patients. Clare’s video installation ran in the Science Gallery April 9-13th 2017.

Adrian Tien of Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and Richard Duckworth of Trinity’s Department of Music, will speak to their project which explores the idea of silence through music and pose the question “Can silence be musical?”. The Music of Silence: Its Interpretation and Performance comprised of a series of talks and performances held in Trinity College Dublin on April 11th and 12th 2017.

Enda Bates- a composer, musician, producer and academic at Trinity College Dublin – will be speaking about From Within, From Without a commissioned composition of spatial music for multiple loudspeakers and performers, which was showcased in an immersive live performance in the front square of Trinity College Dublin on April 8th 2016.

Joe Caslin- a street artist, illustrator and art teacher, will talk about his new large-scale drawing due to be installed on a building in Trinity College Dublin this coming May 2017. Joe’s work seeks to highlight endemic issues that impact Irish society and her people through the portrayal of emblematic volunteers.

About the Trinity Creative Challenge
Sponsored by the Provost of the University, this funding award aims to foster the development of ambitious and innovative interdisciplinary projects and works, ideally involving a collaboration with, or within, Trinity College Dublin. The award is open to projects and ideas with a focus on interdisciplinary creative arts practices across a wide range of forms including performance, visual art, music, film, design, new media, animation, gaming and creative technologies. We are open to diverse approaches, new ideas and external collaborations. Projects linking creative arts, science and technology are especially welcome, as are those that are likely to catalyse new initiatives and ventures.

Eventbrite - Trinity Creative Challenge/ The Constellations Series

Pevious Events in this Series:

  • Wednesday, 29 March 2017 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Synecdoche: Artwork and Oeuvre – the Artist’s Perspective

‘APERTURES – collecting New, collecting Now’ is a new exhibition on display in the Arts Building concourse of Trinity College Dublin. As an introduction to the exhibition, Curator of the University Art Collections, Catherine Giltrap, has asked a number of the Visual Artists represented to discuss the work that is in the new acquisitions display, and, to subsequently discuss how it relates to a specific body of work and/or the artist’s oeuvre as a whole. Many of these new works are a ‘synecdoche’ - evidently independent works and, yet, they also elicit a genesis within, or are the culminations of, complex and simultaneous research pathways undertaken by each artist.
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Margaret Corcoran, Blaise Drummond, and Alan Phelan will each give 5-10 minute illustrated talks, followed by a brief contextual chat by Catherine Giltrap. An opportunity for the audience to pose questions and participate in the discussions will follow. The event provides the first occasion in the Constellation Talks series to explore the significance of research to visual arts practitioners, as well as, the significance of visual art as a springboard for research in itself.
In advance of the talk, you are invited to independently visit the exhibition at the Arts Building, comprising four exhibition panels at the concourse level and Margaret Corcoran’s work displayed at the Fellows’ Square entrance to the Arts Building café. Full details of the exhibition are available here.

Artist biographies and images of the artworks are available here:
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain, Margaret Corcoran, Blaise Drummond, and Alan Phelan

  • Wednesday, 22 February 2017 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Analog On Launch

A public performance followed by a short talk by Analog On, an experimental electronic music ensemble that composes and performs on vintage analogue electronics and modular synthesizers.  The group consists of Shauna Caffrey on oscillator, saw and electronics, and Richard Duckworth from the School of Creative Arts at Trinity College Dublin on modular synthesizer and effects.

The Analog On made their debut at the Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II festival at the Freemasons’ Hall in April 2016, and has just finished recording this – their first release – on the iconic Moog System 55 in the cockpit of the Moog Sound Lab at the Tonmeister Studio in Surrey. The aesthetic is that of the time-warp cultist with retro and future aesthetics co-existing in the same cultural and temporal space. 

This album is a musical homecoming for Richard Duckworth as he studied analog synthesis under Herb Deutsch at Hofstra University in the 1980s: this is where he was first introduced to the Moog modular system and he spent many hours in the electronic music studio experimenting with voltage-controlled systems. Shauna Louise Caffrey is a musicology major at Trinity College. Her life-long love of experimental soundtrack led her to join Analog On, and since then she has delighted in the creation of 'weird noise' and bizarre soundscapes through mixed media.

  • Wednesday, 25 January 2017 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub

In Defense of Theatre (or the trouble with “performance”)

A public talk by Dr Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento during her Visiting Research Fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the School of Creative Arts.

Abstract: If the anxiety provoked by its shape-shifting properties lies at the core of the longstanding anti-theatrical prejudice, the antipathy that theater meets with today does not do justice to its history as an art form that has elicited passionate philosophical debates. Sitting at pale reproductions of old aesthetic formulas, audiences forget that the theatrical experience once provoked riots at opening nights. This talk interrogates why some of the most innovative contemporary productions are generally viewed as “performance” rather than “theater.” As it explores the roots of this shift, and the link between historical avant-garde movements and contemporary theatrical forms, this talk hopes to prompt the audience to consider which performances move us today and, maybe principally, why.

  • Wednesday, 14 December 2016 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub

'Heads Up’: Exploring the Work of Visual Artists and Teachers in Inclusive Educational Settings Using Reuse Materials

Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, Head of the School of Education and Director of the Arts Education Research Group

Heads Up was a pilot study designed to explore the benefits of creativity through the reuse of materials in inclusive educational settings. Adopting an ‘artist in residence’ model within 18 educational and community based groups where children, young people and adults with diverse learning needs worked together in inclusive educational settings, Heads Up examined whether reuse materials encouraged greater flexibility and creativity in inclusive classrooms. Run over a 16 week period, the workshops were facilitated by 11 visual artists using clean, high quality open-ended materials that had been salvaged from business.

ReCreate is a national social enterprise that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and makes it available to all sectors of the community for creative reuse. Inspiring curiosity, creativity and care for the environment, ReCreate was established 3 years ago to champion awareness around reuse and diverting materials from landfill.

Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency, Heads Up was evaluated by the Arts Education Research Group (AERG) who examined the role of visual arts integration in an inclusive society, and the creative connections between visual arts, ecology and environmentalism. Framed within a discourse of inclusive and sustainable arts practices, this presentation will report on the major findings from this partnership pilot study.

Following the presentation, there was a short panel discussion chaired by Dr Nicholas Johnson, Convenor of the Creative Arts Practice Research Theme in Trinity College. The panel featured Dara Connolly (Executive Director of ReCreate Ireland), Deirdre Rogers (participating artist and Arts Coordinator for ReCreate), Dr Michael Flannery (AERG and Head of Arts Education, Marino Institute of Education), and Heads Up participants, participating teachers, adult educators and artists discussing models of best practice in social enterprise where creativity is fostered, people are valued and the environment is cared for.

This event marked the launch of a book to celebrate the Heads Up programme.

Carmel O’Sullivan
Carmel O’Sullivan is the Head of the School of Education and Director of the Arts Education Research Group in Trinity College. Carmel’s research interests are in the areas of arts education and inclusive education. She has particular expertise of working with children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, through a form of educational drama which she has pioneered and developed over many years, called Social Drama. Her most recent publications include a series of 3 books written especially for China, and designed to introduce Chinese early years teachers and educators to the use of creative drama in their classrooms.

  • Wednesday, 19 October 2016 | 18:00 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Rivers Unseen

The performance of a new work composed by the Trinity Long Room Hub’s 2015-16 artist in residence, Michael Gallen. The piece is a response to three paths of Arts and Humanities research as well as to the architecture and context of the iconic building itself. At 6pm on Wednesday, 19 October, the piece will be performed by Michelle O'Rourke (mezzo soprano), Lina Andonovska (alto flute) and Tonnta Vocal Group conducted by Robbie Blake. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Gallen and his research collaborators, chaired by Dr Nicholas Johnson, the convenor of the Creative Arts Practice Research Theme. It will also facilitate an introduction to the Trinity Long Room Hub’s 2016-17 Creative Arts Practitioner in Residence, Maarten Rischen.

  • Thursday, 1 December 2016 | 18:30 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Dr Ian Sansom, Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing

How Not to Write a Novel: An Illustrated Guide

Ian Sansom is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. He is the recently appointed Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre. He has published thirteen works of fiction and non-fiction, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His most recent book was Westmorland Alone (HarperCollins, 2016), book four in a projected 44-book series set in the historic counties of England. His next book is Essex Poison (HarperCollins, 2017), and he is currently working on a book about the poet W.H. Auden. A former columnist for the Guardian, he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, the Spectator and the New Statesman. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. A former Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was the BBC/Louis MacNeice writer-in-residence at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, and was until recently the Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick.

Ian Sansom will open by reading some of his current work. He will then present some images and archival material from his writing process. Following the presentation there will be a discussion chaired by Dr Nicholas Johnson, the Convenor of the Creative Arts Practice Research Theme, about the relationship between research and creative practice and the use of archives and archive material.

What is the relationship between the world of literature and the world in which we live? How do books and texts determine and form that relationship? What is the past - and the future - of the book? What are the boundaries of genre and historical fiction? What is the function of criticism? What does it mean to be a critic as well as a writer? And what is the role of the public intellectual?

For further details on the Creative Arts Practice Theme, please click here

Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

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