Visual artist Kathryn Maguire's ‘attractive nuisance’ comprises two floating artworks - ‘US’ Again and The Exchange. Both were constructed during her residency in Studio 468, supported by arts organisation Common Ground, and will moor on the Grand Canal at Suir Road on May 11th 1pm -5pm. On the following day, Sunday May 12th, they will traverse the Grand Canal to finally berth in Grand Canal Dock beside Waterways Ireland Centre where they will be accompanied by jazz musican Nick Roth’s ‘Water Project’.
‘US’ Again reflects who we are, public space and the potential of possible futures, disrupting the everday flow of movement. A 6’x 4’ ft shed is clad in vinyl acrylic mirror. Nature and us are symbiotic and yet fragmented, there is a rupture in place as it passes or the viewer passes it.
‘The Exchange’ celebrates locality and a history of Labour and Leisure colliding. Constructed of Dolphins Barn Brick and vegetables, the past is celebrated whilst the future is presented.
The FESTA Dialogues are series of talks that will take place on a barge 107B on Saturday 11th on the Grand Canal at Suir Road D8 (adjacent to Suir red line Luas stop) from 2pm – 5pm. Each Dialogue will include a panel of experts chaired by architect Alan Mee in addition to presentations and discussion on Heritage, Ecology and Local Initiatives. See www.commonground.ie or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Maguire’s fourth intervention on/ along the Canals of Dublin. Her fascination with a man-made transport system which has been colonised by nature has led her to see a new symbiotic relationship with nature, us, labour and leisure. The works emulate a form of exchange by the act of labour in a shared space through one locality and an opportunity to find hidden points of openess, friendship and coming together.
Studio 468 is a partnership initiative between Common Ground and Rialto Development Association and it is located in St Andrew’s Community Centre Rialto. Studio 468 is supported by Dublin City Council and the Arts Council. FESTA is generously supported by Inland Waterways and Waterways Ireland.