Blanks & Trap Doors Event
The Blanks and Trap Doors
This closing event marked the final stage of the E.gress film national tour. Attended by many tour contributors as well as visitors new to the artwork, the event offered an opportunity to map reflections and learning gathered along the way, as well as to also include presentation of new artworks made in response to the film.
The event was located at IMMA in the Johnston Suite’s three adjoining rooms and included a screening of the E.gress film, a series of performative responses, a guest speaker, a decompression space and a discussion with Q&A.
E.gress was screened on a loop in IMMA’s Oak Room, where visitors could come and go over a period of time. In an adjacent space was the Decompression Room, a sculptural installation produced by Marie Brett that mapped reflections gathered during the tour and invited new written/drawn response to the film. Again, visitors could move in and out of this space over a period of time.
Screening of E.gress film in IMMA’s Oak Room
The Decompression Room in IMMA’s Drawing Room
The second-stage of the event was ticketed and took place in-the-round. Co-producer IMMA’s Senior Curator/Head of Engagement and Learning Helen O’Donoghue introduced the work and the event was facilitated by Trinity College’s Director of Public Programmes EngAGE, at the Centre For Medical Gerontology, Sarah Bowman.
The first in a series of performative responses was made by artist Suzanne Walsh who read an extract of artist/writer Ciaran Smyth of Vagabond Reviews’ essay I Said to Myself, Who Else?, an essay which was commissioned as a means to reflect on the tour’s amassed material trace.
Artist Suzanne Walsh presenting extract from I Said to Myself, Who Else? written by Ciaran Smyth Vagabond Reviews
This reading was followed by a vocal response to the E.gress film by Mellow Tonics choir, who performed a solo/collective interpretation, with performers located in amongst the audience members.
Vocal response to E.gress film by Mellow Tonics choir in IMMA’s Johnston Room
Alongside this vocal piece, choreographer/performer Philip Connaughton made a live dance response to the film and his performative response included interacting in close contact with choir and audience members.
Performative response by dancer Philip Connaughton to E.gress film in IMMA’s Johnston Room
Following these three performative responses, guest speaker Dublin Film Festival Director Grainne Humphreys, shared her thoughts about the E.gress film.
Sarah Bowman then led an open conversational discussion with E.gress artists, tour partners and audience members, followed by a Q&A.
Sarah Bowman facilitating discussion in IMMA’s Johnston Room
The event finished off with a drinks reception and informal conversation.
Drinks reception and informal conversation following E.gress tour closing event at IMMA.
The national tour closing event The Blanks and Trap-Doors was produced by The Irish Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the artist Marie Brett and took place at IMMA on July 14th 2016.
See the event invitation here
Photography by Nic Piper / Mervyn McCracken / Marie Brett