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Amanda Beech

Amanda Beech is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. Drawing from popular culture, critical philosophy and real events, her work manifests in different media including critical writing, video installation, drawing, print and sculpture. Using a range of compelling rhetorical and often dogmatic narratives and texts, Beech’s work poses questions and propositions for what a new realist art can be in today’s culture: that is, a work that can articulate a comprehension of reality without the terminal mirror of a human identity.


Beech has shown her artwork and presented her writing at major international venues including most recently a new web commission This Timefor the Remai Modern Museum, Canada (2017) and Covenant Transport Move or Die at The Baltic Center for Contemporary Art (2016-17). Other recent work includes her contributions to Neocentric, at Charim Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2016), Bots, Bodies and Beasts, at Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam (2016), What Hope Looks Like After Hope, Homeworks VII Beirut City Forum, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2015), Speculative Aesthetics, Tate Britain (2015), and the presentation of the three-channel video installation Final Machine at both Agitationism at the Irish Biennial (2014) and L’Avenir, Montreal Biennale (2014). Beech’s published writing includes essays for the anthologiesSpeculative Aesthetics, Urbanomic (2014), Realism, Materialism, Art, Sternberg Press (2015), and contributions for the Irish and the Montreal Biennales’ catalogues. Her artist’s books include First Machine, Final Machine, LPG (2015), Final Machine, Urbanomic (2013), and Sanity Assassin, Urbanomic (2010). Beech is Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, California, US.

Áine O Dwyer

Áine O’Dwyer’s role lies somewhere between the roles of vocalist, musician, improviser, composer, performer, listener, sonic Stalker and audience member. In recent years, the pipe organ has become an integral site for her experimentation, culminating in her new albums ‘Locusts’ and ‘Gegenschein’. Her forthcoming ‘Gallarais’ experiments with acoustic decay, and was developed during her self made residency at the Brunel tunnel shaft, London. All three releases celebrate her interests in found and forgotten spaces, chance choreographies, acoustic phenomena, the act of listening and the search for alternative scorings through a combined performativity of instruments, drawings, space, time, memory and the body.  

Adam Gibney

Adam is a Dublin based artist who graduated with a First Class honors from IADT Dun Laoghaire in 2010. He was the recipient of the IMOCA Graduate Award, the Aileen MacKeogh Award and the Siamsa Tíre Emerging Artist Award. Adam’s solo exhibitions include Limbo-Excavated (2011), RE:definition (2012) ,  Exercises of an Audionaut (2014) and Euclid, I miss you…(2016). Other notable exhibitions include Futures (Royal Hibernian Academy, 2014), The Reverberatory (Queen Street Studios, 2013) and Around a Volta (Chateau de Servieres, 2011).

In 2014, Adam collaborated with actress Caitríona Ní Mhurchú on Eating Seals and Seagulls Eggs, which was shown at the Dublin Fringe Festival (Project Arts Centre/Best Design nomination) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (The Pleasance). He has worked as a  part-time Assistant Lecturer in Fine Art New Media in the School of Creative Arts at DIT Grangegorman.

Adam’s work has been exhibited across Europe and America. In 2016, he represented Ireland in the V Moscow Biennale for Young Art – Deep Inside. Most recently, he exhibited alongside Brian Duggan in The Voyage in CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles.  In 2017, Adam will have exhibitions and residencies in Ireland, France, Latvia and South Korea.

Harold Offeh

Harold Offeh was born in Accra, Ghana in 1977 and grew up in London, UK. He is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of history. His work encompasses performance, social practice, video and photography, often using humour as a means to confront the viewer with aspects of contemporary culture and history. He studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London. Recently Offeh has approached the themes of service and Afro hair culture through collective live engagements with other artists, performers and community participation. He has shown widely both in the UK and abroad. He lives in Cambridge and works in London and Leeds where he is a senior lecturer in Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University.

Shirin Fahimi

Shirin Fahimi is an Iranian, Montreal-based artist, working in a variety of media.

Fahimi’s conceptual interest is in the domain of philosophy, while exploring a way of philosophical thinking in the medium of art, through drawing and diagram making.

Richard Forrest

Richard Forrest is a contemporary visual artist working in sculpture and digital media, currently based in Dublin. In 2011 he graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design and since then he has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. He has also received numerous commissions from institutions and individuals.

Since graduating he has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland in solo and group shows. Recent achievements include a residency and solo exhibition in ArtBox (Dublin), 2015, being shortlisted for the 2015 UCD Art in Science Residency, and receiving a micro-grant award from Forty-Toes Collective (Dublin) in 2012. He has also received numerous commissions from institutions such as Facebook, for their Dublin based European Headquarters, and the Glucksman Gallery (Cork) and currently he is on the board of directors for The Visual Artists Ireland and Richmond Road Studios.

Fiona Kelly

Fiona Kelly is an Irish Visual Artist who completed her MA in Art & Process, receiving first class honours from the Crawford College of Art & Design 2015. She holds a B.A in Sculpture, G.M.I.T, 2005, and a B.A (Honours) in Fine Art, Printmaking, received from the Crawford College of Art, Cork, 2008.

Kelly has exhibited both nationally and internationally, exhibitions in 2016 include; I Went to the Woods, the artist as wanderer Curated by Chris Clarke and Padraic E. Moore, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork City; Dust Breeding (Solo) SOMA Contemporary in Waterford City, Ireland; NEU NOW Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; You Make Mine/ I Make Yours, Ratamo Galleria, Jyväskylä, Finland, 25, Curated by Miranda Driscoll, The Atrium, Cork City Hall, Ireland and Cachet de la Poste Faisant Foi, Villa Mallet-Stevens, Paris, France.  Fiona Kelly works as a freelance educator who runs workshops at The Lewis Glucksman Gallery and Cork Printmakers. She has been invited as a Visiting Lecturer & Workshop Instructor at Art Academy of Riga, Latvia; The Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork and at The Burren College of Art, NUIG, Co. Clare, Ireland. 

Milos Trakilovic

Milos Trakilovic (1989 NL) holds a MFA from the Berlin University of Arts where he graduated in the New Media department of prof. Hito Steyerl. He lives and works in Berlin. Trakilovic’s work attempts to articulate increasing processes of digitization on-screen, off-screen and in between. Central to his interest remains the question of the body; its social, political, ideological and above all technological dimensions and restrictions. His recent work deals with the automation of vision and language following the digital turnover, exploring the human voice as a vital interface.

His practice is underlined by a strong research element and is most often situated within digital media taking on forms of video, performance, texts and lectures.

Omsk Social Club Feat PUNK IS DADA

Omsk Social Club Feat PUNK IS DADA Lives and works in Berlin.

She studied at The Glasgow School of Art in 2008 and went on to attend the European Graduate School Summer Institute in 2015/16. She has exhibited widely across Europe most recently at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (Nov 2016), Bergen Kunsthalle, Gold and Beton Cologne and “Vomit Apocalypse” for Glasgow International and Kunsthalle Zürich. Last October she attended The Eternal Internet Brother/Sisterhood residency in Sri Lanka curated by Angelo Plessas.

Her practice spans from visual to theoretical production so she has also contributed creative and critical texts to Status Effect curated by Andrew Varano, Websafe2k16 and Oncurating.org  – Alienation and Estrangement edited by Dorothee Richter. She is also included in the book Polar Reflex edited by Reese Riley. 

She was recently awarded the 8th ARTWARD Junior Prize and also pioneered the spectacle Ying Colosseum. She works heavily with the concept of Cosmic Depression – The theory of depression caused by digital utopia (Paradise without Ecology).  

“Zen, Speed, Organic: 3 lifestyle diets.”



benjamin busch

Benjamin Busch was internationally trained as an architect at the University of Kansas, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the University of Stuttgart before studying fine art at Weissensee School of Art. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2011, where he leads Studio Busch, a platform for spatial practice operating between the disciplines of photography and design. 

Treating architecture as a symptom of abstract processes, Busch’s artwork and writing investigate complex fields of relations within the built environment. His master of arts thesis in spatial strategies explores spatial practice in relation to planetary-scale computation, placing particular focus on self-organised habitat production and its mediation.”

Oran O Reilly

Oran O’Reilly was born in Stockport in 1975. He now lives in London. Oran graduated from the Royal College of Art printmaking department in 2001 and is currently Programme Leader for Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Recent exhibitions include the Neo Print Prize, Gallery 27, Bolton (2016) Impressit:The Art of Printmaking, Harris Museum, Preston (2014) International Print Triennial, Bunkier Stuzki Gallery, Krakow (2012), Pushing Print, Margate Gallery/Pie Factory, Margate (2012). 

His work has also been exhibited in London, Oldenburg, Vienna, New York and San Francisco.

Wolf Bittner

Wolf Bittner (Salzburg, Austria, 1981) is a media artist and programmer currently based in Berlin, Germany. His projects often take the form of kinetic light installations, photographic prints, time-based works and audio-visual performances, in which ideas around the relation between human beings and technology as well as visual perception and representation form a conceptual framework. In a process of deconstruction and recombination of a mediums constituting elements new meanings between work, reality and the spectator are created. Bittner has been presenting his works at numerous exhibitions, festivals, publications and theaters on four continents.

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