The GREEN MERZ
Kurt Schwitters and Ireland - Bogside Artists
Tuesday March 22nd at 7.30pm
An introductory lecture: Kurt Schwitters from an Irish perspective; by Gemma Carol, an Art Historian from Cork and currently studying for her PhD at University College London. Followed by an in-depth talk by the Bogside Artists from Derry who, as it happens, are also interested in the work of Kurt Schwitters.
There are also other interesting parallels connecting the work and ideas of the German DADA artist/poet Kurts Schwitters and some Irish writers. In particular, Flann O’Brien, James Joyce and Sam Beckett. Some people even think that Kurt Schwitters and Myles na gCopaleen might well have the same person? Some scholars have also likened James Joyce’s re-invention of the novel as ‘stream of consciouness’, to Schwitters’ never ending Merzbau experiments as ‘exploded’ portable architecture? These and other interesting comparisons and questions will be unravelled at an evening seminar and talks programme at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester.
The Bogside Artists
Tom Kelly, his brother William, and Kevin Hasson are the three artists who created and painted all of the twelve murals of the internationally acclaimed THE PEOPLE’S GALLERY. Their artwork represents the Bogside, its history, its spirit and its people; and many thousands of people come to Derry each year to hear the history of the 'troubles' and to see the celebrated street of murals in the Bogside. Painted from photographic material these are the most authentic renditions possible of the events depicted and acclaimed by many critics and writers as "art of the highest order" The Bogside artists were recent awarded the prestigous Joseph Beuys/Demarco European Art Award for their contribution to peace and reconciliation in Ireland and internationally. The are also intersted in the work of Kurt Schwitters, another artist for whom survival on the edges of conflict and of by rejection by the art world establishment, was all in a day’s work
Gemma Carol and the Bogside Artists, Derry
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