Every Way Out

Just finished out a week working with Maud Cotter (artist) and Veronika Valk (architect). EveryWayOut is described as:

“every way out is a collaborative project involving the creative fields of new media, art and architecture. It proposes to produce an experimental architectural space that acts as a carrier of ideas. The project is led by partnership of artist Maud Cotter and Veronika Valk but incorporates ideas from the wider creative community. In Cork the project is support through the National Sculpture Factory, the Cork Centre for Architectural Education in University College Cork, and the Fine Art & Media Communications Departments in Cork Institute of Technology.”

The week started with a day of talks and seminars followed by 3 days of workshops. It finished off yesterday with a day of presentations by 70 participating students from art, architecture and new media.
The first day of talk was organised by Maud Cotter, Veronika Valk, Paul Green, Trish Brennan and Gary Boyd. Five talks were delivered in total. Maud Cotter opened with a presentation of her work and provided a context for the public art work at the centre of week’s discussion. Thus work is also entitles ‘EveryWayOut’ and is due to be installed in 2012 at a site at Cork City docklands.

EveryWayOut site at Cork docklandsDraft illustration of site at Cork docklands by Veronika Valk

Veronika Valk presented her own practice and explained the broader cultural context for the project. Trish Brennan talked about four artists who could be seen to operate as agents of change and Andrew Clancy addressed design concerns which are at the heart of his own practice as an architect. Prof. Mike Philips gave an overview of the research ongoing at iDAT, Univerity of Plymouth. He demonstrated how technology can be integrated with creative practice to expose relationships that support sustainable changes in our behaviour.

A panel discussion followed the talks and included short introductory statements to help inform the workshop progamme in the following days:

  • Kevin Gartland on Iteration & Design Process.
  • Paul Green on Social Aesthetics in New Media Art
  • Mike Philips on Embracing Change Within Interdisciplinary Practice
  • Maud Cotter on Collaboration & Competition
  • Trish Brennan on Allowing for Failure
  • Veronika Valk on Public Realm, What do we want from it
  • in the future
  • Seamus Harahan on Social Space
  • Andrew Clancy on Procurement
  • Maureen O’Connor on Conflict – Resolution.

Workshops ran over three days before students made formal presentations to the group.

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