short residencies

short residencies. Part 1: Jan McCullough, Utopia Ducks, Janie Dogherty, Izzy McEvoy, Rory Buckley, Henry Bradley. 07- 27 January 2019.
Part 2, 06 May - 01 June 2019, see Open call.

 

short residencies, part 2
call for proposals

06 May - 01 June 2019
Deadline: 15 April

PS² offers artists and creative practitioners its space for a series of short, 2-3 daylong residencies in January and May 2019.
Used for exhibition, performance, research, office, hide out, craft workshop, studio, cinema, meeting place, museum, living room, sound studio, rehearsal room, kitchen, shop, gym, observatory or more, the space will change in a fast turnaround, giving exposure to anything creative.

PS² will provide:
-its space
-equipment: data projector/ tvs/media-dvd players/ boards/ internet /tool box/ coffee machine…
-practical assistance and invigilation
-web presence
-small fee

Please send your short proposal (max 200words) + max 3 images or links in one PDF (not more than 2MB) to pssquared[at]btconnect.com
Deadline for May 2019 residencies: 15 April 2019


‘short residencies’ will take place between:
06 May - 01 June 2019

PS² has initiated similar projects in the past, giving artists and non-artists the chance to realise and test a project idea and open it to the public.
9-5 residency in 2009, see and Rehearsal room, 2013/14 see.

short residencies


short residencies, part 1
07 - 27 January 2019

Opening hours/ public events varies with each project:
Thursday, 10 January, 6pm: Presentation and talk by Utopia Ducks- free and all welcome.
Saturday 12 January, 12pm and throughout the afternoon, Royal Avenue: Parade of waterfowl / action on the climate crisis.

For the first part of the short residencies programme in PS² we received 36 proposals, more than we expected and far more than we could host. Many of them were outstanding and we had to make a selection what we thought might work best in the short time and also reflecting the diversity of approaches, themes and media forms.

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Timetable

Residency 1 - Monday 07 - Wednesday 09: Jan McCullough- 3D objects

 Jan McCullough at PS² short residencies
short residencies: 07-09 January, documentation. Image: Jan McCullough

Jan McCullough will explore some technical ideas in the large space. With some leftover scraps from the Vision Board parties she recently had as a subject, she plans to blow up shapes very big and see what they are like as 3D objects.
For more information about the artist see.

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Residency 2 - Thursday 10 - Saturday 12 January: Utopia Ducks (Bernadette Hopkins and Rebecca Strain) - Climate action.

The two artists from Donegal came together to form an inter-generational collaboration. With a shared concern about inequality, social justice and the environment they recognize these global issues in their local context. With their actions they draw attention to the impacts, facilitate dialog and communality. In 2018 Utopia Ducks delivered five live art events in the Donegal area that addressed and questioned decision making that had a direct affect on the environment and food production.
Utopia Ducks will use the short residency to infiltrate the media and make use of the imagery and texts generated during these events.

Thursday, 10 January, 6pm: creative social activism in the rural.
Presentation and talk by Utopia Ducks- all welcome.

Utopia Ducks at PS² short residencies
short residencies: 10 January, presentation

Saturday 12 January, 12pm and throughout the afternoon, Royal Avenue: Parade of waterfowl / action on the climate crisis.

Utopia Ducks: Parade of waterfowl / action on the climate crisis.12 January: action on the climate crisis, Corn Market.

Press releas:

For Duck’s Sake!!!
On Saturday 12 January, an artist duo are staging a parade of waterfowl on Belfast's Royal Avenue to highlight the urgent need for action on the climate crisis. A brace of ducks will waddle through the city guided by the artists.The duo who call themselves Utopia Ducks have been creating public art events that honour the natural environment and highlight climate injustice

“humans are the most destructive life force on the planet yet we believe we also possess within us the strength to make a positive change so that we and future generations can continue to thrive in peace and harmony. Utopia is here, it's just ducking down behind exploitation and injustice” Utopia Ducks

Utopia Ducks are a collaboration of two female visual and performance artists, Rebecca Strain and Bernadette Hopkins based in Donegal. They are politically aware artists who engage in activism and bring their embodied knowledge as women to radically imagine and momentarily interrupt the everyday through performance art.

Utopia Ducks create utopian spaces outside the gallery space, engaging local communities and offering new possibilities.

‘Our physical location in Co. Donegal can be seen as rural, a land’s end and a periphery, while our lived experience is rooted in ‘think globally, act locally’

They work and live in impoverished communities who feel left behind by government and where employment is welcomed. Discussion such as damage to the natural environment by corporations, tends to conflict with the reality of poverty in everyday life. They research the experiential sense of place and ways in which communities can have governance in the place they live while preserving local culture and protecting their environments and food production. Utopia Ducks was conceived as a way to engage as artists embedded in communities, given the global condition of political, environmental and economic instability.

Utopia Ducks
Birds with Aspirations
January 2019

For more information see www.utopiaducks.wordpress.com

Parade of waterfowl / action on the climate crisis.12 January: action on the climate crisis, Belfast

'Utopia Ducks are a collaboration of two female visual and performance artists, Rebecca Strain and Bernadette Hopkins formed in February 2018. Our collaboration was conceived as a way to support each other and our ideas as women artists working through a feminist lens in our rural communities. Our inter-generational role, as mother and grandmother, is incorporated into our collaboration. We are politically aware artists who engage in activism and bring our embodied knowledge as women to radically imagine and momentarily interrupt the everyday through performance. 

We create Utopian spaces outside the white cube, engaging local communities. Our physical location in Co. Donegal can be seen as rural, a land’s end and a periphery, while our lived experience is rooted in ‘think globally, act locally’. We work and live in impoverished communities who feel left behind by government and where employment is welcomed. Discussion such as damage to the natural environment by corporations, tends to conflict with the reality of poverty in everyday life.  We have researched the experiential sense of place and ways in which communities can have governance in the place they live while preserving local culture and protecting their environments and food production. Utopia Ducks was conceived as a way to engage as artists embedded in our communities, given the global conditions of political, environmental and economic uncertainties.'
Text: Utopia Ducks


Utopia Ducks at PS² short residencies

For more information about Rebecca Strain see
For more information about Bernadette Hopkins see
For more information about Utopia Ducks see


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Residency 3 - Sunday 13 - Friday 18 January: Janie Dogherty- Rehearsals for 'Politics of Comfort

Janie Dogherty at PS² short residencies
14 January, work set-up

For more information about Janie Dogherty see... well not yet.

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Residency 4 - Saturday 19 - Monday 21 January: Izzy McEvoy

Izzy McEvoy at PS² short residencies
19 January, set up


Izzy McEvoy at PS² short residencies
set up

Izzy McEvoy will build an installation using multiple monitors, projections and mushroom growkits. Based on her recent research of closed circuits in psychological, spatial and and art historical terms, she will use herself as a starting point to examine isolation, mental health and cognitive therapy.
For more information about Izzy McEvoy see.

Izzy McEvoy at PS² short residencies
mushroom growing material with rotating device

Izzy McEvoy at PS² short residencies
21 January, projection on mushroom growing material

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Residency 5 - Tuesday 22 - Thursday 24 January: Rory Buckley - Ball Tracks.

Rory Buckley perceives the city landscape as a marble run. A rolling, bright yoga ball captures the urban anatomy and structure, exploring the elevated city spaces of Belfast. Captured on camera, this playful mapping research will result in an audiovisual installation of the ball track footage.
For more information about the artist see.

Ball Tracks, 23 January, Stormont Estate, Belfast

Rory Buckley at PS² short residencies22 January: Ulster Museum

Rory Buckley at PS² short residencies24 January: Installation

Ball Tracks 24 January

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Residency 6 - Friday 25 - Sunday 27 January: Henry Bradley -
Scriptwriting: Interviews with a puppeteer.

For more information about Henry Bradley see.

Henry Bradley at PS² short residencies27 January, draft script

Henry Bradley at PS² short residencies
25 January, set-up for writing and actors arrangements.


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