Exhibitions, Institutions, Projects

ProCreate Project Photozine Archive at LSBU


Participant in photozine archive  displayed at the launch event for the ProCreate Project and shown as part of an exhibition at London Southbank University from May 24th- June 24th 2016.
Photobook publishing at the School of Arts & Creative Industries / LSBU launched two new projects in Elephant & Castle: 103 Borough Road + 126 London Road

ə-books [uh-books] a project space for material publishing
A yearlong programme exploring paper publishing as artistic practice
103 Borough Rd SE1 0AA [Students Centre at the London South Bank University]
with the ProCreate Project Photozine Archive

 

Curating, Exhibitions, Institutions, Presentations, Projects

Exhibition at Modemuseum Hasselt


The Story of Bivolino
Modemuseum Hasselt
21.05.2016
30.06.2016

As curator of ‘The Story of Bivolino’  at Modemuseum Hasselt,  my objective was to reveal the history of Bivolino and highlight the company’s natural relationship with the textile industry and fashion history of Hasselt.

The exhibition looked into the story of the two brothers Louis and Jacques Byvoet who founded the business in 1954 and their grandfather who had been in the linen trade since 1900. The family run business offered customers an alternative to the classic white shirt and delivered fashionable styles and fabrics. The logo, always featuring the squirrel has been handed down through the generations and arose from the location of the brothers’ workshops close to the sandy pine forests of Hasselt. The company has continually adopted advancing technologies and pioneered the ergonomic measurement system in 1969, allowing each shirt to be individually fitted to the body.
‘The Story of Bivolino’ presented an archive collection of objects, photographs as well as artwork and bespoke shirts from the business and art ranges, accompanied by digital and slide presentations.

TV Limburg Interview | Het Verhaal van Bivolino at Modemuseum Hasselt

Exhibitions, Projects

ProCreate Project and Launch at Goldsmiths


The Women´s Art Library at Goldsmiths University hosted the launch of the ProCreate Project on 15th of December 2015. Selected Mother-Artists were invited to participate in a one-day installation of photozines, visual poetry and presentations redefining the art of motherhood.

eflyercellsimageonly3.indd

 

The ProCreate project created an exhibition in the Special Collections Study Space showcasing all of the contributing artists. The installation referenced the Women´s Art Library by creating an alternative, interactive archive for the Procreate Project.

The archive is officially part of the Women´s Art Library special collection.procreate_project_goldsmiths

www.gold.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentations, Talks & Lectures

ICT2015 Lisbon


ICT 2015 (The innovation revolution:Creativity & Arts in ICT) took place in Lisbon from 20-22 October and  hosted the biggest Information and Communication Technologies event (ICT) in Europe. ICT 2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform is an initiative of the European Commission and the event was co-organised with the Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT).

For three days Lisbon acted as the European hub of ICT, bringing together politicians, national and European decision-makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and artists, to debate the latest policies and initiatives of the European Commission on ICT.

Plenary 6  which took place in Auditorium 1,  21/10/2015 (14:50-16:20) and included guest speakers,

Robert Madelin (European Commission, Belgium), Moderator
Simona Maschi (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), Denmark), Keynote
Gerfried Stocker (Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, Austria), Keynote
Alexander Mankowsky (Daimler AG, Germany), Speaker
Sara Jones (City University London, Cass Business School, United Kingdom), Speaker
Irini Papadimitriou (V&A, Learning and Visitor Services, United Kingdom), Speaker
Ignacio Perez Dolset (UTAD, Spain), Speaker

Plenary 6 – Auditorium 1, 21/10/2015 (14:50-16:20)

The aim of the session was to discuss how stimulating the crossovers of creative ideas, particularly from the Arts, can drive innovation in Europe. Speakers should address how crossovers from culture/the Arts to innovation is done in industry, in education and in academia.

The panel discussion took place as Session 7C – Auditorium 7, 21/10/2015 (16:40-18:10)

The session covered the topic of creative/cultural industry (CCI), Arts and the creativity industry. (e.g. the STARTS initiative but more generally how CCI can contribute to innovation).

Participants shared views on how culture, CCI, and the Arts can stimulate creativity and catalyse innovation – specifically, how the take up of new technologies and innovative ICT solutions can stimulate new business models in CCI and the Arts world and more generally innovation in all industry. H2020 innovation through the START (Science & Technology & ART) activity and support of growth of ICT innovative CI SMEs in the framework of H2020 was also discussed.

 

The moderator was Professor Noel O’Connor (Dublin City University, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland), speakers included Laura Beloff (IT University Copenhagen, Culture & Games, Denmark), Michel Byvoet (bivolino.com, e-commerce, Belgium), Professor Steven Kyffin(Northumbria University, Arts, Design and Social Science, United Kingdom), Michela Magas (Stromatolite LTD, United Kingdom) and Mieke Vanmechelen spoke as an independent artist working on iART in collaboration with Bivolino.com.

 

Exhibitions, Screenings

Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase 2015


The Kerry Visual Artists’ Showcase  Exhibition which took place at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Killarney, Co. Kerry from September 18th – October 16th 2015.

Selected artists included Patsy Farr, Lisa Fingleton, Sanrdra Hickey, Barbara Hopkins Reen, Syra Larkin, Julie Lovett, Roisín McGuigan, Dervla O’Flaherty and Mieke Vanmechelen.

The showcase was curated by Orla Flynn and co funded by Kerry County Council and the Arts Council and  accompanied by an illustrated colour catalogue.

Exhibitions, Presentations, Screenings

MOTHERHOOD AND CREATIVE PRACTICE


In June my  film ‘Grootmoeder’ was screened at Motherhood and Creative Practice: Maternal Structures in Creative Work, an international and interdisciplinary conference that addressed ongoing debates about hospitality, solidarity and encounter as concepts in creative practice, and how they relate to contemporary issues of mothering. Scholars and artists contributed works and presentations which explored the creative embodiment of intergenerational trauma and the complex territory of mother-daughter relationships, and brought into dialogue social, scientific and artistic perspectives.

The conference was organised by Dr. Elena Marchevska and Valerie Walkerdine of London South Bank University. Key note speakers included Professor Bracha L.Ettinger, Marcel Duchamp Chair & Professor of Psychoanalysis and Art at the European Graduate School and Faith Wilding, Professor Emerita of Performance at SAIC; and a Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center for Feminist Research at Brown University, Providence, RI. A recorded interview was held with Professor Mary Kelly, Distinguished Professor and Head of the Interdisciplinary Studio Area in the Department of Art at UCLA.  Professor Griselda Pollock, Director of Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory, History, University of Leeds, UK was discussant for the event.

Critical overview from Cultural Reproducers

Independent Research, Projects, Research Practices, Studio

Drawing Project in association with The Department of Classics, Trinity College Dublin


During 2015/16 Mieke Vanmechelen completed a series of drawings for a research project which was supported by the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award. The drawings formed the principal visual element to an important academic thesis. The project allowed an opportunity to link up with the Classics Department at Trinity College Dublin where Mieke originally studied Classical Civilisation and Philosophy. The resulting drawings and paintings enhanced the explanatory power of the thesis and contributed to this previously undocumented part of our cultural, economic and political heritage.

Exhibitions

Horse, Void Derry


horse_void_derry

This hugely ambitious exhibition explored the representation and role of the horses in contemporary society and through countless generations and considered its profound relationship to man. Featuring twenty-eight artists, ‘Horse’ combined work from historical collections, an open submission call and invited artists.

The British Council and Hauser and Wirth gave work on loan from their collections.

artists_curators_void

 Artists included and selected: George Stubbs, Henry Moore, Mark Wallinger, Tim Macmillan, John Stezaker, Kenneth O’Halloran, Brian Hand, Christopher Barr, Bronagh Corr, Selma Makela, Gary Shaw, Maria McKinney, Michael Conlon, Debi O’Hehir, Alison Lowry, Lauren McKenna, Darran McGlynn, Stephen McCollum, Annabel Konig, Daisy Delaney, John Murray, John Kelly, John McDaid, Helen Sharp, David Haughey, Stephen Sexton, Mieke Vanmechelen and Fergus Byrne.

horse - engage - epona, mieke vanmechelen

Epona as part of Void Engage, a new element to Void’s activities funded by Derry City Council’s Legacy programme.

www.derryvoid.com/exhibitions/horse

Exhibitions, Situations, Studio

Ecology of the Imagination, Crawford College of Art & Design


No Comments

Ecology of the Imagination was a project initiated and perfromed by Vena Nascręcka and Mieke Vanmechelen in collaboration with CCAE student Max De Meester and other CCAE participants and invited guests. The project took place at CCAD Sullivan’s Quay campus during November 2014. The performance lasted four hours and a had a number of participants of all ages. The objective of this collaborative piece was to allow the artwork itself to become a performed pedagogy, a participatory mode of creation, interacting both in the physical costruction and through performance in the psychological experience of a ‘space’. The artists  engaged in a participatory performace as part of the project.

The title came from a book by Edith Cobb called “The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood”. According to Cobb, sensory and perceptual processes which occur during childhood are repsonsible for the neural network of human intuition. It is during the childhood years that the foundations for later psychic states and well-being are laid. The artwork was an attempt to reconnect with the childhhood desire of making a fort, den or hut, a fanatsy place where one feels safe and protected from the outside world. According to E. O. Wilson, American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author considers the quest to construct secret space a “fundamental trait of human nature”… “of ultimate value to survival” and a primal urge which has been almost forgotten (Sobel, D. Children’s Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood, viii).

Exhibitions

17 Heads 14 Handles Publication launch by Lisa Le Feuvre


No Comments

The 2014 MA:Art & Process publication 17 heads 14 handles was launched by curator and academic Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute.


The  introduction essay for the publication was written by Dr. Feral Gaynor from the UCC History Department and a catalogue featured the end of year work by graduates of the MA in Art & Process at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Maxim Bär, Sarah Jayne Booth, Laura Jordon, Brian Mac Domnhnaill, Cliodhna O’Riordan, Eleanor Philips, Ali Raza, Jennifer Redmond, Mieke Vanmechelen and Vena Naskrecka. 17 heads 14 handles was published by CIT Press and designed and produced by Pony Ltd.

ma_ap_14

 

Blog, Exhibitions

17 heads 14 handles, Annual Crawford College of Art & Design MA Show


No Comments

17 heads 14 handles was the annual collaborative exhibition by students of the MA in Art & Process at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, taking  place at the MA:AP studios on the 3rd floor of the CCAD Sullivan’s Quay campus, the 2014 show was opened by Peter Murray, Director of the Crawford Art Gallery.

Exhibiting artists included Maxim Bär, Laura Jordan Bhattacharya, Sarah Jayne Booth, Vena Naskręcka, Eleanor Phillips, Brian Mac Domhnaill, Cliodhna O’ Riordan and Jennifer Redmond and Mieke Vanmechelen. The exhibition focused on the investigations and processes of the group. The diverse backgrounds of the artists were reflected in the universality of the work and the variety of media used.