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Selective Memory: Artists in the archive

Artists: Zbyněk Baladrán, Paulien Barbas, David Raymond Conroy, Dani Gal, Ruth Maclennan, Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Lucy McKenzie, Marge Monko, Gavin Murphy, Alan Phelan, Anne Ramsden, Jasper Rigole, Valerie Snobeck, Sean Snyder, and Miek Zwamborn.

curated by Chris Clarke and Orla Murphy
in association with Digital Arts and Humanities, UCC

All Galleries, 21 November 2014 - 15 March 2015


The archive preserves the past, its remnants and records, within a repository of human knowledge. However, it also offers a space for critical engagement and creative invention, for challenging the archive's supposed objectivity with alternative histories, subversive interpretations and speculative imaginings. Selective Memory: Artists in the archive explores the ways in which Irish and international artists continually return to the archive, in order to imbue it with a new sense of subjectivity and individuality.

Participating artists Alan Phelan and Gavin Murphy will give free lunchtime presentations in the gallery as part of the Perspective series.

UCC art historian Kirstie North gives a free public talk as part of the In Detail series on 3 March 2015.

Download a press release for the exhibition here.

The exhibition has been supported by The Arts Council of Ireland and private philanthropy through Cork University Foundation.

Chris Clarke is Senior Curator of the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. In this role, he has curated Modern Families: Relatives and Relationships in Art, Passports: Globalisation in Contemporary European Video, Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art and the Irish touring exhibition Game On: Re-Newing Media Art.

Orla Murphy is a lecturer in the School of English at University College Cork, in the national, inter-institutional Digital Arts and Humanities PhD program. She is co-coordinator of the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC, and the new online MA in Digital Cultures at UCC. Her research is focused on intermediality, on how the text is, was, and will be transmitted; how we read, represent, and share knowledge in new networked and virtual environments. She is a reviewer and editor for a number of journals and bulletins.


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The above image is a detail from Lucy McKenzie's Quodlibet XXIV, oil on canvas, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels

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