TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture in association with The Dock presents New writing commissions for Austins Ivers exhibition THREADS. For this exhibition Austin Ivers considers some technological developments of the post-war period and their subsequent application in state command and control systems during the Cold War. Utilising video, sculpture and photography, this is a consideration of the relationship between the aesthetic of power and life as experienced under the perpetual threat of nuclear annihilation.
Four writers will publish their responses to the themes and ideas of the exhibition each Tuesday for a month. They are Ian Maleney, Joanne Laws, Cathy Sweeney and Pat McCabe.
The second essay in the series is entitled The Passing of a Shadow and is written by Joanne Laws. We will publish the essay here and across our on line platforms on Tuesday 1st December.
Joanne Laws is an arts writer, editor and researcher based in County Roscommon. She is Features Editor of The Visual Artists’ News Sheet, where she commissions new writing for an Irish arts readership. Joanne is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and a regular contributor to international art publications, including Art Monthly and Frieze. She is Assistant Editor of Protest! - the monograph of Derek Jarman - published in April 2020 by the Irish Museum of Modern Art in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery and Thames & Hudson. She was Arts Writer in Residence at The Dock from 2017 to 2020.