The Douglas Hyde Gallery of Contemporary Art is excited to present a new work by renowned performance artist Amanda Coogan, Deaf artists Lianne Quigley and Alvean Jones with Dublin Theatre of the Deaf (DTD) and students from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) at Trinity College Dublin. Freude! Freude! is a live exhibition, an embodied performance and installation which translates Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ode to Joy chorus into Irish Sign Language (ISL) and reinterprets the entire symphony through the lens of the Deaf experience. Using ISL as a choreographic language, Coogan, Quigley and Jones have worked with DTD and students from the CDS to produce an aural, visual and immersive feast that will be presented through a series of performances and exhibition installation.
Two Interconnected Houses
Mark Manders, who first exhibited at The Douglas Hyde in 1997, shows regularly at major museums around the world. Two Interconnected Houses, a slide projection composed of photographs of the interiors of two domestic buildings that are connected by subterranean tunnels, is an important recent work that encapsulates many of the key elements of his practice. The images lead the viewer through neglected rooms, surreal juxtapositions, grimly poetic images, and apparently abandoned studio spaces filled with collected objects and ephemera. Joining the two houses and, by implication, the narrative, are the deep black tunnels, which infuse the whole with an almost palpable sense of absence and foreboding.
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