The curators have chosen predominately women participants, performers and visual artists to make work exploring the notion of danger and risk within art making and society. The participants will produce live experiential artworks and performances that evolve over the week of the festival.
The curators will create a stage for the artists to react to: a gallery ‘under construction’. Machinery and objects associated with building industry shall occupy the space ready for alteration, interaction and modifying their mechanics, aesthetics and behaviours.
The artworks will react and interplay with this spectacle to create interactive ‘dangerous & reactionary’ artworks, utilising engineering and arduino programming to enhance the user experience and interaction with the audience.
The echoes of the collapse of the construction industry in Ireland has created a society in fear of a repeat bubble already forming in the city. A hesitation to taking risks has meant many suburban and rural towns lay dormant, producing a culture of a ‘people in waiting’.
For 2016 the curators want to challenge this fear and become cultural risk activators, inviting artists who work under this umbrella to push the ‘safety’ of the gallery into a challenging experience for artists, curators and audience.
Photographs of Glitch 2016 courtesy of MART Gallery.