The first of the Gobi Heaven festivals was held in Bayan Nur, Inner Mongolia August 6-11 2019. This is the first of five annual festivals .
The International artist camp, curated by Suzanne Matz included various happenings alongside the exhibition hall. Apart from the indoor exhibition there were out door art installations, impromptu art performances, music, belly dancing, bilingual poetry happenings, rap workshop, environmental workshops, meditation and visualization workshops. I presented a workshop on Image and Memory in Space – Memory Palace workshop ….more on that in the next post.
Bloomsday celebrates an ordinary day from which an extraordinary book is based. The 16th June 1904 is the day when James Joyce’s epic modern novel ‘Ulysses’ takes place. June 16th 2019 witnessed lots of fun events at the Embassy of Ireland in Beijing with a play directed by Mario Perez, readings, improv by the Beijing Broads, photo costume booth and of course art. The NorthGateProject founders Fion Gunn, Gulistan and myself exhibited a collection of artworks. We had an exhibition Odyssey the Return in April with Ulysses as the main theme.
On April 25th the Hungarian rendition a global tour of “Beyond the Form of Art”, was launched at the Wick Art Centre in Budapest. The works I am showing are two portraits from my the Transparent Milk portrait series .
A few months ago I was asked to arrange a walking tour of 798 by the RAS -Beijing (Royal Asiatic Society ) . I knew that Mappa Mundi by polymath Qiu Zhijie would be a high priority for this visit. Prof Qiu is a writer, educator and curator believes that map making produces ‘awareness’ rather than understanding. Navigating links and building connections as we develop our own perceptions may well be one of those special things that shows us what it is to be human. These particular maps explore lost meanings and hidden connections that lie outside of history and common knowledge. On Saturday morning 4th (this was the last weekend the exhibition was running) we began our voyage of discovery at the UCCA.
This year’s Irish project ‘Odyssey the Return ‘ explores James Joyces book Ulysses and the ancient epic poem The Odyssey. On April 15th the famed Beijing Bookworm hosted our talk ‘What has James Joyce ever done for you?’ Our Monty Pythonesque title became slightly distorted with time as people started to refer to it as ‘What as James Joyce ever done to you?’
It has been a few years since I gave workshops for children. But within the space of a week I gave 6 workshops in two different locations during the Chinese new year festival .
It was good to re-engage with my approach, knowing full well what I needed to provide. How will I manage and contain the exuberance, energy and impatience of the children? Would I remain patient myself in that environment? Could I nurture the brilliant moments they have and push them on that path when things actually do work out and continue to work out wonderfully? Would I be able to unlock their talent and satisfy their curiosity ? Continue reading →
Three full days of sensory overload and yet still feeling the love and goodwill all around, Electric Picnic 2018 Stradbally, did not disappoint. I must be one of the few people who arrived there on the Friday morning feeling a little ill, tired and dreading the event only to return home Monday morning feeling refreshed and optimistic and full of the joys of a sunny dry Ireland. Continue reading →