For our final podcast of 2020, Inês Cavaco and Hamish Rhodes share their experience of curating and coordinating the Govan production residency for our Scottish partner, Fablevision, amidst shifting COVID-19 restrictions. Following the warm welcome from local artists, activists, businesses and communities during the research residency last year, the Memory of Water team was determined to stay connected and to deliver useful artistic projects in real life but remotely.
Roman Sebastyański curated the City Labs for the Memory of Water project at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk, Poland. He brought together artists, activists, politicians, property developers and other key stakeholders to discuss the future of the former Gdańsk Shipyard area, and the importance of cultural heritage to the identity of the city. In this episode of the Memory of Water podcast, he talks with Mary Conlon about the need for, and the benefits of, this dialogic process, and how he devised key themes as a strategy for collecting the ideas and dreams of citizens.
Welcome to the Memory of Water podcast. In this episode, we meet Agnieszka Wołodźko who curated our artistic residencies in the former Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland. Agnieszka introduces her participatory practice as an artist and as a curator, and shares her personal memories of the Solidarity Movement, the importance of this history to the people and identity of Gdańsk, and her motivations for generating new conversations on the future of this post-industrial space.
t s Beall is a socially-engaged artist and researcher based in Glasgow and Dumfries. She works with communities on long-term or durational projects to recover and highlight marginalised histories. Her work spans a variety of media including performative events and guided artwalks. For this episode of the Memory of Water project, she describes her approach to engaging with local customs and honouring women’s histories through participatory events during the international residency programme in Greece, Poland and Scotland.
Ira Brami is a performance artist, mask-maker and artistic director. For the Memory of Water project, Ira Brami represented our Greek partner, the Municipality of Levadia. In this episode of our podcast, she describes the experience of working with retired shipyard worker, Mrs. Ula Ściubeł in Poland, and with community activist, Helen Kyle in Scotland during the international residency programme. She also describes returning to Levadia in Greece during the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to engage with the artists and communities of the river city for her final artwork.
Mary Conroy’s work investigates humans’ connection with nature through socially-engaged practice, including participation and intervention. For the Memory of Water podcast, she talks us through her three projects developed during the international residency programme in Levadia, Gdańsk and Govan, engaging with the natural environment in three distinct locations. She also shares how she adapted her contribution in Scotland through a remote but authentic engagement with local community following COVID-19 restrictions on travel.
Jonas Myrstrand is the next guest on our Memory of Water podcast. He describes his dual role of artist and film-maker on the project. Over the course of two years, Jonas has been interviewing artists, community participants, local experts, and residents at all events during the international residency programme and city labs. He has been commissioned by our Swedish partner, Intercult, to document the team in six countries and to produce a final feature-length film of our interconnected activities.
Welcome to the Memory of Water podcast. In our first episode, Artistic Director, Mary Conlon talks with Iwona Zając, the artist who represents our Polish partner at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre. She describes her practice, including her iconic Gdańsk shipyard mural, and her artistic interventions for the international residency programme in Greece, Poland and Scotland.
Inspired by the mythical water creatures of the River Shannon in Ireland, Ollphéist (transl. Fabulous Beasts) brings the tradition of storytelling into the digital world, facilitating new interpretations of our folklore through GIFs. What is the potential of everyday technologies to tell stories? How might oral cultures be imagined in visual form? During the lockdown period in Ireland, the Memory of Water artists will contribute to this digital exhibition of GIFs displayed from sunset to sunrise in the windows of local businesses in Limerick City, showing alongside eighteen local and international artists. For those living outside the 5km radius of Limerick City Centre, the artists’ work will be published on the Ormston House Instagram throughout level 5 restrictions from the Plan for Living with COVID-19.
Ollphéist is curated by Caimin Walsh, Projects Curator at Ormston House. The project is supported by Creative Ireland and Limerick City & County Council through a Creative Ireland: Made in Limerick grant.