From the open call and brief

PS² offers artists and creative practitioners its space for a series of short, 2-3 daylong residencies in January and May 2019.

short residencies

3 day residencies selected from an open call

Part 1 | January 2019 & Part 2 | June 2019

Ends 01 June 2019

Part 1

07–27 Jan 2019

Jan McCullough, Utopia Ducks, Janie Dogherty, Izzy McEvoy, Rory Buckley, Henry Bradley.

Part 2

06 May–01 June 2019

Justine McDonnell, Clare Gallagher, Áine O'Hara, Susan Hughes, Jane Walker, Soft Fiction Projects (Emily McFarland, Alessia Cargnelli), The Warzone Collective, Jordan Hutchings, Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske.

May residencies 15–6


RESIDENCY 15

Jordan Hutchings—Trapping cosmic rays

Thursday 30 May–Saturday 01 June

For Jordan Hutchings the short residency is a testing ground for a project that was never given proper exposure. To date it has only been seen as part of an online review by the art critic Slavka Sverakova.

'Since the body of work has not been seen collectively nor in a physical setting I would like to print a number of images from the series and display them in the space provided. There is an ephemeral nature inherent of the work that I would like to explore. What interests me is the scale and the medium used and I would like to experiment with this.'

For more information see


RESIDENCY 14

Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske–WhatsApp conversations.

Tuesday 28–Wednesday 29

The reading will take place on both days from 10am-4pm

Participants wanted to read part of the script. Please contact pssquared[at]btconnect.com or simply call around.

Ella Bertilsson & Ulla Juske- WhatsApp conversations

PARTICIPANTS WANTED!

Tuesday/ Wednesday 28 and 29 May!

Ella Bertilsson and Ulla Juske are filming people doing readings of their script on Tuesday the 28th and Wednesday the 29th of May between 10.00-16.00 and would love to get people involved! They are asking people to come in for 30 minutes’ slots each. It will take place in PS² as part of the short residency program. Wigs are available to use, they are kindly asking people to dress in happy, poppy, bright and colourful over-the-top type of clothes. Please respond to email only bertilssonjuske@gmail.com if interested to participate.

More information about the project below.

Ella Bertilsson (SWE/IRE) and Ulla Juske (EST/IRE) use conversation as the generative ground to produce narrative-driven, multidisciplinary work which uses symbolism, staging and sound to produce a mood of absurdity and unresolved suspense explored through performance, installation and video. They are exploring the narrative of every-day life through an unfiltered continuous dialogue. The artist duo has developed a script based on an archive of 650 pages of our personal WhatsApp conversations from 07/02/2016-21/10/2018. In this work, they are exploring the political argument from the second-wave feminist movement that the personal is political. The connections between personal experience and larger social and political structures are constantly evident in the text as it portrays two foreign women living in Ireland dealing with contemporary issues.

28 May- installation view

Conversation is the generative ground for this narrative-driven, multidisciplinary work by Ella Bertilsson (SWE/IRE) and Ulla Juske (EST/IRE) which uses symbolism, staging and sound to produce a mood of absurdity and unresolved suspense explored through performance, installation and video. The artist are exploring the narrative of every-day life through an unfiltered continuous dialogue with a performance, reading a printed document that contains an archive of 650 pages of their personal WhatsApp conversations from 07/02/2016- 21/10/2018. The performance will be open to the public for eight hours a day. Performed on a stage-like set and with the use of different costumes, wigs and props to evoke curiosity with the audience.

28 May- installation view

In this work, we are exploring the political argument from the second-wave feminist movement that the personal is political. The connections between personal experience and larger social and political structures are constantly evident in the text as it portrays two foreign women living in Ireland dealing with contemporary issues.'

For more information see


RESIDENCY 13

The Future Was (AND IS) Punk: The Warzone Dialectogram Project—Jim Donaghey, Billy Woods, and The Warzone Collectve

Saturday 25–Sunday 26

The Warzone Dialectogram Project has been a process of creative ethnographic research by Jim Donaghey (Queen’s University Belfast) and the Warzone Collective. Warzone, a punk anarchist collective active since the 1980s, were evicted from their most recent social centre on Little Victoria Street in September 2018, as another victim of gentrification in Belfast.
The dialectogram is an A0 floorplan-style diagram of that space, annotated with notes and quotations, illustrated with drawings, comic strips, and graffiti reproductions. The large, dense image functions as a social history of the Warzone Centre, while encouraging a critique of their cultural activism with a view to opening a new space.

25 May- installation view

Detail of the Warzone Dialectogram

The dialectogram will be the centre-piece, supplemented with graffiti by Collective members, and 24 portrait photographs taken at the Warzone Centre by Billy Woods.

A series of events is proposed to recreate (a taste of) the life of the Warzone Centre: ‘Hangover’ craft and vegan food market; activist meeting; DJs playing music by Warzone bands; film screenings detailing the early history of Warzone. The dates suggested coincide with ‘Dancing With The Fallen Fest 2019’, hosted by Warzone at nearby music venue, Voodoo, with an invitation to festival-goers to visit the exhibition.

25 May—Punk scene documentation, photography by William Woods

24 May—preparation.

View the dialectogram at this link



RESIDENCY 12

Soft Fiction Projects—Pop-Up Shop (Emily McFarland, Alessia Cargnelli)

Thursday 23–Friday 24

As part of the 2 day residency Soft Fiction Projects – an artist run publishing imprint based in Belfast – will test the idea of a pop-up shop for the production and distribution of a publication and launch a selection of short artist editions.

Soft Fiction Projects - Pop-Up Shop (Emily McFarland, Alessia Cargnelli)

PS²' s shop front will be used to launch the first publication in a series, the first titled ‘DORIS’ with
contributions from artists; Rosa Barba, Aideen Doran, Jacqueline Holt, Rosie O'Grady, Valentina Roselli, Anahita Razmi and Sofia Silva; alongside new limited edition tote bags and digitally knitted posters created in partnership with a Belfast based textile artist.
During the residency the artists will also simultaneously use their time to put together their newest publication ideas and designs based on a series of workshops they have facilitated since November 2018.

For more information see


RESIDENCY 11

Jane Walker: The Meaning of Line in Space.

Monday 20–Wednesday 22

Open: Wednesday 12-5pm

Jane Walker wants to look at the meaning of lines in space, at implications such as barring a way, guiding vision, creating an entry point. Like a stage set where people imagine, act and move. The lines will be under different tensions and made with materials that are not usually art materials. Picking up on sound and vibration, she aims to look at extending visual art in this direction. The lines will connect things creating an image of connections between the many different surfaces that there are in the project space.

For more information see


RESIDENCY 10

Susan Hughes—flipping through my memory catalogue

Thursday 16–Saturday 18

Open Thursday 6–8pm and Fri–Sat 12–4pm

Her fiddle playing has always informed her practice as a visual artist through the relationships she build and the experiences she glean from learning tunes. It is this dialogue Suan Hughes wishes to explore in her residency. 

'I propose to play a fiddle tune from my repertoire of traditional music (Irish, Appalachian, Norwegian) tailored to individual gallery visitors. I would place myself in residence in the space and invite people to engage in a short dialogue with me where I will chat to them while mentally flipping through my memory catalogue of tunes to find a tune that fits my experience of them. And then I will perform the tune for them. The link may be explicit and obvious or it may be tentative and abstract. Time devoted to each person can go from 1 minute, to a long afternoon, depending on demand. Flow charts of references leading to the selected tune will be populated and given as a memento to take away. Then they can look up the tune in the future if they wish. The music will provide a solid foundation where unexpected conversations and connections may reveal themselves, where there will be a space for celebration and vulnerability.' 

Open door, 17/18 May

Open door, 17/18 May

For more information see and here.


RESIDENCY 9 

Áine O'Hara—Political History of Gaelic Games

Monday 13–Wednesday 15

Open Tuesday 6–8pm and Wednesday 12–4pm

Installation view, 13 May

Áine O'Hara is developing a series of works investigating the political history of Gaelic Games in Ireland. This work is rooted in her love of both GAA and art and is an exploration of the preconceptions and often misconceptions we have about people who love sport. She is particularly interested in the parallels of Gaelic Games and activism in Ireland both historically and in recent years.

Áine O'Hara has been contacting clubs all over the country and wants to expand her research to Northern Ireland especially as this year the GAA launched a five year plan to increase engagement across Belfast. She will use the residency to interview players, film these interviews and create live performances in response.

For more information see


RESIDENCY 8

Clare Gallagher—The Second Shift

Thursday 09–Saturday 11

Open Thursday 6–8pm and Saturday 12–4pm

The Second Shift is the term given to the hidden shift of housework and childcare primarily carried out by women on top of their paid employment. It is physical, mental and emotional labour which demands effort, skill and time but is unpaid, unaccounted for, unequally distributed and largely unrecognised. Hidden in plain sight and veiled by familiarity and insignificance, the second shift is largely absent from photographs of home and family. This work is an attempt to recognise the complexity and value of this invisible work; it is also a call for resistance to the systems and structures which ignore it. 

I have been working on this series since 2014, giving talks and workshops on the subject of photographing home. Having been working in video for the first time I want to explore ways of incorporating projection into the presentation of the work. I am publishing the series as a photobook in autumn 2019 thanks to a Jelgavas Tipografija & Backlight Photo Festival prize and support from Ulster University.


IT CLINGS TO ME LIKE A LEECH—multiple video installation

It Clings To Me Like a Leech is concerned with the second shift – the term given to the hidden shift of housework and childcare primarily carried out by women on top of their paid employment. It is physical, mental and emotional labour which demands effort, skill and time but is unpaid, unaccounted for, unequally distributed and largely unrecognised.

Hidden in plain sight and veiled by familiarity and insignificance, the second shift is largely absent from representations of home and family. This work is an attempt to recognise the complexity and value of this invisible work; it is also a call for resistance to the systems which ignore it.

‘Few tasks are more like the torture of Sisyphus than housework, with its endless repetition. The clean becomes soiled, the soiled is made clean, over and over, day after day.’
de Beauvoir

‘I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes – and six months later you have to start all over again.’ 
Rivers


09 May—installation view

‘And what’s worse is that all of it, all of this work that I shouldn’t be doing, is taking place in the one place I shouldn’t have to be doing work at all: in fact, the one place I come to get away from work. It is taking place at home.’
Hollis

‘In 2016, the value of the UK’s unpaid household service work was estimated at £1.24 trillion…; overall unpaid household service work was equivalent to 63.1% of gross domestic product (GDP).’ 
Office for National Statistics

For more information see 


RESIDENCY 7

Justine McDonnell—You Repeat Your Never Ending Soundtrack

Monday 06–Wednesday 08

07 May: installation view. Image J.McDonnell

Justine McDonnell will further develop a sound installation that will culminate in the staging of a live work. She is currently testing a fragmented narrative using analogue answering machines and a range of analogue and audio equipment in the creation of a new narrative space. 

With a particular focus on the physicality of the voice, the work will explore externalising an inner dialogue. Elements of scripting and staging will be used to unravel the female voice in a choreographed and overlapping sequence, sometimes conversing with another, rupturing a linear narrative sequence.


07 May: street view. Image J.McDonnell

For more information see


short residencies, part 1

07–27 January 2019

Opening hours/ public events varies with each project:

Thursday, 10 January, 6pm: Presentation and talk by Utopia Ducks- free and all welcome.
Saturday 12 January, 12pm and throughout the afternoon, Royal Avenue: Parade of waterfowl / action on the climate crisis. 

For the first part of the short residencies programme in PS² we received 36 proposals, more than we expected and far more than we could host. Many of them were outstanding and we had to make a selection what we thought might work best in the short time and also reflecting the diversity of approaches, themes and media forms.

Timetable


RESIDENCY 1

Jan McCullough—3D objects

Monday 07–Wednesday 09

short residencies: 07-09 January, documentation. Image: Jan McCullough

Jan McCullough will explore some technical ideas in the large space. With some leftover scraps from the Vision Board parties she recently had as a subject, she plans to blow up shapes very big and see what they are like as 3D objects.
For more information about the artist see.


RESIDENCY 2

Utopia Ducks (Bernadette Hopkins and Rebecca Strain)—Climate action.

Thursday 10–Saturday 12 January

The two artists from Donegal came together to form an inter-generational collaboration. With a shared concern about inequality, social justice and the environment they recognize these global issues in their local context. With their actions they draw attention to the impacts, facilitate dialog and communality. In 2018 Utopia Ducks delivered five live art events in the Donegal area that addressed and questioned decision making that had a direct affect on the environment and food production. 

Utopia Ducks will use the short residency to infiltrate the media and make use of the imagery and texts generated during these events.

Thursday, 10 January, 6pm: creative social activism in the rural.
Presentation and talk by Utopia Ducks—all welcome.

short residencies: 10 January, presentation

Saturday 12 January, 12pm and throughout the afternoon, Royal Avenue: Parade of waterfowl / action on the climate crisis.

12 January: action on the climate crisis, Corn Market.


For Duck’s Sake!!!

On Saturday 12 January, an artist duo are staging a parade of waterfowl on Belfast's Royal Avenue to highlight the urgent need for action on the climate crisis. A brace of ducks will waddle through the city guided by the artists.The duo who call themselves Utopia Ducks have been creating public art events that honour the natural environment and highlight climate injustice. 

“humans are the most destructive life force on the planet yet we believe we also possess within us the strength to make a positive change so that we and future generations can continue to thrive in peace and harmony. Utopia is here, it's just ducking down behind exploitation and injustice”
Utopia Ducks


Utopia Ducks are a collaboration of two female visual and performance artists, Rebecca Strain and Bernadette Hopkins based in Donegal. They are politically aware artists who engage in activism and bring their embodied knowledge as women to radically imagine and momentarily interrupt the everyday through performance art.

Utopia Ducks create utopian spaces outside the gallery space, engaging local communities and offering new possibilities.

‘Our physical location in Co. Donegal can be seen as rural, a land’s end and a periphery, while our lived experience is rooted in ‘think globally, act locally’

They work and live in impoverished communities who feel left behind by government and where employment is welcomed. Discussion such as damage to the natural environment by corporations, tends to conflict with the reality of poverty in everyday life. They research the experiential sense of place and ways in which communities can have governance in the place they live while preserving local culture and protecting their environments and food production. Utopia Ducks was conceived as a way to engage as artists embedded in communities, given the global condition of political, environmental and economic instability.

Utopia Ducks
Birds with Aspirations
January 2019
For more information see www.utopiaducks.wordpress.com


12 January: action on the climate crisis, Belfast

'Utopia Ducks are a collaboration of two female visual and performance artists, Rebecca Strain and Bernadette Hopkins formed in February 2018. Our collaboration was conceived as a way to support each other and our ideas as women artists working through a feminist lens in our rural communities. Our inter-generational role, as mother and grandmother, is incorporated into our collaboration. We are politically aware artists who engage in activism and bring our embodied knowledge as women to radically imagine and momentarily interrupt the everyday through performance. 

We create Utopian spaces outside the white cube, engaging local communities. Our physical location in Co. Donegal can be seen as rural, a land’s end and a periphery, while our lived experience is rooted in ‘think globally, act locally’. We work and live in impoverished communities who feel left behind by government and where employment is welcomed. Discussion such as damage to the natural environment by corporations, tends to conflict with the reality of poverty in everyday life.  We have researched the experiential sense of place and ways in which communities can have governance in the place they live while preserving local culture and protecting their environments and food production. Utopia Ducks was conceived as a way to engage as artists embedded in our communities, given the global conditions of political, environmental and economic uncertainties.'
Text: Utopia Ducks

For more information about:
Rebecca Strain see
Bernadette Hopkins see
Utopia Ducks see


RESIDENCY 3

Janie Dogherty—Rehearsals for 'Politics of Comfort

Sunday 13–Friday 18 January

14 January, work set-up

For more information about Janie Dogherty see... well not yet.
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RESIDENCY 4 

Izzy McEvoy

Saturday 19–Monday 21 January

19 January, set up

set up

Izzy McEvoy will build an installation using multiple monitors, projections and mushroom growkits. Based on her recent research of closed circuits in psychological, spatial and and art historical terms, she will use herself as a starting point to examine isolation, mental health and cognitive therapy.
For more information about Izzy McEvoy see.

mushroom growing material with rotating device

21 January, projection on mushroom growing material


RESIDENCY 5

Rory Buckley—Ball Tracks.

Tuesday 22–Thursday 24 January

Rory Buckley perceives the city landscape as a marble run. A rolling, bright yoga ball captures the urban anatomy and structure, exploring the elevated city spaces of Belfast. Captured on camera, this playful mapping research will result in an audiovisual installation of the ball track footage.
For more information about the artist see.

Ball Tracks, 23 January, Stormont Estate, Belfast

22 January: Ulster Museum

24 January: Installation

Ball Tracks 24 January


RESIDENCY 6

Henry Bradley—Scriptwriting: Interviews with a puppeteer.

Friday 25–Sunday 27 January

For more information about Henry Bradley see.

27 January, draft script
25 January, set-up for writing and actors arrangements.

From the open call and brief

PS² offers artists and creative practitioners its space for a series of short, 2-3 daylong residencies in January and May 2019.
Used for exhibition, performance, research, office, hide out, craft workshop, studio, cinema, meeting place, museum, living room, sound studio, rehearsal room, kitchen, shop, gym, observatory or more, the space will change in a fast turnaround, giving exposure to anything creative.

PS² will provide:
-its space
-equipment: data projector/ tvs/media-dvd players/ boards/ internet /tool box/ coffee machine…
-practical assistance and invigilation
-web presence
-small fee. Unfortunately we are very limited to contribute to any travel coasts or accomodation.

Please send your short proposal (max 200words) + max 3 images or links in one PDF (not more than 2MB) to pssquared[at]btconnect.com

PS² has initiated similar projects in the past, giving artists and non-artists the chance to realise and test a project idea and open it to the public.
9-5 residency in 2009, see and Rehearsal room, 2013/14 see.
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