Janks Archive is an ongoing investigation of insult humour from around the world. Stemming from the word ‘Janks‘, a colloquial term from Southern Alabama, this ever-expanding global project, with its members Jessica Langley and Ben Kinsley visited Askeaton to seek out local variations on this theme.
Why study insult humour? Janks Archive note that ‘Insults are an ancient oral tradition embedded within the collective consciousness of a culture or region with inherent ties to human social evolution. In this time of great political upheaval and xenophobia, we are driven to increase more understanding of something which on the surface seems antagonistic, but rather might be an invitation for exchange and mutual understanding.‘ In Mexico, Albures is a verbal game of double entendre. In Italy, Stornelli is a form of insulting folk poetry, while in Finland you might Heittää Herjaa. The video The Eternal Insult includes some favourite janks collected over the past eight years in Belfast, North Carolina, Helsinki, Lithuania, Latvia, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Queens and Askeaton.
Running time: 6 min 47 sec.
Artist Deirdre O’Mahony’s decades-long exploration of spatial planning, economic development and environmental awareness in the west of Ireland point to complex and ever-changing processes. Central to her approach is the question of how art can affect understandings of the places we live. Join Michael Holly as he interviews the artist and highlights aspects of her new A.C.A. PUBLIC book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
Running time: 11 min 25 sec.
Stephen Brandes’ artwork appears in the backyard of Askeaton’s tourist office. Ireland of the Welcomes, the nation’s predominant tourist magazine, described it in 2013 as ‘a signboard of the rarest kind. It says nothing of the past or present but predicts happenings in Askeaton in the distant future…’ Michael Holly finds out more, and visits Stephen in his studio to learn about his approach to making art.
Running time: 9 min 9 sec.
Recording during his 2014 stay in Askeaton, Steve Maher’s video is an investigative insight into the shady world of poitín, an illegal homemade high potency alcohol found in rural Ireland. The interview takes place on a midsummer evening in an undisclosed location, where Maher’s source, an anonymous Askeaton local, bares all.
Running time: 10 min 30 sec.
Since 2006, contemporary artworks have been made in Askeaton, with many of them still lurking in unexpected places! Join Michael Holly as he goes in search of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde’s Until Askeaton Has Streetview, an artwork seemingly found in the deepest reaches of the internet…
Running time: 8 min 2 sec.
Argentinian artist Magdalena Jitrik spent time in Askeaton during 2009 making a small painting that, according to prominent curator Adriano Pedrosa, ‘is a splendid abstract geometric composition – one can see the same mosaic of multicoloured slanted rectangles forming a larger, again not so orthogonal square, which in turn is intersected by a trapezoid figure, offering a feast for the formal connoisseur.’
In her accompanying video one can observe the painting’s growth from a blank canvas to a completed artwork, accompanied by a soundtrack by Jitrik’s band, Orquestra Roja (Red Orchestra). In another sequence, the painting appears as an apparition amongst gravestones and medieval stone carvings in the ruins of the Askeaton’s Franciscan Abbey. Jitrik’s Askeaton artwork later featured in 2011's Istanbul Biennial and as part of Phaidon’s Vitamin P2 compendium of contemporary painting.
Running time: 7 min 7 sec.
The Center for Land Use Interpretation, founded in 1994, is a nonprofit research and cultural organisation interested in exploring and understanding contemporary landscape issues in the USA, through exhibitions, publications, online resources, tours, and public programs. Based in Los Angeles, CLUI is interested in understanding the nature and extent of human interaction with the surface of the earth, finding new meanings in the intentional and incidental forms that we individually and collectively create. Programme manager Aurora Tang toured Ireland in 2018 and here presents an extensive lecture on CLUI.
The event took place on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the LAB Gallery in Dublin, hosted by Maeve Connolly, co-director of ARC (Art and Research Collaboration MA programme, IADT) with additional contributions by Michele Horrigan (curator, Askeaton Contemporary Arts), Paul McAree (curator, Lismore Castle Arts). The event was part of The Expanded Field, an exhibition and residency project investigating the multifaceted nature of the Irish landscape, curated by Askeaton Contemporary Arts and Lismore Castle Arts.
Running time: 1 hr 35 min 45 sec. See more on The Expanded Field here