Zoë's Dublin Diary: Housing Action, Prokofiev and Powerviolence

Wednesday, 27 January – Julie Merrimen: Revisions, 10:00-18:00, Free, The Hugh Lane

Revisions is a study of where drawing collides with technology, via cartography, mathematics, engineering and architecture. After a year-long involvement with Dublin City Council, meeting with housing, architecture and engineering staff, Merrimen used 16mm-wide lengths of carbon paper to explore the “slippage” and constraints these council staffers faced. Learn more here.

Thursday, 28 January – Where the Heart Is, 12 Henrietta Street

Artists, dabblers and amateurs have joined forces to raise awareness for Dublin’s ongoing homelessness crisis, creating and donating artworks which will be selling for between €10 and €40. All proceeds will be going to fund the Irish Housing Network, a collective of direct-action groups. There’ll be speakers from related arts and community groups and music from Pick ‘n’ Mix on the night, all in the beautiful restoration project of Henrietta House. Facebook event here.

Friday, 29 January – The Lowest Form / The Number Ones / Disguise, 20:00, €8, BYOB, Tenterhooks

Hardcore London punkers The Lowest Form will be landing down on Tenterhooks with an armload of fuzz pedals and the speed-driven obstacle-course of powerviolence that is their new LP, Negative Ecstasy. Critic Martin Ken’s reaction has proved definitive: “I want to bash my brains out, bleed all over your drugs and watch you smoke ’em up as I drift off to the inevitable.” Unrelenting and deft, Negative Ecstasy is a whirlwind of rage and misery that is near comedic at times, but always desperate and explosive, reaching the brink, then puking over it. They’ll be joined by Disguise and the Number Ones. BYOB, but don’t be a jerk and drink outside. Facebook here.

Saturday, 30 January – People’s Housing Forum Part 3: Strategy, Organising and Action, 10:00, Teacher’s Club

This Saturday will see a review of the demands set forth in the 2015 People’s Housing Forum, and a discussion of what strategies, campaigns and actions could be set for the forthcoming year. The housing forum looks to inspire, but also to provide a space where tools can be shared and knowledge disseminated. Power-structure analysis workshops will give you the opportunity to collectively examine who holds power and makes decisions around housing, and how they can be challenged. Issues surrounding social housing, private rental accommodation, homelessness, mortgages and evictions, Traveller accommodation, migrants and direct provision will all be discussed. Facebook here, and more here.

Sunday, 31 January – Peter and the Wolf, 12:00/15:00, €18/€60, National Concert Hall

Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf has seen countless iterations, narrated by everyone from David Bowie to Bill Clinton and Sofia Loren. Commissioned in the USSR in 1936, Peter and the Wolf is a fairy-tale-style story of the boy Peter and the animals surrounding his grandfather’s forest home, in which each character has their own instrumental accompaniment. The RTÉ Orchestra will be giving a live accompaniment of the the 2008 stop-motion adaptation, which won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. Facebook event here, and more details here.

Monday, 1 February – The Assassin, 14:30, €7.60, IFI

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsein’s The Assassin is certainly among the most attractive films slighted in this year’s fiasco of Oscar nominations – though really it is a bit unnecessary to feature “ravishing” more than once as a pull-quote in your trailer. It is much more than just attractive, though, when it comes to its expert depiction of martial arts. An elegance unusual even to the wuxia (period martial arts) genre is maintained throughout, with much of the film focused on prowling and observational shots rather than straight-up action footage. Realism remains tempered by symbolism and court intrigue, as we track the young assassin’s own chase amidst her ongoing moral misgivings. Listed here.

Tuesday, 2 February – In the Flesh, 10:00-17:00, Free, The Lab

In The Flesh is a video collaboration involving artist Bridget O’Gorman, historian Brenda Malone and writer Sue Rainsford in response to the 1916 Rising. Artefacts from the museum store at Collins Barracks are brought to life by Rainsford, depicted entirely by her descriptions rather than shown to the viewer. Among many objects one might expect to find – firearms, printed manifestos and the usual objects of conflict – are more personal items: the felt hat worn by James Connolly and marked by a stray bullet; a 1916 tea flask bearing the fingerprints of its owner. More details here.

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Zoe Jellicoe: Zoë Jellicoe is co-founder of the Made It series. She tweets @geneva__diva

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