Zoë's Dublin Diary: Needlework, Learn from Banter, Miso-Making, and More

Wednesday, 24 February — Art | Memory | Place: Artists’ Films, IMMA

This year-long series of talks and events examines commemoration, and gathers together work relating to memory. Featured films include A Measure of Remorse (2009) and Tell Me Terrible Things They Have Known (2016). Both come from New York/North Carolina-based artist Hong-An Truong, who has been an artist-in-residence at IMMA, and whose work has been screened at Whitechapel in London, Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires and Istanbul Modern in Turkey. Her video work explores the limitations of language in the face of trauma, and how memory and history can be undermined when narratives dissolve. In contrast, Maya Schweizer’s 2013 film, Der sterbende Soldat von Les Milles (The Dying Soldier of Les Milles), aired from 15 March to 3 April, uses montage to reveal a town trapped by its past. More details here.

Thursday, 25 February — Needlework launch, 18:30, Eason, O’Connell Street

Launched by Sarah Crosson, Needlework is Deirdre Sullivan’s new young-adult novel, introducing the seventeen-year-old Ces. Moving on from her widely acclaimed Primrose Leary series (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect), Sullivan’s sensitive and strong voice rings through the pages of Needlework. The story is narrated by Ces, recovering from years of abuse and trying to rebuild her bodily and spiritual autonomy. Part of her regeneration takes form in her longing to be a tattoo artist, embroidering skin with beautiful imagery. Launch info here.

Friday, 26 February — Lightcreep, 19:00, €10, BYOB, 12 Henrietta Street

Pettycash are hosting a night of poetry, song and storytelling in the surrounds of the beautifully renovated 12 Henrietta Street. If you didn’t make it to Twin Headed Wolf’s sold-out concert in the Unitarian Church, now is your chance. John Flynn, Screamer Shady, Roxanne Hugenberger and Sean Fitzgerald will be all be performing. Meanwhile, bards for the night include Niamh Beirne, James Moran and Christy Gaffney, with Cosy Bitches regaling stories from the shadows. Facebook event here.

Saturday, 27 February — Managing Creativity, 10:30-16:00, €80, Irish Writers’ Centre

In association with Banter, the Irish Writers’ Centre are hosting a one-day seminar geared at providing you with the tools to manage, sell and market your creative projects. Jim Carroll will be chairing a star-studded panel that includes Colm Keegan from Lingo, Bren Byrne from Offset, Angela Dorgan from First Music Contact, Penny Hart from RTE Radio One Arena, Laurence Mackin from the Irish Times, Gaby Smyth, Niall Byrne, Dave Morrissey and Amy Herron. Three seminars — on going solo, reaching out to Irish media and marketing your project on social media — will cover logistics, marketing and funding. You can read more here, and join the Facebook event here.

Sunday, 28 February — Miso Workshop with Junko, 13:00, €75, hosted by Gruel Guerrilla

Junko Hamilton is in Ireland for a few days, and Kevin Powell of Gruel Guerrilla fame is hosting her for a one-off miso-making workshop. All you’ll need is a three-kilo Kilner jar, an apron and seven to twelve months of patience. Kevin will prepare a light accompanying meal showcasing miso, and each participant will bring home two kilos of miso made from soy beans, koji and salt to ferment. Facebook event here.

Monday, 29 February — The Propaganda Game, 16:00, €9, IFI

Director Álvaro Longoria was given access to North Korea on a government-sanctioned tour. The Propaganda Game is the result, a documentary exposition of the tensions between two competing propagandist narratives: one coming from within the country, convincing its citizens that the nation is prospering, and one from the West, where North Korea is a dangerous enemy perpetually on the brink of launching a nuclear assault. Accompanied by another Spaniard, Alejandro Cao, the special delegate on North Korea’s Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, Longoria is hindered, helped and, ultimately, managed. More here.

Tuesday, 1 March — Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh: Ardán, 10:30-17:30, Kevin Kavanagh

Building on solo shows in the Triskel Gallery and Linehall Arts Centre in Mayo, Ardán collects some of Ní Mhaonaigh’s more recent, richly textured paintings. Each painting is a meditation on form, building and dismantling structures in an intuitive way, repeating and layering shapes at different angles, and often depicting a frame within the painting itself as a reminder of the artificiality of its viewing. See here.

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