Zoë's Dublin Diary: Psychadelic Jazz, Post-Hardcore and the Death of Cúchulainn

Wednesday, 23 March – The Passion According to Carol Rama, 18:30, Free, Johnston Suite, IMMA

Italian artist Carol Rama, who died last September, is having her first substantial exhibition, with nearly 200 pieces gathered from the MACBA in Barcelona, Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville and Finland’s EMMA. Self-taught, Rama was independent, distinctive and relatively unknown until her work was picked up by curator Lea Vergine in the 1980s. Born in 1918 in Turin, she grew up in Mussolini’s Italy. Her first exhibition was shut down for her explicit representations of the erotic and psychosexual, and she would become known for her representations of female sensuality. Curators Teresa Grandas (MACBA) and Paul B. Preciado (dOCUMENTA 14) will be discussing the impact of Rama’s vision on the avant-garde movements of the last century. Tickets are free but limited, and found here.

Thursday, 24 March – Good Name presents SpudGun, 20:00, Bernard Shaw

“They trekked through unruly landscape for three days and three nights until they came upon a lake filled with creamy, creamy, cream . . . ” (Gorgathians 08:01). So say SpudGun, Dublin’s newest intergalactic psychedelic jazz ensemble. They’ve crashed their starcraft at Wiley Fox and the Workman’s, and are due to land in the Shaw this Thursday. Details here.

Friday, 25 March – The Artist as Witness in Society: Our Kind, 10:00-17:00, Free, Hugh Lane

As its 2016 programming, the Hugh Lane has been running, since 11 February, a series exploring the positions of artists within the changing worlds they inhabit, and how they engage with conflict or sit at its peripheries. The Jesse Jones and Julie Merrimen exhibitions have formed parts of this series. The short film Our Kind is Alan Phelan’s contribution to the Artist as Witness. It is an imagining of Roger Casement’s future had he not been executed in 1916. It is set twenty-five years after his 1941 exile to Norway, with his manservant and partner Adler Christensen. Details here, and here.

Saturday, 26 March – At the Drive-In, 19:00, €31/46, Vicar Street

Post-hardcore band At the Drive-In are touring once more, this time with new material. After splitting from guitarist and founding member Jim Ward just a few days before the band reunited for a world tour, they’ve already premiered some new material alongside their well-loved backlist of emotive punk. Mhaoil and Rolo Tomassi are playing in the Parlour Room in Whelan’s for afters. Details here, and here.

Sunday, 27 March – Sim Simma & All City Easter Sunday with Tenderlonius, 22:00, €7/10, Wigwam

Sim Simma are hosting their final party in Wigwam this Sunday before moving on to southside pastures. Tenderlonius is the founder of 22a, the Peckham-based hip-hop, jazz and soul label responsible bringing us Mo Kolours and Henry Wu, associated with talent like Al Dobson Jr and Jean Bassa. Details here, and tickets here.

Monday, 28 March – Court, 15:50, €9, Irish Film Institute

Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut takes the action of the traditional courtroom drama and refocuses it on the community: in the power wielded throughout the corrupt social class strata, and the impact of a corrupt judicial system on the community. Narayan Kamble (Vira Sathidar), a Marathi folk singer and social activist, is arrested and accused of driving a manhole worker to commit suicide. The intricacies of the trial are astutely expressed in Tamhane’s detailing of the lives of each of those involved, and their powerlessness in the face of India’s labyrinthine legal system. Details here.

Tuesday, 29 March – So Through the Singing Land He Passed, 10:00-17:00, The LAB

In collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Irish Art and Dr Lisa Godson, curator Sabina Mac Mahon has invited five emerging artists to respond to Northern Irish artist Maimie Campbell’s 1929 painting, The Death of Cúchulainn. Mac Mahon came across Campbell’s letters while studying archival material, in which she offered the painting, on loan, for use within Cuimhneachán 1916, James White’s 1966 exhibition celebrating the Easter Rising. Campbell was a member of the South Down Society of Modern Art, established in 1927 in County Down to encourage the appreciation of modern painting and sculpture coming from mainland Europe. Details here.

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