Art provocateur Jeremy Deller will be present at A Night of Art & Magic with Jeremy Deller & Friends at The Complex on October 21st where the artist will discuss his work along with film screenings and live performances.
The Dublin event, presented by Con Artist will feature:
A Night of Art & Magic with Jeremy Deller & Friends at The Complex
- Jeremy Deller & Siobhán Kane in conversation
- Everybody in the Place – A Jeremy Deller film
- Resonant Frequency – A Johnny Savage film
- Frog of Earth (live)
- Roo Honeychild
- Atomic (ddr) presents F!ONN, Pippa Molony, Pesci Tooth, Reflekta
Tickets from €20: deller.eventbrite.ie
Read an interview with Deller with Totally Dublin.
Full info below.
Join us at The Complex for an evening with the Turner prize-winning conceptual, video and installation artist, Jeremy Deller to celebrate the launch of his Art is Magic book. Art is Magic is artist Jeremy’s attempt to tie up the key works of his career alongside the art, pop music, film, politics and history that have inspired his work. Much has been written about Deller over the decades but this is the first time he has pulled together all of his cultural touchstones and reflects on his 30-year career of politically engaged art. Signed copies of Art is Magic are available in advance and on the night.
On the night will have a Q&A with Siobhán Kane (Young Hearts Run Free) and Jeremy discussing his life in art through the prism of Art is Magic. We will preface the talk with a screening of Jeremy’s documentary Everybody in The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984–1992 which covered acid house and rave culture, and political turmoil in Britain in the 1980s and early-1990s. Resonant Frequency, a short documentary film by Johnny Savage about community and broadcasting set in Dublin will open up the proceedings.
Afterwards, we kick off the music with a live set from Frog Of Earth. FOE is a music project by Irish multidisciplinary artist/designer Mel Keane. The project draws from folk music, nature, and pseudo philosophy. FOE is presently exploring real and imagined musical histories of Ireland. Finally, in the main room taking over the Deejay controls to bring us home is Roo Honeychild, founder of the renowned party crew Club Comfort. A seamstress of cheeky edits and purveyor of high energy, grit-filled DJ sets, Honeychild has been an eminent force on Ireland’s rave circuit for the last eight years.
Room 2 will see an Atomic Radio takeover all night long with F!ONN, Pippa Molony, Pesci Tooth & Reflekta holding court.
Jeremy Deller @jeremydeller
Seminal works by Deller include Acid Brass (1997), The Battle of Orgreave (2001), Sacrilege ( 2012 Olympic Games), We’re Here Because We’re Here (2016, 100th Anniversary of the Battle of The Somme). The Battle of Orgreave was ranked second in The Guardian’s Best Art of the 21st Century list, with critic Hettie Judah calling it a “monument of sorts, the performance was at once participatory ritual, spectacle, living archive and a space to mourn” In 20189, Deller produced the documentary Everybody in The Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984–1992 which covered acid house and rave culture, and political turmoil in Britain in the 1980s and early-1990s.
Art is Magic is divided into three sections: a visual guide through his favourite work, in-depth reflections on his life and art and, finally, a scrapbook of images to explain what drives him (from Rod Stewart to bats, the perfect jukebox to neolithic axe heads). The book features work from across Deller’s life and art – much of it never seen before. These include his inflatable Stonehenge for the Glasgow International festival, the Miners’ Strike (his Battle of Orgreave film), bats (a subject in at least three of Deller’s works), Andy Warhol (whom he met in 1986), the links between the Industrial Revolution and Heavy Metal, and hen harriers pecking out the eyes of a Tory MP (featured in his mural against grouse shooting created for the Venice Biennale). Art is Magic gives us the most rigorous account of Deller and his work to date. Something for everybody.
Siobhán Kane @yhrfdublin
Siobhán Kane is a writer, and award-winning academic and lecturer at University College Dublin. She also works as a cultural programmer, arts journalist and broadcaster, and regularly contributes to The Irish Times, WIRE, The Quietus, Winter Papers, and RTÉ. She has run the arts collective Young Hearts Run Free since 2008, raising money for the Simon Community.
Johnny Savage @johnny_savage
Johnny Savage is a photographer and film maker from Co. Kildare. Savage studied Documentary Photography at University of Wales and has an MFA in Photography fro University of Ulster. His work has been exhibited in Ireland and UK including The Gallery o Photography & The National Gallery of Ireland (shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize 2019). His recent short documentary film Resonant Frequency (2023) is a story abou community that explores the world of DIY broadcasters & DJ’s resident at Dublin Digita Radio. Savage’s commissioned portrait work includes Cillian Murphy, Mary Robinson, Shan MacGowan and Brendan Gleeson.
Resonant Frequency is a short documentary film about community and broadcasting set in Dublin, Ireland. A story told through the experiences of DIY broadcasters who have fashioned their own unique shows and voices through the platform of Dublin Digital Radio, an online radio station presenting a credible alternative to mainstream commercial broadcasters.
The station has given a home and platform to a diverse network of creative scenes across Ireland, with roots spanning from Leitrim to Chicago & Tokyo.
Roo Honeychild @roohoneychild
Roo Honeychild is a music producer and DJ from Dublin. Known as a founder of the renowned party crew Club Comfort, a seamstress of cheeky edits and purveyor of high energy, grit-filled DJ sets, Honeychild has been an eminent force on Ireland’s rave circuit for the last eight years. She has performed across the island as well as further afield and in the past year has released music with Gash Collective, DDR & Berlin-based label Nasty Enterprises. She is the regular host of Dublin Digital Radio show Café del Comfort and can regularly be found in the booth and on dance floors across Dublin.
Frog Of Earth @frogofearth
FOE is a music project by Irish multidisciplinary artist/designer Mel Keane. The project draws from folk music, nature, and pseudophilosophy. FOE is presently exploring real and imagined musical histories of Ireland.
Atomic Radio @ddratomicradio
Sounds of young Ireland: Every four weeks, a guest host takes over the Atomic slot. Produced by Kate Butler.
Producer-vocalist F!ONN defiantly tightropes between the idiosyncratic and accessible with eclectic, retro-futurist pop bangers, drawing comparisons to Pet Shop Boys, and Daft Punk.
Pippa Molony @pippala
Pippa Molony is a multidisciplinary artist from Dublin. She is a writer/actor/director for film & theatre, and has created music videos for artists such as Aby Coulibaly, Anna Mieke, Ahmed, with Love., EFÉ, Greg Tisdall and Khaki Kid.
As a musician, Pippa creates work in various genres, predominantly with longtime collaborator, Dublin producer Rory Sweeney, and as part of ‘Barn Burner’, a alternative-folk duo group formed with David McGuane in 2022. Pippa has performed live as part of events such as AVA’s Output Festival, Belfast (with EMBY, June 2023), Dublin Modular’s Paddy’s Day ‘Celtic Takeover’ event (with Rory Sweeney, March 2023), and her music has been played on radio shows such as BBC’s ‘Across the Line’, RTE 2XM, Radio Na Life, Four Four Selection and Noods Radio, Brixton. Pippa is currently working on an EP with Rory Sweeney, an EP with Rory Sweeney and EMBY, and another more folk leaning EP as part of music collective ‘Barn Burner’, all with plans to release later this year
Pesci Tooth @cian.186
Pesci Tooth is the DJ and production alias of Cian McCarthy. His selection is centered in the Ambient and Breaks genre. His set draws listeners toward lush ambient landscapes filled with hardware drones, mixed in with textured polyrhythmic drum loops.
Traversing through themes of Ethereality, Sound System Culture and World Music Traditions, Reflekta’s selections reveal her affinity for bass heavy, melodic and textured broken-beat driven sounds, equipped for both gentle and heavy listening environments.
The Complex @complexdublin
The Complex is the only multi-disciplinary arts centre in Dublin’s north inner city. It is committed to providing arts to all people and space to artists for all art forms. Combining seventeen studios, a large warehouse performance space called The Depot, and a Gallery, it brings a diverse range of arts practitioners and audiences together in one dynamic place. The Complex is interested in work that is of meaningful social value and its mission is to enrich local communities and promote well-being with inspiring arts programmes.