Alicia Jiménez and Rosie O’Reilly are producing at LABoral the pieces that will be shown on 'Translations: New Season'

The show will open on July 31 at the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto

Published: Jul 22, 2014
Alicia Jiménez and Rosie O’Reilly are producing at LABoral the pieces that will be shown on 'Translations: New Season'

Proof of the installation 'Seasons as fluids forms' by Rosie O'Reilly

In the course of July, the Asturian artist Alicia Jiménez and the Irish Rosie O’Reilly are developing a residency at LABoral for producing art pieces for the exhibition Translations: New Season, that will be shown from July 31 to September 7 at the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto in Gijón.

Translations: New Season is an initiative fostered by the Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Educación y Universidad Popular del Ayuntamiento de Gijón and LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. It is aimed at opening a communication channel between Dublin and Gijón. This exchange channel is connected by two residencies at Plataforma 0. Production Centre of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial. The project aims to open a reflection space that will question the alleged separation between Nature and Culture. Thus, both Alicia Jiménez and Rosie O’Reilly have focused on the joint exploration of the relationship between art and science. From the relationship of some everyday objects with the arrangement of the universe and its impact on our atmosphere, to the visualisation of invisible phenomena, their works are an attempt to understand reality, while at the same time exploring the limits of representation.

During her residency at Plataforma 0. Centro de Producción de LABoral, Rosie O’Reilly aims to study Seasons as fluids forms, title of her piece, through the observation of a natural system where change occurs in the surrounding area. The data of changes in the tidal patterns, in the shape of the land, topography, temperature or light will be used as a metaphore to explore the social and cultural context of a certain place.

On the other hand, Alicia Jiménez proposes, with Eclíptica terrestre, an introduction to the complexity of the universe. Based on a series of household appliances connected in a sequence of commands, associations, similarities and thermal relationships, the artist creates a map that she uses to study the movement of the Earth around the Sun. This way she reflects upon the active role that these machines play in everyday life, in an attempt to offer a space to meet the cosmic scale of our everyday tools.

In her residency at LABoral Centro de Arte, Alicia Jiménez has been supported by the team of Plataforma 0. Centro de Producción to develop the interactivity of her installation. To this end, she has researched in the field of opensource, using open source tools such as processing, in addition to using technologies of movement detection and recording to translate the position of the visitor to the formation of a constellation that grows along the time the piece is exhibited.

THE ARTISTS

Alicia Jiménez is a plastic and visual artist. She works in the field of installations and the creation of interventions, didactics and strategies to support creativity and dialogue. A graduate in Fine Arts by the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/ EHU), Bilbao, she prepared her dissertation on the creative process at Universidad de Granada UGR. Then she specialised on video and digital art at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She has specifical training on the social integration of art practice and on the new artistic languages and on image, audiovisual production, new technologies and real-time creation. She has also some training on artistic criticism and construction of the gaze.

Since 1998 she has taken part in several collective and individual exhibitions in several exhibition centres and museums. During this time her work has been contextualised both in public spaces and independent art circuits, taking part as well in editorial projects. At the same time, she has organised independent curatorship projects such as Micasa’05, in Barcelona, 2005, C21, in Gijón, 2002, and Radiografías (2009), the later as a member of the collective 2clavos.

Between 2006 and 2013 she directed and coordinated the artistic programme of El hervidero, with actions aimed at giving visibility to the independent artistic circuits. She is currently researching new ways of cultural production from the interdisciplinary platform Atycas and she still works with El hervidero with initiatives like PAM crianza creativa.

Her art work explores the connections between the micro and the macro, the social, the natural, the material and the ephemeral. It questions and offers alternatives to the established forms of perception and sociability, choosing life contexts and independent projects.

Rosie O’Reilly is a visual artist, creator and designer who works in the field of textiles and with artistic installations. A graduate in Philosophy and Sociology by the Trinity College Dublin and in Fashio Design by the University of Glamorgan. Moral philosophy, the theory of systems and sustainability are some of her specific areas of research.

Since 2003 she takes part on a regular basis in collective and individual exhibitions, such as NLA III, at the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art in Dublin, 2013; Dublin Fringe Festival, 2013; and an exhibition at the  Science Gallery Dublin, 2013-2014.

Her work also focuses on the development of site-specific and action projects to be presented outside exhibition venues: On the street and in time spaces. She is as well interested in participative DIY and she has curated venues for Dublin Contemporary(2011), Castlepalooza Music and Arts Festival and Electric Picnic Music and Art Festival (2009 - 2011), always combining art and design for pieces of live performance.

O’Reilly is the designer and creative director of We are Islanders Art & Fashion House and director of Re-dress Ireland, an initiative of ethical fashion that oversees the collections of Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland and Better Fashion Week Dublin. Between 2008 and 2014 she has curated exhibitions in the areas of design and social and environmental action and she has coordinated conferences and educational programmes on design, fashion and activism.

Dates
Production Residency at LABoral: 01.07.2014 - 31.07.2014
Exhibition at the Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto: 31.07.2014 - 07.09.2014
Artists: Alicia Jiménez and Rosie O’Reilly
Production: Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Educación y Universidad Popular del Ayuntamiento de Gijón and LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

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