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Looking back and going forward, our new bio and updates on forthcoming projects:

The Enquiry is a collective of four curators and artists based in Dublin: Jeanette Doyle, Jennie Guy, Emer Lynch and Deborah Madden (with associate members, Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain). The group is concerned with a performative analysis of exhibition modalities and strategies, both historical and contemporary. The Enquiry was first established by Georgina Jackson in 2009 as an element of her practice based PhD research with GradCAM, the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin. The group reformed in 2015 initiated by Jeanette Doyle. We are associate researchers with GradCAM and are hosted by IMMA, The Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Our research has been largely focused on the relationship between ‘dematerialisation’, citing Lucy Lippard’s construct, and more recent considerations of ‘immateriality’ with a primary focus on Jean-François Lyotard’s explication, and on the digital.

In July 2016, The Enquiry hosted a one-day event at IMMA, which incorporated performed research and specially made artworks by members of the group. The material for this event was largely informed by Jean-François Lyotard’s construction of ‘immateriality’ in The InHuman: Reflections on Time (1988).

Jean-François Lyotard’s writings are an ongoing anchor for our research which continues to deepen. In 2017 we are working ever more closely with IMMA and with works from the collection. IMMA’s collection contains artworks, prints and publications by artists Shusaku Arakawa and Madeline Gins, Ay-O, Mieko Shiomi, Sol Lewitt, Ray Johnson, Joseph Cornell and Brian O’Doherty which are relevant to Lucy Lippard’s seminal text Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object.

The outcome of our research will have public enactments at two significant events later this year. Firstly, we will host a second performative event at IMMA in early September and secondly, we will have an important presence in ‘The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access’, a weekend programme of events and exhibitions organised by GradCAM (curated by Noel Fitzpatrick and Brian Fay) at the Research Pavilion in Venice, in the context of the Venice Biennale, taking place from the 29th September to the 1st October 2017.

The theme of the programme ‘The Digital Aesthetic in Utopia of Access’ is extremely relevant to our on-going activities as we have had a longstanding interest in the digital and ‘immaterial’ and have conducted detailed research into the 1985 exhibition Les Immatériaux, curated by Jean-François Lyotard and Thierry Chaput at Centre Pompidou, Paris, which pre-empted and predicted the advent of the internet and the effects of globalisation. The Enquiry’s participation at the Research Pavilion will include live performances with artistic and curatorial interventions. We will also curate objects and images from the ‘Autonomous Biennale Cf’ project – an international project initiated by Jeanette Doyle where, using the biennale as its template, artists and curators are invited to represent a nation of their own choosing in a manner of their own determination (more information on the ‘Cf’ open call here: http://www.cfjeanettedoyle.com/).

The Enquiry’s participation at the Research Pavilion in Venice is kindly supported by Culture Ireland.

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The Enquiry @ IMMA

Documentation of our recent event at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. Photography by Louis Haugh.

With special thanks to Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, and Lisa Moran, Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The Enquiry @ IMMA

The Enquiry @ IMMA, Friday July 15th, 4pm-5.30pm

1-img_20160620_140603-final-imageThe Enquiry @ IMMA, Friday July 15th, 4pm-5.30pm

The Enquiry (Jeanette Doyle, Jennie Guy, Fiona Hallinan, Emer Lynch
and Kate Strain) invite you to IMMA on Friday July 15th, for an event
designed to perform recent research into the immaterial. Beginning in
the old bookshop (downstairs beside the cafe) at 4pm you will be
welcomed with a warm drink and specially prepared readings/printed
matter. At 4:30pm we’ll move to the lecture room for screenings and
live presentations. The event will come to a close at 5:30pm.

This presentation of ideas is informed by Jean-François Lyotard’s
construction of ‘immateriality’ in ‘The InHuman: Reflections on Time’
(1988) and how this relates to earlier consideration of
‘dematerialization’.
“The matter which I am talking about is ‘immaterial’ an-objectable
because it can only ‘take place’ or find its occasion at the price of
suspending […] active powers of the mind” (Lyotard: 1988, 140).

The Enquiry is a seminar group affiliated with GradCAM, The Graduate
School for Creative Arts and Media in Dublin and hosted by the Irish
Museum of Modern Art.
We would like to thank Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick and Lisa Moran.

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The Enquiry @ IMMA, Friday July 15th, 4pm-5.30pm

The Enquiry

The Enquiry is a seminar group affiliated with GradCAM, the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media based in Dublin, Ireland and meets at IMMA the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The group are concerned with a performative analysis of exhibition modalities and strategies both historical and contemporary. There is a current focus on the relationship between ‘dematerialization’ citing Lucy Lippard’s construct and more recent considerations of ‘immateriality’ with a primary focus on Jean-François Lyotard’s explication and on the digital.

Members are:

Jeanette Doyle

Jennie Guy

Fiona Hallinan

Emer Lynch

Kate Strain

The Enquiry