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.