VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre


Jornada del Muerto

Neva Elliott

ARTWORKS 2023 artist and prize winner Neva Elliott shares a text relating to her two works in Remembering the Future

Divining the Past

Jessica Traynor

Could divination be a useful tool for looking at the past, as well as the future? Poet, writer and editor Jessica Traynor responds to VISUAL’s Remembering the Future programme by considering this question

Hand Taste

Rachel Donnelly

In response to David Beattie's 'Future Light from Distant Stars', writer Rachel Donnelly considers the role of the hand and human touch within the increasing integration of automation and technological progress in food production.


Seán Hewitt

Writer Seán Hewitt responds to the Irish NAMES Project quilts, exhibited at VISUAL as part of Remembering the Future, Summer 2023.

snaking ’92

Richard Proffitt

Artist Richard Proffitt writes a response to Emma Martin’s KING | SHRINE

Nothing is Lost, Everything is Transformed

Darran Anderson

Darran Anderson, author of Imaginary Cities, has written a response to Fiona Hallinan’s exhibition We Turn Towards an Ending and Pay Attention

The Remains of the Day

J.W. O’Donoghue

Proffitt is an artist of the dog-eared, the torn away, the discarded. The crumpled, chewed up and grubby are all enthusiastically welcomed into the creative process whose central concern in this exhibition is with what has been left behind, with improvised treasures, with family folklore, astronomy and alchemy, with luminous magic after a spell. The work is about excitement, authenticity and memory in the shadow of our ongoing crises.

Flashes of Light, Echoes of Drumbeats

Rosa Abbott

A response to Clíodhna Timoney’s exhibition Flashes of Light, taking the form of a series of letters to the late writer Mark Fisher

The pause

Jo Burns

Award-winning poet Jo Burns responds to Elizabeth Cope's 2020 painting Sybil with Underground Map / Venus Has Left the Building (Diptych) with a specially commissioned poem

Steel Trap/Sad Black Enby Theory

Diana Bamimeke

Weaving poetry with theory, critic and curator Diana Bamimeke has written a prose poem in response to VISUAL's Speech Sounds exhibition

Tech News: The future is Lipreading?

Louise Hickman

A fictional news report written in response to the exhibition Speech Sounds

Soft Rains Will Come

Ian Maleney

Author and producer Ian Maleney responds to Christopher Steenson's exhibition Soft Rains Will Come, speaking of 'micro joy', 'macro gloom', and the connective power of radio

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