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Art & Ideas

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

The Stream Will Rise

Michaële Cutaya

Writer/researcher Michaële Cutaya responds to Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burcá's exhibition One Hundred Steps

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

Am I the last person on earth?

David Toop

In response to Christopher Steenson's exhibition Soft Rains Will Come, David Toop reflects on sound, memory, and the long-distance connections forged by shortwave radio

Handful of Earth

Róisín Kelly

Writer and poet Róisín Kelly looks towards Ursula Burke’s work at VISUAL Carlow to reflect on ideas of community, survival and the loss of sharing collective emotion in this specially commissioned poem 'Handful of Earth'

Hurricane Ida: what can I do to help?

In solidarity with the communities affected by the issues addressed by our current Forensic Architecture exhibition, here are five things you can do to help

Silver-Tongued Seas

Work commissioned by VISUAL Carlow as part of Iarlaith Ni Fheorais's Speech Sounds programme is presented in an exhibition at Jupiter Woods, London from 16th – 31st October

George Bolster Screening and Q&A

Screening of two short films by George Bolster and artist interview with VISUAL's Director Emma Lucy O'Brien

Interview with Judy Foley

Artist Judy Foley on how she combines scientific knowledge with ancient traditions of needlecraft


Sue Rainsford

Art writer and author Sue Rainsford hones in on the works of four artists in Woman in the Machine, using imagination, poetic language and literary references to untangle ideas of extraction and ooze

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