Dreams of Freedom?

Dreams of Freedom?

Conversations on Aesthetics, Ethics & European Democracies

Fri 8th & Sat 9th March


The National Sculpture Factory



Dreams of Freedom?

Conversations on Aesthetics, Ethics & European Democracies

 On Art & Public Space, Aesthetic Resistance, Social and Political Transformation, Demonstration, Democracy and European Hybridity.

Venue :

Upper Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery

Emmett Place

Cork City.



10:00 – 1:00          Artists’ use value in the age of social and political unrest.

This session will involve a number of the United States of Europe artists and will be chaired by curator Anna Bitkina (Russia)

USE Artists

Anna Konik (Poland)

Maria Lusitano-Santos (Portugal)

Kennedy Browne (Ireland)

Reinigungsgesellschaft (Germany)


1:00 – 2:00                                    LUNCH



2:00 – 3:15            Uncommon Grounds: Art in a Borderline Democracy.


This section will include a lecture by

Augustine Zenakos

(Greek journalist, curator and previous co-director of the Athens Biennial).




3:15 – 3:30                                    COFFEE



3:30 – 5:00             Common or UnCommon. (Presentations + Panel)


Liz Burns (Firestation) ‘ The act of troubling’

Rosie Lynch (Commonage) ‘Locating Enclosures, finding critical points in a community context’

Augustine Zenakos                                         

Chaired by             Daniel Jewesbury.







10:00 – 11:15                “Art, the Public Sphere and Social Transformation”

Dave Beech (Artist, Lecturer, Art Critic)


11:30 – 1:00

Propositions for a Future State.

Presentations by

Daniel Jewesbury. Artist, Curator, Writer. (N. Ireland)

Stephanie Feeney, Academic. (England) The Future State

Anthony Haughey, Artist, Lecturer. (Ireland) Contesting Citizenship: Collaboration and Dialogue


1:00 – 2:00                                    LUNCH




2:00 – 3:00

The E.U Project – The right to have rights.

Dr. John O’Brennan (Political scienctist, Maynooth.

‘The European Union in a time of crisis: multiple and inter-locking vectors of ‘democratic deficit’ and why legitimation matters’.

Dr. Agnes Czajka (Sociologist, UCC)

‘Notes on the Arab Spring: Enacting Citizenship and Staging Democracy’



3:30             Panel

Dave Beech

Dr. John O’Brennan

Dr. Agnes Czajka

Augustine Zenakos.

Anthony Haughey.





Associated event

As part of the USE exhibition we will be screening

Jean-Charles Hue’s The Lord’s BMW

at the

Triskel Christchurch,

Tobin St


Friday 8th 8:30pm