SLOW SPACE FAST PACE
Art Trail, Shandon, Cork 28 September - 7 October 2007
Art Trail is an artist led organisation founded in 1996 as a platform to represent a broad range of artists in Cork, Ireland. Since its inception the Art Trail Festival has developed from an Open Studio event to become an international platform for artists that encourages collaboration across practises and geographical location.
Art Trail 2007 was centered on historic Shandon quarter in Cork with a variety of events including exhibitions, workshops, performances, workshops, talks and seminars.
Slow Space Fast Pace was held as part of Art Trail's 2007 New Curator Award scheme that was started in 2006.
Artists in Slow Space Fast Pace:
Jim Buckley (Ireland/UK)
Tim Furey (Ireland)
Belinda Guidi (Italy/UK)
Greer MacKeogh (Ireland)
Maslen & Mehra (UK)
Ceren Oykut (Turkey)
Ebru Özseçen (Turkey)
Julia Pallone (France)
Karnival Magazine (Ireland)
Curator: Rana Öztürk
Slow Space Fast Pace wishes to thank:
The Istanbul (14 Grand Parade Cork), Fahrettin Birben, Selim Tanrısever, Adil Mardin, Ergin Yıl Construction, Ercan Alp Plastering Ltd. for their support and generosity; Adam D'Arcy, Michael Garvey and Anne O’Sullivan for kindly lending the sites on Dominick Street; Özgür Bayraktar and Ebru Nuhoğlu for their kind efforts for the realization of the exhibition; Serdar Darendeliler for always being there, the distance notwithstanding; as well as Art Trail Director Julie Forrester and the festival's Administrator Sheila Fleming for their help and support in all aspects of the exhibition; and of course all artists who agreed to participate in the exhibition.
Slow Space Fast Pace aims to investigate the sense of time and place experienced in the clash of past and present, here and elsewhere, as well as publicly and privately through the example of Shandon area in Cork, at a time when cities are going through constant transformation as a result of the changes in economy, technology and means of production and distribution in the era of globalisation.
The title of the exhibition owes itself to an essay by Vito Acconci, “Public Space in a Private Time”, where he talks about the death of “public time” in today’s culture. Acconci reminds us about the clocks that used to be in store windows and how people could walk down the streets of a city and always know about the time looking through these store windows. Then came the wristwatches, which made the public clocks obsolete, and turned time into something personal, something you could always carry with you. This also implied the increasing pace of life and the necessity for immediate awareness of what the time is. While time got more and more individual and fast in this sense, what happened to our experience of public space?
Space is an attempt to place and understand time, as Acconci also says again, so space is something strongly connected with history and memories; memories of places, memories of the community, memories of individuals, memories of events, memories of changing landscape, memories of loved ones... The city undertakes all these different layers of memories, makes them part of itself. The city itself a continuously changing organism, constantly reminds of its history and our individual memories through its squares, streets, buildings, greens, communal or private spaces. The city also tries to adjust itself to the pace of time. It changes in response to the new political and economic balances, new technologies and requirements. Yet this change in the city is always slower, leaving behind some redundant structures, which in some cases gain new functions, while often merely stay as historical heritage, memorials of their time. This relatively slower pace of the city possibly creates a new sense of space creating a contrast with today’s fast pace of life that provides huge possibilities of immediate transactions, communication, or travelling between far away places.
In this global, fast-paced world, Cork seems not to have lost its peculiar character as a small city with a relatively relaxed, slow life in contrast to big metropoles of today. However, it is exemplary in the way it got its share from the economic growth of The Celtic Tiger, and the way it goes through changes in its population as well as its environmental and social structures. The exhibition Slow Space Fast Pace takes Shandon as a point of departure in the examination of the issues of time, memory and space in relation to the changes going on in the city. Shandon, with its historically important place in the economy of the city, and the way it now looks derelict and forgotten with abandoned buildings and unfunctioning structures, in contrast with the crowded, busy city center just across the river, seems to be awaiting its new role in the life of the city. However, at the same time a silent process of regeneration has already started in the area. The questions of urbanization, use of urban space, public experience, change, keeping in touch with the history while adjusting itself to the contemporary, are issues that Shandon has to deal with within the broader frame of the transformation of the city. The exhibition aims to display how artists engage with these issues both as individuals going through the same historical period, and also as outsiders dealing with the past and present of a specific place. Slow Space Fast Pace also aspires to address the distinguishing characteristics of Shandon area and to explore it in relation to other parts of the city.
Participating artists: Jim Buckley (Ireland/UK), Tim Furey (Ireland), Belinda Guidi (Italy/UK), Greer MacKeogh (Ireland), Maslen & Mehra (UK), Ceren Oykut (Turkey), Ebru Özseçen (Turkey), Julia Pallone (France), and Karnival Magazine (Ireland).