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DAS Exhibition at PS²

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DAS is delighted to present a selection of new works from current artists-in-residence Miguel Martin, Josephine McCormick, Samantha McGahon and Eoin McGinn. 

For each of these artists, the past four months at DAS has been a time for experimenting, learning and developing their practices. The residency has allowed the artists to test new ground and they have each produced work that will involve and stir the viewer. From the darkly visceral and surreal to the nostalgic and melancholic, this body of work will surprise you!

There will be a number of free events to accompany the show, hosted by the exhibiting artists.

Miguel Martin
PASSAGE is a projected video and audio installation concerned with transience and capturing the abject materiality of objects. While referencing the tonal qualities, composition and subject matter of Martin's traditional still life drawing practice, it also seeks to evoke a dialogue with the tradition of momento mori and the uncanny.
PASSAGE is Martin's first multi-media video installation, made possible at Digital Arts Studios, Belfast, through funding from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Artist's Career Enhancement Scheme.

Josephine McCormick
Surface to Air/Air to Surface investigates the creative potential between sound technologies, imagery and printmaking processes towards producing a hybrid body of work. She has rendered images as sound and drawn sound. She has captured voice to produce spectrograms, which have then been used as a visual resource in the making of a series of print work. Josephine will give two workshops on Saturday, 28 May, 11am - 1pm and on Saturday, 04 June, 11.30am - 1.30pm.
Samantha McGahon
The Mundane Rollercoaster is an iteration of route capturing taken over the course of a year. This moving image work is a synopsis of those journeys using an in­-car digital video recorder. The backdrop to my travels has been recorded as a double vision; in contrast as I focus on the road ahead, the video recorder has no such obligations. My journeys have been compressed into narratives, vignettes, repetitions, and one-off chance occurrences where the public plays various unsuspecting roles. Using photography as a companion piece, I consider how the environment is changed to make way for corridors of transportation in which non-spaces are created. These necessary dead zones bridge areas of population with connecting pathways, documenting evidence of the changes in the environment to create motorways; as a refuge from our everyday experiences and routines or an integral part of them?
Samantha will give a talk on Thursday, 01 June,  5 - 6pm.
Eoin McGinn / Emic

Tic Tac Toe is a video projection onto found materials constructed to create a canvas that resembles the nature of wall spaces where the Artist normally creates his work. This work seeks to question ownership of urban spaces and the process of redeveloping parts of the city to drive consumerism. Emic is an Artist who paints on walls and a member of Loft who recently lost their studio space as the property was bought over by developers. The development plan was in the news recently as the project lost governmental support. What was once a vibrant creative space now lays dormant.

The Workshops

Visual Sound Workshop I

Join sound artist and printmaker, Josephine McCormick, who will demonstrate how to change images into sound. Bring along an image as a jpeg on a pen drive to experience the sound it creates. You will also be introduced to software that enables you to draw in sound and record the result. You will be able to take away your sound made from your image. Saturday, May 28th, 11am - 1pm at PS2.

Visual Sound Workshop II

Join sound artist and printmaker, Josephine McCormick to make patterns that are generated using different sound frequencies called ‘cymatic’ patterns. You will be using a frequency signal generator to produce the designs and can take away the ‘cymatic’ pattern made during the workshop. Saturday, June 4th, 11.30am - 1.30pm. Location: PS2

Talk by Samantha McGahon

Samantha works in photography, installations and moving image, documenting the unseen in the everyday to create photo essays that inform her practice. Samantha will discuss her practice in general and more specifically her current project exhibited at PS2. Thursday, June 2nd, 5 - 6pm. Location: PS2

Street Art Workshop

Artist Eoin McGinn will take participants on a short tour of Belfast Street Art, explaining the processes and the meanings behind the Artworks. In keeping with the theme of dereliction from his exhibition piece, participants will have the opportunity to create artworks on found materials using spray paint, which they can take home. Saturday, June 4th, 2 - 4pm. Departing from PS2.

These events are FREE but booking is advised. To book a place on the free workshops please email .

Join us for the exhibition launch on Thursday, May 26th, from 6 - 9pm!

The exhibition runs until the 4th of June. The exhibition will also be open on Thursday the 2d of June from 6 - 9pm.

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