Evening of Absurdism # 3: exhibition, screening and performance Matthew Crookes, Una Quigley, Kate Squires
Matthew Crookes will show his Sisyphean video work which he been filmed in collaboration with climbers at Humboldthain over some trips to Berlin. Una Quigley introduces her talk and performance on Antonin Artaud and the Absurd body, via Skype form the West of Ireland. Her live performance is based on a radio play by French playwright, and theatre director Antonin Artaud. Kate Squires has created a time based sculpture- performance based on the failiure of language, the will be performed live and then shown on a monitor.
Matthew Crookes is an Auckland based artist and writer. Born in the UK, he has lived in New Zealand since 2002. Since 2006 he has exhibited in Auckland, Wellington, Newcastle NSW and Melbourne. He has undertaken residencies at the LockUp Cultural Centre in Newcastle NSW Australia, Culturia in Berlin, and at the Institut fuer alles Moeglich in Berlin Wedding. Crookes was a contributor to Volume 1 (Clouds Publishing/Artspace Auckland) Francis Alys, and to Ack (Clouds Publishing/Artspace Auckland), an anthology brought out as part of New Zealand Artist Peter Robinson’s work of the same name. He contributed artist’s pages to edition 5.1 of Un Magazine, the Melbourne based art and critical review. He divides his time between Auckland, Newcastle NSW and Berlin and is currently researching The Purpose of the Absurd in Contemporary Fine Art Practice towards a DocFA at the University of Auckland.
Una Quigley was born in Dublin in 1974. She works mainly in film and video. She graduated with an MA in European Fine Art from Winchester School of Art in 2001. She has exhibited widely since then, such as at the Kassel film festival, the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Eva international, and most recently at Centrum Berlin and the Crawford Gallery, Ireland. Her work was part of the exhibition series and book "Cooling -out on the paradox of feminism' which took place in Ireland and Germany. She has recieved several wards from the Irish Arts council and Culture Ireland. Having recently relocated from Berlin to the West of Ireland, she is currently making new work on film. Forthcoming exhibitions include a screening at the Goethe Institute, Dublin.
Kate Squires was born in London in 1973 and currently lives in London and Berlin. She is an artist, arts consultant and curator and runs Centrum Berlin, an a project room for contemporary art and culture. Her recent installation, The Un-namebable Things, inspired by the Austrian architect Margerete Schütte-Lihotzky was shown at Das Raum, Berlin. She was part of the group show The Edge of The Real with Nicoll Ullrick, Angela Ender and Stefanie Sofort, her work has been shown at the Institute Cervantes, London and at the London Art Fair.