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Ábhar agus Meon is an international contemporary art exhibition series exploring relationships between the themes and practices of art and archaeology. It occurs as part of Ireland’s hosting of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress in June/July 2008 at University College Dublin.

All events and exhibitions have been curated and directed by Ian Russell in collaboration with Niall Bergin, Supervisor, Kilmainham Gaol, Gabriel Cooney, Professor, School of Archaeology, UCD, Ruth Ferguson, Curator, Newman House, UCD, Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Jerome O Drisceoil, Director, Green On Red Gallery. Full contact details can be found here.

Event Brief

We live, capriciously enmeshed in a world of things. In the process of human becoming, both artists and archaeologists, as skilled negotiators, mediators and translators of things, have opportunities to steward, provoke and subvert our intra-relationships in the shared ecologies of our world. Today, artists and archaeologists are turning towards each other to exchange experiences, narratives and revelations about our shared world. The Ábhar agus Meon exhibitions series celebrates new and also longstanding relationships between art and archaeology through the practices and processes of contemporary arts.

Continuing the collaborative exhibition of contemporary art and archaeology established by the Rosc exhibitions in Ireland in the 1960s and 70s, Ábhar agus Meon turns towards the rich etymologies of the Irish language to present the challenge of negotiating, mediating and translating the relationships entwining humans and things. ‘Ábhar’ carries meanings of not only materials and matters but also subjects and themes, while ‘meon’ hints at mentality, ethos, spirit and temperament. Rather than merely asserting polarisations of mind and body, the theme Ábhar agus Meon suggests a multiplicity of intra-relationships between mutually indistinguishable conceptions of things and thoughts.

Ábhar agus Meon will occur in spaces throughout Dublin with a special focus at University College Dublin and the Sixth World Archaeological Congress. Local and international contemporary artists will offer new and old work in exhibitions, installations and performances on UCD’s campus, in Newman House on St Stephen’s Green and at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Through their work, Ábhar agus Meon will explore the materials which constitute things, the tempering of materials through artistic and archaeological processes, the shared subjects of artistic and archaeological inquiry, the collaborative spirit of artistic and archaeological endeavours, the ethos of artistic and archaeological mediations, and the mentalities represented, constructed and subverted through artistic and archaeological expression.

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Ábhar agus Meon, Sixth World Archaeological Congress, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
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