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Writing for Practice Forum # 10 (Writing for Practice Forum @ MARs)

  • MARs seminar room, Art Research Building, Goldsmiths 45 Lewisham Way London, SE14 6QD (map)

Presenting writer: Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh (Goldsmiths)

Respondent: Marion Coutts

Artist and PhD researcher (Goldsmiths) Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh presents some excerpts of texts that address issues of post conflict/ intergenerational trauma and carceral conditioning. The texts reference a horse whisperer, her approach to communing with animals and how kinship might be applied to trauma, post-conflict, post-colonial legacy in Ireland. Artist, writer and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art (Goldsmiths) Marion Coutts joins us in discussion.

Link to texts will be available shortly

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh is an interdisciplinary visual artist with an interest in materiality, in particular the intersections between material and immaterial processes. Ciarán is a PhD researcher in the art department at Goldsmiths. His research explores complexities inherent within post conflict trauma and is interested in intergenerational trauma and how it manifests. As part of his research Ó Dochartaigh has an ongoing research relationship with a family of donkeys and African land snails, exploring interspecies relationships and kinship. –

Marion Coutts is an artist and writer. She works with a range of material forms: sculpture, digital video, drawing and photography. Her practice is concerned with the physicality of the image; artwork and personal encounter; slippage and loss. Her first book, The Iceberg won the Wellcome Book Prize, 2015. She is currently a Senior Lecturer on BA Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths. She has held solo exhibitions at Tintype, London: Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Angel Row, Nottingham; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; The Wellcome Collection, London; Project Gallery, Dublin and Foksal Gallery, Warsaw. Other venues that have hosted her work include Helsinki Kunsthalle: RIBA, London; Whitstable Biennial; Gasworks, London and Arnolfini, Bristol. In 2011 her practice shifted to include writing. The Iceberg is an account of a family unit under assault: an investigation into time, language, belonging and the nature of embodiment. The Iceberg was published in the UK in 2014, the US in 2016 and mainland China in 2017.

The Writing for Practice Forum is based in the Mountain of Art Research (MARs) at Goldsmiths College, and is organised by artists and researchers Kate Pickering and Rowena Harris. The forum is a peer led discursive space to gain valuable feedback on imaginative or experimental approaches with text-based material. It is open to all researchers within Goldsmiths, other CHASE institutions and beyond as either presenting writers or discussion participants and requires no prior knowledge or preparation, other than an interest in developing a deeper understanding of writing as part of practice based research.

Prior to each forum, the presenting writer chooses an excerpt of their own writing, alongside another short text by a related author as a frame of reference for the discussion. The researcher has the opportunity to invite a guest respondent to participate in the forum. Texts are available online beforehand, but pre-reading is not mandatory; we read the texts aloud at the beginning of the discussion. Researchers can attend as many or as few of the forums as their commitments allow, but are required to sign up for the session in advance.