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Niamh McCann

Just Left of Copernicus (The Roof of the Story)

03 October - 03 January

Just Left of Copernicus is an exhibition of new work by Irish artist Niamh McCann. In collaboration with architects Jack Byrne and Séamus Bairead, McCann has created a large-scale work for the Main Gallery at VISUAL. Entitled Copernicus for Now and made of industrially produced cardboard tubes and plywood, the work draws on many references, ranging from topographical photos of the moon landscape from the 1969 moon landings, to the work of Buckminister Fuller, to the ideas of German expressionist architect and scenographer Hans Poelzig (1869-1936), best known for the design of Frankfurt’s IG Farben building and the sets for the iconic film Der Golem. What ties these together is McCann’s interest in the interchange and flow of fact and fiction, the overlapping layers of narrative, history and fable contained within the cultural and physical structures that we construct.

A catalogue of the exhibition with texts by Francis Mackee, Francis Halsall and Grainne Hassett will be launched in November 2015.

This season has been kindly supported by ID2015 as part of the Year of Irish Design, and the Local Authority Arts Office. The touring exhibition of Just left of Copernicus is produced by Solstice Arts Centre, Navan and made possible through funding from the Arts Council Dissemination and Touring award. In 2016 it will travel to Limerick City Gallery and Solstice, Navan. 

Associated Events:

Artists Talk
Saturday 3rd  October, 3.30pm, Free 
Niamh McCann in conversation with  Dr. Francis Hallsall (NCAD)  and Grainne Hassett (SAUL) 

Saturday 3rd October, 4.45pm, Free 
Performance by Tenor Sean Kennedy - an a capella arrangement of the 2nd movement of Schumann’s Quintet for two violins, viola, cello and piano in E Flat Major, opus 44,devised with Niamh McCann. 

Film- Der Golem, Wie er in die Welt kam (1920)
Saturday 31st October, 8.00pm, €5
Dir: Paul Wegener   Set Design: Hans Poelzig     
1920  Germany, 84 mins, Cert: CLUB 
Screened in the Main Gallery of VISUAL especially for Hallow’een, The Golem is a classic silent horror film inspired by ancient Jewish legend, by Henrik Galeen, director of Nosferatu, and Paul Wegener.