Gareth Kennedy

National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland

Gareth Kennedy’s work explores the social agency of the handcrafted in the 21st century and generates ‘communities of interest’ around the production and performance of experimental material cultures. Informed by an anthropological approach these works draw on the layered histories of a location. Projects are embedded, evolve over time, and are enacted by diverse publics and individuals. With the hyperdigitisation of our everyday, Kennedy is interested in the use of anachronistic processes and technologies to produce ‘critical anachronism’ and generate contemporary encounter and experience. He often works with individuals who hold skills or knowledge that has been transmitted across generations to this end.  

In 2009, he co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale alongside artist Sarah Browne and their collaborative practice, Kennedy Browne. In 2015 he was long listed for the prestigious VISIBLE Award for Die Unbequeme Wissenschaft (‘The Uncomfortable Science’), which explored a troubling history of anthropology in the Austrian/Italian Alps and it’s legacy. He is currently undertaking commissions for the National Children’s Hospital and Fingal County Council in Dublin. He is also developing a Microforest project over 2 years in a Dublin school through SUPERPROJECTS. Recent exhibitions include: Metabolic time / Am meitibileach, PROJECT Art Centre, Dublin; Data Streams, Glucksman Gallery, Cork; Intensive Places, 6th Tallinn Biennale, Estonia; Complexo Collosso, CIAJG, Guimarães, Portugal (all 2021-22). He teaches Sculpture and Expanded Practice and is lead on the new Studio+ FIELD module at NCAD, Dublin which charges students with developing new ‘Naturecultures’ in a brown Field / ‘ Novel Ecology site beside the college.

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