Talk to the Land: The practice of Commoning and Real Montage in the work of the Partisan Social Club. Wednesday 22nd March 2023, 5–6.30pm GMT

Andy Hewitt and Mel Jordan (Partisan Social Club) in conversation with art historian Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes to reflect upon their recent exhibition, entitled Talk to the Land at SIRIUS.

Talk to the Land explored three aspects of commoning: landlordism; how to practice a culture-led recommoning of cities; and utopian settlements in South-West Ireland. Partisan Social Club (PSC) examines alternative modes of community building arising from cooperative proposals and experiments advanced by the eighteenth-century Irish, Cork-based philosopher William Thompson. 

The event will include the launch and screening of the film, Collective Nouns II Reflections on Commoning (3mins). The film was produced in conjunction with SIRIUS and includes several contributions from friends, colleagues, and people the PSC met while at SIRIUS.

Talk to the Land is PSC’s first solo show in Ireland. It was developed through multiple residencies at SIRIUS across 2022, following dialogue initiated in 2020. Talk to the Land was curated by Miguel Amado, director of SIRIUS, and produced by SIRIUS.

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