TULCA Festival of Visual Arts and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture present:
WEATHER GODS – Reprised
Isadora Epstein with Davy Kehoe, Daniel McAuley, Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh and Stéfane Béna Hanly
Having been cancelled in 2020 due to a red weather warning, TULCA is pleased to announce the reprise and re-imagining of this specially commissioned work by Isadora Epstein. Weather Gods was originally conceived as a live performance taking place in front of an audience on the Galway to Gort train. This new work is inspired by Iris Murdoch’s concept of unselfing, and its demand that we journey away from ourselves to be attentive to the world, to be curious about the people, places and ideas that surround us. It has now been reimagined as a radio play which will be available to stream from the TULCA website from Sunday 18 April.
Weather Gods is written and performed by Isadora Epstein, who, accompanied by musicians Davy Kehoe, Daniel McAuley and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh and artist Stéfane Béna Hanly created a performance combining a mythological weather report with a train trip out West on the Great Western Railway. With live musical performance from the titular mythical weather gods, and featuring original scores and some familiar favourites, this work is placed somewhere between an art performance and a memorable piece of theatre.
About TULCA UnSelfing
TULCA UnSelfing is a programme of visual art exhibitions, performances, and encounters commissioned by TULCA Festival of Visual Arts for Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. Launched in February 2020 with the inaugural exhibition Deep States curated by Helen Carey presenting the work of artists; Dominic Thorpe (Ireland), Veronika Merklein (Austria & Germany) Andrej Mircev (Croatia), Nikoleta Markovic (born in Yugoslavia), Eunseo Yi (Republic of Korea).
Followed by two exhibitions; Threads by Irish Artist Austin Ivers curated by Sarah Searson and online exhibition and publication Nothing to Look Forward To But The Past curated by Gregory McCartney with artists; Stuart Cairns, Nadege Meriau, Daniel Seiffert, Tara Wray. Writers: Prof. Lorna Piatti-Farnell, Prof. Peter Knight, Dr Dara Downey, Anna Walsh, Gail McConnell, Sharon Young.
TULCA Festival of Visual Arts first presented a programme in Galway City in November 2002. The intervening 18 years have seen the festival become embedded into cultural life of the city by presenting a new programme every year that is formed and informed by life in the west.
TULCA is unique in Ireland as the only platform reserved solely for Irish curators. TULCA has supported hundreds of artists’ diverse practices and introduced thousands of schoolchildren and adult learners to contemporary art for the first time. Over the years, TULCA has transformed many unwanted or neglected sites into spaces to exhibit and experience high quality, ambitious visual art.