In January 2019, the ISACS Network, in partnership with Galway 2020, launched an open call for artistic presentations in response to the theme ‘Place and Identity’ for FRESH STREET#3, held in Galway in May 2019.
Over 120 applications from all over the world were received. A massive thanks is extended towards the dedicated selection panel of Ciaran Walsh of Culture Ireland, Tanja Ruiter of Circostrada & HH Producties and Craig Flaherty of Galway 2020, who trawled through each application in detail.
Our Hands by Vicky Malin (UK)
Uncover the possibilities, stories and perceptions of your hands through an encounter with artist Vicky Malin. Using simple manual tasks and conversation, we reflect on our identity via our hands. Take a fresh look at what feels unique and what seems to connect us to each other. Each encounter lasts approximately 10 minutes, for one to six people and promises to be very special.
The Ship of Destiny by LUXE (Ireland)
Ship of Destiny is a landscape spectacle that brings audience and performers together and takes them on a journey bringing fire to where the land, the sea and the sky meet. Ship of Destiny’s visual journey is a soul quest, and in the tradition of the Imramh, seeks to align the three realities – this physical reality, the inner landscape and the other worlds.
Streets of Galway | 10pm, 22 May | free
New Territories by Deana Kolenčíková (Czech Republic / Slovakia)
Deana questions the knowledge, perception and imagination of the audience and participants through drawing a map of Ireland and identifying their own individual current position. These drawings subconsciously question our identity and political viewpoint of the world, which will, in turn, form a temporary installation on Inis Oírr.
Inis Oírr | 11am, 23 May | free
Remnants by Turas Theatre Collective (Ireland)
Remnants is a moving and powerful presentation on the theme of displacement. Using soundscape, physical theatre and movement, it tells a visually spectacular and enthralling tale of three characters whose lives have been disrupted and who find themselves alone and homeless. The story interweaves the characters’ fragile pasts with their hope for the future in a beautifully choreographed performance.
Inis Oírr | 6pm, 23 May | free
One Sink Two Float by Studio Eclipse Collective (Belgium)
A duet with dance and visual theatre. The water as unknown, depth, subconscious lets things float or sink. On this thin membrane between top and bottom one is taken into a surreal and visual story. Two characters find their balance on a platform, amongst themselves with the elements. There is an underworld a world under, which we do not see. It is not shown on the surface or is it?
The Claddagh Basin | 5.30pm, 24 May | free
In addition to the above, another call was held for an Artists in Residence programme in partnership with Áras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oirr. The selected artists are:
Kate Boschetti and Liam Wilson (Italy / Scotland)
Kate and Liam—artists in residence with Áras Éanna Arts Centre—will live and immerse themselves entirely on the island for the month of May, creating a site-responsive, fresh piece of work for, and with, the island and its people. Enjoy their first showing of this work-in-progress, which continues to explore the themes of place and identity.
Inis Oírr | 3pm, 23 May | free
About FRESH STREET#3:
As a result of their partnership with Circostrada, the ISACS Network will host the International conference FRESH STREET#3 in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. This event is scheduled to take place from 22 – 24 May 2019. It will see over 250 international delegates with a professional background and passion for all things street arts from all over the world in attendance. Artists, practitioners, programmers, producers, festivals, stakeholders, policymakers, journalists and more will make up the audience.
The theme of this event is ‘Place and Identity’ and is driven largely by the global and local crisis that the world is experiencing currently in relation to how we relate, feel and perceive same.
The event will be hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a one-day exploration of place and identity on the beautiful Inis Oírr, Aran Islands.