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REEL ART AWARD

Awarded a Reel Art Award from the Arts Council Ireland for a first documentary feature.
Fields of Darkness will premiere at Dublin International Film Festival in 2023.

Referencing Irish locations, lives and stories from the past and present Fields of Darkness explores various physical and metaphorical perspectives on darkness as an ever-present element in our daily lives and the natural world. Centred around the community and landscape of the darkest inhabited place in Ireland different tangents are explored, creating a highly imaginative exploration of physiological, psychological, environmental and historic perspectives, weaving together diverse strands from art history, experiences of blindness, dance, mental health testimonies and Irish folklore.


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ABSTRACTE KUNST BESTAAT NIET

Curated by Frank Maes

EMERGENT
Grote Markt 26
8630 Veurne
Belgium
+32 58 31 15 19
galerie@emergent.be


31 October, 2021 - 9 January, 2022

Preview: 31 October, 2021


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PROJECT AWARD

Awarded a 2021/2022 Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland for the project A Breath Untaken - A multi media project made on, and off the coast of County Wicklow, Ireland.






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DIE BALKONE

Die Balkone 2
Scratching the Surface

An exhibition in Prenzlauer Berg windows and balconies /
Eine Ausstellung in den Fenstern und Balkonen des Prenzlauer Bergs

Curated by / Kuratiert von Övül Ö. Durmusoglu & Joanna Warsza

30 April - 2 May, 2021
Fr 16.00-19.00, Sat/Sun 12.00-19.00


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PROJECT AWARD

Awarded a 2021 project award from Stiftung Kunstfonds for the project Aggregat.



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SEQUENCE

Organised by Kunstverein Bochum, curated by Reinhard Buskies.

Haus der Kortum-Gesellschaft e.V.,
Bergstrasse 68a,
44791 Bochum.
Entrance stadtpark - opposite Kunstmuseum Bochum.

Mit dem Videoprogramm SEQUENCE praesentiert der Kunstverein Bochum eine Folge von vier Videoarbeiten als Grossprojektion am Haus der Kortum-Gesellschaft. Formatfuellend in die bodentiefe Fensterfront des Gebaudes eingepasst, verbinden sich die bewegten Bilder mit der Architektur und setzen einen visuellen Akzent in der spezifischen urbanen Situation zwischen Stadtpark, Kunstmuseum und mehrgeschossiger Wohnbebauung. In Zeiten coronabedingter Einschraenkungen des kulturellen Lebens macht das Videokunstprojekt SEQUENCE aktuelle Kunst sichtbar und allgemein zugaenglich. Die ausgewaehlten Videoarbeiten kreisen um Themen wie Ort und Ortlosigkeit, Individuum und Raum. Sie setzten sich mit den Mustern unserer Wahrnehmung auseinander und reflektieren ihren medialen Status als Bewegtbild. Die Arbeiten sind durchweg tonlos und gaenzlich auf die Dimension des Visuellen gerichtet. Mehr noch als ueber die filmische Erzaehlung definieren sie sich ueber die Wirkungskraft ihrer Bilder.

27 February - 12 March, 2021


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DIURNAL

A conversation between the works of Michael John Whelan and Joana Escoval.

artintouch.in

Frozen, elemental, suspended in time. Phases of matter changing. The unseen has a place. The invisible grows form. A document of vibrations. Charged places, stories, objects, images. A journey from the darkest depths of the earth to the brightest sun. Diurnal.

3 - 14 July, 2020


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NOCTURNES SOLO EXHIBITION

@GREY NOISE, DUBAI

VIRTUAL WALKTHROUGH



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HYDROGEN HELIUM ONLINE

@ALSERKAL FOUNDATION ART LAB



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NOCTURNES

Solo exhibition

GREY NOISE, Dubai.

23 March - 31 July, 2020

Preview: 23 March 2020


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FROM THE MOUNTAIN

Curated by Catherine Bowe

Wexford Arts Centre
Cornmarket,
Wexford,
Ireland
+353 53 912 3764
boxoffice@wexfordartscentre.ie

From the Mountain considers our relationship with the natural world and how it has changed radically over time. The title of the exhibition is taken from a video work by Michael John Whelan which explores our connection with the environment and questions our diverse roles as observer, protector and eventual consumer. Images of wolves and Irish wolfhounds are placed in the context of historically significant locations in Ireland and Germany, including the site where the last Irish wolf was killed in 1786. Nocturnal shots of rural landscapes interchange with close-up observations of wolves on an arid mountain landscape reserve, where traces of the bare concrete forms of a former cold war missile base can still be seen as it slowly assimilates into the environment. These stark archaeological reminders emerge as lasting visual testaments of the effects of war on the landscape. The work invites contemplation of the methodical extermination of Irish wolves, encouraging a wider reflection on topics such as the ecology, our consumption habits and species extinction.

21 October July - 25 November, 2019

Preview: 18 October, 2019


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CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS

Curated by Chris Clarke and Fiona Kearney

The Glucksman Gallery
Cork,
Ireland T12 V1WH
+353 21 490 1844
info@glucksman.org

All life on earth - humans, other animals, plants and even bacteria - carry out biological processes to a 24-hour pattern of activity that mirrors the length of the earth day. Such processes are said to be subject to certain rhythms as they oscillate at different points during the 24-hour cycle, always following the same pattern of activity. Circadian Rhythms presents the work of Irish and international artists who explore these invisible forces through reflections on time, the cadence of working life, sleeping patterns, as well as through the impact of modern technologies that disrupt the natural world.

2 July - 3 November, 2019

Preview: 2 July, 2019


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VIENNA BIENNALE + MAK DESIGN LAB

Curated by Marlies Wirth

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna
+43 1 711 36 248
office@MAK.at


29 May, 2019 - 2021

Preview: 28 May, 2019


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RESIDENCY PORTUGAL

AiR 351
Avenida Vasco da Gama no. 11
2750-642 Cascais
info@air351.art



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PEINDRE LA NUIT

Curated by Jean-Marie Gallais

Centre Pompidou-Metz
1, parvis des Droits-de-l'Homme
CS 90490
57020 Metz Cedex 1
+33 (0)3 87 15 39 39
contact@centrepompidou-metz.fr

Night-time, and the many questions it prompts, has haunted artists particularly since the late 19th century. Thanks to such ground-breaking discoveries as electrification and lighting, psychoanalysis and the advent of the space age the night has evolved, transforming us in turn: theories have consequently been completely reviewed changing our relationship to the night-tide.

13 October, 2018 - 15 April, 2019

Preview: 13 October, 2018


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CONDO UNIT ATHENS

with GREY NOISE, Dubai.

hosted by The Breeder, Athens.



25 October - 24 November, 2018

Preview: 25 October, 2018, 20:00-24:00


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CRUDE

Curated by Murtaza Vali

Jameel Arts Centre
Al Jaddaf - Dubai
+971 4 323 9971
hello@artjameel.org

Bringing together 17 artists and collectives from the region and beyond, 'Crude' explores oil as an agent of social, cultural and economic transformation across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as a driver of geo-political upheaval.

11 November, 2018 - 23 March, 2019

Preview: 11 November, 2018


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TRACES

Alan Butler, Michel François, Martin Healy, Siobhán Hapaska, Giuseppe Penone, Sanne Vaassen, Michael John Whelan et al.

Curated by Paul McAree and Brigitte Bloksma

Kasteel Wijlre, Netherlands.

5 July - 18 November, 2018

Preview: 1 July, 2018


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THE LONG NOW

Kunstverein Bochum, Bochum.

25 March - 17 June, 2018

Preview: 25 March 2018

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me Collectors Room, Berlin.

8 July - 15 October, 2018

Preview: 8 July 2018

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HYDROGEN HELIUM

Alserkal Project Space, Dubai.

Preview: 4 March 2018


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THE GOOD SOIL

Solo exhibition

GREY NOISE, Dubai.

8 November - 30 December, 2017

Preview: 8 November 2017


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VISIONS OF NATURE

Darren Almond, Rodrigo Braga, Andreas Gursky, Roni Horn, Axel Hütte, Jaakko Kahilaniemi, Simone Nieweg, Michael John Whelan et al.

Curated by Verena Kaspar-Eisert

KUNST HAUS WIEN, Austria.

13 September, 2017 - 18 February, 2018

Preview: 12 September 2017


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SYSTEMA NATURAE

Ann Boettcher, Sanna Kannisto, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Kustaa Saksi, Salla Tykka and Michael John Whelan

Curated by Mirja Majevski

KUNSTHALL STAVANGER, Norway.

1 September - 15 October, 2017

Preview: 31 August 2017


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RESEARCH STIPEND

Awarded a 2017 research stipend from the Senate of Berlin to develop the sculptural project
The Fire Ant and Other Constellations.



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GEOPOLITICS ON THE EDGE

Contributor to dossier on Svalbard, edited by Stephanie Bailey

ART PAPERS

November/December 2016



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PUBLICATION LAUNCH

Yellow Amber Grey Amber

English, 21 x 14.8 cm, 32 pages.

With an A2 dust jacket poster folded to A5.

Including the essay 'At The Frontier of Vision' by Declan Long.

Published by Rua Red, Dublin.




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REVIEW

Yellow Amber Grey Amber (solo exhibition)

at Rua Red, Dublin.

Reviewed by Aidan Dunne in The Irish Times (print & online) - 09/08/2016



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ART VIEWER

Darwin's Finches (solo exhibition) on Art Viewer



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YELLOW AMBER GREY AMBER

Solo exhibition curated by Paul McAree

Rua Red, Dublin.

July 4 - August 20, 2016

Preview: Saturday 2 July 2016, 3.30pm.




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REVIEW

Darwin's Finches (solo exhibition)

at Boetzelaer Nispen, Amsterdam.

Reviewed by Lucette ter Borg in NRC Handelsblad (print & online) - 12/05/2016



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REVIEW

Darwin's Finches (solo exhibition)

at Boetzelaer Nispen, Amsterdam.

Reviewed by Sophia Zürcher in Het Parool (print) - 21/05/2016




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A WEED IS A PLANT OUT OF PLACE

Anna Atkins, Harry Callahan, Pierpaolo Campanini, Mat Collishaw, Dorothy Cross, Latifa Echakhch, Susan Hartnett, Michael Landy, Mateo Lopez, Maria Sibylla Merian, Adrian Paci, Luisa Rabbia, Jeanne Silverthorne, Philip Taaffe, Emma Tenant, Michael John Whelan and Pae White

Curated by Allegra Pesenti

Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

3 April - 30 September, 2016

Preview: Saturday 2 April 2016, 6-8pm.

Exhibitions will be opened by Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate.

3pm: Conversation chaired by Brian Dillon with Dr Claire Dorrity, Latifa Echakhch, Matthew Jebb and Michael Landy.


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DARWIN'S FINCHES

Solo exhibition

Boetzelaer Nispen, De Clercqstraat 64, 1052NJ Amsterdam.

May 8 - June 11, 2016

Preview: Saturday 7 May 2016, 6-9pm.




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REVIEW

but even if I cannot see the sun

curated by Umer Butt at Grey Noise, Dubai.

Reviewed by Ipek Ulusoy Akgul in the March - April 2016 issue of ArtAsiaPacific




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BUT EVEN IF I CANNOT SEE THE SUN

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Marco Godinho, Lala Rukh, Michael John Whelan & Sail Into Night

Curated by Umer Butt

Grey Noise, Unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, UAE.

January 18 - March 5, 2016

Preview: Monday 18 January 2016, 6-9pm.


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