You are invited to contribute here:
This work incorporates a stream of consciousness interaction between artists Tommie Soro, Jeanette Doyle, and Anne Murray and will continue to other artists who submit their work. We start with a story related to Andy Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame, but here it is Fifteen Minutes of Fucked, or the Art Olympics. There are different realities marked here, different experiences that each artist has had, attempts at success blocked by the system, and some magnified and marked by the supernatural and the power of I don’t give a fuck because I am going to win, drive and ambition. The Art Olympics involves tales of nepotism, sexism, good fortune, and straightforward hard work, while the Fifteen Minutes of Fucked, illustrates inherent flaws, whether they be in the system or in ourselves, or our interactions.
The interactions follow a choose-your-own adventure style narrative, where you always return to the main webpage, but there are links, which will take you further out to the three artists own websites and beyond, using a variety of media and interactive strategies leading you back and forth and around again outside of linear time.These three cycles are the three rings of the Art Olympics, an interlocking and overlapping of paths and stories.
In keeping with the relationship between Barthes reference to Texts of Discomfort in this year’s theme for the conference, it is apparent that the system of the art world is getting an overhaul regardless of pre-existing conditions, but motivated by economic downfall and a need for art that relates to the pandemic and its aftermath as well as other pertinent and pressing global issues. For true change to happen, there is a need to let different groups of artists from all economic and cultural backgrounds enter the system, upend it, and contribute in unique and influential ways, while remaining guardians of global traditional culture and of the many traditions, which are yet to be created.
We would like to invite artists and creators from around the world to join the discussion. Please send us your links and explanations so we can add you to the exhibition and spark further discourse: firstname.lastname@example.org (link to your website, brief description of work, and the link to the work).
Who we are:
Born 1980, Tommie Soro is an Irish artist and researcher whose work focuses on how symbolic communications produce meaning and value within particular social structures. Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology, he went on to complete a Master of Fine Art at The Dutch Art Institute in the Netherlands and received his PhD on Contemporary Art Discourse from Technological University Dublin. Typically taking the form of interventions in public space, his work proposes that contemporary art has an underutilised potential as a mode of public discourse. In juxtaposition to this public-facing practice, he also produces work in the tradition of institutional critique, often addressing how this tradition functions within the artworld’s reputational economy. Working across a range of mediums, including performance, video, and print, teasing out relationships between form and content is central to his work.
Jeanette Doyle is an artist and Fiosraigh scholar with GradCAM, the Graduate School for Creative Arts and Media, Dublin. Doyle's work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, PS1 MoMA, The Andy Warhol Museum, Location One NY, The Research Pavilion Venice and the Beijing Biennale. Doyle is also a member of The Enquiry which is hosted by the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Her most recent exhibition in NY was entitled 'From A to Z and Back Again' at the AC Institute which was supported by Culture Ireland.
Anne Murray is an American and Irish artist who participated in the Research Pavilion-Venice Biennale, and the Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, Oran, Algeria. Educated at Parsons School of Design in Paris (BFA), at Pratt Institute in New York (MFA and a Master of Science in Art History), and at The College of New Jersey Global Studies Program in Mallorca,Spain (M.Ed.). Thematically, her research investigates identity of animate and inanimate beings in our global society and the extension of agency across the boundaries of established precepts in the age of the Anthropocene. She advocates for a tectonic shift in perception and the upending of pre-established focal points to work towards a goal of meliorism and harmony in an environment shared with all matter.
We begin our story from here, the story of three artists, the paths they follow and the paths they create. Please follow the links below for an introduction to the project and return here to the homepage to follow the path to another artist. As the project progresses, more artists will join the project through open submissions.
In reflecting upon the nature of being completely closed off at this point from the art world except in the digital realm, I have been working on a series of photographs and video, called l’artiste naufragée. My own story is to feel that the art world is inaccessible to me, whether because it is based on a scaffold of elitism or that my own personality does not allow me the qualities necessary to advance, I am left with the feeling of being shipwrecked, an artist in my studio, an island of isolation, a refuge and a confinement, a prisoner of myself.
To contribute to a chain of tales which excavate the hidden highs and lows of contemporary art practice, ‘Trading my Wares’ explores my troubling triumphs as an Olympian artist. Responding to Roland Barthes notion of ‘Texts of Bliss’, the work aims to unmoor presuppositions and rupture subjectivities by confronting ‘readers’ with a personal, discomforting experience of the artworld’s reputational economy, the kind of experience typically hidden from the general public and disguised or rationalised for artworld peer; experiences which only find voice, if ever, in the confidence of trusted friends. It is a tale about how artists are driven to instrumentalise and exploit their artworks to compete in the artworld. It is a story about loss, about exchange, about dwindling guilt and habitual betrayal.
This project was entitled Jeanette Doyle: Fifteen Days @ The Warhol. It was curated by Eric Shiner, then the director of the museum.
Prequel: Jeanette Doyle at the Warhol is a piece Doyle made for The Andy Warhol Museum in 2011.
This work with a further fifteen other text based animations, each two minutes long, were posted on the Warhol website and distributed via email to the contents of her address book. These mails were premised on postal art projects of the late sixties early seventies as a means to take control of their distribution, circumnavigating the commercial gallery system. In some cases they were unwelcome as spam. https://www.warhol.org/exhibition/jeanette-doyle-fifteen-days-a-prequel-to-factory-direct-pittsburgh/
A hidden part of success and failure for an artist, is the reception of hundreds of rejection and acceptance letters that one has to process over the years. One opens them with hope and then one is led down a path of disappointment, humor, and joy depending on the message received. Blind Ambition is a video with Murray reading some of these letters she has received from institutions, artist residencies, and prizes over the years.