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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 2, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    If you only do one thing this weekend …

    Laurence Mackin

    We thought we’d put this week’s selection out slightly earlier than usual, and you’ll find it contains no mention of a certain festival in a field. If you are attending said festival, we’ll be there covering the arts end of things through this blog and the Twitter feed (@laurencemackin), while the Ticket crew will be showing the rest of the festival who is boss with their Daily editions.

    However, for those of you allergic to tents and fresh cut grass who are avoiding Laois like the pox, here are a few art selections to keep you ticking over.


    I can do that. No. No, you can’t

    See: Red Bull Illume. Adventure sports and those mad enough to do them make fantastic camera fodder. This brilliant exhibition collects some of the best action sports photography in the world in a top-class production that sees the images lit up on slick screens in the Front Square of Trinity College Dublin. It’s hard to disagree with the category winners, but go along after dark and judge for yourself. The catalogue and it’s 3D imagery is well worth the €2.50 as a souvenir as well.
    Trinity College Dublin. Free, until Sept 11th

    Listen: the Hugh Lane has just announced an excellent series of talks for September and it is kicking things off on Sunday with writer and historian Tim Pat Coogan on Painting Politics, which ties in with the gallery’s John Lavery: Passion and Politics exhibition. This lecture is at 1.30pm, the first of a regular Sunday discussion slot, and there will also be Coffee Lectures on Wednesdays at 11am. The Sunday talks are free with no booking necessary but turning up early might be a good idea, as it’s first come first served. The Wednesday slots are €5 including an auld cup of tea or coffee, and can be booked in advance. See hughlane.ie for more details.
    Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

    See: Any shoe gazers who have got lost on the way to Laois and find themselves at Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space might be disappointed to see not a jot of Jason Pierce or his Spiritualized crew. But what they will see is Mark Cullen’s intriguing exhibition, which is winding down with its last days at the Triskel at the ESB Substation in Cork city. The work is inspired by all things scientific and technological and aims to create a space where “art’s ability to stretch logic, time, material and experiential possibilities is apparent, and perhaps to entice the viewer into considerations of a cosmological nature”. Just what you want of a weekend.
    ESB Substation, Caroline Street, Cork. Free, ends Saturday

    Is that Jason Pierce in the bag?

    Listen: There’s always a bit of fall out from yon Laois shindig so among the acts performing elsewhere while in the country are Brendan Perry (yes we know he’s usually local anyway) who is in Cavan tomorrow night and Mumford and Sons, who are in Belfast on Monday. Up north, though, we’re keeping our powder dry for next week’s excellent Open House festival.

    A fine stable of selections, to be sure. And to send you off into that good night with a spring in your step and a smile on your lips, here’s one man who is doing the Open House next week and that midlands thing this weekend. Damn you and your talented ways.


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