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PopLives #79: Kris Nelson

Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.

Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 12:05


Staying with the PopLives Fringe series, Kris Nelson is the Artistic Director & CEO of Tiger Dublin Fringe.

What are you reading?
Easter 1916 the Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend and Here are the Young Men by Rob Doyle

Last film you saw and your verdict?
The Dog – a documentary about John Wojtowicz whose bank heist for his lover’s sex change operation became the film Dog Day Afternoon at GAZE, Dublin’s international LGBT Film Festival. It was a great and troubling film; shot over 10 years and very fascinating.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
WERK at IMMA as part of the Summer Rising Festival. Verdict: More please.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict? 
Caliban Cannibal by the Italian theatre company Motus. A beautiful and gentle piece with painterly video and an ethereal conversation between two friends about Arab and African refugees drowning as they attempt to reach the shores of Italy’s islands.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict? 
Janet Cardiff’s The Forty Part Motet at Galway International Arts Festival and the ABSOLUT Gallery. I loved Janet Cardiff’s piece. It’s a legend at home in Canada and I’d never gotten the chance to see it. There’s this amazing kind of communion and exchange of reactions that happens between viewers. I also loved Enda Walsh’s Room 303 in the gallery at GIAF, it brought literary seediness to a whole new level.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
The New Yorker and Fantastic Man (I’m assuming a Golden Ticket can be stretched a bit?)

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
FB, Twitter, Huffington Post. The Globe and Mail, The Irish Times, RTE, La Presse, Jaunted, Skyscanner,

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
Not at present, although I’ve had love-ins with Radiolab. The first radio show I ever was fanatic about was Patti Schmidt’s Brave New Waves on CBC – it was everything to Canadian indie music.

Give us a tip for 2014…

They’re lying when they say beards are dead.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Music videos by the Shangri-las, Françoise Hardy – an eternal mix of 1960s yé yé and soul singers.

What song should we listen to right now?

We listened to TCTS’s ‘You’ featuring Sam Sure on repeat while drafting the brochure.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
Mad Men (waiting to find out how to catch up on Love/Hate and just finished Quebec series Unité 9)

Which app do you use the most?
Maps (I’m still getting lost in Dublin!)

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?

What is your favourite club night of all time?
In Dublin it would be a tossup between Mother and Sweatbox – in Montreal (and all around the world) the club night of all time for me is Mec Plus Ultra.

What was the last country you visited and what were you doing there?
Italy – for a medieval scavenger hunt in Siena and some time on the rugged beaches outside of Sirolo in the Monte Conero Regional Park. Sunscreen-for-one is difficult, I came home burnt but happy.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your home town, what would it be and why?
Two Montreal icons: La Sala Rossa is this divine old cabaret venue on top of the Spanish Community Club on St Laurent in Montreal and the homey place where the best bands got their starts not to mention tons of underground cabaret, queer performance and more. National Film Board of Canada’s Cinema Robotheque which featured a robotic arm lazer-disc-jockeying the entire collection of the NFB while you pay by the minute in futuristic watching pods. They closed it down in Montreal, so it’s actually up for exportation.

And finally, if you check out one one show in the Fringe make it…
Meeting House Square Magic: Kormac’s stunning AV Show kicks it all off in a series that features JAPE, Nina Hynes’ Dancing Suns, Tanya Tagaq’s Nanook of the North and Camille O’Sullivan. The cutting edge theatre at Project Arts Centre – Talking Shop Ensemble’s Advocacy and The Rest is Action from The Company are also musts!

Previously on PopLives: Eleanor Tiernan, Philip ConnaughtonTanya TagaqRichie EganAlison SpittleRex RyanCharlene LydonAvril StanleyMary NallyColm Mac Con IomaireAnna RodgersTara FlynnJohn ButlerDon WycherleyMaserRubberbanditsJames WolfSinead GleesonOlwen FouéréLe GalaxieCian O’BrienCian Ó CiobhainKatie HollyElaine MaiAisling FarinellaBrendan CantyMelanie MorrisTaylor MacTemper-Mental MissElayenousFez Fa’ananaChris JudgeXnthonyDavid MullaneJo ManganDerek O’ConnorBeardymanLynnette MoranRob DelaneyJulie Chance,  Conor O’BrienNial ConlanWallis BirdAdrian CrowleyTegan QuinEllie MacnamaraSteve RyanMumblin Deaf RoRick O’SheaGrace DyasMark O’HalloranAmy ConroyLouise McSharryMaeve HigginsRay YeatesNialler9Jeanie FinlayKevin BarryBrigie De CourcyJohn ScottWillie WhiteNiall MuckianPhil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.