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The Future State: Art + the Economy

A look at the global economic crisis through the eyes of contemporary artists

London, United Kingdom

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1,685.00 pledged
of 1,000.00 GBP goal

Created By

Stephanie Feeney

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CAMPAIGN FUNDED

This Campaign must reach the funding target of 1000 GBP by 10.11pm on 16.11.2012, GMT for it to be successful.

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BACKGROUND


At the end of 2010 Ireland received a bailout from the EU/IMF, cementing a period of Irish economic uncertainty coinciding with a global financial crisis. Once the poster child of globalization and growth  Ireland is now an exemplar of austerity, tax rises and public service funding cuts. Allegations of political corruption and widespread cronyism are being made; Irish civil morality is being questioned. Urgent questions are being asked about how it happened, who is accountable and how it can best be managed.

At times like this it is often creative responses that pinpoint crucial questions to ask and generate energy and dialogue where conventional methods fail. Unsurprisingly then, a very exciting, urgent and necessary body of Irish contemporary art is manifesting in response to the collapse of the global financial system and its local implications. If we explore these works we may uncover new ways to think about the crisis and its aftermath in terms of national identity, post colonialism, political and social structures, civil responsibility, social activism, gender and austerity and more.

THE PROJECT

On 17-18 November 2012 Goldsmiths, University of London, one of the Britain’s top art universities, will be hosting an event called The Future State of Ireland to examine the contribution of contemporary Irish artists, working both at home and overseas, to uncovering important issues in the economic crash. Artists such as Kennedy Browne, Anthony Haughey, the Troubling Ireland think tank and the filmmaking/research collaboration of Treasa O'Brien and Mary Jane O'Leary will present their work alongside eminent keynote speakers such as the Irish historian Professor Roy Foster (Oxford), Assistant Editor of the Irish Times Fintan O’Toole (Princeton).

One of the consequences of the Irish crisis has been a steep rise in emigration which directly affects the British cultural landscape as many Irish emigrants, artists and non-artists, choose to make Britain home. The Future State of Ireland is a timely opportunity for the diaspora voice in Britain to be heard in this discussion, potentially facilitating a fresh perspective.

WHAT YOUR PLEDGE WILL BE USED FOR

The organisers are seeking help with funding to cover the travel and accommodation costs of bringing these five contemporary Irish artists to Goldsmiths, University of London for one weekend to present and discuss their work alongside notable academics, cultural experts, art critics, gallerists and art lovers. Engaging artists in a conversation on the economy gives us a starting point for exploring the angles of this financial crisis that are more difficult to grasp. Your valuable support in making this important event happen is much appreciated.

For further information on the event and on the artists please visit www.thefuturestate.org.uk or contact stephanie@thefuturestate.org.uk for more.

Update #5

2nd Dec 2012By Stephanie Feeney

There is visible relief on the faces of the conference organiser in this photo (taken just after the conference ended)!

Update #4

2nd Dec 2012By Stephanie Feeney

Hello pledgers.  In case you weren't able to make the conference, I want to let you know that because of your generous support and belief in the project, The Future State of Ireland conference went off without a hitch and I am delighted to say that it was a complete success. So I'd like to say a huge and heartfelt Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I am amazed by how much was pledged and I can honestly say that this really made an enormous difference.  It made up a signficant chunk of what was a very slimline budget and the project would have been in a merry pickle without it. So thank you and Danke Viel Mol (for the Swiss pledgers)!

 

 

Update #3

16th Nov 2012By Stephanie Feeney

It's the last few hours of the crowdfund campaign and the conference is around the corner. Some delegates are already beginning to make their way now to London already for the early start tomorrow!  Thanks everyone so far for your generosity. It's been amazing. We've had a liitle write up in the Irish Post and are expecting some other journalists along over the weekend to cover the proceedings so we're hoping for a media frenzy!!

Update #2

3rd Nov 2012By Stephanie Feeney

Well, I never predicted that the target would be reached so quickly, thanks to the generosity of friends, family and  kindred spirits!  Your support means that the travel costs and accomodation for the artists is being covered and anything raised in addition will go towards supporting them further.  A huge thank you to everyone who has supported so far.  

The conference schedule is attached - as you'll see it's two jam packed days of talks, presentations and performances.  I hope to see you there!

Update #1

22nd Oct 2012By Stephanie Feeney

And we're off!  Thanks to the first two backers for getting the crowdfund project off the ground.

Anthony Haughey, the artist who's image is behind The Future State of Ireland poster, has been nominated for the Deutsche Boerse photography prize 2013.  That's one good reason to pledge at least £50 as Anthony will be signing a copy of the conference poster for you!

Katie

Bryan Feeney

Judith Annett

helen o brien

Olive O'Driscoll

Ann M Ring

Lori Burke

Assumpta and Stephen Feeney

Yvonne Leu

doggosaurus

Emer Noolan

daniel blunier

Regine Rissler

London Irish Centre

Sara Stevenson

Laurence

David Mungall

Stefan

Nicola harte

Nicola harte

Martina Rissler

Liz Moloney

Christoph Rissler

CONTENT FOR EMBED GOES HERE
15 GBP
BACKERS
8 backers

A mention on the conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Nov 2012.

25 GBP
BACKERS
2 backers

A Thank You letter from the Goldsmiths organisers and a mention on the
conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

35 GBP
BACKERS
2 backers

A copy of the conference delegate pack, a Thank You letter from the Goldsmiths organisers and a mention on the conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

50 GBP
BACKERS
4 backers

A conference poster (signed by the artist Anthony Haughey), a copy of the
conference delegate pack, a Thank You letter from the Goldsmiths organisers and
a mention on the conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

75 GBP
BACKERS
0 backers

An A3 copy of a poster from the 'Troubling Ireland' poster campaign, a
conference poster (signed by the artist Anthony Haughey), a copy of the
conference delegate pack, a Thank You letter from the Goldsmiths organisers and a mention on the conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

100 GBP
BACKERS
3 backers

A copy of the script that accompanies the video installation 'How Capital
Moves' (signed by Kennedy Browne), a copy of a poster from the 'Troubling
Ireland' poster campaign, a conference poster (signed by the artist Anthony
Haughey), a copy of the conference delegate pack, a Thank You letter from the
Goldsmiths organisers and a mention on the conference programme and conference
website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

150 GBP
BACKERS
1 backer

Your choice of acknowledgment as a provider of a scholarship for a
student registration or entrance for one person to the event, a copy of the
script that accompanies the video installation 'How Capital Moves' (signed by
Kennedy Browne), a copy of a poster of your choice from the 'Troubling Ireland'
poster campaign, a conference poster (signed by the artist Anthony Haughey), a
copy of the conference delegate pack, a Thank You letter from the conference
organisers and a mention on the conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

250 GBP
BACKERS
2 backers

Acknowledgment as a provider of a scholarship for a student registration,
entrance for one person to the event, a copy of the script that accompanies the
video installation 'How Capital Moves' (signed by Kennedy Browne), a copy of a
poster of your choice from the 'Troubling Ireland' poster campaign, a conference
poster (signed by the artist Anthony Haughey), a copy of the conference
delegate pack, a Thank You letter from the conference organisers and a mention
on the conference programme and conference website

Estimated delivery: Dec 2012.

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