The Garden: A solo presentation by DIT graduate Colin Martin

With texts by Alice Butler, John Graham, Maximilian le Cain and Fiona Woods

Exhibition curated by Kate Strain, as part of the Broadcast Gallery Emerging Curator Award 2012

8th June 2012: This exciting exhibition by Colin Martin, and curated by Kate Strain – winner of the first Broadcast Gallery Emerging Curator Award – opened  on Wednesday 6 June 2012, at Broadcast Gallery, DIT Portland Row.  The opening coincided with the DIT Fine Art Graduate Show 2012.


Colin Martin and Kate Strain

‘The Garden’ consists of a four-channel film installation. Each of the four screens use a different cinematic language to describe the subject - a film production set in a walled garden at night - a paradisical space that is both natural and cultural. It begins with a slow long take that moves continuously through the constructed environment, alternately the other screens look at the same space through varying cinematic languages using close ups, focus pulls and montage.

Four creative practitioners; Alice Butler, John Graham, Maximilian le Cain and Fiona Woods, have been invited to respond with text-based contributions to Martin’s work and the circumstances of its exhibition. This textual platform investigates the work from four different perspectives, mirroring the concerns of the work itself, and in doing so, opening questions around the nature of representation, experience and display.


An Open Talk will take place at 2pm on Thursday 7 June 2012, featuring Colin Martin, Alice Butler, John Graham, Maximilian le Cain and Kate Strain – for a performative discussion of the project followed by a viewing of the work.

The project is curated by Kate Strain as part of the Broadcast Emerging Curator Award 2012.

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The exhibition opens 10.30 - 4.30 Monday to Saturday
6 June 2012 - 20 June 2012



Colin Martin studied undergraduate at DIT and completed an MA in NCAD in 2010. His current practice concerns the relationship between Cinema and Space as worlds we move through either physically or virtually. These film installations cast the viewer physically in a manner that emphasises how we are separate but mingled with our world, while Cinema is its own world - flat, compressed and invisibly organised.

Recent Exhibitions include Cyclorama 2011 Basic Space, Transference Monster Truck/ Broadstone Studios 2011, Basic Spaces Cake Contemporary 2011, Life With Edits The Joinery 2011, Re:Public Temple Bar Gallery 2010 and Invisible Various locations Dublin 2010. Recent Awards include Thomas Dammann Award 2008, Visual Arts Bursary 2007/2004 and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship 2005.

Alice Butler is a freelance writer, programmer, photographer and researcher. She holds a first class honours MPhil in Textual and Visual Studies (Trinity College, Dublin), for which she completed her thesis, Poetic Visions of Archive: Tarkovsky, Sebald and Reich. She is currently working as Cinemas Assistant Programmer at the Irish Film Institute where she co-ordinates the IFI National Programme for cinemas in Cork and Sligo and regularly writes film notes both for the IFI programme and blog.

Alongside this, Butler carries out visual and archive research for Royal Irish Academy publications, including a forthcoming book on W.T. Cosgrave. With a specific interest in the relationship between discrete disciplines, she is also working on producing a number of books of photography as part of the collaborative Mud Island project.

John Graham is a Dublin based visual artist. Originally focused in drawing and printmaking, with the completion of a research masters at the NCAD (2006) his practice broadened to include video installations, curatorial projects, and works based around social interactions. He is represented by the Green on Red Gallery and his next exhibition there will be in October 2012. Interested in writing, his website and regular studio blog provide further contexts for a range of ideas and practices.

Cork-based filmmaker Maximilian Le Cain has made over sixty experimental films and videos over the past decade. He is currently working in creative partnership with sound/performance artist Vicky Langan. He collaborates with Esperanza Collado as ‘The Consecutive Impostors’ in the multi-disciplinary expanded cinema project Operation Rewrite and is a founder member of the '(An)Other Irish Cinema' screening collective. A film critic and programmer, he is also editor of the online film magazine Experimental Conversations.

Fiona Woods is a visual artist whose practice includes curating and writing. For a number of years her work has focused on socio-spatial practices and productions, with a particular emphasis on rural sites. She is currently working towards a solo exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, exploring Animal Geographies, and is a core researcher on the European project City Researches; Experiences of Being Public with Jeanne Van Heeswijk, Mary Jane Jacobs, Susanne Bosch and others. She will collaborate with the US based collective M12 on a work in Colorado later this year.

Woods has carried out a number of public art commissions including Walking Silvermines (2011), common? (TULCA, Galway, 2010) and collection of minds#1 (PS2, Belfast, 2009). She is a participating member of AgriCultur.EU, a European network of practitioners focusing on art and agricultural contexts, and Rhyzom, an international research project focusing on trans-local cultural productions. Woods has exhibited work in Ireland, the UK, Estonia, Australia, America and Canada, and is the recipient of a number of Arts Council of Ireland awards.

Kate Strain pursues a curatorial practice through event and exhibition-making. She holds a BA in the History of Art and Architecture (TCD), and has recently completed an MA in Visual Arts Practice (IADT, Dun Laoghaire). She is currently Assistant Curator 2012 at Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Recent curated projects include Making a Scene - Raising the Ink Flag, at the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick (as part of eva International) and Not Another Nevan Lahart at Soma Contemporary, Waterford (2011). Upcoming exhibitions include Whitewashing the Moon, co-curated with Tessa Giblin at Project Arts Centre, and Production, an experimental group show developed by members of the Black Church Print Studio, for Monstertruck Gallery, Dublin.

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