Commissioner & Team


Tessa Giblin - Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2)

Tessa Giblin is Director of Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh. She was Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 2006-16 where she first commissioned Jesse Jones’ The Spectre and the Sphere. She was Guest Curator of the steirischer herbst festival exhibition, Graz in 2015, where she presented the group exhibition Hall of Half-Life over four venues. At Project Arts Centre she curated numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Riddle of the Burial Grounds which toured to Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp in 2016. Commissioning has long been a hallmark of her exhibitions, which has included the following artists: Núria Güell, Eva Kotatkova, Dominik Lang, David Claerbout, Celine Conderelli, Barbara Bloom, Mikhail Karikis, Peter Galison & Robb Moss, Sam Keogh, Hadley + Maxwell, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Niamh O’Malley, Mikala Dwyer, Aurélien Froment, Geoffrey Farmer, Jeremy Millar, Sarah Browne, Ulla von Brandenburg, Lara Almarcegui, Mario Garcia Torres, Ceal Floyer, Jennifer Tee, Mark O’Kelly, Katya Sander, Ruth E. Lyons, Garrett Phelan, Rosa Barba, David Maljkovic, Sung Hwan Kim, Gerard Byrne, Simon Boudvin, Seamus Nolan and Jesse Jones. Tessa Giblin lives and works in Edinburgh with her family. She was raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she attended the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts.

ProdAaron Kellyuction Manager

Aaron Kelly is a production manager and technician specializing in installation exhibitions and live art events. He works collaboratively with artists and curators to create unique audio visual systems that display art to the highest possible standard. He has worked as a theatrical lighting designer for a number of years and is currently the Technical Manager of Project Arts Centre, Dublin.


Olwen Fouéré is an actor, director and creative artist who works internationally in English and French. Her acclaimed adaptation and performance of the voice of the river in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake — riverrun — has been touring internationally since 2013, receiving many awards including the Edinburgh Herald Archangel Award 2014, The Stage Award and the Irish Times Special Tribute Award 2013. Recent stage work includes an adaptation of Salomé written and directed by Yael Farber at the National Theatre, London (May–July 2017); Lessness by Samuel Beckett, and her production of Danse, Morob by Laurent Gaudé which premiered at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, in January 2017. Recent screen credits include the multi-award winning The Survivalist by Stephen Fingleton for which Fouéré received a 2016 IFTA nomination, and The Wake by Oonagh Kearney. She received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy-Honoris Causa) from Dublin City University in April 2016 for her outstanding contribution to the arts and culture in Ireland. Previous collaborations with visual artists include So Different and yet and INITIALS by James Coleman, Yellow, the film by Amanda Coogan and Camillo’s Idea by Aurélien Froment.

Susan Stenger is a performer and composer. An accomplished flautist and specialist in John Cage and Phill Niblock, she was also a founder of wall-of-guitars group Band Of Susans and all-bass art band Big Bottom. Stenger has collaborated with an eclectic range of artists, including dancer/choreographer Michael Clark, writers Iain Sinclair and Alan Moore, scrap-metal percussionist FM Einheit and visual artist Cerith Wyn Evans. In 2006 she was commissioned by curator Mathieu Copeland to make an exhibition-length sound installation for Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, which became the 96-day-long Soundtrack for an Exhibition and explored song form on multiple levels of genre, time and detail. As part of Newcastle’s AV Festival, Stenger’s sound work Full Circle inhabited the domed entrance to the Civic Centre in March 2012 and was subsequently presented in Toronto and Stockholm. Her most recent AV installation, Sound Strata of Coastal Northumberland, transformed the geologic into the sonic using an 1838 cross-section geological diagram as a graphic score, layering instrumental sounds, melodic patterns and signature rhythms from Northumbrian folk music and dance. Sound Strata toured the Northumberland coast throughout 2015 and resulted in a 96-page full-colour publication with CD.


Silvia Federici is a long-time activist, teacher, historian and writer. In 1972 she was one of the founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Campaign for Wages For Housework in the US and abroad. She is the author of many essays on political philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, and education. Her published works include Revolution at Point Zero (September 2012); Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004).

Dr Lisa Godson is Director of the MA Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, and formerly Tutor and Fellow at the Royal College of Art. Her research and publications focus on material culture including architecture and design, particularly in relation to ritual, religion and body techniques. Past and forthcoming publications include her monograph How the Crowd Felt: Ceremony and Memory in post- Revolutionary Ireland and the coedited volumes Uniform: Clothing and Discipline in the Modern World; Making 1916: Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising; Design Learning in an Age of Austerity; The Secret Lives of Objects; Architecture and Religion since 1945.

Dr Tina Kinsella is Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies (Art) at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire (IADT). Her research and publications institute conversations between psychoanalysis, philosophy, affect theory and feminism to explore the performative possibilities of artistic practice. She is particularly interested in asking and responding to questions such as: “what kind of thinking is artistic practice?”, “what kind of knowledge might artistic practice transmit or produce that language may be resistant to?”, “how might artistic practice aid the invention of alternative political and social imaginaries?”

Graphic Design

åbäke is a London-based design studio behind which lurk Patrick Lacey, Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Ståhl and Maki Suzuki. Active since 2000, the Royal College of Art alumni count clients like the British Council and the Serpentine Gallery, and collaborations with fashion designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela, artists such as Ryan Gander, Johanna Billing and Martino Gamper, and bands such as A Camp, Air and Daft Punk. Åbäke is a Swedish word for a large and cumbersome object and the collective is also responsible for meta-design projects: the dialogical digital platform for architecture Sexymachinery, 2000–2008; the relational culinary events of Trattoria, 2003–; the publishing project Dent-De- Leone, 2009–; the propaganda for the imaginary Victoria & Alferd Museum, 2010–; and the spy agency Åffice Suzuki, 2010.


Pavilion Production Manager: Aaron Kelly
Production Assistant: Simon Burke
Assistant Curator: Deborah Madden
Producer: Project Arts Centre

Film production
Director: Jesse Jones
Director of Photography: Emma Dalesman
Assistant Director: Tessa Giblin
Production Assistant: Deborah Madden
Editor: Eavan Aiken
Costume Designer: Roisin Gartland
Stylist: Alison Conneely
Additional Costume Research: Mary McGuinness
Miniatures Prop Maker: John Garvey
Set: Geoff Wilson and all the staff at Wilson’s Yard, Newry
Digital Imaging Technician: Eavan Aiken
Focus Puller: Alfie Hollingsworth
Grip and Jib Operator: Roman Bugovdkiy
Sound Recordist: Fiachra O’Hanlon
Sound Design: Mark Murphy
Sound Consultant: Killian Fitzgerald
Additional Sound: Robert Poss
Gaffer: Paul Noble
Sparks: Aaron Kelly and Simon Burke
IADT Technician: David Cooper
Continuity: Sarah O’Rourke
Catering: Fiona Hallinan
Location Coordinator: Jessica Fuller, Head of Creative Engagement, IADT
Production Consultant: Caroline Campbell
Translations from English to Italian: Elisabetta Zoni
Sub-Editor (English text): Kate Heffernan
Sub-Editor (Italian text): Ilaria Bombelli
Legal Research: Mairead Enright, Senior Lecturer in Law, Birmingham Law School
Further Production Advisers: Saskia Vermeulen, Nicky Gogan
Assistants: Ciara Furlong, Stephen Gilroy, Elena Horgan, Ash Middleton, Darren Moynagh, Lorcan Murphy, Ellen O’Connor, Brian O’Neill, Sarah Whelan
Object Fabrication: Rachel Fallon and James L Hayes
Research Advisors: Lisa Godson, Tina Kinsella and Kate Butler
Photography: Ros Kavanagh & Tessa Giblin
Venice Coordination: Diego Carpentiero
Web Design: Thomas Bush
Financial Manager: Kate McSweeney, Project Arts Centre
Communications Manager: Melanie Wright, Project Arts Centre
International Communications Manager: John Diviney, Brunswick Art
Strategic Support: Cian O’Brien, Project Arts Centre
General Management Support: Orla Moloney & Claire O’Neill, Project Arts Centre