Occupy Space presents

Christophe Knoch and Megs Morley in discussion at the Limerick City Gallery of Art

Occupy Space invites you to a discussion lead by Christophe Knoch and Megs Morley on Thursday 27 September 2012 in the Carnegie Gallery at LCGA, Pery Square, from 2.30-4.30pm.

Admission is Free. Places are limited so please confirm your booking directly to: 

Since 2009, Limerick City has prospered from a reinvigorated visual arts culture, including the significant rise in artist-led practices. The rapid development of many new spaces and projects has had, and will have, substantial implications for the visual arts in Limerick. There is enormous potential to capitalise upon the successes within the city, though many challenges pose threats to it's ongoing sustainability. This discussion is intended to open dialogue to all interested parties, drawing on a multitude of experiences and exploring strategies for the future.

Christophe Knoch
After studying Law in Saarbr├╝cken and Cologne, Christophe Knoch worked for the CEO of a stock market start-up. He then worked as assistant to the Managing DIrector at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in D├╝sseldorf. He organised various exhibitions, for example, with Armenian painters in Cologne and literary events such as a tour with Witold Gombrowicz’s widow and Otto Sander and participated in litCologne as moderator with writers such as Geoffrey Eugenides. He has since continued his work in opera where he assisted Christine Mieletz at the opera in Dortmund, was head of planning at the Theater Bielefeld and worked in the artistic and planning administration at La Monnaie, Brussels. He then worked for Christoph Schlingensief as his assistant up until Schlingensief’s death in August 2010 when he was entrusted with running operations, particularly with the construction of the Opera Village in Burkino Faso.
In Spring 2011 Christophe Knoch started the Micamoca Project Berlin, which evolved to make a strong transdisciplinary impact on the Berlin venue scene. Since spring 2012, he has been the speaker of the independent art scene in Berlin.

Megs Morley
Megs Morley is an artist and independent curator whose projects primarily deal with how specific social and political situations are represented in art, and with strategies of artistic resistance that include self-organisation, intervention and collectivism. She holds  a BA in Fine Art from LSAD and a MA in Visual Art Practices (curatorial pathway) from MAVIS, IADT.

She is currently curating "Lines of Sight", an exhibition of political works from the Israeli Digital Art Archive that will be exhibited as part of EVA International, 2012 including the work of Avi Mograbi, Yael Bartana, Artur Zmijewski, Nurit Sharett, Adrian Paci, Amir Yatziv, Dor Guez and Fillipa Cesar.

Most recently, Morley was the curator of the Tulca Contemporary Art Festival 2011, “After the fall”, a large scale multi-venue exhibition and discussion programme that queried artists' responses to the international and national context of economic recession, political collapse and social upheaval, including: Chto Delat, Jessie Jones, Gareth Kennedy, Seamus Nolan, Kristina Norman, Gregory Sholette, Lia Perjovschi, Amie Siegel and many more.

In addition she is currently working on a number of collaborative film works and public art commissions with artist Tom Flanagan, including a feature length experimental documentary entitled "Aughty" due to premiere in July 2012 and  “Post –Fordlandia” a filmic exploration of Henry Ford’s failed utopian town Fordlandia, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, which premiered in the Galway Arts Centre June 2011, and has since been shown in the Centre du Pompidou, Paris as part of Rencontres Internationale (2011), and the Model, Sligo (2012)

In 2010 she curated the "Documentation Archive" and the Film Screening programme of the DORM exhibition (the Model, Sligo ) which attempted to present moments of artistic resistance in collective practices through protest, civil disobedience, intervention through documents, archive materials, works and films of 23 international artists collectives including; CoBrA, the Situationists, REPO-history, Temporary Services, and Atlas Group.

From 2008-2010 she worked as Public Arts Officer for Galway City Council where she was commissioned a series of significant multi-disciplinary and participatory public art projects across Galway City.

As part of on-going examination into artist-led and collective practices in Ireland over the last 40 years, in 2006 she developed The Artist-led Archive, an archive and touring exhibition of documentation relating to over 80 past and present Irish artist-led initiatives from the period 1970- 2008, which is currently housed in the special collections of the National Irish Visual Arts Library.

As part of the Artist-led Archive National tour (2006-2009) she coordinated a series of public symposia that included presentations by Julie Ault (Group Material NY), Julie Crawshaw, (G126), Brian Patterson (A.R.E., The N.IRE workshop of F.I.U. established by Joseph Beuys), and Lise Skou (the Young Danish Artworkers Union U.K.K.).