2KM is a new project which creates new online work by some of Dublin’s most exciting artists making 1 minute of new work within the 2 kilometre lockdown limit of their home.
Focusing on the local, the intimate and the particular of each artist’s locale, it takes the limit of the Government’s lockdown directive and seeks to make it an opportunity for innovative new work.
The Complex is a place where art lives. A space for work, experiment, exhibition and performance. 2KM represents a series a connections – between the Complex and its community of studio artists, artists it has worked with before and the artists it will work with in the future - and their own relationship with their locality.
The project invited innovative artists from across a range of artforms – visual art, music, theatre, photography. 2KM x 1M is different as it offers a focused curatorial challenge to the artists. It aims to offer outputs that are new, fresh and idiosyncratic. And local.
As appreciators of art in all its forms, Jameson are delighted to support this series of works, curated by The Complex.
Mark Swords - Time Slowed Down
There are five shingle beaches within two kilometres of my home. I have been on at least one of them everyday with my son for the last number of weeks and having always been someone to leave a beach with heavy pockets, a small collection of stones is now steadily growing on the low wall in my garden.
Mark Swords, May 2020
Mark Swords is an artist who lives and works in County Wicklow, Ireland. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous collections. Although primarily a painter Swords' work often utilises a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, assemblage, weaving and installation. His work is best described as "open" and functions for him as an opportunity to explore a variety of diverse interests encompassing: painting, literature, pattern, graffiti, geology, design and crafts.
Barbara Knezevic - Sense
This new short video work hones in on the newly urgent notions of sense, sensation,
sensitivities and proximities between human bodies. Bodies push and pull apart from one
another, surfaces touch, digital textures shimmer and pulse, ancient artefacts, historical
bodies and anatomical votives heave in and out of view. This short vignette pauses on the
possibilities of belief, hope and healing against the backdrop of familial proximity and the
condensed sense of kinship and closeness generated by this protracted time together.
Barbara Knezevic’s work is primarily object based, finding form as complex
stagings and formations of objects that are occasionally foregrounded by
photographic works and moving images. These formations are omnivorous
selections of things that act together to call to mind other familiar stagings of
objects in the world - such as film sets, photographic shoots, museum
and retail displays. In these artwork formations, items are arranged with
attention to, though not always respecting museological conventions that
make visible the hierarchies of value in material culture.
Her practice concerns itself with the volatile material and interpretive
relationships involved in art-making, the language and nature of materials,
the codes of display and exhibition, and the ways in which artworks are
represented, archived, stored, traded and discussed. Her artworks and
formations describe the peculiar human relationship to the things around us
that is often typified by our relationship to the art-object; our treatment of
matter or ‘things’ as agents, commodities, tools, proxies, artefacts, aloof
matter and models for representation.
Tracy Martin - Carpark Swimming
Tracy’s previous works include ‘Dublin Will Show You How’, for the Complex Theatre and Abbey Theatre and was nominated for the Irish Times Best New Play Award. ‘Coast’. Dublin Fringe Festival. Nominated 2016 Fishamble New Play Award. Nominated First Fortnight Award. ‘Harder Faster More’. Nominated for the 2015 Fishamble New Play Award. Silver Medal Winner- International Radio Play, New York. Silver Medal Winner – IMRO Awards. ‘WRAPPED’. Nominated for the 2014 Stewart Parker Award. Nominated for Best European Drama at the 2019 BBC Radio Drama Awards.
Kyle Cheldon Barnett -
A derelict bakery sits idle and unobserved in the heart of a town in Donegal
The captured images show the decay of the concrete, the crumbling of the brickwork and the peeling roof made of iron.
These cracks, gaps and failings of the once enclosed building reveal the natural world.
Nature reclaiming her earth once borrowed by the people of the past.
The sun and light filter back in to touch the hiding shadows.
The mortality of the made materials evident in the rust and flaking paint.
The role of the architect is to create space, enclosed and secure.
Spaces that keep the light, vegetation and power on one side of the threshold.
But, once the veil of this threshold slips, Mother nature is there, patient, present and persistent to always reclaim again.
Words by @fiorstudios.
Kyle Cheldon Barnett is a Dublin-based designer and creative director, with a background in fine art photography, visual communications, and fashion design.
Known primarily for his minimal illustrations, Kyle has also exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has produced bespoke pieces for print, film, and TV.
Kyle is also the co-founder and creative director for 4419.9694: A collective online publication that focuses on the concept-driven visual arts, literature and design
as an art form from the perspective of the contributors.
An active member of the wider design community, he has recently joined The Complex and the Fíor studios collective.
Past clients include eBay, British Vogue, Dublin Airport, Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Metropolis, The Irish Times, and The Sunday Independent.
Sibyl Montague - GLOSS
Sibyl Montague’s practice foregrounds the primacy of material and its ability
to perform. Working with a range of sources; vegetable and digital matter
and engaging strategies of appropriation, or the (dis)assemblage and hacking
of commodity goods. Her work focuses on locating generative, dissident
terms from which to approach material and democratise form.
Sibyl Montague’s practice includes sculpture, video and installation. A
graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, she was recent
laureate of the Institut Francais Residency Programme at the Cité
Internationale des Arts, Paris, France (2017). Additional awards include
Emerging Visual Artist Award, Wexford Arts Centre (2012) and Oriel Davies
Open, Wales (2011). Recent presentations include Practice curated by Alice
Butler, New Spaces, Derry; Saplings, Pallas Projects, Dublin; My Fears of
Tomorrow are Melting Away, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Her moving
image work was commissioned for the collection of the Museum of Old and
New Art (MONA) in Tasmania. Montague is co-founder/co-curator of
PLASTIK, festival of artists’ moving image.
Mary Barnecutt - TAPS
Mary Barnecutt is a Dublin-based musician who works with a variety of
artists, bands, orchestras and educational projects. She has written
music for short films, theatre, dance productions, and has worked with
artists such as, Julie Feeney, Vyvienne Long, Nell Regan, Adrian Crowley,
Seti the 1 st , Ray Harman and Ruth O’Mahony Brady. She is currently
cellist and vocalist with Teać Damsa in their touring production of Loch
She manages two string projects in Dublin primary schools and in 2019
created the improvised music show, Stringplay for children with her
sister, Kathrine for the Ark, in association with IMC.
She is curator of the weekly Sundays@Noon Concert Series in the Hugh
Lane Gallery and co-director of Spike, Dublin’s annual alternative cello
festival. She also produces and records her own music under the name
Mary & the Pigeons.
Roxanna Nic Liam - 2km of Night Sky
Roxanna is a poet, writer and actor from Dublin. She has performed her poetry at different festivals around the country including The London Irish Centre, Doolin Writers Festival, Body and Soul, All Together Now and Electric Picnic. Her poem ‘The Bubble’ was recently made into a short film directed by Dave Tynan and won best poetry film at the Doolin Writers Festival. She has performed with many Irish theatre companies including The Abbey Theatre, Druid, Brokentalkers, THEATREclub and AXIS Ballymun. She has also worked in the UK with many companies, including the National Theatre in London. She is a trained drama facilitator
Dennis McNulty - Who knows what tomorrow brings (Dreamnagh version)
"Dennis McNulty's video Who knows what tomorrow brings (Dreamnagh version) draws on the lyrics of the 80s ballad "Up where we belong", smearing language, image, video and sound into each other to capture some sense of his experience of April 2020."
Dennis McNulty works across a variety of media on both sides of the computer screen to produce large-scale physical objects, media assemblages and live work. McNulty has participated in numerous large-scale international exhibitions and festivals including the Liverpool Biennial (2016), LIAF (Lofoten, Norway, 2015), Performa (New York, 2011) and Encuentro de Medellin (Colombia, 2009). He represented Ireland at the São Paulo Bienal in 2004 and his work is held in the collections of IMMA and The Arts Council among others.
Recent projects include We Dream in Actions at Comfort Carnival, Dublin Fringe (2019); Configuration Space, AEMI at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2018); TTOPOLOGY at Grazer Kunstverein, Graz and VISUAL, Carlow (2018); and anginging at Assembly Point, London (2018). Everything is Somewhere Else, a publication assembled and guest-edited by McNulty and featuring work by a wide range of creative practitioners and thinkers will be published by Paper Visual Art in 2020.
McNulty is Artist in Residence at CONNECT, Ireland's research centre for future networks and communications where he is co-founder of the Orthogonal Methods Group (OMG) and Designing for the Unknown (DFTU). McNulty recently founded BETWEEN MACHINES, a project that is concerned with creating experimental devices for electronic musicians.
McNulty holds an MPhil (Music and Media Technologies) and a BaI (Civil Engineering), both from Trinity College Dublin.
TKB - The Streets that Pumped
"TKB, a young writer and performer of such energetic force that he already goes by an acronym - as though going places with such urgency that it is important to save time”
- Peter Crawley, The Irish Times
Thommas most recently filmed the role of Kevin alongside Angeline Ball and Victoria Smurfit in Rachel Carey’s Screen Ireland-backed feature DEADLY CUTS. Just prior he performed the single-hander THE HAIRCUT directed by Wayne Jordan for this year's Dublin Theatre Festival, and played the role of James (and multi-role) in Tracy Martin's DUBLIN WILL SHOW YOU HOW directed by Vanessa Fielding for the Abbey Theatre's Peacock stage and The Complex.
Also last year he filmed the principal recurring role of Bobby 'Butsy’ Butler in DARKLANDS, Mark O'Connor's crime drama series for Virgin Media 1, and the role of Bertie Mulgrew in Deadpan Pictures’ 6-part period television drama series DEAD STILL, directed by Imogen Murphy.
On stage his other recent and notable credits include his one-man play THE FATTEST DANCER AT ST. BERNADETTE'S at Dublin Fringe Festival, for which he received excellent reviews. He also performed in his own play SAY NOTHIN’ TO NO ONE at Dublin's Project Arts Centre, which was awarded the first ever Stewart Parker Development Award in 2017. His play WELL THAT’S WHAT I HEARD is currently in development for the small screen.
Thommas is a trained singer with extensive experience in Musical Theatre and dance. He holds an associate diploma of Guildhall, London (ATCL), and is a skilled character voice over artist.