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FOUNDING  MEMBERS

 
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Dr. Eve Olney  is a socially engaged artist, activist, curator, educator and practice-based researcher.

​/ EVE OLNEY /

Eve completed her practice-based PhD at the Centre for Transcultural Studies and Media Practice (DIT), in 2012. Her praxis incorporates a feminist ethnographic approach to social change through creative methodologies in constructing alternative social imaginaries, in accordance with philosopher and political theorist Cornelius Castoriadis’s conception of the social imaginary.

 

She conceived and leads the collaborative social scheme Art Architecture Activism. She co-produced (with artist Kate O’Shea) the social arts programme SPARE ROOM (funded by Irish Arts Council) from this scheme and the Irish/Athenian social arts project Inhabiting the Bageion: Architecture as Critique, 2017, (self-funded and CULTURE Ireland funded).

 

She is a founding member of creative social living, working, learning scheme, called The Living Commons and has five social programmes in development (2021), funded by the Irish Arts Council, entitled Living Commons: Reconfiguring the Social.

She is a founding member of Radical Institute with Dr Krini Kafiris. She is a founding member of r.a.g.e., a feminist creative collective that challenges patriarchal social structures, inequality and injustices towards women and marginalised individuals and social groups.  She is a founding member of Cork Democratic School, a self- directed learning school. She is a member of the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE), and a member of Solidarity Network , a network for building an economy based upon co-operation and solidarity.

 

Her latest publications can be found in the art research journal Passepartout New Infrastructures: Performative Infrastructures in the Art Field, 2020, and the book, Enlightenment and Ecology - The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century, published by Black Rose Books, 2021.

RECENT WORKS /2021

TALKS/ 

 

Guest Speaker

The Living Commons: Reconfiguring the Social for Unknown Futures,

William Thompson Forum 6th Apr - 20th Jul Tuesday, 22 June 2021, 19.00–20.00 Zoom, Sirius Arts Centre

Guest Host

In the Roots, Networks of Solidarity from The Just City Collective,

Tuesday, 18th June, 2021. Organised by Kate O’Shea and Enya Moore, CREATE, Common Ground

Guest Speaker 

The Living Commons: Reconfiguring the Social,

presented at Alternative Futures and Popular Protest 2021 Conference, 7-9 July 2021, 8 June 2021

Guest Chair

Halfway to Falling Podcast

Kate O’Shea, Sample Studios

Guest Speaker

Enlightenment and Ecology: The Legacy of Murray Bookchin in the 21st Century"

Book Launch. Online event.

WORKSHOPS/ 

Common Coherence: Working with conflict for sustainable futures

with Spyros Tsiknas. July 15th, 2021. A presentation / workshop drawing from Non Violent Communication (NVC) that aims to create a sense of collective understanding and empowerment to participants who experience conflictual situations within collective work and collaborative practices. CREATE Ireland

Facilitator in r.a.g.e.

Workshop in collaboration with (OSS) Cork Domestic Violence Centre and Cuanlee Refuge. Exploring social and legal issues experienced by support workers of domestic violence. Online, April, 2021.

 

PUBLICATIONS/ 

Domestic Violence is a community issue:
How should the community respond?

r.a.g.e. Zine May 2021

 

Collective Design as a social ecological praxis of community building

The Legacy of Murray Bookchin,

Canada:BLACK ROSE BOOKS

Collective Design: Moving social art practice beyond representational ‘rehearsals’ into concrete social solutions

Passepartout Journal of Art Theory and History issue 40,

"New Infrastructures, Performative Infrastructures in the Art Field",

Aarhus University, Denmark (2020)

Cultivating a Culture of Resistance through the Living Commons

TRISE Athens Conference Publication  (upcoming)

Direct democracy and the passion for political participation

ROAR Magazine,

Eve Olney interview with Yavor Tarinski, (November 19, 2019)

Prologue in

Direct Democracy: Context, Society and Individuality

by Yavor Tarinski,

Publisher Durty Books IRE (October 2019)

A Wink of Recognition

Land Sea Signal review Sept 2018,

Red Rua Gallery, Dublin,

Enclave Review, UCC.

MENTORSHIPS/ 

 

Catarina Araújo
Visual Artist in receipt of CREATE AIC Research and Development Award

Alec Moore

Film Artist in receipt of Irish Arts Council Professional Development Award 2021

Eszter Nemethi

Visual Artist in receipt of Arts Participation Bursary Award 2021

AWARDS/

Studios of Sanctuary Artists’ Residencies

 in collaboration with Sample Studios / Radical Institute

awarded by The Community Foundation for Ireland,

2021-2022

Living Commons: Reconfiguring the Social

Participatory Art Project Award

Irish Arts Council,

2020/2021

Artist in Community Award for Development with Mentorship Fund

CREATE IRELAND

2020

Arts Participation

Next Generation Award

Irish Arts Council

2019

SPARE ROOM

Art Architecture Activism collaborative project

Arts Grant Project Funding Visual Arts 2018

Irish Arts Council

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FOUNDING 
MEMBERS

 

​/ KRINI KAFIRIS /

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Dr. Krini Kafiris is a trainer for sustainable organising and gender/media related issues, a researcher and activist.

She focuses on the use of reflective and creative practices, including storytelling and sound, in envisioning and working for post-capitalist futures.  She is also currently writing a book on radio, sound and space during the Greek crisis for Durty Books (Ireland) which explores how occupied Greek state radio (2013-2015) worked to shape the social imaginary, in particular, narratives of the crisis and understandings of public broadcasting.

 

She has developed and executed trainings and workshops for grassroots groups, artists, media professionals, civil servants and UNDP-ACT staff; participated in autonomous feminist groups; activist radio and the solidarity economy in Greece; and taught media/communications at British, Cypriot and Greek universities.

 

She is co-founder of Radical Institute together with Eve Olney, a member of the Living Commons and the Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE). She holds a DPhil in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex.

RECENT WORKS  /2021

TALKS/ 

 

Guest Speaker

On the Airwaves, 04/Networks of Solidarity: The Just City Collective,

27 July 2021

Guest speaker

Halfway to Falling:  a collaborative and collective response to Common Ground’s The Just City – Counter Narrative Neighbourhood Residency Award,

Kate O’Shea 2020-2021, 1 April 2021

Presenter

Supporting Diversity in the Workplace through a Culture of Care,

Ethelon Days, Athens, Greece, 7 December 2019

WORKSHOPS/ 

Rethinking burnout and burnout prevention for domestic violence support staff

(OSS) Cork Domestic Violence Centre and Cuanlee Refuge, organised by r.a.g.e, 18 June 2021

Building a Culture of Care: Anti-burnout practices for socially engaged artists

with artist Kate O’Shea,  Surviving or Thriving? Supporting Wellbeing in the Arts Sector, Waterford Healing Arts Trust in partnership with the Arts Council (Ireland), 23 March 2021

 

WRITINGS/ 

Aesthetix of Empowerment:

Rethinking socially engaged creative practice through a feminist ethnographic approach

with Eve Olney,

Contested Narratives, Places and Futures: Socially Engaged Art Practice in Ireland,

Cork University Press,  (forthcoming)

Rethinking Social Movement Demobilisation in Greece: The Politics of Burnout

presented at  Alternative Futures and Popular Protest 2021 Conference, 7-9 July 2021, 8 June 2021

Building cultures of resistance - towards radical social change

Reflections on a sustainable organising training: potentials for activism in Greece,

Transnational Institute of Social Ecology (TRISE), (forthcoming )

​MENTORSHIPS/

 

Alisha Doody
artist/educator

Helen Flanagan

transdisciplinary artist 

Kate O’Shea

artist 

AWARDS/

Studios of Sanctuary Artists’ Residencies

 in collaboration with Sample Studios / Radical Institute

awarded by The Community Foundation for Ireland,

2021-2022

PROJECTS/

 

The Just City Reading Collective

Participation in The Just City Reading Collective - led by Kate O’Shea

2020

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